An Introduction to Klipsch Heritage Loudspeakers

To be labeled a Klipsch Heritage Series speaker means the company's founder, Paul W. Klipsch, played a pivotal role in the design, development and engineering of the original product. With his unique view of the world, and the iconic status of the products he produced, PWK is an undisputed legend of the hi-fi industry; and the Klipsch Heritage Series embodies all of his beliefs into a select range of luxury, audiophile speakers.

The Klipsch Heritage Series is proudly designed and assembled in the little town of Hope, Arkansas right where Paul W. Klipsch started it all. Each speaker is built in small production runs, using furniture-grade wood veneers and featuring the company's own horn-loaded technologies to deliver an unsurpassed acoustic experience.These speakers are legitimate heirloom-items that you will find yourself wanting to pass on to future generations.

All Heritage Speakers are at the absolute zenith of Klipsch's four guiding principles. These are High Efficiency / Low Distortion, resulting in louder, cleaner audio; Controlled Directivity, using horns to create a more lifelike soundstage without wasting acoustic energy where sound is not needed or desired; Wide Dynamic Range, so the softest sounds are reproduced with remarkable clarity and the loudest sounds are delivered without harshness or distortion – with the greatest possible range between the softest and loudest sounds; and Flat Frequency Response, so the sonic presentation is delivered without frequency bias – no unnatural highs, mids or lows – reproducing recorded sound as accurately as possible without colorization.

First introduced in 1957, the Heresy® was arguably the first-ever center channel loudspeaker, used with the Klipschorn in three-speaker stereo arrays. Legend has it that an acquaintance told PWK this design was in direct violation of his own fully horn loaded principles and amounted to acoustic heresy. Never one to miss irony, Paul decided Heresy was the perfect name.

Today’s Heresy III is a compact, three-way design that uses horn-loaded compression drivers for midrange and treble reproduction and a direct radiating 12-inch woofer for the low frequencies.

Features:
- Three-Way Horn-Loaded Loudspeaker
- 99 dB Sensitivity for Easy Driving
- Delivers smooth, dynamic and low distortion sound 

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First introduced in 1985, the Forte quickly established itself as the most popular Klipsch model of the era. The elegant design and outstanding performance made the Forte a standout among its competitors. In 2017, Klipsch re-introduced the Forte as part of the Heritage speaker series, re-establishing it as a firm favourite with Klipsch fanatics around the world.

The new Forte III features updated cosmetics and the latest advancements in acoustic engineering while maintaining the charisma that made the original so popular.

Features:
- High-Efficiency Full Range Loudspeaker
- 99 dB Sensitivity for Easy Driving
- Large Passive Radiator Woofer Delivers Deep Low-End

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The Cornwall was initially introduced in 1959 to serve as a larger, full-range alternative to the Heresy. When it was discontinued in 1990 there was an outcry from customers, resulting in a letter-writing campaign and even a petition to bring back this storied loudspeaker.

It took a while, but we are happy to announce that this famed speaker, now dubbed the Cornwall III, is back and better than ever. A three-way design using horn-loaded compression drivers for the midrange and treble and a direct-radiating 15-inch woofer for the low frequencies, the Cornwall delivers the full-range bass response of the Klipschorn with sensitivity and output approaching the fully horn-loaded models.

Features:
- Three-Way Horn-Loaded Loudspeaker
- 102 dB Sensitivity for Easy Driving
- Clever Design Allows For Easy Placement In A "Corner" Or Against A "Wall" (Corn-Wall!)

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Named after the Teatro alla Scala in Italy, the original La Scala was unveiled in 1963. Over the years, the cosmetic appearance has been improved, first with the La Scala II and now with the La Scala AL5. The latest model also ensures that, though it's still inspired-by and functions like the Klipschorn, it does not require corner placing to sound its best.

This three-way, fully horn-loaded loudspeaker reproduces sparkling highs, a smooth midrange and amazing low-distortion bass response. What you hear is the most dynamic sound possible, for whatever matches your mood.

Features:
- 1" Compression Drive, 2" Mid-Range and 15" Woofer
- 105 dB Sensitivity for Easy Driving
- Improved AL5 Design Sets A New Standard For Sound

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Paul W. Klipsch’s goal was to reproduce the dynamics and excitement of a live orchestra performance in his living room. An engineering breakthrough when it was introduced, the Klipschorn remains one of the most highly praised loudspeakers in the world and is the only loudspeaker that has been in continuous production for over 65 years.

With extremely high sensitivity, this three-way, fully horn-loaded loudspeaker utilizes the walls and corners of the listening room as part of its design. Able to span more than nine full octaves with rich, smooth, ultra low distortion sound, it’s easy to see why the Klipschorn is truly “A Legend in Sound®.”

Features:
- Iconic design, updated to the latest audio standards in 2018
- 105 dB Sensitivity for Easy Driving
- Improved AK6 Design Sets A New Standard For Sound

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