Heaven in a box

Klip­sch Her­itage Wire­less Three

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

To dis­cern­ing mu­sic lovers around the world, there are only a hand­ful of speak­ers, head­phones, and other au­dio de­vices whose mak­ers would drum up a sense of awe and au­ral ex­cel­lence. Klip­sch is one such name, and with good rea­son. While some would al­ready know the name by heart, the com­pany first made its bones by de­sign­ing and pro­duc­ing some of the best sound­ing speak­ers on the mar­ket. In this re­view, we had the chance to test out one of its new home en­ter­tain­ment speak­ers, the Her­itage The Three.

Yes, we know: “That’s the name? It’s a lit­tle strange.” Tech­ni­cally, the full name of the speaker is Klip­sch Her­itage The Three, but we’ll be re­fer­ring to it as the Her­itage Wire­less Three, mov­ing for­ward.

Nam­ing con­ven­tion aside, Her­itage Wire­less Three is un­doubt­edly one of the more min­i­mal­ist, yet gor­geous ly­de­signed speak­ers that we've ever seen. Its treated wood and all-black speaker grills were made to re­sem­ble some­thing out of the glory days, back when phono­graphs and turnta­bles were still the pre­ferred medium (it even has a phono mode that caters to turnta­bles). To that end, Klip­sch went a step fur­ther by fash­ion­ing the speaker’s on/off switch into an ‘old school’ flip­switch de­sign.

But as old school as it looks, Her­itage Wire­less Three is as mod­ern as a speaker gets in 2017. You get the ba­sic Blue­tooth and wired con­nec­tiv­ity, along with the afore­men­tioned phono mode. In ad­di­tion, Her­itage Wire­less Three is also Play-Fi ca­pa­ble, which means that you can con­nect it and other DTS Play-Fi-cer­ti­fied Klip­sch speak­ers di­rectly to your Wi-Fi net­work, and then choose which speaker you want to play from via the Klip­sch Stream app (from iOS App Store and Google Play).

In spite of its clas­sic look, the au­dio qual­ity of Her­itage Wire­less Three is ab­so­lutely en­tranc­ing. One of the many char­ac­ter­is­tics that first stood out was its au­dio ac­cu­racy, es­pe­cially in the low-pitch depart­ment. With bass-heavy songs like Nina Si­mone’s ‘Feel­ing Good’ or Jane Mon­heit’s cover of ‘Over the Rain­bow’, we could hear each and every piano key­stroke and tuba bass note played from each re­spec­tive song.

Mids and highs were also as wickedly ac­cu­rate, but more im­por­tant than that, they sounded rich. When we played se­lect tracks from Austin Win­tory’s ‘Jour­ney’ score, the level of im­mer­sion was sim­ply com­pounded with the Her­itage Wire­less Three. Need­less to say, the sound­stag­ing was equally im­pres­sive, as it al­lowed each in­stru­ment to be heard in each and every track. We’re also glad to re­port that there was no break­ing or dis­tor­tion in any of the three pitches.

CoN­CLu­SioN it looks like an old-fash­ioned sound­box, but Klip­sch’s her­itage Wire­less Three is as close to per­fec­tion as gets.

The back of Klip­sch’s her­itage Wire­less Three may look sim­ple, but it’s the speaker’s out­put that is most im­pres­sive.

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