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Kicker HP1973 Classic Style Headphones

Audiophile "1973 Classic-Style" Over-the-Ear Headphones

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Retro Style with Cutting Edge Sound

Get thrown back to 1973 with these Kicker headphones! These full-size classic style headphones provide high-end sound quality that will completely immerse you in the music. Aside from the top-notch sound, the Kicker HP1973 headphones are among the most comfortable headphones available today. The result of extensive research of various leather, Kicker appropriately chose a leather that is soft, durable, and provides a great seal for the headphones. The leather on the ear-cups and the top of the headband complete the headphones by ensuring comfort each and every time you put the headphones on.

Even will the large speaker drivers and ear cups, Kicker kept the HP1973 headphones at an extremely lightweight 6 oz. That is perfect for those that travel a lot and don't want to be weighed down by bulky, heavy headphones. A 65" thick cable with a braided cloth jacket enhances the acoustic qualities, while the length allows plenty of room for movement without being caught by a short cord. Designed specifically for the portable MP3 players, such as an iPod, iPhone, or Zune, the Kicker HP1973 headphones are the solution to lightweight, high-quality sound.

Retro-Style with Contemporary Audiophile Sound
  • 1973 Classic-Style Over-the-Ear Headphones
  • Retro-style headphones with a classic look
  • Comfortable headband is adjustable for a perfect fit every time
  • Larger ear cups with a over-the-ear design
  • Headphones are only 6 oz.
  • Lightweight design is comfortable and great for long listening sessions
  • Dynamic full-range audio playback for clear and detailed sound reproduction
  • Long 65" Ultra-Gauge cable is thicker for enhance acoustic qualities
  • Braided cloth cord is virtually tangle-free
  • Nickel-plated 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack connector is corrosion resistant and provides excellent signal transfer
  • Soft leather padded headband
  • Glossy black earcups and dual chrome wire adjustable wire feeds give a "old-skool" look
  • Perfect for the iPod iPhone
  • Retro 1973 name gives credit to the year that Kicker was founded
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 23–20,000
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB/1mW
  • Nominal Impedance: 42 ohm
  • Max Input / Power Handling: 5 mW
  • Max Output: 117 dB
  • Cable Type: Black braided cloth cable
  • Cable Length: 65” (165cm)
  • Plug Type: 1/8” (3.5 mm) iPhone compatible plug with corrosion-resistant nickel plating
  • Mass (Weight): 5.71 oz (162g)
  • Magnet Material: Neodymium Iron Boron (Nd-Fe-B) Magnet
  • RoHS Compliant: Yes
  • Color: Black
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Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

On-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

No
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
23 - 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
110 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
42 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
56%
4 Star
22%
3 Star
22%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.7
Features
4.2
Design
4.4
Usability
4.9

sean

victorville, CA

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Good buy.

November 13, 2013

Very happy with the headphones. They work great and are loud. Minimal distortion when cranked up. And you get air escaping the sides from the bass. Well worth the price.

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cory

appleton, wi

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good value

November 29, 2012

Very affordable price, and they do sound quite good.. bass is rumbly and you can feel air being pushed at higher volumes, the mids and highs are all audible at max volume through the bass with no distortion.. the braided cord is nice and sturdy.. and they r generally comfortable on the ears. Also, if u set them down, they are probably almost louder than my smartphones speaker .. so they do get loud and audibly clear Cons: although they sit comfortably, in any warm weather they can become real hot real fast.. they were not ideal for walking around outside for this reason.. also, the adjustable earpieces became fairly loose on the slider bars pretty quick, and they stay if u are not moving around, but again, if u want to walk around, the ear pieces WILL slide down and u will have to keep adjusting them... lastly.. while audio quality is good.. I wish I could get more volume out of them.. on my ipodit is fairly quiet and the bass unnoticable until almost 3 clicks from max volume... and max at first sounds fine (and really is acceptable at any time) like anybody knows, as u listenat that volume, u start to want more... don't get me wrong these things r loud n clear.. but audiophiles ALWAYS want more.. and these sadly only start getting great sounding when already maxed and there is no more room for more

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eddie

long beach, CA

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nice sound

August 8, 2012

Was looking for a full size headphone w/ a decent driver to hit the low notes and rich sound. Was looking at the beats by dre but did not want to pay an arm and a leg. Came across this and took a chance relying only on the name that kicker is known for... quality. Im happy with this and the sound is crisp and you can actually feel the bass coming through. And it's a fraction of the price. GOOD BUY.

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jacob

Bay City, TX

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wow!

June 8, 2012

These things are stupid loud!!! Louder than solo and studio beats (vocal wise) the bass quality is a 4 from 1-10 recommend to any one who wants clear music don't recommend to bass heads like myself.

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Face

Chicago, IL

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Slappin Bass

February 26, 2012

one of the best headphones heard, u can feel da air and speakers vibrate from da bass and it doesnt hurt yoour ears. long flexible cord. Very affordable. Buy!

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Christian

Staten Island, NY

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Thought it would be better...

November 17, 2011

When I initially came across the HP1973, I loved the retro look of the design. Based on the other previous reviews and the retail price of $59.95 from Kickers website, my expectations were pretty high. With the great price on Sonic for these headphones, I was down for a pair. However, after listening to them in person, I would not recommend purchasing them unless you are more concerned about looks than performance. Although the styling and comfort of these headphones did not disappoint, the sound quality is worse than you would get from the Kicker In-Ear EB51 (which I also own and are sold here as well for less than $15). On the flip-side, if price is not such an issue, for $79, I would recommend picking up a pair of GRADO SR-60i (which I also own). The SR-60i will sound great throughout the range from lows-mids-highs compared to anything out there that is selling for double the asking price. This is especially true if you pair them with say an iPod or other portable device as the new "i" version is now intended. Hope this helps!

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Alt

Land O Lakes, FL

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Kicker HP 1973 AWESOME!

June 15, 2011

I consider myself an audiophile and I highly recommend these headphones. They absolutely blow away anything I have heard less than $200. Pretty close to Beats by Dre for a fraction of the price. Very deep bass, you can actually feel the air pushing against your ears. Highs and mids are very crisp and clean. Great Buy!!!

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Bret

Omaha, NE

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Agreed.

November 8, 2010

I agree with the other person that reviewed these, they put out amazing sound with great quality, I got these as a daily deal for a great price but regular price is awesome too, just think about it, you could go ahead and buy these and get great sound quality and response, or you could go buy some other brand for cheaper that probably wont last as long and not give the same sound. Kicker is a great brand and now I can say that all the way from car audio to headphones they know exactly what they are doing. Spend the extra money on these, you won't be disappointed.

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Amador

San Diego, CA

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Top notch quality!!!

September 25, 2010

Great sound from the headphones. I use them on my PC, to on the go with my Zune and all I can say is the clarity is there no matter what. Another great thing bout these, is the bass they can produce. Great sounding bass!!! They surprised me first time i tried them and I now highly recommend them.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

HP1973

UPC

713034051428

Weight

2.50lbs

Internal SKU

hp1973

Internal Product ID

21977

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Wiring Diagram Legend

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