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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" 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 16 hours of continuous operation — more than enough 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.

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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 16 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 16 hours of playback time (at default volume). 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 (takes 8 hours for full charge). 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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Klipsch Kmc 1 Review

Written By MalibuMike, New York on Monday, May 05, 2014
 
This guy packs a punch for such a small speaker, especially for being in a relatively small package. You will get beautiful highs and mids, and while the bass isn't overwhelming, it very much enhances the overall sound for a speaker this size. It's actually shocking how loud this thing will go!

It feels like a million bucks. Weighing 3.6 lbs., incased in a housing that is 4.3" H x 10.2" W x 3.4" D, it feels like a freaking brick - in a really really good way. When you hold it feels just as substantial as it sounds. Out of all three of the speakers, this one to me is the most appealing (more on why later). The housing of the speaker is a nice soft, solid feeling plastic, no creaks, loose buttons or anything of that sort. On the top, the touch controls work well. I've not had a single problem with them. I do also appreciate the rubber pad they have on top of these guys, very handy.

KMC 1 has the extremely useful feature of providing audible indicators when you turn the speaker on, it pairs to your Bluetooth source, and when it's turned off. One thing I have noticed, which was an amazing surprise is that once connected to my Surface Pro. I can shut down the surface; the speaker will turn off (no surprise). BUT, when I turn the surface back on the speaker turns on automatically, and connects without me even touching it. It has NFC, you can charge phones/some tablets via usb, and use it as a speaker phone. I'm not sure what else you could ask for really, its feature rich!
Pros:
-Sounds great -Beautifully designed -A LOT of technology in a small package
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3 out of 5

Not liking controls

Written By Agrippa, Chicago on Sunday, May 04, 2014
 
Nice solid look and feel. The sound is rich. But I really hate the touch sensitive controls. I attach my iPod Classic via the AUX, and switching between AUX and Bluetooth with thick fingers is a pain. There is no click or any kind of tactile feedback when you press on the control panel. There is a delay before anything happens so you don't know if your initial touch did anything. You have to look at the panel and see if any of the lights go on or flash.

Bottom line, I would not have purchased this speaker because of the controls.

Pros:
Solid look and hefty feel. Rich sound.
Cons:
Don't like the touch sensitive controls
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4 out of 5

Klipsch KMC-1

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.
Pros:
Bluetooth and earphone connectivity, 8 hour built in battery back up.
Cons:
none .
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1 question already asked

Can I plug it in to 220v AC power here in Middle East? It is not available here. [ Julius  Jun 16, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • If you look at the AC power supply/charger that came with KMC 1. On the label it shows 100-240-50/60Hz.. It covers the US and International currents. The plug is supplied with International power adapters. Interchangeable too fit the most common types of outlets. You could also use an international/world adapter/converter witch can also be used for other electronics. These usually cost from 15 dollars and up. I hope this answers your question. [ RUSELL   Jun 17, 2014 ]
  • Thanks! Hope someone can help me about this. [ Julius   Jun 17, 2014 ]
  • The AC plug would let U know,and indicate Input 110-220 or 240v on the plug. If so indicated as in any other electronics, you are SAFE. Sorry,couldn't do check it being on a trip and without the product. Manny [ manny   Jun 16, 2014 ]
  • I do not know but it would surprise me if you could. It is a great speaker!!! [ HOWARD R   Jun 16, 2014 ]

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