Klipsch KMC 3 Wireless Music Center - Black
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|Colour||Black||Black / Silver||—||Black||Anthracite Grey||Sandstone Grey|
|Item Dimensions||14 x 43.2 x 18.3 cm||19.8 x 8.9 x 19.8 cm||25.91 x 8.64 x 10.92 cm||22.5 x 27.7 x 9 cm||30 x 10 x 12 cm||22 x 10 x 12 cm|
|Item Weight||3.5 kg||2 kg||1.63 kg||1.44 kg||1.5 kg||1.95 kg|
|Speaker Connectivity||Bluetooth||Apple Lightning Dock - Bluetooth Wireless||3.5 mm jack/bluetooth||bluetooth||wireless||wireless|
|Special Feature||Wireless||Apple Docking||Bluetooth Pairing||Apple Docking||Bluetooth Pairing||Bluetooth Pairing|
Colour Name: Black
The Klipsch Music Center KMC 3 is a 2.1 wireless home music system small enough to be portable yet large enough for party-level sound even in the great outdoors. Easy music streaming from any BlueTooth equipped smartphone, music device or computer. Solid-built and aesthetically designed with elegant soft-feel pain, high-gloss metallic accents and touch-sensitive controls
Top customer reviews
Anyway in short, quality and volume I would give a 100 stars if I could. Otherwise if you need to use them outside without a plug socket for hours on end I would still recommend these and tell you to find a plug socket! They are a must have for every home you will not be disappointed by the sound of these.
Firstly, this speaker is truly fully portable, its small and can sit on a small counter top.
Secondly, it sends out the most amazingly loud sound, beyond what you could wish given its size. At full power there has never been any distortion.
Thirdly, it can run off batteries, which are housed in the base of the unit. It takes 8 D batteries, which can last for upto 26 hours.
Fourthly, the BlueTooth technology works so well and pairing the speaker to the computer or phone is so very easy.
Fifth, it has a remote control that alters the volume of the sound, but can also alter the track play order by somehow controlling the sound source itself. Very clever.
I can find no downside to this incredible unit, if you buy it as a speaker for outdoor parties or a great computer speaker. It also makes an incredibly loud PA speaker and can easily be hooked up to a wireless microphone. At the back it has a USB and a microphone socket.
This is simply an amazing small speaker that packs one of the biggest punches in terms of sound, I have ever heard from a unit that is so small.
I'll try and touch on the features that I think people are looking for when looking for such an item, I should have somewhat of a clue as I was recently doing the same thing.
I wanted a device I could easily stream to (Bluetooth), was portable with its own power source (namely taking into the garden) and I wanted it to sound good.
The KMC 3 features AptX codec compatibility. In layman's terms this provides a higher quality audio stream across Bluetooth, in my opinion the sound quality over Bluetooth was no worse than using a 3.5mm cable; at least I don't think your average listener would and I think you'd struggle to at this level of speaker, though this is my opinion. I don't have an opinion on AptX as the devices I use also support this, Apple's OS X supports AptX but I believe the iOS devices don't [iPhone, iPad, iPod]. I also used my Android phone [HTC One] which does.
As for what you can stream, anything. The device is simply recognised as a speaker or media device, any audio coming from the device regardless of source will happily stream to it, Spotify, YouTube, iTunes etc etc.
As for the bad, it seems it can only remember 1 device, though maybe I'm wrong? So this means I have to resync to the device if I switch, for example, let's say I have my phone connected then later I wanted to connect my laptop, I will need to resync even though the devices remember the KMC.
This could be annoying if you're switching frequently to the same devices, especially as other Bluetooth speakers on the market can store around 6 devices.
You can use 8 D batteries to run this, which I have done but not for any length of time. I've also heard differing numbers as to how long they will last, up to 29 hours and as little as 9. I can't comment, but to confirm it does not have an internal rechargeable unit and you do require some form of tool/coin to open the battery compartment.
It's debated whether it should have one, I personally would have liked it though it seems common not to include it to keep costs down, plus in theory it means you're more likely to find a store selling batteries than you are able to charge it.
Though it's solid and tough along with a nice carry handle, it's not light with the batteries in if you plan on putting it in a rucksack full of beer, I'm just letting you know...
I think the sound is pretty decent, if you have it in a small room it will easily fill it, to the point where the bass can be too much. However this is usually down to the device streaming having some kind of equalizer, many HTC phones have Beats by Dre audio which basically causes this. Also having it in a corner or close to a plasterboard wall will cause more boomy bass.
This can be desired in larger rooms where I found it to be useful as it can quickly get drowned out.
Outside it has plenty of volume and I didn't notice any distortion as you push the volume and overall would recommend it if you're moving between medium sized rooms.
The real downside to this product is the emphasis on the streaming device. The supplied remote is crap at best, you do have to really make an effort to point it at the correct part of the KMC [though not as bad as some make out] and there's no indication of what you've just done. Sure there are lights on the top, but you can't see them unless you're in a position where you don't need the remote. I.e. you turn it on, you don't know unless you get up and look at the lights or if the music starts playing.
The controls on the unit are also poor providing little feedback. The Bluetooth button is multi-functional, you hold it to make it visible for syncing with BT devices and you hold it to switch input to the 3.5m jack. To sync it should be flashing, how do you know it's flashing? You don't, because your finger is covering it. Yeah sure it's not difficult to work out, but still seems a poor design, they feel like they're going to stop working. Though they haven't.
Overall I feel it's a pretty solid unit that suits a small to medium sized room with it occasionally being moved around, say to the kitchen, a bedroom, outside for a BBQ etc. If you're always going to be using the same device and use it in one or two rooms, you won't be disappointed as the sound is good and you alleviate my issues. I also think £250 is the top end for this device, I'd really like to see it £199.
Most recent customer reviews
It is still working as intended.
After near (not yet) a year of usage (placed on a table for my computer), it's...Read more