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Klipsch Gallery™ G-42 Soundbar

Ultra-slim, three-channel sound bar speaker

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by Kristen Schaub
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Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

Achieving great sound with your television is just a single speaker away with Klipsch's Gallery G-42 Soundbar. Well, it's really three speakers in one thanks to separate, dedicated drivers for the right, left, and center channels. It means you'll hear the kind of detail and depth that you've been craving from your TV shows, movies, and video games. And all from a single speaker that matches the ultra-slim design of the latest flat-panel TVs. You can also combine the G-42 with any of Klipsch's other Gallery speakers to get a stylish on-wall surround sound system or low-impact whole-house audio system.

Lifestyle

Three speakers in one cabinet
The G-42 uses three of Klipsch's patented Tractrix® horn-loaded tweeters, one each for the left, right, and center channels. This special tweeter design helps to increase the speaker's high-frequency output, producing more lifelike sound. You'll also hear a larger soundstage with excellent imaging that allows you to pinpoint the direction of gunfire or the sound cheering crowds from off-screen. Each tweeter is paired with a light, stiff woofer (two woofers for the center channel) to ensure you hear seamlessly blended mids and balanced bass with each channel.

The driver grouping for each channel is housed in a separate acoustic chamber, each with its own port to ensure the best overall sound, with minimal interference between the channels. You'll get the benefit of hearing three separate speakers while having to make room for just one on your entertainment stand or wall. Just be sure to feed this passive (non-amplified) speaker some power from your receiver or amplifier, and it'll reward you with sound that's bigger, more powerful, and way more detailed than those tiny, tinny speakers in your TV.

Contemporary design to match any flat-panel TV
The polymer cabinet has a stylishly curved front baffle that gives it both a contemporary look and low-resonance structural stability. The cabinet undergoes an extensive twelve-step finishing process to achieve a stunning high-gloss piano black luster. And the incredibly thin grille — it measures just half the thickness of a credit card! — easily pops off and on with magnetic attachments. Use the included glass base to place this speaker on an entertainment stand below your TV, or mount it to your wall using the dual keyholes slots and mounting bracket.

Klipsch's Gallery family

Gallery family
Create a slim, stylish on-wall surround sound system or low-impact whole-house audio system using any combination of Klipsch Gallery speakers.
(Clockwise from top left: G-16, G-17, G-28, G-12, and G-42 models shown)

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Highlights:

  • includes separate left, right, and center channels in a single sound bar speaker design
  • frequency response 65-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • handles 50 watts (RMS) / 200 watts (peak)
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • three Tractrix® horns with 1" titanium dome tweeters
  • four 3-1/2" long-throw IMG woofers
  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • three sets of binding posts (one each for the left, right, and center channels)
  • dual keyhole slots and mounting bracket for easy wall-mounting
  • includes glass base for tabletop placement
  • high-gloss black finish
  • 41-15/16"W x 6-1/16"H x 2-11/16"D (without base)
  • weight: 12 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Pieces in System
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1
Color
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Hi-gloss black
Tweeter
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1" Tractrix Horn x 3
Midrange
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Woofer
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3.5 Cone x 4
Separate Subwoofer
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Subwoofer Driver
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Bluetooth Connectivity
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Wall-mountable
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Yes
Mounting Bracket Included
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Yes
Surface Mount Stand Included
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Glass base
Speaker Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty
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Amplifier Labor Warranty
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Specifications
System Frequency Response
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65-24k Hz
Powered System
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No
Sound Bar RMS Power
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Subwoofer RMS Power
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Audio Inputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs
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RCA Stereo Audio Inputs
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Optical Digital Audio Inputs
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Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
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HDMI Audio Video Connections
HDMI Inputs
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HDMI Outputs
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Dimensions
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6-1/16H x 41-15/16W x 2-11/16D
Sound Bar Weight
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12 lbs
Subwoofer (inches)
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Subwoofer Weight
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What's in the box?

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  • Soundbar (Left/Center/Right channels) loudspeaker
  • Magnetic cloth grille
  • Tempered glass base
  • Wall bracket
  • Two 5mm screws
  • 2 Adhesive strips
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Card

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Klipsch Gallery Soundbar: The Klipsch Gallery G-42 Soundbar is the perfect home audio solution to replace the poor-quality sound of today's flat-panel television with high-quality, room-filling sound. The Klipsch G-42 soundbar features left, right, and center channel speakers contained in one sleek cabinet. The Klipsch G-42 provides accurate, non-fatiguing sound for hours of listening pleasure. The G-42 features exclusive Tractrix Horn technology in an extremely thin speaker that effortlessly delivers legendary Klipsch sound. The G-42 sound bar is equipped with three Dynamic 1" tweeters, and four 3.5" high-output woofers. Designed with modern décor in mind, the Klipsch Gallery soundbar occupies minimal space, while delivering enhanced sound.

Note: The Klipsch Gallery G-42 Soundbar is a passive speaker and requires a separate amplifier or A/V receiver.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

4 Klipsch Principles: Klipsch believed four principles to be the foundation for great sound. Together, these four design principles (high efficiency with low distortion, controlled directivity, flat frequency response, and wide dynamic range) have and always will be the foundation for Klipsch stunningly powerful and precise sound.

LCR Design: The Klipsch Gallery G-42 is a passive "soundbar" design with a separate Left channel, Center channel, and Right channel speaker; all built into separate chambers in one aesthetic cabinet.

Tractrix Horns: The Klipsch Gallery G-42 soundbar utilizes Tractrix Horn technology for lifelike sound, more output using less energy, improved reliability, reduced distortion and a large soundstage with well-defined imaging. Proprietary Klipsch technology with a refined 90° x 90° dispersion pattern expands the prime listening area and improves dynamics, increases soundstage dimension and produces pinpoint imaging for an enhanced listening experience. The three horn-loaded drivers, one each for the left, right and center channel provide a powerful and detailed sound from a very slim cabinet that is less than 2.6875"deep.

Titanium Diaphragm Compression Driver Tweeters: The Klipsch Gallery soundbar employs three 1" Titanium diaphragm compression drivers mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn. Combined with the Tractrix Horns, the 1", solid-formed, very lightweight metallic diaphragms (one for each channel) work in conjunction with precise phasing plugs at the horns throat to create highly efficient drivers with excellent transient response and lack of distortion. The new Linear Travel Suspension assures the most precise diaphragm excursion, increasing high-frequency detail and smoothness.

Long-Throw Injection Molded Graphite Woofers: The Klipsch Gallery G-42 utilizes four 3.5" active long-throw IMG woofers (one each for the left and right channels, and dual woofers for the center channel). The four total woofers with light, yet very stiff diaphragms combine with large motor structures to produce surprising bass output.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Klipsch G-42 soundbar features a bass reflex enclosure for deeper bass and higher efficiency. Each speaker channel (left/center/right) is housed in a separate acoustic chamber inside the G-42 passive soundbar, with each chamber individually ported. A design that provides for the best overall sound with the least interference between channels, the individual ports are perfectly matched with the cabinets and woofers and precisely flared to minimize turbulence and distortion.

Molded Polymer, Low-Resonant Cabinet: The elegant, injection molded polymer cabinet has a front baffle that curves to the rear on both sides to create both a highly aesthetic appearance and a solid, low-resonant structure.

High-Gloss Black Finish: The detailed, twelve-step cabinet finishing process achieves a sleek, high-quality piano black high gloss luster that perfectly blends into any interior setting.

Acoustically Invisible Grille: With the thinnest grille ever to come from Klipsch (one-half the thickness of a credit card), the sound is equally detailed with the grille on or off. With it off, the high gloss appearance and fine lines of the speaker are preserved due to the lack of visible fasteners on the speaker baffle made capable by a unique magnetic grille rod attachment.

Connections

Binding Posts: The Klipsch G-42 is equipped with three pair of sturdy binding posts (a pair for the left, center, and right channels) to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire (18-gauge or larger).

Wire Management System: The Klipsch Gallery soundbar's wire management system keeps wiring flush with the back of the speaker for perfect surface alignment and a clean, uncluttered appearance from the front or back.

Note: Speaker wire larger than 18-guage may not fit in wire management system channels.

Mounting Options

Tempered Glass Base: The Klipsch G-42 soundbar features a dark tempered glass base that allows placement on a stand or shelf either in front of, above, or below your television. The tempered glass base attaches to the soundbar speaker's back-panel dual threaded inserts (5mm) using the supplied two M5 screws.

Note: The Klipsch G-42 soundbar measures 41.9375" (w) x 6.5625" (h) x 5.0625" (d) with the tempered glass base attached.

Wall-Mount Bracket: The Klipsch Gallery soundbar features two keyhole slots and includes a wall-mount bracket to hang the soundbar speaker on the wall (wall-mount screws not provided).

 
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Sounds small

Written By Anonymous, Palo Alto, CA on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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I got this soundbar to replace two Polk bookshelf speakers that sound amazing but have always bothered my wife due to their size and difficulty of placement in small Bay Area living spaces. I thought a passive soundbar would keep me happy by allowing me to still power with my amp, and be a huge improvement aesthetically for her. Huge mistake - it is a lot bigger than many soundbars but still had very small sound. We were both unhappy, so I returned it to Crutchfield and spoke with their advisors about what to do instead. I ended up with some very small but powerful Definitive Technologies speakers with which I am delighted. I wish I'd called them first, they knew what I needed better than I did.
Pros:
Allows use of existing amplification setups Looks great wall mounted
Cons:
Size Tinny sound Looks terrible standing on a table
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5 out of 5

Klipsch® GalleryT G-42 Soundbar

Written By pkp, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, April 09, 2012
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Great speaker if you are looking for a non powered soundbar for under 1k. I ended up purchasing this speaker since I couldn't do an in wall setup. I was very impressed with the sound. I get very clear and rich sound from this speaker which is connected to a yamaha rx-a3000. The built in subs in the soundbar are not very powerful without a dedicated sub but perfect for night time viewing when you don't want to wake up your sleeping baby. On a side note, ff you have a 60+ inch tv, you might find the speaker a bit small. For me, the sound was more important than the looks and am very glad I made the purchase, especially since there were no reviews posted.
Pros:
Great sound. Easy to set up. Wall mountable. Light weight.
Cons:
None so far.
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