Klipsch is arguably one of the most popular consumer audio speaker manufacturers around. This American brand has designed and manufactured some awesome speakers over the years but has never released a wireless speaker. The Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three is, as far as I’m aware, the brands first wireless speaker and they have done an outstanding job. The Three is so good in fact that it made it into second place on our best WiFi speakers of 2020. Let’s take a look at why The Three is so awesome and why it’s one of the must-have WiFi speakers of 2020.
Klipsch The Three Specs
Klipsch The Three Design
The Three is not just a bookshelf speaker but also a beautiful piece of decor. The most striking features are the Three’s wood veneer, copper switches, and knobs which give the speaker a retro look and feel. The front, back, and sides are covered with a single piece of woven acoustic fabric which adds to the vintage aesthetic. Every part of the Three is made using premium parts which is what we have come to expect and appreciate from Klipsch.
Looking under the hood and we see a 5¼-inch low-frequency driver coupled with 2 x 5¼-inch bass radiators to cover the low-end while 2 x 2¼-inch full-range drivers produce the upper mids and highs. The system is bi-amped and professionally tuned by Klipsch technicians to deliver a premium listening experience. My thoughts on the sound later in this review.
The Three features inputs for just about every device, including a turntable. Physical inputs include ⅛-inch AUX, USB, and RCA which can be switched between line or phono. For turntables, Klipsch has even included a ground connection. For wireless, you have the option of both WiFi and Bluetooth which is great since most wireless speakers only have one or the other.
If you’re an Alexa user, then you’ll be pleased to know The Three is compatible with all Amazon Echo devices. These will have to be purchased separately as The Three does not have Alexa built-in.
Controlling The Three
There are three ways you can control the speaker, via remote, the Heritage App or the onboard controls. Onboard controls are simple which include on/off, input selection, and volume. The input selector and volume controls are tactile brass knobs which have a firm but smooth action while the on/off switch is a vintage dip switch.
The Three comes with a remote which features LED adjustment, play/pause, track skip next/previous, mute, and separate buttons for each input.
To play music from your favorite streaming services, you’ll need to download the Klipsch Heritage app which is available for Android and iOS devices.
The Three With Google Assistant
If you have a Google Home set up, you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to settle for Alexa. Klipsch also offers The Three with Google Assistant. The speaker has a built-in microphone so you don’t need an external device to use Google Assistant. There is a mute function should you wish to shut down Google Assistant and prevent the app from “listening in”. In addition, the speaker has built-in Chromecast allowing you to stream from your favorite services from any device.
There are a couple of downsides to The Three with Google Assistant. One, unlike the standard model, the Google Assistant model doesn’t come with a remote. And the second is the speaker only offers a single input which is WiFi. This means if you want all those inputs and a remote, The Three with Google Assistant won’t be the right model for you.
The Three delivers 60W RMS with an 80W peak which is a significant amount of power for a speaker of this size. Even at high volumes, The Three performs brilliantly with no breakup or distortion. If you like to play your music loud, you’ll be impressed with the volume of The Three. There is certainly enough power to fill most living spaces.
One of the most impressive elements of The Three’s sound is its performance in the low-end. The bass is tight and punchy without ever overpowering the rest of the frequency spectrum. The mid-range is well-balanced delivering excellent clarity for vocals and instruments. The two full-range drivers do a great job with the upper mids and highs delivering surprisingly good detail and intelligibility. Overall, The Three is a fun, exciting speaker to listen to. Perfect for music lovers of all kinds. Even if you’re an audiophile who’s very particular about sound, you’ll appreciate the quality The Three delivers for a mass-produced wireless speaker.
What’s in the Box?
Included with the Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three:
- Klipsch The Three wireless speaker
- ⅛” AUX cable
- USB type B to USB type A cable
- Wireless remote control
- Power cord
The Three has got it all. Great sound, beautiful looks, and quality parts. Exactly what you would expect from a premium brand like Klipsch. The speaker is also surprisingly powerful. If you live in an apartment or dorm, you’ll definitely make enough noise to disturb your neighbors. On the standard model, having so many options for inputs means you can plug all your physical devices in and leave the speaker in place. At just 10 lbs, The Three is easy to move around the house should you wish to. The only disappointment is The Three with Google Assistant which doesn’t come with a remote control and all the additional inputs.
At just under $500, The Three is well priced for a premium WiFi speaker. The standard model is available in ebony or ivory while the Google Assistant model comes in walnut or matte black.