The Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier has a vintage look that is classy and conservative. It’s simple in design and function, and the look matches that with a black finish, wood panels for the top and bottom, and anodized aluminum for the control knobs and switches. In short, the amplifier looks sharp and would be a beautiful addition to a home sound system.
Beyond looks, the amplifier flat-out performs. On the inside, it is driven by a Sabre32 Reference 2-channel audio-phile grade digital to analog (DAC) converter that packs a 192kHz/24-bit sample rate. The amplifier also features a ESS 32-bit HyperStream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Elminator. With that kind of guts, the amp is perfect for any digital source—including iOS and Android devices—and ideal for any output, from headphones to RCA line-out.
The amp is built on the XMOS USB audio receiver platform. Because it locks the audio stream to its internal clock, the music flows clean. And because the signal path uses relays and analog gain control, distortion will be low as well. It works well as a digital analog processor for USB audio, optical, and coaxial inputs. While it may be designed for headphone use as a primary function, it is capable of working with powered speakers. That being said, you might want to finish off the look with the matching HP-3 headphones.