Soundbars have changed the way we enjoy our television viewing experience in our homes. They have helped complete our viewing entertainment by adding sensational audio quality to mate with the spectacular video images delivered by our flat-panel TVs.
And with the advent of these slim profile HDTVs, the space for adequate-sized speakers within the display panel that provided quality sound output began to diminish. The speakers used in most flat panel displays today produce from mediocre to flat-out poor sound quality.
The best alternative for better sound quality outside of having a complete multichannel surround sound system is placing speakers inside of a slim rectangular cabinet or box that can be placed near your TV… this invention would be dubbed – the “Soundbar”.
Today there are a host of soundbar systems available. A typical setup will contain either a stand-alone soundbar or a soundbar with a matched subwoofer for extended bass output. Some systems even add additional small satellite speakers for a more enveloping sound experience.
The Klipsch R-10B is a reference home theater soundbar with a wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth capability. The soundbar in this system features two 3″ midrange drivers and two 3/4″ textile dome tweeters matched with Klipsch’s Trarix Horn technology, which allows for a wider dispersion of sound. Control buttons on the front panel are for volume up, volume down, mute and source input. There is also a power button hidden beneath the control panel. Keyholes are built into the rear of the soundbar for wall mounting.
The subwoofer enclosure contains an 8″ side-firing woofer. The enclosure itself is a ported design. This allows for an enhanced low-frequency response. The subwoofer couples wirelessly to the soundbar. Both units sync together automatically when powered on. The subwoofer can be placed up to 50 feet away from the soundbar. The sub’s rear-panel volume knob controls the unit’s sound output level. There is also an on-off switch.
The system’s built-in Bluetooth function allows for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets and computers.
The speaker bar connects to your TV with either an optical digital (cable included) or stereo RCA connection. There is no HDMI option.
The supplied remote control is a small membrane type that duplicates the front panel controls.
If you’re looking for excellent sound quality from a compact system, then the Klipsch R-10B may be just what you’re looking for. When I auditioned this audio system I was treated with very impressive sound reproduction. The sound was open and spacious with excellent clarity and good midrange detail. Other sound quality traits included nicely refined and very articulate sound. Musical instruments within the soundfield were very distinct with a pleasing amount of separation.
I didn’t expect this sort of sound quality from such a compact bar system. However, it was a welcomed surprise.
Bass output from the 8″ subwoofer delivered deep and solid bass with good impact for a sub of this size. Sure, it can’t produce the deep sub-bass in many of today’s movie soundtracks, but nor did I expect this type of low-frequency extension from a sub enclosure of this size.
Vocal presentations on the R-10B were rendered with very good tonal accuracy; vocals were also clear and articulate even at high volume levels.
The Klipsch R-10B offers surprisingly good performance and manages to bring the Klipsch trademark sound to this audio system; although, on a much smaller scale. I truly appreciated the performance of the R-10B and found it to be one of the better-performing soundbar systems on the market. It may not be the most attractive bar system available, but it certainly delivers what matters most… excellent sound reproduction. Highly recommended.
Klipsch R-10B Soundbar
Model year: 2014
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• Robust sonic performance
• Very good midrange detail
• Deep bass output
• Only two audio inputs
• Not the most stylish looking soundbar
• Lackluster remote control
• SYSTEM TYPE: 2-way soundbar with 8” wireless subwoofer
• SYSTEM FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 29Hz-20kHz +/- 3dB
• SUBWOOFER FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 29Hz-142Hz +/- 3dB
• MAX ACOUSTIC OUTPUT: 110 dB
• AMPLIFIER POWER: 250 Watts peak system power
• TWEETER: Two .75” (19mm) textile dome tweeters mated to dual 90° x 90° Tractrix Horns
• MIDRANGE: Two 3” (76mm) polypropylene drivers
• SUBWOOFER: One 8” (203mm) side-firing fiber composite cone/ported enclosure. MDF cabinet
• INPUTS: 1 Optical digital, 1 Stereo RCA, Bluetooth with aptX audio coding technology
• SOUNDBAR: 40” (1015.8mm) W x 2.8” (71mm) D x 4.1” (105.1mm) H
• SUBWOOFER: 8.3″ (210mm) W x 16″ (406.4mm) D x 13.2″ (336.4mm) H
• SOUNDBAR: 7 lbs. (3.2 kg)
• SUBWOOFER: 25.1 lbs. (11.4 kg)
WARRANTY: 3 years for drivers and cabinets, 1 year for electronics