Story by Parker Hall, via our partner site, Digital Trends /
The most affordable of the new Heritage line is the Capitol One speaker, a semiportable tabletop device with an 8-hour rechargeable battery and Bluetooth. The Capitol One features analog inputs for smartphone, computer, or CD players, and uses two 2.25-inch, full-range drivers and a single 4.5-inch woofer for playback.
The Capitol Three is a larger tabletop system that heavily resembles its little brother, but also features a phono preamp and RCA inputs for a turntable, and includes Wi-Fi connectivity that allows for Klipsch Stream Wireless multiroom integration — letting listeners stream their favorite music via the Klipsch Stream app. The Capitol Three employs two 2.25-inch drivers and a 5.25-inch long-throw woofer, as well as dual passive radiators for better bass response. In addition, it offers a 24-bit digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, allowing for high-resolution audio playback. (Our kinda speaker here at HRAC, of course. . .)
While both the Capitol One and Capitol Three speakers are worth pining over, it’s the third generation of the Capitol Heresy speakers that will have audiophiles drooling the most. A set of compact three-way speakers with a 12-inch woofer, horn-loaded midrange driver, and a tweeter, the Heresy III speakers showcase a beautiful wood-veneer cabinet that’s handmade in Hope, Arkansas, and even signed by the craftsmen that made it.
The Capitol One will retail for $400, the Capitol Three for $500, and the Heresy III for $1,300 each. Not that it’s a huge incentive given the high-end price points, but those who purchase a member of the new Heritage speaker line will receive a free record from the Capitol Records catalog (still, not a bad idea at all).