Klipsch has announced the launch of its first-ever Bluetooth speaker, the Klipsch Music Center KMC 3. This is the first of what will be a line of products in its newly launched Klipsch Music Center series, which was created, according to the press release, as a commemoration to its Live Nation Entertainment partnership and sponsorship of its amphitheater. The speaker is available for purchase now at $399.99 online, hitting stores this summer.
The KMC 3 is a 2.1 speaker that offers AAC Bluetooth and apt-X, as well as two 2-inch full-range drivers accompanied by a 5.25-inch subwoofer, all of it pulling 130 watts of energy. The company boasts about the device's bass offering, saying it is both deep and realistic. The device can be used while plugged in or in a portable fashion via 8 D-cell batteries with a reported playing time of 26 hours per charge.
There's USB for simultaneous charging and connectivity, as well as a 3.5mm standard audio jack for mp3 players and other devices that don't have Bluetooth. The speaker can "remember" a maximum of 8 devices, keeping track of the last 8 that were connected rather than holding a library of specific devices. There's a remote for wireless control of the speaker. It is being offered in both black and white.
Klipsch's CEO Paul Jacobs said: "This product launch is extremely important given its connection with our commitment to live music. With the KMC 3 representing our first Bluetooth speaker, we’re eager to diversify our future offerings in the wireless audio category and help change the way individuals share the listening experience with one another."