Klipsch Heritage Range
The little town of Hope, Arkansas is the birthplace of the Klipsch Heritage range of speakers. Assembled with cabinets handmade there since the 1950's, Klipsch are incredibly proud to continue this practice in the United States.
The reason these sound so live and realistic? THE HORNS. These have horn driven mids and highs and these are not the horns of yesterday (the 60s and 70s). No more hollow sound, no more sounding like a megaphone. Nope, todays horn speakers from Klipsch, at least the heritage line, sound like butter. Smooth, rich, huge and filled with presence. You can hear the breath, the cracks in the voice. Again, these speakers are NEVER fatiguing or at all bright even when driven to concert level.
The Klipsch Heritage range can sound explosive even at almost inaudible volumes. This lets the speakers be played at significantly lower volume without losing the sense of hearing real music. Don't think that this dynamics issue is trivial - it is what makes most speakers sound like speakers and not live music. Unlike most speakers, the Heritage range dynamics don't compress at super high volumes.
The Klipsch's have detail without being etched and harsh, you have a gorgeous full magical midrange where these speakers excels the most and you have bass that is unreal, and is used when called upon. These things can rock you like a hurricane or whisp you away with gentle sounds of smooth jazz. Vocals will be with you in the room, big and rich sound. Once you have heard horns, and like them, you are hooked. They have a awesome soundstage and these speakers look impressive even when they just sit there with their beautiful timber aesthetic.