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Klipsch Heritage Wireless The One II Review

These days, vintage-style speakers with modern functionality have become all the rage. Many believe this is due to the vinyl resurgence over the past decade.

A number of users who have vintage and rare gear often boast about the build quality, which, according to them, simply isn’t around anymore, and the attention to detail isn’t possible with modern tech. However, functionality has come to trump this argument. 


Will it blend?

Klipsch is one of many manufacturers who saw a gap in the duality between vintage-style and modern functions and power. The One II is a small retro-looking Bluetooth speaker that Klipsch has on offer. And at around $198, it certainly has the price tag of something a bit rare and old.

Not that premium prices are something that Klipsch is a stranger to. Many of their products come at a premium but are usually worth every penny. 

Does the One II simply have a great-sounding name? Or does its voice match its premium-retro look? I’ve decided to take it for a spin to answer those and many other questions in my in-depth Klipsch Heritage Wireless The One II Review.

Design and Build

Klipsch Heritage Wireless The One II
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

The One II comes in two finishes – Matte Black and the more retro-looking Walnut. The speaker is an archetype of minimalist design. Although, this may be due to a limited feature selection as well. 

The top and bottom surfaces of the speaker are real wood veneers. The fabric wrapped around the side of the body is high grade and will retain its color well even after a few years. 

The speaker stands horizontally on four legs with rubberized feet to keep it sturdy. Unfortunately, the legs are plastic, not wood.

Some doubt arises…

The knobs and plate attached to the One II are made from sturdy and well-fitted aluminum with a blasted finish that doesn’t show fingerprints easily. However, you can feel some dip in assembly or design quality when you start fiddling with the two knobs. There is a bit of a swivel which can lead to doubt as to whether the knob has been turned all the way up or down. 

The One II comes with a 1.3m power chord and a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. In my opinion, a braided cable would have fit the aesthetic of the product better. 


It carries a minimalist design not only in aesthetics but in terms of its functionality as well. The One II does not come with remote control and is not battery-powered for mobile use. Also, there is no waterproofing or dust proofing of any kind. So, best to keep it in a safe place where it doesn’t move about a lot. 

Aside from the switch to turn the speaker on and off, there is a knob to select your input and a volume knob. Holding down the source knob will activate Bluetooth pairing. 

The pair of stereo RCA jacks at the back can be switched between line and phono level output. The DC connector at the bottom is a ground connector for those record players that need to be grounded. 

Sound Quality

The frequency response of The One II can, at best, be described as average. While all the frequencies are present at moderate to low volumes, there is a lack of definition, and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish certain elements. 

When you push the volume a bit, the problem only becomes more apparent. The sound seems boomy enough at first. But, the more you listen, the more you will begin to notice the lack of body which is why you then need to turn it up. 

However, when you do this, you will quickly come across one of the One II’s biggest weaknesses. It distorts way before reaching maximum volume. 


Things do not fare much better in the mid and high frequencies. There is a muddiness that cannot be cured by any amount of volume and sound tweaking. Furthermore, this can only be done externally on the input device as there are no sound controls on the One II.

Additionally, the mid frequencies seem to be pulled back. Meaning the main elements in most songs sound recessed and weak. 


While the soundstage on the One II is better than the frequency response, it still doesn’t come close to the top speakers in its class. 

The One II can play stereo content without down-mixing to mono. But, the separation between left and right doesn’t seem very prominent even at higher levels. Consequently, there seems to be little to no directionality. 


Dynamics is another two-edged knife hidden in the One II. It is a powerful small size Bluetooth speaker that can reach almost 100dB. That is plenty loud to fill most rooms you could party in. 

Unfortunately, due to a large amount of compression and the low level it kicks in at, the sound is terrible from about 60% upwards. 

Klipsch Heritage Wireless The One II Review – Pros and Cons


  • Looks great.
  • Easy to use.
  • Can fill a small room at a moderate level.
  • Aux input.


  • Nasty distortion and compression at higher levels.
  • Short cables.
  • Build quality is lacking.
  • Sound quality is lacking.
  • Expensive.

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Klipsch Heritage Wireless The One II Review – Conclusion

If you’re looking for a desktop Bluetooth speaker to listen to at low to moderate levels, the One II could be one of the “not too bad” choices on your list. But forget about using it for a gathering larger than three people who like music at louder than half volume.

As a practical Bluetooth speaker, it scores low points due to poor build quality and few features despite a price tag above $150. Secondly, the sound quality is so terrible that the ability to go up to a high volume means nothing. Just above halfway only gets you distortion and not the good kind. 

I hate to say it, but you could do a lot better for the same or even quite a bit less. The final score is a 3 out of 10.

Until next time, happy listening.

5/5 - (42 votes)

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About Corey Hoffman

Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

He lives just outside New York with his wife Barbara and their two German Shepherds, Ziggy and Iggy.

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