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Klipsch R-4B: decent if not remarkable soundbarThe Klipsch R-4B sound bar delivers decent features and sound quality, but better alternatives are available for the same price.
While it doesn't quite scale the heights of its competitors, the Klipsch R-4B is a solid little sound bar that offers clean looks and easy usability. Klipsch is probably better known for its home cinema gear. Music these days. And that's where the R4B comfortably sits. This is a 2.1 channel speaker with a separate wireless subwoofer, and it's currently available for $399 US. It doesn't have much in the way of features, with just Bluetooth and an optical input. And in comparison, competitors like LG, are also able to offer HDMI switching, and Wi-Fi streaming. The speaker will decode Dolby Digital, but if you watch a lot of Blu-Ray discs, you should know that it won't decode DTS stream. Sound quality is impressive for the size and price, with a quite vivid home theater sound. The subwoofer sounds much bigger than it really is. Only music replay disappoints, with a very trebly sound, which can sound harsh at high volumes. There's much better and cheaper options, such as the Pioneer sound bars, If you want to play music as well as watch TV. For the money, the Klipsch is decent, but not quite the one size fits all solution I'd like to see. This is Ty Pendlebury for Cnet.com. [MUSIC]