Klipsch Unveils Its First Dolby Atmos Cinema Soundbars
Klipsch introuced Thursday its first two Cinema soundbars supporting full Dolby Atmos surround sound.
The new soundbar models include the Klipsch Cinema 1200 (pictured at top) and Cinema 800, which both feature a bundled wireless subwoofer, HDMI 2.1 eARC connectivity supporting video passthrough with up to 8K resolution and high dynamic range including Dolby Vision.
Both models also add Ethernet ports and wired passive subwoofer output, The boast real wood construction enabling tonal qualities similar to the company’s loud speakers.
For added clarity, both models include dialog enhancement functionality, and the company’s signature horn-loaded tweeter technology. Both soundbars measure 3-inches tall to fit below most table mounted TV screens.
Due to the high-quality construction, “class-leading system power” and authentic wood build materials, Klipsch called the new Cinema Soundbars with Dolby Atmos “premium high-performance loudspeakers that just happen to be in a soundbar form factor.”
Klipsch includes remote control with motion-sensing LED buttons to make it easy to use in the dark. This includes operation controls to adjust the subwoofer level, surround level, and sound mode, in addition to source selection.
Both models are also compatible with the Klipsch Connect App, which simplifies set-up by walking users through the process and offers one-tap access to the Klipsch customer service team. On August 30th, Klipsch will launch on the app an equalizer control with channel-level customization to control left, center, right, surround and height-channel balance. The app will also operate as a virtual remote control.
The subwoofers are among the most powerful and featuring the largest drivers in their respective classes.
The new Klipsch Cinema soundbar models are scheduled to ship in August, with additional feature details listed below:
The Cinema 1200 ($1,699.99 street retail) is a 5.1.4-channel model offering “a true 360 degree Dolby Atmos surround sound experience” supported by a 12-inch wireless subwoofer (the company says this is the largest in the subwoofer market) and two rear satellite speakers with upfiring Dolby Atmos ceiling-reflected overhead surround sound drivers.
The bar-portion measures 54-inches long and includes right, center, left channels with upfiring 1-inch soft-dome Dolby Atmos tweeters mated to Tractrix horns and six 3-inch composite fiber oval cone woofers.
The rear satellite surrounds include 3-inch woofers complementing the upfiring drivers, and the ported wireless subwoofer includes a 12-inch driver, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi wireless linking and 800 Watts peak power.
Two HDMI 2.1 ports are included to connect source devices, as well as an optical digital input and 3.5mm audio port. The soundbar is also Bluetooth compatible and will work with Alexa, Google Assistant, AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.
The Klipsch Cinema 800 ($1,048 street retail for a 5.1 bundle with rear channels) is a 3.1 channel model that measures 48-inches long and has many of the same standard features as the Cinema 1200 minus the rear satellite surround speakers. The subwoofer substitutes a 10-inch wireless driver with 500 Watts peak power.
The Cinema 800 also decodes Dolby Atmos surround sound but lacks the upfiring overhead drivers and offers 800 watts of total system power. Purchasers can add on optional aftermarket rear surround speakers for a 5.1-channel system.
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By Greg Tarr
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