Paul W. Klipsch, 98, who pioneered high-quality audio systems, died Sunday of causes related to aging. He died in Hope, Ark., where he founded his company, Klipsch Audio Technologies, in 1946.
Klipsch, a native of Elkhart, Ind., was the son of a mechanical engineer and became intrigued with audio when his mother moved the family phonograph into a corner, unexpectedly improving the sound. He built his first speaker at 15. He graduated from New Mexico State University, now home to the Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and earned a master's degree at Stanford.