Klipsch celebrates 70th anniversary with limited edition Cornwall and La Scala speakers
Klipsch, an audio company distributed in Australia by Powermove, is marking its 70th anniversary with the release of two additional ‘Heritage series’ speakers – Cornwall and La Scala.
Workers at the company will handcraft 70 pairs of each model at its manufacturing facility in Hope, Arkansas.
They will feature an “exotic” Australian Walnut wood veneer, a silver luster grille cloth, special edition logos and a signature 70th Anniversary plaque identifying its numbered sequence in the series.
Klipsch was founded by Paul W. Klipsch in 1959. The Cornwall, which was the first model the company released, derives its name from being the first loudspeaker designed to operate from either a corner or against a wall (corn/wall). The speaker was designed to serve as a larger, full-range alternative to the Heresy when used as a center channel speaker between two widely spaced Klipschorns. When it was discontinued in 1990, audiophile fans commenced a letter-writing campaign and a petition to bring back the storied Cornwall.
The new Cornwall III is a three-way design using horn-loaded compression drivers for the mid-range and treble and a direct-radiating 15″ woofer for the low frequencies.
The La Scala was first launched in 1963 when Paul W. Klipsch made it for Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller to use as a public address speaker. Because some considered it a ‘portable’ and more affordable version of the Klipschorn, the La Scala found success beyond the campaign.
On a single watt, the La Scala generates 105db of sound pressure.