Klipsch Heresy Floorstanding Speakers

4.54/5 (59 Reviews) MSRP : $799.00


Product Description

First introduced in 1957, the Heresy, a three-way design, started out as a compact center Channel speaker to accompany the Klipschorn in three-speaker Stereo arrays. In 1985, Klipsch made some changes and improvements to this model and re-released it as the Heresy II. Today, Klipsch has given the Heresy III a bi-wire network, titanium diaphragm Tweeter and larger magnet assembly. The midrange has moved from a phenolic to a titanium diaphragm. All of these changes result in improved tonal balance and increased output. In fact the Heresy III is two decibels louder (96 to 98dB), improving on its already high sensitivity.


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Submitted by Miguel a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2014

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I owned a pair of Bose 601s in the early 80s and they sounded rather flat. We had a DJ host our family Christmas party one year and he had two Heresys. It was amazing how crisp and clear they were. So I shopped around and bought two Heresy HIPs for $800 in 1986. Been loving them ever since. Paired them with a Yamaha receiver and KSW-15 sub and an RC-7 center speaker and I couldn't be more pleased. Some day I need to get some vintage LaSalles to finish off my set up.

Klipsch isn't for everyone. For peeps like me who love to listen to live Dead and other vintage concert recordings, these seem to work quite well.

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Boat Guy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2013

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The Heresy is a center channel, no more and no less. Personally I use a Klipsch Quartet center channel, better tonal balance. My Left and right fronts are a pair of Klipsch Chorus II's, Klipsch Cornwall II's Forte II's.

The Heresy like the Cornwall tends to be a bit too brassy for me. I like the Quartet as a center channel, it has a better tonal balance and is around as efficient. Everything Klipsch makes is efficient, Currently I have Heresy II's deployed in a small room with a KSW-12, rolling at 80 Hz. It's a good and efficient center channel, with 1.8 cubic feet of box volume how could it be more than that. In a small room, they have dynamic range and all the good stuff Klipsch is famous for including "Q" for hand made quality,

The Heritage speakers are actually hand made and human tested, you have to love that. Personally I've had experience with both the RF series as well, frankly it was okay, but my neighbor with RF 82 II's comes over to my place to watch movies and he uses words like "Dynamic". The Heresy is part of this family, but it is a center channel, made to go between two K-Horns or Cornwalls. You have to take them for what they are.

Personally I never left the Heritage series, they are all hand made and the sound and quality show through. If my Chorus II's were $1800 back inn 1995, how much would they be now?

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Klipschman a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2013

Bottom Line:   
To nodahomer.Please sell me your Cornwalls for next to nothing as that is what you seem to think they are worth.I bought my Heresy speakers pre 76 and wish I had bought the Belles.My cars and trucks have all come and gone but my Heresys are still worth almost as much as what I paid or them and are NOT for sale.If you have some sort of hidden agenda ,so be it .I hope you enjoy shopping at the big boxes on Black Fridays.

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Submitted by dyjams a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2011

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Want to have a some fun and create a sound system that meets audiophile standards, while on a comparably reasonable budget, that simply floors the unexpected listener with a huge yet detailed wall of sound? I did. Here we go: Buy six (yes, 6!) H1's (1970's-mid-80's) via CL or eBay for $300-$400/pr. Stack 'em 3 per side, paint to match, bond 'em with a some tape and corner 'em. Replace all the woofers with Eminence Delta 12-LFA's @ 100 db/w. Great musician setup since you are already deaf, lol. Hope ya like it since this is my crib notes from years experimenting and I'm already deaf anyway... Cheers!, Doug

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Submitted by GIG on the strip a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2011

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I first heard the Heresy's at a nightclub from across a narrow river in 1978. The Village People were pumping and reverberating off the nearby buildings. It sounded wonderful. When I turned 18 I was able to go into that nightclub and saw four birch Klipsch Heresy's suspended around a small dance floor. About 20x20' with a Klipsch each corner. I thought it sounded good outside, it was astounding inside. There was no way you could stand still. These are such lively and crisp speakers with that punch in just the right frequency.

I made note of them and put them on a wish list. I compared them to the early Bose 901's I'd heard at skating rinks and although not as smooth, spacious and deep, the Heresy's sounded alive in comparison. I wound up purchasing Advent loudspeakers and a Marantz amp and of the three speaker systems, the Advents are superior (in my opinion). BUT, the Heresy's have characteristics that make it a perfect speaker when you want to get the 'live' experience. True, their musicality and bass pales in comparison to the Advents and Bose setups and their accuracy isn't all there but that's exactly what makes these speakers so special. They are accurate enough that you can listen for hours at relatively high level and experience only minimal fatigue. And what a sound stage! Spec's be damned. The Heresy's just plain rock.

I operate a 1,000 sq. ft. listening room and have two 1974 Heresy's I's up front and two KSB 3.1's as behind the audience as corner satellites. I have a secret weapon though. I'm using the Advents placed on the back wall underneath two tables and use them as sub's at very low volume. Using standard quality pro amps with 200 watts per for mains, 100 watts per for satellites and 50 watts per for the advents. This is an astounding setup. I get compliments on a near daily basis on how good the sound is. I'm so glad I didn't go with the usual JBL, Peavy, Pyle, EV, Mackie, Yamaha setups. I must say though,Yamaha gives the Heresy's a run for the money but those pro PA speakers sound... well, like PA speakers. Built to bludgeon and not for listening.

For amplification of live music, I can't think of a better speaker for the money. Picked mine up from Craigslist for $300 in dark wood but had to repair the woofers after about a year. One cone separated from the voice coil but hey, I was pumping strong vocals through them and they were over thirty years old . I leave the grills off to proudly display those horns. Just beautiful. I do need to do a little EQ to minimize the older horn squawk. These are definitely speakers you can tweak to meet your needs.

Since I opened shop I've picked up an identical pair of Advent loudspeakers for use in my home. In my opinion, the Advents are just about the best speakers I've ever heard for home use but you can't beat Klipsch for that live sound.

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Heresy I Before/After Pics

Sorry to start a new thread but I could not find my original post. Before lucking into my Heresy II's I had also come across a pair of Heresy I's. The problem with the I's was that the tweeters had blown and someone decided to put some type of super tweeter on top of the speaker rather than repla ... Read More »

Taking the title back....Klipsch Heresy II find

After seeing fellow vintage collector Dakatabg scoring find after find this past week I felt the need to go out and defend my title as Master of the Thrift Shop Score......... :D Well these were not found at a thrift store but the price was as if they were..... :smilewinkgrin: Sound is aweso ... Read More »

Heresy or progress?

While at blockbuster tonite I saw a disc on blu of [I]twenty million miles to earth[/I], an old fav that I have seen a zillion times. Pics were on the box that were in [I]color[/I] tho! Seems that a colorized version is available. And you can toggle between the two. This isnt the primitive tech ... Read More »

Klipsch Heresy. PICS.

Heresy's: Does anyone else get a kick-in-the-pants from these? Have you ever given these a good listen? Lately? I knew what these were supposed to be, but had honestly never heard them. At least not at home and not with familiar music and a familiar system. I "Goodwilled" myself into a pai ... Read More »

audiophile heresy: my $105 system...

got the last piece of the all-battery powered system today when the Sonic Impact T-amp arrived from partsexpress - roughly $40 with shipping. I haven't stopped giggling. I took a chance on the Insignia 6.5" speakers at BestBuy when they were on sale for $34.99. It turned out not to be a risk at a ... Read More »

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