What We Like
- Great design.
- Impressive performance across the range.
- Good value for the money.
What We Don’t Like
- Bulky subwoofer
Klipsch really went the full nine yards with their R-10B soundbar setup. We will get into details later, but this is one of the best soundbars you can score for less than $300 at the moment.
Sometimes you can learn a lot about a product just by the way it looks. As shallow as that sounds, it is true in some cases. Laying your eyes on Klipsch R-10B for the first time will let you know exactly what we are talking about. They kept things pretty simple but robust. The soundbar itself is very basic featuring a focused housing made of plastics combined with mesh grille. Everything on R-10B is black, expect the Klipsch logo.
That little logo is painted orange, and that detail alone simply adds a very specific kind of flavor to the whole package. The subwoofer is a different story. With a cab made of quality MDF and a meticulously designed slot-port, it is a piece of art. Since Klipsch R-10B is a wireless system, you can mount the bar on the wall and carefully position the sub so that it gives you the best possible bass response.
The core of the entire R-10B system consists of two .75″ soft dome tweeters paired with Klipsch’s Tractrix horns. That is the same horn technology they use in their reference and monitoring speakers. Next are the two 3″ polypropylene midrange drivers and lastly we have the 8″ subwoofer. Its cone is mode of composite fiber, and is position to fire on the side. Maximum acoustic output is limited to 110dB, which is exactly the kind of output you would expect from the transducer configuration we just mentioned.
Klipsch rates the R-10B maxes out at 250 Watt peak power, which again is within limits of expected. Bluetooth support is there, as well as aptX Audio Coding technology, Dolby Digital suite and 3D surround mode. Lastly, the hard wire I/O options are limited to optical input, digital inputs and dual RCA analog cluster. Overall, a pretty packed setup.
Here is where things take a far more interesting turn. Having great specs on a piece of paper is one thing, but actually receiving the performance claimed by the manufacturer is often times something completely different. Klipsch used a number of solutions from their monitor and reference speaker lineups, which worked incredibly well in R-10B. Even though it is a midrange model, this soundbar delivers a lot more than just a better type of TV sound.
Klipsch actually took things to a different level, offering precise balance in response across the range. With dedicated transducers for all three major portions of the range, it is no wonder that the sound comes across as almost natural. Subwoofer’s MDF cab and rarely used slot-port actually does improve the low end to a high degree. Trebles are crisp but not too bright, while mids are just perfectly saturated. R-10B is a true gem in its price range.
What Klipsch has done with R-10B is impressive to say the least. The price is more than reasonable, and even enters the bargain territory to a certain extent. If you’re looking for a more refined soundbar system, this is it.