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Klipsch HD Theater SB 3 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
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- Exclusive horn-loaded technology for clear, powerful sound
- 10-Inch wireless down firing subwoofer
- Dolby Digital Decoder for simple plug n' play TV connection
- Digital optical, RCA analog & 3.5mm analog inputs
- 3D surround sound mode
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|Connectivity Technology||—||bluetooth||bluetooth||hdmi||bluetooth||bluetooth, usb, aux|
|Item Dimensions||44 x 3.1 x 4.6 in||40 x 2.8 x 4.1 in||34.88 x 4.75 x 3.62 in||39.5 x 6.38 x 3.38 in||10.5 x 10.5 x 46 in||4 x 39 x 3.37 in|
|Item Weight||37.48 lbs||8.5 lbs||24.3 lbs||3.06 lbs||27 lbs||38 lbs|
|Speaker Type||Soundbar||Soundbar||Soundbar||Subwoofers||Wireless, Surround, Soundbar||Wireless, Subwoofers, Soundbar|
For true high definition sound, you need horn-loaded nectar. Introducing the Klipsch HD Theater SB 3 sound bar, built with our founder’s revolutionary horn-loaded technology to redefine the home theater experience. Horn-loaded tweeters open up a more dynamic range of sound, allowing you to experience every high and low in incredible detail. A 10-Inch rear-ported subwoofer increases bass output, while the sound bar's 300-Watt peak system increases the power for a one-of-a-kind performance. Built in Dolby Digital decoding and optical, RCA and 3.5mm inputs allow for easy setup, so you can spend more quality time with the legendary Klipsch sound. The HD Theater SB-3 is Klipsch’s premium sound bar with the highest wattage, high-quality Aluminum diaphragm tweeters and additional motor structures in both the sound bar and subwoofer for our best sounding, highest output sound bar to date. The SB-3 is easy to hookup to almost any TV and comes with its own remote control or you can quickly program most existing TV remotes to operate it.
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Started looking at various soundbars, but nothing grabbed me (listening in person, or reading reviews). Stumbled across this Klipsch on an Amazon Deal of The Day so I looked into it. Seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, so I got it.
-Super easy set up. Literally 10 minutes, including unboxing.
-All parts included (some previous reviewers mentioned missing power cords)
-Large, but not over the top massive. Fits nicely on my entertainment console in front of the TV (but see one caveat below). If you are concerned about your space, make sure to measure.
-Sound is REALLY good. Huge step up from tv speakers (to be expected), but I immediately liked it 100% better than the Bose system I had bought and returned. Sound is clean, crisp, and distortion free at all volumes. Pretty amazing actually.
-Volume and clarity of dialogue is perfect. This is a common knock on soundbars, but nothing you need to worry about with the Klipsch.
-Wireless subwoofer works just fine. Another reviewer reported problems pairing with the soundbar. No problem pairing mine, and in fact, the pairing process is automatic. You just turn it on, and it pairs. You don't have to do anything.
The **minor** flaws:
-Remote is tiny. I can see that thing getting lost in a heartbeat. You can supposedly program your tv remote to handle the soundbar, but I haven't done that, so I can't comment on how easy it is, or if it even works.
-No display on the tv to show the volume increments.
-Each sound increment really increases the volume a lot. I think there are 10 increments, and it doesn't take more than a few clicks to go from soft, to window rattling. The fact that this soundbar can rattle the windows is impressive, but it would be nice to be able to work up to that volume a little more gradually. I find myself listening to a volume that is just slightly less than I would like, because the next step up is too loud. I live in a townhouse, so I have to be somewhat mindful of my neighbors, but this may not be an issue for you if you don't care about your neighbors (or your spouse and kids and dog).
Two things to be aware of:
-If you've never used an optical sound cable, be aware that they ship with little protective covers on each end of the cable. You must remove these before plugging it in. It is not obvious or intuitive that you have to remove the covers. They look like part of the cable. I just happen to know this from previous experience.
-If you plan on sitting this in front of your TV, be aware that it is just tall enough that it may block any controls along the bottom of your TV. I had to raise my TV a few inches on its stand.
That's it. Overall a winner, and one of the best soundbars out there if that is what you are looking for. Very pleased.
**update 1-2-13**Just programmed my Verizon Fios remote to operate the volume up, volume down and mute functions. Took about 90 seconds. Very simple. I don't see how I can also program my remote to turn the 3D function on and off, but that is a minor issue.
**update 1-4-13** I still think this is an awesome sounding speaker, but now that I have used it extensively, I am really starting to dislike the sharp gradient between sound increments. With my tv speakers, I have a wide range of volume options. With the Klipsch, I am pretty much limited to 5 options (even though there are 10 increments)....1-soft, 2-medium, 3-loud (what I would consider "normal" listening volume), 4-louder (almost too loud really), and 5-very loud (I can't use this volume because I live in a townhouse). Anything above 5 is still crystal clear with no distortion, but it is REALLY REALLY loud. The sound is awesome, but it would be a little more practical to have multiple increments so you could get the sound just to your liking. For me, in a relatively small family room, 3 is almost the perfect volume, but 4 is too loud. Thus I have to settle for almost perfect instead of perfect. You may have a huge house, or a huge family room, so it may not matter as much to you, but even then you still might have an issue. Maybe in a big family room, 6 is not quite loud enough, but 7 is too loud.
The box was quite large due to good packing. The Klipsch box inside the smiling A->Z Amazon box was quite welcome because it appears that UPS stuck a forklift tine well into it, getting into the Klipsch's packing and Styrofoam. Nothing damaged and continued lugging it into the house, with help.
I believe I saw another reviewer note this as well: The Sub's port had come free and was inside the sub box. Rough handling by shipper? Probably, since they can't drive a forklift to save their life. Removed the subwoofer, removed OEM hot glue, re-hot glued it in, reinstalled the port and sub, and 10 minutes of my time fixed it. I've had this simple issue on many other brands and models that are shipped, so I won't ding Klisch here.
The sound is just amazing (for what I paid)! I had the sub up to 3/4 and really had to turn it down to just about 45% for my liking. It was just booming the house. It's still fun to reach back behind the couch and turn it to 90% for some movies and games, but overall I like it at the 45%. It's a 10" down firing sub which I prefer. Not too boomy and is nice an warm against a hard floor (carpet may want side firing to a wall) and will kick instead of pound when needed. The bar itself surprised me as I see another commented on it. I have never really liked fake push-button settings but I remain on the "3D" setting which is indicated by a soft white LED on the bar. I can't enable 3D from the bar and must use the included remote, but I'm sure I'll find a way around that eventually with enough tinkering.
The remote is small but the unit can be programmed to your current remote. Again, I'm not sure how to program the "3D" setting to a remote but will I'm sure. I have DircTV and their older white remotes are funky. I can get volume up to work but when I press "TV input", for some reason that also volume's up. Eight press on "TV Input" raises the volume WAY up and will awake beetlejuice in Easter. Will try the Logitech remote soon, but I've mostly had the itty bitty tictac of a remote velcro'd to the DircTV remote so it doesn't blow away when a random mouse sneezes from across the room.
I bought this for sound, not all is 100% outside of the wonderful sound it does produce, and will only blame myself and the 5 remotes I still lug around in the living room. I am not sure, at all, that I would purchase this for over $425 with the current models being released that replaced it being out right along with it. They include Bluetooth which this does not and only includes a mini jack on the side. Having Roku, many music stations, and all those options out there, I don't find a need to BT from my phone to the soundbar at all...I just stream it from the TV.
If you're looking for a soundbar, watch this model! It may be $425 one day then $250 the next since supply and demand will drive the price of out-going models. At that lower price, you will not find a better sound bar out there, point blank. When we get back up in the $400-$500 range there's many other options to look into. It's not feature rich like many $1,200 bars but I need none of that and just wanted great sound...And I got it right here with this purchase. Sounds better than the Pioneer S-SB23W and isn't really flaky as I've found Pioneer Electronics to be of late.
This product used to be the top of the Klipsch soundbar line and, since it's discontinued, now costs even less than their new middle-of-the-line soundbar (R-10B). If you don't need Bluetooth (or are willing to use an add-on Bluetooth audio receiver or perhaps Chromecast Audio, either costing under $30) then I think this is the much better value. Get it while it lasts.