Klipsch Reference Over-Ear Headphones review: For when you crave pure sound

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Klipsch has been in the audio game since the 1940s and has been taking audio quality seriously since their first Klipschorn speaker. With a strong focus on efficiency and accurate sound, it is no surprise that the Klipsch brand is still well known and respected in the audio world. Fortunately, their headphones carry along with this same tradition.



The body of the Klipsch Reference Over-Ear headphones consists of mainly plastic and a soft touch leather. The headphones feel durable with a little bit of heft but not too heavy. While plastic isn’t the most premium material, it provides the headphones with a strong sturdy build. The touches of leather and memory foam help give it a more premium feel. Thanks to the replaceable ear pads and the sturdy build these headphones were built to last.

The Klipsch Reference Over-Ear headphones also feature a foldable design and an included hard case. Providing you a more convenient way to travel with your headphones and keep them protected.

The 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable uses a flat no tangle design and is removable making it easier to replace. The cable incorporates in line controls allowing you to play/pause your music, skip to the next track, and control the volume. Unfortunately, this only fully compatible with iOS devices. When using an Android device you can only play/pause your music or skip tracks, there is no volume support.


The thick foam padding of the headband makes it feel as if they are floating on the top of your head. Paired with the articulating memory foam leather ear pads this makes wearing them comfortable to wear for hours. However, your ears do become warm after extended listening due to the closed back nature of these headphones, and the ear cups do not rotate to lie flat.

While the headphones were extremely comfortable for me I could feel my ears lightly touching the diaphragm while wearing. Something to be aware of if your ears stick out far from your head, which mine do not.

Sound Quality

The Klipsch Reference Over-Ear headphones offer the pure sound and clarity one would expect from reference headphones. Reference headphones by nature are made to give you more of a flat sound signature, providing you with clear and accurate sound. Klipsch certainly delivers on this and music sounded pure without piercing highs or overpowering booming bass. These are not the headphones for bass heads out there, but if you are interested in clear accurate sound these will not disappoint.

Final Thoughts

The Klipsch Reference Over-Ear headphones are a high-quality pair of headphones offering you accurate sound and comfort. For $249 price tag they might seem a little expensive, especially without including any extra features such as Bluetooth. Considering the high-quality audio the price is rather reasonable for a pair of headphones that are built to last.

Their sturdy build and replaceable ear pads ensure they can take a beating and will last for years to come. The neutral sound assures you hear the music the way the artist intended and gives one of the most accurate representations of your music. If you’re interested in picking up a pair for yourself you can find them at the links below.

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