About the Klipsch Cornwall III Special Edition
Stunning performance from an iconic speaker
Stunning performance from an iconic speaker
Way back in 1959, Paul Klipsch started making his original Cornwall speaker in Hope, Arkansas. Fast-forward nearly 60 years, and the third iteration of this floor-standing masterpiece is still proudly crafted by hand in the same small town.
Each Cornwall III stands nearly three feet tall and over two feet wide, and weighs almost 100 pounds. But there's a reason this classic design has survived in the age of smaller speakers: it produces incredibly natural, tonally rich sound with seeming effortlessness. And this special edition looks every bit as good as it sounds, featuring a handsome, furniture-grade real-wood veneer cabinet.
The Cornwall III's horn-loaded tweeter and midrange driver give it exceptional sensitivity, low distortion, flat frequency response, and broad, controlled dispersion — the hallmarks of the classic Klipsch sound (shown in Rosewood).
Classic Klipsch design and sound
The Cornwall III features Klipsch's signature 1" titanium horn-loaded tweeter, along with a 1-3/4" titanium horn-loaded midrange driver. And it brings the bass, too, thanks to a massive, direct-radiating 15" woofer. Use a pair of Cornwall IIIs for a floor-to-ceiling wall of sound that coaxes every detail out of your favorite albums.
Easy to drive
The Cornwall III's high sensitivity means you don't necessarily need a huge amplifier to push it to satisfying levels. Plus, dual binding post connections allow bi-wiring or bi-amping for even better performance.
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- handmade in Hope, Arkansas
- limited edition real-wood veneer finish
- three-way design with bass reflex enclosure
- tweeter: 1" titanium-diaphragm compression driver with Tractrix® horn
- midrange: 1-3/4" titanium-diaphragm compression driver with exponential horn
- woofer: 15" fiber-composite cone
- frequency response: 34-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- power handling: 100 watts max continuous (400W peak)
- sensitivity: 102 dB (1 watt/1 meter)
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- maximum acoustic output: 119dB SPL
- rosewood veneer finish
- dual gold-plated speaker binding posts (bi-amp and bi-wire capable)
- 25-3/8"W x 35-3/4"H x 15-1/2"D
- weight: 98 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 1066636
What's in the box:
- Floor-standing loudspeaker
- Owner's Manual
- "Congratulations" letter
- Klipsch brochure
Klipsch Cornwall III Special Edition reviews
I have the East Indian rosewood version which are large and drop dead gorgeous. Running a 40 watt per channel tube amp which is more than enough power. These are very bright when new, better after 20 hours and now at 80 hours, sound incredible. The Cornwalls have a different sound character compared to modern designs. Very high frequencies are a bit more defined by the Dalis I had been using and others that I demo'd. Those unobtanium tweeters sound different, but not necessarily better than the Klipsch horn tweeters. Vocals with the Cornwalls have a special richness to them that the more clinical modern designs lack. Bass from the 15 inch woofer is phenomenal. If you are looking for a modern audiophile speaker, you may be happier elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an incredibly rich and warm relationship with your music, the Cornwalls are magic.
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More details on the Klipsch Cornwall III Special Edition
Features & specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||1.75|
|Woofer Size (inches)||15|
|Woofer Composition||Fiber composite|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||34-20k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
Cornwall III: The Cornwall was introduced in 1959 as a larger full range alternative to the Heresy as a center channel speaker in a three-speaker stereo array. It provides the full range bass response of the Klipschorn with sensitivity and output approaching the fully horn-loaded models. Like the Heresy, the Cornwall III is a three-way design utilizing horn-loaded compression drivers for midrange and treble frequencies and a direct radiating 15"woofer for the low frequencies.
3-Way Design: The Cornwall III utilizes a three-way design featuring a horn-loaded 1" titanium compression high frequency driver and a horn-loaded 1.75" titanium compression midrange driver, plus a direct-radiating 15" woofer for a combination of wide frequency response, low distortion, and high power output.
Book-Matched Wood Veneers: Klipsch only uses book-matched wood veneers for the Heritage series. Each pair of Cornwall III loudspeakers is grain-matched using wood veneer panels that come from the same timber. The veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint - like turning the pages of a book. This gives each speaker a more aesthetically appealing and consistent appearance that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer. Each cabinet is carefully matched so that each speaker in the pair is practically indistinguishable from the other. The speakers move seamlessly together through the factory. Each finished product is inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that each pair of speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set.
Dual Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Klipsch Cornwall III loudspeaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single/dual), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.
Corner Placement: The Cornwall III derives its name from being the first Klipsch loudspeaker designed to operate from either a corner or against a wall (corn/wall).
Heritage Series (Made in the USA): The Klipsch Heritage Series is built and handmade in the USA at Klipsch's manufacturing facility in Hope Arkansas. They are meticulously handcrafted and assembled using the finest quality materials, even down to the highest-grade adhesives and fasteners (no detail goes unnoticed). Each Heritage Series loudspeaker utilizes Klipsch proprietary horn-loaded technology to bring a live music listening experience into the home. All Heritage Series loudspeakers are available in a variety high-quality wood veneers. Klipsch Heritage loudspeakers are built to rock the house and stand the test of time. This is a speaker that will be handed down for generations to come,
4 Principles of Klipsch Sound: Paul W. Klipsch believed four principles to be the foundation for great sound. They continue to drive the design of every new Klipsch speaker, today and tomorrow.
- High Efficiency & Low Distortion: Klipsch horn technology is highly efficient, providing more accurate sound with less power and less distortion - resulting in louder, cleaner audio. Klipsch's Law: Efficiency is inversely proportional to distortion.
- Controlled Directivity: Klipsch horn technology accurately directs sound to the proper locations, which, in turn, creates a more lifelike soundstage without wasting acoustic energy where sound is not needed or desired.
- Wide Dynamic Range: The softest sounds are reproduced with remarkable clarity and the loudest sounds are delivered without harshness or distortion - with the greatest possible range between the softest and loudest sounds.
- Flat Frequency Response: Audio is delivered without frequency bias - no unnatural highs, mids or lows - reproducing recorded sound as accurately as possible without colorization.