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Klipsch - Reference Soundbar with 10" Wireless Subwoofer - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 242 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Did my homework

    Posted
    DrSpaceknob
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Received Samsung HW-H550 as a present. Decent for the price. Focuses more on features than sound quality. Debated many options. I read every review for every option on this site, narrowed down to a handful, then cross referenced them on other sites. Traded it in and I am currently using the Klipsch R-20B and absolutely love it. 10" Subwoofer has warm bass with decent punch when needed (adjustable woofer). Put the woofer in the corner with speaker side facing wall as indicated in manual. Sound bar has a total of six speakers (2 more than R-10B, which only has 8" woofer). The highs are so clean and crisp! And of course I connected my iPhone via Bluetooth (which delivers better bandwidth and louder than optical connection) and cranked the dub-step UP, no distortion! I don't care for the 3-D sound though. It creates an interesting wider feel, but the EQ squashes the midrange in an awkward way. If you want surround, don't shop for a sound bar and buy a.true surround system. My room/ furniture set up is not conducive for surround. If you want to spend over a grand, get Yamaha, their processing is impeccable. If you want to spend no more than 600, get the R-10B, the power is the same. For me, the $800 R-20B proved to be my sweet spot. And it's easy to program any remote to operate it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and flexibility

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

    I was looking for an option to simplify audio components, remove wires and enhance TV sound in living room. I finally decided on Klipsch R-20B sound bar, wireless subwoofer system. As a result, removed receiver, floor standing speakers and wires. Now I have near invisible great sounding system if my living room. Great sound using optical audio cable from TV, use analogue cable to iPOD for music library, option to stream music via bluetooth from any BT capable device. TWO very important additional benefits, 1) I can control volume through standard cable box remote AND 2) by using the optical audio source direct from the TV, voice is ALWAYS in sync with lips on the screen. NO MORE annoying delays. Did I mention great, room filling sound? Two weak point (not important to me). 1) Bluetooth sound is a little "harsh" when using iPAD 2 or smartphone bluetooth. Not sure if this is a problem with the system or the devices. Seems a little better when streaming from MacBook Pro where I can balance sound via equalizer in iTunes. The 2nd weakness is the 3D sound enhancer. Disappointing. Don't expect simulated surround sound from this system. HOWEVER, watching movies from either cable box or Apple TV sounds great with full tone, volume and great dynamic range even without the 3D enhancement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Sound..

    Posted
    Curt

    I have learnt for years, that u shouldnt follow the opinions of others. The best thing to do, is go to Best Buy, hook up your music from your phone via bluetooth..and it will blow you away!! This is my 5th Klipsch soundbar..3 R10 B's and 2 R20 B's...I bought an R10 B as a gift for someone..and I have the other 3, awaiting this R20 B to ship. I have had not ONE problem with these soundbars. The sound is crystal clear, the bass is amazing..all without distortion. You simply cannot go wrong with one of these, especially this R20 B. I just learned about Klipsch over a year ago, and Im hooked for life!! The difference between the R10 and The R20 is that the R10 have 4 speakers in the soundbar and a 8inch Subwoofer, whereas the R20 B have 6speakers in the soundbar and a 10 inch sub. All my friends are extremely fascinated when they come to my house and hear the sound coming from them..to the point where they have purchased these soundbar on my advice. Go check them out for yourself..and dont buy anyone's opinion. Youll be glad you did. I guess Klipsch, like Ferrari have no need to advertise like other sound bar makers...and youll eventually know why that is...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeds Expectations

    Posted
    Dave
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Listened to multiple soundbars prior to purchasing the R-20, and I have zero regrets. Have a home theater setup downstairs with Klipsch Speakers all around, but wanted something for the upstairs too. I didn't have the room for multiple speakers, and since she refers to it as the "pretty room" my choices were limited to a sound bar. This unit truly transformed the viewing experience. Of course it doesn't replicate the home theater dynamics, but none of them do. Having said that, this unit does an outstanding job! Again, no regrets. Speaker ties in with your existing remote, so it's pretty seamless. Bass is more than adequate. The only downside is limited connectivity options, but that's really a non issue. If you're looking for gimmicks and lots of gadgetry you might want to pass on the R-20, however if you're searching for a truly satisfying audio experience then your search is over.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, except for cheap remote control!!

    Posted
    Vdog84
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This soundbar sounds pretty good. There are a few items I wish it came with, especially seeing the retail price is $799. There is no smart technology other than Bluetooth. There is only an Optical input. The systems seems, very rarely though, to decide when it wants to change the input and it starts blinking very quickly. I enjoy the sound and I like the 3D mode, it loses some volume until you turn it up, but overall it is good. The remote that comes with it feels very cheap and is very small. If you don't know exactly what the setup is/buttons are you can change inputs/volume,etc without even knowing it. Then it can take a while to figure out how to get it back to normal. The soundbar is a little taller than I want and I had to move it off to the side because it totally blocks my IR sensor of my TV, but again it is manageable. Overall I would say this is a pretty decent soundbar and the subwoofer sounds great and you can adjust the bass with a knob in the back. I can't turn it up 100% because I live in a town home and don't want to get in trouble because of it being too loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Can't believe I am writing this review...

    Posted
    tilt
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Wow, I was pretty excited when I saw this sound bar at half off - seriously half off. I already owned a Sony CT770 and decided to sell it as I thought this would be an upgrade. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I guess they say you get what you pay for. I actually took off work early as I knew this was sitting at my front door. I unboxed it, let it warm up, and after a few hours thought I'd test it out. First problem, I couldn't even tell if the subwoofer was working - ON MAX. Then I realized it didn't sync with my Sony TV. The sound levels wouldn't match, I let this go. After a day of use, I still couldn't get the subwoofer to be noticeable unless you had the bar so loud it didn't matter if you had bass. The final straw was when I connected my iphone to it using bluetooth. I had my phone 22 feet away (I measured) and stood between the phone and sound bar, and I kid you not - NOTHING. It wouldn't work! Unbelievable. I returned it after two days. Find something else. Don't let the name fool you for what it once stood for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound!

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

    I have waited a couple months for this review. I wanted to ensure that I leave a solid review for this product. Although this could be considered an older model/version I would not let that dissuade you from possibly purchasing this. These speakers offer an amazing rich and full tone. I am not a fan of the 3D or the bluetooth capabilities. I think many people have commented as such. For those 2 reasons, I removed 1 star. I have been simply enjoying the sound without those settings, and it is fantastic! It replaced my 5.1 Onkyo system. This is NOT a true surround sound system but the quality of this sound is hard to rival by many of the sound systems I have experienced, even higher priced sound bar and surround sound systems. I am absolutely satisfied with my purchase. ** I did have a defect in my remote but I contacted Klipsh and they are sending me a new remote at no cost. I am not concerned though because the system paired up in only a few minutes using my Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote. **

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound, Great Value!

    Posted
    PS4Player
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I own the R-10B and couldn't pass up the closeout on the R-20B. If you can live without the fact this unit cannot accept HDMI as an audio input and you have to use Optical or Analog sound input, you will not be disappointed. The sound is very balanced and you can adjust the subwoofer output directly on the sub. There are not really any sound adjustments on this soundbar- I did not really get much out of the 3D sound setting- my soundbar sits in a very open area- if I had walls to bounce the sound off, maybe the sound would have achieved more of the intended effect. The bluetooth sounds great, the Apt X works very well. The next generation of this soundbar includes all the features people were requesting- HDMI input, sub control from the remote, dialog-surround-night modes. There was a bit of a break-in period and after about 10 hours it sounded even better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It's bad.

    Posted
    SuperMad
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I currently own the Klipsch SB-1. Absolutely fantastic purchase. So I saw this one on sale dirt cheap and thought it might be a bit of an upgrade with it being their Reference product line (higher end) and added Bluetooth. Wow was I wrong. The Bluetooth would cut out regularly for half a second here and there. Like a CD player skipping. I couldn't get 20 ft from the product without it cutting out completely. There are Bluetooth portable speakers for a tenth the price with a better range. The subwoofer...you don't even know if it's on. And it was up all the way. But if it's up too far, there's constant feedback from it. It's bad. I've never written a review on here. But this warranted one. Stay away from this thing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very loud and crisp!

    Posted
    nghiadinhh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I purchased this product whenever it was on sale. Needless to say, this is one of the best purchases I have made! This sound bar is incredible. Usually whenever I use products to play music and turn the volume all the way up, you get some form of distortion. There is ZERO distortion when it comes to this, and the sound is clear all the way through from the high to lows. To give you an example, I was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on my video game console. As I would reload, I could hear the bullet shells hit the ground. It is a great sound bar. I had the subwoofer placed in the corner of the living room, and I also watched a few movies on this thing. I was engulfed in the sound. I truly felt like I was in a movie theatre. It was almost a little TOO loud (never a bad thing), so I had to turn it down a little while watching the film. I cannot say enough great things about this product. 10/10 would recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sorry Klipsch! I tried!

    Posted
    Josh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I have tried to like this sound bar, but it is just not worth the money. The wireless bass box gives good base. That's about it. The sound bar has terrible treble and basically sounds like my TV speakers only it can get louder than my tv. There is no dynamic sound from this sound bar. You have to turn off the base box to be able to connect any mp3 to the soundbar, then once mp3 is connected then u can turn on the bass box again. Then there's static when playing through Bluetooth devices. Now what I hate most about this thing is the remote! You can't sit more than 5 feet from the soundbar. The remote will not reach past 5 feet distance. That is insane! And no AUX port?! Really!!?? Returning asap!! Sucks cause I really like klipsch speakers. So sad.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice set for a start

    Posted
    person14
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This 2 piece set from Klipsch is great. The soundbar sounds very great and crisp even at near peak volume. Have not heard any distortion yet. Set up was instant on my Samsung smart TV, no hassle. Have watched Netflix, sports and TV (no blu rays yet) and they all sound very nice. Voice is much clearer than from TV's speakers. Bluetooth is also a breeze and actually sounds very good streaming from my phone. Do yourself a favor and do not use the 3D option. It makes everything sound like weird, tin can garbage. I would give it a high 3, low 4 stars only because the subwoofer is seriously lacking. I have it cranked up at full volume on the sub, and I can barely start to feel the modest bass. I got it on sale for $300 so I am overall satisfied, but I would not buy it at retail. Hope it goes on sale again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big soundbar!

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

    I am a huge Klipsch fan and read the reviews before buying. Almost all were good. That being said, I am glad I bought this on sale. Best Buy set it up, but I promptly managed to screw up the settings. The manual does a poor job of explaining the blue light and blinking speeds, which I think is how you program your remote. Anyway, I am just glad the sound is back on, and that it did not blow the speakers when it came on! The sound bar is bigger than many at 4". It works best mounted to the bottom of the tv. The sub-woofer adds that 3D vibration, and I am still trying different locations for it. It is a heavy box. Different channels come in at different volumes. That was probably always true, but now it is more enhanced and annoying. It is better sound than the tv, and most would not have the technical problems I do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Soundbar... if the price is right.

    Posted
    RockChalkBach
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I purchased this soundbar during a flash sale for $299. At that price, it's a no-brainer and I would highly recommend it. The bass is smooth and powerful but the biggest standout is the high frequency response. The clarity this system provides is spectacular. HOWEVER, if you're looking at this at it's regular price of $799 then I would definitely recommend picking up the $499 JBL SB400 instead. I tested both systems side by side in the same room with the same sub placement and in my opinion, the JBL sounds better. While the Klipsch definitely had better high frequency response, the JBL's bass was noticeably more powerful. I suppose much of that comes down to personal preference but at a $300 premium for the Klipsch, I think the JBL is a much better buy. If they're priced equally, it's a coin flip.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Its ok - a little disappointed

    Posted
    CKbuyer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The sound is good if you turn it up about 15 - 20 + notches (I guess because there is no display to show you anything just the dot in the front). This unit is very dated in the way they made it. I could get past that if I didn't have to also get up close for the remote to react to the sensor - the point of having remotes is NOT to get up. this has to be the only unit if anything own where I have to get 5 feet in front of the unit for the remote to work. I have heard the updated version has the same issue. I have insignia wireless mouse that has more range than this thing and that is a cheap mouse LOL - I would have taken this back for a refund but by time I really got a chance to play with it it was already too late .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality

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

    I had a $300 Samsung soundbar 2.1 system and it did not fit the bill at all. This sound bar has a very good sound and has a much lower noise floor than the previous sound bar I had. The subwoofer could be better being a 10" sub but no complaints here for the price paid on this Klipsch system. It only has an optical port and auxiliary connection. All I need for my living room system is the optical from the TV and it is perfect for me. The new models come with multiple HDMI inputs but do not have a 10" sub option. All I needed was optical and Bluetooth connectivity. We can now enjoy music in our living room and movies sound great. I have Klipsch system upstairs for my HiFi listening so this is perfect for the minimal system downstairs for aesthetics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As usual, Klipsch does not disappoint

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

    Long time Klipsch owner, from classic speakers Heresy and Forte, then to LaScala speakers, and have always been so impressed with the efficiency and sound quality of their speakers. I've had guys brag about their speakers only to then watch their faces droop after they've heard mine. This sound bar system is no different. Handles movie sound, especially concert films, exceptionally well. Got the shipment 2 days ahead of schedule and no problems. Best Buy pricematched and I got it for $200 less. Very happy with both the speakers and the Best Buy experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

    Posted
    Grandmaster
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Well it's a klipsh let's start with that the sound is amazing the lows off the chain with the powered 10" sub the only thing i didn't like is the mode set up you actually have to read the manual to find out what mode your in it don't display the mode it's a blue green and purple leds I think that tell you what mode your in and the microscopic remote that I have lost like 20x since I made my purchase but I end up finding it so I'm happy other than those problems it's perfect for me with vaulted ceiling it was a pain trying to find a sound bar that will fill the room without losing the sound if that makes any sense but it would all go upstairs lol not with this one so far I love it no regrets!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It sounds better and better every time.

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

    Loved the sound coming from the TV it was so much better than the speaker I use to have in my old TV. You know the one that had a 4 inch speaker in the front under the dial to turn to channels. Very old school. Anyway, got these speakers on a sweet heart deal for elite members. You see elite members know about sales a littler early. So when these Klipsch speakers came on sale. I snagged them up. And man, everyone who comes over now thinks we are sitting in a theater. The sound is so rich. the bass feel like I am at the theatre. No turning back these are the best money can buy. You will love them and listen to them. With bluetooth I really like listening to my Sirius XM. Love them

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Add Amazon Echo to this

    Posted
    sqa4life
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Previous reviewers have already mentioned most of the pro and con so I won't go there. All I'd suggested is to add an Amazon Echo to this soundbar and you'll be very happy. I connect the optical (toslink cable) from the soundbar to the TV and RCA > aux cable to/from the soundbar and Amazon Echo Dot. I can either connect my iphone to the Echo Dot or use alexa and play whatever content is available on my phone. There are many benefits/features to add the Amazon Echo to this soundbar. Like, bluetooth connection is much better. Try it and you'll know what I mean. Cheap add-on.

    I would recommend this to a friend