The Audio Equivalent of a Classic Muscle Car: Klipsch Heresy III Tower Loudspeakers Offer Endless Fun, Gut-Punching 12-Inch Woofer, Horn-Loaded Midrange, and Extraordinary Freedom of Placement
Location, location, location: As with real estate, placement matters with loudspeakers. Yet few three-way floorstanders offer more positioning flexibility than the Klipsch Heresy III. Designed and made in the U.S.A., and ideal for tube amplifiers, the high-efficiency Klipsch Heresy III tower loudspeaker claims a continuous-production heritage that stretches all the way back to its original 1957 model – a longevity that attests to its high-end sound, versatility, craftsmanship, value, and looks. Those timeless aesthetics stem from book-matched veneers and grain-matched handcrafted cabinets that create an identically paired set of speakers. With Heresy III, you're investing in the loudspeaker equivalent of a classic muscle car that causes everyone to look twice as you cruise around town, press down on the gas, and throw your head back. True to its rebellious name, the Stereophile Recommended Heresy III is all about fun.
Enhanced with a robust, powerful woofer and bi-wire network, Heresy III plays much, much bigger than its compact 23.81 (H) x 15.5 (W) x 13.25 (D) size suggests. You'll be hard-pressed to find a speaker that delivers the combination of massive sonics and high sensitivity anywhere near its cost or user-friendly dimensions. Named after what an acquaintance told company founder Paul Klipsch when the latter declared his intent on creating a compact speaker to serve as a third channel between two Klipschorns, Heresy III reinforces the notion that the seemingly impossible can be achieved with innovative acoustic engineering. Indeed, its smooth, clean, crisp, and authoritative performance stands out as much as its distinctive appearance. Walk into a room and Heresy III becomes the topic of conversation – even if the speakers are just sitting there, chomping at the bit to play.
Inside, a 1.75-inch horn-loaded titanium diaphragm midrange and one-inch titanium diaphragm tweeter deliver smooth, accurate sound that helps turn recordings into living, breathing works of art capable of sending shivers down spines and goosebumps across arms. But Heresy III's not-so-well-kept secret pertains to its direct-radiating 12-inch fiber-composite cone woofer. If you've been thinking taut, punchy, feel-the-instruments-in-my-room bass response is only possible from enormous floorstanders, Heresy III will change your mind.
And it couldn't be easier to set up Heresy III in your room. Position them a foot or so away from your walls, hook them up to an amplifier (again, tubes sing with Heresy III), play a record, and sit back in awe. The choice of three cabinet veers, the inclusion a removable slant riser base, Klipsch's five-year warranty, and our Satisfaction Guarantee make any decision to pass on auditioning this thrilling speaker in your own home utter heresy.
"Dynamic impact and bass 'slam,' courtesy of the Heresy III's 12-inch woofer, are extraordinary. Vocals have more 'body' and fullness than those from most large speakers."
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET
"The Heresy can play louder and with lower distortion than a host of rear-horn-loaded full-range drivers, many of which are handicapped by a short voice coil and thus poor excursion capability. It is a godsend for music lovers in search of a tube-friendly high-sensitivity speaker."
– Dick Olsher, The Absolute Sound
"One of the secrets to any good loudspeaker at any price is its ability to convey natural reproduction of the critical mid frequencies. The Heresy III's handle this job better than most competitors, and by adding huge dynamics at well under $2,000/pair, they're an unqualified success. I know this much: I need a pair."
– Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
"I loved the Heresy III's bass performance, and even though the speaker didn't go terribly deep (Klipsch says the Heresy III extends to 58Hz; corner placement helped it go a little deeper than that in my room), low-frequency notes were realistically taut and fast, with lots of substance and very good touch."
– Art Dudley, Stereophile, Recommended Component
"It has something of the electric immediacy you experience when you hear music played live. It really engages you – involves you in the action. It's not, perhaps, a speaker for background listening, though the sound proved surprisingly easy to 'talk over', even when loud. It's forceful and dynamic, but not brash or hectoring."
– Jimmy Hughes, Hi-Fi+
"They force you to listen. Their strong dynamics demand attention; and not just because you play louder than normal. Occasionally uncouth, always communicative — just like real musicians. I started off thinking the Heresy III would be fun. They're much better than that."
– Phil Wright, Darko.Audio
Book-Matched Wood Veneers
Klipsch only uses book-matched wood veneers for Heritage Series. The veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint – like turning the pages of a book. This gives each speaker a more aesthetically appealing and consistent appearance that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer.
Each pair of Heritage Series loudspeakers is grain-matched using wood veneer panels that come from the same timber. Each cabinet is carefully matched so that each speaker in the pair is practically indistinguishable from the other. The speakers move seamlessly together through the factory. Each finished product is inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring Heritage Series speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set.