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Klipsch Cinema 1200 Review

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The Klipsch Cinema 1200 offers a bass-heavy sound with a strong connection and low latency, catering to home theater enthusiasts. While its bass is a bit too strong and creates imbalances with mids and trebles, for the performance, it’s well worth the price.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a 2020 model high-end 5.1.4 channel soundbar that boasts an extremely wide soundstage for home theater setups, thanks to Dolby Atmos.

Similar to the best speakers on the market, its neutral audio reproduction and bass output achieve a close-to-authentic sound profile that faithfully recreates the content creators’/audio engineers’ vision.

And just like the top-rated soundbars available today, it comes with an included wooden wireless subwoofer. But if you don’t care about the close-to-perfect bass output, you can also take a look at our Klipsch The One II Review.

Input options include two full-speed HDMI ports (acts as an HDMI hub), an optical and a 3.5 mm audio port, and an ethernet jack. If you need a working USB port to play audio files, check our LG S95QR review today.

And for wireless connectivity, this soundbar features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a built-in Chromecast module. However, if you don’t need Wi-Fi or Chromecast, do check out our LG Eclair QP5 review.

Consensus

our Verdict

Soundwise, the Klipsch Cinema 1200 brings a premium home theater experience with its dedicated subwoofer and immersive Atmos performance. Its adjustable dialogue enhancement and night mode cater to dialogue-centric content.

Connection-wise, the Klipsch Cinema 1200’s low latency ensures lip-syncing accuracy. The bar also supports various audio formats and has impressive audio passthrough capabilities. Chromecast built-in support enhances its connectivity, though it requires a firmware update.

However, the bass-heavy profile might not suit everyone, and some users reported occasional sound loss and connectivity issues. The soundbar’s stereo frequency response is notable, capturing clear dialogue despite the powerful bass.

The controls are simple but work well, and the remote allows users to switch between the EQ presets.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Low latency for lip-synching
  • Klipsch Connect app for sound customization
  • Immersive 5.1.4 setup
  • Dedicated subwoofer for deep bass
  • Adjustable 3-band graphic EQ
  • Good Atmos performance
  • Clear dialogue reproduction
  • Night mode for reduced subwoofer dynamic range
  • Chromecast built-in support (via update)
  • Excellent audio format support

Reason to Avoid

  • Overwhelming bass for some users
  • No room correction feature
  • Lack of DTS and DTS:X support
  • Limited volume adjustability
  • Occasional soundbar lock-ups
  • No voice assistant integration
  • Some frequency gaps in audio
  • Speaker volume adjustability lacking

Klipsch Cinema 1200 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth6.2 pounds
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.94"
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight42 lbs
WidthWidth54"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithChromecast, Remote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)28.284
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,491.422
Max Volume Test (db)93.7
Latency (ms)29
THD @ 80dB0.62

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Market Context

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a 2020 model high-end 5.1.4 channel soundbar that boasts an extremely wide soundstage for home theater setups, thanks to Dolby…

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a 2020 model high-end 5.1.4 channel soundbar that boasts an extremely wide soundstage for home theater setups, thanks to Dolby Atmos.

Similar to the best speakers on the market, its neutral audio reproduction and bass output achieve a close-to-authentic sound profile that faithfully recreates the content creators’/audio engineers’ vision.

And just like the top-rated soundbars available today, it comes with an included wooden wireless subwoofer. But if you don’t care about the close-to-perfect bass output, you can also take a look at our Klipsch The One II Review.

Input options include two full-speed HDMI ports (acts as an HDMI hub), an optical and a 3.5 mm audio port, and an ethernet jack. If you need a working USB port to play audio files, check our LG S95QR review today.

And for wireless connectivity, this soundbar features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a built-in Chromecast module. However, if you don’t need Wi-Fi or Chromecast, do check out our LG Eclair QP5 review.

Thanks to its 5.1.4 channel speaker setup, the Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a wider soundstage compared to the Klipsch Cinema 800. As a result, the…

Thanks to its 5.1.4 channel speaker setup, the Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a wider soundstage compared to the Klipsch Cinema 800. As a result, the Cinema 1200 can reproduce true Dolby Atmos surround sound, but the Cinema 800 soundbar is only capable of downmixing Dolby Atmos content. To learn more about the Klipsch Cinema 800, make sure to visit our Klipsch Cinema 800 review today.

The Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar has a more comprehensive 11.1.4 channel speaker setup that performs better than the Klipsch Cinema 1200 when it comes to Dolby…

The Samsung HW-Q950A soundbar has a more comprehensive 11.1.4 channel speaker setup that performs better than the Klipsch Cinema 1200 when it comes to Dolby Atmos and soundstage. The Samsung soundbar also has built-in voice assistants, DTS audio codec support, and an auto-calibration/room correction tool, all of which the Klipsch soundbar lacks. However, the Klipsch Cinema 1200 does produce a slightly deeper bass.

Despite featuring only a 5.1.2 channel speaker setup, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 marginally surpasses the Klipsch Cinema 1200 (5.1.4 channel speaker setup) in regards…

Despite featuring only a 5.1.2 channel speaker setup, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 marginally surpasses the Klipsch Cinema 1200 (5.1.4 channel speaker setup) in regards to the soundstage and Dolby Atmos performance, thanks to its more neutral sound profile. The Bose soundbar also boasts a built-in microphone for native voice assistants to double as a smart home speaker and an auto-calibration/room correction tool, both of which the Klipsch soundbar lacks.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

6.2 pounds

14.5"

5.4"

4.21"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

No

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.94"

18.5"

2.7"

2.29"

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Included

Optional (sold separately)

Surround Sound Supported

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS:X

Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD

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  • Rtings
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    Category Trust Rating

    81
    The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is great for mixed usage. Its dedicated subwoofer helps reproduce a… Read More

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Sound and Vision
    64.44

    Category Trust Rating

    93
    The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is among the least expensive of today’s high-end soundbar solutions and… Read More

    By:

    Rob Sabin
  • MacSources
    45.87

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Klipsch Cinema 1200 Sound Bar Surround System is a fantastic option not only for… Read More

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    Robyn

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