Originally Posted by Rhetor
And we will definitely,trust your expertise on that one, knowing you have worked your way up through Jubs. Was it worth it, the jump from Khorns to Jubilees?
To simply say "yes" does not in my mind, convey how deep the decision was for me. I was 18 years old when I first discovered Klipsch. Never heard them before, never heard OF them before. I did not have the luxury of my parents having a system like some....
So I'm 18 years old and was immediately smitten by that huge dynamic powerful sound that few speakers can give. I absolutely lusted after a pair of Khorns however, I was 18 and going to college the next year. Carrying Khorns into a dorm isn't the most practical thing to do....so what do I do?
I go to the dealer the following year and buy a pair of LaScalas. They were more "self contained", needing no corner. They were less expensive so I could afford those much easier than the desired Khorns.
So I buy the LaScalas in 1979 and after college, move around a bit. Apartment to apartment....city to city and with transfers, state to state. Fast forward a number of years and now I'm in my own house and we have the internet & forums. It dawned on me that I'm finally in a financial position where I could buy a pair of Khorns if I wanted and have my own house to put them in.
I bought a pair of what I had dreamed to own for more than 20 years. I was in heaven....my wife thought I was in kook's-ville. Be it as it may, I was happy as a bug in a rug because I finally owned what I felt to be the pinnacle of sound & dynamics.
I had been on the Klipsch forum for a while and one of their company get togethers was announced in Hope. I had DREAMED of going to the factory years prior. How neat would it be to go to the place to see where my LaScalas were made.... and the Khorn to boot! Then again....how weird is it that some guy a couple years out of college might travel a couple states away to see a speaker factory?
That was a trip I never made and today in hindsight, hearing the stories of people who did make that trip, getting a chance to meet PWK... I'm still kicking myself.
So, I was not about to miss an opportunity to visit the factory on a company sponsored tour. I already had too many regrets and didn't want another.
I go to the event and because of prior conversations (that I was unaware of) Roy had a single Jubilee in the corner of their lab's listening room to audition. I had heard of the speaker & read about it....but hey.... I have my Khorns and there ain't nuthen better.
Roy closed the door, put on Eagle's Hotel California. In the first 30 seconds of that song from startup to the initial WHUMP of that drum hitting was all it took. The instant I heard that WHUMP from a single speaker.....the instant I felt that single speaker pressurize the room I had an ear to ear smile and I said to myself "THAT is what I've been looking for"
I knew in that first 30 seconds that I loved the scale & sound of the speaker and I wanted a pair. I went home and told the wife about them. I showed her a picture of them. I was basically acting like a 4 year old crybaby telling my wife I wanted to get a pair.... and she then said the fateful words. "Richard... just go do it"
It was at that point that I internally snickered and shut up. I didn't say a SINGLE word about them again. I simply ordered them. Later on when she found out they were on the way to delivery, she freaked out. "how could you" "we can't have monster teenager speakers in the house" and various things like that. I calmly reminded her that it was with HER permission that I ordered them. She of course, had no comeback to that. (it will always be wondered if I was acting like a 4 year old crybaby or if I was masterfully playing the wife)
The day I ordered the speakers (literally, the very day) I put my Khorns up for sale. I had someone pop up within an hour of my listing saying he'd take my Khorns and wanted to come up that next weekend to get them.
This was a bit fast for me as I had to wait 5 weeks for the Jubilee's to be made and delivered. Be it as it may.... he came that weekend and took my Khorns. Several weeks later, Jubilee's were in place and I was tickled pink.
To me, here is the interesting thing.... I had lusted for Khorns for decades. I finally got a beautiful pair. I then heard the Jubilee and sold the Khorns. I have not missed the Khorns for 4 nano-seconds since their departure. Zero, none, nada, zilch. For as long as I lusted for them, as much as I cherished them they are not missed at all.
I kind of feel guilty admitting that because the Khorn is a formidable speaker in its own right and it's what built the company. I just think that when PWK set out to create the Klipschorn II and ended up with the Jubilee, his prior 50 years of experience did not go to waste. They really hit it out of the ballpark.