The look is rough and masculine, with a length that best matches TVs at 46 inches and up. The soundbar has an HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2 and hence all the latest video resolutions. However, it lacks a display, so you need to get close in order to see the input and sound modes. The small and disappointing remote control doesn’t help.
The dialogue on movies is not as clear as with Samsung and LG, and the RSB-6 is not as good at simulating surround sound. The actual timbre in the soundscape reminds you a lot of what we are used to from the cinema. Rough and tough, with a hint of brutality. Therefore, it is somewhat disappointing to note that the soundbar is unable to keep up when the sound is cranked up. It sounds fairly flat, and explosions and gunfire in the otherwise intriguing Alien: Covenant do not burst out from the soundscape. Nevertheless, we think it is still acceptable. Barely.
Music via wireless Bluetooth is another story. As with the Panasonic SC-HTB250, it sounds totally lifeless and unengaging, where there should be transients pumping against a roof. None of the other soundbars in the test have this problem.
It sounds far better with CD. The music sounds rhythmic enough, and works fine. But Klipsch does not threaten the best. The bass sounds coloured and everything gets a very PA sound, but it is not followed by dynamics and force. Klipsch are miles away from JBL Bar 3.1 in this respect.
With such a tough exterior and a sound character reminiscent of PA sound, it’s a bit disappointing to note that Klipsch RSB-6 is a rather disappointing story. It sounds fairly flat, action scenes are rendered without any major contrast, and we are never fooled into believing that there is surround sound here. The sound from Bluetooth is the worst, which is virtually useless. Flat as the pulse of a stuffed sloth.
It also lacks a display, and the remote control is of poor quality.
Also in this test
JBL Bar 3.1
No one in the class provide this sense of home cinema. JBL crushes everyone on sheer force, and the sound quality is good enough for it to take the lead.
Let the sound flow
The soundbar from LG is one of the most affordable with built-in network features and streaming of music services. It also sounds good.
The soundbar from Samsung has a beautiful coherence in the tones, which makes both movies and music a pleasant experience.
Small and half-hearted
The small soundbar from Panasonic sounds bigger and more powerful than you might think. But it has a few issues.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana
Creative’s soundbar is for gamers and the only one in the test with USB inputs that replaces the sound card in PCs and Macs.
Surprisingly huge sound
Yamaha was first on the market with active soundbars. This is their first with DTS Virtual:X surround sound.
Philips Fidelio B1/12
Better on TV than music
This is one of the smallest soundbars on the market. It sounds bigger than it looks, but has its shortcomings.
Extra dimension in height
Sony’s soundbar simulates both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in height, thus giving an extra dimension to the soundscape. Yes, it works.