The US specialist Klipsch promises rich sound for the living room with the compact Klipsch Cinema 400 soundbar, which is presented as the little sister of the Klipsch Cinema 600.
Klipsch Cinema 400, another soundbar from the US specialist Klipsch, for which the company promises nothing less than the legendary Klipsch sound, despite its compact dimensions.
The Klipsch Cinema 400 is part of the manufacturer’s wide range of products in this sector, but its direct relationship to a solution from Klipsch is quite clear….
Klipsch Cinema 400 – The little sister of the Klipsch Cinema 600
In fact, as the name suggests, the new Klipsch Cinema 400 is the little sister of the Klipsch Cinema 600. Here, too, the manufacturer claims that it is a solution that fits seamlessly into the living room and offers flexibility, but above all convincing sound. However, the bottom line is that this is a 2.1-channel system, and there are one or two other features that distinguish the siblings.
Klipsch Horn-loaded Cinema Series Sound Bars
Of course, there’s one thing we can’t do without: a horn-loaded speaker system. After all, that’s what defines the legendary Klipsch sound. Especially in the home cinema segment, its characteristics come into their own.
Soundbar plus wireless subwoofer
Like so many solutions in this field, the Klipsch Cinema 400 is designed in such a way that the actual soundbar is particularly slim and relies on an additional active subwoofer for sovereignty even in the lowest frequency range. Of course, this is not connected by cable, but elegantly via radio.
The soundbar itself uses two oval fibre-composite cone woofers and two linear travel suspension tweeters with a 90° x 90° Tractrix horn. In combination with the active subwoofer, which uses an 8-inch woofer, the result is a 2.1-channel system.
The total power of the system is stated by the manufacturer to be 400 watts, which is mentioned here for the sake of completeness. The frequency response is given as 35 Hz up to 20 kHz.
Dolby Digital for Virtual Surround
The new Klipsch Cinema 400 is capable of processing Dolby Digital signals, but DTS is unfortunately left out.
Among the various sound modes that the new Klipsch Cinema 400 naturally comes with, there is a special Dialog Mode for the best speech intelligibility, a self-explanatory Night Mode and an option for Virtual Surround.
The option of upgrading the system to a true surround sound system, as is possible with its big sister the Klipsch Cinema 600 in conjunction with the Klipsch Surround 3 speakers, is not available with the Klipsch Cinema 400.
HDMI, S/PDIF, Bluetooth and Analogue
The new Klipsch Cinema 400 offers three connection options, the most important of which is HDMI for connecting to your TV. Not only does it transmit audio data, it also transmits control codes via HDMI CEC so that it can be controlled in everyday life using the TV’s remote control alone.
For TVs without HDMI or for an additional source such as a streaming solution, the new Klipsch Cinema 400 also offers an optical S/PDIF interface, a so-called TOS link.
For analogue sources, there is an AUX input in the form of a 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, and mobile devices such as smartphones can be connected directly via Bluetooth.
Slim shape, elegant design and high-quality materials
The manufacturer explicitly emphasises the very slim design of the soundbar. The new Klipsch Cinema 400 is said to be no bigger than 101.4 cm wide, 8.6 cm deep and only 7.3 cm high. This means that the chances are very good that the Klipsch Cinema 400 can be placed directly under a TV set, even if it stands alone on a table stand. Of course, it is also possible to mount the soundbar on a wall; the corresponding holes are located directly on the back of the soundbar and a suitable drilling template for easy mounting is included in the delivery.
The manufacturer also emphasises that the new Klipsch Cinema 400 is made of high-quality materials. For example, wood is used for the cabinet, so that not only the sound and the appearance, but also the feel are of a high quality. The comparison that Klipsch makes with the Klipsch Signature Reference Series seems a little exaggerated to us…
It’s striking that Klipsch gives the new Klipsch Cinema 400 everything it needs to be ready for immediate use. This means that in addition to the actual soundbar, the subwoofer and the respective power cables, an HDMI cable is also included. In addition, there is also an infrared remote control in the package, which should also be mentioned.
The new Klipsch Cinema 400 should be available in specialist shops within the next few days. The recommended retail price is € 399.
Getting to the point
The new Klipsch Cinema 400 is the little sister of the Klipsch Cinema 600, whereby the relationship is indeed a very direct one. However, the option offered by the big sister to upgrade the 2.1-channel system to a full surround system via the optional Klipsch Surround 3 is not available with the Klipsch Cinema 400 model.