Pros / This speaker performed well in our listening tests.
Cons / You can’t control it with a voice assistant.
Verdict / The Klipsch RW-1 sounds great but is lacking the connectivity options of our favorite wireless speakers.
The Klipsch RW-1 is one of the best wireless speakers for sound quality we tested, and it looks as great as it sounds. The compact design is easy to fit into small spaces and the forward-facing enclosure offered a wide sound stage in our listening tests. The most surprising connection omission on this speaker is the lack of Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth connections don’t sound as good as streaming music over a Wi-Fi network, but they are much more convenient for quickly sharing songs from multiple devices. The Bang & Olufsen M3 has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There is a 3.5 mm aux input on the back panel if you want to play music from a legacy music player or quickly connect a mobile device with a headphone output.
We played a diverse selection of musical genres for a panel of reviewers with a wide range of audio experience. The Klipsch produced consistently great results for treble accuracy, bass response, vocal clarity and overall sound quality. The stereo image was surprisingly wide for a two-speaker design set in a forward-facing enclosure. The vocals were set perfectly on top of the bass content, and the treble range was crisp without any signs of harshness. The RW-1 performed well with all genres we listened to, and was particularly good with vocals and acoustic instruments.
In addition to a power button, there are durable physical controls on the top panel for controlling volume and muting the speaker. The Klipsch Stream app also controls these features wirelessly. It has an intuitive layout and makes the setup process quick and easy. You also use it to browse streaming services, play music from your phone’s library and control multiple Klipsch wireless speakers throughout your house. The app is compatible with Apple Watch and Android smart watches too. Unfortunately, the RW-1 isn’t compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa smart speakers, so all communication is done through the Klipsch Stream app.
The Klipsch RW-1 is a great-sounding wireless speaker with an intuitive and easy setup process. Every genre of music we threw at it sounded clear and balanced. The lack of Bluetooth connectivity and voice assistant control kept it from ranking higher.