- Klipsch Group Inc. refers to the two new systems Klipsch The One Plus and Klipsch The Three Plus as so-called Tabletop Stereo Systems.
The US speaker specialist Klipsch Group Inc., part of the VOXX International Corporation, has long been recognised as a provider with a particularly broad product range, including solutions in the desktop audio sector, and it is precisely this segment that the Indianapolis-based company now wants to expand once again with particularly exciting products. With Klipsch The One Plus and Klipsch The Three Plus, two new Bluetooth speakers are being presented that fit seamlessly into the existing desktop audio range.
Of course, this is the latest generation of solutions from the so-called Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speaker Series, which refers to legendary solutions from Klipsch, but has itself been on the market for many years.
Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speaker Series
Klipsch was clearly one of the first loudspeaker manufacturers to recognise the growing importance of wireless speakers. They also understood perfectly how to utilise the company’s long history and create a reference to legendary solutions from Klipsch, thus creating a design line that skilfully plays with a charming vintage touch.
The company first presented the Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speaker Series back in 2016, first and foremost with the Klipsch The One, which was replaced by the Klipsch The One II in 2019. The Klipsch The Three was also launched in 2016 and was replaced by the Klipsch The Three II in August 2019.
It should also be mentioned that the Klipsch The One II McLaren Edition tabletop speaker was only launched on the market in January 2023 as a very special design variant.
Nevertheless, Klipsch now felt it was time to launch the new, now third generation of these two Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Klipsch The One Plus and Klipsch The Three Plus – New tabletop speakers
From the very beginning, Klipsch referred to the two Bluetooth speakers as tabletop speakers, and this naturally also applies to the new Klipsch The One Plus and Klipsch The Three Plus models. They are therefore designed as Bluetooth speakers that can be placed anywhere in the home and, thanks to the very special design already mentioned, blend into the living environment as an elegant solution.
Slightly adapted design concept
Incidentally, it is striking that both solutions have a slightly adapted design concept, making them clearly distinguishable from their predecessors. MDF is still used, of course, covered with real wood veneer, but the base and top panels are even a little thicker and now have elegantly rounded edges. Naturally, the characteristic textile fabric with references to the 1950s and 1960s is used and the controls are made of metal.
The classic vintage look gives way to a slightly more modern interpretation, but without denying its roots.
Both systems are available in either black or walnut, with Klipsch The One Plus measuring 31.8 x 15.5 x 15.2 cm and weighing 3.6 kg. The Klipsch The Three Plus measures 35.5 x 21.3 x 17.8 cm and weighs 4.8 kg according to the data sheet.
“With subtle updates to the form and intelligent evolution of very specific elements such as the controls and input panel, we’ve taken an award-winning design from 2016 and transformed it as the basis for future Klipsch products, while keeping one foot in our heritage brand language and the other foot firmly planted in the future.”Tony Martin, Director of Industrial Design
Tabletop speakers with true 2.1 stereo sound
Even though both systems are quite compact, according to the manufacturer, they are now designed as 2.1-channel bass reflex systems with a particularly rich, clear stereo sound.
In the tried and tested manner, high-quality drivers are of course still used, as this is one of the company’s core competencies, and these can be operated with a remarkable amount of power in order to achieve the promised rich, powerful and dynamic sound.
To put it in a nutshell, the Klipsch The One Plus is equipped with a 2.25-inch full-range driver and a 4.5-inch woofer, also has two 4.5-inch dual opposing passive radiators and is said to have an output of 60 watts. The manufacturer specifies the frequency range of this solution as 55 Hz to 20 kHz.
The Klipsch The Three Plus has two 2.25-inch full-range drivers, a 5.25-inch long-throw woofer and also two passive diaphragms, each with a diameter of 5.25 inches. The power available here is stated as 120 watts and the frequency range as 45 Hz to 20 kHz.
Flexible use with a wide variety of sources, including phono preamp
Both systems rely on Bluetooth 5.3 for signal transmission, which is the latest standard. There is also USB-C and, in the case of the Klipsch The One Plus, a 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack as an analog input. The Klipsch The Three Plus lacks this, but this solution has an optical S/PDIF interface (TOS-Link) and also a pair of RCA sockets that can also be used as a phono preamp if desired. Record players equipped with MM pick-up systems can be connected directly.
Broadcast mode via Bluetooth
Even though these are Bluetooth speakers and not solutions with WiFi, they should still allow flexible use in combination with other suitably equipped Klipsch tabletop speakers. After all, up to ten speakers can be combined via the so-called broadcast mode to create a multi-speaker system, as the manufacturer itself describes.
Simple control via the Klipsch Connect app
Of course, it is not only possible to easily control the system directly via the corresponding buttons and controls, but also via the Klipsch Connect app, which is available for Apple iOS as well as for Google Android.
“These new speakers take a step forward in every way: connectivity has been improved with USB-C, Bluetooth 5.3 and compatibility with the Klipsch Connect app; the design includes improved wood finishes and a rounded shape; and finally, the acoustics have been improved with next-generation drivers and amplifiers.”Vlad Grodzinskiy, Director of Product Development
Prices and availability
According to the manufacturer, the new Klipsch The One Plus will be available immediately from specialist retailers at a recommended retail price of € 299,- and the Klipsch The Three Plus at € 399,-.
Getting to the point
The so-called Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speaker Series has been characterized from the very beginning by the fact that it offers state-of-the-art tabletop speakers with a special design based on a classic vintage look. The latest, third generation, which the US company Klipsch Group Inc. is now launching on the market in the form of the new Klipsch The One Plus and Klipsch The Three Plus solutions, also follows this tradition.
|PRODUCT||KLIPSCH THE ONE PLUS AND KLIPSCH THE THREE PLUS|
|Price||Klipsch The One Plus € 299,-|
Klipsch The Three Plus € 399,-
|Distribution Austria||Audio Tuning Vertriebs GmbH|
|Distribution Germany||Osiris Audio AG|
|Distribution Switzerland||novis electronics AG|
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