Klipsch Heresy III

Floor-standing speaker (Heritage Walnut)

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Classic Klipsch sound that never goes out of style

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.

Heresy iii

A modern take on a time-honored design

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.

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Klipsch Heritage Series products are built to order, handmade in the US at their Hope, Arkansas manufacturing facility. Please allow up to 8 weeks turnaround time.

Product Highlights:

  • three-way design with acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • frequency response: 58-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: 100 watts max continuous (400W peak)
  • sensitivity: 99 dB (1 watt/1 meter)
  • maximum acoustic output: 116dB SPL
  • nominal impedance: 8 ohms
  • tweeter: 1" titanium-diaphragm compression driver with Tractrix® horn
  • midrange: 1-3/4" titanium-diaphragm compression driver with exponential horn
  • woofer: 12" fiber-composite cone
  • real wood veneer finish
  • dual gold-plated speaker binding posts (bi-wire capable)
  • 15-1/2"W x 23-7/8"H x 13-7/16"D
  • weight: 44 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Floor-standing speakers — still standing tall

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • Floor-standing loudspeaker
  • Detachable grille (installed)
  • Base riser (installed)
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Congratulations" letter
  • Klipsch brochure

Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Finish MDF/Wood veneer
Color Walnut
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 1.75
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Woofer Composition Fiber-composite
Woofer Surround Treated cloth
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Power Range 100
Frequency Response 58-20k Hz
Sensitivity 99 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 23-7/8
Width (inches) 15-1/2
Depth (inches) 13-7/16
Weight 44 lbs

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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.

  • 1" Tweeter (w/ Tractrix Horn): The 1" (K-107-TI) titanium diaphragm compression driver is coupled to a Tractrix Horn for smoother high-end response with greater extension, enhanced imaging, and more powerful dynamics.
  • 1.75" Midrange (w/ Exponential Horn): The 1.75" (K-53-TI) titanium diaphragm compression driver is coupled with an Exponential Horn for detailed, accurate midrange sound.
  • 12" Woofer: The 12" (K-28-E) fiber-composite cone woofer delivers powerful low frequencies. The 12" woofer also employs a treated cloth surround for added efficiency and flexibility.

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 minimize 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 genera guidelines.

  • Place on a common wall 6' to 15' apart.
  • Position them equidistant from the wall behind the speakers and equidistant height above the floor (place at ear level if shelf or cabinet mounting the speaker).
  • Angle speakers toward the listener and even with or forward of any adjacent obstructions.
  • Placing them near a corner or wall provides the greatest amount of bass while moving the speakers away from room boundaries reduces bass.
  • Asymmetrical placement of a pair of speakers from adjacent side walls can smooth room-induced bass unevenness.

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.

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Fantastic Speaker for Classical, Pop, and Jazz

Written By Michael, Arizona on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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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

Klipsch Heresy

Written By HubieM, Diamondhead, MS. on Friday, March 14, 2014

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!

happy happy happy

Written By Whyskas, Rainier, WA on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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

Cons: None.


Written By KYLE, NEVADA on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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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.

Cons: none

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