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Klipsch The One II Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 27, 2022 at 09:13 am
Klipsch The One II Picture
6.7
Music
6.4
Videos/Movies
6.2
Podcasts
2.7
Voice Assistant
5.0
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
No

The Klipsch The One II is a vintage-style Bluetooth speaker with a similar design to the Klipsch The Three II, though it's a bit smaller in size. It can get pretty loud, and there's an AUX input you can use to wire older devices to the speaker. It has a boomy sound profile that adds some punch to the bass, though it can muddy vocals and lead instruments. Unfortunately, it also lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets to tweak its sound to your liking.

Our Verdict

6.7 Music

The Klipsch The One II is alright for music. It has a boomy sound profile that adds some punch to the bass, though it can also muddy vocals and lead instruments. That said, like most speakers its size, it lacks the thump and rumble in the low-bass range that fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM tend to enjoy. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. However, this stereo speaker can still get pretty loud, though there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the quality of your audio during louder listening sessions.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • AUX input.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Lacks low-bass.
6.4 Videos/Movies

The Klipsch The One II isn't bad for watching videos and movies. It has low Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices, so your audio is in sync with the visuals on your screen. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may vary. The speaker can also get pretty loud, though its boomy sound profile can muddy dialogue. Unfortunately, its directivity is disappointing, resulting in a narrow and directional-sounding soundstage.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Low iOS and Android latency.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Compression present at max volume.
6.2 Podcasts

The Klipsch The One II is unremarkable for podcasts. Its boomy sound profile can muddy voices and dialogue, and there aren't any sound customization features to tweak its sound to your liking. It also isn't very portable due to its wired design, making it bothersome to transport from room to room in your home. While it can get pretty loud, there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the quality of your audio at louder volumes. Its directivity is also sub-par, so you can't hear your audio as clearly from all angles.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • AUX input.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Compression present at max volume.
2.7 Voice Assistant

The Klipsch The One II doesn't support voice assistants.

5.0 Outdoors

The Klipsch The One II isn't designed to be used outdoors and needs to remain plugged into a power outlet for it to work.

  • 6.7 Music
  • 6.4 Videos/Movies
  • 6.2 Podcasts
  • 2.7 Voice Assistant
  • 5.0 Outdoors
  1. Updated Jan 27, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 25, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Klipsch Heritage Wireless One II is a rectangular speaker with a vintage-inspired design like the Klipsch The Three II, though it's a bit smaller in size. It sits horizontally on its four feet and comes in two colors: 'Walnut' and 'Matte Black'. We tested the 'Walnut' variant.

4.0
Design
Portability
Volume
503 inยณ (8,237 cmยณ)
Weight
7.6 lbs (3.5 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
No

The Klipsch The One II is a bit smaller and lighter than the Klipsch The Three II. That said, it isn't very portable due to its wired design and needs to remain plugged into a power outlet for it to work, so you can't easily move it from room to room.

6.7
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
No
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

The Klipsch The One II's build quality is alright. Its top and bottom are covered by real wood veneer, and the rest of its body is tightly wrapped in a sturdy fabric. The speaker's switch and knobs and the metal plate on its rear are made of an aluminum-like metal. While its power switch is a bit loose and swivels a bit, it doesn't impact its ability to switch the speaker on or off. The One II sits on four plastic legs with rubber underneath them to keep the speaker from slipping or moving around. Since it doesn't have an IP rating for dust and water resistance, we recommend against placing it in areas where it may get wet, like near your kitchen sink or in the bathroom.

4.8
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Good
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
No
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
No
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

It offers a selection of basic controls that are simple and easy to use. There's a switch to turn the speaker on/off and two knobs to control the speaker's volume level and chosen input. You can press the input knob to set the speaker in Bluetooth pairing mode, and there are lights to inform you of your selected input. However, there isn't any feedback to inform you of your selected volume level, and you can't use the speaker's physical controls to skip your tracks or play/pause your audio, so you need to do so via your paired device or audio source.

Design
In The Box

  • Klipsch The One II speaker
  • User manual
  • 3.5mm AUX cord
  • Power cable with removable adapter plug

Sound
6.8
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.30
Std. Err.
4.01 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
54.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.1 kHz

The Klipsch The One II's frequency response accuracy is okay. It has a boomy sound profile that adds some punch in the bass range. However, like other speakers of its size, it lacks thump and rumble in the low-bass range typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. The underemphasis in the mid-range can cause vocals and lead instruments to sound a bit muddy and be pushed to the back of the mix. Unfortunately, the speaker doesn't come with sound customization features like a graphic EQ, so you can't adjust its sound to better suit your preference.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.6
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.29 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Klipsch The One II's soundstage is alright. Like the Klipsch The Three II, it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. However, it has disappointing directivity, so your audio may not sound as clear from all angles, and its soundstage can be perceived as narrow and directional.

7.5
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
99.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.50 dB

This speaker's dynamics are good. While the manufacturer says the speaker can reach a maximum volume level of 103dB, it could only reach a maximum volume level of 99.1dB in our tests with the volume on the speaker and our paired testing phone maxed out. That said, this is still incredibly loud, and the speaker should have little trouble filling a large room with sound. Unfortunately, there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the quality of your audio when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery
0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Assistant
Ambient Noise Performance
No Assistant
0
Active Features
App
App Name
No App
iOS
No
Android
No
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No
Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No

Aside from its power input, the Klipsch The One II features an AUX port on its rear you can use to wire other devices to the speaker. Unfortunately, unlike the Klipsch The Three II, it doesn't come with a USB port to use for audio playback or a Phono Pre-Amp and ground inputs to connect the speaker to a turntable.

8.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
14 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
49 ms
Bluetooth Range
213.3 ft (65.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The Klipsch The One II offers excellent Bluetooth connectivity. It has low latency with iOS and Android devices, making it suitable for watching videos and movies over this connection, so there aren't any syncing issues with the audio you hear and the video you see on your screen. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may differ. That said, it also has a fantastic range, so your paired device should remain connected to the speaker even when you aren't very close.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Klipsch The One II comes in two color variants: 'Walnut' and 'Matte Black'. We tested the 'Walnut' variant, you can see its label here. We expect both variants to perform similarly.

If you see any other variants of this speaker, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Klipsch The One II is a similar speaker to the Klipsch The Three II, though it's smaller and doesn't feature Phono Pre-Amp and ground inputs to connect it to a turntable. Like the Three II, it can get pretty loud and comes with an AUX input you can use to wire it to your devices. Both speakers have similar sound profiles, though vocals and lead instruments can sound slightly less muddy on the One II. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features to tweak its sound to your liking. Also, unlike other home speakers we've tested, it doesn't support voice assistants and can't be connected to your Wi-Fi network.

Check out our recommendations for the best home speakers, the best smart speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers for bass.

Klipsch The Three II

The Klipsch The One II and the Klipsch The Three II are similar speakers. The One II is smaller, and its sound profile's mid-range is slightly better balanced, resulting in vocals and lead instruments that sound more present in the mix. That said, the Three II can get louder and features Phono Pre-Amp and ground inputs you can use to connect a turntable to the speaker. It also supports USB Audio, meaning you can wire your devices to the speaker via its USB-B port.

JBL Charge 5

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch The One II or the JBL Charge 5. The Klipsch is a wired speaker designed for home use that needs to remain plugged into a power source to work. It can get louder than the JBL and comes with an AUX input to wire your devices to the speaker. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. That said, the JBL is a portable speaker with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box and features a graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet or dusty when taking it outdoors with you.

JBL Xtreme 3

You may prefer either the Klipsch The One II or the JBL Xtreme 3, depending on your listening habits. The Klipsch is a wired speaker designed for home use. It features an AUX input you can use to wire older devices to your speaker, and it can also get louder than the JBL. However, the JBL is smaller, battery-powered, and better-built, making it more portable and suitable to be taken outdoors with you. Its companion app also features a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.

Denon Home 350

The Denon Home 350 is a better speaker than the Klipsch The One II. The Denon's sound profile is a bit better balanced and can produce a more extended low-bass than the Klipsch. It also features bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound to your liking, and it's Wi-Fi compatible. That said, the Klipsch can get a bit louder than the Denon and has lower Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices, though some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may vary.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 and the Klipsch The One II are designed for different uses. The Ultimate Ears is a significantly smaller and more portable Bluetooth speaker you can bring along with you on the go. It offers a more neutral sound profile and a more open and natural-sounding soundstage. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. That said, the Klipsch is a wired speaker designed for use at home. It can produce a more extended low-bass and can get louder too. It also features an AUX input to wire your devices to the speaker.

Sonos Five

The Sonos Five is a better speaker than the Klipsch The One II. The Sonos offers a bright sound profile out-of-the-box and can produce a deeper and more extended low-bass. It also has better directivity, and there are bass and treble adjustments in its Sonos S2 companion app to customize the speaker's sound to your liking. That said, the Klipsch can get louder than the Sonos with less compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volume levels. Also, while the Sonos only supports Wi-Fi, the Klipsch only supports Bluetooth.

Amazon Echo Gen 4

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is a better speaker than the Klipsch The One II overall. The Amazon speaker offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. It has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It also features bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound to your liking. That said, the Klipsch can get louder than the Amazon speaker and has lower Bluetooth Latency with iOS and Android devices.

Yamaha MusicCast 50

The Yamaha MusicCast 50 is a bit better than the Klipsch The One II. The Yamaha has a more neutral sound profile with 'Bass Booster' enabled and comes with a graphic EQ to tweak its sound to your liking. It also has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels, and you can connect it to multiple other MusicCast-compatible speakers and soundbars across your home. That said, the Klipsch can get louder than the Yamaha and has lower Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices.

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