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Klipsch KMC 1

Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker system with aptX® audio streaming (White)

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by Ralph Graves
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Bring along the Klipsch Music Center KMC 1 just about anywhere you'd like to listen to your music. This powered speaker is compact and portable, but it delivers surprisingly big, robust Klipsch sound.

Klipsch kmc 1 portable bluetooth speaker

Portable and powerful (Yellow pictured).

Bluetooth connectivity for music and talk

The system features aptX audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The KMC 1 is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. So you can wirelessly stream your music from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other portable and still enjoy outstanding sound.

If a call comes in on your smartphone while you're listening to your tunes, you've got choices. Answer the call and use the KMC 1 as a speakerphone to talk hands-free. If you don't like the interruption, terminate the call, or just ignore it — all from the KMC 1's controls.

Innovative speaker design

The system has two 2-1/2" high-performance full-range drivers, each in its own sub-enclosure to prevent cross-interference. Dual 3&quo; passive bass radiators ensure low tones are present to give your music depth. And the KMC 1's advanced digital signal processing and equalization ensures your music sounds clear and detailed at any volume level.

Power to spare

The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of continuous operation — perfect for a day at work, or a day at play. It can also serve as a power bank for your portable device. A USB port lets you charge your smartphone or tablet from the KMC 1. And there's an auxiliary input so you can play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the system, too. The soft-feel paint and metallic accents create a look that's rugged yet stylish.

Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless streaming from compatible audio sources
  • AptX® technology for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
  • Bluetooth range: approximately 30 feet
  • two 2-1/2" full-range drivers with two 3" passive bass radiators
  • 20 watts total system power (10 watts x 2)
  • 40 watts system peak power
  • built-in microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices (mini-to-mini cable included)
  • USB port for charging smartphone or tablet
  • AC power adapter
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to 8 hours
  • 10-1/4"W x 4-1/4"H x 3-7/16"D
  • weight: 3.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 56" DC cord)
  • 3 AC power plugs (US/EU/UK)
  • 39" Stereo minijack cable
  • Instruction booklet
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Features

Full-Range Sound: The Klipsch KMC 1 Bluetooth powered speaker employs dual front-firing 2.5" full-range drivers and dual rear-firing 3" passive radiators for deep, musical bass. 40-watts of peak system power provides lifelike, dynamic sound at any volume level.

Built-in Bluetooth: The Klipsch KMC 1 powered speaker offers built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming and hands-free communication from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming w/ AptX: The Klipsch KMC 1 supports Bluetooth A2DP which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or laptop/computer. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device. AptX audio coding technology allows for lossless, audiophile-quality streaming. You will continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Hands-Free Communication: The KMC 1 features a microphone and a answer/end button so you can answer/end phone calls, talk on Skype, or use Facetime from the speaker. Using the built-in in mic, you can carry on your side of the conversation while the other party is heard through the KMC 1's speakers. You can even mute the microphone so you can hear the caller. but they cannot hear you. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, dial a phone number, and control advanced phone functions.

Simple Pairing w/ NFC: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Klipsch KMC 1. The speaker also supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology for pairing. Simply tap your NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the NFC tag on the top of the speaker for instant pairing with the KMC 1; NFC is only available in select Android smartphones. The KMC 1 can be paired with up to 8 devices (only one can be used at a time). Once paired, the KMC 1 will automatically re-connect to the last device used when in wireless range (30').

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Klipsch KMC 1.

Auxiliary Input: The Klipsch KMC 1 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect virtually any portable audio device with a headphone output.

USB Charging Port: The KMC 1 features a USB (type-A) port used to charge your smartphone or other USB-enabled portable audio device. This USB port does not support audio playback. You can choose to charge and power your device using either AC or battery power. However, charging with battery power will reduce battery life. If batteries are already weak, the USB connection will not charge your device.

Rechargeable Battery + AC Power: The Klipsch KMC 1 Bluetooth speaker has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of up to 8 hours of playback time. You can also plug the KMC 1 into an AC wall outlet. The unit will operate on battery power unless AC power is utilized. The unit's battery is recharged while its connected to AC power. During battery power, if no streaming or connected audio is detected for 5 minutes, the speaker will automatically go into standby mode. During AC power, if no streaming or connected audio is detected for 1 hour the KMC 1 will automatically go into standby mode.

 
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Written By Gman., Vineland N.J. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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This is a great speaker system for the on the go music listener. I carry it from room to room, it has really great sound like having a small hifi system. the highs are crystal clear and the bass is okay. I like to place it in a corner and low to the floor for a bigger base sound! It has bluetooth and earphone connectivity and it's great to be used for a soundbar for flat screened televisions. Nice price.
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Bluetooth and earphone connectivity, 8 hour built in battery back up.
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