Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase Review
First released in 2013, it has proved itself to be a solid performer from a well established expert audio brand.
The ease of set up combined with great performance makes this a very popular soundbase and the
Comprising a single cabinet, single connection sound solution, it will fit neatly under your TV on a stand or shelf, producing a fantastic enhanced sound experience for TV shows, movies and gaming with extended dialogue clarity.
It also comes equipped with Bluetooth built in for easy streaming of audio from your smartphone, tablet or iPod so that you can enjoy your music, radio, audiobooks or podcasts in great audio quality.
Overview of the Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase
The Klipsch SB120 is really easy to set up. Just one power lead and one audio connection lead from your TV to the rear of the sound base.
It can be placed directly underneath your TV (subject to the weight and size specs as given below) or on a shelf or unit below your television.
This positioning means that the sound will seem to come from your TV but will be just so much richer, fuller and with clearer dialogue.
Video Review - see the Klipsch SB120 in detail
Who is the Klipsch suitable for?
This sound base is ideal for anyone who wants great sound without wires and speakers everywhere.
- 160 watts peak power,
- Two .75" (19mm) Aluminum tweeters mated to 90° x 90° Tractrix® Horns,
- Two 3" (7.6cm) poly midrange drivers and
- Two 3” (7.6cm) x 5” (12.7cm) oval, long-throw woofers / ported enclosure
What's included in the Box ?
Inside the box is
- Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase unit
- Power Cord
- Digital Optical Cable
- 3.5mm to Dual RCA analogue cable
- Remote Control
Dimensions and appearance
This is a substantial piece of hardware which looks strong and purposeful in brushed black finish with a painted steel mesh grille.
Make no mistake - this is a large, heavy speaker unit designed to produce impressive sound.
Weighing 23 lbs / (10.4 kg) and measuring
- 3.9" (9.9cm) H
- 32.7" (83.1cm) W
- 13.2" (33.6cm) D
It will support a flatscreen TV weighing up to 100lbs (45kg) with a TV base of up to 31" (78cm) Wide by 11” (28cm) Depth
Klipsch Connections to TV
The Klipsch SB 120 is connected with just a single cable to your TV.
Depending on the outputs that your TV has, choose Optical Digital or if this is not available, RCA analogue to RCA or RCA to 3.5mm.
And the Klipsch SB120 also has wireless bluetooth connectivity so you can stream content directly from your mobile devices and enjoy listening to your music with great sound.
If you would like more details before you buy, check out the Klipsch SB120 Manual
If you are looking for a sounbase with HDMI connections, then take a look at our Sony HT-TX1 Review
Digital Optical Connections
RCA Analogue Connections
Conclusion - Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase
TV shows, movies and gaming all sound much more lifelike with extended dialogue clarity and the inclusion of Bluetooth wireless technology allows it to double as a premium music playback device with simple wireless streaming of your favourite music from your compatible stored music devices.
Fitting elegantly under the TV this sound base delivers the famous Klipsch "wall of sound" but also provides great highs and detailed mids with deep bass. And it really clarifies voices and dialogue for a hugely improved listening experience.
Can I use another remote control?
Yes - you can use a non-Klipsch programmable remote control, such as your Tivo or cable/satellite box remote. The manual contains instructions on how to do this.
Can I use the Klipsch for gaming?
Yes you can if you're playing the game through your TV. Or, if you're using a dedicated monitor with an audio out, you can connect the Klipsch directly to your console digital audio out.
Will the Klipsch work with any flatscreen TV?
You've got a choice of different audio inputs, so it can be connected to pretty much any TV as they usually have one or both of Stereo RCAs (red and white) and Optical connectors.
Can I connect it to my TV with an HDMI cable?
No - the Klipsch does NOT have an HDMI connections. The best pure audio connection available uses the Digital Audio connection and this is recommended to get the best sound from your TV and you get a cable for this connection in the box.
Can I stream music from my iPhone to the Klipsch soundbase?
Yes you can as this sound base includes bluetooth connectivity. Just pair your phone with the unit and it will deliver excellent full sound - you may never want to listen to your iPhone music any other way once you've experienced the difference!