Klipsch has two new soundbar designs available to Australia, the BAR 40 at $848, and the BAR 48 at $1248. Both come with a wireless subwoofer, and both bar designs being sealed enclosures made from real wood, just like the brand’s premium loudspeaker lines.
Both also make a point of emphasising Klipsch's love of horn-driven tech up front, with the end of each bar featuring one of Klipsch's own Linear-Travel Suspension Tweeters inside a 90x90-degree Tractrix horn, as featured in pretty much every Klipsch speaker (except for headphones and subwoofers). Klipsch feels that this horn-loading technology delivers a unique combination of precision, clarity and effortless power, ideal in this case to deliver an upgrade to television sound and to enhance movies and music with clarity and realism.
The BAR 40 is a 2.1-channel model 102mm in length and just 71mm in height, with 320W quoted power for its twin 19mm tweeters and three-inch oval fiber-composite cone woofers, with a separate wireless 6.5-inch subwoofer. HDMI (ARC) provides for an easy connection to your TV, with optical and analogue minijack connections as well, and Bluetooth also onboard for music streaming. A subwoofer output allows a second subwoofer to be added (to either model), or for any Klipsch subwoofer to be used in place of the wireless model.
The Klipsch BAR 48 is adds a centre channel for 3.1, with three 25.4mm tweeters plus six of the 3-inch oval fiber-composite cone woofers, along with a larger wireless 8-inch subwoofer and the ability to add optional SURROUND 3 speakers ($599, pictured above) for rear use, turning this 3.1 sound bar into a full-fledged, dedicated 5.1-channel surround sound system capable of handling Dolby and DTS 5.1-channel formats natively.
The BAR 48 is slightly longer at 122mm long (48 inches, hence the name) but still just 71mm high; either model can be wall-mounted or placed on a table.
More information: www.klipsch.com.au