Klipsch Announces Its R-10B Sound Bar/Wireless Subwoofer System

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Klipsch R-10B Sound Bar/Subwoofer System. Image Provided by Klipsch Group

As the demand for sound bars seems to know no bounds, there is a continuous flow of the "TV sound enhancers" from a variety of manufacturers available for your consideration. Klipsch hopes that you decide to buy their newly announced R-10B soundbar system, which is their first soundbar to be introduced as part of their newly unified Reference series speaker and headphone product lineup.

At its core, the R-10B pairs a 40-inch wide sound bar (a good physical match for TVs in the 37-to-50 inch screen sizes), with a conveniently placeable wireless 8-inch powered subwoofer.

The sound bar can be shelf or wall mounted. The following is a preview of the features and specifications of the R-10B system.

Power Output

Entire system total, 250 watts peak (continuous power output will be lower - no continuous power, IHF, or RMS power ratings provided).

Tweeters

Two 3/4-inch (19mm) textile dome tweeters paired with two 90° x 90° Tractrix® Horns, in a two channel configuration. The addition of Tractrix Horn technology serves to deliver bright, undistorted high frequencies. If you have never heard a horn-based loudspeaker, they are definitely worth a good listen.

Midrange/Woofers

Two 3-inch (76mm) polypropylene drivers.

Subwoofer:

Wireless Subwoofer (no physical connections, except for power). This means that the Subwoofer can only be used with the R-B10 sound bar system or their other compatible products designated by Klipsch. Operates on the 2.4GHz transmission band. Features an 8-inch (203mm) side-firing driver, supported by an additional port (bass reflex design).

Frequency Response (entire system)

27Hz 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-10B to accept the audio signal.

Audio Processing

3D Virtual Surround

Audio Inputs

One digital optical, One set analog stereo (RCA). Also, for additional content access flexibility, the R-10B 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.

Accessories Provided

Wireless credit card sized remote control, one digital optical cable, rubber feet for shelf or table mounting, and AC power cords for the sound bar and subwoofer.

Sound Bar Dimensions (WDH)

40-inches (1015.8mm) x 2.8-inches (71mm) x 4.1-inches (105.1mm).

Subwoofer Dimensions (WDH)

8.3-inches (210mm) x 16-inches (406.4mm) x 13.2-inches (336.4mm)

Weight

Soundbar - 7 lbs. (3.2 kg), Subwoofer - 25.1 lbs. (11.4 kg)

The Klipsch R-10B has its own built-in amplification, audio decoding, processing, and features both analog and digital audio inputs, but it does not have any HDMI connections or video pass-through capabilities. This means that for audio/video devices, such as Blu-ray or DVD players, you will have to make a separate audio connection to the Klipsch R-10B, in addition to the HDMI or other video connection you 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.

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