Klipsch La Scala II
Floor-standing speaker (Heritage Walnut)
Our take on the Klipsch La Scala II by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
An updated classic
Have a big room? Need a big speaker to fill it? Then the Klipsch Heritage Series La Scala II should definitely be on your short list. Originally released in 1963 for use as a "portable" public address speaker, it also turned out to be a fantastic performer for the home. Now built from resonance-absorbing 1-inch thick MDF instead of plywood and aesthetically enhanced for living room environments, the latest version of this classic horn-loaded floor-standing speaker is ready to rock your world with stunning dynamics, low-distortion bass, and extreme output levels.
A fully horn-loaded design
The La Scala II's horn-loaded tweeter and midrange compression drivers give it exceptional sensitivity, flat frequency response, and broad, controlled dispersion. This translates to unequaled clarity, detail, and lightning-quick transients for that "live, you-are-there" Klipsch sound. A 15" folded-horn woofer delivers truly astonishing bass performance and responsiveness. The La Scala II's extremely high sensitivity also makes it a great choice for low- and medium-powered tube amps. The two-piece design, with separate tweeter/midrange and bass cabinets, helps make transporting and positioning the speaker easier.
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 La Scala II one at a time by hand in Hope, Arkansas. Each speaker is available in a beautiful Cherry, Walnut, or Black Ash lacquered wood veneer finish.
Klipsch Heritage Series products are built to order, handmade in the USA at their Hope, Arkansas manufacturing facility. Please allow up to 8 weeks turnaround time.
- three-way design with horn-loaded enclosures
- separate upper and lower cabinets for easier setup
- frequency response: 51-17,000 Hz (±4dB)
- power handling: 100 watts max. continuous (400W peak)
- sensitivity: 105 dB (1 watt/1 meter)
- maximum acoustic output: 121dB SPL
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- tweeter: 1" phenolic-diaphragm compression driver with exponential horn
- midrange: 2" phenolic-diaphragm compression driver with exponential horn
- woofer: 15" fiber-composite cone with a folded horn
- dual binding post connectors allow bi-wiring or bi-amping
- real wood veneer finish
- 24-1/4"W x 38-1/2"H x 25-1/4"D
- weight: 175.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Loudspeaker cabinet
- Subwoofer cabinet
- Owner's Manual
- "Congratulations" letter
- Klipsch brochure
I've had a pair since 1980, and although I have sampled many other speakers, none that compelled me to make a change. My current room is 17x17 and they sound great. With a 20 watt good sounding tube amp, these will blow you out of your seat at 0.5 Watts, 2 Watts is almost unbearable
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||2|
|Woofer Size (inches)||15|
|Woofer Composition||Fiber composite|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||51-17k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
La Scala II: The La Scala was developed as a more portable Klipschorn to serve as a public address speaker for the 1963 gubernatorial campaign of Winthrop Rockefeller. Like the Klipschorn, it displays extremely high sensitivity and is a fully horn-loaded, three-way speaker featuring a shorter, two-fold bass horn that can operate independently of listening room corners. As a result, the La Scala's only sonic compromise as compared to the Klipschorn is a slightly higher bass cutoff.
3-Way Design: The Klipsch La Scala II consists of two speaker cabinets. There is a top loudspeaker cabinet which consists of a horn-loaded 1" phenolic diaphragm compression tweeter and horn-loaded 2" phenolic diaphragm compression midrange driver for powerful highs and mid frequencies. The bottom loudspeaker cabinet houses a 15" fiber-composite woofer with a folded horn for smooth bass response. The top cabinet gets placed on top of the bottom cabinet.
Book-Matched Wood Veneers: Klipsch only uses book-matched wood veneers for the Heritage series. Each pair of La Scala II 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.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The La Scalla II is outfitted with binding post terminals that will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire. The top and bottom speaker cabinets connect together and then speaker wire is run from the top speaker cabinet to your amplifier.
Placement: The La Scala II will perform well in a variety of locations. However, corner placement will deliver the highest degree of low bass reinforcement. Best results will be achieved using the following general guidelines.
- Place on a common wall 6' to 15' apart and position them equidistant from the wall behind the speakers.
- Angle speakers toward the listener and even with or forward of any adjacent obstructions.
- Placing them near a corner or wall provides the greatest amount of bass while moving the speakers away from room boundaries reduces bass.
- Asymmetrical placement of a pair of speakers from adjacent side walls can smooth room-induced bass unevenness.
Note: Experiment with the above guidelines to suit your taste and to compensate for your room's acoustic characteristics.
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.
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