Klipsch Heritage DAC/Head-Preamp

Discussion in 'All Things digital' started by MikeyFresh, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    This brand new desktop oriented DAC and headphone/preamp from Klipsch is pretty nice looking and full featured for all of $499, it even has an analog input for a phono stage or tuner.

    I like the styling, the walnut veneered MDF case and the copper toned anodized aluminum switches/knobs provide a throwback feel to a decidedly modern electronic design.
     
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  2. MikeO

    MikeO Active Member

    Absolutely love the look of this.
     
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  3. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    Heritage-Headphone-Amplifier_B.jpg
     

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  4. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    Me too, I should dump my (old/original version) Benchmark DAC1 and use the funds to buy this piece, assuming it actually sounds good.
     
  5. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    Heritage-Headphone-Amplifier_Front.jpg Heritage-Headphone-Amplifier_Back.jpg
     
  6. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator

    Oooh very nice. I love the look of it. And it has a balanced output that I could run my Audeze LCD-2s off of. If I didn't have a BMC UltraDAC and if I actually listened to my headphones as much as I intend to listen to my headphones...
     
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  7. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    I have that same problem, so this would have to pull double duty as a preamp driving active speakers in my bedroom setup to have any real justification. But I still want it.

    Oddly enough it would match the very non-standard color scheme of my Sennheiser HD 598, which are love it or hate it tan/brown:

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    Most hate it, so Sennheiser are now after many years time offering the 598 in a more headphone bog standard black/silver color scheme.
     
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  8. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator

    I think those look sharp. Different is always better than exactly the same. In everything in life.

    My BMC DAC/headphone amp is also a digital preamp. The headphone part is actually separate... and oddly, is designed for balanced operation with unbalanced as a total afterthought, that sounds markedly inferior. That works for me but it's odd nonetheless. I'm with you on these type of things needing to pull double duty. My life is cluttered enough without having a separate headphone system.
     
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  9. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner

    I have the same ones, and one the reasons I bought them was because they weren't the boring black of everything else. And don't forget the Burl Walnut!
     
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  10. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner

    You want it to sound good too? :)
     
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  11. Thermionics

    Thermionics Junior Member

    Oooh. Want to hear this...
     
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  12. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    Yes, I know, just a minor detail that nevertheless shouldn't be overlooked.;)
     
  13. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Junior Member

    Me too, the one potential red flag I see is a 5v 4 amp DC input, for which they will no doubt include a shitty cheap noisy AC leakage current prone SMPS wall wart.
     
  14. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator

    That’s what aftermarket power supplies are for. Ok, the one I bought to replace the wall wart on my phono stage is 8 times bigger than the unit itself and nearly as expensive, but it made a reference unit out of a $450 phono stage.
     
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