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Published on April 8th, 2017 | by Greg

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Klipsch RSB-8 Soundbar: Great Sound, With DTS Play-Fi

The modern home entertainment system has come a long way. When we were growing up in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, most serious home audio/visual systems would have a giant, multi-hundred-pound screen, along with a receiver, driving and connecting to a set of floorstanding speakers that could be the weight and size of a couple of adults… each. The cables would be strung about all over, the entire system could get too hot and draw a lot of power, and connecting to different sources would be a fraught proposition.

If you are ever looking for clear sign of how far technology has come, the living room is a pretty great example. Our screens are smaller, brighter, and much better than before- and the sound systems have improved as well. The Klipsch RSB-8 Soundbar would impress your father, grandfather, or just about anyone- especially as it comes with a wireless sub-woofer that might just convince them it is magic. Where earlier models might require a bunch of different connections, this one offers the only one you probably need- an HDMI pass-through with the most important standards like HDR and even 4K. There’s only a single input, but there’s also a minijack analog input, digital optical, USB- and Bluetooth wireless as well so you can stream from your laptop or tablet.

The line includes several models, from the less-expensive RSB-6 (which leaves out DTS Play-Fi but is otherwise a twin) to the top-of-the-line RSB-14. The RSB-8 builds in Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room capabilities, thanks to a partnership with DTS, that allow you to synchronize several different units across your house. And unlike most of the competition, Play-Fi works across many manufacturers as well. A bit surprisingly, no DTS decoding is available, though you will find Dolby Digital decoding. Like many soundbars, the included remote isn’t great- it’s not backlit, and credit-card sized so a bit hard to use in the dark. But the 6.5-inch subwoofer is solid, connects easily, and with dual 2.5″ mids and a pair of 3/4″ tweets combine to push out over 150 watts, plenty of volume for even big rooms.

We’ve liked Klipsch gear in the past, and it boasts a straightforward, matte-black aesthetic that should go with just about anything. Speaking of which, at forty inches wide, the RSB-6 should be flexible enough to suit just about any television. There are some other nifty features too, like dialogue enhancement. And the soundbar is easy to setup, with impressively clear and neutral sound, an adjustable soundstage mode that adds a sense of space, and enough bass to enjoy a true cinematic experience. Expect to spend around $399 online and in stores for the Klipsch RSB-8 Reference Sound Bar, and take your home theater experience to the next level, without needing a whole lot of cables.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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