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Klipsch - KMC 3 Wireless Music System - Red

Model: 1060068 REDSKU: 3026631

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 58 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch KMC 3 Review

    Posted
    Malibumike
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Like many of you reading this I searched long and hard for reviews, Youtube videos, anything I could find out there. It wasn't until the speaker became available in stores (I could go listen# that I decided to take the plunge. - SO glad that I did. I will be honest and tell you I'm a bit of a Klipsch fan. I have a 7.2 setup of Klipsch quintets in one room. Main living room has a 7.1 Klipsch reference II series set. But, what I also wanted was to be able to take that quality of audio with me. Camping, backyard parties, fishing...I can't wait #getting cold here on the east coast, so it might be awhile.# After auditioning some of the major brands and better bluetooth speaker options #list below# I can say for certain, the KMC 3 is the best I've heard. Speakers I've listened to: Bose sound link 2 Bose sound link mini UE Boom UE mini boom Beats pill Beats Beatbox Sony srs-btx300 JBL Flip Jawbone Big Jambox Motorola Sol Republic X Jabra Solemate I've researched many others as well, a lot, and probably too much time has gone into finding what I wanted...bit obsessive maybe? For sure. BUT, Let me pass what I've learned onto you. What makes the KMC 3 Stand out from the crowd? 1) Its size - I actually wanted something a bit smaller, however, after listening to many speakers and knowing what would make an audio enthusiast content, I had to go for something a bit larger. Klipsch did a great job with the size of this #7.2" H x 17" W x 5.5" D). you get big sound in a relatively small package. They do in fact sell a smaller version of this speaker - KMC 1, and an ultra portable model coming soon - GIG. I've not heard them due to availability in stores. 2) APT-X Codec - I won't get into details, but if you have a capable bluetooth apt-x device, you will absolutely tell the difference in audio quality between those that do, and those that do not. It's a shame Bose is stubborn, and will probably never use this technology in their speakers. All bluetooth speakers should be using apt-x at this point. 3) Design - It's sleek, mature, classy. From soft finish to solid hefty feel, it oozes quality. 4) Sound Clarity - Again going back to apt-x. Every sound is extremely crisp. others without apt-x sound dull in comparison. I've even listened to music with a non apt-x source as well - iphones. The sound is still better on this speaker than other similarly priced ones. If you have an apt-x device such as many Samsung phones / tablets. I highly suggest a 3rd party music app called Neutron. You will hear audiophile sound coming from this speaker. It's truly an experience, so much so, you will want to listen to all of your favorites again. 5) Bass - Again, very clean at MORE than reasonable sound levels. I've read others say it can get a bit muddy when at extreme levels, but lets face it...anything this compact will. Let me tell you it's not even a concern. I have this thing sitting on top of a granite table, bar height...and it shakes the floor around it, well before any hint of sloppiness. You have to have the thing nearly maxed out, and be listening to something very bass heavy in order for it to get that way. 6) IR Remote - Important if the speaker is up, out of the way when home or you just need to turn it on remotely. I've also found an IR remote app that lets me turn the speaker on with my smart phone - Awesome. I clearly love this speaker, but if I were a perfectionist, Hmm. There are a couple things I would change. 1) Create an app to allow multiple speakers play simultaneously via bluetooth. Ultimate ears (Logitech) does this with the UE Boom speakers. It would be amazing to hear two of these things come together to create a wide stereo sound. 2) Allow "Heist" mode. This allows multiple devices to connect to the speaker at the same time - great for parties as those connected to the speaker can switch to music from their own devices instantly. Without the other person having to disconnect and they having to pair their device again. Motorola's Sol Republic X has this feature. 3) Water resistance / More ruggedized / Carrying case? This is something I was really wanting. I feel like Klipsh doesn't even need to change the speaker to do this. Maybe just provide an accessory case that makes you feel more comfortable about plopping your 400 dollar speaker on the grass, or at the beach, etc. As of now it has that pristine feeling that you want to swaddle it in a micro fleece blanket and never let it leave your sight. That could just be me though. : ) 4) Indicator light on front. The design I believe they were going for is to resemble an amphitheater. The housing starts smaller in the back and widens to the front. It's nice and sleek, but the speaker needs to be below eye level in order for you to see the lights / tell if it's on or off. Kind of nit picking here. These are all minor gripes to be fair and at the end of the day what many of us want is something that sounds great. Klipsch 100% delivers on that. You will not believe the sound emanating from this thing, neither will your friends and family. I would highly suggest this speaker to anyone looking for something in the 300-400 dollar range. That is a lot of money, but I urge you to go have a listen somewhere and compare others as well. From everything I've read, heard, compared, to now owning. It's sure to impress, and I have a feeling you'll come to the same conclusion - It's the best Bluetooth speaker right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

    Posted
    Eddylb43
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Just bought this bad boy yesterday at my local Bestbuy and man does this thing absolutely ROCK!!! I'm a bit of an audiophile and I really do appreciate quality sound. This Klipsch sound system must be the most powerful PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER on the market at the moment that has the option for batteries. The Bass on this system rivals the Bass of relatively larger sound systems with it's dedicated sub-woofer and digital amplification. The audio on this system sounds clean, deep, crisp and easily room filling. I traded up my Bose Sound Dock portable that I had previously owned for about two years for this sound system. In the time that I had the Bose sound dock portable I had to exchange it three times due to 1. Lithium Battery shorted out, 2. Ipod Connector stopped working and 3. the battery shorted out on me again. When the Bose was working it kept me pleased but it was not reliable and had to exchange it various times due to defects. Plus Bose does not provide Raw power with their wave guide technology and small drivers but it was portable and did sound decent. So I went into the store yesterday and used my extended warranty to get the credit for what I paid for the Bose and used it towards this beautiful and absolutely amazing sound system from Klipsch. I can honestly say that this system must be hard to beat with the history and quality that Klipsch is known for. I was also thinking about the Beats Boombox portable but this was just so much richer in sound and quality. Plus the reviews for the Beats Portable were not very good and everyone kept complaining about the wireless Bluetooth connectivity and it's unsteady connection. (I couldn't even get the Bluetooth to work on the demo in the store for the beats Portable boombox, I asked for help from the associates and they couldn't even get it to work). For this system I did plenty of research and comparisons online and in store with similar products but by far this system and the deal that bestbuy gave me was completely unbeatable. They also threw in a 50 dollar gift card for the purchase of this system and I used it to buy the rechargeable lithium ion batteries with the charging station from Energizer. I mainly use this system for outdoor events such as the Beach, the Pool, Home Audio system, Family and friend gatherings. This sound system will surely not disappoint and Best buy always has you covered!! Look no further and snag one of these for yourself, you will not be dissapointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Started Awesome, But Failed The Test of Time

    Posted
    Solid

    Before I purchased my KMC 3 I read many reveiws from various websites, including Best Buy's own. I even listened to the KMC 3 on a very popular "Video watching" website. The KMC 3 sounded outstanding on the website. So, on 5/29/2015, I purchased my Klipsch KMC 3 Wireless Music System. I plugged in my new KMC 3, turned it on, then proceeded to take it through it's paces. It had no problems pairing with my Samsung Note 3. The electronic soft touch buttons were cool and responded quickly to my light touch. When I turned it up, the KMC 3 flexed it's powerful sound muscles flawlessly and without distortion. I was really blown away with it's performance. But after about six months I noticed the soft touch buttons responded much slower, the bluetooth distance decreased dramatically, and I had to pair my Note 3 to the KMC 3 each time I turned on the KMC 3. The final insult came when I whipped out my big, powerful speaker at a get-together. Everyone was expecting to hear big, clear sounds from this big beautiful speaker. Much to my embarrassment, it took 15 minutes to finally pair the KMC 3 with my Note 3, the soft touch buttons were now intermittently responding to my touch and I had to use more pressure, and the sound would only play at half the maximum volume. I was so embarrassed! Everyone asking me, "What's wrong with it?" was so nerve wrecking. After that, I researched the KMC 3 to see if I was the only one having problems with their KMC 3. I discovered there were quite a few other people having similar issues with their KMC 3. These people were angry they had wasted their money on this KMC 3 Wireless Music System. We saw the Klipsch name and assumed quality and longevity. On a very popular "bid to purchase" website I began to see various parts of the KMC 3 and the whole KMC 3 units being sold for parts that were not on this site when I first purchased my KMC 3. These poor souls obviously did not get the Replacement Plan from Best Buy like I did. On 5/14/ 2015, I used my Replacement Plan to return that KMC 3 disappointing nightmare. With 2 shots of Tequila and the Best Buy Store Credit I received, that KMC 3 headache was gone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best portable bluetooth that I have found!

    Posted
    tryme1x
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I tried them all from Bose sound link 2 Bose sound link mini UE Boom UE mini boom Beats pill Beats Portable Sony srs-btx300 JBL Flip Jawbone Big Jambox Motorola Sol Republic X Jabra Solemate and the winner is the Klipsch Music Center Series KMC 3! There was only one that topped it and that was the Marshall - Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker - Black, and the only reason it didn't win was because it couldn't take batteries and so it could only be plugged in, but boy did it crank out the juice! The Beats Portable was very close, it even sounded better, but I wanted the most volume and Bass, so the Klipsch won out! I started out with the Bose Mini and purchased two or three speakers at a time, yes it was expensive, but i took them back the very next day if it didn't make the cut. I loved the Bose Mini for my room and improving sound when watching a movie on the laptop, but I needed something to take to the pool and start a party. The Stanmore would have won if it would have taken batteries, also the Beats Portable's finish look to susceptible to scratches with it's nice shiny finish, but it's sound was definitely brighter than the Klipsch, it just didn't have as much bass or volume. I've added a nice new app, SonicMax Pro by BBE on my iPhone which seems to make a big difference! I hoped this helps, I felt that after all of the research i put in this week riding around looking for the perfect speaker, it would be a shame not to share the results. Sorry Bestbuy customer service, but if all of your demos had been working, I wouldn't have had to bring the speakers home and bring them back to you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The One!

    Posted
    d0dadude
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First off, I used to own the Klipsch iGroove SXT and loved the sound quality coming off that little speaker but it was too small and needed something for outdoors since my SONOS system took care of the indoor. I sold my iGroove and bought a Monster Beatbox by Dre (The first gen). The beatbox was (or should i say is) an awesome sounding machine for the type of music I listened to (alternatives, R&B and hip-hop). I LOVED the beatbox but the issues i had w/ it was that it was not portable because you couldn't run it on battery plus it was not bluetooth (though you can buy adapters for it#. So I traded it when opportunity knocked to something a little portable but within the same sound range. After pouring a lot of reasearch and time visiting bestbuy to listen to different portable speakers that would match this [Beatbox] great sounding machine, I discovered the KCM 3. This thing blows the Beatbox Portable #also uses D batteries# away--it's not even in the same league. While my old beatbox ran at 200+ watts with loudness and thump, the KMC 3 at 130 watts is more than enough to fill in the void. No other speaker comes close at this price range #I bought the white KMC3 at Amazon for $219.99#. While the D batteries may be a deal-breaker for some, I actually prefer it because I operate the unit in my backyard most of the time anyway. I do occassional camping and beaching all year round so i bought the Tenergy rechargeable batteries so that I can have portability when needed. I also like the removable battery concept because I don't have to worry about replacing a lithium battery when it drains out #like the ones in most portable speakers these days). Overall, I am happy with my purchased and loving the sound on this bad boy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Sound

    Posted
    Ziggster
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I did much comparison research with reviews on you tube. There are a lot of folks there that really put a lot of time and effort into the comparisons of most brands of Bluetooth portable speakers. So I listened contently to the many speakers compared. What I heard was pure crisp sound and mind blowing bass from this unit. Now my money is just as important to me as yours is to you. Is this speaker worth $400? I would say yes but I could not financially justify that expense. But as the deal of the day at $200 I was thrilled. I even saved an additional $30 and purchased an open box. There are many $100-$150 Bluetooth speakers out there that can not even come close to the sound of this unit. The only possible negative to this unit is the fact that it does not contain a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack. It does hold 8 D size batteries. I got around this little dilemma buy purchasing 8 rechargeable batteries and a charger putting the money I saved buying open box to good use. I can only hope you enjoy this unit as much as I do

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for inside, not out

    Posted
    JustinR
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I picked this up on the deal of the day because it was half priced and $200 for this brand is a pretty sweet deal. Unfortunately it didn't fit my needs and I returned it. I purchased this to be used in my back yard for pool parties over the summer but after one afternoon out back I realized that it didn't have the power I was looking for. It connected to my iPhone very quick and easy and had great range for the bluetooth. No matter how high I turned up the volume it just didn't seem to carry the sound outdoors well. I put it inside and it sounded fantastic. Like amazingly fantastic. But again, that's not what I purchased it for and I ended up returning it. If you're using this for a smaller house or garage, get it and don't think twice about it. If you're using this for garden or pool parties or backyard bbq's, stick with some $50 computer speakers as they seem to work better. One of my friends told me that the same speaker was found elsewhere online for $100 just a week later. Always keep an eye out for the deals!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like having an angel whisper in your ear.

    Posted
    Bucy

    The first time I turned on my KMC 3 and sent her on her maiden voyage with a lossless copy "Oops, I Did It Again," the clouds parted, the sun shone, and I was bathed in the warm embrace of seven decades of superior Klipsch audio engineering. I had to check my pulse as the bass made me feel what grandma would always describe as being "hot in the biscuit." And the crisp highs and warm mids breezed across my eardrums like a cool gust on the first day of fall. The KMC 3's exceptional audio quality is matched only by its aesthetic, looking classy in any setting. Like Andrew Luck after a good shave. Well worth the price. ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BIG sound from a small pacakge!

    Posted
    MikeF3

    I had been waiting to find this product locally for some time to check it out in person. I flipped it on and BOY WAS I AMAZED. Deep, deep bass extension and very nice highs coming from this sweet speaker. Pair this insane driver package with blue tooth connecting and I was literally rocking in seconds after getting home. I own several other "Nicer" pairs of Klipsch and this product attests to the quality I was expecting. Live albums sound especially wonderful on the KMC3 as well. I'd give it more than 2 thumbs up if I had em. My only gripe is that the battery isn't rechargeable. Stars wouldn't be able to rate this product if it were rechargeable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    wow, unrivalled in this class

    Posted
    snowmn

    I went to Bestbuy with the intention of buying the smaller, cheaper Bose unit and the Klipsch won me over, hands down. I compared it to both Bose units as well as the Beats unit of the same size and the others didn't come close. The sound quality is phenomenal even when turned all the way up. The maximum volume level is very good, possibly one of the loudest. The amount of bass this thing puts out is unbelievable for what it is. This is not the first Klipsch speaker I've owned and will not be the last as I've loved every one I've ever had, from home theater to pc speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    King of the portables music center

    Posted
    Abner01

    Listening the Pandora hip hop streaming I impressed for the blast boost bass. This unit fill a medium room without afraid by the distortion. If you looking in the correct decition take this unit. The inconvenience is the deception by no battery charger to carry out. Obiously by the sound capacity. 130 watts in peak power dude that's enough power. The difference in the beats boom box and the kmc 3 this is more hi fidelity with a little less power output and no rc display included. Kmc 3 it's heavy in power and the trebble and mids sometimes is muffled. Maybe improved with an equalizer to boost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Impressive!

    Posted
    amp9211
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I have been very impressed with this since I purchased it last week. It is hard to imagine such great sound coming from the speakers that this unit has. I knew going into it that this is a bigger unit and the it's portability was questionable. I walked about 30' away from the unit and it was still playing flawlessly. As others have stated, this unit is heavy and it is a shame that it does not have a rechargeable battery with it. But then again, this keeps the cost down and leaves it up to the buyer to determine how portable they want it to be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, Bluetooth is horrible

    Posted
    Insight
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The sound from this speaker is great, coming from a fairly portable speaker. Unfortunately, the Bluetooth connection is very poor. Unless your device is literally sitting next to it, it constantly skips and crackles, sounding similar to a record player. I actually have 3 different Klipsch Bluetooth speakers and they all have the same issue. I have no problems at all with my other brand speakers. I think the speaker quality of Klipsch is superb, but the electronics may be sub par. I am thinking of returning these, even tho I paid about half price on clearance.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    VERY DISAPPOINTED!!

    Posted
    Lewdog916
    • My Best Buy® Member

    When I first purchased the Klipsch KMC1 it was a great speaker. Over the course of six months, problems with the bluetooth connectivity developed as well as sound quality issues as well. I did some research on other sites and discovered that I was not the only one having these issues but quite a few other people were also. The soft touch buttons developed problems also. It was embarrassing trying to get this thing to work at a retirement party. This was supposed to be my big ,bad, powerful Klipsch speaker. Good thing for the protection plan. I returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loud but can't adjust bass

    Posted
    Crow
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love the speaker, I really do, but my 2 problems that I have with it is that you can't adjust the bass. Everything has too much bass. If you're into techno, house or an edc type of person, this speaker is perfect for you. My other problem with it is that if you want to take it to the park or the beach, you have to buy batteries for it. For the price that you're paying you would think that it would come with a rechargeable battery built in. It doesn't :/ All in all, this is and awesome speaker to have for a party or just to chill at home

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stop your search for a GREAT bluetooth speaker.

    Posted
    KeenEar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Klipsch demonstrates their impeccable lineage and adaptability once again. If you want to hear AND feel the music, no matter what kind, this box does it. Not only does it sound great, it looks good too. I love it, and if you care about the way your music sounds, so will you. Forget the tinny sounding little pill boxes and unbalanced, overamped baby boomboxes out there. They don't come close.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding sound and quality

    Posted
    Hawaii57
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Best sounding portable bluetooth I have found. I have compared this to Beats, Sony, and Bose systems - this Klipsch KMC3 Rocks! It uses 110V or (8) D batteries which is okay, but it would be perfect if it had it's own on-board rechargeable battery. I bought one for my son last Christmas....liked it so much I bought one for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    incredible sound

    Posted
    klement1

    I had been searching for a bluetooth speaker for my daughters playroom. I needed a aux in so we could run their television output through it too. The KMC3 is perfect! They can use their ipods for streaming music when dancing or run movies through it too. SUPER COOL! I cant say enough about the sound. wow. this is closest system i have found to my pair of tower speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Bluetooth speaker

    Posted
    GeeGee
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This a a very good Bluetooth speaker. It picks up very well and the sound is amazing. My only problem is with the remote. The range is not good and that's one of the reasons I purchased it, to be able to operate from short distance without having to go up to speaker and manually turn on. . The size of remote is small, you can lose it easily, but the speaker has amazing sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Bluetooth speaker on the shelf

    Posted
    Sebby

    I tried every speaker that best buy had on the shelves,over time of course. If your looking for quality sound with the best highs and lows in its class..trust me this is the one.its performance beats bose and beats products. Im definitely satisfied with my purchase.I would recommend it for any type of music.

    I would recommend this to a friend