Cornwall III Highlights
- Ultra-low distortion
- Incredible dynamic range
- Real wood veneer finish
- Custom made - built to order
- Hand-crafted in the United States
- Legendary speaker since 1959
- Tweeter: 1” titanium-compression diaphragm with Tractrix horn
- Squawker: 1.75” titanium-compression diaphragm with exponential horn
- Woofer: 15” fiber-composite cone
- Weight: 98 lbs.
- Five-year factory warranty
- World Wide Stereo’s 60-day guarantee
Classic Sound Meets Modern Tech
Ready for an upgrade to the highest-quality speakers on the planet? It’s time to consider the hand-crafted, custom designed Klipsch Cornwall III, a speaker that can do it all. Part of Klipsch’s Heritage series, it belts out a wall of sound that leaves every other speaker in the dust - and it does it with a style that only Klipsch can deliver.
A Center-Channel Pioneer
Klipsch introduced the Cornwall in 1959 as a larger alternative to their best-selling Heresy series. A pioneer of the center channel, the Cornwall was designed to augment their best-selling Klipschorn speakers in very large rooms. Brought back in 1990 after a letter-writing campaign, the popular Cornwall III is also a highly versatile speaker in its own right -- prefiguring the development of classic floorstanding designs.
The Klipsch Difference
Hifi loudspeakers traditionally use three drivers: a tweeter for high ranges, a squawker for medium ranges, and a woofer for bass ranges. Klipsch’s Cornwall III was one of the speakers that originated that pattern, and to this day they do it better than anyone else.
The bottom line is that they have more even sound coverage that fills a room with rich, immersive audio – hear the nuances of a triangle’s ting or the powerful guitar riff of your favorite rock band. When it comes to accurate sound reproduction, Klipsch sets the highest bar of all - only a Klipsch Cornwall speaker can deliver this level of performance.
The top driver is a masterpiece of Klipsch’s sonic technology -- its 1” titanium compression tweeter, mated to a Tractrix horn. Unlike a traditional tweeter, the Tractrix horn reproduces clear, crisp, subtle highs -- reproducing sound exactly as the artist intended it, free of distortion, wholly unique - almost as pure as a trip to the orchestra.
Below the Tractrix horn, find the Cornwall’s midrange driver: a 1¾” titanium compression driver, connected to an exponential horn. (Horns are named after the shape of their curve.) If this sounds familiar, don’t be surprised: the fabled Klipschorn uses a similar midrange setup.
Perhaps the best part of the Cornwall III, however, is its immense 15” fiber-composite cone woofer. It’s the same driver that the Klipschorn uses for its bass, resulting in some of the deepest, richest lows from any speaker on the market.
Handcrafted in America
Klipsch’s Heritage Series are all hand-crafted and custom built-to-order right here in America at the legendary Klipsch factory in Hope, Arkansas. It’s a tradition that’s been handed down continuously from Klipsch’s very first speakers, ensuring the highest product quality standards. Call us today to learn more!
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE 34Hz - 20 kHz 3db
- POWER HANDLING 100w max continuous (400 w peak)
- SENSITIVITY 102 db @ 1watt/1meter
- NOMINAL IMPEDANCE 8 ohms
- CROSSOVER FREQUENCY HF: 5000Hz
- LF: 800Hz
- MAXIMUM ACOUSTIC OUTPUT 119db
- TWEETER K-107-TI 1" (2.54cm) Titanium diaphragm compression driver
- HIGH FREQUENCY HORN K-79-T Tractrix
- MIDRANGE K-53-TI 1.75" (4.45 cm) Titanium diaphragm compression driver
- MID FREQUENCY HORN Exponential Horn
- WOOFER K-33-E 15" (38.1cm) Fiber composite cone
- ENCLOSURE MATERIAL MDF
- ENCLOSURE TYPE Bass reflex via front slot ports
- DIMENSIONS 35.75" H (90.81cm) x 25.31" W (64.29cm) x 15.5" D (39.37cm)
- WEIGHT 98 lbs
- FINISH Cherry
- BUILT FROM 2006
Customer Reviews for Klipsch Cornwall III Floorstanding Speaker - Each (Cherry)
I feel kinda stupid for not giving horns a chance before now. I pretty much accepted, without hearing for myself, the claims that horns sound shouty and harsh. This couldn’t be further from the truth as far as the Cornwalls go; there is nothing bright or forward about them. They have Incredibly lifelike sound at ANY volume from a whisper to a hair raising holler. And though they sound clean and undistorted at ear-bleed volumes, it’s how they sound at quiet levels that most surprises me.
To summarize some pros, cons:
Build quality. The fit/finish is beautiful. The wood veneer is flawless and the grill cloth has a super cool feel - like something from a Marshall guitar amplifier. At first I thought the grills weren’t removable. But they are - they’re held in place with 6 small, but powerful, earth magnets.
I first powered the Cornwalls with a 50w Arcam integrated amp I was lent while my McIntosh MA6600 (200w/ch) was being repaired. At 50% volume the modest Arcam drove the speakers to shockingly loud levels, without a hint of strain or distortion. The sound was perfectly smooth, clear, and effortless. I assumed the little Arcam must have been pumping out nearly all of it’s 50 watts to achieve this. To my surprise, when I got my Mac MA6600 back - which features wattage meters - I found this wall-shaking volume was barely 10 watts!! Again, this is CRAZY loud. So, you don’t need an exotic, pricey amp to drive these - any high quality NAD, Rotel or other quality moderately-powered amp will suffice. My usual listening volume, which most people would argue is still too loud, is barely 2 watts!
Very tight and effortless bass. I thought the big 15” woofer would sound muddy compared to the 3 6” woofers of the Paradigm’s, but not so. ..The bass is tight and deep at ANY volume.
Size: Obviously, you’ll need a big room and a spouse/partner who is willing to put music ahead of aesthetics. Though they’re beautifully built, there’s no getting around the fact that they are massive, hard to move around, and very boxy looking. Personally, I very much dig their retro-look. Within my friend and family circle, it seems the millennials dig their badass size, and throw-back appearance, whereas the older crowd preferred the sleek, Scandinavian furniture-like appearance of the S8’s I had just prior.
Imaging: While the Cornwalls do a solid job of placing the instruments within the stereo soundstage, I would not say this is a relative strength. Maybe it’s the way the horns disperse sound, or maybe it’s that I haven’t spent nearly as much time adjusting their placement, but I have had speakers that do this better. Personally, I feel imaging is a bit over-rated anyway. Yes, it’s cool hearing instruments floating in air, but it doesn’t really correlate with how much I “feel” and dig the music. I’ve heard speakers that image beautifully that were not otherwise very enjoyable.
Cabinet bracing (is the Pro or a Con?) The first thing I do when I checking out speakers is knock on the cabinet to gauge how hollow the speaker sounds. I had been told (and read) that this helps predict whether the cabinet will resonate while playing music. Well, the Cornwall III’s indeed sound a bit hollow when you rap on them, but they don’t resonate at ANY volume. No matter what kind of music or test tones I played, I could not detect any blurring or buzzing from the cabinets. So I guess this isn’t a con at all. Perhaps Klipsch feels these that since these already weigh 100lb ea. why needlessly increase their weight with lots of internal bracing if there isn’t a problem w/ resonances.
Again, after years of owning many great loudspeakers, I have never enjoyed a pair as much as I enjoy these. You’ll love them if you have room for them.