Klipsch R-10B Review

In the world of speakers, Klipsch is one of the most iconic companies. They’ve been producing audio equipment for over 70 years. Their lineup includes a variety of styles and sizes for all purposes, from home theater to general listening enjoyment.

The Klipsch R-10B is a little different from other high-end bookshelf speakers because it features two drivers on each side instead of one. This creates a wider soundstage and more detailed treble response than competing models in its price range.
The Klipsch R-10B is also one of the most affordable bookshelf speakers without sacrificing sound quality.

Klipsch R-10B Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer (Satin Black) OPEN BOX
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Features:

The Klipsch R-10B is a high performance bookshelf speaker  designed with a 10″ woofer and one horn tweeter for crisp, clean sound reproduction in a highly musical package. Klipsch’s classic sound has been updated with several key technological advances to produce an eclectic listening experience that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.

A proprietary horn-loaded tweeter module coupled with Klipsch’s legendary expertise in drive units and crossover networks produce rich, dynamic sound with crisp transients, natural midrange and full-bodied bass.

The R-10B’s newly designed cabinet with its nonmagnetic, anodized aluminum front baffle, integrated rear crossover networks and an adjustable tweeter protection diaphragm signal the company’s commitment to producing speaker systems that are not only ruggedly dependable but also highly musical. The R-10B is the perfect complement for your desktop workstation and will enhance your computer audio and entertainment systems.

Let’s begin our Klipsch R-10B Review by taking a look at some of its technical specifications. The speaker features a 10″ Cerametallic™ woofer that is paired with an aluminum horn tweeter to produce incredibly smooth, refined sound.

The speaker features an integrated crossover network that allows the user to adjust both the tweeter and woofer trimming curves by simply rotating the tweeter control knob. The unique front baffle is also anodized aluminum, which is nonmagnetic, making it ideal for use in home theater systems. The Klipsch R-10B is powered by a high-quality 300watt amplifier that ensures that your music will sound its best regardless of volume settings.

Klipsch R-10B Features:

• 10″ Cerametallic™ Woofer
• 1″ Titanium Dome Tweeter
• Integrated Crossover Network System for Tweeter and Woofer Trimming Curves
• Adjustable Tweeter Protection Diaphragm Module
• Aluminum 15.7 oz. Cabinet with Nonmagnetic, Anodized Front Baffle and Integrated Rear Crossovers for System Optimization and Noise Reduction Effects.

Specifications:

The Klipsch R-10B is a compact, wall-mountable two-way (2.83″ woofer and 1.66″ tweeter) speaker that uses the company’s patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology to deliver “sound with unmatched depth and clarity.” The speaker gets its power from a built in lithium ion battery which is expected to give the R-10B approximately 9 hours of continuous playback on one charge.

Just as a starting point, the R-10B is Klipsch’s third satellite speaker to use DSP technology. The first two, the Klipsch K-10 and K-31 use the same technology to deliver sound with “real 3D” perspective and dimensionality.

According to Klipsch Audio President Randy Wiedemeier, “Klipsch R-10B is a new product that delivers incredible performance at a premium price. It’s not for everybody, but it does deliver an incredible level of performance. I call it ‘audiophile quality’ performance. It’s the type of product that the serious music lover or someone who has high-end audio can appreciate.”

The R-10B boasts a broad array of inputs including an analog input, optical digital input, coaxial digital input, and both Bluetooth and AirPlay wireless transmission technologies.

Audio Performance:

Klipsch is a reputable American company that makes high-quality speakers and headphones. They make the R-10B, an over-the-ear headphone with Bluetooth connectivity. The speaker has 10mm neodymium drivers for powerful bass and crisp highs, along with 40mm titanium coated dome tweeters for “improved clarity” of treble sounds.

There are also three microphones used to create automatic noise cancelling, perfect for when you’re in a crowded place with loud conversations going on around you. This allows you to better hear the music you’re playing without any interruptions from outside noise. The R-10B also sports a leatherette material on the ear cups and headband, giving it a luxurious feel that enhances comfort.

Connectivity Availability:

The R-10B can connect to your device using Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC, and is compatible with smart phones that use Android 4.3 or later or Apple devices that use iOS 7.0 or later, such as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPad Mini 1-4, iPod Touch 5th generation and newer devices. The NFC feature allows you to connect to your device simply by tapping it with the speaker—connecting via Bluetooth takes a little more time and effort.

The speaker comes with a carrying case and a USB cord for charging purposes. It also offers volume, play/pause and volume up/volume down controls as well as three different EQ modes (flat, bass boost and treble boost). The Bluetooth range is 10 meters; we were able to walk across the room and still hear the music playing from the R-10B.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Excellent frequency range.
  • Loud with large soundstage.
  • Doesn’t require an amp to produce exceptional sound quality.
  • Flexible with placement.
  • Only 18 inches tall.
  • Aggressive aesthetics.
  • Punchy but not too bright bass.

Cons:

  • Horrible HDMI sound quality
  • Weak bass performance
  • Noisy at high volumes
  • Only two input options (Bluetooth and cable)

Conclusion:

Klipsch has been in the audio industry for over 65 years now and as such they know their stuff when it comes to sound. This is why we were excited to hear that the company would be releasing its first ever smart speaker for Spotify, and after having spent some time with it we can now say that our hopes were not misplaced.

The R-10B is definitely a looker and we thought that the combination of neutral colors (black and white) and the clear-cut design was a great idea. The device is built out of high quality plastic which gives the speaker a premium feel when in use, but it also means that it’s not as durable as some of its competitors.

The R-10B has a total of ten drivers and two tweeters which means that it is capable of producing stereo sound and the fact that these are 20W speakers means that you get quite a lot of volume. The top grill can be pushed inwards to reveal the bass driver which gives you an idea about the R-10B’s prowess in this department. The device also has rear-firing drivers and it can be used horizontally or vertically.

FAQ:

Q: Is the Klipsch r-10b worth the money?

A: The higher-end Klipsch R-10B ($600/AU$999) is a sound bar for those lucky souls. Like the that preceded it, the Klipsch R-10B is a high quality speaker system with few frills, but plenty of thrills.

Q: What is the difference between r-10b and R-1 soundbar?

A: The R-10B is a 2.1-channel soundbar that consists of two horn-loaded fabric tweeters supporting two 3-inch polypropylene woofers, while the “.1” is a 8-inch ported subwoofer with a side-firing driver and a solid MDF cabinet. The company claims the system is capable of a frequency response of 27Hz to 20kHz, which is very respectable.

Q: What is the frequency response of the r-10b?

A: The company claims the system is capable of a frequency response of 27Hz to 20kHz, which is very respectable. After you connect your sources via stereo analog RCA jacks, optical digital cable or Bluetooth, the R-10B you’ll be ready to start playing movies or music.

Q: What are the downsides of the Klipsch SoundLink?

A: Aside from price, the Klipsch’s only real downsides are poorer-than-normal Bluetooth playback (if you don’t have an aptX phone) and a lack of inputs. All told though, this is a pretty top-notch system with an emphasis on sound quality.