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Klipsch - Reference Series 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 314 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What wouldya say...ya do here?!

    Posted
    Stallion
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    THIS IS THE REVIEW YOU WANT TO READ FOR THIS SOUNDBAR... IF YOU ARE A MINIMALIST, THIS IS YOUR SOUNDBAR! READ ON. 4k passthrough - For those who don't know, this is what you want if you are going to buy a soundbar in 2018. However, this term is a misnomer. All soundbars with an HDMI input will pass 4k video. BUT, only the soundbars with and HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2 compliant inputs will pass it at 60fps! Those with an HDMI 1.4 input (legacy HDMI) will pass 4k, but at 30 fps. True UHD 4k is 60fps. I wanted 4k @ 60fps I wanted a well rounded quality sound that would make me smile I wanted a clean look I wanted all of this for under $300 I thought this was impossible to obtain as of March 2018 One of the reviews I read in my search, and this is very important, is that everyone's audio/video taste is unique so go to Best Buy and LISTEN to their demos with YOUR EARS, preferable with your eyes closed so you can really focus on that one sense. HEARING. What do YOU like. What anyone else says really doesn't matter. So that is what I did. I took about 2 hours on my day off from work gave my wife and kid a big kiss and headed to Best Buy with the purpose of completing my home theater home theater. Got the TV, the 4k Player and last and most difficult has been the search for quality, yet cost effective audio (under $300). I knew it could be done, and I was out to prove it. I had 4 bars on my radar in the $300-$430 range that all had 4k 60fps passthroughs. I DIDN'T want to spend more than $300 though, but whichever of the four met all of my aforementioned criteria would be the winner even if it were slightly over budget. 1) The LG SJ8 - I liked the look, sound was ok, but apparently the LCD display is always on from what I read and confirmed by a Best Buy employee. Price matched at $349 it was reasonable, but the always on LCD made it a DEAL BREAKER. I like to dim my display. 2) Sony HTC-CT800 - I had the CT790. It had major issues with HDMI audio delay. I had to turn it on and off several times before the audio finally came through the ARC. So I was afraid to get the CT800. In store it sounded really good, but would I have the same HDMI audio connectivity issues? It has mostly great reviews. The DEAL BREAKERS were it looks goofy, and previous "please wait" experience the the CT790 which is the slightly lower model. There was an open box in my neck of the woods for $320. New was on sale for $399. Meh. 3) JBL 3.1 - Great full, complete sound with a sub vibration you can not only hear but feel through your body. Mids could've been a little better. It has a 10" downward firing sub and a 3.1 bar with a nice digital display, but the deal breaker is that the subwoofer IS HUGE. It's like the size of a small coffee table. I couldn't think where I would put it in my living room that it wouldn't completely stick out. Plus, at $429 on sale, it was the most out of my ideal price range. 4) Klipsch RSB-6 - I closed my eyes, turned up the volume and let it eat. On sale for $299.99 and price matched to $299.00 + I had a $10 gift card, I could walk out of there with everything I wanted including the price. Out of the 4 in my price range this one met all of my criteria. It sounded and looked great. I love the 6.5" downward firing sub! It looks super clean (see pics). My wife mounted the bar to the front edge of our TV table (it's not really a stand). The sub is not as impressive as the JBL, but don't sleep on it. IT SHOWS UP FOR WORK. I LOVE IT! You don't get the crazy vibration of the JBL 10", but I can actually fit this one not only in my door, but under the tv table. I love that the display is not digital. I love the tiny remote. This thing gets it done. It has a subwoofer level control on the remote. I like it because there is a lot of feel to using it. I honestly think it's made for smart people, because I've read some of the reviews of people not understanding the user manual and it not being intuitive, but everything is clean and minimal down to and including the user manual. It is actually everything you need once you figure it out, and once you got it, you realize how right klipsch got this thing. There is a firmware update available which is easily installed via USB thumbdrive. My ONE issue with this soundbar which I had to figure out on my own was the 4k passthrough. Everything worked great, but when I tried to watch 4k video through my 4k blu-ray player, the video flickered and was unstable. I'd get a purple screen and audio/video that would cut in and out. VERY FRUSTRATING! The HDMI input is specced at being 2/2 HDCP compliant! I gave up and called Klipsch Tech Support. The tech said that that shouldn't be happening and that the HDMI card in the bar was defective and to go exchange it and I shouldn't have a problem. I was irritated, but willing to give it another shot since this is the bar I liked the best. If it didn't work again, I'd just go with the JBL. Soooo, I went to Best Buy and exchanged it explaining that I spoke to Klipsch who said it had a defective HDMI card. Brought the replacement home and FLICKER, FLICKER, FLICKER! NOOOOOOO!!!!!! So why the five stars? As a last ditch effort, I went into my TV settings and changed the HDMI input from 2.0 to 1.4 fully expecting this to play the 4k video at 30fps like a couple of previous lower end soundbars I tried in my quest for 4k 60fps through the bar HDMI input. I went back to the player and played the disc. When I checked the spec it was passing video at 4k 60fps! I was completely baffled b/c the input was set to HDMI 1.4 which has a max resolution of 4k 30fps. I called Klipsch to ask how this was possible. They said they couldn't explain why. I said well you can use my experience to help others. Not only does it pass 4k at 60fps, the RSB-6 starts up quickly and moves seamlessly from input to input. I'm stoked. It was a rough journey, but persistence and a little serendipity came though. LONG STORY SHORT, IF YOU'RE GETTING TV FLICKERING WHEN USING A 4K PLAYER THROUGH THE HDMI INPUT ON THE RSB-6 BAR (OR PERHAPS THE RSB-11 AS WELL) CHANGE THE HDMI INPUT ON THE TV TO 1.4 INSTEAD OF 2.0. IT WILL WORK. YOU WILL GET 4K AT 60FPS which is only possible through HDMI 2.0. I know it's an oxymoron, but the 1.4 is just a compatibility spec. You are basically getting 2.0 connectivity in this case through the 1.4. Which is fine for me. I'll take it. 4k 60fps through the bar. clean. minimal. tight. efficient. seamless. Everything I wanted for the price I wanted. More headache than I wanted, but it was worth it. * I have the LG UP875 4k player (4k HDR, HI-RES Audio) and a 55" TCL P-series TV (with HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Audio) all connected with two Rocketfish 4' 4k UHD HDMI cables with gold plated connectors. The Bobs would approve. They may actually put 4 people directly underneath me b/c of my setup. It's a straight shooter with upper management written all over it. Lol

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound, a bit lacking in a couple areas

    Posted
    Tripoli
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was very impressed with the sound the bar itself put out, and for that reason this earns it 3 stars, as I think most consumers would be happy with it. The failings for me were threefold: 1. The subwoofer isn't powerful enough, even for my modest desires. I turned it all the way up, and while it was clearly audible, it just didn't have quite the thump I'd like, which isn't anything crazy. 2. As other reviews note, the remote is lacking. It's tiny, super cheap, and the button presses don't work great. 3. My biggest problem is that the system goes to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity. This happened to be quite frequently in a week of owning it, as I regularly pause shows on TV while I'm off in another room. There isn't any obvious way to change this, as there was with my previous Sony soundbar. At this point, I have elected to return it; however, Klipsch support did offer this advice, which I'm passing along to the masses, should you find it useful: It shuts off by itself after about 15 minutes of inactivity to conserve power. If you wish to have the bar only turn on and off when you command it to, you can put it into what is called 'installer mode'. Doing that, the auto on/off feature will be disabled. Once it is on, it will stay on until you turn it off. It will no longer turn on or off with the TV, but it will not turn off when you pause your movie or show. Putting the RSB-6 into Installer Mode: Unplug AC power from the sound bar, then plug it back in. Turn on sound bar, then within 10 seconds press and hold source and volume up buttons simultaneously for >5 seconds to engage Demo Select mode. While in Demo Select Mode, press the volume + button to cycle through the Consumer, Display, Retail, and Installer mode. HDMI1 LED will fast blink at 4Hz to indicate Consumer mode, Analog led will fast blink at 4Hz to indicate Display Mode, Digital led will fast blink at 4Hz to indicate Retail Mode, and TV LED will fast blink at 4Hz to indicate installer mode. You will want the TV LED blinking. Press the Volume + button until the desired mode is flashing. Allow the desired LED to flash for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds the unit automatically exits demo select mode and remains in the mode you selected. You're done...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sad trainwreck of a soundbar

    Posted
    Baz85

    While the sound is decent for its price, the soundbar fails miserably in just about every other area. It is exceptionally frustrating as a component in a 4k TV home theater setup. First, the sound drops out on a near daily basis, requiring power cycles to revive it. This occurred early on but after the return period, and of course, their customer service was nonexistent and unreachable. Second, this disastrous piece of equipment came equipped with the cheapest remote control to be found in the marketplace. Cheap, entry level Chinese startup brands have better quality remotes. This remote has a very narrow angle of reception and rarely works upon depressing the buttons. The biggest pain point about this soundbar is the fact that the volume level is not displayed on screen, neither on the remote or the digital readout on the bar. There's literally no way to know if the level is on low or blasting high. What was Klipsch thinking? Third, changing modes, such as ARC/CEC or going to demo mode is a bitterly confusing and failure-prone task. It requires holding down, in a timed fashion, multiple buttons to cycle through various configuration modes, which you will need to do to utilize Hdmi ARC. This could've been simplified with an expanded on screen controller or a proper remote that isn't worth 50 cents. Finally, I noticed switching inputs on two different HDMI tvs results in the sound dropping from this soundbar, and cannot be recovered without a power cycle, similar to what's stated above. This is a soundbar that could've gone far, but due to sheer laziness in design and marketing, has become a trainwreck and a frustrating complimentary burden of an equipment that is not worthy of a recommendation. Avoid this product at all costs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tons of sound

    Posted
    RobF
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The performance of this "entry level" system is impressive. I usually buy Bose but didn't want to drop $700 for the bar and another $700 for the sub. I got this sound bar during the 4th of July sale for $299 and it blows me away. The HDMI - ARC from the TV works really well and my LG TV allowed me to "Connect the Sound Bar" and basically pair up with the device so the TV controls it. I like my music loud and this single sound bar with the wireless sub carries music through a very large space. My kitchen / dining room / living room are all one big open room with high ceilings. I can crank the music so loud it hurts and upsets the neighbors :) I have no additional speakers... The TV sound it equally strong. Voices are loud and clear. The Dolby kicks in when available and provides great theater type effects. The buttons in front are great for walking up and muting it when the phone rings. One downside - the remote is not impressive. The battery was basically dead and I had to replace it day 1 and it still doesn't register very well. However - It doesn't really matter because the TV controls the sound bar as if it's integrated so I don't care about the remote. I never use it anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I am returning mine.

    Posted
    Harry
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I wanted to love this soundbar and I thought the price was fair. Unfortunately, I will return mine do to some frustrations. Overall, there are good reviews and I will say that the sound is great. For bass enthusiast, this may not be your system of choice. I prefer a lighter bass, so this works well for me, although it isn't weak. There are a few flaws, ranging from minor to total deal breaker. Minor flaws include the appearance (it's not pretty, but this didn't matter much to me), the remote is cheap and has a very short range (also doesn't matter much to me, because I have a universal remote), and the sound control may not indicate the volume on your television (mine did, once I connected through CEC). The biggest flaw and main reason I am returning this soundbar is an unbearable white noise/crackling/hissing coming from the speaker at all times. All attempts to trouble shoot failed, as this was not a connection issue with HDMI/ARC, rather it would happen as soon as it is plugged in and turned on - with or without HDMI connections. This noise is audible most of the time and is horribly annoying, like nails on a chalk board. Anyway, I wish it worked out, because I think this would be a solid system, but I would rather choose another brand than take a risk on another Klipsch that may have the same issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch RSB-6, the soundbar that couldn'

    Posted
    FloridaTom

    DO NOT buy the Klipsch RSB-6. I was talked into it over a JVC system by a BestBuy rep and thoroughly regret the decision. Sound is decent, but subwoofer is weak. BUT far more importantly, unit has major power issues. Unit initially powered on with TV, but suddenly stopped after several months and would not turn on at all. Had to unplugged unit and plug it back in to get it to come on. Contacted Klipsch, explaining this is my first exp w/them and want to be impressed, but they sent me thru a 2 week long process of trying this and that before sending me a new power cord. This fixed the problem... for about a month. Now I must unplug and re-plug every time I want to turn it on OR off. How the heck do you sell a product that the consumer struggles to power on. Also having trouble with Bluetooth. Unit paired easily with my I-phone and worked fine, but after a few months it began disconnecting itself each time I try to play music through my phone. I'm under 1 year with purchase and will try for a full refund, but not confident given the company's initial reaction to my problem.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for the price with a few livable flaws

    Posted
    ToneLapo

    The richest sound bar for the price... We were able to compare in store to all the other sub $500 bars and this stood out by far.. Deep bass from the subwoofer that rattles the floor with clear and precise sound /voices from the bar.. We set this up in our 500sq ft open kitchen/dining room area to pair with our full motion wall mounted 55". We mounted it under the tv in about 40 minutes without a hitch. The only two complaints are 1) there is now way to see what volume the bar is at.. No LED bar.. no numerical display showing how high or how low the volume is.. Nothing 2) the remote looks like it's out of 1980s and doesn't work from more than a few feet away from the TV.. Even with those glitches I would 100% buy again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound!

    Posted
    Casey
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I absolutely love the sound of the soundbar. My only issues are, #1 The tiny remote that is easy to lose. #2 On a regular basis the unit will not turn on unless you unplug the power and plug it back in. I have no idea why it does that, but what a pain. Also could not get it to work with the HDMI-ARC, even though my new LG TV had that input. I spent a lot of time scratching my head trying to get that to work. I'm fairly tech savvy, so that was really frustrating. It actually came on and worked a few time for some reason, but never did work, so I went back to best buy and bought the Digital Optical cable and plugged it in and everything worked perfect after that. It syncs with my tv and the remote and works great! I also like to use the Bluetooth feature and play music from my phone or tablet. I would give it 5 stars, but the power issue is still a pain occasionally.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, inconvenient remote

    Posted
    Joshua
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This sound bar is in our great room that has high ceilings and the sound really fills up the room. The sound bar broadcasts very clear sound in the high to mid range. I haven’t noticed much distortion through the entire volume range as well. The subwoofer also carries well and offers a good amount of bass for its size. The only issue is the remote. It’s small and very low quality. You have to stand fairly close to the sound bar and be perfectly lined up for it the work. Our only saving grace was the ability to program our tv remote to adjust the volume which helped. Although with the tv remote we can’t turn it on or off or adjust any other settings including the source. That said, it’s an overall good product. It’s a relatively inexpensive sound bar with great sound quality. If you can get past the remote you’ll be impressed with this sound bar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and important features

    Posted
    Scoot
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I needed two features in a sound bar. One is the ability to enhance voices at reasonable volumes, so they’re not drowned out by sounds effects and the musical score. You want this feature if you some times have trouble making out the words being spoken. The other is dynamic range compression which they offer as a “night” mode. This compresses the range of volume between loud and soft sounds, so the explosion-type sounds aren’t as loud, and the quiet ones are louder. This makes listening to movies when someone is resting in the next room possible without disturbing them. Sound is excellent and definitely better than tv speakers, and I use the two features above almost daily. One problem is it turns on at a loud volume and the “fix” support gave me didn’t work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Sound

    Posted
    pagregg26
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I replaced my Samsung sound bar with the Klipsch - Reference Series 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier because I wanted a fuller sound in my great room. Set everything up and it didn't work at first. I realized I needed an audio cable. Once we purchased that, we still couldn't get it to work. We discovered after a couple of hours that you must push the audio cable until it clicks. Once that was discovered, the sound was great. My only criticism is the remote control. It's small and I could easily see myself losing it. For such an expensive system, it seems they could have a larger and heavier remote. The remote appears cheap. Sound bar sounds wonderful!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, terrible remote, HDMI-ARC is unrealia

    Posted
    The9
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Hi. The RSB-6 has great sound. However, there are some downsides. 1. The remote control is extremely cheap and tiny, piece of junk that usually does not work. 2. The HDMI-ARC is a headache but can be solved by using an optical cable instead. My recommendation is to upgrade to the Klipsch RSB-11 which has a good remote control, 80 more watts and an inch subwoofer versus 6.5 in the RSB-6. The RSB-11 can currently be purchased open-box excellent condition for $353 or $449 brand new on sale. Keep in mind the regular price is $599. However, if you want to save $125-200 have great sound and can deal with a terrible remote control, get 80 watts less and a 6.5 inch subwoofer, then you may want the RSB-6. Keep in mind it has

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch sound bar speakers

    Posted
    David
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have Klipsch Cornwall floor speakers from the ‘70 s, and there’ awesome, and when I found Klipsch made the sound bar with a subwoofer, I was very excited and wouldn’t have known about these until a Best Buy customer sales person told me about them. Great service! And on sale!, so I got them to go with my new Samsung 40” hd tv. I love this sound bar w/ subwoofer. I even made a special stand for my tv and sound bar. Its very hard to beat Klipsch and im very pleased. Thank you Best Buy for your help and for carrying Klipsch products. Dave C.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar. Remote sucks.

    Posted
    TACO
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I bought this soundbar for my apartment living room. I am not an audiophile but I can appreciate good sound. I am very satisfied with the sound quality as well as the bass response. The only reason I won't give this a 5 star is because the remote is infuriating. Very often the buttons do not respond at all. You have to press the same button multiple times in order to get the desired result. There isn't anything in the way and the bar is at most 10ft from the remote so it is not a long distance. All in all, very good soundbar, subpar remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Sound Quality

    Posted
    Wiggins
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have hears both Sonos and Bose systems and this product delivers a comparable sound. It may not reach the heights of volume from higher end products but what it does give you is a quality sound. Now, it’s difficult to setup and the remote is cheap and horrible. You can set it up on you tv re so that limits interaction with the remote. I have an LG tv and my setup is synced with the on/off of he TV but it takes 20 seconds for the sound to come hen I first turn on the TV, not a deal breaker though. Additionally, I the sound settings I have chose will not stay on when the bar is turned off, I have use the remote to turn the dialogue feature on at every initial start.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality product for the price

    Posted
    SuzyQ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Received excellent assistance from the 2 Best Buy staffers who gave me their list of pros and cons as I compared the available products. I have been very pleased with my choice. My top priority was to purchase a sound bar that would reduce the "background noise and music" so the words of the actors could be more easily heard. When you have been lucky enough to have lived for 7 decades you will find it difficult to separate words and "filler sounds". Until I bought this bar I was constantly rewinding and trying to read lips because turning up the volume didn't help. I am a big mystery show buff and now enjoy listening for "clues" ever so much more fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Experience

    Posted
    TechTeach
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So I went into Best Buy to buy a new soundbar to replace my super old 5.1 system. Wanted to rid my room of all the wires at the wife's request. I tested this klipsch in the store and it sounded great... very clear...the sub was a little weak in spots but overall sounded great. I brought it home to set up and for some reason the system kept turning off...no idea why it just kept turning off every ten to fifteen seconds...brought it back and exchanged out for a new one and the same thing was happening...thought maybe it was my system set up but ended up buying the JBL sb450...sounds great and the sub is amazing...plus it worked perfectly...no idea why the klipsch would not work but would not recommend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the budget minded

    Posted
    TyrionLannister
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Overall, it’s a good sound bar system if you’re on a tight budget. Don’t let the small subwoofer fool you. It has a good punch when used to play audio tracks via Bluetooth. This system fills our 15x30 family room with quality sound. It’s hooked up to our 50’ Samsung HDTV. Klipsch has been making quality sound systems for years. So I knew this lower priced sound bar would be legit. I would give it 5 stars, but my only negative is the small remote it came with. It almost always gets lost. It’s too thin and small. And sometimes it doesn’t seem to control the sound bar at all. Other than that, I would recommend this sound bar system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Soundbar for the money

    Posted
    Wirehead
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I went to Best Buy with another make and model in mind. I wanted something that sounded better than the TV's built in speakers. The sales person played the one I went in for, then played the Klipsch. It was a no brainer. I spent a little more than I planned, but well worth it. I live in an apartment so I have to be mindful of others as far as music/tv sound levels. This soundbar can be used at a nice volume level and not disturb others. The remote is a little small and not easy to read in low light, thus the reason for 4 stars. As far as the sound... VERY NICE.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound for the price

    Posted
    Kevin
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I purchased this during the black friday sale for $249.99. I have it hooked up to a Sony xbr65x900e TV. A couple things to keep in mind if you are looking at this model: Make sure you have HDMI ARC on your TV. If not then you will need to purchase an optical cable. Also, the remote sucks. I'm going to buy a Harmony soon so that should take care of the bad remote. People have been complaining about a lack of bass but for a 6.5 inch sub I think it hits plenty hard. If you want insane bass levels then don't buy a 6.5 inch subwoofer. Overall I am extremely happy and think $250 is a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend