March 2009 - Posts
I've heard it said our vintage Heritage speakers have too big of a footprint for today's "sleek and stylish" mindset. I say nonsense! After all, look what can be done with a little creativity.
These Heresys are tucked away on an upper ledge in our engineering lab. Probably not the most ideal positioning, but they sound great to me, and have no trouble filling the 8000 or so square foot space.
It isn't very often I see a movie on opening weekend, but with the early spring snow putting a damper on outdoor activities yesterday, we decided to check out the only kid-friendly movie playing - Monsters vs. Aliens.
The ticket price was an alarming $11 a pop (unless you count Steven saving me a whopping 50 cents for his "child" status, which I don't), but I have to admit the experience was worth it. I was amazed by the 3D effects, keeping in mind it was 26 years ago when I saw my first and only 3D movie - Jaws 3. The shark crashing through the glass suddenly seemed way more lame, and the new plastic Buddy Holly 3D glasses are a vast improvement over the flimsy paper predecessor. The movie itself was very entertaining as well, especially Stephen Colbert's work as the President and Keifer Sutherland revisiting his A Few Good Men persona as General W.R. Monger.
But the best part was watching Steven try to figure out what the whole glasses-thing was all about. He couldn't understand why he had to wear them all the time to see a movie. After doing some on/off comparisons, he finally caught on. Unfortunately, I think he expected the rest of life to look as cool through the glasses. But how do you explain to a 4 year old that the world is already in 3D?
You may have noticed a few other blogs popping up on this site, which is a concentrated effort to establish better interaction with our customers. I mean, we can sit around all day every day and pat ourselves on the backs, but if we don't listen to anyone else's input then we're just selling to ourselves. And that's no way to run a speaker company.
Although not all topics are related specifically to audio, the experiences we are diving into are definitely enhanced or influenced by great audio: Gaming, Movies & TV, Music, and All Things Technical.
And do check back from time to time with the latest addition to our blogging family, Klipsch President and COO Paul Jacobs. You just never know what he's going to say in there.
Left to Right: Standing - Matt, Phil, Brad, Phil, Don; Sitting - Mark, Andy, Trey. Not pictured: Andre, our China connection
I admit, I had a pair in high school. I thought I was the bomb. They were black, but I grew tired of how dark they were and tried to bleach them. The result was kind of a splotchy army green, but hey - that was cool too.
In celebrating college game day today (go Purdue!) with jeans and tennies permitted, product development guy Don - ever the bargain hunter - is sporting a pair of Chucks with the Jackass logo <insert joke here> found on clearance for 10 bucks. I wish I could find wearable shoes for 10 bucks.
Roster of officers serving at the Southwestern Proving Ground in Hope, AR during WWII. As I was searching for a relevant clip to share about all who served so honorably in that war, I came across this video. Dollars to donuts you won't make it through without shedding a tear.
Tim Brickley, from last Fridays shindig
Back in the late 80s and early 90s you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger John Mellencamp fan than yours truly. I bought every album from the Johnny Cougar days right up until the late 90s - and even a couple imports. It was the release of Mr Happy Go Lucky (featuring "Key West Intermezzo") that finally soured my affections after years of tireless worship. I just didn't love it, and I haven't loved any efforts since. But the older albums continue to be mainstays in my iPod rotation.
If I were to rank my favorite albums from those days, I'd put Big Daddy and The Lonesome Jubilee at the top, but the it's the single Human Wheels from the album of the same name that has always been, to me, his finest work. I can't think of a song with more honest lyrics that capture the entire human experience.
Although I no longer consider myself an avid fan, Mellencamp's ability to withstand the test of time in the face of criticism, his unique sound, and his unwavering political convictions has always held my respect. And the fact that he's a Hoosier, and has continued to be a Hoosier, doesn't hurt.
Friday afternoon was cause for celebration at Klipsch, having successfully launched the uber cool HDT 500 Home Theater System in record time. So we took a well-deserved break from our busy day to have a lot of food, a lot of laughs, a little shuffleboard, some live music, and of course, Guitar Hero.
If you call our ProMedia tech support and Derek here answers the phone, be sure to tell him congrats on his Superior Guitar-Hero-Playing Skills.
I posted a photo of the Rebel logo a couple days ago, and someone inquired about the screw above it. Having the bottom of the grill on a hinge allows for this nifty view when the screw is unfastened:
Kudos to our mechanical engineer technician Jay for implementing this brilliant idea.
I stumbled onto this lovely speaker in one of the listening rooms. The photo does not do it justice - the real wood veneer is stunning. I'd love to tell you what it is, but I'm sworn to secrecy. I probably shouldn't even post a photo, but I'm living on the edge. It's how I roll <insert gang-sign here>.
I just love this old logo. I spotted it on a Rebel in our front lobby, waiting patiently for its turn to be refurbished I think tomorrow I'll take some full sized pictures so we can make this page a little more complete.
The marketing department officially moved into the engineering level today. I am in the midst of unpacking and organizing, but did want to leave you with a quick shot of our most enthusiastic of holiday celebrators, Melissa and Brad.
From our Founder Biography:
"In 1997, Paul W. Klipsch was inducted into the
Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, an honor shared by Thomas Edison,
George Washington Carver and the Wright brothers. The Engineering and
Science Hall of Fame recognizes those who have improved the quality of
the human condition through an individual contribution using
engineering and scientific principles."
I like to think about the statement "...those who have improved the quality of
the human condition..." It sounds about right to me.
One of our favorite nerds...I mean, engineers, is leaving us this spring to pursue his higher education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology We are saddened, but also a little amused knowing what MIT has in store for them.
And then there's always this.
Which brings me to my daily photo, taken of his desk. After all, what does a good engineer need beyond a screwdriver, microscope, thin mints and a disc shooter?
We'll miss you, Bradley.
Made in Hope, AR, finished with clear lacquer. (To clarify: when I say "Heritage wood," I mean the MDF used in our Heritage products in Hope. These signs do not have the same "real wood" veneer finish).
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