Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier

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"This lives or dies on its styling: if it has you aglow with nostalgia, you'll love it... whether you use it as a headphone amp or a DAC, it's smooth, clean and entirely involving, with more than enough poke to drive your headphones well and the refinement to make music extremely enjoyable."
- Andrew Everard ~ Hi-Fi News - 5 Stars
Stock code: KLIPHERHEADAMP


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

    Features

    Audiophile Digital to Analog Converter
    Driven at the core by a high-resolution ES90128K2M ESS Sabre32 Reference digital-to-analog (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-analog 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 and Outputs
    The Heritage Headphone Amplifier is intended to work as a digital analog processor for USB audio, optical, and coaxial inputs. Beyond it’s 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 realize the full performance of the Sabre DAC, the signal path uses relays and analog gain control. We coupled those elements with a highly customized 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.

    Technical Specifications

    Amplifier Type
    Dual Class-AB (TI TPA6120A2)
    Digital Analog 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 1/4”
    810mW into 16Ω
    940mW into 32Ω
    270mW into 150Ω
    135mW into 300Ω
    68mW into 600Ω
    Frequency Response
    Balanced XLR-4
    20 Hz - 40 kHz, +0 / -0.1 dB
    9 Hz - 90 kHz, +0 / -3.0 dB

    Unbalanced 1/4”
    20 Hz - 40 kHz, +0 / -0.1 dB
    9 Hz - 90 kHz, +0 / -3.0 dB
    Signal to Noise Ratio
    Balanced XLR-4
    118 dB A-Weighted

    Unbalanced 1/4”
    118 dB A-Weighted
    THD+N
    Balanced XLR-4
    < 0.009%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

    Unbalanced 1/4”
    < 0.009%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Crosstalk
    Balanced XLR-4
    < -75 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

    Unbalanced 1/4”
    < -60 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Gain
    Lo-Z 0 dB, Hi-Z 10 dB
    Sample Rate Support
    16 - 24 Bit | 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
    DSD Support
    2.8M, 5.6M, 11.2M
    Inputs
    USB Audio (Type B Connection)
    Optical (TOSLINK)
    Coaxial
    RCA Analog Audio
    Outputs
    Balanced XLR-4
    Unbalanced 1/4”
    RCA Analog Audio (Fixed/Variable)
    Product Dimensions
    2.28” (58mm) H x 7.87” (200mm) W x 5.7” (145mm) D
    Material
    Top and Bottom: MDF with Walnut Veneer
    Case: Anodized Aluminum Extrusion
    Voltage
    100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Weight
    1.7 lbs
    Accessories
    2.0m USB Type-B Cable
    Universal Power Supply
    US, EU, UK, and AU Plugs

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