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Klipsch Bar 48 Review

True Score

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Experts

74
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Expert Rankings

While you get crystal-clear vocals and loud sound for dialogue-heavy movies, the Klipsch Bar 48’s mid-range price isn’t justified for cinephiles seeking an immersive viewing experience. Drawbacks include the relatively high latency, narrow soundstage, imbalanced sound profile, and missing Atmos and EQ presets.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Klipsch Bar 48 is a mid-range soundbar that was first released in 2019, and it delivers an excellent surround sound experience in most living room setups, just like the best speakers out there.

This model boasts a comprehensive 3.1-channel speaker setup and, similar to the best soundbars, comes with a dedicated subwoofer unit that connects via Bluetooth.

But if you don’t want a subwoofer and are looking for a stereo (2.0 channel) soundbar instead, take a look at our JBL Link Bar review. The soundbar also features a dedicated center channel speaker, which the brand claims, helps balance the sound output to desired levels.

But if you are an audiophile and need an even more detailed and nuanced sound output, check out our Klipsch Cinema 400 review. This soundbar features an option to upgrade, as well, which you can perform by adding a second subwoofer to the setup.

And its port selection includes an HDMI ARC, one optical audio port, a USB port, and a 3.5 mm jack.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Klipsch Bar 48 is missing Full HDMI, but it connects reliably with HDMI ARC and Optical, and the subwoofer is a wireless subwoofer. Audio is crackle-free, but the tested latency leans towards the higher end (89ms via ARC and 73ms via Optical).

The soundstage is narrow, sounds come from the front due to weak downmixed surround, and the lack of Dolby Atmos hampers immersion.

Additionally, the subwoofer lacks bass, and the sound, though loud, has an imbalanced profile, making it unsuitable for action films. Nonetheless, the center channel reproduces audio accurately.

You can conveniently tweak soundbar functions with its handy remote, and although the bar’s fairly sturdy, it doesn’t feel premium. Lastly, input commands are responsive, but the bar is missing EQ presets to customize sounds and an app for hassle-free control.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Secure connection
  • No disturbing audio sounds
  • Clear dialogue reproduction
  • Gets loud
  • Sturdy bar

Reason to Avoid

  • Slightly high latency
  • Narrow soundstage
  • Poor surround performance
  • Less extended bass
  • Uneven sound signature
  • No EQ presets
  • No app compatibility

Klipsch Bar 48 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.4"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.9"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS-HD
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight15.4 lbs
WidthWidth47.75"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)62.586
High End Roll Off (Hz)12,354.606
Max Volume Test (db)101.9
Latency (ms)89
THD @ 80dB0.26

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Market Context

The Klipsch Bar 48 is a mid-range soundbar that was first released in 2019, and it delivers an excellent surround sound experience in most living…

The Klipsch Bar 48 is a mid-range soundbar that was first released in 2019, and it delivers an excellent surround sound experience in most living room setups, just like the best speakers out there.

This model boasts a comprehensive 3.1-channel speaker setup and, similar to the best soundbars, comes with a dedicated subwoofer unit that connects via Bluetooth.

But if you don’t want a subwoofer and are looking for a stereo (2.0 channel) soundbar instead, take a look at our JBL Link Bar review. The soundbar also features a dedicated center channel speaker, which the brand claims, helps balance the sound output to desired levels.

But if you are an audiophile and need an even more detailed and nuanced sound output, check out our Klipsch Cinema 400 review. This soundbar features an option to upgrade, as well, which you can perform by adding a second subwoofer to the setup.

And its port selection includes an HDMI ARC, one optical audio port, a USB port, and a 3.5 mm jack.

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Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Depth

3.4"

13.38"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Height

2.9"

7.13"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1

Subwoofer

Included

Optional (sold separately)

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True Score

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  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    72
    Mediocre for mixed usage. The Klipsch Bar 48 has a bright sound profile that won’t… Read More

    By:

    Jean-Simon Bonneterre
  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    This 3.1-channel bar and bass combo isn’t cheap, and won’t be for everyone, but its… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Klipsch BAR 48 delivers an impressive audio performance thanks to the company’s legendary speaker… Read More

    By:

    Stephen Withers
  • Consumer Reports
    40.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

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    Unknown
  • Pocket Lint
    55.88

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Klipsch Bar 48 eschews modern design choices and object-based sonics, resulting in a decidedly… Read More

    By:

    Steve Withers

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