Cool and luxurious retro speaker
With a classic style and record player entry, The Three certainly charms all hipsters.
- Many connections. Great design and nice finish. Multiroom capability. Encouraging sound.
- Sculptured sound does not fit everyone. Limited app.
With its Heritage Wireless series, Klipsch has found an interesting niche for those who want a traditional look, but with the latest in-the-art technology. We have previously tested the small battery-powered and removable Klipsch The One , as well as the powerful Stereo speakers Klipsch The Sixes . Now it’s time for the intersection Klipsch The Three. It takes up significantly less space than The Sixes, has significantly more power than The One, and has a price tag that is in between.
Design and build quality
Klipsch The Three is so far from a discobuting plastic speaker you can come. With the upper and lower sides of solid wood, and a rough fabric covering the sides, it could be a legacy radio from the 60’s. The controls are of copper and give a solid impression with confidence. For those who have string shelves or inherited furniture, it fits like a hand in glove, while on the other side it looks a bit lost in a IKEA shelf.
Connectivity and Features
In addition to the standard Aux input, there are also RCA inputs, USB and even a record player input. Klipsch takes advantage of the DTS Play-Fi platform, which provides multiroms capabilities via Wifi, including Spotify Connect. Connection to the network and grouping of speakers is easy with the app. On the other hand, you must use the steering wheel on the top or the supplied remote control to switch the source.
Wood and copper give a luxury feel rarely seen in the class.
Klipsch the Three Audio quality
Thanks to playback via Wifi and support for lossless compression, The Three already has an advantage over most of the wireless speakers in the class. The clear middle register makes it a pleasure to listen to acoustic music. However, it must be said at once that it does not have any hi-fi ambitions with its warm sound, but it sounds cool and compelling. The music has body and features, making it a pleasure to listen to everything from pop to electronic music. It plays aloud too! But with some music at high volume, it tends to resonate, and the treble becomes a bit harsh.
In a world of plastic Bluetooth speakers, Klipsch The Three is a breath of fresh air. Here’s the luxurious retro design on the outside and the new technology on the inside, with Wifi connectivity and multiroms capabilities. The sound is warm and appealing with a big body and a powerful bass, as well as a clear midrange. It sounds cool, but hardly neutral. If you want more power and stereo sound you can look at The Sixes instead, and if you want to get cheaper, the portable The One is an opportunity.
Klipsch the Three Characteristics
- Element: 2 x 2.25 “full register, 5.25” bass element
- Frequency range: 45 Hz-20 kHz (-3 dB)
- Amplifier: 60 watts
- Maximum sound pressure: 106 dB, 0.5 m
- Connections: Aux, Platter / RCA, USB, Bluetooth, Wifi
- Digital converter: 24 bit/192 kHz
- Dimensions: 35 x 18 x 20 cm
Klipsch the Three Price: $620, –