Klipsch Heresy III
Floor-standing speaker (Heritage Black)
Item #: 714HRSY3BK
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Item #: 714HRSY3BK
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I'll never forget the first time I heard the Klipsch Heresys. It was by sheer coincidence. A college housemate had shown up at the door with a pair of them that he'd brought from home. Even way back then their design was over 20 years old, and they looked more like antiques than audio gear to me. Confident that my own then-up-to-the-minute and highly rated bookshelf speakers were more than a match for these "elder statesmen," I invited my housemate to hook them up for a listening session (and a little lesson in humility, heh heh).
But I was the one who was taken to school that day. The instant we fired up the Heresys I was speechless. Their sparkling clarity and dynamic range were on a level that my speakers could never touch. All the musical details came pouring out loud and clear in ways I'd never heard before. And although I never told him, I was totally envious. Many years later I can't even remember Chris's last name, but I'll never forget the sound of those Heresys and the lasting impression they made on me.
Since that day long ago, Klipsch has tweaked and fine-tuned their classic design to create the Heresy III. A more powerful woofer, large-magnet titanium diaphragm tweeter, and new titanium diaphragm midrange compression driver all work together to give this speaker a thoroughly up-to-date sound. Klipsch also added dual speaker inputs to allow bi-wiring or bi-amping for even greater performance levels. And they increased the Heresey's already high-efficiency design by 3 dB to an impressive 99 dB — making them an excellent choice for low- and medium-powered tube amps.
Just about the only thing that hasn't changed is the quality. Klipsch still makes the Heresy one at a time by hand in Hope, Arkansas. Each speaker is available in a beautiful Cherry, Walnut, or Black Ash lacquered wood veneer finish, and includes an angled riser base for floor placement that can be removed for custom installations.
Klipsch Heritage Series products are built to order, handmade in the USA at their Hope, Arkansas manufacturing facility. Please allow up to 8 weeks turnaround time.
Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.
Amazing speakers ... quite an improvement over my vintage ADS810s. When placed side by side the Heresys destroy the 810s. Vastly improved soundstage and presence.
Pros: Overall sound, quality build
Cons: pricey, maybe
I was looking for a pair of speakers to anchor a dedicated, 2-channel audio system (no surround sound here!). For my listening space, budget, etc. these speakers fit the bill perfectly. I am driving them with an Outlaw Audio RR2150 receiver (another outstanding product!). Regardless of the input (CD, vinyl, streaming audio), they sound fantastic. Rich, pure, full sound at any volume. I could not be happier with this purchase. And, kudos to Crutchfield for their quick, professional service. The speakers were to my door 2 days after I ordered them.
Some have commented that these speakers are expensive. I disagree. For what you receive they are one of the greatest bargains in the world of audio equipment. I have auditioned speakers that cost many times they price of the Heresey III's that cannot hold a candle to them.
Pros: Pure, clear sound. The hand crafted workmanship. Value
I'll tell you there is nothing better, so, don't let your friends try and talk you into that other brand....
I purchased a pair of Klipsch cherry Heresy III speakers to replace a pair of 30 year old Klipsch La Scalas. I was worried about the low end, but after discussion with a Crutchfield rep, I made the purchase and absolutely Love the look, the rich sound and the tight low end. They are perfection to me, mini La Scalas!
Pros: Beautiful cabinetry, wonderful rich sound that only horn loaded speakers give you. Bass is more than adequate. Midrange is rich and high end crisp.
I bought these with a Yamaha A S500 amp to replace my old 5.1 surround for the TV only. My only source is the cable box, I did use monster cable also. The sound is amazing. I have them separated by only 5 feet, but the sound stage is huge. My friends think I have a center speaker hidden. I do not. I do not miss the 5.1 system in any way. i use the pure direct mode on the amp with no EQ. The Heresey 3 speakers sounded so good, I tried some music from the cable box music channels. Wow. I underestimated how great the speakers really were. So I added a Klipsch 112 sub to add some serious pro low bass. After 7 months, i kept turning down the sub. It worked best in my room with the frequency cut off at below 100 htz, and the level at about 2.5. out of 10. These speakers are so warm, with a huge sould field. It sounds like a whole wall of sound, not just a right and left speaker. Even the most complex classical symphony orchestra is no problem. The dynamic range is great, at very low volume, or extremely high volume. Every instrument is clearly heard in its own space. And that space is huge.The Hereseys have a great mid range speaker and horn that makes a difference to my ears.
Pros: Made in the USA. Huge sound stage that is accurate. So Efficient, here is no need for a powerful amp. Solid, beautiful cabnet that will not tip over like a tower speaker. Sold in matched pairs. The bass is tight and accurate, you can add a sub later if you want the very bottom of the extreme sub frequencies. I think the speaker connectors are fine. With the beautiful, wide open sound the Heresey produce, I would not care if the connectors were on the bottom or sides.
The Heresy III is a great speaker for Blues, Jazz and Folk/Soft Rock (i.e., Fleetwood Mac, Jim Croce, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, etc.). It really seems to excel on singer/songwriter type music. I have some 45 rpm vinyl LP copies of Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan and the sound will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Also, the speaker does seem to be sounding better as it breaks in more (I only have about 25-30 hours on them so far). When I first got the speakers, I was a little concerned as they sounded a little tight and compressed. However, they definitely are starting to open up and come into their own. I give them four stars because when playing hard rock, some of more aggressive stuff seems to distort and just sounds very good. They also do not have the low end I was hoping to get with 12" woofers. My prior speakers were Klipsch R-26F that cost about a third of the price a piece, I can say that at three times the price a piece, the Heresy III is not three times better.
Pros: Very clean sound that shines on acoustic guitar and singer songwriter type music. The speakers also look very nice and classic.
Cons: A little pricey per speaker.
Possessing a challenging soundstage (relatv.small space and narrow), I wanted closed cabinet loudspeakers versus ported towers. A few products presented themselves and often carried typically very high price tags. The Heresy III came into focus. After aprox. 50 hours of burn-in, I am very pleased to add my voice to the chorus of impressed audiophiles over these excellent speakers. I am convinced these are the best value in audiophile-grade speakers. They are agile, but not too bright. The bass is balanced and powerful at all pressure and volume levels. The sensitivity touted by others does afford maximum fidelity using entry-level equipment. All types of music from large orchestrations to subtle acoustic performances sound fantastic. There is imagery I have not experienced from my analog and digital sources before. Because I had researched extensively seeking the most impact for the dollar, I was able to set my expectations high upon arriving at this speaker. I can assure you the actual experience exceeds these expectations. I can also comment that Crutchfield has delivered! You will note the speakers are available from other merchants and from Klipsch directly all at the same price, and it was Crutchfield's product backing and satisfaction guarantee that tipped my decision. Crutchfield has not disappointed and I look forward to the next opportunity to purchase from Crutchfield. Free yourself from MP3 files! Here ALL of the music. These speakers will help.
Pros: Agile and sensitive, enclosures allow for more placement options in room, well-balanced, capable of clean loudness, American-made, great service from Crutchfield
Cons: Wasn't able to audition them prior to purchase
Don't ever spend a lot of money for a pair of loudspeakers today unless you are absolutely sure they are worth every penny. There are many great speakers for much less money. Klipsch Heresy are Classic Speakers made as they have always been made. They are a time honored tradition as a speaker. They are clearly an excellent product. I have always wanted a pair of these for years. They are a perfect for the home speaker. They are very detailed and combine Klipsch horn loaded design with a closed box acoustic suspension type design. Paired with a Yamaha R N500 2 channel receiver they sound great. They are an audiophile two channel system,set of speakers. For home theater speakers,spend much less,as these are too expensive. The sound stage of two Heresy speakers makes surround sound unnecessary. For get the sub woofer with these speakers,you don't need it. Listening to two of these is very detailed without sound effects of multi channel receivers.
Pros: Clearly one of the best speakers ever made. A Classic! A superb piece of work. Once you hear these babies in action you have that sound of them imprinted on your mind. Actually considering the detailed sound of these speakers they are a bargain. In the average living room they sound as good as the Klipschorn in as larger room.
Cons: Expensive. But they do not make speakers like this one anymore. The sad day will one day come when the Klipsch heritage line is a thing of the past.
Just purchased these from Crutchfield in earlier this month, had to special order as they had run out. Cruchfield was very helpful and made the process easy, I hadn't had the chance to connect them till yesterday.. On the box they say that they are made and assembled in USA. They are solidly built and seem a little bit heavy between 45 and 50 pounds I am guessing. I used banana plugs as there is a part of the binding post they can connect to after losening the binding post caps I did not test out bare wire or spades with the binding post, If you are not sure Cructhfield or Klipsch should be able to help.
Numerous reviews including one from CNET emphasized how accurately heresy captures the human voice and musical experience. I had to see for myself whether this was actually true, surprisingly it is!! I started with Classical so that meant performers like Callas and Pavarotti wow I actually stood up after hearing Pavoratti for Nesum Dorma it was so real. Then I moved on to pop/rock performers like Elvis, Roy Orbison, amazing you can hear how their voices build. Then I moved on to pop groups like the Mama's and the Papa's and the Beach Boys you can hear each voice much more clearly amazing. Same with Jazz Ellington Live at Newport, or Elliot Garner you have a much greater connection with the concert quite something. That being said best purchase I have made this year I feel the music not just hearing it, hope it is helpful, you will enjoy it like I did!
Pros: *Reproduction of sound is first rate, sound fills room in way makes each recording that much more memorable *Solid Construction, Screen is solidly made
Cons: *Heavy 45 to 50 pounds *Best off using banana clip connections, binding post dials at back not easiest to use, design while solid could be easier to use
I purchased these speakers back in 1985. I wanted a set of front speakers to go w/my Klipsch La Scala's. Which I purchased in 1975. Both pair are still working great. I've added a THX Home Audio Receiver, Midrange Horn Speaker and the Sub-Woofer...Crutchfield is great when I call them w/issues. I have yet to purchase a Klipsch product that I was not satisfied with.
Pros: These are directional speakers. Which is how the sound hits you at concerts....from the stage right in front of you. These speakers reproduce that concert effect w/clarity to every note and vocals. You will be surprised to hear sounds from these speakers in music that you thought you knew every note. They are so efficient. Which will allow you to spend less money on a smaller Amp receiver.
Cons: Neighbors. Hard to resist not cranking them up!
I have had these speakers since July of 2013. I have 3 setup for my fronts on my Home theater setup, 2 more to come when I get the money again. These things are awesome! I have had a set of Klipsch Promedia 4.1, 4.2 and 5.1 setups for my computer system and have found no others that can even touch them. This led me to by these Heresy III's. I was actually going to buy a set of RF-82-II's but then I got to readin reviews on the Klipsch web site and decided that I should go with the Heresy's instead of the RF's. I'm glad I made the decision to do so. I don't even have the rear speakers and it sounds like I'm at the theater already! Of course I have the SW-15 for a sub, though it really isn't needed for music listening, more for Movie time. Talk about a sweet sound! I recommend these to anyone, they are awesome!
Pros: Clean clear sound
I read reviews that stated they were lacking in bass response. I have no issues with the sound in any range. Granted I'm running a 12 inch Klipsch sub that pairs well with the speakers. I turned the sub off and still loved the range of the speakers. From Sarah Brightman to Slayer, these are great!
Pros: Great sound, classic looks.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||1.75|
|Woofer Size (inches)||12|
|Woofer Surround||Treated cloth|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||58-20k Hz|
3-Way Design: The Klipsch Heresy III loudspeaker features a three-way design that uses horn-loaded compression drivers for midrange and treble reproductions and a direct radiating 12" woofer for the low frequencies.
Crossover Network: For signal purity and perfect driver integration, the crossover (HF: 5500Hz/MF: 850Hz) on the Heresy III features the finest components and Klipsch custom internal wiring.
MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch Heresy III loudspeaker employs a solid, inert MDF cabinet which minimizes panel vibrations that can color sound. The acoustic suspension (sealed) design lends itself to the speaker's accurate, natural sound reproduction. The Heresy III is available in a high-quality cherry, walnut, or black ash real-wood veneer finish.
Dual Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Klipsch Heresy III loudspeaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single/dual), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.
Placement: The Klipsch Heresy III loudspeaker will perform well in a variety of locations. Corner, floor placement will deliver the highest degree of low bass reinforcement and the pre-installed slant riser base helps to compensate for the Heresy's short stature. This riser may be removed for shelf or cabinet placement. Self-stick rubber pads are supplied for attachment to the bottom of the cabinet to prevent scratching of shelves and hard surfaces. Best results will be achieved using the following general guidelines.
Note: Experiment with the above guidelines to suit your taste and to compensate for your room's acoustic characteristics.
USA Made: The Klipsch Heresy III loudspeaker is built to order and handmade in the USA at Klipsch's manufacturing facility in Arkansas. Please allow up to 8 weeks turnaround time.
I have a pair of klipsch gen 1's bought in 1975 [ Juanita and Joh Jan 01, 2016 ]
Sound and quality workmanship. Listened to speakers on several occasions and was impressed by their sound and clarity. Crutchfield Product Rep Adam's assistance was very helpful. Adam's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=39 [ JOHN PAUL Feb 02, 2016 ]
I chose this based on Crutchfield customer reviews and other professional reviews found on the internet. [ Dale Jan 15, 2016 ]
I purchased my first pair of Heresey 2 speakers in 1986,Saebo, Japan. I have had to do work on both. One of them can not be repaired so time for a new one. I push them with a 10 watt tube amp. Beautiful [ Nathan Van Dec 13, 2015 ]
It is still 8 ohms [ Mark Nov 06, 2015 ]
Hi John, i'm sorry i do not have a clue, i would e-mail Klipsch and ask them. Joe [ Joe Nov 06, 2015 ]
It's my understanding that each amp in a biamp configuration would still the speaker as an 8 ohm load...HF amp 'sees' 8 ohms and LF amp 'sees' 8 ohms. [ Barry Nov 06, 2015 ]
Luis C , I have the heresy III and run them on a pair of paramount 300B tube amps at only 8 watts per channel and they sound amazing . You'll be fine with the amps your looking at. [ ricky Dec 04, 2015 ]