Klipsch Audio Company Milestones history


For over 70 years, Klipsch has designed and engineered its products in-house with the most talented, skilled, and passionate people in the industry - starting with our founder, Paul W. Klipsch. See how this pioneer and maverick created an entirely new way to enjoy music at home.

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On March 9, audio legend Paul W Klipsch (PWK) is born in Elkhart, Indiana. He is the only child of Oscar Colman Klipsch and Minna Pearl Eddy.

PWK History

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While working in Chile, maintaining electric locomotives, Paul W. Klipsch continues his amateur radio passion. While comparing horn to cone-type radio speakers, he discovers the superior efficiency of horns.

Then, in graduate school at Stanford University, one of Paul W. Klipsch’s classmates mentions to him that speakers sound better in a corner.

It was then during his military service at the Southwest Proving Grounds located in Hope, Ark. that Paul W. Klipsch refined his corner horn speaker design. Visitors to his officer's quarters were amazed by the lifelike reproduction and encouraged PWK to start his own manufacturing business.

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Paul W. Klipsch receives a patent on his Klipschorn speaker design and essentially helps kick off the Hi-Fi era.

In 1946, Klipsch establishes the name Klipsch & Associates and begins selling his Klipschorn speakers out of a tin shed in Hope, Arkansas. A local cabinetmaker and the Baldwin Piano Company assist Paul in building his first 20 Klipschorn speakers.

In 1948, Klipsch acquires his first factory building, formerly the telephone exchange building for the Southwest Proving Grounds in Hope, Arkansas, and hires his first employee, cabinetmaker Lloyd McClellan. The first Klipschorn built here is numbered 121.

Today, the original factory is the Klipsch Museum.

Klipschorn History


Paul W. Klipsch designs the La Scala speaker for the performing arts sector. Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller later uses it as a public address speaker.

La Scala History


Paul W. Klipsch is inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame.

PWK History

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At age 85, Paul W. Klipsch sells Klipsch & Associates to second cousin and Indianapolis businessman Fred S. Klipsch and his wife Judy. While manufacturing remains in Hope, Arkansas, business operations move to Indianapolis, Indiana.

The company is re-named Klipsch, Inc.

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Klipsch introduces the first computer speaker system in the world to be THX®-Certified. At $249, the ProMedia v.2-400 forever changes the way people think about multimedia speakers.

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Klipsch breaks ground on the Engineering and Technology Center, one of the Midwest’s most advanced audio research facilities, boasting two anechoic chambers, digital electronics workstations, an engineering model shop and an industrial design lab.

USA Engineered

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At the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Paul W. Klipsch is inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, which was established in 2000 by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to honor the leaders whose creativity, persistence and determination helped shape the consumer electronics industry.

PWK History

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Klipsch enters the iPod accessories space with the iFi, the first iPod-dockable home stereo system on the market.

Klipsch acquires Danish brand Jamo to accelerate global growth. One year later, the company acquires Audio Products International (API), makers of the Mirage®, Energy® and Athena® speaker brands.

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In May, Klipsch introduces the Image S4 headphones. At the time, it is one of the most successful product launches in company history.

The S4i was deemed the first third-party headset to offer full control of the iPhone 3GS, iPod touch and iPod music and video content.

Klipsch introduces its affordable HD Theater Series, proving a high-def picture demands high-def sound. In August, Klipsch takes its headphone business a step further, introducing the Image S4i and S2m headsets.

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Klipsch diversifies its headphone offering by introducing the Image ONE, the company’s first-ever on-ear sound solution.

The Image S4i also receives a 2010 CES Innovations Award, while Maximum PC puts the ProMedia 2.1 Wireless on its “Best of the Best” list.

Klipsch becomes the official headphone sponsor of the World Series of Poker® (WSOP).

Klipsch Group, Inc. makes yet another splash in the industry after introducing five all-new, cross-brand compatible subwoofers.

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Klipsch Group, Inc. is purchased and becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX). Soon after, Fred. S. Klipsch transitions to a board member of Voxx and Paul Jacobs is appointed CEO of Klipsch.

Jamo product design and engineering relocate to the company’s Indianapolis headquarters, while Klipsch Group Europe establishes new headquarters in Paris, France.

Indianapolis’ renowned outdoor amphitheater becomes the Klipsch Music Center and further solidifies an exciting relationship with Live Nation Entertainment.

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Klipsch celebrates its 70th anniversary by launching special editions of classic Heritage products while debuting innovative Heritage Wireless speakers and powered audio solutions.

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Klipsch debuts high-definition wireless home theater and voice-activated speakers.