Klipsch Palladium P-39F Tower Speaker Abilene TX
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Klipsch Palladium P-39F Tower Speaker
September 2, 2008 By Steve Guttenberg
The Audacity of Hope
In the beginning there was Klipsch. Well, if not quite the beginning it was in 1946 when Paul W. Klipsch founded the company that bears his name in Hope, Arkansas.
His very first speaker, the Klipschorn, was so good it's remained in continuous production to this day, and sales over the last few years are on the upswing!
With the Palladium Series the company ventured into a new higher-end strata.
Years in development, Klipsch project engineers working in the company's technology center in Indianapolis, Indiana, collaborated on the project with engineers in Hope, Arkansas; Munich, Germany; and Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China.
The new speaker forgoes Klipsch's traditional, square-edged aesthetic; for the Palladium project the company enlisted the talents of BMW DesignworksUSA in Los Angeles, California. Right—they design some of BMW's cars and that explains the three bass-enhancing ports gracing the rear flanks of the speaker. The ports really do lend an automotive look to the Palladium P-39F. Vrroom!
The boldly curved speaker's "boat tail" shape is distinctive as all get out and the rounded cabinet's interior quells resonance that would muddy the sound. Those curved sides are made from seven ply, constrained layer, composite laminate wood panels, and the front baffle is reinforced with steel. It's a large speaker, 56 inches tall and 24.75 deep, but it doesn't seem as imposing as some statement designs.
The Palladium's zebra grain veneers come in your choice of three finishes, Natural, Merlot, and Espresso (the wood is sourced from protected forests).
The 165 pound speaker rests on an aluminum and steel plinth/base; which reminds me, the P-39F's speaker cable connectors are stealthily concealed within its bottom panel.
With the grilles removed it's easy to see the P-39F is a very different type of speaker. Like every Klipsch ever made the new flagship is a "horn loaded" design. That is, the speaker's .75-inch titanium tweeter and 4.5-inch aluminum midrange drivers are set into Tractrix horns that precisely control the drivers' dispersion, lower distortion and increase the driver's efficiency compared to direct radiating drivers mounted on a speaker's baffle. The three heavily dished 9-inch, three layer aluminum/Rohacell/Kevlar hybrid woofers pump out the P-39F's bass. Oh boy, do they ever.
The engineers set out to make the drivers the company's very best ever, true statement designs. Each pair of speakers' drivers is matched to extremely tight tolerances, and each P-39F gets shipped with a complete set of testing and quality control documents. And just like the granddaddy Klipschorn and the professional cinema speakers, the Palladiums are hand-assembled and tested in the company's Arkansas facility. Same as it ever was.
The P-39F isn't the sort of speaker that I have to struggle with to describe its sound. They're serious rock and roll a...