Disclaimer: The Klipsch HP-3 headphone from the Heritage series was sent to us by BELHiFi after I contacted Klipsch in the USA. This unit will be returned to BELHiFi after this review. Klipsch is not in any way related to Headfonia.
Of course we all know Klipsch as a speaker company but Klipsch actually has their own line-up of ear- and headphones. Recently however Klipsch decided to launch a new headphone and desktop DAC/AMP aimed at the high end personal audio market: the Heritage series. In this review we’ll be looking at the Heritage HP-3 reference headphone.
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In 1946 Paul W. Klipsch, inventor, acoustics pioneer and maverick, founded Klipsch Audio with the sole purpose of bringing the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience into his living room. Through the use of highly efficient speaker designs, handcrafted cabinetry and a thirst for real engineering breakthroughs – Klipsch, the great American loudspeaker company, was born in Hope, AR. Today, our diverse range of quality audio products includes speakers and headphones for almost any consumer and professional application – including cinema, whole-house, wireless, home theater and portable offerings. Honoring our founder’s legacy, Klipsch continues to be the legendary high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and aficionados around the world.
The new HP-3 headphone is part of Klipsch’ latest Heritage series, together with a series of speakers and the before mentioned DAC/Amp unit. You can find out all about the Klipsch HP-3 headphone on the Klipsch website here: http://www.klipsch.com/products/hp-3-headphones.
When I first saw the HP-3 on the world wide web, I just had to get it for review. The headphone just draws your attention to it with its gorgeous design and eye for detail. Then after checking out the technical specs and philosophy behind it, my mind was made up. If you don’t feel like reading then you can find out all about the Heritage HP-3 headphone in the following movie made by Klipsch:
In short, the HP-3 is a triple vented, semi open back full sized over-ear headphone. It’s driven by a pair of 52mm biodynamic drivers with more than one tesla of magnetic flux density. The HP-3 decreases distortion and provides superb dynamic range. Using a proprietary mixture of bio-cellulose and inorganic fiber, the bio-dynamic drivers achieve incredible levels of balance and control throughout the full frequency spectrum. Additionally, the urethane rubber surrounds create a driver that stays solid and rigid, moving like a piston instead of rocking and tilting like typical headphone drivers. This free-edge design further reduces tonal coloration and improves clarity.
Proper acoustic venting drives the powerful and smooth delivery of the Heritage HP-3. Back-vented to the outside world as well as through the front baffle, the drivers can breathe and allow ambient noise to fuse seamlessly with the rhythm of your music, creating a natural presentation. Precisely vented between the front of the driver and directly behind the ear pad through a vortex guide, the Heritage HP-3 reduces pressure in your ears, and creates a consistent performance for any head or ear shape.
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Free-Edge 52mm Bio Dynamic Drivers
Triple-vented semi-open design
Solid-wood ear cups
Genuine cowhide headband
1.37m and 2.0m removable cables
Custom 1/4” adapter
Custom solid-steel stand
Magnetic removable sheepskin ear cushions
Style: Semi-Open Over-Ear
Driver Design: Free-Edge Biodynamic
Driver Components: Full Range KG-520
Driver Diameter: 52 mm
Frequency Response: 5Hz-45kHz
Sensitivity: (1MW) 98 dB
Power Handling: 1,800 mW
Impedance: 25 Ohms
Input Connections: 3.5mm
Product Dimensions: 7.87” (200mm) H x 10.24” (260mm) W x 1.97” (50mm) D
Boxed Dimensions: 12.2” (310mm) H x 14.65 (372mm) W x 5.28” (134mm) D
Product Weight: 0.97 lbs. (440g)
Boxed Weight: 10.58 lbs (4.8kg)
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