Klipsch Adds Budget-Priced Sound Bar System To Reference Line

Klipsch R-4B Sound Bar/Wireless Subwoofer System
Klipsch R-4B Sound Bar/Wireless Subwoofer System. Image Provided by The Klipsch Group

Dateline: 11/06/2015

Introducing The Klipsch R-4B Sound Bar System

As a follow-up to its current Reference sound bar system product line, which currently consists of the R-10B and R-20B, Klipsch as announced another, more affordable entry for 2016, the R-4B.

Features and Specifications

The sound bar portion of the R-4B system has a slim profile 3 1/2 inch high, 40-inch wide, form factor, making it a good visual match for 37-to-50 inch screen TVs.

Power Output: Entire system total, 160 watts peak (continuous power output will be lower - no IHF or RMS power ratings provided. Maximum sound output level capability is stated as 106 db, which is definitely loud enough for a large living room.

Tweeters: Two 3/4-inch soft dome tweeters paired with two 90° x 90° Tractrix® Horns in two-channel configuration. The addition of Tractrix Horn technology serves to deliver bright, undistorted high frequencies.

Midrange/Woofers: Two 2.5-inch composite cone woofers.

Subwoofer: A Wireless Subwoofer (no physical connections, expect for power) with a 6.5-inch down-firing driver, combined with an additional slot-style port (bass reflex design) is provided. The Subwoofer operates on the 2.4GHz transmission band and can only be used with the RB-4 sound bar system, or other compatible products designated by Klipsch.

The subwoofer also features MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) construction.

Frequency Response (entire system): 46Hz to 20kHz

Crossover Frequency: No Info Provided

Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital surround-sound decoding.

NOTE: If you have a DTS-only source, you may have to set your source device to output in PCM in order for the R-4B to accept the audio signal.

Audio Processing: Virtual Surround expands the soundstage slight to the sides, Voice Enhance Mode adds more presence to dialog and vocals, and Night Mode maintains bass output level a lower volumes.

Audio Inputs: One digital optical, One set analog stereo (RCA), and a USB port for access to music content stored on compatible USB plug-in devices, such as Flash Drives (FLAC and WAV files supported). Also, for additional content access flexibility, the R-4B is also Bluetooth enabled, which provides wireless access to content stored on smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.

Additional Features: Front mounted onboard controls and LED status indicators. The onboard controls can come in handy if you misplace the provided remote control.

Accessories Provided: Compact Wireless remote control (remote commands can also be learned by many existing TV remotes), one digital optical cable, wall mount template, AC power cords for the sound bar and subwoofer, and a Owner's Manual.

Sound Bar Dimensions (WDH): 40-inches x 3.375-inches x 3.5-inches .

Subwoofer Dimensions (WDH): 6.3-inches x 14.7-inches x 10.4-inches (349mm)

Weight: Sound Bar - 5.8 lbs, Subwoofer - 20 lbs.

What The Klipsch R-4B Doesn't Have

Just as with all of Klipsch's reference sound bar line, the 4B incorporates built-in amplification, audio decoding, processing, and features both analog and digital audio inputs. However, the R-4B does not have any HDMI connections or video pass-through capabilities.

To connect HDMI-enabled audio/video devices, such as a Blu-ray or DVD player, you will have to make a separate audio connection to the Klipsch R-4B, in addition to the HDMI or other video connections you might need to make to the TV.

The lack of built-in HDMI connectivity also means that for Blu-ray Disc content, you will not be able to access Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks, however will be able to access standard Dolby Digital audio.

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Suggested Price: $399 - Official Product Page