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Klipsch SB 120 Sound Platform

Powered home theater sound system/TV platform with Bluetooth®

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by David Brown
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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.

The foundation for great TV sound

Ever feel like you keep turning up your TV, but it never really gets that loud? That's because as TVs have gotten thinner, their speakers have gotten smaller. But if you crank up the volume on the Klipsch SB 120, you're not only going to hear it, you're going to feel it. That's because it's a 3-way powered speaker system with six drivers capable of pushing out more sound than you'll probably ever need from your TV. Not sure where you would put such a device? It's also a rock-solid platform designed to rest right underneath your TV. The reinforced cabinet can support most flat-panel TVs weighing less than 100 pounds.

Klipsch SB 120  sound platform with Bluetooth

The SB 120 sound platform can support most flat-panel TVs under 100 pounds.

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Klipsch's signature sound

Klipsch has long been a standout speaker company thanks to their exclusive horn-loaded tweeters. This design is renowned for producing crystal-clear high frequencies and evenly dispersing them across a wide area. The SB 120 features two horn-loaded tweeters, along with 2 midrange drivers and two ported long-throw woofers for deep bass. What's that all mean? Dialogue will be crystal clear, sound effects more detailed and dynamic, and movie scores more dramatic. Plus, TV and movie sound will be evenly balanced throughout your room, making every seat a great one.

Add music to the mix with Bluetooth

Have a smartphone, tablet, or computer loaded with music? Stream your tunes wirelessly to the SB 120 via Bluetooth and let everyone hear what you're listening to. If you subscribe to a music service like Spotify® or SiriusXM, you can stream those songs too over Bluetooth to this powerful speaker system.

Sound complicated? Far from it

Don't think you can master connecting the SB 120 to your TV and other components? If you can handle a single cable connection, then you should have no problems. Most newer TVs have an optical digital audio output located on the rear panel. All you need to do is connect one end of the included optical cable to your TV and the other end to the SB 120. That's it. You're done. Now any sound that plays through your TV can play though this speaker system. That includes Blu-ray players as well as cable, satellite, or streaming media boxes that are connected to your TV.

Highlights:

  • 2.1-channel speaker system designed to fit under flat-panel TVs
  • designed to hold flat-panel TVs weighing less than 100 lbs. with a stand smaller than 31" wide and 11" deep
  • built-in 160 watt amplifier (peak power)
  • 3-way driver system delivers widely dispersed full-range sound
    • two 3/4" aluminum tweeters mated to Tractrix Horns
    • two 3" poly cone midrange drivers
    • two 3" x 5" oval, long-throw woofers with front-firing ports
  • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • built-in Dolby Digital decoding
  • "3D" mode produces virtual surround sound for a more immersive listening experience
  • subwoofer volume control lets you fine-tune bass response
  • remote control; the system also learns your existing TV remote control commands
  • frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • warranty: 3 years (1 year for electronics)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Inputs:
  • optical digital audio input (cable included)
  • stereo RCA analog input (minijack-to-RCA cable included)
Dimensions:
  • 32-3/4"W x 4-1/16"H x 13-3/8"D
  • weight: 23 lbs.

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 0.75" Horn-loaded dome (2
Midrange 3" Cone (2)
Woofer 3"x5" Woofer (2)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
Wall-mountable No
Mounting Bracket Included ---
Surface Mount Stand Included No
Speaker Parts Warranty 3 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 3 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
System Frequency Response 50-20k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Audio Inputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
HDMI Audio Video Connections
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 4-1/16H x 32-3/4W x 13-3/8D
Sound Bar Weight 23 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Soundbar speaker base
  • 58" AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
  • 59" Optical digital cable
  • 5' 3.5mm-to-RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Klipsch Contact Support Information
  • Warranty Information

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Features

Soundbar Speaker Base: The Klipsch SB 120 TV soundbar base is a more compact alternative to both multiple speaker and conventional soundbar systems; designed as a single cabinet, single connection, sound solution that rests underneath your TV on a stand, shelf, dresser, or countertop.

TV Compatibility: The Klipsch SB 120 is designed for flat-panel LCD, LED-LCD, and Plasma televisions that are less than 100 lbs and feature a pedestal-base smaller than 31" wide x 11" deep. Your flat-panel TV must also be fitted with an analog (3.5mm/RCA) or optical (toslink) digital input.

3-Way Speaker Design: The SB 120 combines legendary Klipsch horn-loaded technology with separate midrange drivers and dual subwoofers for dynamic, full-range sound. TV shows, movies, and gaming all sound much more lifelike with extended dialog clarity.

  • Dual Tractrix Horn Tweeters: The SB 120 soundbar speaker base features a 0.75" aluminum dome tweeter inside a square Tractrix Horn for smoother high-end response with greater extension, enhanced imaging, and more powerful dynamics. The Tractrix Horns delivers a 90° wide and 90° high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
  • Dual Midrange Drivers: The SB 120 features two 3" poly midrange drivers with rubber surrounds for detailed, accurate midrange.
  • Dual Subwoofers: The SB 120 system features two 3" x 5" oval, long-throw woofers with rubber surrounds for dynamic, deep bass response.

3D Surround Mode: The Klipsch SB 120 features a selectable 3D Surround Mode designed to simulate the effect of a surround sound system. This effect will work at multiple listening positions in your room.

Digital + Analog Inputs: The Klipsch SB 120 is designed to quickly connect to most TVs using either a digital optical (toslink) connection or an analog (RCA) hookup. Using the digital optical connection, the built-in Dolby Digital decoder accepts sound from both the TV and any device (such as a DVD/Blu-ray player or Cable/Satellite receiver) hooked up to the TV. There is also analog RCA left/right input (and a RCA-to-Mini adapter), if your television does not offer an optical digital output.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Klipsch SB 120 speaker system. You will continue use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and view song/artist information. The speaker pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. Once paired, the SB 120 will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the SB 120.

Remote Control: You can program the Klipsch SB 120's Volume Up/Down and Mute functions into your existing TV remote for further ease-of-operation. You also have the option of controlling all functions of the system with the included IR remote control or front-panel controls.

Auto Standby: You do not need to turn off the SB 120, just turn off your TV (or satellite/cable box) and the SB 120 will automatically go into standby mode in approximately 10 minutes.

 
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB120

Written By Glenn Hurst, Roanoke Texas on Friday, October 17, 2014
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Highly recommend the Klipsch SB120 sound bar. High quality sound, good price, and bluetooth easy to use. Size fit was perfect for space in armoire. Remote control is better quality than other sound bars. Ipod work great through bluetooth.
Pros:
Sound quality, remote, bluetooth, size, price
Cons:
No subwoofer add on option
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4 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120 Sound Platform

Written By Brie, South Carolina on Saturday, October 04, 2014
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I have a 37 inch Flat Screen TV and the sound isn't high quality. I bought the sound platform to enhance the sound. Works great and wow, what an improvement. I can hear more voice quality and hear things that I have never heard before, i.e. walking on a wood floor in a movie. Would definitely recommend.
Pros:
Easy set-up
Cons:
Remote is small but don't have a problem keeping track of it
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great soundbar for the money

Written By Roy, Henrico, VA on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 
I bought this "sound platform" for use in my very large master suite. It fills the entire area with sound, and the fidelity ain't so bad either. I am a self-proclaimed audiophile...I own Klipsch's top-of-the-line THX Ultra in-wall speakers, an Onkyo A/V processor, Emotiva amp (200wpc), two SVSound subs, etc, etc. While I am in no way saying this sounds that good, it definitely sounds better than the Bose 2.1 system that is in my basement and that probably cost considerably more. Right out of the box I thought the sound was exactly what I expected. Bass is obviously not going to rattle your teeth, and treble is not going to sound like some high-end tweeter design, but you'll get great sound to watch TV or listen to music on...probably way better than most people have going on in their house (we're obviously a self-selected bunch of audio enthusiasts here). The Bluetooth pairing is easy and reliable, as I have no problem sending my iTunes library or Spotify to it from my iPhone 5. In fact, I am going to repurpose an older, long-unused tablet and dedicate it to the task of streaming music to this bad boy. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Pros:
Easy and reliable Bluetooth pairing (no pin needed), great sound especially for the money, very easy to setup all around.
Cons:
I wish it maybe had one or two more audio inputs. A coaxial digital input would be nice and maybe even another optical digital input. That way, I would have both a TV (off-air) and an Apple TV connected digitally to it, with the Bluetooth connection for streaming purposes to boot. It obviously has RCA analog inputs, but for some devices (such as Apply TV) that requires an external DAC if the lone optical digital input is taken, say, by your TV's digital signal
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Incredible Sound

Written By Lmwest, Charleston, SC on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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This sound platform produces some pretty incredible sound. I was in a situation where I was unable to hook up a real surround sound system so the helpful folks at Crutchfield suggested this piece of equipment. They were correct that the sound from this will fill a small room. Very impressive.
Pros:
Huge step up from the speakers on a flat panel TV. It has a wonderful sound.
Cons:
It is big. It takes up the entire top surface of my chest of drawers.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Way Better Than TV Sound

Written By momule, Rural Eastern Missouri on Friday, September 19, 2014
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Great sound compared to TV speakers with woofers that don't have much woof and a surround function that doesn't seem to do much. This unit would greatly benefit from a sub output to provide option to add a standalone sub. The mid and high range sound is crystal clear with no noise at any volume and this thing will get loud! The dynamics only kick in at a volume that is too loud for comfortable family listening For what you get I think this unit should be priced about $100 lower...perhaps I am paying for the Klipsch name? If that's the case and this unit also has the legendary Klipsch quality and longevity this is a good deal. If not then look elsewhere.
Pros:
Great sounds for dialog and general listening Easy to set up...plug play forget Cable box is a breeze to configure Nice complement to my 55" Visio
Cons:
No bass output in the way of an accessory plug Built in woofers are ineffective at anything other than high volume. Unit's remote has a sub volume control but even at highest level it still has no punch at comfortable listening levels. This is not a biamplified unit. Pricey
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Super Sound!

Written By PapaBob, Palmdale, CA on Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Klipsch has done it again with fantastic dynamic audio performance and this time in a very compact package. It was an easy TV connection for instant, outstanding sound. Big, flat-screen TV viewing is great, but the sound quality is not. The Klipsch SB120 takes care of that and brings the audio dimension to life. The Crutchfield price and quick delivery were both better than expected. I am very pleased with the product and the overall Crutchfield experience.
Pros:
Compact package. All range of TV listening for concerts, movies, etc. has audio that is clear and crisp. It fills a large room with theater type sound. Even without a sub-woofer, the lows are outstanding. The Klipsch SB120 is very impressive for its size.
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120 Soundbar

Written By DH, KC on Sunday, August 17, 2014
 
By and large this is a great product. I was tired of using the TV speakers on my TV in the living room. I didn't want to have speakers everywhere in my living room so I opted for a soundbar. I have a full Klipsch RC62 5.1 surround sound in the man cave so I know what I real surround sound experience is supposed to sound like. I knew ahead of time I wouldn't experience the same features as I have on my other setup, but I was very impressed with this particular speaker. The highs and lows are good (better than what I expected) and the bass is about what I expected (fits the need but won't shake the house by any stretch of your imagination). But it's extremely suitable and fits what I needed just fine. It can get very loud as well. I have an open concept kitchen and living room with an adjacent family room and it fills up all three areas just fine if I want. Bluetooth works great with no issues. If you're scared about hooking up this system I can assure you it's idiot proof. You plug in the power to a power outlet and then use the supplied optical audio cable to plug into the back of your TV and you're finished. Also, the base is very wide (32 5/8") so it will fill a large TV. I have an older (therefore heavier than newer models) 55" Samsung and the base is not stressed in the least bit with the TV sitting on the base. I haven't even tried using the surround sound mode because I don't think it will even be worth using.
Pros:
Great audio for the price, TV fits on stand with no problem, Bluetooth works flawlessly, super easy setup
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120

Written By Greg M., Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Amazing sound out of such a compact unit. Works great as as sound bar, but shines for music. Elegantly finished case with high quality materials. Excellent sensitivity at high volume with little distortion. Fills 20 x 20 living room with great highs, lows, and mids. Respectable bass given footprint.
Pros:
SOUND, simple and intuitive controls, Bluetooth streaming, no need for a receiver, TV remote compatible, excellent vibration dampening. Great manufacturer warranty, USA engineering/product development.
Cons:
Crutchfield did not over box for shipment, remote is a bit tiny.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase

Written By Scott B., Bismarck on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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I like it. I would buy it again. Setup was very, very easy. Place it under your TV. Plug it in. Connect the optical cable to the TV. Turn off the TV speakers in your TV's settings. Poof! You're done. I listened to the Bose model in a store. This has better sound. The sound is very good. Voices are much clearer. Music is great. Playing music from my iPad with Bluetooth is just amazing! Setup was very, very easy. And the sound is really phenomenal.
Pros:
Great sound. Voices much clearer than using TV speakers. VERY Easy Setup Listening to music from Bluetooth devices is easy to set up with great sound. The base is large and solid. Holds bigger TV's up to 100 lbs.
Cons:
I couldn't program my remote for use with the Klipsch. But I don't mind using the supplied remote. The "Surround" feature isn't very appealing, to my ears. But I didn't expect it would be. Could use ability to adjust sound in more ways.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great sound!

Written By LenL, Plattsburgh, NY on Monday, February 10, 2014
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Love the sound. Living in an apartment, I wanted a good range of sound without shaking the walls. The woofers provide bass without shaking the walls. The tweeters allow me to hear higher voices and notes.
Pros:
great sound good range decent price
Cons:
Can't figure out for the life of me how to program other remotes. Very few directions Very small remote (easy to misplace)
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120

Written By Sdbaydogs, Sioux Falls, SD on Friday, January 31, 2014
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Excellent product. We did not want a full speaker system in our living room, but we wanted to listen to music and watch movies with better sound than the standard Flatscreen speakers our 46" Samsung has to offer. The SB 120 looks right at home under our TV and I believe it would blend in with about any decor. The sound is very, very good but do not expect booming base. The only detractor I can think of is the inability to add a subwoofer.
Pros:
Excellent sound, crisp, clear and loud. Looks great without being obtrusive. Bluetooth is a huge plus. Easy, easy to set up. A joy to listen to.
Cons:
The inability to add a subwoofer and only 1 device is recognized with the Bluetooth.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

klipsch sb 120

Written By kt, saratoga springs on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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I have been looking for a nice tv soundbase for a while. I considered the bose system but had bad reviews and no sound bass adjustments.I already have a klipsch sound system for my computer that is fantastic, so I figured this system would sound just as good.
Pros:
easy to set up,clear and deep quality sound
Cons:
no cons but it was a little bigger than I thought it would be.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120

Written By RV, California on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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Good product overall. Sound is great and makes a difference compared to the TV sound. How much better the unit sounds depends on the signal source and signal quality and Digital signal really really sound great. Bluetooth works well but it skips 2-3 times for each song even with the bluetooth device right next to the unit. Not sure if I got a bad one or mine is damaged as I haven't seen anyone else mention this. Crutchfield shipped the unit across the country in the original Klipsch box (which is very thin) without any additional protection. The box was torn one side and it looked like it was dropped on that side/corner. Does Crutchfield ship every product like this? I have never received an item like this from other online vendors.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
Bluetooth skips 2-3 times each song. Unit was shipped across the country in just the original Klipsch box which was damaged in transit. Not sure if the Bluetooth problem is related to that
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Glad I went for the Klipsch

Written By JimmyM, Mason, OH on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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I bought and returned a Zvox 420. No Dolby. Was looking at the 555 but after over researching the Klipsch SB 120 and the Zvox I bought the Klipsch and I couldn't be happier with my choice.
Pros:
Clear dialog and ample base.
Cons:
None
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB120

Written By Paul, Fort Mill, SC on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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I bought this to enhance the audio of my Samsung 46" TV. The TV's speakers point downwards and were very tinny sounding. Not wanting a bunch of speakers in the room, we got this. It sounds great and projects the sound forward like it should. I also liked that I can pair it with my satellite remote, so I have don't have to use a separate remote. It was a snap to get it to pair over bluetooth to listen to music.
Pros:
Nice sounding for TV speaker replacement. Pairs with my current remote Easy to use with bluetooth
Cons:
I don't have any
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Klipsch SB120

Written By TomT, Dayton, OH on Monday, December 30, 2013
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This is a high quality soundbase that greatly enhances the TV listening experience. The TV can sit on top of the unit but it also fits in nicely to a few different media cabinets we have in the house. The sound quality is very good -- this is NOT the home theater system with deep rumbling bass -- it has good tonal quality in mid and high ranges. Perfect for the living room or den when you don't want the low frequencies rumbling through the house.

Love the Bluetooth connection. The ipad or phone hooks up in seconds and you're running your playlist to the speakers. Awesome feature!
Pros:
Good sound quality, structurally sound as a tv stand, Bluetooth connectivity.
Cons:
No cons...just know this is not the system if you want the rumbling deep bass. For my home theater system, I used the Klipsch SB3 which is awesome.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB120

Written By B4themovies, South Windor, CT on Friday, November 29, 2013
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Tried the Bose Solo but the size of the TV and the weight made placement too risky (didn't want to crush the speaker) so I decided to try the Klipsch. I know a little about their product line and when I compared the features to similar products available, Klipsch was an obvious choice.
Pros:
Very sturdy enclosure, learning remote, easy Bluetooth pairing, balanced sound in normal setting, nice to be able to increase bass response w/o having a separate module.
Cons:
Approx 12"X28" so a little big, 3D setting to increase sound stage isn't the greatest, a little pricy but worth it.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120 "Delivers" Sound!

Written By David, Sonora, CA on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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I purchased the Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase on the recommendation of my Son, who saw a "demo" prior to the official release of this Unit. I was a bit skeptical at first, but that quickly changed when I "experienced" first hand the quality of the Audio "Delivered" in our Family Room that has a 2-Story ceiling! This is coupled up with my new 40" Samsung Smart TV that I purchased from Crutchfield at the same time. I also have my CD, and Turntable ran through my Receiver/Amp to the Klipsch SB 120 with Excellent results. In addition, my DVD and VHS VCR are also hooked up with Great performance! The Sound is wonderful, and I am very, very happy that I made this purchase - I also purchased one for my Son for Christmas this year!
Pros:
"Resonates" sound throughout the room with strong clarity! - I strongly recommend this product!
Cons:
None! - I am quite happy that I made the purchase...
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very Imprssed!

Written By Nes, Centerton, AR on Sunday, October 20, 2013
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I wanted a home theatre system without having to settle for a Home-theatre-in-a-box system. But a decent $2000(+) system was not in my budget. I also was unsure of having several speakers around the living room. So then I decided to look for something to improve my normal TV watching experience (Sports, Netflix). This Klipsch soundbase is awesome for this. I'm really glad I went this route. I have an open floor plan for my living room and this definately has room filling sound. It fits perfectly underneath my TV. You can do some tuning to meet your sound preference. Awesome for everything I've tried it for so far. Before I had to blast my TV so I can hear voices on shows when in the kitchen and then turn it down for commercials. Not with this. The clarity is awesome. You can just tell when you have a great speaker when you turn the volume up. The Bluetooth option is great for playing your music from anywhere in the house. Nice for having background music for dinner parties. It's a sturdy construction versus a cheap plastic material. And I did compare the competitors at local stores. Definitely recommend for people wanting a great sound without settling for cheap systems or not being able to afford an expensive option. One simple piece with great sound without having to have multiple speakers.
Pros:
-Awesome sound! -Two total cables (power and optical) -Clean and simple design, does not stand out. -Can hold heavier TVs then other brand soundbases -Very easy install.
Cons:
-No display (needed when tuning sound or adjusting volume)
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Klipsch SB 120

Written By Jim, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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I decided to enhance the audio on my 42" flat screen and went with the Klipsch brand, as I have used their speakers over the years. The SB 120 is completely "idiot proof" to set up......the included optical cable from the TV to SB 120, and the power cable. The sound is nice, deep and rich as compared to the TV speakers, however this is not a "surround sound" system, even though it has a surround feature. For the price, I expected more of a surround feel, but I'm generally happy with the purchase and quality of sound.
Pros:
Easy set-up, and deep, rich sound.
Cons:
Surround feature is just OK
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2 questions already asked

How does this compare to the Speakercraft CS3? [ Jonathan  Feb 20, 2014 ]
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  • I checked with an Advisor and they stated: The Klipsch SB120 is brighter and more defined with its sound. The Speakercraft CS3 will be warmer sounding and able to play a little louder. [ Krissy Staff  Feb 21, 2014 ]
What should I get. Bose solo or klipsch sb? [ Jim  Jan 07, 2014 ]
22 answers
  • Hi Jim, I, too, looked at the Bose solo or the Klipsch SB120. I chose the Klipsch because of the larger presence (fits within .25 inches of my built in wall unit) and larger sound overall. I know Bose feels "warm" in its sound, but doesn't hit the highs and lows as good in my opinion. It's hard to tell as Bose does not publish their product info, which has always made me skeptical of their products for not doing so. Happy speaker hunting! Matt [ Matthew   Jan 18, 2014 ]
  • klipsch sb is a quality product in a plain brown wrapper...unobtrusive, sounds great, simple hookup with a very ordinary afterthought for a remote. Dimensions seem appropriate for a larger T.V. The audience is very content with the Klipsch SB 120 [ GEOFFREY   Jan 13, 2014 ]
  • I have both Bose and Klipsch equipment, both sound good. The advantage is with Klipsch is the larger base that can support a bigger TV! And it sounds great! [ DALE E   Jan 13, 2014 ]
  • I think it depends on what size and weight your TV is. The Klipsch is rated to support up to 100lbs. I think the Bose might only be 40lbs but I could be mistaken. I just know it was much less than the Klipsch. Also, the Klipsch is much bigger so if you have a larger TV I think the wider speaker just looks better. Both sound great. [ Robert   Jan 10, 2014 ]
  • I like the klipsch. We can bluetooth off our ipad [ Doug   Jan 09, 2014 ]
  • Not sure if I'm a good one to ask. I didn't even research any Bose options. I choose the Klipsch over the Polk Audio IHT 5000 because I was putting this in my mother's room at a nursing home (private room). The Polk had a separate wireless subwoofer, and I suspect it might have been better. The klipsch had a built in woofer. But the Klipsch had both a tweeter and midrange, and the Polk didn't have both. Bass isn't deep, but then I also haven't turned it to the maximum. The Samsung TV had decent speakers, but the Kllipsch is of course better. I have paired my android device to it using bluetooth with no problems. Setup was easy. TV definitely sounds better, and I've noticed detail that was obivious from just the TV speakers. Music is much better from the Klipsch than the TV. And since the TV and Blu-ray are both Samsung, When I programmed the Klipsch to use the TV remote, the remote for the Blu-ray also worked. The Klipsch is well built, and has no problems supporting the weight of the 32" TV. Happy with the decision, but then again I know nothing about the Bose. [ DALE   Jan 09, 2014 ]
  • for sure get the Klipsch sb [ THOMAS   Jan 08, 2014 ]
  • Hey Jim, Like practically all flat screens, audio is poor and only gets worse with among various audio sources. Getting an all-in-one speaker is a no-brainer. I got the Klipsch for two main reasons: 1. The Klipsch can stream music from your iPhone, iPad, etc. via Bluetooth. The Bose Solo does not offer this feature. 2. The stand on my 40" Samsung is not a flat plate as in past models. This model has a tripod-like design with four legs. The footprint of these legs, as I recall, was either too big to fit on the deck of the Bose Solo or, would just fit and could easily slide off and then bye-bye new Samsung! The Klipsch deck easily fits significantly more TV stands than the Bose Solo. Lastly, the only reservation I have with the Klipsch is adjusting the volume through my DirecTV remote. I was able to sync volume and mute control to the DirecTV remote, however, every time I turn it up, down or mute, a message window appears right in the middle of the screen saying, "Your TV is set to use external speakers. Adjust the volume on the connected speakers directly." Well, like anyone else, I only want to use one remote. Also, this message stays up for a good five seconds. I have yet to figure out how to solve this dilemma. Bottom line, I highly recommend the Klipsch. Hope this helps! [ Luke   Jan 08, 2014 ]
  • Looked at the Bose as I have always liked Bose products, but was scared off by reviews. I also wanted to run my receiver through this base (as well as TV) and thought the Klipsch would work better - which it has! The Klipsch is worth the extra bucks (@ current Crutchfield price) so you won't be kicking yourself later because you didn't buy. Good Luck! [ CHRIS   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I have never listed to a Bose Solo, but I am very happy with Klipsch sound base. [ DAVID   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I previewed the Bose solo and was not impressed. The Klipsch is great [ JAMES   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • This is the best bang for the buck. Plus I like the fact that it can support a 100 pound TV in case I need to upgrade my TV. Check out the dimensions for this before you buy. [ Mark   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I have both in my apartment. Klipsch is larger to handle larger TVs. Also has Bluetooth. Have Bose sound bar. Great sound but better to hang on wall. D [ David   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I had considered the Bose solo too but the deciding factor for me was the ability of the Klipsch SB120 to support the weight of my TV. My TV weighs 83 lbs. and the Bose clearly cannot support that weight whereas the Klipsch can support up to 100 lbs. As for how each sounds, I was unable to compare the two side by side but I was able to listen to the Bose in a store display. It did not impress me as being any better sounding than the Klipsch. Of course, neither product is a substitute for a true surround sound set up but I did not want to be bothered with all the wires and speakers involved with that. For me, the sound base is an adequate compromise. [ Henry   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Have not heard the Bose, but am very happy with the Klipsch SB. I am impressed that it will support a decent weight on top, which allows for compact installation. [ ALAN J   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I had the same question & did many hours of research on both. If you check out the reviews online on Bose I found several problems that helped me decide on the Klipsch. 1st is the problem that the bose unit only holds tv sets that weigh 33 lbs or less. I have a 50" Vizeo that weights 40 lbs. so that was a "no brainer". Also the Bose unit did not allow for any adjustment for subwoofer--- it just had volume up & down. Quite a few reviews were not too happy with that. The Klipsch is much larger than the bose and has 2 horn loaded subwoofers built into the unit & the remote has a separate volume level adjustment dedicated strictly to the subwoofers. This makes a HUGE difference --- especially to me >>> I'm a "bass kinda guy". Watched the blueray version of Top Gun the other day, cranked the "subs" up and it was AWESOME!!! You'd never get that with the bose solo. Quick note/recommendation for when you are programing your remote: Be sure to enter your #'s etc. quickly or the unit will reset. I had to call tech support and as soon as I speeded up the programming entries it worked the 1st time. Other than that my only problem is my wife telling me to turn down the volume ---- but if that's your only problem then you should be "Good to Go". Also be sure to check your width & height dimensions to make sure there's not going to be a problem with your setup. Hope this helps. [ JACK H   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I purchased the Klipsch SB. Very satisfied with the sound,etc. Can't compare such qualities with the Bose because I don't have one. Important buy factor for me was that sound volume on Bose must be controlled with Bose remote. Not so for the Klipsch - cable remote can be programed for that. [ ROLAND H   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Thanks JLH. I was thinking and going down the same road you did. I just ordered the Klipsch. Thank you [ Jim   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I chose the Klipsch SB 120 over the Bose Solo for 2 main reasons: 1. The SB 120 has Bluetooth capability and the Solo does not. 2. Published reviews of the SB 120 were better than the Solo. I think 1 reviewer accused Bose of simply slapping their name on a mediocre product thinking that would be enough to make it sell. Regardless of brand, a 1-piece soundbar is no substitute for a surround sound system with separate sub-woofer. But because of my hearing loss, I was only looking for an improvement over the poor quality built-in speakers on my flat screen TV. I have been using the SB 120 for a week, and so far have been pleased. [ J L   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Arrgghhhhh, thanks guys. This is difficult now. I have the Bose. I like it. Not sure if I love it. The volume thing does bug the s**t out if me. Do either of you know how the bass sounds in the Klipsch? Music sounds good on the Bose. I'm a EDM fan so I like the bass. Thoughts? And many thanks for getting back to me. [ Jim   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Klipsch SB 120 cause of Bluetooth capable, 6speakers, and synchronizing universal remote, auto standby, and surround sound.... cons to it, would sound better with a equalizer for music and surround sound work better if youhave speakers a round the room.... [ ERIC R   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I've always thought Klipsch products superior to Bose. You can use TV or cable remotes to operate the Klipsch speaker. You do not have to depend on the Klipsch remote. [ THOMAS H   Jan 07, 2014 ]

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