Klipsch has announced the debut of two premium sound bars combining “quality materials” and horn-loaded technology to more closely resemble the company’s premium Reference speakers. The new line consists of the wood-encased BAR 48 (MSRP $499) and BAR 40 (MSRP $299) sound bars with wireless subwoofers, promising to give movies and music “clarity and realism.”
The 3.1 BAR 48 includes a dedicated center channel speaker, a wireless 8” subwoofer and built-in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS and DTS-HD surround processing technologies. The unit is designed to sit below a TV screen, measures 48” in length and 2.8” in height, and can be wall-mounted or placed on a table. Optional SURROUND 3 speakers, which the company says are easy to set up, can turn the 3.1 bar into a dedicated 5.1 surround sound system with the aforementioned 5.1 audio playback capabilities. BAR 48 U.S. MSRP is $499 each. The SURROUND 3 will set you back $249 for the pair.
The BAR 40 has a 2.1 configuration with wireless 6.5” subwoofer, a built-in Dolby Audio decoder, plus enhanced virtual surround sound modes. Measuring 40” in length and 2.8” high, it also bears a similarly discreet form factor as the BAR 48, and will allow for listeners to “hear every detail” on films, shows and music.
Klipsch BAR 48 with SURROUND 3 Rear Speakers (above)
Both new sound bars work with Bluetooth wireless enabled devices and come with remotes for independent control of sound bar and subwoofer levels. The company says it will introduce additional sound bars with further enhancements in the fall of 2019. In the meantime, the BAR 48 and BAR 40 are available to buy direct from Best Buy, Crutchfield and Klipsch.com, and will be available at other authorized retailers in the near future. You can learn more about the products here.