KLH Ultimate One, a new headphone coming from the brand. The marketing material is pretty impressive, mentioning a ‘pure beryllium’ driver, solid ebony earcups, and handstitched hybrid lambskin and cowhide earpads and headband filled with memory foam. The cable is a detachable two-meter ‘pure silver-litz’ cord, and it comes with a quarter-inch adapter. I have to say – I’m impressed.
Litz cables and pure berylium, certainly not terms you expect to hear thrown out when talking about a $300 USD headphone.
Other bits and bobs are a two-year warranty, and velour carrying case. Specs are a 50mm driver, 18-22khz +/3dB FR variation, and 97dB sensitivity. No impedance is listed, but I suspect these will be relatively similar to other high sensitivity dynamic headphones.
Apparently the headphones were picked to be handed out at the 2019 MTV Movie awards as well, for whatever that’s worth. In all honestly I’m more interested that a brand with such pedigree was revived by an executive from Klipsh, who has recently put out a very competent headphone. Furthermore, the fact that they’re open-backed and that premium materials have been used in the cable and drivers is another positive sign. KLH claims they’re neutral enough to use for music, movies and even in the recording studio. Tall orders from a first-effort headphone, so we shall see if they deliver.
I’ve got a review pair on the way and I’ll admit to being more than a little curious about these headphones. The KLH Ultimate Ones are available now at the KLH website, at $299.99 with a special order Zebra wood version available for $379.99.
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