Klipsch The Three II Review
If you're looking for a tabletop stereo speaker for listening to your favorite tracks in the kitchen, home office, and other secondary listening environments, Klipsch The Three II is one of the top options available for you today. Klipsch is a well-known brand with a wealth of experience in manufacturing top-quality, top-performance speakers for different users.
However, before you order this speaker, read our comprehensive Klipsch the three review below to know more about this speaker system, including the design, sound quality, ease of setup, and use, the good and the bad sides.
Klipsch The Three II Overview
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Klipsch The Three is a stereo tabletop speaker system equipped with two 2.25-inch full-range drivers plus a 5.25-inch long-throw woofer for the ultimate audio experience.
For those who don't know, this speaker comes as a predecessor, Klipsch The Three, a wireless powered speaker system with Bluetooth. It's from this speaker's wild popularity that the Three II has built its success.
Like its predecessor, this new version comes with the retro spun-metal knobs and switches, classic acoustic design, and real wood veneer panels.
However, it distinctly differs from the earlier model in that it offers you an even bigger sound experience, with more detailed mdash; even when you set it to maximum volume.
The Klipsch the Three comes in the form of a single chassis powered speaker. It features a sealed box design measuring 7 x 13.7 x 8 inches (H x W x D).
A quick trip to the inside of the box, you'll discover that it comes with 2.25-inch full-range drivers, which are augmented by a single 5.25-inch sub with another pair of 5.25 passive radiators for boosting the performance.
This whole combination acts as the force behind the speaker's low-end frequency response (no less than 45Hz).
It also features retro spun-metal knobs and switches, classic acoustic design, and wood veneer panels (comes in ebony and walnut options)—all of which give it a classic look. The manufacturer's old-school logo sitting on the front grille completes its retro looks.
The speaker system weighs approx. 10 pounds, so it's safe to say this is not a portable system. It features rubber covered wooden feet to enhance its grip-ability and keep it from moving as a result of vibration.
BUT…we have to mention in this Klipsch three review one particular area where this speaker differs from its siblings from Klipsch.
It doesn't come with any form of horn loading.
However, this is quite understandable, keeping in mind that introducing this feature will take up a lot of space…and space is already a premium in this speaker.
What's more, the presence of two dedicated tweeters in this speaker means a horn will have to adopt full range characteristics.
Another important aspect we'll take a deep look into in the three Klipsch review involves this speaker's sound quality. This is crucial as it determines the overall performance of the speaker.
As we have already mentioned before, this speaker comes armed with two 2 ¼-inch full-range drivers that deliver full, detailed stereo sound. It also comes equipped with the manufacturer's signature 5 1/4" long-throw woofer, which excellently fills out the low end with depth plus warmth.
Keep in mind that the drivers come bi-amped to deliver exceptional accuracy and clarity.
And the dual opposed passive radiators provide the additional bass punch.
One more thing that elevates the audio performance of this tabletop speaker is the 192 kHz, 24-bit decoding. This works hard to ensure you enjoy virtually flawless reproduction of high resolution audio tracks from your computer.
When it comes to input variety, this speaker will let you play audio files from multiple sources compared to other models in its range.
To start with, it presents you with a stereo RCA input to let you hook up your music streamer, CD player, and any other suitable audio component.
It also features a butyl-in phono preamp that lets you directly connect a turntable.
With the included Type B USB input, you'll also be able to easily play high-resolution audio files from your computer. You can also play music from your handled devices through the integrated stereo minijack input.
Above all this, the speaker has built-in Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, and other Bluetooth compatible devices.
Ease of use
This speaker is incredibly easy to use. You'll quickly notice its panel comes aligned with an old-school paddle switch that lets you easily power it on or shut it down.
In addition to that, it provides you with knobs for easily adjusting the volume as well as cycle through the sources you've hooked to it.
The subtly illuminated white LED will indicate the currently selected music source.
The Klipsch speaker system comes with remote control with a power button, mute, play/pause/forward/backward, volume up/down, dedicated buttons for all the inputs, and LED labeled button for turning on/off all the speaker LED lights.
The remote control will definitely make it more convenient to control your tabletop speaker.
What's in the box?
When you order the Klipsch The Three II speaker, you should expect to receive a complete package featuring the following items:
That's it for our in-depth Klipsch the three review. The tabletop stereo speaker delivers superior audio performance with powerful bass and crisp clear highs, even at maximum volume. It has a variety of input options to let you play music from just any source. It's also easy for you to use. And although it comes in a retro design, it features modern speaker features and capabilities. The speaker isn't cheap but we highly recommend it for anyone looking for a powerful speaker for secondary listening environments.