Skip Navigation

Klipsch Reference RSB-11

Powered sound bar with 4K video passthrough, wireless subwoofer, and Bluetooth®

15 Reviews | 4 questions - 7 answers

Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference RSB-11

Finding a home theater solution for a large room or open-floor plan can be tricky. I think in some ways a heavy-duty sound bar like the Klipsch Reference RSB-11 might be the way to go. You don't have to worry about running unsightly wires or figuring out the best way to arrange speakers. 

Klipsch Reference RSB-11

The Klipsch Reference RSB-11 bar-and-sub combo delivers home theater sound in sound-challenged spaces.

Klipsch helps cut through "dead air"

Finding a home theater solution for a large room or open-floor plan can be tricky. I think in some ways a heavy-duty sound bar like the Klipsch Reference RSB-11 might be the way to go. You don't have to worry about running unsightly wires or figuring out the best way to arrange speakers. 

Thanks to the large 8" subwoofer, you can expect bass potent enough to fill the space. And since it communicates wirelessly with the bar, you some flexibility on where you place (or hide) it. And Klipsch packed the bar with drivers that are designed to excel in rooms with the even the most challenging acoustics.    

Every seat is the front row

That driver array ensures every seat in the house is the best seat for sound quality. Two 3/4" tweeters offer detail and nuance. Each is mated to a horn — a staple of Klipsch speakers — which disperses high frequencies across a wide listening area.

There are also two 3" midrange drivers. They give you Klipsch's signature "in-your-face" soundstage that works great for high-action films and shows.

I loved the clear dialogue 

We recently set this bar up in our home labs and watched the latest James Bond movie. I was impressed at how clear the dialogue sounded — particularly the heavy accents that are sometimes hard to understand on lesser systems. Speech was easy to follow, even over the louder, more thunderous effects.  

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • two-channel sound bar with four built-in speakers
      • two 3/4" textile dome tweeters mated to Tractrix Horns for wide dispersion
      • two 2-1/2" fiber-composite midrange drivers
    • 4K-compatible HDMI connections
    • ideal for wall-mounting beneath a flat-panel TV or resting on a TV stand
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
    • Dolby® Digital decoding
    • virtual surround sound mode for a more immersive listening experience
    • dialogue enhance mode for clear speach
    • 44"W x 3-1/4"H x 3-1/4"D
    • weight: 6.5 lbs.
    Subwoofer:
    • 8" fiber-composite cone woofer
    • ported enclosure for enhanced low-frequency response
    • syncs wirelessly with sound bar
    • 7"W x 16"H x 13-3/8"D
    • weight: 24 lbs.
    Connections and General Info:
    • HDMI switching: 3 in, 1 out
      • HDCP 2.2 technology for 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs
      • HDMI cable included
    • Toslink optical digital audio input
    • 1 minijack analog audio input
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting (wall template included)
    • remote control
    • warranty: 3 years for drivers and cabinets, 1 year for electronics
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Active soundbar speaker
    • Wireless powered sub
    • AC power adapter (attached 6' DC cord)
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • 5' AC power cord
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 59" HDMI cable
    • Wall-Mount Template
    • Owner's Manual
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • Warranty Sheet
    • "Welcome To The Klipsch Family" card

    great product it really enhanced the sound quality in our tv room, i would give it 5 stars for quality and customer service.

    Anonymous, Vero Beach, FL

    Reviews

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (15 Reviews)

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Anonymous from Vero Beach, FL on 6/12/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product it really enhanced the sound quality in our tv room, i would give it 5 stars for quality and customer service.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Anonymous from Nitro, WV on 4/29/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace aging 5.1 system. Was a little nervous about giving up my Onkyo receiver with a hodgepodge of speakers. Bought Klipsch because of reviews and reputation. Overall I'm very happy with the soundbar. It has an excellent frequency response. It can reproduce gut busting lows with no problem. The HDMI ARC is a little squirrely after a power failure but easy enough to get going again. Not quite as full as a full blown 5.1 system but pretty good. I bought from Crutchfield because of the excellent service I always receive and their return policy. I've seen in other reviews about a hiss this soundbar has. Mine does not seem to have the hiss.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Well Rounded System

    Jason from Tampa, FL on 3/25/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for the family room setup as I also have a dedicated HT room. Great sounding soundbar system. Powerful, tight bass from the subwoofer. Dialogue is clear and heard very well especially on shows that are hard to hear like The Grand Tour. Good build quality. Highly recommend.

    Pros: Jeremy Clarkson has never been this clear and well heard in my living room. Great for use as a Bluetooth music speaker. Simple and effective remote control.

    Cons: When using the "surround" setting in conjunction with the dialogue setting it can sound over done. Recommend using one or the other.

    Do your research and come back to this system!

    Mike from Coventry, RI on 3/17/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Klipsch sound bar with blue tooth sub sounds excellent! I downsized my 300W surround amp and Klipsch floor standing speakers, center and rear speakers in order to clear out what had become too cluttered. I seen others try to go with "bargain" brands on sound bars and they are disappointed. I went to the internet for reviews and then to a local electronics store to check out products in the $500 - $800 price range and was impressed with a Sony and a Bose system - both were more money than I paid for the RSB-11 system, but I was at least able to get a comparable reference - The Klipsch Reference RSB-11 got excellent reviews, and since I'm already a Klipsch fan I took a shot at purchasing it online through Crutchfield without actually hearing them myself. When it arrived, I was blown away by the power and the beautiful sound the system produces - simply outstanding! Aesthetically, the system is beautifully simple, and immediately cleaned up the clutter of my old surround system. The sub sits to the right of my 60 inch Aquos TV, however, it is smaller and looks better than the behemoth one I had on my old system. The sub sounds awesome and has a volume control so I'm not creating an earthquake in the room (if I choose not to; it is powerful enough to do so if I wanted). In closing, I made a wise decision in my purchase - AND it was on sale at Crutchfield.

    Pros: Sound quality, quality craftsmanship, aesthetically perfect, practical, and best VALUE.

    Cons: none

    Great Sound

    John from Ludlow, MA on 2/18/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exceeded my expectations. I purchased a Bose sound bar with dialogue inhancement because a have some hearing impairments. Never really noticed the difference between the TV and the sound bar. And you had to use the bose remote and turn the tv speakers off. With the Klipsch RSB-11 you really hear the difference, and I use my cable remote to turn it on and off and the volume up and down. I love it.

    Pros: Hanging templet, ease of setup and heart sound.

    Cons: The instructions booklet is a little confusing.

    Great sound powerful subwoofer

    danny from Livingston, NJ on 2/15/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can't believe it's just 2 pieces! Sound quality incredible. Deep base amazing. Had a Sony received jbl speakers and Polk sub. Should have bought this system in the first place - excellent quality for the price and rich tones making this a top choice! Having 3 hdmi ports in the soundbar made a huge difference in my choice as well

    Pros: Bluetooth, easy connections, 3 hdmi ports and powerful!

    Cons: None yet

    Clear crisp sound

    Brian from Kansas City, KS on 12/28/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like I have it set up in my basement. The sound is very crisp and clear. You can turn it up very loud with no distortion. Set up is easy I am using and hdmi arc from my tv. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the bass is a little lacking.

    Pros: Sounds great. Simple set up

    Cons: Bass is a little lacking

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Calvin from Statesville, NC on 9/12/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound Working well with my LG OLED

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Anonymous from Texas on 9/3/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and fairly easy to set up, except the picture only manual??!! Gave it a four star due to poor manual and when mounted on wall with cables running up the unit, there is no "cut out" on back of unit as in the bottom to allow flat mount to wall. But. Unit works very well and Bluetooth reaches into other rooms with no interruptions playing music off iPhone. Overall very satisfied.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Works great with 4K Sony TV, Needs More Bass

    DANIEL from Las Vegas, NV on 8/10/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great soundbar that works wonderfully with my new 4K Sony TV. I had originally ordered a Klipsch sound bar that sounded absolutely amazing but didn't work well with the Sony TV. This is the perfect fit...sound works and it sounds good. It helps that the slim design will look great once on the wall. Only reason its getting 4 stars instead of 5 is the sub-woofer is a little sub-par.

    Pros: - Works great with Sony TV - Good sound

    Cons: - Poor bass from subwoofer

    Great sound, easy setup, slim footprint

    Andy from Springfield, VA on 7/24/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with the purchase. Was strongly considering spending the extra cash for Sonos or other another system with true wireless surround, but the RSB-11 is more than adequate for my setup. Sound is rich and full with clear dialogue and a wide "stage" for shows & movies. Sounds great and fills the house when listening to music. Looks sharp, and setup was a breeze -- including the firmware update via USB. BT pairing, ARC compatibility, and remote are all super easy. Wish there was a little flexibility to customize EQ settings. But, provides a huge upgrade to TV sound without a huge physical footprint

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Anonymous from Seattle, WA on 7/24/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound bar is great. Got rid of my receiver and all the surround sound speakers. Wish I could just use one remote controller instead of one just for sound. Was easy to set up and worked as expected.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Anonymous from Plainfield, IL on 7/9/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound is great. The unit is too tall for our setup so it blocks the remote signal for our tv. We'll have to modify that. Also, the remote for the unit is mediocre. It is difficult to control the sound level in a precise way. But, once the sound is set it is well worth it!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Mike from Virginia on 6/5/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You will not be disappointed with the clean crisp sound delivered by this unit. We have it in a 17x17 great room and the sound is awesome! It is exactly what we were looking for. Easy to set up and easy to operate. Klipsch did their homework on this one.

    Pros:

    Cons: None yet

    Klipsch Reference RSB-11

    Anonymous from Wailuku, HI on 3/19/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Like others have said, settings reset when sound bar turns off. I need to update firmware. I bought an Open Box item and it was still in great shape. Klipsch is awesome!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Details

    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design Bar
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter 0.75" Horn-Loaded (2)
    Midrange 2.5" Cone (4)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 8
    Features
    Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS:X No
    Dialogue Enhancement Yes
    Auto Volume Night mode
    4K Video Compatible Yes
    HDR Video Compatible No
    Audio Return Channel Yes
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
    Control by App N
    Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    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 28-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 135W total
    Subwoofer RMS Power 135W total
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs 3
    HDMI Outputs 1
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-11/16H x 44-1/16W x 3-15/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 10 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 13-1/2H x 8-7/16W x 17-1/8D
    Subwoofer Weight 24 lbs

    Product Research

    Features

    Soundbar w/ Tractrix Horn Technology: The Klipsch RSB-11's soundbar speaker is equipped with two 0.75" horn-loaded textile dome tweeters with 90° x 90° Tractrix horns that deliver crisp highs, plus four 2.5" fiber composite woofers for dynamic midrange and enhanced vocals. By incorporating highly efficient horn-loaded technology into the soundbar, all sounds are more detailed, dialog clarity is significantly improved, and overall output is maximized to cover even the largest listening areas. The tweeters and woofers are bi-amplified and utilize a DSP-controlled crossover network.

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The Klipsch RSB-11 includes a wireless powered subwoofer with an 8" side-firing fiber composite woofer in a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port. The powered sub delivers deep, accurate bass to your movie and music soundtracks. The sophisticated 2.4 GHz technology automatically connects the soundbar and subwoofer together wirelessly; up to 50'. The wireless powered sub's cabinet features a black wood-grain vinyl finish and rubber feet. The wireless powered subwoofer has independent volume control from the included IR remote control.

    Dolby Audio Decoder: The Klipsch RSB-11 incorporates Dolby Audio for rich, clear, powerful sound. Its built-in Dolby Audio decoder allows the Klipsch soundbar system to automatically reproduce detailed, high-output sound in almost any size room no matter what format of sound (including Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2ch PCM) is coming from the TV's output.

    Sound Modes: The Klipsch RSB-11 soundbar & subwoofer system offers 3 sound modes to choose from - Virtual Surround, Voice Enhance, and Night. The Virtual Surround mode is designed to simulate the effect of a surround sound system. The Voice Enhance mode increases dialogue volume for enhanced vocal clarity without increasing ambient sounds. Night mode adjusts the system's dynamic range for quieter listening environments.

    HDMI 2.0: The Klipsch RSB-11's soundbar is outfitted with three HDMI 2.0 inputs and one HDMI 2.0 ARC output. The system's HDMI connectivity supports 4K pass-through and is HDCP 2.2 compliant.

    • 4K Video Pass-Through: The RSB-11 lets you maintain 4K quality from source to screen by allowing 4K video to "pass-through" and be displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality. Giving you the pure 4K experience makes this system the perfect partner for 4K-capable TVs and Ultra-HD Blu-ray players. 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signal are also supported (there is no upscaling).
    • HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by the system's HDMI inputs and output. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players, 4K Satellite/Cable providers, and 4k online video services.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the system's HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your ARC compatible TV to the soundbar system through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    Note: The soundbar's HDMI input does not support HDR (High Dynamic Range) video

    Digital & Analog Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the Klipsch RSB-11 offers an optical (toslink) digital input and a stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog input. Using the digital optical connection, the soundbar 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. The system supports Dolby Digital & 2ch PCM audio through its optical digital input.

    Note: The digital optical output terminals of many newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, HDMI inputs, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via stereo RCA or minijack.

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Klipsch RSB-11 features built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming of stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop, and more to the Klipsch soundbar & subwoofer system. A simple single button press will pair your device with the RSB-11 system. Once paired, the RSB-11 speaker system will automatically re-connect to your device when within range (up to 33').

    • aptX Codec: In addition to supporting Bluetooth's standard SBC codec, the RSB-11 supports aptX for CD-quality streaming from Android OS 4.0+ devices
    • Playback Control: From the system's remote control you can operate basic playback functions like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. You'll continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to control advanced music playback functions and to view song/artist information.
    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 RSB-11.

    Remote Control: The RSB-11 comes with a  full-size IR remote control for wireless operation of the soundbar & subwoofer system. The remote also operates basic playback functions like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track for Bluetooth-connected devices. You can also program the Klipsch RSB-11's Volume Up/Down and Mute functions into your existing TV remote for further ease-of-operation.

    HDMI-CEC: HDMI-CEC allows you to easily manage and operate the RSB-11 system along with an HDMI-CEC compatible TV, Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and/or cable box with a single remote; when all components are connected via HDMI.

    Mounting Options: The soundbar speaker can simply be positioned on a shelf or stand, below or above your TV. It can also be wall-mounted using its dual keyhole slots and included template (mounting screws not included). Because the powered sub is wireless it can be positioned almost anywhere up to 50' from the soundbar speaker. It is recommended that the sub be positioned on the same wall as the soundbar.

    Power Requirements: Both, the active soundbar & wireless powered sub will require AC power.

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Accessories
    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    Reviews and price. Have had other Klipsch products that I've enjoyed [ Brian  Jun 07, 2018 ]
    Good reviews....good price....Klipsch reputation. [ Jeffrey  Apr 15, 2018 ]
    Past experience with brand, price value vs some of the higher end options seemed like a better value [ Brandon  Mar 22, 2018 ]
    Price [ Pat  Feb 24, 2018 ]
    Reputation [ Robert  Feb 22, 2018 ]
    I've heard lower price point Klipsch sound bars that sound incredible - this one is a notch up and I expect it to sound at least as good, if not better than the lower model. Also, I'm buying this on sale for $125 sale price. We aren't interested in the older surround sound systems anymore. [ Michael  Feb 20, 2018 ]
    Multiple inputs and I love klipsch quality and reliability [ Jerry  Sep 08, 2017 ]
    Always loved Klipsch...40 years ago. Researched all sound bars. Picked these and went and listened to them to a variety of music and movies. SOLD! [ James  Aug 21, 2017 ]
    Had what I was looking for. The three HDMI inputs were important. [ ERNEST  Jul 11, 2017 ]
    because of the tech advisor he was very helpfull and patient give him a raise! [ mark  Jul 06, 2017 ]
    As always a few minutes on the phone with a crutchfield advisor will get the job done. Thanks JC!! [ Mike  Jun 02, 2017 ]
    I wanted a quality sound bar for my living room [ Jeff  Apr 20, 2017 ]
    Good quality [ Jan  Mar 17, 2017 ]

    4 questions already asked

    You sure can! The turntable needs to have a phono preamp built into it. If it doesn't, then you can get a phono preamp so they can work together. Here are our phono preamps should you need one: https://www.crutchfield.com/g_50500/Phono-Preamps.html?tp=204 My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Apr 02, 2018 ]  Staff
    I honestly don't know. Sorry. [ Christopher  Mar 26, 2018 ]
    The Klipsch RSB-11 wireless powered subwoofer has independent volume control (from the included remote control) that lets you adjust the bass output independently--however I'm afraid there is no independent treble adjustment. For more details or to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry  Mar 05, 2018 ]  Staff
    HI, this is a pass thru support. All the decoding is done at the device not the soundbar. The only decoding it does is for Dolby digital for sound from your smart tv. Looking at the manual, it does have codes for AT&T remotes. [ Jerry  Feb 20, 2018 ]
    I don't know. I don't have either one. [ ERNEST  Feb 18, 2018 ]
    Thanks for the reply Ernest, even though it wasn't really what I wanted to hear. To answer your question, no I'm not really a gamer, just trying to make a great all around, somewhat future proof setup. I currently have a Sony XBR65X900e and a Klipsch RSB-11 soundbar. The TV has 4 HDMI inputs, but only 2 of the 4 support the latest HDR/18gbps standard, and 1 of those is also the ARC HDMI i have running to the soundbar. I recently purchased an Oppo UDP-203 4k BluRay that will go to the other HDR/18gbps compatible HDMI input because it supports both the Dolby Vision and HDR10 HDR formats. Here's my issue, I also pre-ordered an Xbox One X Scorpio edition that will arrive in November and there aren't any HDR compatible inputs left on my TV. I was hoping my solution would be to just run everything into the HDMI inputs on the soundbar and just let the ARC connection from the soundbar to the TV do the work. Unfortunately though, without HDR pass through via the HDMI inputs on the soundbar it won't work. [ John  Aug 30, 2017 ]
    It does not have HDR pass through. There are only a few HDR monitors. This sound bar is made for TVs. You must be a gamer. [ ERNEST  Aug 30, 2017 ]
    Articles