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Klipsch The Three II Review

True Score

80
77
3

Experts

89
384

Consumers

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The Klipsch The Three II Bluetooth speaker delighted expert testers with its aged design, stereo output, and also how loud it could get. Reviewers liked that it had various options for wired inputs; however, its missing WiFi connectivity and lack of speakerphone and voice assistant functionality was disappointing.

$199.00

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Klipsch The Three II speaker is a high-end Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in early 2019. The speaker has a modern, mid-century-inspired design and feels great to touch, thanks to its excellent quality. Like most top-tier speakers, it can play stereo content and has decent Bluetooth connectivity with low latency for iOS and Android devices. This means it can be used to play music and videos without any lag, and its wide range of port inputs also sets it apart from most of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market since many of them only focus on wireless connectivity. The speaker has an AUX port, a USB-B port, and a Phono/Line switch that can be used to connect it to a turntable if need be, but it isn’t really meant for use with a computer. If you’re looking for speakers that would be ideal for this, check out our Klipsch Promedia 2-1 review.

Consensus

our Verdict

Expert testers praised the Klipsch The Three II speaker for its vintage design, rich port selection, and low latency over Bluetooth connections. Product reviewers from Rtings also liked how loud it got and were impressed that it had a stereo output. They also appreciated that even though it doesn’t come with a companion app as the Sonos One Gen 2 does (which we’ve covered in our Sonos One Gen 2 review), it was easy to use and had a variety of wired options for users to consider. Reviewers from Crackling Sound were satisfied with its bass response; however, they noted that the speaker was designed for indoor use and had poor portability. An alternative for users who want to move around with their sound would be the Kove Commuter 2, which we’ve covered in our Kove Commuter 2 review.

The Klipsch The Three II also had other drawbacks, as testers complained about its lack of WiFi connectivity, its missing speakerphone function, and voice assistant support.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Loud volume
  • Decent bass response
  • Stereo output
  • Low latency over Bluetooth connections
  • Varied options for wired connectivity

Reason to Avoid

  • No companion app
  • No WiFi connectivity
  • No speakerphone/voice assistant functionality

Klipsch The Three II Specs

Battery LifeBattery Lifen/a
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneNo
Charge TimeCharge Timen/a
DepthDepth8"
HeightHeight7"
IPX RatingIPX Ratingn/a
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker Pairingn/a
Water ResistantWater ResistantNo
WattageWattage120W
WidthWidth13.7"
Wireless RangeWireless Range10 m

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)0
Volume Output (dB)99.1
Low End Roll Off (Hz)93.773
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,974.656

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Klipsch The Three II Review

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47

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109

Market Context

The Klipsch The Three II speaker is a high-end Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in early 2019. The speaker has a modern, mid-century-inspired design…

The Klipsch The Three II speaker is a high-end Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in early 2019. The speaker has a modern, mid-century-inspired design and feels great to touch, thanks to its excellent quality. Like most top-tier speakers, it can play stereo content and has decent Bluetooth connectivity with low latency for iOS and Android devices. This means it can be used to play music and videos without any lag, and its wide range of port inputs also sets it apart from most of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market since many of them only focus on wireless connectivity. The speaker has an AUX port, a USB-B port, and a Phono/Line switch that can be used to connect it to a turntable if need be, but it isn’t really meant for use with a computer. If you’re looking for speakers that would be ideal for this, check out our Klipsch Promedia 2-1 review.

Even though the Klipsch The Three II looks very similar to the Klipsch The One II, buyers will have to note that the two are…

Even though the Klipsch The Three II looks very similar to the Klipsch The One II, buyers will have to note that the two are slightly different in that the Klipsch One is slightly smaller, while the Klipsch Three has USB Audio ports that the Klipsch One does not. In contrast, the Klipsch One has a much higher 213ft Bluetooth range than the Klipsch Three, which extends up to 67.6 ft. Find out more about the former in our Klipsch The One II review.

The Klipsch The Three II speaker is AC powered while the JBL Charge 5 is, and the Charge 5 also has a graphic equalizer that…

The Klipsch The Three II speaker is AC powered while the JBL Charge 5 is, and the Charge 5 also has a graphic equalizer that the Klipsch Three speaker does not. However, the Klipsch Three has a stereo sound output that the Charge 5 does not, but the Charge 5 has a companion app while the Klipsch speaker does not.

The Klipsch The Three II speaker also has a wired AC connection, while the JBL Boombox 2 is battery-powered. The Klipsch Three II speaker gets…

The Klipsch The Three II speaker also has a wired AC connection, while the JBL Boombox 2 is battery-powered. The Klipsch Three II speaker gets louder than the Boombox 2, but in contrast, the Boombox 2 has a graphic equalizer and a companion app that the Klipsch Three does not.

Battery Life

n/a

n/a

20+ hrs

24 hrs

Built In Microphone

No

No

No

Yes

Charge Time

n/a

n/a

4 hrs

6.5 hrs

Depth

8"

5.2"

3.67"

Height

7"

6.1"

3.76"

IPX Rating

n/a

n/a

IP67

Smart App

Yes

n/a

JBL Portable

Yes

Speaker Pairing

n/a

n/a

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

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Expert Score

77

*.75

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Customer Score

89

*.25

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True Score

80

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Klipsch The Three II is okay for music. This speaker can get incredibly loud,… Read More

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    Unknown
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Rating

    53
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Sophie Arsenault
  • Consumer Reports
    46.86

    Category Trust Rating

    86
    The Klipsch The Three II is part of the Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers test program… Read More

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