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Wireless Wonder

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Gone wireless? Welcome to the rest of the world… and Klipsch’s latest offering – the Reference On Ear Bluetooth.

Reference On Ear BT and Bag

And, we love every bit of it!

Check out how classy this looks.

 

The moment we put it on, the first thing that struck us was its incredible, incredible comfort.

We’re not kidding.

Reference On Ear BT Record Store

One particularly hardworking and productive afternoon, I wore the headphones for four hours straight and barely felt it.

My ears didn’t grow hot, and it wasn’t uncomfortable at all.

Felt like I could have gone for another few hours if not for the fact that I was hungry.

 

So why is it so comfortable?

Turns out that the ear cups and the headband are injected with – wait for it… protein.

Yup. It’s not just for big guns, but comfortable cans too!

 

Sound is amazing as usual.

With both the AAC and aptX codecs, the headphones are wireless but sounds as good as a wired pair.

Don’t believe us?

Try it with the included wire and you’ll realise it sounds exactly the same!

 

Last but not least, the headphones boast 20 hours of playtime on a single charge.

Definitely our new favourite travel accessory now!

 

Tempted? No doubt about that. Get yours at our webstore!

Interview with #TeamKlipsch’s Al-Qaasimy (GIFC)

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We caught up with Al-Qaasimy (Qimy), blistering wingback from Geylang International FC, and we are excited to have him talk to us about his career’s highs and lows, and the journey to where he is today.

alqassimy

Klipsch:
Thanks for taking time out Qimy. It’s really good to have you on board with us on #teamklipsch.

Qimy:
It’s great to be on board. Thank you for believing in local athletes.

Klipsch:
Let’s get the ball rolling. People see you as who you are today, in the national team and at the prime of your football career, how did all this start?

Qimy:
I started playing football at 10, in Tampines Primary School. We did well, really, as a team. And when I was 12, I got called up into the Singapore Combined Schools Team. You know when that happens, you start to take football seriously; not as a career yet, because at 13, you don’t think of careers, but people were starting to see that you could possibly have a talent in that area. Those thoughts got me to go for a trial in the Singapore Sports School, and I was the second batch of students to get enrolled in there! It was really cool, because I could pursue both my academics and my football. I spent 4 years there.

Klipsch:
Ah, were you playing at a national level already back then?

Qimy:
Yes yes, I was with the U13s all the way to U16s. I stayed in there even after I went to Republic Polytechnic, where I got my diploma. 

Klipsch:
Then you went to Young Lions?

Qimy:
I graduated from the Singapore Football Academy and got into Young Lions at 18. That was when I started to think to myself, this could possibly be my career.

Klipsch:
Tell us what happened at Young Lions! Everyone noticed you when you were playing there!

Qimy:
Haha, I played with Young Lions for 5 years, captained the team in the last 2 years. It was a dream come true! There were senior players there like Hariss in there, and they were a major inspiration in my career. Very grateful to have played alongside them.  It was also at Young Lions where I received my first national call up.

Klipsch:
So how did it feel like having your first call up?

Qimy:
OVERWHELMING! For me, to play for the Young Lions is already an amazing opportunity, but to play and represent Singapore… It’s a lifelong dream. I have grown up watching Baihakki, Shahril, and now to see them day in day out, joking with them, up till today, I find it really unbelievable. The biggest highlight would probably be my call up to play against Juventus. I was actually in tears when we sang our National Anthem. I was so moved, because it was the grand opening match of our Sports Hub, and I was representing my country against a football giant like Juventus! I really cannot believe I was playing football amongst the greats!

Klipsch:
How did it feel going up against Juventus?

Qimy:
Honestly, I was more overwhelmed by the fact that I am to play for Singapore. I was pumped up to play against Juventus, but to represent Singapore was the highlight of the day! I really wanted to show Juventus they are not here just for an exhibition match! We showed them respect, but we needed to show them what we were capable of! I really gave my everything! I think the Juventus players knew I was really serious. At half time, I asked Giovinco for his jersey at the end of the match. He said he would give it to me if I didn’t tackle him like I did on Patrice (Evra).

Qimy 2014 Nationals Juventus

Klipsch:
You are never intimidated by any big names you are up against!

Qimy:
I carry this mentality, that it is just another day in the office. Don’t think too much about your opponents, think about ourselves! If you worry too much, it doesn’t help. What would help is that you focus on your strengths, be aware of your opponent and just give your best.

Klipsch:
That is really no bulls**t.

 Qimy:
(Laughs) I know!

Klipsch:
We’re sure it’s not always sunny days for you in football! Were there times of difficulties?

Qimy:
Definitely, it’s not always easy. I remembered when I was 18, I was really worn out from football! I was on the verge of hanging up my boots, giving up the dream. You know, find a job working behind a desk. My passion died down, because of the mundane routine everyday. Like, an athlete burn out you know? I felt like I missed out on friends, family time, and I felt bad about all that. But my family was supportive. My Dad was really worried and concerned about me. Thank God I got the Young Lions call up. It felt like God telling me to give it another try. If this works out, then it will be OK. Looking back, I am glad I held on, and all the determination and patience paid off.

Klipsch:
Would you have done the same thing if you could turn back time?

Qimy:
I am so glad to be where I am now! I am very happy to play in the national team and for Geylang International. And I have time to pursue my Bachelors’ during my free time. I have the best of both worlds. I am glad I ran after the football dream, and now I can work on both my football and my studies.

Klipsch:
We really salute you, you went after your dream. You’re really a local hero…

Qimy:
I am just really grateful to be where I am today.

GIFC Black Jersey

Klipsch:
So, you had tough moments off the pitch, but who would you think is the toughest opponent you had on the pitch?

Qimy:
Definitely Giovinco. He’s so small, silky and tricky. Definitely was the livewire of Juventus in that game. I had to chase him everywhere during the game… I had a tough time against Evra and Pogba too. I also remembered being up against the U21 France Football Team. We were up against Kingsley Coleman and Kurt Zouma! That was a tough one too.

Klipsch:
Do you think Singapore will have that kind of quality one day?

Qimy:
I don’t know to be honest! This year, S League’s crowd has improved. Quality improves when viewership and support improves. Behind the scenes, the players’ passion has always been there. But the support we receive acts as a form of motivation for us. Our players work hard. And when we hear haters, it can be quite hurtful, things they say and do. At the end of the day, we are local Singaporean sons trying to give our best! We’re really happy and motivated when we hear our fans. In Geylang International, we have a team of Ultras. Supporters. Every game they are singing, winning or losing, they sing. They mean a lot to us.

Klipsch:
Thanks for being so honest with us Qimy! We are so happy to have someone like you in Team Klipsch!

Qimy:
Same here definitely! Music is such a big part of my life. I listen to music everywhere; when I’m driving, in my room, while eating, before games, before training. Music makes my world revolve. Music can make me happy, make me sad, make me angry. I grew up with music. And to listen to music with Klipsch, it’s just amazing! The kind of quality of music I am getting now, it really gets me going!

Klipsch:
We’re glad Klipsch is doing your music justice. Thanks for taking time out to talk to us! Here’s to a great second half of the season with Geylang International FC!

Qimy:
Thanks guys!

Al-Qaasimy currently endorses Klipsch. To piss off the neighbours, he uses the Klipsch Soundbar R10B for his home and Klipsch Groove portable speaker for his travels with the national team. For his personal listening, he dons the Klipsch R6 On-Ears and R6i In-ears. Listen like a champion, listen like Qaasimy, listen with Klipsch.

Active speakers, passive speakers, powered and unpowered speakers – Confusions laid to rest!

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Audiophiles understand the importance of speakers in a home entertainment set-up. This is arguably the most important decision made when purchasing and assembling the audio components for the system. It is certainly one of the first features shown off when fellow audiophiles drop in for some aural sampling.

When selecting speakers, consumers may find themselves confronted with the option of active speakers vs passive speakers, powered speakers, or some combination. To make life more difficult, not all vendors and experts agree on the usage of those terms. We’ve attempted to clear up the confusion and spell out some of the strengths and weaknesses.

Defining Active, Passive, and Powered
The terms passive, active, powered, and unpowered are often confused and used incorrectly, or at least interchangeably. The confusion lies in what, specifically, is being addressed with regards to the speaker. When used, these terms are either in reference to speaker amplification or speaker crossover. Hence, active is sometimes used interchangeably with powered, and passive with unpowered. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Active Speakers
In an active speaker, the word active commonly refers to the crossover components/system. The crossover components in an active speaker split the frequency band of the audio signal into smaller parts (low, high, and sometimes mid-range), which are then sent to individual speaker drivers designed to handle those frequencies.

Where active speakers electrical crossover components and powered amplifiers for each driver, these speakers are, themselves, “powered.” This is why active and powered are often used synonymously. So, when a speaker is referred to as an active speaker, it is nearly always referring to the crossover components, which by definition require amplifiers for each band, and separate power.

Incidentally, active speakers suitable for home entertainment and home theater solutions most commonly house the active crossover components and amplifiers within the speaker enclosure, but this is not always necessarily the case. In larger home theater settings, the crossover components and amps can be outside of the speaker. With an active speaker system, one will often see “active speaker” with “bi-amp” or “tri-amp” scenario, referring to active crossover and two or three separate amplifiers for the separate drivers.

Wall of Klipsch Groove
Klipsch Groove – an example of active speakers. Each driver is individually powered with crossover.

Passive Speakers
In contrast to the active speaker, passive speakers feature:
- passive crossover components, which split the audio signal and send each band directly to the loudspeaker drivers
- audio signals that are driven by a separate, individual amp
- components that are typically an arrangement of resistors, capacitors, and inductors, which split the signal and send each frequency part to the drivers
- a separate power amplifier that sends the full audio signal to the speaker(s)

Although high-end passive speakers can contain high-end crossover components, by nature, passive crossover components and passive speakers have some intrinsic drawbacks. Passive crossover systems dissipate heat, and can lose as much as 30-percent of the amplifier’s power. And as the crossover components heat up, the performance of the speaker changes. So a movie may sound differently toward the end than it did in the beginning.

It is important to understand that a consumer integrating a passive speaker system into a home theater or home entertainment solution might be assembling the various components by piecemeal. In this manner, the consumer is left with the task of matching an amplifier for the particular passive speakers selected, or vice versa. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage to a passive speaker scenario. One has the freedom to upgrade the amplifier, or swap it out at any time, where in an active speaker scenario the amps are part of the speaker package. What you hear is what you get, generally speaking. But, the manufacturers of amplifiers don’t know what speaker system will be matched with their product, which is why amplifiers are “over-built” to accommodate a wide range of speakers, a move that results in more expensive and more power consuming amps.

Klipsch RB51Klipsch RB51 is one example of the a powered speaker. It requires an amplifier to drive these speakers. Different amplifiers delivers different sound signature and headroom.

Powered Speakers
Here is where things can get muddied. A powered speaker is technically one that has its own amplifier built into the speaker, and therefore plugs into a nearby outlet. However, a powered speaker is not necessarily an active one, as the crossover components within a powered speaker can be passive. Powered speaker systems have the advantage of being a bit more streamlined, compact, and portable–most speaker systems designed for desktop home computers, laptops, single-room application, wireless multi-room application (like Sonos), and easy all-in-one iPod-docking-and-speaker-solution fall into the “powered” speaker category. But unsuspecting consumers can get fooled into thinking that a powered speaker is better than a passive speaker. In truth, a powered speaker can still have the “amp-passive crossover-driver” chain characteristic of any passive speaker scenario.

“Powered speakers can cut costs, and reduce clutter,” says Logan Pabor, Distribution Manager at Audioengine, a powered speaker manufacturer. The built-in amplifier feature of a powered speaker solution enables wireless speaker scenarios, and eliminates the needs for additional, expensive components. “Set-up is much easier, and there are no external components,” adds Logan. This is the same for the all-new Klipsch R-15PM, for which the amplifier (and ALSO pre-amp for Phono) is directly built into the speakers. In addition, the R-15PM comes with all the necessary connections including bluetooth. A step-up from most other powered speakers in the market.

Klipsch R-15PMKlipsch R-15PM, the all-new all-in-one solution for powered speakers.

Conclusion
It would be inviting widespread criticism from all sides to claim one technology as superior over another in the active vs passive speaker vs powered or unpowered speaker debate. Certainly there are pros and cons to each system, and ways of perfecting (as nearly as possible) one system to “match” the performance of another. As with most such debates, the comments from those with experience are often as informative as the facts themselves.

Adapted and edited from Electronic House (http://www.electronichouse.com/daily/home-audio/active-vs-passive-speakers-use/)
Original article edited and revised on September 28, 2015

FAQ: Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

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The Klipsch Reference R-15PM powered monitors may look like something you’ve seen before from Klipsch, but they’re a whole different beast and a whole new product category for the 70-year-old company.

While boasting the ever-popular copper-and-black motif of the Reference Series, the R-15PM powered monitors actually house custom-designed amplification, making them the first powered monitors to come out of the Klipsch laboratories and the most feature packed powered monitor on the market today.

As we covered in our previous blog, there are a slew of reasons to get the Reference R-15PM powered monitors. However, with this new product, you may find yourself asking questions. Luckily, we have the answers.

Here are frequently asked questions about the R-15PM powered monitors.

Where can I buy the R-15PM?

TC Acoustic Webstore
TC Acoustic Showroom
Analogue+ @Robinsons Heeren Lv 4
Takashimaya @ B1
Tangs @ Lv 3
(more to come, of course)

Why is having two speakers better than an all-in-one solution?

Undoubtedly, you will have noticed that the market is flooded with basic all-in-one solutions that pack the turntable + speakers together. This isn’t going to get you the acoustic performance that two speakers would.

Having two speakers apart from each other allows for better stereo separation by opening up the soundstage and giving you a more immersive experience. Speakers too close together will not play in true stereo. Recording engineers put a lot of energy into making a stereo mix. Don’t let them down.

Do I need an AV Receiver (AVR) with the R-15PM powered monitors?

No, all of the functions and connections of an AVR are built right into the R-15PM. The right channel monitor incorporates a powerful custom designed low-noise stereo amplifier to maximize system performance and eliminate the need for external amplification. This also eliminates any guesswork associated with pairing your speakers to the correct amp..and the blown drivers that occur during that process.

Should I use the R-15PMs with an AV Receiver (AVR)?

You could easily take the line out of your AVR and plug it into the line in of the speaker and it would work just fine. But why would you want to?

What can I connect the R-15PMs to?

The R-15PMs are incredibly versatile, connecting easily to turntables, televisions, cell phones, laptops, and more thanks to RCA phono/line level inputs, USB digital audio input, digital optical port, 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth® wireless technology.

R-15PM cables

Do I need additional cables to connect to my TV, computer and turntable?

No, all of the cables you need are included in the box. See above!

R-15PM turntable connect

How do I connect my turntable to the R-15PMs?

It is super easy to connect the R-15PM to a turntable thanks to the speaker’s built-in phono pre-amp.

  1. Connect the RCA cables (red + white) from the turntable to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Ground the turntable to the R-15PM’s ground screw (or not, depending on which results in a lower level of hum from the speakers)
  3. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Phono”
  4. Plug the turntable and R-15PM into power outlets
  5. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  6. Put a record on

It’s that easy. Enjoy!

R-15PM TV connect

How do I connect my TV to the R-15PMs?

Just There are three different ways to connect the R-15PMs to a television. (We told you these puppies were versatile!)

Line Input

  1. Connect the RCA cables (red + white) from the television to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Line”
  3. Plug the television and R-15PM into power outlets
  4. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  5. Turn your television on
  6. Make sure your television is set to PCM out (when available)

Optical

  1. Connect the Optical cable from the television to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the television and R-15PM into power outlets
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Turn your television on
  5. Make sure your television is set to PCM out (when available)

AUX

  1. Connect the 3.5mm cable from the television to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the television and R-15PM into power outlets
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Turn your television on
  5. Make sure your television is set to PCM audio out (when available)

 

 

R-15PM Computer connect

How do I connect my computer to the R-15PMs?

You have two options to connect your laptop/desktop (Windows or OS X) computer to your R-15PM.

USB Audio

  1. Connect the USB cord from the computer to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the R-15PM into power outlets and make sure your computer has power
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Play audio on your laptop

Headphone Jack

  1. Connect the USB cord from the computer to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the R-15PM into power outlets and make sure your computer has power
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Play audio on your laptop

Where should I place my R-15PMs?

As we mentioned earlier, stereo separation is important into getting you closer to the experience the recording engineers intended. The general rule of thumb is to place the speakers at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock to your listening area.

Can I stream audio to my R-15PMs?

Of course! The R-15PM has built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology, so you can easily stream from your phone, tablet, computer, whatever. If you are a Google Chromecast Audio user, you will be happy to note that there is an aux port on the back of the R-15PM, so you can start casting right away.

Reference R-15PM remote

Does the R-15PM come with a remote?

Yes. You won’t need to get up from the couch just to turn up the volume from your speakers. Use the handy, dandy IR remote that comes with every pair of R-15PMs. It gives you easy access to system features such as dedicated source selection, track controls and play/pause.

Can I connect a subwoofer to the R-15PM?

If you want to add some boom boom to your setup, consider connecting a Klipsch subwoofer to your R-15PMs via the sub port on the back of the speaker. We recommend our Reference R-10SW or Reference R-12SW.

Reference R-15PM vinyl

Wait, are the R-15PM powered monitors the same thing as the R-15M bookshelf speakers?

While they may look the same at first glance, the R-15PM powered monitors and R-15M bookshelf speakers are vastly different both on the inside and outside.

Acoustically, the R-15PM and R-15M are not the same, despite both having a 1″ aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25″ copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. While the R-15M needs to be paired with an AV receiver, the amplification of the R-15PM is built right into the speakers. We custom-engineered this amplification, ensuring that it is the perfect match.

Physically, you may have noticed that the R-15PM does not have the R-15M’s screw holes on the front of the speaker that hold the R-15M’s grille in place. The R-15PM does not come with grilles. One R-15PM speaker also has a LED indicator, displaying the connected device. All the source inputs are located on the back of the R-15PM.

Whatever your content may be, the R-15PM powered monitors pack a powerful punch.

Adapted from The Klipsch Joint: http://www.klipsch.com/blog/faq-reference-r-15pm-powered-monitors/

5 Reasons To Get Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

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For years we have been receiving emails, calls, tweets, posts, texts asking us to make one thing – powered monitors.

Well, we did it! And, we didn’t just make any ol’ powered speaker either. We made a class-leading, room-rattling, killer speaker that puts an exclamation point on our entrance into the category.

The Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors are some of the most versatile and easy-to-use speakers on the planet. Oh, and they sound pretty darn great as well. Outsiders who roll through Klipsch HQ for a demo are consistently blown away when they are played against the category’s leading contenders.

Here are five reasons why the Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors should be your next speakers.

Reference R-15PM Laptop

Connect to Everything

Whatever the source for music or video content, chances are the R-15PMs are going to be able to direct connect with the proper cabling. The integrated phono pre-amp, Bluetooth® wireless technology, digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs, makes the R-15PM your new best friend, connecting seamlessly to turntables, televisions, cell phones and computers.

Reference R-15PM amplification

No AVR

All of the R-15PM’s connectivity and amplification is built into the speakers. That’s right. There’s no need for a clunky, old AV receiver. Plug and play. The onboard amplifier is custom-engineered just for these high-performance speakers, maximizing output and sound quality.

Reference R-15PM Phono Pre-Amp

Built-In Phono Pre-Amp

We mentioned this above, but this really is a killer feature for all of you looking to get back into the vinyl game. There’s no need for an amplifier or receiver, plus you won’t need a separate phono pre-amp to connect to your turntable. You can directly plug a turntable into your R-15PMs.

Reference R-15PM TV

Two Speakers Are Better Than One

We don’t really need to say more…but we will anyway. There are a couple of reasons why you are better off with a true stereo system like the R-15PM rather than an all-in-one solution.

The first reason should be obvious – stereo separation. By having the speakers apart and playing in true stereo, it opens up the spatial reproduction of the tracks, the way the recording engineer intended.

Secondly, turntables are quite sensitive to vibrations. That means that you don’t want to have you speakers too close by. Otherwise, you are looking at extreme distortion, which could potentially damage your turntable and/or speakers.

Reference R-15PM

Reference Performance

Every speaker company out there talks about sound quality. At Klipsch, we actually mean it. Put these bad boys up against any of the competition and we’re confident we’ll come out the victors.

Each monitor has a 1″ aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to a 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25″ copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. In layman’s terms: these speakers have the chops to make your music rock and movies rumble.

Do you like a little more “oomph”? Well, you can add just about any Klipsch subwoofer to your R-15PM setup. Boom.

These truly aren’t the typical bookshelf speakers. These are the ultimate power players. Connect the R-15PM powered monitors to just about anything, set them up in minutes and kick-back while they deliver room-filling sound.

Taken from Klipsch Joint

http://www.klipsch.com/blog/5-reasons-to-get-the-reference-r-15pm-powered-monitors/

 

Team Klipsch: Singapore Drummer Tamagoh’s Playlist

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Tama Goh on the Drums

Tamagoh is renowned drummer percussionist in the scene today. He is often lauded for his ability to transfer any drum set he finds at any venue to sound musical and tasteful. That goes down to his hours of hardwork and determination, often spending time till wee hours in the morning in his workplace, practicing his craft.

Tama Goh @ HK w/ XR8i

Tamagoh using the XR8i while playing for Sandy Lam, a superstar singer from Hong Kong

Coveted by both local and international musicians alike, we are proud to have Tamagoh on #teamklipsch, someone who exudes excellence and diligence. Listen like Tamagoh, listen with Klipsch. No excuses, no bulls*t, just pure quality.

Tama Goh loves the XR8i

Tamagoh showing off his new XR8i

Check out Tamagoh’s 12 favourite Jazz Standards Playlist here:

  1. Caravan – Duke Ellington
  2. Airegin – Sonny Rollins
  3. Footprints – Wayne Shorter
  4. Like Someone in Love – Jimmy Van Heusen
  5. Joshua – Victor Feldman/Miles Davis
  6. Take Five – Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond
  7. Groovin’ High – Dizzy Gillespie
  8. All Blues – Miles Davis
  9. Four – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
  10. Oleo – Sonny Rollins
  11. Memories of Tomorrow – Keith Jarrett
  12. Someday my Prince will Come – Larry Morey/Frank Churchill

Enjoy listening to what the greats listen to!

#teamklipsch

 

 

GIFC X Klipsch April Player Feature: Al-Qaasimy Rahman

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The blistering wingback uses music to motivate himself to push himself during his personal workout. Known as ‘Qimy’ to many of his teamates, the number 18 is no stranger to the footballing scene in Southeast Asia.

Al-Qaasimy carries no fear when it comes to challenges (remember how he handled Patrice Evra when Juventus visited Singapore?), be it on or off the pitch. A look at his playlist to know what motivates him would be interesting.

Pre-Match Playlist:

  • Coldplay -Fix You
  • Metallica -Master of Puppets
  • Metallica -For Whom the Bell Yolls
  • Metallica -Sad but true
  • Guns N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  • Muse – Resistance
  • Avenged Seven Fold – Unholy Confessions
  • Stronger – Jah Cure
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster

Follow GIFC on Instagram: @gifcsg
Follow Al-Qaasimy on Instagram: @al_qaasimy

 

Turntable Setup Guide for Passive and Powered Speakers

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A growing number of people are investing in the reborn industry of vinyl music. Whether it be the warm and textured sound or the tactile experience, vinyl is having quite the comeback and turntables are popping up in households around the world.

Some people may be content with some cheap all-in-one-solution for their turntable setup. Affordable all-in-ones typically do not have very good reputation as they have the tendency to ruin records from the amount of force that is applied to them by the stylus. However, if you’re reading this blog, you aren’t satisfied with “good enough.” You want audiophile-grade sound from your turntable.

This doesn’t mean that you ought to be intimidated by the prospect of a proper performance-grade turntable setup. We’re here to make things simple (and sound great) with our turntable setup guide for both passive and powered speakers.

First of all, you need to decide whether you are going to go with powered or passive speakers. Powered speakers like the Klipsch Reference R-15PM powered monitors have internal amplification, while passive speakers like the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M bookshelf speakers require external amplification.

From there, it’s really quite simple…

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How to Set Up Passive Speakers With a Turntable

You will only need a few things to set up your passive speakers correctly with a turntable: a receiver, phono pre-amp, RCA cables and a pair of speakers. While there are more components to setting up passive speakers than powered speakers, the process really isn’t much more involved. (If you need help choosing a pair of speakers for your turntable, please click here.)

  1. Connect the turntable with the RCA cables to the preamp. (Some turntables require grounding.)
  2. Connect the pre-amp to the amp with RCA cables.
  3. Connect the amp to the speakers.
  4. Drop the needle and enjoy!

Reference R-15PM

How To Set Up Powered Speakers With a Turntable

Not to brag, but the R-15PM power monitors are pretty awesome. Besides having internal amplification, they have a built-in phono pre-amp. Most powered speakers still require a separate phono pre-amp. In any case, internal amplification and the built-in phono pre-amp eliminate the need for two separate components – a receiver and discrete phono pre-amp.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect R-15PM powered monitors to your turntable

  1. Connect the RCA and ground cables from the turntable to the R-15PM
  2. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Phono”
  3. Plug the turntable and R-15PM into power outlets
  4. Put a record on and enjoy!

This is the easiest way to setup a turntable with quality speakers.

Klipsch Black Turntable CES 2016

Turntable Setup and Configuration

Depending on what turntable you have, the amount of setup and configuration will depend on the specific turntable you select. Some turntables come set up straight out of the box while others involve a great deal of tweaking. Of course, there are also turntables that give users the option to upgrade components like the phono cartridge.

We won’t go into the nitty-gritty of every possible turntable setup because we already dove into the anatomy of the turntable, but there are some basics you need to know.

First of all, there are two primary types of turntables: belt drive and direct drive turntables. Simply put, belt drive turntables are for those listening to records while direct drive turntables are what you would see DJs using.

There are also automatic and manual turntables. Automatic turntables simply require you to press a button and the turntable will lift the tone arm and place it on the record. Manual turntables require you to physically place the tone arm on the record.

You may have noticed that we showed off a Klipsch turntable at CES 2016 and, if you’re in Canada, you can already purchase a turntable bundled with the Klipsch R-15PMs as part of the Klipsch Music Crate. Don’t worry, it will be coming to the United States and rest of the world very soon!

Anyway, the Klipsch turntable is a manual, belt-driven turntable created in partnership with Pro-Ject. It sounds great and also offers an extremely easy setup.

The Klipsch turntable comes set up right out of the box, meaning that you will not have to mess with the tracking force or counterweight adjustments. It comes with a moving magnet Ortofon OM 5E cartridge.

Regardless of the type of speakers or turntable you choose, a proper turntable setup is extremely important in delivering quality sound; however, it shouldn’t be considered a daunting challenge.

 

Post taken from Klipsch Joint

http://www.klipsch.com/blog/turntable-setup-guide-passive-powered-speakers/

 

Best Speakers for Your Record Player

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Vinyl is back in a big way. After all, vinyl made more money than free streams in 2016 with sales rising to their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. The record player is becoming practically as ubiquitous as the television in living rooms across the world.

Whether you own one record or 1,000 records, a pair of quality speakers for your record player is exactly what you need. After all, what’s the point of investing in analog audio if you’re just going to push the sound through some crappy all-in-one solution?

We’re here to help you get the very most of out of this new-again medium.

While almost any pair of Klipsch bookshelf or floorstanding speakers would be terrific partners for a record player, we have broken down several situations to find the best speaker for your record player.

Reference R-15PM Phono Pre-Amp

Easiest Speakers to Set Up With Your Record Player

Reference R-15PM

Some people don’t want to mess around with a bunch of wires and separate devices. We get it. You just want to hear your burgeoning vinyl collection in all of its glory. With internal amplification and built-in phono pre-amp, the new R-15PM powered monitors are the best option for someone looking for the easiest way to hook up their turntable properly. These are the new standards in record player speakers.

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Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference Premiere RP-160M

One of the biggest reasons why people get into vinyl is the desire to free themselves from overly compressed music. The RP-160M bookshelf speakers over top level performance that provides a true audiophile-grade setup. They feature 90×90 hybrid Tractrix horns, Tractrix ports, Linear Travel Suspension titanium tweeters and spun copper Cerametallic woofers. Old school meets new school in the best possible way.

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Best Budget Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference R-14M

Maybe you haven’t notice – or don’t care – but vinyl isn’t cheap. We completely understand if you want to spend more on your album collection rather than speakers for your record player. The R-14M bookshelf speakers from the Reference series will deliver a surprising amount of output, filling your room with any record you please. Everyone could use a little more copper and black in their life.

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The Ultimate Speakers for Your Record Player

Heresy III / La Scala II / Cornwall / Klipschorn

You owe it to yourself to listen to a record through Klipsch Heritage Series speakers. Whether it’s the Heresy III, La Scala II, Cornwall or Klipschorn, we can pretty much guarantee that your mind is going to be blown. All of the reasons why people prefer vinyl are put on full display with an exceedingly pleasing, warm and textured sound. You truly aren’t going to find better record player speakers. To top it all off, each of these speakers is handcrafted in our Hope, Arkansas factory.

What do you think are the best speakers for your record player?

Original Blog Post: http://www.klipsch.com/blog/best-speakers-for-your-record-player/

 

Recap: 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Klipsch Audio

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While the Klipsch partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame extends far beyond the Induction Ceremony, the event is certainly one of our favorite moments of the year. It gives us (and fans across the world) the chance to honor legendary musicians who have delivered endless amounts of joy through their music.

Before we round up everything that happened this past week, we would like to once again congratulate Bert Berns, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, NWA and Steve Miller on their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To learn more about the inductees, please click here.

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Intimate Conversations with John Varvatos

The week’s festivities kicked off with a collaborative listening event involving Klipsch, John VarvatosSoundstage Direct and The Musician’s Ear. It took place at the John Varvatos retail location in NYC at 315 Bowery St, which you may recall, is the former site of legendary punk rock club CBGB. It’s practically impossible to count the number of legendary musicians who once played at this location, giving the event the ideal backdrop.

Together, everyone pulled together for a night that exceeded all expectations. John Varvatos himself interviewed Hall of Famers Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Rob Zander (Cheap Trick) about being inducted in the Rock Hall, their music (past and present), the importance of quality sound and many other topics. Varvatos even managed to lure Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to come on stage for a few words. Having known all of these artists for years, Varvatos was completely at ease talking to the three legends of rock.

Music and audio was played through Klipsch Heresy III speakers that were custom-designed for the John Varvatos flagship location in Detroit.

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Rehearsals at the Barclays Center

You may be surprised but many of the inducted bands are still playing together and at an extremely high level. In fact, Cheap Trick’s brand new album Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello is getting great reviews. Regardless, there is always the need for rehearsals especially at the 18,000 seat capacity Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After sweating it out on stage, the artists swooped on down to where we were all hanging out backstage to check out the latest and greatest Klipsch speakers and headphones, including the musician-pleasing R-15PM powered monitorsKlipsch Groove portable Bluetooth speaker and Reference On-Ear headphones. Oh, and many of them were down to share a celebratory Smart Beer and snacks with us.

We shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but it’s still always a treat when famous musicians get excited to hear our name and tell us a story about their first Klipsch speakers, like Steve Miller, when told us all about his love for Klipsch La Scala speakers.

Special shout-out to Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty fame, who came by a few times during rehearsals. He’s a lot of fun!

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2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Klipsch Audio

The main event for the week was, as you expect, an awesome show. A sell-out crowd at the Barclays Center was on-hand to celebrate the legendary musicians who shared the stage.

We were happy to show the Klipsch video “Tiny Spark” to the thousands in attendance because, after all, we are celebrating the Hall of Fame musicians, as well as each and every person who has had that tiny spark to create their own piece of musical magic.

There were too many moments to pick an absolute favorite with every inductee (minus N.W.A.) playing some of their most beloved songs. Of course, surprise performances from David Byrnes (accompanied the Roots) and Sheryl Crow (with Grace Potter) also added to the evening’s shine.

We are definitely suckers for the all-star jam band tradition at the end of each Induction Ceremony. All of the artists get on stage and perform together. It may sound like a total cluster, but the nearly overwhelming amount of talent on stage makes it all come together into something truly special. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

HBO will air the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Klipsch Audio on April 30.

(Reposted with permission from The Klipsch Joint)

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Klipsch R6i On-Ear: Anyone can afford great sound!

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R6i On Ear

Klipsch releases a brand new headphones that is simply going to blow your mind!
In more ways than you think.

Finally, legendary sound for everyone.
Easy on the ears, easy on the pocket.

When we tried them on, we understand why.

LEGENDARY SOUND

If you know Klipsch’s priorities, you would already understand that sound quality and comfort are the top-most important factors of any product in its line-up. Klipsch lives by the quote, “If it doesn’t sound good, we don’t want to have a part in it.”

The bass response from the R6i On-Ear continues to pack a punch while maintaining the integrity of precision. Many headphones are proud of their overwhelming amount of bass. But at the same time, many ignorant digital natives fail to understand that getting a generous amount of low frequency inside your eardrum doesn’t mean good quality bass. It is the ability to produce a certain amount of bass response without contaminating the essence of how the music is intended to be experienced. Having said this, R6i On-Ear delivers a good balance of bass while ensuring you don’t only hear boom boom boom bhadambrooooommm. Yes, moving on. We tested this with “I Will Remember” by Toto and “Firestone” by Kygo.

The R6i-On-Ear produces a warm and natural tone, liken to the Klipsch signature sound since the very beginning. Headphones that are sold at higher value does not seem to achieve this properly. We’ve tried many other brands of headphones of similar price range. What we found was that some of them were definitely clear, as they promise to be, but they lean towards brighter tones. This may be unpleasant at higher volumes. Many headphone’s mid frequencies also lack life and balance vis-a-vis treble and bass. A good way to truly test the headphones is to listen to your favourite acoustic-vocal song. We used the song “Realize” by Colbie Caillat and “Sometimes When We Touch” by Olivia Ong.

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FOR EVERYONE
Klipsch seems to have heard the cry of the Southeast Asian nations: “Sounds very good, but why so expensive?!”

The Klipsch R6i On-Ear is only going for SGD 199 today. This is the first pair of Klipsch headphones that are priced below SGD 200. Furthermore, the quality of these headphones do not decrease despite the more affordable tag. Coupled with a one-to-one exchange 1 year warranty… we think there’s not much reason left to complain about. Definitely more affordable than any other Klipsch headphones and other headphones of the same quality out there.

 

EASY ON THE EARS
Very comfortable. It’s light-weight, compact and sits nicely on the ears. The memory foam cushion on the ear cups ensures that you can wear them for long hours without feeling significant heat build-up or hard edges pressing against your ears. One of our testers is a bespectacled geek. He told us that he did not like headphones because it hurts after a while. But we coerced convinced him into trying it anyway – for 2 hours. Our tester said he was surprised that he did not need to remove the headphones nor remove his spectacles in the period of testing. So, glasses-wearing friends, you’re in for a treat!

 

EASY ON THE POCKET
Enough said about this. Click here to proceed to our webstore and get it at SGD 199!

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We love the Klipsch R6i On-Ear headphones and we couldn’t believe how affordable, yet powerful these set of headphones are.
We recommend everyone who has not yet owned a pair of headphones to make this your first and everyone who is using ‘budget’ headphones to switch to this pair of headphones. These will be your next gadget best friend.

 

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