We have already checked out Klipsch’s The Three Bluetooth speaker, and now we’ll check out its extra reasonably priced, smaller sibling, the One. At $299, The One nonetheless is not low-cost, nevertheless it’s far inexpensive than The Three, and it nonetheless manages to ship glorious audio and look good doing it. Effectively, it appears good for those who’re after an aesthetic retro design—much less so if the trendy Scandinavian look is your factor. However the copper knobs and wooden highlights have a basic really feel to them, and the audio efficiency is spectacular, with wealthy lows and detailed highs. This worth vary has loads of nice choices, with The One standing within the entrance. It earns our Editors’ Selection award.
The One measures roughly 6.2 by 12.7 by 5.Three-inches and weighs a hefty eight.5 kilos, with high and backside panels coated in an attention-grabbing wooden veneer (accessible in Ebony or Walnut). The entrance face is all material speaker grille, with the old-school Klipsch emblem within the upper-right nook. The fabric grille wraps across the speaker utterly, and all the system rests on wood stands with rubberized toes. The speaker is moveable within the room-to-room sense—it is too giant to throw in a backpack, and it definitely would not fare properly in a doubtlessly moist outside location.
Behind the grilles, The One delivers audio via twin 2.Three-inch full-range drivers and a single four.5-inch woofer. The interior amp pushes out 30 watts of steady energy (and 50 watts peak energy).
Up high, there is a management panel with a copper Energy change and two knobs for Supply and Quantity. The amount works independently of, not together with, your cell machine’s grasp quantity ranges. Standing LEDs let you recognize when The One is turned on, when the battery is working low, and whether or not it is related to a Bluetooth or wired Aux enter supply (a Three.5mm audio cable is included). With solely two attainable choices, it might need made extra sense for the Supply dial to be a change, however who cares? It appears cool.
The Aux enter is positioned on one other copper panel on the again, together with the connection for the included AC adapter. Connecting a tool through the cable and switching to the Aux enter does not kill the Bluetooth connection you probably have a tool paired, so you possibly can change forwards and backwards.
Powering up The One instantly places it into pairing mode, or you possibly can press the Supply knob in for a number of seconds to start out the pairing course of. Beware, although, as a result of for those who maintain it down for 10 seconds the speaker resets to manufacturing unit default settings and kills any present Bluetooth connection. Loads of of us will press the Supply knob, recognizing it is a button, guessing that perhaps this controls playback however solely discovering the pairing and reset capabilities. There are not any playback nor monitor navigation buttons on The One, which is a slight annoyance. The One additionally lacks any speakerphone characteristic.
Klipsch estimates The One’s battery life to be roughly eight hours, however your outcomes will differ together with your mixture of wired and wi-fi playback, in addition to your quantity ranges.
The One can get exceptionally loud for a speaker this measurement. With an iPhone 6s at 75 p.c quantity, the speaker delivers impressively highly effective audio. At even half quantity on the iPhone 6s and full quantity on the speaker, the audio is kind of loud, and filled with wealthy bass response.
On tracks with intense sub-bass content material, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” The One delivers a palpable thump. It’s attainable to trigger distortion right here, however that is primarily as a result of the amount stage on the knob is not in sync together with your cell machine’s quantity, and thus you possibly can find yourself actually cranking the drivers. You’ll be able to nonetheless take heed to this monitor with no distortion in anyway at very loud ranges, so we cannot knock the distortion that a lot. It solely seems when the amount is ear-splitting.
Invoice Callahan’s “Drover,” a monitor with little in the best way of deep bass response, provides us a greater sense of the The One’s general sound signature. The drums on this monitor can sound overly thunderous on closely bass-boosted methods, however The One delivers stable bass depth with out unnatural growth. Callahan’s baritone vocals profit tremendously from the wealthy low-mid presence the drivers present, in addition to the readability all through the mids and highs. The assault of the guitar strums and better percussive hits additionally take pleasure in a stable presence within the high-mids and highs. General, it is a very well-balanced sound signature with pretty bass depth and shiny highs, with nothing overly sculpted or boosted.
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church within the Wild,” the kick drum loop’s assault will get the perfect quantity of high-mid presence to retain a pointy edge and slice via the layers of the combination. The sub-bass synth hits are delivered with gusto, however not subwoofer-like rumbling pressure. It is the drum loop that appears beefed up right here, delivering extra thump than typical. This, together with Callahan’s vocals, tells us that The One is boosting lows and low-mids excess of the sub-bass frequencies. The vocals on this monitor are delivered with readability and no added sibilance. Once more, it is a stable stability of highs and lows that ought to please everybody besides these on the lookout for full-on subwoofer throttle.
Orchestral tracks, just like the opening scene in John Adams’ The Gospel In line with the Different Mary, sound improbable via The One. The bass presence is ideal for pushing the decrease register instrumentation ahead a bit, lending the combination a little bit extra low-end depth and push. That is by no means on the expense of the upper register brass, strings, and vocals, which preserve a splendidly crisp, distinguished presence within the combine. It may be a little bit extra bass depth than complete purists would favor, however most will discover the orchestral sounds The One is able to reproducing exhilarating.
For $300, there are some stable choices within the Bluetooth speaker realm. Whereas Klipsch’s The One could also be restricted in a number of areas—no onboard playback controls, the (very minor) problem of distortion we touched on—it is nonetheless a easy, easy-to-operate, excellent-sounding speaker that appears nice. There isn’t any app or any added performance past what’s already apparent, so it is not essentially the most versatile speaker on the market. However we’re glad to present it our Editors’ Selection award for many who actually simply need nice Bluetooth audio in a good-looking design. This worth vary has loads of winners, nevertheless—do not forget concerning the Bose SoundLink Revolve+, Sony SRS-XB40, and Libratone Zipp. And for extra money, Klipsch’s The Three additionally does not disappoint.