Klipsch might have taken its time to affix the Dolby Atmos soundbar race, but it surely’s right here now, and it introduced alongside a fire-breathing monster. The $1,699 Cinema 1200 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar, which might be ordered right now by means of Klipsch.com, is a 1,200-watt 5.1.4 system that comes with a wi-fi subwoofer and two wi-fi encompass audio system for a totally immersive residence theater setup. Klipsch has additionally launched the cheaper $879 Cinema 800 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar. Right here’s what we find out about these two new fashions within the Klipsch soundbar lineup.
Klipsch Cinema 1200 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar
It is perhaps powerful to inform from the photograph above, however the Cinema 1200 is a beast each in energy and dimension. The principle soundbar measures 54-inches in width — wider than many TVs. It’s deep too, at simply over six inches, however Klipsch has managed to restrict the peak to only a hair beneath three inches, which ought to maintain it from obscuring the underside of most TVs.
The 12-inch wi-fi subwoofer can be beefy at 15-inches per aspect and over 20 inches tall. The soundbar, subwoofer, and wi-fi encompass audio system all use handmade wooden cabinetry, which Klipsch claims is a part of the rationale why its audio system sound the best way they do.
The presence of the round up-firing drivers on the ends of the soundbar, mixed with the encompass audio system, which even have their very own up-firing drivers, provides you 4 discrete peak channels, which ought to create a really immersive 3D sound subject for Dolby Atmos content material.
The soundbar additionally packs three one-inch Tractrix horn-loaded tweeters and 6 three-inch oval midrange drivers. These 9 drivers are answerable for the middle, front-left, and front-right channels.
The Cinema 1200 isn’t shy on inputs. It boasts two HDMI inputs, each with 8K/Dolby Imaginative and prescient passthrough, an HDMI eARC port for connecting to a TV, a 3.5mm analog jack, and an optical port. There’s additionally a wired subwoofer output for individuals who wish to run a second, wired sub with their system.
On the subject of wi-fi connections, you get Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi, too. With Wi-Fi, the Cinema 1200 is suitable with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and also will work with Spotify Join. There’s no AirPlay 2 or Chromecast assist, and Klipsch hasn’t indicated how people will stream non-Spotify music companies — it could require utilizing Google or Amazon’s sensible residence platforms.
The system has onboard decoding for a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos sign, in addition to Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. Curiously, Klipsch doesn’t appear to assist the upper decision, lossless Dolby TrueHD format, which signifies that audio tracks from Blu-ray discs could also be down-converted.
Klipsch Cinema 800 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar
The Cinema 800 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar might be higher suited to somebody who desires immersive Atmos sound however in a a lot smaller, easier, and extra inexpensive bundle, but it surely nonetheless packs quite a lot of punch, with 800 watts of energy.
As with the Cinema 1200, each the soundbar and wi-fi subwoofer have picket cupboards. At 48 inches large and solely 3.5 inches deep, the soundbar is smaller, however nonetheless fairly massive as bars go. The wi-fi sub makes use of a 10-inch driver.
You’ll discover the identical set of inputs and outputs on the again of the bar: Two HDMI inputs and one HDMI eARC output, plus analog and optical inputs with a wired subwoofer output. And 8K/HDR passthrough is supported on each HDMI inputs.
The place the Cinema 800 is considerably completely different from its bigger sibling is in the way it renders Dolby Atmos. It doesn’t have discrete up-firing drivers within the soundbar, and there aren’t any encompass audio system included. So though it has 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos decoding identical to the Cinema 1200, it should virtualize this content material by means of only a 3.1 channel speaker system.
Some digital Dolby Atmos audio system can do a surprisingly good job at simulating each the overhead peak channels, in addition to the left/proper encompass channels — we’ll have to attend and see if the Cinema 800 belongs to this membership.