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Klipsch Museum of Audio History

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Klipsch Museum of Audio History

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rkoonce wrote a review Aug 2019
Tyler, TX51 contributions32 helpful votes
I visited this museum after seeing the one in the old depot in Hope (don't bother). I drove out and found the factory, where I requested a factory tour. I was told, sorry, insurance won't let us do that any more, but here's the key to the museum across the road. The place is full of PWK's personal collection of vintage speakers, amplifiers, etc. Well worth the visit.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Jim T wrote a review Jul 2019
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there is a reason for HOPE, AR on a recent trip back from Houston, TX, driving up I-30 I made my typical pilgrimage stop at exit 30 to see if by chance the most important, critical, interesting museum in the world happened to be open . . . , and to my wondering eyes IT WAS. I knocked, tried the door handle, it was unlocked, I walked in, felt like I might be violating some sacred space of historical renowned, uttered carefully, "hello" and literally got a response back that sounded welcoming and inviting. So instead of running out like a caught felon, I stood my ground and waited. Mr. Jim Hutton, (by all appearances, obviously an "audio guy") the Museum Curator, then appeared and although he was just about to leave, he generously offered to personally give me a tour of the facility, my own schedule immediately shifted, got put on hold, my trip extended and I basked in the thought of experiencing the true wonder of how all of my life's work began. The science, the art, the passion, the earnest zeal for honest and true reproduction of sound. Some a little experimental, some technology because existing just wasn't good enough, and some just because they could, how much more "audio" can you get? I know there is some hype and marketing excuses for stopping and seeing other "things" in Hope, AR, but this is a real reason, an educational experience, and a real piece of world history that actually impacts all who have ever listened to a record, a radio, sound produced by loudspeakers, went to a concert, movie house, you name it, if you heard it, most likely some of the technology that created that sound, started with the marvelous minds of science exampled in this one place. i am still in awe and so grateful for the experience. Mr. Hutton also took the time to allow me to visit their other building by the airport which houses thousands of volumes of Paul Klipsch tech journals and notes dating back to pre-WWII, awesome and awe-struck is a gross under-exaggeration. A BUCKET LIST item has now been checked off. Thank you so much for your time Mr. Jim Hutton!!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Joe T wrote a review Sep 2018
Brooklyn, New York5 contributions2 helpful votes
Been fortunate to visit the museum twice and both times enjoyed Curator Jim Hunters tour. It's a look into the evolution of American audio through the eyes of Paul Klipsch, who's designs and engineering prowess set the standard for what we hear today. An amazing American success story. Mr Hunters knowledge and the exhibits at museum, worth the trip.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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114tripster wrote a review Jun 2018
Dallas, Texas1 contribution
Paul Klipsch was an innovator and a maverick the likes of which are rare and worthy of your time and attention. A fascinating collection of audio innovation put into rich context by Jim Hunter, the Museum director and curator. Also a must stop for WWII history buffs as the building and Paul Klipsch were part of one of the largest munitions testing grounds and airfields in the country. Not far off the freeway and well worth it!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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guywithwine wrote a review Jun 2018
Wellington, Florida4 contributions5 helpful votes
Jim's tour taught us how great audio is produced. The tour started with a demonstration of how the mind fills in lost sound. Lot's of History of creating sound. We learned how great speaker designs are timeless and about the genius of Paul Klipsch. A must do for everyone!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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