Heaven in a box
Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three
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.