Klipsch - Reference Series 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier - Black

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Add functionality to your home theater with this powerful Klipsch sound bar. The built-in Dolby Digital Decoder, HDMI connections and additional drivers bring reference-quality audio to your system. This Klipsch sound bar comes with a subwoofer and delivers surround-style sound without the bulk and clutter of multiple speakers and components.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Klipsch Reference Series 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (429 out of 478)

Features


200W total system power

Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.

Six-speaker enclosure

Features six drivers to deliver a movie theater experience in your own home.

Wireless subwoofer

With 8" driver to deliver a movie theater experience in your own home.

aptX audio-coding technology

Helps ensure lossless, high-quality music streaming.

Bluetooth music streaming

Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).

Volume control

Lets you find a comfortable listening level.

Surface-gripping rubber feet

Provide a stable platform on most surfaces.

Inputs

Includes 1 mini jack, 1 optical digital audio and 3 HDMI.

Outputs

Includes 1 HDMI.

Remote

Enables simple operation from a distance.

28Hz - 20kHz frequency response

Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 478 reviews

90%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar!

    Posted
    JudgeSmails
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I needed a soundbar for a 20x20 room for a Samsung 55KS8000 TV. My main requirements were 3.1 channels and HDMI ARC. HDMI ARC was mandatory since this is a living room TV that my wife and kids use (any extra complexity required to control the volume would not be tolerated). I initially purchased a Polk Magnifi Max at a local Best Buy. I had the Polk for about a week, which worked fairly well, but had two issues. The biggest issue was that high frequencies were almost non-existent. Midrange and bass severely overpowered the highs. The other issue was that the sound would often drop out when changing channels, taking 2 or 3 seconds to come back on. I tried messing with every bitstream/audio setting on the TV, and couldn't fix the issue. This was not a huge problem, but just noticeable enough to be annoying. I returned the Polk back to Best Buy (the return process was super easy, BTW) and listened to a bunch of other soundbars (much more carefully this time). I heard the same weak highs on the Polk display model that I was hearing at home, and was irritated at myself for not noticing this the first time. I really wanted to like the JBL Bar 3.1, but it had the opposite problem that the Polk had. The JBL had great highs, especially compared to the Polk, but absolutely no midrange. That led me to the Klipsch RSB-11. I had previously not considered the Klipsch because it was only 2.1 channels. However, it sounded so much better in the store than the Polk or JBL that I was willing compromise on my 3.1 channel requirement. A less expensive Klipsch model (RSB-8) also sounded much better. I went ahead and bought the RSB-11, which was basically the same cost (actually slightly cheaper) as the Polk that I had just returned. I am extremely glad I went to the trouble of returning the Polk and getting the Klipsch. I don't miss the 3rd channel one bit, as the Klipsch just sounds much better. Highs are far better, making dialogue much easier to hear. Bass and mids are great as well. Also, the Klipsch unit does not have the issue with the audio dropping out during channel changes like I saw with the Polk. The HDMI ARC work seamlessly, making the soundbar a perfectly integrated extension of the TV. I've heard that ARC can be flakey between different manufacturers, but it worked perfectly in my case with the Klipsch and Samsung TV. The Klipsch is better than the Polk, for my needs, in almost every way. I will say that the overall aesthetics of the Polk (and JBL) are probably better. They are slimmer and less noticeable. The Klipsch is bigger and has a generally less sleek design. I'm assuming the larger size contributes to the improved sound. Also, the Bluetooth reception isn't great on the Klipsch as you have to be within about 15 feet of the soundbar to maintain a reliable connection. For me, these things are both of negligible importance compared to the sound quality and integration with the TV. I have had the Klipsch soundbar for about two months, and am still very pleased with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So close

    Posted
    Jason
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this to replace an LG SH7B that started having problems with the sub cutting out and having to be reset multiple times a day. I'm not sure if I'm an audiophile or just a person that enjoys good sounds. Either way I absolutely love the sounds that come from this sound bar and sub. Everything is so clear and the sub sounds great. I did have to turn the sub volume up all the way for my liking and would like it to go a little further since I do like bass but it's really fine for what it is and it keeps the bass from taking over. The problem comes at night while I would watch tv at lower volume than during the day. I sit about 10ft from the sound bar and can hear a hiss/static kinda noise coming from the bar, more so from the left side. I tried a surge protector with clean power, unplugged everything but the power cord and tried different outlets and nothing solved the issue. I returned it for a new one and had the same problem. I then went to the Best Buy store and listened to the one on display and heard the same thing. I then moved on to a Polk Audio Magnifi Max and I gotta say, it sounds pretty bad for Polk. I expected a lot more. There was more bass than the Klipsch but it just kinda merged with the mids making everything all muddy with barely any highs. I had both hooked up at the same time with Gardians of the Galaxy 2 on switching back and forth between the Polk and Klipsch and there is so much missing from the Polk. The Klipsch produces so much more sounds that you just don't hear from the Polk no matter how you adjust it. Then the sub started popping, I read online it's common. Seems as though the sub cuts in and out causing the popping noise. I don't know for sure but I don't really care because the sound just stinks. It's better than tv speakers of course but it's not great and definitely not worth the price even with the sub working properly. I did contact Klipsch support via their website and they said it's normal. I say it may be normal for that bar but not in general. I know all audio equipment produce a bit of noise if you put your ear right next to the speakers but you shouldn't be able you hear it 10 ft away, especially enough to drive you nuts. I'm assuming many people don't notice it like I do, don't turn the volume low enough to hear it or get bothered by it because there are many great reviews. I wish I could have kept it but I just can't take the hissing noise. If you want to know what I'm talking about go search for rsb-11 static, another person with the same issue uploaded a video of the same sound.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounds, but some quirks

    Posted
    gdesjardin
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I actually returned the first one of these I bought because I thought it was defective -- no sound would come out through the HDMI Arc connection that was connected to my TV. When I returned it, the manager at the store said a lot of people bring this model back for that same reason. So many people recommended it, though, so I took a chance and bought another of the same model, and had the same issue. After playing around with the settings on my TV (a 2017 high-end Samsung), I finally got it to work by setting the Audio on my TV to PCM. Google searches after that confirmed that PCM is the correct setting for my TV and this speaker system. Once I got that working, I was incredibly impressed with the sound. It has more depth than my previous Samsung Soundbar. I can't really give it a thorough (loud) test due to the fact that I'm in a townhouse with somewhat thin walls, but it sounds awesome, and I really like the Dialogue setting for when you want clearer dialogue. Aside from the frustrations initially trying to get it to work, my other issues with it are that if you have the input (like your TV) paused for a while, the system loses its connection to the TV and you have to turn the sound system back on. I read about this issue online, and it sounded like Klipsch had resolved it, but I have the latest version of the software and it's still an issue. Also, the instructions to set the system up are somewhat sparse useless. Other than that, my only other complaint is that the screen on the sound bar is small, and doesn't display the volume value. There also isn't much you can do to refine the sound. These are things I liked in my previous Samsung Soundbar. I would still pick this one over that, though, due to the better overall sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best so far..

    Posted
    frankie4
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After downgrading sound systems over the twenty years its been difficult to find a system I think is practical, worth the expense and gets by the wife. Once you hear true 5.1 Dolby surround a 2.1 sound bar just can't compete. After years of disappointing systems, trying systems from Samsung, JBL, Bose, Polk and Yamaha I always had an eye on the Klipsch systems. We upgraded to a 65" 4k TV and while the Yamaha YAS-105 was one of Rolling Stones top tech gifts for 2016, worked well with our old system it just did not do justice with this giant 4k TV. In July of 2017 the RSB-11 was on sale for $450 but I found an open-box for a bit less and took advantage. While it is much more difficult than the optical connection the HDMI offers integrated Dolby Surround and if you use proper 4k connections and components the difference in sound quality is unbelievable when you hit the surround option and the Dolby signal lights up on the Klipsch system telling you the 4k Dolby signal is getting through! I read quite a few complaints from people calling themselves tech-savvy audiophiles but it is obvious if you are using any powerful high-fi system the tiniest magnetic, electrical, or digital interference affects the sound quality. a microscopic piece of dust in a connection will create a humm so you need to keep everything clean and static free if you expect to get a distortion free signal. Also keep in mind the unbelievable amount of data coming through every second when streaming a 4k movie!!! To not have a mistake in billions on lines of code is nearly impossible so yes, I have interruptions, but they are entirely acceptable to me as I am running approx.. 60mbps and its just so much data what do you really expect? A message for Klipsch... Please make backward compatible rear surround speakers, that are wireless, and give us a 5.1 Dolby decoder in a firmware update for this system!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but had functionality issues

    Posted
    Mike
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased the new Klipsch RSB-11 sound bar with wireless sub woofer expecting the typical Klipsch quality sound. Since this was a brand new style soundbar from Klipsch featuring HDMI connections and ARC ( Audio Return Channel) functionality, I assumed there would be no interface issues with my new Samsung 65" UHD 4K TV. To make a long story a little shorter (10 emails back and forth with Klipsch Technical Support), the problem I had was that Klipsch insisted I connect my Direct TV satellite box to the soundbar and then connect the HDMI ARC from the soundbar to the TV ARC connector. The soundbar, seeing a connection at the ARC connector would default to TV source which would be correct, except the ARC was not picking up the audio signal from the TV. This tells me the ARC function in the soundbar is not working correctly. In order to get sound, I needed to use the soundbar remote to switch the audio input from TV to HDMI 1, which is the connector the Klipsch folks said I needed to use to connect the satellite receiver to. So the soundbar was getting the audio signal from the satellite receiver and using the ARC connection to pass the 4K HD video signal to the TV. The techs at Klipsch said they needed to get the engineering folks involved because they couldn't figure out what was causing the issue. Since this is the first soundbar Klipsch has released with HDMI and ARC connections, the techs indicated there are bound to be a few bugs in the circuitry. After waiting almost a month, I decided to return the Klipsch and bought the Bose SoundTouch 300 bar and it performed flawlessly. The connection was simple. Connect the satellite receiver to the TV and connect the TV to the soundbar with the supplied HDMI cable, using the ARC connection. This is the way it should be done. The extra $100 was well worth not having to hassle with two remotes, and the sound quality was better from the Bose.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Yet

    Posted
    Frankie4
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After downgrading from Amp/Pre-Amp, then 5.1.1 Dolby Surround due to moves and aesthetics 2.1 sound bars don't compete with 5.1 but after trying six systems over the past ten years the RSB-11 is by far the best sounding system I've heard. It offers clear deep non-directional bass, crisp clear highs and mids that make me feel like people are talking in the room with this system. The difference between the optical and HDMI set-up is huge!! If you set it up properly with all new 4k compatible components a little Dolby signal lights up on the face of the sound bar and it makes a truly dramatic difference. I have had issues with hums, crackling and dead spots but I have recognized and corrected the cause for all of the issues. With such high quality sound you need to use an air duster and control static when making connections. I also had a digital feed buzz when one of the HDMI cables was zip tied to six-pin ethernet cord and once I separated them it was fine. I also get pauses when streaming 4k with Dolby in the signal, I don't think it possible to stream that much data wirelessly without having issues as the dead spots hit maybe once every 30 minutes for a fraction of a second, even when I am running a wired ethernet at 60mbps. I just saw two wireless rear satellites for LG sound bars and ask Klipsch to offer backwards compatible wireless rears for the RSB-11 with a firmware upgrade that includes the full Dolby 5.1, the bar has enough speakers and is long enough to do l/center/r, we have the sub just add the wireless rears as an add on option please!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Limited Bluetooth, otherwise great sound

    Posted
    Benjamin

    Purchased at BB after reading many reviews and expecting quality sound based on Klipsch's history. Easy to hook-up to newer Sony TV via optical cable. TV sound is excellent. Pandora streamed through TV was very good. Subwoofer is good, but not overpowering. Dialog enhancement seemed to work well. When Bluetooth was synced to my iPhone 6, the volume was very low and sound was muffled (almost like AM radio). Sounded the same with my wife's iPhone . Do not have and did not try an Android phone. I had to turn the volume way up just to get to a moderate listening volume. Not sure if this was a Bluetooth compatibility issue with the iPhone (not apt-x?), but this was a deal breaker for me. Returned the soundbar and will be purchasing the RSB-14 elsewhere when on sale, which has Play-Fi wi-fi. Figured for the money, Play-fi adds better wireless sound quality compared to Bluetooth and can be linked to other speakers. I figure this is the future direction of wireless technology and sound quality. I would recommend the product, but caution with iPhone Bluetooth. Recommend testing Bluetooth with your phone in the store to ensure satisfaction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is awesome speakers

    Posted
    Manoz
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    I brought this speaker during offer and had received 20 percent off. Delivery took longer than expected because of UPS they gave wrong update. THis speaker is best for 55 incher or plus size tv as its lenght matches tv size of 55 these are great speaker. you can connect using analog 3.5mm jack to any analog output devices including phone laptop Can use digital output for tvs Bluetooth connectivity succesfully connected my phone and blue ray player to connect bluetooth device you have to press bluetooth icon on remote for 3 seconds it supports hdmi output from tv as well it has passtrhough hdmi Controls are pretty easy and assembling was easy you can do without manual as well Sound is monster awesome it makes my floor vibrate all the way to the kitchen if it is at full bass if you dont like bass you can opt for night mode where you have minimal bass Sound is crispy and clear at all the volumes level Missing sounds can be heard and Awesome movie expereince at home this is my first Klipsh speaker and i have realized these are far better than Boss speakers

    I would recommend this to a friend




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