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Four Reasons Why the Reference R-4B Soundbar Rocks

We are proud to introduce the Klipsch Reference R-4B soundbar and wireless subwoofer into the Klipsch family of soundbars. The newest member is also the most affordable, ensuring that more people won’t be stuck using their TV’s built-in speakers.

Seriously, please don’t use your TV’s crappy built-in speakers. There are dozens of reasons why the Reference R-4B soundbar and wireless subwoofer is amazing; however, we have narrowed it down to four that we believe are most compelling.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Design


One of the most annoying things about many soundbars is that when you place them in front of the television on the same surface that they block a portion of the bottom part of the screen. They may even block the TV’s infrared sensor, meaning that using your remote becomes difficult if not impossible.

The Reference R-4B soundbar stands at a mere 3.5” in height, allowing you to place it directly in front of the television without fear of it blocking the screen or the infrared sensor. If you watch a lot of Sportscenter, you’ll thank us because you won’t be missing the ticker anymore.

Klipsch Reference R-4B remote


The Reference R-4B has a couple of audio settings that are useful additions to one’s listening experience.

Voice Enhance Mode increases the dialogue’s volume, enhancing vocal clarity without boosting the ambient sounds. Never again will you have to say “What did he say?”

Night Mode adjusts dynamic range for quieter listening environments. Here at Klipsch, we are infamous for liking it loud (just ask anyone who attended the Consumer Electronics Show), but there are times when it is simply more comfortable to have a more subdued listening experience.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Wireless Subwoofer


Affordable soundbars often suffer from weak performance, particularly in regards to bass response. Thanks to a 6.5” down-firing wireless subwoofer, the Klipsch Reference R-4B is certainly an exception. Its wooden cabinet boasts a slot-ported design, allowing for deep, powerful bass.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Sound Quality


At the time of this blog post, the Reference R-4B soundbar is the most affordable entry in the Klipsch roster of soundbars. You probably think that we cut a bunch of corners and put out a soundbar that just isn’t up to our usual lofty standards. Wrong.

We say it time and time again, but it’s certainly worth repeating. Whenever we make a product, we aim to deliver best-in-class acoustics. We have done so again. This isn’t “just a soundbar.”


Have questions about the Klipsch Reference R-4B soundbar and wireless subwoofer? Post them in the comments below!

Soundbar vs Surround Sound

Trying to decide between using a soundbar or a home theater system for your home? We’ve listened to your requests and put together this overview to ease your mind and open your ears to the difference in set up and sound quality.

As you know, soundbars are all the rage with their sleek design, easy installation process, wireless set up, and ability to produce a form of surround sound. Does this mean you’ve found a replacement for a separate-piece surround sound system with front, rear, and center speakers? No, of course not. Nothing can replace a full-blown Klipsch home theater setup…BUT a soundbar can be the ideal solution for those seeking an upgrade to their wimpy TV speakers.

Let’s break down the pros and cons of each so you can decide what’s best for you.

Soundbar Overview


  • Easy installation and connectivity
  • Minimal wires
  • Modern design
  • Great for small-medium living spaces
  • Excellent virtual sound, which simulates the surround sound experience


  • May need to buy separate subwoofer (although many Klipsch systems include a sub, such as our HD Theater SB 3, R-10B Soundbar and R-20B Soundbar)
  • The placement of the soundbar creates specific “sweet spots” in your listening experience
  • Does not produce complete surround sound, especially in larger living environments

Surround Sound System Overview


  • Full range surround sound
  • Able to place speakers in multiple stations for optimal acoustics
  • Maximum bass
  • Audiophile theater system presentation


  • Most quality systems require running wires from the receiver to each individual speaker
  • Takes up more space
  • More involved installation process
  • More expensive

Q: Does Bigger = Better?

Big speakers may provide the look of a major sound producing machine, but remember, looks can be deceiving. While it is true large speakers have the ability to produce eardrum pounding sound and are an excellent choice for a large room, soundbars and smaller speaker systems are more than capable of producing quality sound. Make an informed decision and learn how to ensure a quality set up by reviewing the following section.

How Do I Compare a Soundbar to a Surround Sound System?

As with any audio product, there are varying levels of quality and associated performance depending on the device. The best soundbars will overpower and outperform the run-of-the-mill surround sound system. So, the question is, what performance standards do you look for? We’ll make this part easy on you. Just refer to the below list on how to understand the specs to find the quality speaker system you desire.

  • Sensitivity

The speakers’ effectiveness of converting power (watts) into volume (decibels). The higher the sensitivity, the less power the speaker needs to deliver the effective sound. To put it quite simply – a higher sensitivity rating = loud, clear, high quality sound.


Sensitivity Rating

Power Needed To Produce High Volume

Speaker A

85 dB

100 Watts

Speaker B

89 dB

50 Watts

Speaker C

92 dB

25 Watts

*less power to produce higher volume is key for speaker longevity

  • Frequency Response

The range of frequencies that are audible to humans lies between 20 and 20,000 Hert (Hz). Some of the lowest frequencies (below 35 Hz) are more felt than heard (like an earthquake in an action movie), and are produced by the subwoofer. Review the frequency response range to understand what kind of listening experience you will gain with the associated highs and lows that the speaker produces.

  • Power Handling

How much power, in watts, a speaker can handle before it is damaged. Simply put, the higher the power handling, the more likely you are to piss off the neighbors.

  • Impedance

How much electrical resistance is presented against the current flowing from your outputs. Impedance will fluctuate since the speaker will produce sounds at varying frequencies, but all manufacturers will publish a nominal impedance figure. 8 ohms is the norm, though some speakers can handle a 4ohm load (just make sure your receiver matches this load).


Hopefully this helps to answer some of your questions on how to choose the right speaker system. Remember, much of it comes down to personal preference, but be sure to do your homework when it comes to reviewing the specs and associated performance standards of each sound system. We’re sure that either choice will amplify your current set up and make PWK proud.