Klipsch fans who are into high-performance full-size headphones will be thrilled to know that the HP-3 Heritage ($1199)— the company’s new flagship model that was previewed at CES 2017—will make its public debut today at CanJam RMAF 2017, which is occurring now in Denver at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.
The HP-3 Heritage headphones have been under development for two years and represent what Klipsch senior manager of product development Vlad Grodzinskiy calls “Acoustically, mechanically, and physically the most impressive headphone Klipsch has ever created.”
In keeping with consumer expectations for premium products at this price point, the HP-3 ships with two detachable braided cords (a 4.5-foot and an 8-footer) as well as a custom solid-steel headphone stand.
The HP-3 utilizes 52 mm “free-edge biodynamic drivers” that the company states results in “high efficiency, low distortion, and full range sound.” It’s a semi-open design, which allows it to have the expansive soundstage of open-back headphones combined with the improved bass response that closed-back headphones provide.
You can get to the HP-3 in one of three gorgeous solid-wood finishes: Walnut, ebony and oak. And regardless of the finished, sheepskin ear pads keep you comfortable for hours of listening.
The specifications of the HP-3 Heritage headphones are impressive. Impedance is low at 25 ohms. Sensitivity is more than adequate at 98 dB (1mW) and frequency response is an ultra-wide 5 Hz to 45 kHz.
I had a chance to wear and listen to the HP-3 at CES 2017 and was immediately struck by the incredible comfort as well as the extraordinary refinement of the sound they produced. While $1200 is an awful lot of money to spend on a pair of cans, in this instance Klipsch ensured that you get your money’s worth.