Klipsch RP-HUB1 HD Control Center
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Excellent piece of technology. Works exceptionally well with a passive system.
From Klipsch: Reference Premiere HD Wireless Quick Start Guide
From Klipsch: Reference Premiere HD Wireless
Item # 714RPHUB1 | MFR # 1062372
The compact RP-HUB1 HD control center and wireless remote are the heart of a Klipsch wireless home theater or stereo system.
People ask us all the time about wireless surround sound. Here's a solution we're psyched to offer, from a speaker brand that has a great track record with our customers. Combine the RP-HUB1 HD Control Center with Klipsch's Reference Premiere HD wireless speakers to build a stereo or home theater system that delivers fantastic, room-filling sound. You won't need to run speaker wire behind walls, under carpeting, or across your room.
Using state-of-the-art WiSA™ wireless technology, this compact system hub transmits high-quality audio at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. That means that not a single detail is lost on the way to your speakers. The system even creates its own dedicated wireless network to avoid any interference with your home's Wi-Fi® setup.
The HD Control Center is the hub of Klipsch's wireless system. Rather than using a traditional receiver or amplifier simply plug all of your source components — DVD or Blu-ray players, cable boxes, game consoles, and network music players — into the hub. Audio signals are streamed to the speakers wirelessly. The hub also receives Bluetooth® signals, so you can pair your compatible tablet or smartphone.
(One important heads-up: You will need AC power for the hub and each speaker in your system.)
To make setup easy, this system uses a step-by-step menu that will have you up and running within minutes. Plug the hub's HDMI output into your TV, then follow the on-screen guide. A single button on the back of each Klipsch Reference Premiere HD wireless speaker seamlessly pairs it to your HD Control Center. You can start your system off with just a single pair of Klipsch wireless bookshelf or tower speakers for impressive stereo sound, then add to it over time to create a full-blown 7.2-channel home theater system. The Control Center's on-board Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoders ensure you'll hear rich, enveloping surround sound.
RP-440WF floor-standing speaker - Spacious, detailed sound and powerful bass make this a formidable wireless speaker.
RP-140WM bookshelf speakers - These compact bookshelf speakers make a great pair for stereo music or for use as wireless surround sound speakers..
RP-440WC center channel speaker - The perfect center speaker for crisp dialogue and dynamic movie sound effects.
RP-110WSW powered subwoofer - Add excitement to your music and movies with deep, rumbling bass.
Excellent piece of technology. Works exceptionally well with a passive system.
Anonymous, Edinburg, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
Excellent piece of technology. Works exceptionally well with a passive system.
This system cannot hold any of the original settings, That is why it is no longer available.
Pros: Easy set up
Cons: wont hold speaker settings
I bought this along with the subwoofer, and four bookshelf speakers. The speakers and SW are great, no doubt. However, the Hub is iffy. first of all I had issues with the HDMI ARC (no sound) when it was connected to my LG OLED, and Klipsch said it was the TV, but LG did not. In the end I just used optical cable from the TV to the Hub for sound. This posed a problem, because when I am directly streaming from the LG WebOS, then I cannot see on-screen menu from the HUB (on optical)like I would if I am watching via Apple TV which was directly connected to the Hub. Then there were issues with bluetooth connectivity (static, and sound will go in and out, and various speakers would drop). I called Klipsch, and they said it was the Orbi Satellite in the room. I turned off the router, and the same bluetooth connectivity issue. I have an Amazon Echo in the room, and that has no issues with bluetooth whether the Orbi is on or off. The "side/rear" speaker adjustment had to be put to highest volume, and I had to increase the distance to hear any decent surround sound (but increasing the distance setting for the "side/rear" speakers also meant that sometimes with fast action sequences, the sound came a fraction of a second before the action, because I had made the distance settings higher than the speakers actually physically were to be able to hear them - and by the way, this was Klipsch's rec. when I told them about the weak sound from these speakers). Also, the Hub has only one HDMI 2.
Great sound and easy set up. However, does not seem to support 4K HDR. Hooked up the new 4K Apple TV through the Hub1. Will accept 4K SDR but not HDR. When I connected the Apple TV directly to my television the 4K HDR setting on the Apple TV was accepted. Guess I'll use an optical back out of the TV and to the Hub1.
The system works well once you figure it out. The set up instructions were simply a picture of the front and back of the unit and it was lacking clear details to be more helpful. I called into the technical department at Crutchfield and the gentlemen helped me set up the system and it was an awesome thing when the first sounds came out of the speaker. Once it is set up, it is so easy and pleasant to use. I love Crutchfield !!
Have it hooked up to my Marantz sr7011 to give me wireless back speakers (klipsch rp 440 was ). Not what it is advertised for (hooked up to an a/v receiver ) but it works. Price is ridiculous for a device of this kind but it is the only alternative to wires.
Pros: No wires
Cons: Stuck with Klipsch only. Expensive
This Hub is extremely easy to set up and use. Setting up a network to 110WSW, 440WC, and 140WM speakers takes only a few minutes. And the sound is totally awesome!
Pros: Easy to set up and use
First, let me say that the wireless speakers (with the exception of the subwoofer) are outstanding. The build quality is excellent (i.e., just what you would expect from Klipsch) and the audio is impressive. I find the subwoofer in the wireless collection of speakers to be under-powered and generally lacking. The hub, however, is very disappointing. It does not currently offer high definition decoding (i.e., no support for Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio); it relies on other high-end devices (like the Oppo BluRay player) to do the heavy processing. It also does not support Dolby Atmos. The hub is three to five years behind current state-of-the-art audio standards. The hub is made of plastic; it is light-weight and has a cheap feel to it (especially when one considers its price tag). I am really surprised that Klipsch released such an unimpressive piece of gear to drive a fine line of wireless speakers. Besides the hub's under-whelming capabilities and cheap appearance, its menu-driven setup is poorly done (especially in the era of powerful apps). The remote that comes with the hub is too small in my opinion, poorly designed, and inadequate for the task at hand.
Pros: I can't think of any Pros (except that the hub is frequently offered for free with the purchase of the wireless speakers). The speakers themselves are generally outstanding (with the exception of the under-powered subwoofer). The wireless concept that Klipsch engineered is very promising but it is currently years behind today's audio codecs and standards. The hub has a "rushed to market" look and feel to it. Klipsch needs to re-design the hub and bring it up-to-date with current codecs.
Cons: Plastic, light-weight, poorly designed configuration menu system. Terrible remote.
I don't know what else to say other than wow. I'm sure they're are some so called audiophiles out there rolling their eyes at me. You buy this system for the wireless aspect and the wireless aspect ONLY. If clutter and wires going in every direction is your thing then I'm sure you could purchase a "slightly" better sounding system...notice I said slightly? Don't get it wrong this system CRANKS! And is crystal clear. It took longer to get all the speakers and this control center unboxed then it did to set it up. I hooked it up to a LG EF9500 OLED 65 inch Tv and it sounds AMAZING! I purchased a 400$ audio quest vodka cable to hook it up with and I didn't even need it! All I needed was an audio optical to audio optical wire. Bluetooth to my iPhone or iPad to play Spotify is ridiculous! Sounds amazing. The remote does what it's supposed to but I think could've been a little more ingenuity used in the making of the remote. The system can take a few seconds up to 30 seconds to "kick in" once powered on. This is minor because once it does come on its AMAZING. I got my control center for free by purchasing 2 of the tower speaker....this promotion ends pretty soon so if you're even remotely think I g about buying g this system then buy it now!!! 500$ control center for free is a no brainer. People are amazed when I show them the speakers are plugged into the wall with no speaker wires. We've all been waiting for for a LEGIT wireless system WELL..IT'S HERE!!!
Pros: Wireless! Sound is amazing. Set up in 10 minutes. Klipsch what else is there to say
Cons: Expensive but you get what you pay for and if wireless and neat is your thing...then here's your system.
Pros: easy setup sounds great !
Cons: remote small , have to use two remotes for tv ,one for volume and one to work tv ..
I use this as a stereo amplifier hooked up to my computer........Works Great
Pros: works great connected to my computer.
Cons: No cons
This little box is great! I have 4 HDMI inputs running into it and 1 output going to my Projector. It serves as the HDMI switcher for the audio and video signals and they mesh seamlessly. I have experienced no dropped signals even though both this Hub and my Projector's Hub are submitting wireless signals to the Projector and the speakers. There is no delay to the sound as far as I can tell and it matches perfectly with the video when watching a movie. I used to have to regularly handle 4 or 5 remotes in my theatre room, since this is my main hub for my sources, I now generally only have to deal with keeping up with 2 remotes which has made life much simpler.
Pros: small, discrete, multiple inputs, no drops in wireless output to speakers, no noticeable delay in sound being sent to speakers
Cons: None that I have experienced so far
HD Wireless Control Center: The Klipsch HD Control Center (RP-HUB1) is a high resolution wireless distribution hub that replaces complicated AV receivers and transmits audio wirelessly to Klipsch's Reference Premiere HD Wireless Speakers (sold separately). The HD Control Center creates its own dedicated WiSa (Wireless Speaker & Audio) network independent of your home WiFi to eliminate dropouts and interference caused by bandwidth constraints within your home. The RP-HUB1 can wirelessly transmit up to 8-channels of audio for a wireless 7.1ch home theater system.
Note: The HD Control Center (RP-HUB1) is specifically designed to wirelessly pair with Klipsch's Reference Premier HD Wireless Speakers and is not designed to work with any other brand of speaker.
Reference Premiere HD Wireless System: The complete Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless System consists of the RP-HUB1 HD Control Center, RP-440WF floorstanding speaker, RP-140WM bookshelf speaker, RP-440WC center-channel speaker, and RP-110WSW powered subwoofer (all sold separately). The floorstanding, bookshelf, and center-channel wireless speakers feature a two-way design and utilizes the same driver and horn technology as Klipsch's Reference Premiere series. The wireless powered subwoofer is modeled directly after the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-110SW subwoofer. The Klipsch HD Control Center acts as the system's hub and directs audio wireless to each speaker. All of the Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless System products offer the convenience of WiSa wireless connectivity.
WiSa Wireless Technology: Through the use of state-of-the-art WiSa (Wireless Speaker & Audio) technology, the Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless System delivers unmatched wireless audio performance and ease-of-use. WiSa technology transmits 24-bit audio at sample rates up to 96kHz/second, with robust error recovery for uninterrupted listening enjoyment. With extremely low latency (<5mS) and negligible speaker-to-speaker delay, it offers flawless wired-quality performance and reliability. WiSa technology operates in the relatively unused 5.2 to 5.8 GHz UNII radio frequency spectrum, reliably transmitting uncompressed audio from 2ch stereo to 7.1ch surround, along with system configuration and calibration data. It has a range of approximately 30'.
Simple Wireless Speaker Setup: The Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless System gives you the ability to place speakers anywhere in your room without running speaker wire through walls or under carpet. Klipsch's proprietary Smart Speaker Selector provides a single-button solution on the rear of each speaker that seamlessly makes the connection to the HD Control Center without the need for speaker wire or a complicated AV receiver.
High Res 2.0-7.1ch Audio: The Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless System can deliver 24-bit/96kHz audio in configurations ranging from 2ch stereo to 7.1ch surround sound, supporting both Dolby Digital Plus (7.1ch) & DTS (5.1ch). You can select from a variety of Surround Modes:
HDMI 2.0 w/ 4K Pass-Through: The Klipsch HD Control Center (RP-HUB1) is equipped with four HDMI 2.0 inputs and one HDMI 2.0 output. The HDMI inputs and output support up to 4K video pass-through and up to 7.1ch Dolby Digital Plus or 5.1ch DTS audio.
Note: 3D video is not supported. The HD Control Center does not feature analog video inputs or outputs.
Digital & Analog Audio Inputs: The Klipsch RP-HUB1 is fitted with both digital and analog audio inputs. The HD Control Center is equipped with two digital inputs; an optical (toslink) digital input and a coax (RCA) digital input. Both digital inputs will accept up to 5.1ch audio (up to 24-bit/96kHz), including Dolby Digital & DTS formats. The unit also features a stereo RCA analog audio input for 2ch analog sources.
Bluetooth Music Streaming: The Klipsch HD Control Center features built-in Bluetooth A2DP technology which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, or Mac computer/laptop. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Klipsch RP-HUB1. Playback control and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth device.
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 Klipsch RP-HUB1.
Audio Adjustments: The Klipsch HD Control Center offers several audio adjustments to make sure the system sound its best in your room and for your application.
On-Screen Menu & Front-Panel Display: The HD Control Center features a front-panel display which indicates source input & volume level. You can adjust the brightness level of the front-panel display. The RP-HUB1 also features an On-Screen Menu for system setup & audio adjustments. You can choose between English, French, or Spanish text.
Remote Control w/ IR Input: In addition to basic top-panel controls (Power, Source, Volume, Mute), the RP-HUB1 comes with an IR remote for full wireless operation of the HD Control Center.
Power Save Mode: The HD Control Center will automatically revert to standby mode after approximately 30 minutes of inactivity in order to conserve energy.
Firmware & Software Updates: Once you register the Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless System, Klipsch will offer free firmware & software upgrades which can be downloaded from their website onto a USB thumbdrive and inserted into the HD Control Center's USB "Service Port". As a result, you can stay current with the latest Klipsch technologies while expanding your system over time.
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it was included in the package. [ Bill Nov 12, 2017 ]
Need wireless for a room that would otherwise be impossible to wire for sound. [ Denny Nov 07, 2017 ]
Wireless, Klipsch Name [ Calvin Oct 19, 2017 ]
It's the hub for the wireless system I bought. I've been looking for a TRUE wireless speaker system for a long time. From my research, this is one of the very few, and though I haven't heard it yet, I have high hopes from the reviews I've seen. [ Robert Sep 01, 2017 ]
Allows me to build a home theater / sound system with wireless connectivity without a bulky receiver [ Laura Jul 17, 2017 ]
Quality and price [ Norman Jul 11, 2017 ]
building my home theater system. [ Erskine May 30, 2017 ]
no wires [ TERI L May 25, 2017 ]
It was required for the wireless speakers. [ Aubrey Jan 29, 2017 ]
High quality, wireless home theater equipment [ Donny Jun 29, 2016 ]
Need it for the wireless speakers. [ T May 16, 2016 ]
I recently set up a home theatre with a projector screen and needed to get started on a surround sound system. My wife is resistant to baseboards being removed or carpet being pulled up to run speaker wires and would not have looked kindly upon me trying to route speaker wires through the walls. The Klipsch wireless system seems like a perfect fit for my situation since I don't have to run any speaker wires to the speakers. Plug and play so to speak. [ James Feb 25, 2016 ]
I don't have experience with that brand and model, however, as long as ithe speakers are Wisa certified, they should work. [ Brian Nov 17, 2017 ]
You should be able to send a full (non-compressed) 5.1 audio signal from your Sony TV to the Klipsch HUB via the HUB's HDMI-ARC output (audio return channel). This feature allows audio to be sent from your ARC-enabled TV to the RP-HUB1 through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to your television. That way you can enjoy HDR video content with components connected directly to your TV; and still listen to surround sound audio on your Klipsch HD wireless system. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry Nov 07, 2017 ] Staff
Not sure what "oomph" you might be expecting. Could the acoustics of your listening space be an issue? I get all the oomph I can stand at partial volume, but our acoustics are excellent. [ John Sep 06, 2017 ]
I use this system in a house in UT, built with no basement and no easy way to wire speakers. Same experience, system does not have as much window shaking power as a wired system with a high quality receiver. But, if you have the wireless sub that will help, and there are adjustments that can be made to the hub settings that should also help. I can't tell you which to adjust, I am traveling and have no access to the Hub but I have been able to get enough sound and low freq to irritate the folks next door if I don't watch the volume at night. Also, if you are using 5.1, program rear speakers as side speakers to get the right signal to rear speakers. If you are not using towers for front speakers, changing to towers will also help. Good luck. [ ALLEN J Sep 05, 2017 ]
As far as I know, one room up tp 7.1. I also would like to do additional speakers in another area but need to talk to Klipsch. My setup now is 5.1 in one room and works well. [ ALLEN J Aug 03, 2017 ]
No. The hub is intended for a single room setup only. [ WAYNE Aug 02, 2017 ]
The Hub does not have any output Jacks other than one Output to TV HDMI. I don't have wireless headphones and so don't know if the Klipsch wireless headphones would work with the RP-HUB1 HD Control Center. The Crutchfield tech support folks should be able to find that out for you. [ John Mar 25, 2017 ]
This does not have a external jack , or wireless headphone jack. [ CARLOS Mar 25, 2017 ]
Sorry -- No. The Klipsch Hub consists mainly of several inputs. The only output port is HDMI 2.0 and this port is intended for your video system. [ WAYNE Mar 25, 2017 ]
There is no output headphone jack on the hub. It's Bluetooth connect is an excellent input connection but am not aware of its utility for wireless output. D [ DOUGLAS Mar 24, 2017 ]
The only output on the unit is an HDMI output that could go to your TV. No headphone jack. [ Richard Mar 24, 2017 ]
No but it does have Bluetooth so I listen to Spotify from my iPhone or iPad... the system Is crazy! Buy it...seriously. I've had Mine 9 months and it's amazing... towers plug into a wall outlet(protected) as does the sub...didn't buy the bookshelf speakers ...so 2 towers and a sub... blows up my place [ Brian Mar 24, 2017 ]
This is how I use the hub. My older Denon receiver (4806) has RCA pre-amp outputs for surround speakers. I've connected that surround output to the analog input on the hub, and then use the hub to drive two of the wireless Klipsch speakers for the surround channel, while retaining my wired speakers for the front and center channels. [ Richard Mar 24, 2017 ]
I have not tried this myself, yet, but the only way I have been able to think of trying is to route output from your existing receiver into the hub, which accepts 4 HDMI, 1 Coaxial, 1 Optical and one AUX inputs. I do not know if that would introduce latency into the sound generation but that is the only thing I can think to try. [ John Sep 06, 2016 ]
Anna, both ways will work the bluetooth works very well , and you can kept your phone near by. [ CARLOS Aug 28, 2016 ]
I am trying to reduce cable load and look so for music I have not tried cable connection for music. I use iPhone with Bluetooth connect to hub and fine that it works well for sound quality. There is a connect delay. [ DOUGLAS Aug 28, 2016 ]
I've only played music via Bluetooth. Sounds great. Easy to set up and control what you're listening to, even from another room. [ FRITZ Aug 28, 2016 ]
Hello, AnnaPav. I have the Klipsch hub and a 5.1 wireless configuration of speakers. I have tested both the latest iPhone and Android-based Samsung devices with the Bluetooth audio, and I find both devices produce excellent audio with the Klipsch gear. In particular, most Samsung devices produced after 2013 include the aptX audio standard for Bluetooth. The Klipsch hub supports aptX too. The result is CD-quality audio over the Bluetooth connection. Apple iOS devices do not yet support aptX, but I find the audio over Bluetooth to be near CD quality in any event. I have not tried to connect Mac/PC audio to the hub via HDMI, but I would expect the quality to be excellent. The HDMI standard is built, in part, around high-end digital audio for video content, so I can't imagine that it would fail to provide excellent two-channel audio (provided the hub does the digital to analog conversion and not the Mac/PC or the iPhone). I find that the hub is about three years behind current audio codecs for movie soundtracks. I hope Klipsch will "catch up" to current standards (and include Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio) in future firmware upgrades for the hub. For two-channel audio, the hub does a respectable job now. ...hope this helps. [ WAYNE Aug 28, 2016 ]
I have only connected my iPhone to the klipsch control module with Bluetooth and the quality is good for both music and audiobooks. Don't have any experience connecting my Mac to the system with hdmi. However, hdmi is specifically designed to provide best quality video and audio. [ ROBERT Aug 28, 2016 ]
I am using my hub as a stereo amp. I am not hooked up to my TV. As far as I can tell you don't loose anything. I have mine hooked up to my iMac. Works great. [ JOE Aug 28, 2016 ]
I haven't noticed any sound quality loss using HDMi or Bluetooth. If there is, it's not really obvious. Works great with either connection [ Kene Aug 27, 2016 ]
Hello, Patrick. At the present time, the Klipsch hub does not decode high definition digital signals like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The hub relies on the decoding facilities built into high-end BluRay players (like the Oppo); it will direct the PCM output to the appropriate channels (depending on your configuration: 5.1 or 7.1). It is my understanding that Klipsch may offer HD decoding in its hub at a future date (along with Dolby Atmos), but the current model is limited to: Dolby PLIIx Movie/Music, Dolby EX, DTS Neo:6 Cinema/Music, Direct, All-Channel Stereo, and Stereo. I consider the absence of high definition decoding in the Klipsch wireless system to be a serious flaw in an otherwise fantastic system. I remain hopeful that Klipsch will correct this oversight in the near future with either a firmware update or a replacement hub. [ WAYNE Jul 24, 2016 ]
Patrick, I am sorry that I can't answer your question. I am using the RPHub as a stereo. I don't have it hooked up to my TV. Sorry, Joe [ JOE Jul 21, 2016 ]
Yes. The processed stream will pass through to the system. [ Brian Jul 20, 2016 ]
Ive had the system for a couple months and hooked up a very cheap less than $100 Sony Blu-Ray player and have had no issues with sound playback. I have the hub hooked into an optoma projector and have used a Roku stick, PlayStation, x-box, blu-ray and even a raspberry pi hooked In thru hub with zero issues with sound playback. Bluetooth function also works. In addition I also have used a Logitech harmony universal control and the hub is supported. I'm very happy with system except for the subwoofer is area of weakness for me. The sub is a little understated for me but those that have come for a movie night are impressed so could just my ears being picky. [ Katie Jul 20, 2016 ]
Absolutely: "ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the hub's HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your ARC-enabled TV to the RP-HUB1 through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to your television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your TV. " You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the Hub's main webpage. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Jun 17, 2016 ] Staff
We have not done any testing to see if this will support HDMI 2.0a (latest HDR format support). Given its recent release to the market and that Klipsch only rates it for HDMI 2.0, I do not expect it to support 2.0a. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul May 25, 2016 ] Staff
That's correct; rather than using a traditional receiver or amplifier, you'll plug all of your source components - DVD or Blu-ray players, cable boxes, game consoles, etc. - into the Klipsch RP-HUB1 HD Control Center. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry Feb 18, 2016 ] Staff