Klipsch Surround Sound System

Last updated date: December 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

Klipsch Surround Sound System

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 125 expert reviews, the Klipsch Klipsch Surround Sound System placed 7th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 12, 2020:
Checkout The Best In-Home Sound System for a detailed review of all the top in-home sound systems.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
111 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Klipsch Reference Theater Pack offers excellent sound from a very compact set of 5.1 surround speakers. The included wireless sub has plenty of low-end muscle. Klipsch built in similar components to its full-sized speakers.
- CNET
January 24, 2018 | Full review
Cloth-covered grilles are magnetically attached. On the back are a port, a threaded insert on each sat (two on the center), and spring-loaded cylindrical binding posts.
- Sound And Vision
March 27, 2018 | Full review
With very minimal cone breakup and disturbing distortion, these amazingly light, and extremely rigid cones deliver remarkable low frequency response.
- 10 Techy
The subwoofer in this system is wireless, so you'll have plenty of flexibility when deciding where to place it. The other speakers in the set have keyhole mount and threaded inserts to allow you to mount them where you'd like.
- Official Top 5 Review
Great sound, subwoofer is fantastic. Great price. cant imagine buying a package more then this
- ABT
You do not require any experts to assist you in connecting the speakers. The keyhole mount ensures that you can place the speakers anywhere in your room.
- Karaoke Bonanza
September 8, 2019 | Full review
It does come with a simple remote, and though this speaker is light on features, the good news is you don’t have to do any major tweaking to get it sounding good out of the box.
- Heavy
The speakers are ultra lightweight which means they’re easy to mount on just about any wall or surface.
- Outer Audio
January 14, 2019 | Full review
The pieces are compact, with a minimal footprint that fits nicely in a small- or medium-sized room.
- Lifewire
October 25, 2019 | Full review
The sound performance is great due to the Injection Molded Graphite woofers, which provide a fantastic low-frequency response with minimal distortion.
- The Tech Lounge
September 10, 2019 | Full review
The advantage of having down-firing woofers is that it makes it easier to set up in a smaller room and still get the right acoustic. The satellite speakers have mounts in them which will make it easier for you to wall mount them if required.
- Techno Bezz
September 27, 2019 | Full review
On aesthetics, Klipsch Reference home theater is a perfect marriage between the finest material and acoustic technology producing a charming 5.1 surround sound system; the ideal home theater system to come home to.
- The Encounter Broadway
July 6, 2019 | Full review
The good thing about this home theater system is its sub-woofer that establishes low frequencies. Also, it comes with mounting holes for easier placement.
- 10Speakers
July 5, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
At a grand, though, the Klipsch is a little expensive for what it does.
- CNET
January 24, 2018 | Full review
On the downside, there was a hollow-plasticky coloration coming from the cabinets. Knowing that these had been switched from the harder, stone-like material to the lighter plastic, I asked myself if this was confirmation bias—the tendency to allow a pre-existing theory to overwhelm facts.
- Sound And Vision
March 27, 2018 | Full review
Clips are bit Flimsy
- 10 Techy
This product is one of the more expensive options we reviewed.
- Official Top 5 Review
No playback functions; in short, it requires a receiver
- Karaoke Bonanza
September 8, 2019 | Full review
The one downside about this setup is that it does not come with an audio receiver, which it really should at this price.
- Heavy
The subwoofer element may be a bit bulky
- The Tech Lounge
September 10, 2019 | Full review
Requires a stable internet connection
- 10Speakers
July 5, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Klipsch black reference theater pack we've taken the premium materials and acoustic technology of our revered reference Series and designed a beautiful 5.1 surround sound system to pair with your favorite AV receiver. Complete with a wireless subwoofer, The reference theater pack brings the Klipsch cinematic sound into your home with an incredibly minimal footprint. Cinematic performance The reference theater pack delivers superior Acoustic performance by leveraging injection molded graphite (IMG) woofers. These exceptionally lightweight cones are extremely rigid – providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion. A linear travel Suspension (LTS) tweeter minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance. Lts tweeters have been a hallmark of our reference Series product lines, making it a core component of one of the best speakers in the world. Horn-loaded power Our exclusive tractrix Horn technology and aluminum tweeters deliver the most impressive high-end response and greater extension, enhanced Imaging and powerful dynamics. This creates the cleanest, most natural sound possible. Wireless, robust bass The down-firing wireless subwoofer is designed to deliver room-filling low frequencies without requiring too much floor space. The 2.4GHz connectivity allows for premium, CD-quality sound anywhere in the room. Simply connect the compact, pre-paired TRANSMITTER to the subwoofer or LFE out on your receiver and place the subwoofer where it sounds and fits best in your room. The built-in all-digital subwoofer amplifier delivers ample power with high efficiency and true-to-source accuracy. Flexible system placement to complement the easy placement of the wireless subwoofer, each satellite speaker has a keyhole mount and a ¼” x 20 threaded insert (the center channel has dual keyhole/ inserts) for maximum mounting flexibility.

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Overall Score: 9.2
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An Overview On In-Home Sound Systems

Whether you’re sitting down for movie night or spending an afternoon gaming, a good surround sound system makes all the difference. But unless you’re an audiophile, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with all the talk about wattage and subwoofers and bass response.

“The sound systems of today are not the sound systems your parents had,” says technology and parenting blogger Molly Thornberg. “From watching a movie with theatre-quality surround sound to creating a unique atmosphere in your home by playing music in every room, choosing an in-home sound system requires considering many things.”

As you start shopping, you’ll probably notice right away that some speaker systems are larger than others. It can be all too easy to assume that this larger size provides more powerful audio than smaller speakers can offer, but that isn’t always the case. Today’s speaker manufacturers can pack a lot of punch into a small form factor, giving you great sound without taking up too much space. The smaller size can also come in handy if you need to pack up your home to move, or you just like to rearrange your furniture on a fairly regular basis.

Measuring a surround sound system’s sound can be complicated. Look for a surround system that mentions Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital Plus, both of which can be counted on for top-quality performance. You’re looking for a system that not only provides impressive, true-to-life sound, but also can hold its quality even at the highest volumes.

The sound output can also be quantified by a speaker’s wattage. Look not only at a speaker’s advertised maximum wattage, but also continuous wattage. It’s also important to make sure you don’t hook a lower-wattage up to one that pushes a much higher level of power, as it can be easy to damage the lower-powered speaker without realizing you’re doing it.

DWYM Fun Fact

You’ve probably seen Dolby’s name plastered on equipment, on the screen in movies and even on awards shows. But the company’s first project was one involving noise reduction. Ray Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 with the goal of developing a system that could reduce the noise found in many tape recordings of the time. Soon consumers were seeing the Dolby name on home recording and playback equipment, as well as the tapes they bought to record music and other audio. Dolby’s noise reduction technology was first used in a movie with 1971’s “A Clockwork Orange,” and its stereo technology debuted in 1977’s “Star Wars.” In 1982, Dolby innovated home theater technology by developing surround sound that could be used with home entertainment equipment.

The In-Home Sound System Buying Guide

  • Before you start shopping, determine where you’ll be placing the speakers. If you’re dealing with a small, closed-off living room or family room, you may find a larger system will overwhelm the area. However, a system designed for smaller rooms won’t be sufficient for a large home theater or a room with high ceilings in an open-concept home.
  • True surround sound requires multiple speakers, placed around the room so that it surrounds its occupants. Consider what comes in the set you purchase. You should at least get a subwoofer, a center channel and smaller satellite speakers that you can place strategically around where you’ll be sitting.

“Something else to consider when buying an in-home sound system is the system’s capabilities for expanding its speakers or zones in the future,” Thornberg advises.

  • If you plan to move in the future, the size of your speakers will also come into play. Some large speakers are heavier and therefore difficult to move around.
  • Good sound is about more than the size and number of speakers. Some speakers are simply better than others at delivering rich bass lows and sharp, realistic highs. You can usually count on known technology like Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • It’s also important to consider the power of your speakers. Some speakers will begin to distort audio as you reach higher volumes, so if this is an issue, it may help to test out the sound before you purchase.
  • You’ll want a speaker that can hold up not only after years of use, but also one that includes a physical casing that’s durable. If you’re moving and someone drops a speaker, will the build hold up? Look for a warranty and always use care while moving your speakers around, preferably packing them in a box with padding if you need to move them from one home to another.
  • Speakers come in a variety of sizes and designs. Many are solid black to easily blend with any décor, but bulky speakers can become a problem. If you’re sliding some of your speakers into a cabinet or behind a piece of furniture, measure to make sure there will be enough space before you buy.
  • Some consumers prefer to mount their speakers. If that’s the case, make sure a mount is included with the system you buy. You’ll also need to check to ensure you have the tools and hardware necessary to install your wall-mount speakers once you have them.
  • Although getting your speakers going is merely a matter of setting them up and plugging them in, there will be a little setup involved if you want everything to work together. Some systems come with an installation manual, while others use labels to tell you where to put each item, and in what order. You probably won’t need to pay extra for professional installation, although it is sometimes offered as an add-on option.
  • A remote can come in handy for controlling volume and setting up your system. Check to see that your surround system offers a remote that will work the way you want it.