Klipsch introduced its new vintage-styled desktop headphone amp. 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.
Dual high-performance class AB amplifiers eliminate interference between left and right channel. Inside, dual Class-AB TI TPA6120A2 op-amps load the single-ended 6.4mm socket with 810mW and 940mW into 16 Ohms and 32 Ohms respectively.
Thirstier cans will benefit from a move to the 4-pin XLR balanced socket from which those same TI op-amps push 525mW into 16 Ohms / 1440mW into 32 Ohms. For those needing more grunt, a switch up from low-Z to high-Z mode nets a 10dB signal boost.
The digital to analog converter (DAC) of the Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier converts via an ES90128K2M Sabre32 analog to digital converter chip. It is capable of up to 192 kHz/24 bit sample rate and indicates the source sample rate with a light panel on the front face-plate.
There are USB A and B slots for a phone or computer. Additionally there are ports for optical, coaxial, and RCA line connections.
Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier is available for US$499.