6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Klipsch's SB 120 is natural sounding but boxy

About Video Transcript

First Look: Klipsch's SB 120 is natural sounding but boxy

1:47 /

If you favor performance over convenience and good looks, the natural and musical Klipsch SB 120 pedestal soundbar may well find a place under your living room TV.

[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury. And today I'm looking at the Klipsch SB 120 speaker. Klipsch is one of America's most popular designers of loud speakers so it was with interest that we checked out it's version of the sound stand, the SB 120. This is a sound bar that's designed to support your TV, and connects to it by optical cable or analog in. If your TV is supported that the SB 120 can decode Dolby Digital as well, but beware that this speaker is stereo only. In addition, you also get Bluetooth for streaming audio from your mobile devices. The Klipsch is fairly big for a device of this type, and it's built solidly too. Unlike some speakers that claim to fit a 55 inch TV, like for example the LG Sound Plate, this one really can end with these. Because medics are a little ordinary, but at least it does have a black ash wrap on the top. But the biggest design flaw, is the lack of a display. This means, you can't tell the volume at any time. Particularly, of the on-board sub. It's not really a sub, though. More a couple of small bass woofers with two mid range drivers and tweeters as well. Unfortunately, there's no way to add in an actual subwoofer either. Despite the lack of deep bass though, sound quality is very good with a relatively large drivers putting most other devices at the price. Let's say, between $300 and $500 to shame. It's able to conjure up more mid range detail which means better movie dialogue and better music playback. How the lack of a true surround option, the on-board 3D mode is pretty terrible, means that other sound bars and stands are better if you wanted just watch movies or TV. At a $350 street price though it's a pretty good deal. Especially if you want something that sounds better than your TV, and can play a tune as well. [MUSIC] This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com.

New releases

SkyBell's smart buzzer puts outdoor security into focus
2:34 January 29, 2015
It isn't perfect, but this $200 Wi-Fi-enabled video bell will do more to protect your front door.
Play video
Quickly turn off the iPhone flashlight
0:49 January 29, 2015
Donald Bell shows you an alternative, faster way to switch off your iPhone's flashlight feature.
Play video
Fitbit Charge HR folds heart rate into its everyday fitness band
1:46 January 29, 2015
All-day heart rate tracking, and it doesn't cost much more than the old Fitbit Charge. The question is, do you need it?
Play video
This high-concept LED gets high marks
2:00 January 29, 2015
Don't let the hollow look fool you -- Green Creative's BR30 Cloud LED is a solid performer.
Play video
Super Bowl a no-drone zone, while ads swarm on social
2:57 January 29, 2015
Facebook will target users with real-time ads during the biggame and the FAA warns against flying drones near the stadium on Sunday....
Play video
What's new on Netflix and Amazon for February 2015
2:09 January 29, 2015
Find out what you should add to your watch list because these videos are either brand new or going offline very soon.
Play video
Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James
14:55 January 29, 2015
Roy "The Weasel" James was a true racing driver but to fund his habit he turned to a life of crime. Find out how he outran the Fuzz...
Play video
Induction meets sous vide in a cooker you can actually afford
2:04 January 28, 2015
Due on Indiegogo next month, the Paragon Induction Cooktop from GE's FirstBuild initiative might be the first must-own kitchen gadget...
Play video