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Klipsch Heritage HP-3

Over-the-ear headphones (Walnut)

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Our take on the Klipsch Heritage HP-3

An instant classic

Klipsch certainly knows how to make a first impression. These substantial, hand-built Heritage HP3 headphones arrived at my desk impeccably packed in a large wooden display case. When I pulled them out, I could practically feel the weight of Klipsch's long, storied history — the premium materials, the pride in craftsmanship, the attention to detail. My first listen evoked that old-school, high-end Klipsch speaker sound. Intimate and detailed — like that burst of adrenaline from pushing to the front of the crowd at a concert.    

Product Highlights:

  • semi-open design combines a wide soundstage with powerful bass response
  • hand-assembled from premium materials like steel, wood, copper, and cowhide leather
    • distressed, vintage design that evoke's Klipsch's storied, 70+ year history
  • designed to emulate the immediate, detailed sound of classic Klipsch loudspeakers
  • free-edge 52mm bio dynamic drivers deliver exceptional clarity
  • powerful magnet array for precise and accurate music production
    • magnetic flux density greater than 1 Tesla
  • solid wood earcups for natural acoustics
    • triple vented grilles keep airflow controlled and smooth
  • padded and stitched leather headband
  • soft, sunken sheepskin earpads for firm, cushioned fit
    • removable and magnetic
  • includes two detachable cables covered in braided nylon:
    • 54" cable with 3.5mm miniplug
    • 98" cable with 3.5mm miniplug
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • solid-steel rod headphone display stand
  • packaged in wooden, briefcase-style display case
  • frequency response: 5-45,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 98 dB
  • impedance: 25 ohms
  • weight: 15.9 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones (walnut)
  • 55" Audio cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 100" Audio cable (3.5mm plug)
  • Two 3.5mm-to-1/4" Adapters (installed on each cable)
  • Headphone stand base
  • Headphone stand rod
  • Copper stand accent
  • M4 x 20mm screw (for stand)
  • Wooden display/storage box
  • Owner's Manual
  • Stand Setup instructions
  • Certificate of Authenticity

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Klipsch Heritage HP-3 Reviews

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(6 Reviews)

Klipsch Heritage HP-3

Crutchfield customer from Atkinson, NH on 12/1/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Outstanding sound! Beautiful headphones!



Better than my HD650's!

Crutchfield customer from Mukilteo, WA on 8/28/2018

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These cans are awesome! I like them better than my Sennheiser HD650's. They are more comfortable than the HD650's. They look great but sound even better. Strong punchy bass without being over powering. The mids are so life like and voices have a very open out in the air sound. The highs are a little bright but very clear and detailed. I listen to a broad range of music and they are very nice with all genres. The case they come in is second to none, actually too nice for something to be tucked away in my closet. I am running them on a Marantz HD-DAC1 which has 800mw of power but they do sound good on my ipod also. They will sing for you on a good dac amp! These are a bit pricey but the build quality and sound make them well worth it! Enjoy!

Pros: Looks, sound and build quality

Cons: Price but nothing else

Block out the sound of pesky coworkers!

John from Rocky River, OH on 4/23/2018

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I've been buying headphones since the 70s and have used them professionally in various civilian and military jobs, and the Heritage HP-3 headphones by Klipsch are simply the best headphones I've ever listed to. Yes, they're expensive but they are worth every penny. I'm currently using them to listen to my click-wheel Ipod (yes, I still have one) paired with a good outboard DAC/headphone amp and they sound full and open and my goodness, the BASS! They just sound so GOOD. I've worn them for 2 hours at a time and they're extremely comfortable for extended periods. The only real drawback is that they're a bit loose. I could probably shake them off my head if I tried (and I have a HUGE noggin). The glass and wood case is impressive, but I doubt I'll ever use it to carry them around in (too heavy) so perhaps the price could have been lower if not for that extra bit of expense. But otherwise, they have become a VITAL part of my work environment.

Pros: GREAT sound, sturdily built.

Cons: A little loose. Wood and glass case is an unnecessary expense.

KLIPSHCH Heritage reigns most brilliantly.

Daryl from Monsey NY on 3/14/2018

I loved them from the start. Got the open boxed from our beloved Crutchfield and from the moment I pulled them from their solid wood case with a GLASS FRONT, I had the feeling they were going to be a bit special. As usual my crystal balls were correct and I sat them upon thine head and was bewitched with the rush of pure sweet unbiased rich sound. Bass and highs were a delight, mids just right. Comfort level was supreme. They LOOK SPECTACULAR which is not a true selling point but frankly it doesn't hurt. This is a quality product in and out. I purchased them strictly from their name as I own 2 pair of speakers from Klipsch and it most assuredly figures that great speaker production would most likely produce great headphones (smaller speakers fitting around your head). The price on the low side when you get into the stratosphere of higher end cans so it was a no brainer. They deliver is all I can say and until you try these babies on your own head will you be denied a truly amazing set of phones that reek with quality and brilliant sound that by the way was not a necessity of use with an amplifier. I used them from my cd mixer and Marantz cd recorder and no need for any extra amplification. I love them. Glass Case closed.

Pros: Beautiful to behold. Beautiful to be heard. A class act in every way.

Cons: None.

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Shev from Charlotte, NC on 12/25/2017

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Scintallating!!! OMG these headphones are awesome. You hear things that you have never heard before. To say these things are fantastic is an understatement. Everything about these are spectacular. The packaging that they come in is ridiculously nice --- if they take that kind of care to package these, just think how great they will sound. The build quality is top rate. The sound is amazing. Listening to old classic rock songs (primarily Rush) gave me an even better appreciation for the music as you can really hear things like never before --- unless of course you have a set of Klipsch heritage speakers. The folks at Klipsch have replicated their historical sound in these headphones. If you are a fan of the heritage line of speakers you will love these --- huge and detailed sound stage --- as if you are in the studio with the band. You won't want to share these. Besides sounding unreal, they look and feel great. Another grand slam home run product by this legendary company.

Pros: Wide and detailed sound stage Fantastic sound Uber comfortable Great build quality and look Sounds great on a smartphone but works even better with Dragonfly

Cons: None


Michael from San Antonio, TX on 12/5/2017

This is my first pair of headphones in this ultra high end category, being a big Klipsch fan I became excited when I heard of this from CES 2017. Nearly 11 months after that announcement had to hear what the best headphone audio Klipsch has to offer sounds like. Definitely not disappointed. They feel lighter than I imagined, while also feeling and looking quite stunning. They are very comfortable, they don't squeeze your head like some of their older over ear headphones. Design wise they've definitely made improvements as these are the most comfortable over ear headphones I have had the pleasure of using from Klipsch. The headband could potentially do with a little extra cushion, makes my head tingle slightly after a while, but you can just angle it slightly and continue listening. Listened to these for 6+ hours straight without issue. Their sound is equally beautiful. They as crisp and as clean, possibly more so, than my reference premier floor standing speakers. The bass is as pleasing as my rsw-15 sub without being exaggerated, treble as clear as those horn loaded tweeters. Absolutely remarkably clear audio, particularly anything with live instruments just really comes to life. Very addicting sound, pairs superbly with the Heritage Amp. Love these headphones, recommended if you really enjoy home audio.




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Features and Specs

Earcup Type Semi-open
Earcup Width x Height 4.41" x 4.337"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-45k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 25 Ohms
Weight 15.52 ounces
Cord Length 55" + 100"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Klipsch Heritage HP-3 over-ear headphones feature the legendary Klipsch sound. Made from premium materials, the HP-3s has a triple-vented, semi-open design, allowing some ambient sound in to give you the sense that you're listening to a pair of high quality Klipsch loudspeakers. The headphones come with two premium cables, a solid steel headphone stand, and come in a hardwood case.

Drivers: The Heritage HP-3 headphones are equipped with a pair of 52mm full-range, free-edge KG-520 biodynamic drivers. The drivers use a proprietary mixture of biocellulose and inorganic fiber to provide superb balance and control. The urethane rubber surrounds prevents the drivers from rocking and tilting, creating distortion. The result is a solid piston-like action that is free from tonal coloration.

Premium Materials: The HP-3 headphones feature solid milled-wood ear cups with soft, supple sheepskin earpads that age naturally. The genuine hand-stitched cowhide headband sits gently on top of your head, providing a solid foundation. The headphones are hand-assembled, using visible copper nuts and bolts, to give it an industrial look.

Headphone Stand: The headphones come with a custom solid-steel rod headphone stand for proudly displaying your headphones. The stand features a 10-3/4" rod and a 5-1/4" diameter base, and weighs 1 pound 9.3 ounces.

Cables: The Klipsch Heritage HP-3 headphones come with two detachable braided nylon cables that terminate into a 3.5mm plug. The short cable is 55" (1.37m) in length is designed for use with portable devices, or at your desk. The longer 100" (2.5m) cable can be used for more serious listening sessions with your home components. A custom-fit 1/4" adapter is provided for use with the matching Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier, or other components with a full-size 1/4" headphone output.


  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 45 kHz
  • Sensitivity (1 mW): 98 dB
  • Impedance: 25 ohms
  • Power Handling: 1800mW
  • Ear Cup Dimensions: 4.41"W x 4.367"H x 1.983"D
  • Weight: 15.52 ounces

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Why did you buy this?

Klipsch products are good, like listening to them. I have a pair of Heresy HBR's since early eighties, pair of RC 35's and pair of SP1's. . [ Jorge  Dec 20, 2017 ]
I enjoy listening to Klipsch products. [ Jorge  Dec 20, 2017 ]
I chose these because they're sort of normal looking, nothing special, mundane...NOT. I'm an architect and a jewelry artist. I care a great deal about the qualities of form and function being mated exquisitely together, and I believe Klipsch has done a masterful job at this in these headphones. If I were to buy a pair of ugly headphones at this price point because they sound great (and there are some in this category), I'd always be a bit disappointed in them, but not so with these HP-3s. [ Craig F  May 27, 2018 ]