Of course, as its name implies, the KMC 1 is the baby of the Klipsch Music Center family, which is being developed to commemorate the brand’s partnership with Live Nation Entertainment. It boasts two 2.5-inch “full range” drivers and two 3-inch passive radiators for a bit of a bass boost, with a total system frequency response of 65 Hz-18 KHz ±3dB (although Klipsch says that it generates usable bass down to 56 Hz). The system as a whole delivers 40 watts of peak power, with DSP equalization to ensure that you don’t toast the little drivers at high volumes. Bluetooth audio quality is enhanced by support for the aptX codec.
In terms of aesthetics, the little KMC 1 features a soft-feel finish available in two colors at launch, black and white, with roughly eleventy-nine new finishes (a “A Rainbow of Badassery” according to the company) coming later in December, including red, blue, purple, orange, magenta, and yellow.
In addition to aptX Bluetooth connectivity, the KMC 1 sports a 3.5mm input for use with non-Bluetooth devices, and also boasts a USB port that you can use to charge your smartphone or media player using the speaker’s on internal battery. If you’re not charging your portable devices, Klipsch promises up to eight hours of battery life at medium volume.
“This product launch is evidence of our undeniable passion and commitment to deliver portable, high-quality music systems that produce Klipsch caliber sound,” said Paul Jacobs, CEO of Klipsch. “As our second wireless music speaker, the KMC 1 represents our continuation to revolutionize the way individuals share the listening experience with one another.”
You can pre-order the KMC 1 now from Amazon in black or white (although it is listed as out of stock temporarily) for $299, and the other finishes should be shipping just in time for the holiday shopping spree. Pack-in goodies include a power cable (duh) and a one-meter 3.5mm aux cable.