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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Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

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.

Headband 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
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.
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 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.
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
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.
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

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.
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
42 ohms
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.
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
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
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Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

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Accessories included with the headphones
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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Bay City, TX


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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Land O Lakes, FL

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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victorville, CA

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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appleton, wi

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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long beach, CA

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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Omaha, NE


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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Staten Island, NY

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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Chicago, IL

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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San Diego, CA

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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Are the HP1973 headphones closed or open? How is sound isolation?
A shopper on Oct 27, 2014
Best Answer: These are closed back headphones with moderate isolation. If you are listening at soft to moderate levels, then you shouldn't have a problem with noise bleed. If you like to crank it and listen to your music loud, then you will have some bleed.
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