Klipsh Audio Technologies

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January 28, 2008

Klipsch Group, Inc. announced Tuesday that longtime executive Mark Casavant has been promoted to the position of vice president of product development for Klipsch and Jamo loudspeakers, and also been put in charge of product development for the company’s Mirage and Energy brands. Casavant had been with the company since 1991, serving in a variety of positions, most recently as vice president of business development. “Mark brings years of valuable experience to these positions,” president and COO Paul Jacobs said in the company’s announcement. “His background in product development management and in developing new markets will be of great value to our brands.”

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January 21, 2008

The speaker and home theater sound provider Klipsch said last week that it plans a significant presence at the Sundance Film Festival, which began Friday in Park City, Utah and continues through Jan. 27. The company’s role, which Klipsch calls “stronger than ever,” will include participation in the event’s Boost Mobile Lounge, while also sponsoring a film screening at the event: “Be Kind Rewind,” which was directed by Michel Gondry and stars Jack Black and Mos Def. Klipsch is also planning “buzz marketing” events throughout the festival, and will auction off a pair of autographed Icon Series XF-48 speakers to benefit the Writers

Klipsch Receives Skew Horn Patent
October 29, 2007

The audio manufacturer Klipsch has announced that it has been awarded a patent by the federal government for its design of the skew horn for a loudspeaker. Designed by Roy Delgado, who is the company’s principal engineer for commercial products, worked on the design for eight months. The patented technology is already included in the company’s R-5650 and KS-7800-THX in-wall surround speakers. The patent, numbered #7,275,621, is for “a horn including a substantially flat coupling flange defining a coupling flange plane, a substantially planar mouth defining a mouth plane, an elongated throat extending between the coupling flange and the mouth, a transducer for

Essence of Audio
October 1, 2007

Cool-running, ‘green,’ wireless, svelte, small-footprint, thin-bezeled, flange-free, uni-cabled, unobtrusive, stealthy, minimalist. Quite a packet of adjectives—but at least one or more applied to nearly everything audio at the Fall 2007 CEDIA Expo. The only “fat” things about the bevy of products unveiled in Denver last month were their performance levels and their potential for lifting profitability for both hybrid c-tailers and custom integrators soon to be faced in the fourth-quarter with a reprise of 2006’s flat-panel feeding frenzy. Chris Byrne, NHT managing director, whose company dedicated its booth acreage to showcasing the high-performance Pro Theater System founded on the brand’s Xd-based speakers and

Jamo U.S. Names Vice President of Sales
February 13, 2007

Klipsch Group Americas, distribution company for the Klipsch and Jamo loudspeaker brands, named Lyle Smith vice president of sales for Jamo U.S. Smith will oversee distribution, channel and category strategies for the Jamo brand in North and South America. The current Indianapolis resident spent the first 14 years of his career at specialty retail chain Ultimate Electronics, where he served as a general manager and later moved into a regional management position. At one point, he was responsible for leading a group of 14 Ultimate retail stores, and he opened new markets, including Dallas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, for the retailer. He was named Ultimate’s

Klipsch Sues Numerous E-Commerce Violators
September 18, 2006

Speaker manufacturer Klipsch Audio Technologies filed a federal suit against DigitalCraze.com, ReliableAudioVideo.com, and SoundCityExpo.com for sales violations. It seeks “recovery of damages as well as an injunction to prevent the defendants from inducing authorized dealers to transship Klipsch products, interfering with the contractual relationships between Klipsch and its authorized dealers, infringing on Klipsch trademarks, illegally using Klipsch’s copyrighted materials, and otherwise competing unfairly with Klipsch.” Klipsch filed nearly identical suits in 2004 against brandnamez.com, crazyeddie.com, 50TopSellers.com, AuthorizedElectronics.com, TheBestPriceStore.com and HomeTheaterPhiles.com. The company said it “accomplished everything it set out to do with the previous lawsuits, including securing a lifetime ban that prevents the web sites, their

Klipsch Acquires Audio Products International
August 21, 2006

Klipsch Group, Inc., the parent company of Klipsch Audio Technologies and International, acquired loudspeaker manufacturer Audio Products International Corp., (API), last week. API produces the Mirage, Energy and Athena Technologies brands. “The acquisition of API will assist Klipsch in our commitment to greatly improve business operations on a global level,” said Klipsch Group Chairman Fred Klipsch. “This purchase is another step in our strategic plan of adding unique and successful loudspeaker companies to our portfolio of products.” API, like previous Klipsch acquisition Jamo, remains an independently operated entity, with its own design and engineering teams. But the various companies, said Klipsch, “will work in a cooperative

Business as Better Than Usual
April 1, 2005

A look at how two of the industry's major acquisitions are playing out By Nancy Klosek One match pairs a home networking systems/structured wiring market leader with an electrical distribution giant. The other marries a duo of high-profile loudspeaker companies with equally rich but diverse legacies. Two separate situations and two unique sets of motives, to be sure, spurred these respective acquisitions. But the duenna supervising the courtships, in both cases, was one and the same: necessity. The acquisitions of On-Q Home by Legrand and Jamo by Klipsch have raised myriad issues, prompting Custom Retailer to examine the whys and wherefores of these

Audio in High Definition
March 1, 2005

The audio market, in its earliest years, was shaped by the music-loving hobbyists who created it—and it had nothing whatsoever to do with video. But the wants of the lifestyle customer, which now center around flat-panel TV, have brought the category into high definition, both literally and figuratively. Just what it takes to sell audio in a video-centric marketplace was the springboard for this survey of suppliers and custom retailers. The result: a diversity of opinions touching on at-retail presentation, product-design strategies and the influence of something that one retailer characterized as "the most exciting thing to come along since I got into