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Klipsch Reference RSB-3

Powered sound bar with Bluetooth®

1 Review

Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference RSB-3

Space-friendly way to add Klipsch sound

Like Klipsch's energetic sound, but don't have a lot of room in your TV setup? Their Reference RSB-3 sound bar can be wall-mounted or placed on a stand below your TV. This single speaker delivers clear dialogue and hard-hitting effects. Even without a separate sub, you get tight, lively bass that plays especially well in small- to mid-sized rooms.     

Product Highlights:

  • two-channel sound bar delivers hard-hitting, immediate sound for shows and music
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • slim design ideal for wall-mounting beneath a flat-panel TV or resting on a TV stand
Sound Features:
  • four built-in drivers:
    • two 3/4" textile dome tweeters mated to Tractrix Horns for wide dispersion
    • two 2-1/2" full-range oval woofers
  • bass ports reinforce lower frequency sounds
  • Dolby® Digital decoding
  • virtual surround sound mode for a more immersive listening experience
  • vocal enhance mode for clear speech
Connections and General Info:
  • optical digital audio input (cable included)
  • 1 minijack analog audio input
  • keyhole slots for wall-mounting (wall template included)
  • remote control
  • 36"W x 2-5/8"H x 4"D
  • weight: 7.0 lbs.
  • 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
  • AC power adapter (attached 6' DC cord)
  • 2-Prong AC plug insert (US)
  • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • 58" Optical digital cable
  • Wall-Mount Template
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Sheet
Reviews

Klipsch Reference RSB-3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

What a find!

Nick from Topeka, KS on 12/14/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I moved my 40" television didn't make it. So, out I go and wound up with a 50" television. In the new house there are no pictures up yet and it is hardwood throughout - so sound just goes all over the place. The speakers on the TV just weren't cutting it. So I looked at Crutchfield and called them for suggestions, Spoke with Barry and we came up with the Klipsch Reference RSB-3. Then there was a problem with the CC since I just moved and the order was put on hold. After taking care of that problem, I called Crutchfield back and they put the sound bar on a 2nd day delivery at no further cost to me. THIS IS GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. Anyway - the actual product works like a charm - very easy to set-up and operate - and it SOUNDS AWESOME. So much better than the TV speakers. Thank you Barry and Crutchfield. I will continue to shop here. Again - GREAT customer service and great products

Pros: Easy installation. Easy operation. Sounds great.

Cons: A little difficult to get the volume control to link with the tv remote - but that is small potatoes.

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 0.75" Horn-loaded (2)
Midrange None
Woofer 2.5" Oval-cone (2)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver Not Given
Features
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel No
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 55-18k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 56
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
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 None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 0
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 2-3/4H x 36-1/16W x 4D
Sound Bar Weight 7 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research

Features

Tractrix Horn Technology: The Klipsch RS-B3 active soundbar speaker is equipped with two 0.75" horn-loaded textile dome tweeters with 90° x 90° Tractrix horns that deliver crisp highs and vocals, plus dual 2.5" fiber composite woofers for dynamic midrange and midbass. 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.

DSP Controlled Bi-Amplification: The tweeters and woofers are bi-amplified and utilize a DSP-controlled crossover network. Each tweeter receives 10 watts of power, while each woofer receives 18 watts of power (for a total system power of 56 watts continuous).

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The active soundbar speaker features a Bass Reflex enclosure with side-firing ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The enclosure is made of ABS and features a black metal mesh grille.

Dolby Audio Decoder: The Klipsch RS-B3 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 (including Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2ch PCM) of sound is coming from the TV's output.

Sound Modes & EQ Profiles: The Virtual Surround mode is designed to simulate the effect of a surround sound system. You can choose to turn the Virtual Surround mode off for stereo sound. You can also choose between two EQ profiles (Natural or Dialog Enhanced) in either Virtual Surround or Stereo mode. The Natural EQ profile provides a flat, natural frequency response, while he Dialog Enhanced EQ profile increases dialog volume for enhanced vocal clarity without increasing ambient sounds (only one EQ profile can be active at a time).

Digital & Analog Inputs: The Klipsch RS-B3 offers an optical (toslink) digital input and a stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog input. Using the optical digital 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 RS-B3 features built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming of stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to the Klipsch soundbar speaker system. You'll continue to use your Bluetooth source device to control playback and to view song/artist information. A simple single button press will pair your device with the RS-B3 system. Once paired, the RS-B3 speaker system will automatically re-connect to your device when within range (up to 33').

Note: The Klipsch RS-B3 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for phone calls.

Remote Control: The RS-B3 comes with a credit-card size IR remote control for wireless operation of the soundbar speaker system. You can also program the Klipsch RS-B3's Volume Up/Down and Mute functions into your existing TV remote for further ease-of-operation.

Note: Many newer TVs are coming with RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be able to program the soundbar and TV remote to work together.

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).

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Simple one piece .... larger speakers than most soundbar, bass reflex, do not need a subwoofer [ Rey P.  Nov 20, 2017 ]
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