Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier (Walnut)

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Reference Quality Headphone Amp & Audiophile Digital To Analogue Convertor

Balanced & Unbalanced Heaphone Outputs, Dual Amplifiers for Balanced Output

RCA Analogue & USB, Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs

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About Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier

The Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier is designed to provide serene private listening in your home and offers versatility and construction quality rare in its class. For maximum enjoyment we recommend the matching Klipsch Heritage HP-3 Headphones which together make this a winning combination.

Encased in formed aluminium with genuine walnut veneer, the Heritage Headphone Amplifier exudes quality even before plugging in your headphones. All switches, knobs, and controls are weighted and anodized aluminium for great feel and tactile response. All analogue switches operate through relays for the cleanest signal while maintaining a vintage feel.

Driven at the core by a high-resolution ES90128K2M ESS Sabre32 Reference digital-to-analogue (DAC) converter capable of 192kHz/24-bit sample rates, the Heritage Headphone Amplifier is the ideal 2-channel audiophile-grade DAC. Featuring ESS 32-bit HyperStream® DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the amplifier delivers a clear sound and minimal distortion. Built for the most discerning ears, the Heritage Headphone Amplifier doubles as an ideal processor of any digital source, whether the output is a pair of headphones or RCA line-out.

Asynchronous USB Interface: The Heritage Headphone Amplifier uses the XMOS USB audio receiver platform, widely regarded as one of the best solutions for transferring audio from USB sources. This allows the amplifier to lock the audio stream to its internal clock, keeping the audio stream as clean as possible. ASIO support is included for audio software that supports it. iOS (with Lighting™ to USB Camera Adapter, sold separately) and Android (5.0 Lollipop and newer) devices can also connect directly to the USB interface for lossless playback of content, bypassing your device’s digital-to-analogue converter.

Dual Amplifiers For Balanced Output: Complete with dual Class-AB TI TPA6120A2 amplifiers, the signal path minimizes crosstalk while increasing total system output. Built to have the best signal to noise ratio possible, the chosen amplifiers had to be as quiet as the reference DAC. Plug in any headphone with an XLR-4 balanced cable (not included) and you have a true audiophile solution. Flip the gain switch to “Hi-Z” for a +10 dB boost in output to drive even the most demanding headphones.

Versatile Inputs & Outputs: The Heritage Headphone Amplifier is intended to work as a digital analogue processor for USB audio, optical, and coaxial inputs. Beyond its primary use as a balanced headphone amplifier, it also works as a DAC for powered speakers, making it the ideal desktop companion. Toggle the output switch to “Line” and the amplifier will mute the headphone output and enable the line-out on the back of the amplifier. Flip the switch on the back of the unit from “Fixed” to “Variable” and you now have gain control through the volume knob on the front.

Low Distortion: The Heritage Headphone Amplifier is designed to maintain the lowest distortion in its class. To realise the full performance of the Sabre DAC, the signal path uses relays and analogue gain control. Klipsch coupled those elements with a highly customised circuit board layout and reference components. This amplifier will enhance the quality of any headphone or audio system plugged into it.

Sample Rate Notification: To ensure that all the settings on your input source are correct, the Heritage Headphone Amplifier displays the sample rate being processed of digital sources. The front-panel LEDs will illuminate in white for PCM sources and blue for DSD files.

Klipsch HP-3 Headphones: Perfectly paired with the Heritage Headphone Amp, the Heritage HP-3 Headphones deliver the legendary sound of Klipsch to its fullest extent. You're not just buying a pair of headphones, you're taking home a piece of American audio heritage that's backed by over 70 year of acoustic technology.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: Headphone Amplifier with Balanced and Unbalanced Headphone Outputs and Analogue & Digital Inputs
  • Amplifier Type: Dual Class-AB (TI TPA6120A2)
  • Digital To Analogue Converter: ESS Sabre32 ES9018K2M
  • USB: XMOS Asynchronous Audio Interface
  • Amplifier Power
    • Balanced XLR-4: 525mW into 16Ω; 1440mW into 32Ω; 1050mW into 150Ω; 540mW into 300Ω; 270mW into 600Ω
    • Unbalanced 6.35mm (1/4”): 810mW into 16Ω; 940mW into 32Ω; 270mW into 150Ω; 135mW into 300Ω; 68mW into 600Ω
  • Frequency Response
    • Balanced XLR-4: 20Hz - 40kHz, +0/-0.1dB; 9Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3.0 dB
    • Unbalanced 6.35mm (1/4”): 20Hz - 40kHz, +0/-0.1dB: 9Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3.0dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio
    • Balanced XLR-4: 118dB A-Weighted
    • Unbalanced 6.35mm (1/4”): 118 dB A-Weighted
  • THD+N
    • Balanced XLR-4: < 0.009%, 20Hz - 20kHz
    • Unbalanced 6.35mm (1/4”) < 0.009%, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Crosstalk
    • Balanced XLR-4: < -75dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
    • Unbalanced 6.35mm (1/4”): < -60dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Gain: Lo-Z 0dB, Hi-Z 10dB
  • Sample Rate Support: 16 - 24Bit | 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • DSD Support: 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.2M
  • Inputs
    • USB Audio (Type B Connection)
    • Optical (TOSLINK)
    • Coaxial
    • RCA Analogue Audio
  • Outputs
    • Balanced XLR-4
    • Unbalanced 6.35mm (1/4”)
    • RCA Analog Audio (Fixed/Variable)
  • Construction Material: Top and Bottom: MDF with Walnut Veneer Case: Anodized Aluminium Extrusion
  • Included Accessories
    • 2.0m USB Type-B Cable
    • Universal Power Supply
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 200 x 58 x 145mm
  • Weight: .77kg
  • Boxed Weight: 1.25kg
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 Year

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