Klipsch has announced that it will showcase three new “feature-rich” sound bars at the CES this week, what the company says are a major upgrade to stand-alone TV sound, adding “dimension, clarity and realism.” The new products are crafted from wood and are built to look and sound like Klipsch’s Reference line of speakers.
The top-of-the-line $1,499 Bar 54 (pictured above) is available in the fall of 2020, includes Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X audio and is a 54 inches in length. It comes with a 12-inch wireless subwoofer and Surround 3 with Dolby Atmos speakers. The system can achieve a 5.1.4 sound field by simulating height channels and promises to bring “clarity and depth” to music and movies. The Bar 54 supports HDMI-eARC connectivity as part of the HDMI 2.1 spec to allow compatible TVs to transmit Dolby Atmos from built-in apps. There is also built-in universal Wi-Fi to work with Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, and Amazon Alexa for control through streaming partners. You can also add Dolby Atmos speakers (sold separately) for discrete 7.1.4 surround sound.
Klipsch Bar 48
Bar 48 ($699) also has Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X onboard, is available in the fall, and predictably measures 48 inches in length. It comes with a 10-inch wireless subwoofer for 3.1 audio. The included HDMI-eARC connection also allows for compatible TVs to transmit Dolby Atmos from built-in apps. It can be paired with Klipsch Surround 3 speakers (also sold separately) for 5.1 surround sound.
Finally, available in the summer at $499, the 44 inch Bar 44 is the smallest in the series and comes with an 8-inch subwoofer for delivery of 3.1 audio. Surround tech on board comprises Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. There’s also Bluetooth wireless connectivity and HMDI-ARC to connect to a TV with a single HDMI cable. It can be paired with Klipsch Surround 3 speakers for 5.1 surround sound.
Once again, if you’re off to Vegas this week, you will find Klipsch at booth #13506 in the Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center. To find out more of Klipsch’s news at CES, click here.