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Klipsch Cornwall III

Floor-standing speaker (Heritage Cherry)

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With its ultra-high efficiency horn-loaded midrange and tweeter, and a massive, direct-radiating 15" woofer, the Klipsch Heritage Series Cornwall III easily delivers the full range of power and emotion behind your favorite records, music CDs, and concert videos. Originally designed as a "big brother" to the Heresy, the Cornwall III was first used as a center-channel speaker between two widely spaced Klipschorns. But this speaker's stunning performance allows it to truly stand on its own, providing a huge wall of sound that'll bring the house down. Once you've heard 'em, you'll never forget the sound of Klipsch's Heritage Series loudspeakers.

Bring "big theater sound" to your living room

With its ultra-high efficiency horn-loaded midrange and tweeter, and a massive, direct-radiating 15" woofer, the Klipsch Heritage Series Cornwall III easily delivers the full range of power and emotion behind your favorite records, music CDs, and concert videos. Originally designed as a "big brother" to the Heresy, the Cornwall III was first used as a center-channel speaker between two widely spaced Klipschorns. But this speaker's stunning performance allows it to truly stand on its own, providing a huge wall of sound that'll bring the house down. Once you've heard 'em, you'll never forget the sound of Klipsch's Heritage Series loudspeakers.

Classic Klipsch design

The Cornwall III's horn-loaded tweeter and midrange compression drivers give it exceptional sensitivity, low distortion, flat frequency response, and broad, controlled dispersion. This translates to unequaled power, detail, and dynamics, the hallmarks of the classic Klipsch sound. Its 15" direct-radiating woofer provides the kind of deep bass impact that you can really feel, as well as hear. The Cornwall III's high sensitivity also makes it a great choice for low- and medium-powered tube amps. Plus, dual speaker inputs allow bi-wiring or bi-amping for even better performance.

A hand-built beauty

This speaker looks every bit as good as it sounds, featuring a handsome, furniture-grade woodgrain veneer cabinet. Klipsch still makes the Cornwall III one at a time by hand in Hope, Arkansas. Each speaker is available in a beautiful Cherry, Walnut, or Black Ash lacquered finish, and includes a detachable riser base to raise it off the floor if desired.

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Product Highlights:

  • handmade in Hope, Arkansas
  • three-way design with bass reflex enclosure
  • frequency response: 34-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: 100 watts max continuous (400W peak)
  • sensitivity: 102 dB (1 watt/1 meter)
  • maximum acoustic output: 119dB SPL
  • nominal impedance: 8 ohms
  • 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
  • real wood veneer finish
  • includes detachable riser base
  • dual gold-plated speaker binding posts (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

What's in the Box:

  • Floor-standing loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Congratulations" letter
  • Klipsch brochure

A true classic that will last a lifetime. You will enjoy listening to even bad music because it will sound so good.

Sal, Massachusetts

Reviews

Klipsch Cornwall III Reviews

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(7 Reviews)

Klipsch Cornwall III

Guest from Las Vegas, NV on 8/24/2018

Just wanted to chime in on these historic speakers. I bought my Cornwalls when I was 18. I'm 63 now. They are amazing floorstanders. Hearing an organ on those is like.........well, there's an organ in your house. Great to see people can still get these wonderful speakers. They're still the best I've ever owned.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

The speakers that ended my Quest !

Paul from Brownfield, TX on 2/27/2017

After purchasing a pair of Klipsch Heresy's III from Crutchfield, I fell in love with the sound of the Klipsch Heritage speakers series. I found myself so addicted to the sound and wanted more, so I bought a pair of Cornwall III's directly from Klipsch in cherry color. I was blown away by their beauty, their size and the smell of fresh stain,..!!! Hearing them for the first time was to me like a baptism into the big league of HI-FI sound,...All I could say was WOW, WOW, WOW,.... The sound was so clear at every level, yet detailed, and engulfing. Those speakers are in a different league of their own, no other floor standing speaker I have ever listened too, comes even close to the Cornwall's, and that is some high end and high dollars speakers I have owned or auditioned. I don't think of myself as an audiophile and won't use the terms they use, all I know is I enjoy a good sound when I hear it. The Cornwall's are all I have ever wanted in a speaker and then some. I started selling all my other speakers, now that I finally found them. Yes, for me, those are the speakers to end all other F/S speakers. I am powering them now with a tube amp, after trying several hi end solid state amplifiers, which all sound good, but not as great as my Tube pre amp/amp set up I ended up using. Sources includes: CD Player, TT, producing a supreme sounds,.. and streaming Spotify (Oppo Sonica Dac) sounds excellent and clear and detailed as well. Never looking bac

Pros: Amazing sound, in every way and at every level.

Cons: None.

Musical Live Performance

ANTHONY A from washington, DC on 2/1/2016

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I had Klipschorns. Klipschorns are the best in the heritage. Yet a little too harsh compare to the Cornwall III. La Scalas are a step down from the Klipschorns as far. Cornwall III are a big step up from previous Cornwalls as to trebles, transparency and musicality. Cornwall III are the most addictive speaker I heard. Trumpets, guitars, musicality, drums and rhythms and disappearing act are more impressive than any other speakers including Klipschonrs. KlipschHorns have greater transparency, dynamic and bigger sound, yet harsher than Cornwalls III. Do not Cornwall is your room is narrower than 16 feet. They will sound booming and awful.

Pros: Trumpets, guitars, musicality, drums and rhythms and disappearing act

Cons: Very boomy in small rooms narrow rooms.

Klipsch Cornwall III

Frank D. from Eagan, MN. on 7/23/2015

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I've owned many sets of speakers as well as associated audio components. Speakers are very subjective. For many reasons, people have varying opinions on gear that is for the most part, equal in cost, design and build quality. I've owned other Klipsch speakers and had very high expectations for the Cornwall III's. And I was not disappointed. The build quality was very traditional Klipsch with excellent veneer matching and finishing. I set these up using 125 watt mono-block tube amplification and tube preamp. I'm impressed by the way these speakers handle the dynamics of the music. When a drum Is hit hard, you'll know it! They will produce what you're sending them. If the recording is detailed, they will give you that. And you get a realistic sound stage. Like a live performance. Nothing is perfect, and nothing satisfies everyone, but I feel that my money was well spent, and have these to enjoy for decades to come.

Pros: Build quality. Big sound stage. Handles dynamic range with ease. Sound is 'live'.

Cons: None.

Classic American made Speaker

Sal from Massachusetts on 4/14/2015

A true classic that will last a lifetime. You will enjoy listening to even bad music because it will sound so good.

Pros: Amazing dynamic range and realism in midrange, smooth highs, quick bass that is never boomy. Super efficient needs little power Sound never distorts even at crazy volume Sounds good at low volume as well Made in Little Rock AK, not China This is a classic speaker around for decades 30 year old Cornwells sell for what people paid for them or more. Replacement parts are readily available including custom replacement drivers and crossovers. Speaker surrounds never rot like foam

Cons: Freaking huge, I think black finish is ugly, so go for the natural wood. These will sound a bit muffled if you try to wedge them into a little room SOme other speakers are more forgiving of bad quality recordings and music sources.

Awesome!!!

Chip[ster845 from Upstate, NY on 10/31/2014

I've had these speakers for a couple of months now and as someone who's been an audiophile for over 50 years, I can tell you that they are truly awesome. With all components (pre-amp, amp, EQ, CD & tape players) remaining the same, I'm hearing a so much higher level of quality and enjoying notes that previoujsly went unheard. The research that I put into selecting new speakers has paid terrific dividends. They won't disappoint. . One reason that I selected these was for the 15" bass speaker and they really do produce some wall shaking sounds if you turn it up. You really do't need a sub woofer and the 15" is far superior to the 2-3 6x9's found in other models. Another reason, if not one of the main reasons was the selectivity of 102 as opposed to the 88 & 90 of other models and speakers. Consequently, you really don't need much p;ower to enjoy the benefits of the built-in quality. : These are large, heavy speakers weighing almost 100 pounds each. Mine were delivered via UPS Frieght and the UPS policy forbids the driver from entering your home. So it would be very helpful to request the use of his/her dolly to transport them from your front door to your area for placement. If not, then you'll surely need another peson to assist you. Also, as Crutchfileld points out in one of their 'tips', use only high grade, top quality speaker wire. And, to be fully enjoyed, you really need a very large room, preferably with no shared walls or anyone above or below.

Pros: Fantastic sound and hard to beat at this price point for a solid return on an investment. It's hard to imagine that higher priced speakers could deliver that much more quality than these. And, the folks at Crutchfield continue to be the very best to deal with, bar none.

Cons: None.

Klispch Cornwall III

GaryW from Shreveport, LA 71104 on 9/6/2014

If your room have corners for the Klispchorn then good. These magnificent Cornwall speakers can be placed anywhere in a large room. They are large heavy solid speakers that won't diminish the quality ambiance of any room...with your choice of finishes . "30 yrs" ago I bought matched Hi Gloss matched Rosewood Cornwalls . The saying you get what you pay for applies to the top of the line Klispch speakers. Any audiophile will agree.. The horn tweeter , mid-range & 15 inch direct radiating woofer are perfectly balanced . . Having a sub woofer with a pair of Cornwalls is just silly with the 15 inch woofers .. These speakers are very inappropriate and a waste of money for a condo or even a home if your home is very close to another residence. It takes very little power to push these speakers but the huge volume is not what makes a pair of Klisph Cornwalls so very special. . . the softest ting of a cymbal sounds like its right there with you. The clarity , the accuracy is so enjoyable you will never want to part with these speakers. The mid-range is perfect . Now the bass. . . Wow . tight , accurate with all the Boom that comes your source. These speakers do not put out a sound thats warped like a Boom box in the back of a car. This Cornwall sounds like a real marching band a few feet away if you like. The boom of the bass drum, the clash & tingle of the cymbal are right there in the room with you. You will soon be spoiled & few speakers will measure up.

Pros: Clarity , accuracy, no distortion and a firm solid boom of a base drum sounds exactly like the bass drum with no distortion. At very low volume all the detail comes through alive and clear. Speakers do not cause ear fatigue. If you want to crank these speakers hard they can be heard a block away, without distortion. Years ago the Cornwall was used commercially , price and size became a problem. Cornwall has more base than the La Scaly that professionals use today.

Cons: None. . . These are large speakers a pair of these aren't made for a small. Room must be moderately large.

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood veneer
Color Cherry
Tweeter Horm-loaded
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 1.75
Woofer Size (inches) 15
Woofer Composition Fiber composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 100
Frequency Response 34-20k Hz
Sensitivity 102 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 35-3/4
Width (inches) 25-5/16
Depth (inches) 15-1/2
Weight 98 lbs

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Features

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,

Note: The Heritage Series consists of the La Scala II, Cornwall III, Heresy III, and Forte (all sold separately).

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.

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The maximum power of the Phase Linear 400 is 200wpc, not counting any headroom. The Klipsch Cornwall has a sensitivity of 102db/2.83dcv/1m . Given those figures, the sound pressure level at 1khz would be over 124db. So, to break that down, if the distortion was very very low coming from the amp.......uh.........you'll have no need for all 200 wpc. Having that much on tap won't hurt, but you'll never need it in a hkme system. -Tom B. : Klipsch Forums [ Tom  Nov 03, 2018 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: No, the power handling: 100 watts max continuous (400W peak). If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Aug 11, 2015 ]  Staff
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