New office space has afforded me the opportunity to build a small system. I have a UnitiQute 2 on hand and wanted to find a speaker which could fill the room and keep my attention. I was planning on a pair of Tannoys or LS3/5A's but I decided to look beyond the "usual suspects". I had become smitten with the Klipsch Heritage series speakers and figured I would try them out. The Hersey III is a 3 way horn loaded speaker with a sealed 12" woofer. It's a 1940s design which has been mildly updated. They have kept the overall design unchanged in honor of founder Paul Klipsch.
They're designed to be placed near the corners and tow'd in 45 degrees. After about 50 hours of run-in time (they were terrible out of the box) the Klipsch's are starting to reveal their magic. Perfect, not by a long shot... but the sound is highly detailed, highly dynamic and demands your attention. They are 99db efficient and the 30w Qute has no trouble driving them. I thought they might sound bright and brittle, but the mid and tweets are smooth and not harsh. They don't go very low, 50hz, but my small 11'x14' room contains the bass nicely.
Initially I had wired them up with a 25' pair of NACA 5 but this proved to be too much cable to manage and I had no desire to cut them down. I swapped out the Naim cable for 8' pair of Canare speaker cable I had ordered online. To my surprise I prefered the Canare sound. I've been listening to Tidal Masters via my MacBook Pro Toslink cable into the UnitiQuite2. Small chamber trios are particularly involving.
Horn loaded speakers are very polarizing, it is totally different from my 500 series/Kudos Titan system at home. So far I am enjoying the sound. Perhaps less is more?