Klipsch are one of my go to brands when it comes to high-quality audio and I have (and love) many of their headphones. So would their first Bluetooth speaker live up to my unnaturally high expectations or leave me disappointed like so many Bluetooth speakers before it.

The first impressions of the KMC 3 don’t even start with the speaker but the box which is shaped like an old-school boombox and has really cool flap to access the main unit. It’s a small touch but put a smile on my face.

The KMC 3 is a portable 2.1 system with dual 2-inch, full-range drivers and a dedicated 5.25-inch subwoofer. You can really feel the 130 watts of power on certain bass heavy tracks – but it’s the sound quality is suitable for a whole range of emotions and the output is clear across a range of genres – I alternated between some gentle Luiz Bonfa tracks and some aggressive El-P music and was more than happy with both.

Specifically designed for listening on the go the KMC has a hidden ridge for carrying it from place to place – although it’s a little too heavy to cart around on your shoulder Radio Raheem style. The system utilises eight D-cell batteries that allow for a whopping 26 hours of listening. If you’re out in the park or camping that’s pretty unbeatable and explains the decision not to go with USB.

You can tap into all that power to charge your smartphone or tablet via the USB port at the back – so you can run a park party session for a long long time.

Available in both a black and white finish, the Klipsch Music Center KMC 3 will retail for £349.99 (U.K. MSRP) and come with a power supply and cord, 3.5mm to 3.5mm 1M cable and remote with battery. The product is available at http://www.klipsch.co.uk and will be available at authorised retailers.