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Klipsch Nashville review: Solid portable sound

Klipsch Nashville review: Solid portable sound

Klipsch Nashville

Looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with big sound, and is able to take a few knocks? Consider the Klipsch Nashville (S$279), a room-filling compact speaker with solid bass, and a rugged build that's designed for the outdoors. Battery life is good, though it does have some heft. No stereo sound either, unless you get a pair. But overall, it's a good option for your next BBQ or pool party.

Quick specs

  • Dual 2.25-inch driver and dual passive radiators
  • Up to 24 hours battery life
  • IP67 waterproof and dustproof
  • 970g

At just under 1kg, the Klipsch Nashville is heavier than some portable Bluetooth speakers. For example, the Sonos Roam SL, and the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen are 423g and 558g respectively. But the Klipsch does boast a longer 24-hour battery life. Built for the outdoors, the Nashville certainly looks the part. There's a Klipsch logo at the front, while the contoured bottom and sides feel grippy. No carry handle or strap, though. There are also no dedicated media playback buttons, only buttons for volume control, power, and Bluetooth pairing. But you can actually press the Bluetooth pairing button to start or pause playback. Pressing the power button momentarily displays the battery level on the gauge.

Klipsch Nashville
Credit: Klipsch

The speaker has an IP67 rating to go with its rugged look and feel. So the USB-C charging port is located behind a cover at the side. In addition, you can charge other devices such as your smartphone using the Klipsch — useful in a pinch. The Klipsch Nashville supports Klipsch Broadcast Mode (press Bluetooth and Volume Up buttons together for more than a second), which lets you connect more than 10 compatible speakers at the same time. It's somewhat useful if you have friends with compatible Klipsch speakers, like the other models in the Music City series. But seeing as the Klipsch Nashville itself offers only mono sound, I think getting a second one for stereo is not a bad idea.

Klipsch Nashville
The USB-C charging port. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

You can tweak the Klipsch Nashville's sound via the equaliser in the Klipsch Connect app. That, and updating the speaker's firmware are the main reasons to use the app. However, the app sometimes refuses to connect to the speaker. Removing the speaker, and adding it back fixes this issue, but it's annoying. Audio-wise, the Klipsch Nashville creates a larger sound than expected for its size — helpful for outdoor use. This sound emits from both the front and back of the speaker, thanks to its dual-driver design. The bass (the passive radiators help) has presence, but doesn't overpower. Trebles and vocals come across clearly. The equaliser changes the sound significantly. I tested the speaker with the default, presumably neutral Flat setting.

Battery life is rated at 24 hours, but this varies depending on the volume. Maximum volume (16 on the app) is pretty loud, and you lose too much bass. I usually go with level 6. I would say you can probably get over 12 hours on a single charge. At S$279, the Klipsch Nashville is not exactly cheap. If your budget is under S$100, I suggest the Creative Muvo Go instead. But the Klipsch Nashville is still more affordable than other premium speakers like the Sonos Roam or the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen. The former is more suitable if you have other Sonos products, while I find the latter more pleasing to the eye. But the Klipsch Nashville looks like it can take some battering, and can get really loud. Get it now from Shopee, and Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by Klipsch.


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Compact rugged portable speaker with good bass

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