Klipsch Bar 40 and Bar 48 soundbars available in US
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Home AV NewsFive new Klipsch soundbars were announced at CES in January, and now the first of these - the Bar 40 and Bar 48 - are hitting the US market.The market for soundbars is becoming increasingly competitive at both the entry level and top end, so what do the Klipsch models have to offer?
From an audio quality perspective, Klipsch has a reputation for quality speakers so that bodes well for the sound quality from these latest soundbars and both have real wood enclosures to help deliver an improved sonic experience. Additionally, both come with a wireless subwoofer to underpin the soundscape.
The smaller Bar 40 is a 2.1 sound system that supports Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio formats and measures 1016mm (the equivalent of the ‘40 inches’ in the name).
The larger, 1219mm, Bar 48 boasts a 3.1 channel set up that includes 3 horn-loaded tweeters, four woofers and a dedicated centre channel for improved dialogue recreation. Its subwoofer increases in size from the 6.5-inch sub of the Bar 40 to 8-inches.
The Bar 48 also offers greater flexibility with the addition of a pair of wireless Surround 3 rear channel speakers (an extra $249/pair) to enable 5.1 surround sound. The Bar 48 adds DTS and DTS-HD to the sound formats it supports and it is also DTS Virtual:X ready, which means a firmware update will allow height to be added to the surround environment.
The features shared by both the Bar 40 and Bar 48 include:
- Bluetooth connections for streaming from a mobile device
- Included wall-mount templates
- A dedicated remote control for adjusting the volume of the soundbar and subwoofer independently, plus access to surround modes such as dialogue enhancement and night mode. The remote for the Bar 48 is backlit for use in a darkened environment.
- The ability to add a second subwoofer, and/or replace the existing wireless unit with another Klipsch wireless sub
- A low profile of 71mm for the main soundbar makes placement below a TV much easier, whether it’s wall-mounted or sitting atop a surface
- HDMI-ARC, 3.5mm analogue, and optical connections.
Missing from the line up are Bar 40G which adds Google Assistant onboard, the Bar 48W which is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, and adds AirPlay 2 support for streaming from iPhones, iPads and other Apple hardware. Finally, at the top of the tree, the Bar 54 has separate elevation drivers for Dolby Atmos support.
Available later in the year, the RRP for the Bar 54 is $1599 but the prices for the Bar 40G and Bar 48W are TBA.
The Klipsch Bar 40 and Bar 48 are Available now in the US with an RRP of $299 and $499 respectively.
Source: www.digitaltrends.com, www.cnet.com
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