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Update 10-27-2021

Today I have opened up Canada and many EU countries as well as the UK and Ireland for purchases on our web store. I have also updated some pictures of our crossovers and added the following new items to the web site:

New C-401 400Hz plastic horn:

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New Crites Speaker Style 2

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New Crites Speaker Style 3

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You can read more about the CS Style 2 and CS Style 3 on the Crites Speaker page here: Crites Speaker

Update 10-4-2021

After 19 years, my cedar board supplier has let me know that he is retiring. Until I am able to find a new supplier, I will have to transition my crossovers to the same high quality birch plywood that we use to build our speakers. I will be updating pictures on the website as I am able to take new pictures.

Update 9-15-2021

Today I am adding new functionality to the site in the way of an online shopping page. For now, this can best be considered “beta”, and is open only to US customers. As it is new and beta there may be some growing pains as I get it set up. Presently, I do not have it set to combine items into shipments so if you need multiple items, please still contact me so I can calcuate the best shipping rates for you. International customers also still need to contact me to place orders. US customers can access the store here.

Please let me know if you run into any issues so I can get them addressed.

Update 9-9-2021

Today we are adding some new items to the site! I realize with the recent pricing increase for Sonicaps that it pushed those crossover rebuilds and new crossover parts out of some budgets. I have worked out a supply of Dayton 1% capacitors to allow me to add a lower cost rebuild kit option for most of the crossovers. While I feel that the Sonicaps are a good value for a long lasting cap, these Dayton caps are still superior to the old and worn out caps in crossovers over 20 years old and will get the crossover back into spec. For labeling efficiency, I will be calling rebuild kits with Sonicaps “Series 1” and rebuild kits with Dayton “Series 2”. Please see the kit pricing here: Crossover Rebuild Kits

Update 8-11-2021

Today we are excited to introduce the new A-55G/2 midrange driver. This driver builds on the already excellent A-55G with an improved diaphragm that allows for even lower distortion than the A-55G had. The A-55G/2 is an amazing sounding high quality driver! These new drivers are $450/pair plus shipping. You can read more about this new driver here: A-55G/2 Driver Info

Also, please be sure to check out our page about our in-house speaker designs! We have info back up for our CS-1t, and CS-1.5t as well as colsolidated the other speaker design pages into one place to find our Crites Speaker Style A, B, C, and D as well as our CSC-1 Center Channel. Read more about these speakers here: Crites Speakers

Update 7-30-2021

I have removed the previous updates about the phone to declutter this page a bit. Our phones are in working status. Please be aware that, at this time, I am the only one here to answer the phone so if you call and miss me, please leave a voice mail and I will return it as soon as possible Please speak clearly and carefully, especially with your return phone number. I do not have caller ID so I will not be able to return the call if I cannot catch your number in the voicemail. Email is also a great way to catch me - critessales@gmail.com

Other important notes: As you may be aware with the ongoing pandemic, supplies of parts are running low, transportation is crazy, and the effects of inflation on the US Dollar are starting to be felt more and more. Recently, my capacitor price costs doubled or more and that necessitated an adjustment to pricing. The plywood that we use to build speaker cabinets climbed in price along with other building materials. I have no way, right now, to know for certain if other pricing or supply issues will be affecting us. I am doing my best to buy ahead and keep things in inventory and to keep pricing as low as possible.

We have some new products finally in the pipeline and some further streamlining of the website to do, so check back.

A quick introduction to our staff, I hope to get some more detailed biographical info up here about each one in the next bit:

Michael Crites, owner - my dad (Bob) and I started working with these speakers together in the early 2000s. He was primarily the public face of the company and I worked more in the background. 

Todd Ingram - Todd is my brother and has been with the company for over 10 years. Todd’s responsibilities are running the CNC machine and building our speaker cabinets as well as building and rebuiding crossovers.

Nancy Myers - Nancy has been with the company for 7 years and works as my Inventory and Shipping Manager and also coordinates day to day operations for me.

Philip Hoult - Philip has been with us for over two years. His responsibilities include building and rebuilding crossovers as well as facilities/grounds maintenance.

Update 4-10-2021

I want to thank everyone for the kind words and condolences that have been offered to us over the last few months! We are catching up on projects and are finding our “new normal”. We are still open for business and ready to help you out if you have a need. Over the next few weeks, I will be making some updates to the site to clarity some information and add some new products that we are excited to make available as well as introducing our readers/fans to the rest of the staff here.


Update 1-18-2021

We are greatly saddened to announce the death of Bob Crites. Bob was an amazing husband, father and grandfather and he will be sorely missed. He loved music and sound reproduction and thoroughly enjoyed helping people make great speakers even better. His legacy here will be carried on and we will continue to offer the same great products and services to the audio community.

Please bear with us in the next little while as we finalize his arrangements and take care of some important business things. For the next couple of weeks, we may be out of the office a bit while we are handling these affairs. Feel free to email and we will respond as soon as possible.

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UPDATE 01/01/2020

All trade names, logos, and trademarks contained within this website are property of their respective owners and are only used to identify their products.  Products advertised for sale on this website are made by or for B&K Enterprises.  None of the products offered for sale on this website were obtained from Klipsch Group, Inc.  We are proudly in no way affiliated with Klipsch Group, Inc.


UPDATE 09/13/18

NEW PRODUCT

We now have a new cast aluminum 700hz horn available.

You can read about these new horns HERE

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UPDATE 03/27/18

NEW PRODUCT.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a cast aluminum 600hz horn available.  

You can read about these new horns HERE

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UPDATE 02/05/2018

A lot of people seem to find my website and want to ask about something.  But, they then ask the question on the eBay message board.  Please, Please do not do that.  On that eBay message board, I am only allowed to discuss things that are for sale on eBay.  As soon as the conversation gets around to something I have but that is not listed on eBay, I am not allowed to answer the question.  I am not even alowed to tell you on the eBay message board that you will have to contact me directly for that type of question.  eBay is very serious about this.  Already got suspended for a week and threatened witth being banned from eBay if I answer those questions.  Just send me an email: critessales@gmail.com


UPDATE 08/15/16 

(Note 8-11-2021: The A-55G is discontinued and has been replaced with the A-55G/2)

We are happy to announce the availability of a new product.  This is a new driver to replace the Klipsch K-55X, K-55V, K-55M, K-51V or any others with 1 3/8 thread.  These are a product of John Allen of High Performance Stereo.  He has invested 10 years and $150,000 in development of this driver which he is convinced is the best midrange driver ever made.  I think he is right.

The A-55G Midrange Driver.

Read more about this new driver HERE

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UPDATE 09/15/15

We are proud to announce the availability of a new tweeter to use as a replacement of the Klipsch K-77 and K-77M.  This tweeter is also a replacement for the EV T-35 tweeter.  We have called the new tweeter the CT120.  This tweeter is an improved version of our CT125 Tweeter using the same horn with a higher quality driver, the B & C DE120.

More about this new tweeter HERE

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UPDATE 12-18-18

Grandson Levi Crites has been picked as “Student of the Month” at Center Valley Elementary School.  This means a lot to me because that was my elementary school also.  I went to school there 60 somthing years ago.  Also my son Michael (Levi’s Dad)  went to Center Valley Elementary School.

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UPDATE 2-20-18

Just so you do not think the Levi and Hannah are stuck at the size they were last year, here is an updated picture from this last weekends.

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UPDATE 5-30-17

Got to visit with these two Grandkids over this last weekend.  They are sure growing.  This is Levi and Hannah

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UPDATE 12-25-15 

My son Paul and his wife Noemi and kids are up for Christmas from Guatemala.  So I get to get a picture with John Paul and Naomi.  We had seen Naomi when she was a baby, but this is the first time to visit with John Paul.

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UPDATE 03/18/2015

Another picture of Grandpa Crites with Levi and Hannah.  They are back visiting for a few days.  Levi is now 2 years and 2 months and Hannah is 1 year and two months old.  Grandpa Crites is older also, but let’s not get into that.

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UPDATE 8/12/2014

This is an updated picture of Grandpa Crites with two of the grandkids.  Levi in now 19 months old and Hannah is 7 months old.  I will not get to see them as often from now on as I have before because they are moving to Texas.  I will surely miss them.

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UPDATE 2/1/2014

This is Grandpa Crites with Levi and Hannah.  Levi is almost 14 months old and Hannah is 5 weeks old.

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UPDATE 1/10/2014

Here is Hannah at 12 days old.

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UPDATE 12/29/2013

This is my newest granddaughter, Miss Hannah Elizabeth Crites.  Born at 7:53 this morning.  Weighing in at 6 pounds 14 oz she is doing fine as are her mom Amy and Dad Michael Crites.  

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Hannah and her big brother Levi.

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UPDATE 10/11/2013


This is my newest grandson, John Paul Crites.  Born September 13, 2013.  He is with his parents Paul and Noemi Crites and big sister Naomi in Guatemala.  

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UPDATE 10/11/13

A couple of new pictures of Levi.  He is a healthy 10 month old now.

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B & K Enterprises is a small family owned company located in the Gumlog community near Russellville, Arkansas.

The B & K Sound division of B & K Enterprises provides personalized service for your Klipsch speakers.  We can service and repair most of the drivers and crossovers.  We also have some of our own products that are replacements for the original Klipsch parts.

We can either perform the repairs at our shop, or, if you are a DIY type, we can provide the parts for you to use.

UPDATE 3/24/12

Today we did final testing on a new speaker.  This will be for use as a center channel.

MORE INFO

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UPDATE 3/13/12

Lots of people have asked us to develop a replacement woofer for the K-23 and K-25 in the Forte and Forte II.  We are happy to announce that the CW-1230 woofers are in stock and ready to ship.  We expect to find more uses for this new 12 inch 4 ohm woofer in our upcoming products.

MORE INFO

UPDATE 1/21/12.

The Cornwall risers are in stock now.

We have been asked to make some risers that would fit a Cornwall or our Crites Speakers Style A through D cabinets.

MORE INFO

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People have asked us if we could make some slant risers for the Heresy speakers like were, at one time, offered by Klipsch.  We have them now.  They are ready to ship.  MORE INFO

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We often are asked how to determine the age of Klipsch speakers.  The following chart may help.

KLIPSCH S/N FORMATS

DATESDESCRIPTIONEXAMPLE

1946-1947###001 (ending #021)

1948-1961####0121 (starting #0121

1962-1983##letter####20Y1234

1984-1989YY WW ####89281234

1990-1997DOY Y2Y1 ####135791234

1998-2000YY WW ####00281234

1962-1983 Letter format

A = 1962  F = 1967  K = 1972  R = 1977  X = 1982

B = 1963  G = 1968  L = 1973  S = 1978  Y = 1983

C = 1964  H = 1969  M = 1974  T = 1979 

D = 1965  I = 1970   N = 1975   U = 1980 

E = 1966  J = 1971   P = 1976  W = 1981 

NOTES

1946-1961 dates can only be found in log book (eng. Library)

DOY = day of the year

YY = year (i.e. 99,00…)

Y2Y1 = 2nd digit of year, 1st digit of year

WW = week of the year

Date code on drivers (1994) Example - 9429 = 1994, 29th week of the year / YYWW

† Klipschorns of this vintage had the s/n hammer stamped into the tailboard, woofer access door or inside 

the woofer chamber.




B & K Sound, 1925 East Gum Log Rd. Russellville, AR, 72802 phone-479-967-1542