Kicker HP1973 Classic Style Headphones

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

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• Retro Over-the-Ear Headphones
• Comfortable Leather Headband
• Adjustable Fit
• Lightweight Design
• Long 65" Cable
• Tangle-Free Braided Cord
• Nickel-Plated Contacts
• 117 dB Max Output
• Black

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Product Highlights

• Retro Over-the-Ear Headphones
• Comfortable Leather Headband
• Adjustable Fit
• Lightweight Design
• Long 65" Cable
• Tangle-Free Braided Cord
• Nickel-Plated Contacts
• 117 dB Max Output
• Black


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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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Specifications & Details

Headphone Design
Headphone Type
Headband Type
Over the Head
Specifically For
General Features
Headphone Connection
Volume Adjustment
Audio Features
42 ohms
110 dB
Frequency Response
23 - 20,000 Hz
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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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.

By jacob on June 8, 2012


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Kicker HP 1973 AWESOME!

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!!!

By Alt on June 15, 2011


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Good buy.

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.

By sean on November 13, 2013


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good value

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

By cory on November 29, 2012


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nice sound

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.

By eddie on August 8, 2012


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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.

By Bret on November 8, 2010


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Slappin Bass

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!

By Face on February 26, 2012


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Thought it would be better...

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!

By Christian on November 17, 2011


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Top notch quality!!!

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.

By Amador on September 25, 2010


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