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Klipsch La Scala II Three-Way Horn-Loaded Loudspeaker, 15-Inch Woofer, and 2-Inch Composite Cone (Single, Walnut)

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  • Legendary Klipsch Tractrix-horn-loaded, three-way single loudspeaker
  • Incredibly efficient loudspeaker with 105db@2.83v/1meter
  • Folded-horn 15" woofer, 2" midrange and 1" tweeter compression drivers
  • Capable of extreme output levels with ultra low distortion and astonishing dynamic range
  • Made in the USA
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Product Specifications

Brand NameKlipsch
Color NameReal Walnut Veneer
Depth11 inches
Driver Configuration15" Patented Folded Horn, 2" Horn Midrange, 1" Horn Tweeter
Frequency Response Curve51 - 17,000 Hz
Crossover Description400 Hz, 4500 Hz
Speaker Driver Material TypePaper
Peak Power Handling - Speakers100 watts
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)11 inches

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Klipsch
  • Model: La Scala II
  • Color Name: Real Walnut Veneer
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 100 Watts
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 25.2 x 38.5 inches ; 187.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 188 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000EI3TZ6
  • Item model number: La Scala II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,904 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 7, 2006

Product Description

Three Way Horn Loaded Loudspeaker, Subwoofer and 2" Composite Cone

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The sound is just - natural.
Marc Danziger
Unsurpassed tonal quality which is most evident on digitally recorded classical music.
Bubo
You will do like I did....found a way to get the money together to buy a pair.
Joseph M. Armato

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bubo on December 21, 2009
I have owned a pair of La Scalas for over 30 years, and they are still going strong with no loss of sound quality. This is the only pair of speakers you will want or need in your lifetime.

Amplifiers

McIntosh stack
Yamaha 2020 (30 years old and still outstanding)
Pioneer Elite top of the line 5.1 receiver
New 7.1 Elite I will be hooking up over 2009 Christmas break

Sources

Originally I used Tandberg and Nakamichi tape decks, Revox B77 reel to reel and a Thorens TD MKII top of the line turn table.

With the advent of digitally recorded, digitally remastered CDs and universally good CD-DVD players I have moved exclusively to CDs and Radio for source.

Pros

* Incredibly efficient, minimizing or eliminating amplifier distortion.
* Inaudible distortion at any volume up to and including ears bleeding.
* Unsurpassed tonal quality which is most evident on digitally recorded classical music. A good quality Phillips digitally mastered recording will move you to tears. Every instrument and every note is clear, precise, accurate and easily discernible.
* No need for a sub-woofer with the 15 inch woofers which accurately reproduce the instruments instead of a dull undefined thumping noise.
* Punch, with the right amp and music the punch these can deliver with crisp accuracy is astounding.
* Easy on the ears, with no distortion and accurate reproduction of the source, you can listen to these speakers all day with no ear fatigue.

Cons

* The only con (which isn't one for me) is size. You will need approximately 24 x 24 footprint space in two corners of the room to maximize the quality of the sound.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Montfort on June 4, 2011
I want to offer a few remarks and supplement what other reviewers have said about the quality of this fantastic loudspeaker, but specifically concentrating on the "nature" of its sound and about its use in home theater systems. I have had my (original series) La Scalas since the early 90's when they came to me used, and I most certainly concur with the other reviewers about their sound and build quality!

Regarding the "nature" of Klipsch audio reproduction in general, when I worked in a medium-ish high-end stereo/video store in the late 80's to early 90's, I picked up a pair of Klipsch KG-1 "bookshelf speakers" (the originals, not the 1.5's). At the time, I worked also as a musician and recording engineer, and was looking for a high quality flat/neutral set of "near-field monitors" (used in the studio recording process to ensure that the recording is accurate and of high quality). The Klipsch rep who came to our store one day highly recommended the KG-1's for this purpose. They still serve faithfully in my home studio to this day, and over the years other musicians and engineers have frequently (and ruefully) made remarks like "Wow! That mix sounds just like it does on the [beaucoup expensive set of such and such] near-field monitors that I use!" The manager of the store's comment was, "The Klipschs are musician's loudspeakers -they sound to a musician like what music sounds like live. And they sound the way the audience will be hearing it." I have always remembered his remark, and it certainly rings true in my experience with Klipschs. No other speaker for me has ever conveyed this quality of "listening live" like Klipschs and specifically my La Scalas.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Armato on October 25, 2010
I have also owned these speakers for over 30 years. Paid 1200 for the pair, brand new and unfinished. Still own them. I can easily describe these speakers in one word....incredible.
When you hear them, you will want them. You will do like I did....found a way to get the money together to buy a pair. If I could afford them, I would build an audio room and have a pair of Klipschorns in the corners. Best speakers in the world, in my opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
Audiophiles used to like to sneer at Klipsch designs- old fashioned, they said. Horns? Who uses horns? Horns are for PA systems. All they have going for them is efficiency, and who needs that is this day of 400-watt FET amplifiers? Until, that is, a few audiophiles rediscovered the wonders of simple, single-ended tube designs. Suddenly, 3 and 5 watt triode amps powered by surplus Western Electric 300B tubes were all the rage. Problem was, those flea-watt amps wouldn't get much output from a pair of $120,000 WIlson Audio speakers. What do do? And someone remembered Klipsch.

Company founder Paul Klipsch was famous for saying (among other things) "What this country needs is a good five watt amp," and he was saying it long before the triode renaissance. Whereas most sealed box speakers have efficiencies of between 2 and 5%, horns can deliver up to 33% efficiency. The La Scalas have a sensitivity of 105dB/Watt @ 1 meter, which is astounding for a Hi-Fi speaker. Consider that the Wilson MAXX, which costs $69,000, produces 90dB/watt- that's a 30:1 difference! The La Scalas can produce sound levels with a 20 watt amplifier that would require A *600* watt amplifier with the Wilsons.

Efficiency isn't everything of course, but it is a lot. You may not want to play music at levels that will make your neighbor's house shake, but it you listen to orchestral music you'll need a system capable of great dynamic range to reproduce the full range of the orchestra- everything from those ppp solo violin parts to a full fff crescendo. A live orchestra can produce a dynamic range of 70dB, or 10,000,000:1 sound level ratio- and well-mastered CD or LP can capture that.
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