Kronos AV
Kronos AV
Paul Wilbur Klipsch (PWK) was an American audio pioneer, a true eccentric and a proud member of the engineering and science hall of fame. He gave rise to speaker technologies that would forever impact generations of music lovers. His passion enabled theirs.
The genesis of something, very, very special occurred in a tiny tin shed in Hope, Arkansas in 1946 when Paul W. Klipsch, genius, madman and maverick, designed and hand-built the legendary Klipschorn® speaker with the goal of bringing live music into his living room.
In the understatement of the century, we'd say he succeeded. 
The tin shed is now a full-fledged factory with its own cabinet production line and the company’s headquarters have moved to Indianapolis, Indiana; however, the mission remains to create the world's best speakers.

Klispch Heritage Headphone Amplifier
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The Heritage Headphone Amplifier deffinately stands out from the crowd. It looks old-school without feeling passé. It exudes quality and boasts a set of handsome weighted and anodized aluminum switches, knobs and controls that look and feel almost as good as it makes your music sound. This piece of audio equipment is purpose built to be something you can proudly display both during and after use. 

Encased in formed aluminum with genuine walnut veneer, the Heritage Headphone Amplifier exudes quality before ever being plugged in. 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 vintage feel.

Driven at the core by a high-resolution ES90128K2M ESS Sabre32 Reference digital-toanalog (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • Audiophile digital to analog converter
  • Asynchronous USB interface
  • Dual amplifiers for balanced output
  • Versatile inputs and outputs
  • Low distortion
  • Sample rate notification
Amplifier Type:  Dual Class-AB (TI TPA6120A2)
Digital Analog Converter:   ESS SAbre32 ES9018K2M
USB: XMOS Asynchronous Audio Interface
Amplifier Power:

Balanced XLR-4                       Unbalanced 1/4"
525mW into 16Ω                       810mW into 16Ω
1440mW into 32Ω                     940mW into 32Ω
1050mW into 150Ω                   270mW into 150Ω
540mW into 300Ω                     135mW into 300Ω
270mW into 600Ω                     68mW into 600Ω

Frequency Response: Balanced XLR-4                      Unbalanced 1/4"
20 Hz - 40kHz, +0/-0.1 dB         20 Hz - 40kHz, +0/0.1 dB
9 Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3.0 dB           9 Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3.0 dB
Signal To Noise Ratio: Balanced XLR-4                       Unbalanced 1/4"
118 dB A-Weighted                    118 dB A-Weighted
THD+N: Balanced XLR-4                       Unbalanced 1/4"
< 0.009%, 20Hz - 20kHz           <0.009%, 20Hz - 20kHz
Crosstalk: Balanced XLR-4                       Unbalanced 1/4"
< -75 dB, 20Hz - 20kHz             < -60dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Gain: Lo-Z 0 dB, Hi-Z 10 dB
Sample Rate Support: 16 - 24 Bit | 44.1kHZ, 48kHz, 88.2kHZ, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
DSD Support: 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.2M
Inputs: USB Audio (Type B Connection)
Optical (TOSLINK)
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
Box Dimensions: 4.52" (115mm)H x 11.73" (298mm) W x 6.45" (164mm) D
Enclosure Material: Top and Bottom : MDF with Walnut Veneer
Case : Anodized Aluminium Extrusion
Voltage: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Product Weight: 1.7 lbs (.77kg)
Boxed Weight: 2.75 lbs (1.25kg)
Included Accessories: 2.0m USB Type-B Cable
Universal Power Supply
US, Eu, UK and AU Plugs

We are still delivering orders as normal. When your order ships you will still receive tracking details. For UK shipments, Our couriers have procedures in place to ensure deliveries are arriving as quickly & safely as possible. Drivers can now sign for your parcels, however will notify you that they have arrived, in order to ensure you receive your parcel. Signing for the parcel has now been stopped temporally for hygiene reasons. Drivers are also working with customer instructions, so you can ask them to leave the parcel in a safe place (doorstep etc...) if you prefer not to come into direct contact with the driver.

Express Deliveries

Express Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. Express Delivery offers delivery in 24-72 hours from time of purchase. We use premium couriers for this service, mainly DPD & Royal Mail. DPD will offer you a one hour window for delivery to make sure someone is at home, or you can reschedule the delivery if no one is around. 

Standard Deliveries

Here at Kronos AV, we have vast experience with e-commerce sales. Making sure that your parcel arrives undamaged is a huge priority for us. That’s why at Kronos AV, we only use premium couriers for all our orders. All our parcels are shipped with DPD or Royal Mail and are always sent Signed For to make sure it gets to the right person. 

If for any reason your parcel does arrived damaged, please get in touch, and we will be happy to get everything resolved for you. We are always on hand to help!


Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. In order to offer FREE delivery to UK customers, we use several premium couriers to ensure your delivery arrives safe.

Most large orders (over 2kg) ship using DPD or DHL courier and smaller orders (under 2kg) by Royal Mail signed for services.

The most appropriate courier will be chosen for the items ordered to ensure the quickest possible delivery.

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