Klipsch announced today the availability of its first Bluetooth speaker system, the first product in what promises to be an expansive line of portable audio systems dubbed the Klipsch Music Center series. For some reason, though, the company skipped the KMC 1 and KMC 2, and jumped right ahead to the Klipsch Music Center KMC 3 as its inaugural release. Whether we’ll see prequels at a later date, or this is a sort of WD-40 naming scheme, I dunno. At any rate, the KMC 3 packs a lot of musical goodness into its compact chassis.
In addition to a 2.1 speaker system built on a pair of 2-inch aluminum diaphragm stereo mid/high-frequency drivers and a 5.25-inch long-throw woofer that promises usable bass extension down to 40Hz, the KMC3 boasts a total system power rating of 130 watts peak. Hearkening back to the glory days of boom boxes, the unit is powered by eight D-cell batteries, which should give you 26 hours of listening pleasure before you have to replace or recharge them.
Housed within its soft-feel paint exterior, the KMC 3 features support for apt-X and AAC Bluetooth wireless streaming, with eight-device memory, making it ideal for both the iDevice and Android crowd, and it also includes a USB port to keep your devices charged, as well as a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input if you have a non-Bluetooth source or just want to conserve battery life.
The KMC is available in your choice of black or white finish, both with semi-gloss black accents, and is available now from the Klipsch website for $399.99, although you can save nearly a buck by ordering from Amazon. If online shopping isn’t your bag, look for it to hit select store shelves in June 2013.
No word about a possible KMC 4 (or 1 or 2, for that matter), but The Klipsch Music Center Stadium will join the KMC 3 later this summer, with additional products joining the line throughout the next year.