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Klipsch Groove wireless speaker review

Our take on this splash-proof portable Bluetooth speaker

Heads up!

Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.

Some compact Bluetooth® speakers have whimsical or kitschy designs to catch your eye. Those can be fun, but the Klipsch Groove is a different animal. Designed to match the unobtrusive looks of a classic guitar amplifier, this compact speaker is more about big performance in a small package. And given how much our customers love Klipsch, we know that logo on the front is enough to capture their attention. I tried the Groove out to gauge its size-to-performance ratio.

Klipsch Groove

The Klipsch Groove plays music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled phone or tablet.

Cataloging the speaker’s features

When the Klipsch Groove arrived here at Crutchfield HQ, we were in the process of organizing our library of catalogs that we’ve published for the last 40-plus years. It was a tedious task — we were in dire need of some tunes to get through it.

I pulled the Groove out of the box, easily gripping the compact speaker with one hand. It’s not even as tall as my smartphone, but it felt incredibly sturdy with more heft than most speakers its size. A rugged metal grille protects the 3" aluminum driver, and there are rubberized control buttons on the top panel.

Klipsch Groove at Crutchfield offices

The Klipsch Groove showed up at our Charlottesville, VA headquarters just in time to help us through some housekeeping.

A quick guitar lick signaled when I successfully paired The Groove wirelessly to my smartphone. We cued up a Stevie Ray Vaughn playlist and let his energy carry us through our work. The Groove’s single driver provided the muscle, while passive radiators on each side gave the speaker some extra bass response. We were surprised how much soulful sound this little bad boy put out.

Life on the road

Any good portable Bluetooth speaker needs to be able to withstand some bumps and bruises. The rough-and-tumble Groove wasn’t designed to sit on a shelf. A built-in battery gives you up to eight hours of get-up-and-go listening on a single charge. It’s durable and even splash-proof, so you don’t have to worry about a spilled drink putting it out of commission.

I certainly put this speaker through the ringer myself. In the weeks I tried it out, the Groove provided the soundtrack to a football tailgate, garage work, and an impromptu reunion with some old buddies. It was during that last one — playing some cards and remembering good times — where the Groove really shined.

As we told tall tales, hurled lighthearted insults, and put back a few beverages, the Klipsch handled our haggard, grimy playlist with appropriate grit. The speaker stood its ground, even when we cranked the volume to compete with our voices. From Hank to Ozzy to Wu-Tang, there was edginess to the Groove’s sound that you don’t hear from some of the slicker speakers this size. Don’t get me wrong, more pristine tracks sounded clear and detailed. But this speaker thrived during songs heavy on bass and distortion.

Klipsch Groove Bluetooth speaker

The compact Groove isn't even as tall as my smartphone.

So does Klipsch have a hit?

Music lovers looking for impressive sound from a very compact speaker will get a kick out of the Klipsch Groove. It’s easy to take pretty much everywhere, and it still has the brawn to play your tunes pretty loudly. Plus it’s splash-proof, rugged, and exciting to listen to. After spending some time with it, I’d certainly welcome an encore.

  • Jack A from Tucson

    Posted on 1/22/2016

    The sound quality is awesome. Best value for the money.

  • Mike N from Nicholson

    Posted on 12/21/2015

    All new and old Klipsch speakers will never let you down, once you hear them you won't find a better sounds.

  • Geno endicott from San Francisco

    Posted on 12/21/2015

    Love it

  • victor from pheonix

    Posted on 12/19/2015

    Looks great hope I win I have faith

  • mike mueller from california

    Posted on 12/19/2015

    If it sounds as good as any of their other products, it should be a beast!

  • phillip from taos

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    I am a klipsch fan for sure have hit some rough rough spots nd would luv the chance to own 1 of these for my shop when it's opened plz consider me.. God bless

  • Paul from Hollywood

    Posted on 12/15/2015

    Stop entering I want to win this it's Christmas and it's mine, Lol. Santa Santa Ho Ho Ho

  • Alex chavez from San Bernardino

    Posted on 12/15/2015

    Hi ! Hope to win it all so I can party on ! Lol.

  • Shykira from Georgia

    Posted on 12/15/2015

    I really want one of these I bet it play louder than my phone do

  • Kat

    Posted on 12/15/2015

    I bet this sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Miguel Soto from Victorville ca

    Posted on 12/15/2015

    Im sure i want one for myself. It be great to use for my on the go music producing.

  • Kari Judd from McAlester

    Posted on 12/14/2015

    All I want For Christmas!

  • Deb Leonard from Dunlap

    Posted on 12/14/2015

    Please, My husband is very hard of hearing, and if the tv stays as loud as he has it, I will be just like him in no time!!! lol

  • Rita Spratlen from Portland

    Posted on 12/13/2015

    Thanks for the nice giveaways!!

  • Mark Graham from Citrus Heights

    Posted on 12/13/2015

    thx, can't wait to try this at the poolside this summer!

  • Lynne Callahan from Lafayette

    Posted on 12/13/2015

    I would keep this, and gift one of my not so great speakers!

  • Melinda Berlin from Monmouth

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Thank you for the opportunity to win & Happy Holidays!

  • Alex CHAVEZ from San Bernardino

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    If I win this I'm going to Party On ! For new Year yay !

  • Robert carsella from Claremore, OK

    Posted on 12/9/2015

    In so in it to win it! :-)

  • Jeff Anderson from Shawnee

    Posted on 12/9/2015

    That is perfect for my daughter's apartment!

  • Marla Jones from Lithiasprings

    Posted on 12/9/2015

    I need this so I can hear the tv without blasting it :)

  • Michael Torres from Santa Maria

    Posted on 12/8/2015

    I'm a huge fan of Klipsch speakers! One of the best out there! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Dennis Szulinski from Bedford

    Posted on 12/8/2015

    Nice, Klipsch has been a maker of fine speakers for a long time.

  • Simon Gomes from Dubai

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    I am a die hard fan of klipsch speakers . Using RF82 , RF280, RC52 , RB81 and Subwoofer 115 with my Onkyo txnr 838... I love it , rattling down my neighbors ...

  • Marc from Indianapolis

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    Looks very nice!

  • Tim Monta from Puayllup

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    I have all Klipsch speakers for my Tv, Computer, Bluetooth. Great speakers.

  • nick helpap from saginaw

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    Great speaker , they make best