Klipsch The Three Review
One of the most well-known producers of consumer audio speakers is undoubtedly Klipsch. This American company has produced some fantastic speakers over the years, but they have never offered a wireless option. As far as I’m aware Klipsch The Three is the company’s first wireless speaker, and they did a fantastic job. The Three is so excellent that it came in second on our list of the top WiFi speakers for 2020. Let’s examine The Three’s awesomeness and why it’s one of the top WiFi speakers to buy in 2020.
Klipsch The Three Specs
|LF Driver:||5¼” + 2 x 5¼” bass radiators|
|HF Driver:||2 x 2¼” high-frequency full-range drivers|
|Power Output:||60W RMS 80W Peak|
|Frequency Response:||45Hz – 20kHz @ -3dB|
|Dimensions:||13.7” x 7” x 8”|
|Inputs:||USB, AUX, RCA (switchable line/phono), WiFi, Bluetooth|
Klipsch The Three Design
The Three is a stunning piece of furniture in addition to being a bookshelf speaker. Its most striking features are the Three’s wood veneer, copper switches, and knobs, which give the speaker a retro appearance and feel. A single piece of woven acoustic fabric covering the front, back, and sides add to the vintage appearance. The Three is made entirely of premium components, as is to be expected and valued by Klipsch.
A 5 1/4-inch low-frequency driver and two 514-inch bass radiators are used to cover the low end, and two 214-inch full-range drivers are used to produce the upper mids and highs. For a superior listening experience, Klipsch technicians have bi-amped and expertly tuned the system. I’ll discuss the sound in more detail below this review.
Almost every device, including a turntable, has inputs on The Three. The 1/8-inch AUX, USB, and RCA physical inputs can be switched between line and phono. Klipsch has even added a ground connection for turntables. Since most wireless speakers only have one of the two, it’s great that you can choose WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity.
If you use Alexa, you’ll be happy to know that The Three is compatible with all Amazon Echo devices. Since The Three doesn’t have Alexa built-in, these will need to be purchased separately.
The Heritage App, the onboard controls, and the remote control are the three ways to operate the speaker. On/off, input selection and volume are the only basic onboard controls. The on/off switch is a vintage dip switch, and the input selector and volume controls are tactile brass knobs with firm but smooth action.
The remote with the Three has buttons for LED adjustment, play/pause, track skip forward/backward, mute, and separate input buttons.
You must download the Klipsch Heritage app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, in order to listen to music from your preferred streaming services.
You’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to stick with Alexa if you have a Google Home setup. The Three are also available from Klipsch with Google Assistant. Because the speaker has a built-in microphone, you can use Google Assistant without an additional device. If you want to turn off Google Assistant and stop it from “listening in,” you can use the mute function. The speaker also comes with a built-in Chromecast, allowing you to stream content from your preferred services on any device.
The Three with Google Assistant does have a few drawbacks. One is that the Google Assistant model lacks a remote control in contrast to the standard model. And the second is that the speaker only provides one input, WiFi. Therefore, The Three with Google Assistant won’t be the best model for you if you want all those inputs and a remote.
For a speaker of this size, The Three’s 60W RMS and 80W peak output is a sizable amount of power. The Three performs flawlessly with no breakup or distortion even at loud volumes. If you enjoy playing music loud, you’ll be impressed by The Three’s volume. There is undoubtedly enough energy to supply the majority of habitations.
The Three’s sound’s low-end performance is one of its most impressive aspects. Without ever overpowering the rest of the frequency range, the bass is tight and punchy. The mid-range is well-balanced and provides excellent vocal and instrument clarity. The upper mids and highs produced by the two full-range drivers deliver surprisingly good detail and intelligibility. The Three are entertaining and engaging speakers all around. Perfect for all types of music lovers. Even if you are an audiophile who is very particular about sound, you will enjoy the quality that The Three offers for a wireless speaker that is mass-produced.
What you Will Recieve
- Klipsch The Three wireless speaker
- Power cord
- ⅛” AUX cable
- Wireless remote control
- USB type B to USB type A cable
The Three possess all of it. High-quality parts, lovely appearance, and fantastic sound. Just what you would anticipate from a high-end company like Klipsch. The speaker’s power is also unexpected. If you live in an apartment or dorm, your neighbors will undoubtedly complain about the noise you make. With so many input options on the standard model, you can plug in all of your physical devices and leave the speaker in place. The Three weighs only 10 lbs, making it simple to move around the house if necessary. The Three with Google Assistant’s lack of remote control and all the extra inputs is its only drawback.
The Three is reasonably priced for a high-end WiFi speaker at just under $500. The Google Assistant model is available in walnut or matte black, while the standard model is available in ebony or ivory.