Posted Tue Oct 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
Two more limited edition Heritage Series speakers have been detailed.
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Klipsch is releasing two more limited edition speaker models. The new collection includes the Cornwall and La Scala speakers. Both models feature an exotic Australian Walnut wood veneer, a unique silver luster grille cloth, special edition logos, and a signature 70th Anniversary plaque identifying their numbered sequence in the series.
The Cornwall speaker was first introduced in 1959 and was the first Klipsch loudspeaker designed to work from a corner or against a wall -- hence its name. The Cornwall III uses a three-way design with horn-loaded compression drivers for the midrange and treble, and a direct-radiating 15-inch woofer for the low frequencies. Meanwhile, the La Scala speaker was first introduced in 1963 when it was designed for Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller to use as a public address speaker. The fully horn-loaded, three-way speaker can generate 105 decibels of sound pressure on a single watt.
The 70th Anniversary Cornwall ($6,000 per pair) and La Scala ($14,000 per pair) speakers will be available at authorized retailers and at Klipsch.com in October 2016. The limited edition 70th anniversary run will include 70 handcrafted pairs of each model.
In addition to the newly announced Cornwall and La Scala speakers, the company also previously released limited edition 70th Anniversary Heritage Series versions of its Klipschorn ($16,000 per pair) and Heresy ($3,200 per pair) speakers. Both models feature design enhancements, exotic wood veneer finishes, special edition logos, and unique grille cloths.
The Klipschorn speaker was first developed in 1946 and is the only speaker model in the world to remain in continuous production for over 70 years. The current model features a newly enhanced rear low frequency horn that is now fully enclosed. Meanwhile, the Heresy speaker was originally released in 1957, and was designed to serve as a compact center channel speaker to be used with the Klipschorn in three speaker stereo setups. For its current third generation model, the Heresy was upgraded with a more powerful woofer, bi-wire network, and midrange and tweeter compression drivers with a titanium diaphragm.
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