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reviews By Maureen Jenson www.technologytell.com > A Klipsch Gallery Series G-42 Soundbar volume per watt than conventional, flush-mounted dome tweeters. The flared horn in front of each tweeter also directs its dispersion to mini-mize floor and ceiling reflections, so the imaging is sharper and clearer. There are four 3.5-inch woofers: one each for left and right channels, and two for the center channel. To cover the low frequency sound reproduction, Klipsch sent the 8-inch, 300-watt SW-308 powered sub for this review. I mated the sys-tem with my trusty Sunfire receiver and my Onkyo Blu-ray player. There is one disc I am intimately involved with that I always use to test speakers; Bette Midler’s “Cool Yule” CD was actually mixed in my living room, but that’s a different story for another day. Bette jumps from jazz to swing and pop with such vocal dexterity, I just love nyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Klipsch fan. I even had a pair in my dining room for years that always sounded fabulous no matter whether I was treating my dinner guests to classical music or rock. But when Klipsch wanted to send me a soundbar for review, I was hesitant. I haven’t been impressed with the sound quality of too many soundbar speakers. So it was with some trepidation that I agreed to review the G-42 soundbar from Klipsch. Klipsch actually sent me a sub and rear channels as well to make up a full surround sound system in addition to the soundbar. The sound bar is part of a new Klipsch series of Gallery speakers and 5.1 channel speaker packages. Out of the box there is an unmis-takable “Wow” factor. At 42-inches long, I had asked my sister to come over and take one end of the long box, while we removed the speaker together. I wanted to treat it with kid gloves, but I quickly realized this is one sturdy component and did not warrant my concern. With it’s dra-matically attractive high-gloss black elegant design; even my sister gasped (pictured right). Measuring at 6-inches-high, 42-inches-wide, and 2.4-inches-deep, the 12-pound speaker can be wall-mounted or set on a cabinet with the included table top stand. The rear panel houses all-metal con-nectors for the speaker’s left, center, and right channels. Klipsch speakers are famous for their “horn-loaded” driver technol-ogy. The G-42 has three 1-inch tita-nium tweeters, and each one includes a Tractrix Horn. That design feature allows the tweeters to produce more The Gallery Series her voice and I thought the G-42 imaged admirably and handled her vocal range with authority. Then it was on to AC/DC, always a party favorite. I was glad Klipsch had sent the SW-308 subwoofer. This is one sub that can really reproduce hard driving thundering bass without sounding boomy or bloated. There is no way this soundbar...or any other can handle the necessary deep bass to reproduce real rock or heavy metal music. For a movie demo I pulled out “Band of Brothers”; an oldie but a goodie when it comes to the realism of explosions. I thought the voicing of the G-42 was detailed and articulate. Again I was happy Klipsch had sent along a proper surround pair, the G-12s from the Gallery Series, that can also be used as a main channel or a center channel speaker as well. In addition to being supremely thin, they deliver their own great sound thanks to having tractrix horn tech-nology as well. Again the SW-308 was a welcome addition for the explosive theatrical scenes. All-in-all this is not a completely inexpensive system. This particular Gallery setup will set you back about $1,900. I guess it depends though how you value your time and money. I know for me, I don’t mind spending my hard earned money on something that I know I’ll love and use for many years to come. I mentally amortize out the cost over an extended period of time. Or you could say I enjoy a healthy dose of rationalization. Either way, my sister thought the G-42’s gorgeous sleek looks would look “cool” in any home or apartment and we both agreed that the sound quality was worth the money. Score up the G-42 as a real win for Klipsch in the jam--packed soundbar arena. tell FAST FACTS Klipsch Gallery series G-42 soundbar $699 www.klipsch.com Tractrix horn design allows the tweeters to produce more volume per watt than conventional, flush-mounted dome tweeters. Flared horn in front of each tweeter also directs its dispersion to mini-mize floor and ceiling reflections. Attractive high-gloss black elegant design 48 technologytell.com February 2012

Klipsch Gallery Series G-42 Soundbar

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Klipsch fan. I even had a pair in my dining room for years that always sounded fabulous no matter whether I was treating my dinner guests to classical music or rock. But when Klipsch wanted to send me a soundbar for review, I was hesitant.I haven’t been impressed with the sound quality of too many soundbar speakers.<br /> <br /> So it was with some trepidation that I agreed to review the G-42 soundbar from Klipsch. Klipsch actually sent me a sub and rear channels as well to make up a full surround sound system in addition to the soundbar. The sound bar is part of a new Klipsch series of Gallery speakers and 5.1 channel speaker packages.<br /> <br /> Out of the box there is an unmistakable “Wow” factor. At 42-inches long, I had asked my sister to come over and take one end of the long box, while we removed the speaker together. I wanted to treat it with kid gloves, but I quickly realized this is one sturdy component and did not warrant my concern. With it’s dramatically attractive high-gloss black elegant design; even my sister gasped (pictured right).<br /> <br /> Measuring at 6-inches-high, 42-inches-wide, and 2.4-inchesdeep, the 12-pound speaker can be wall-mounted or set on a cabinet with the included table top stand.The rear panel houses all-metal connectors for the speaker’s left, center, and right channels.<br /> <br /> Klipsch speakers are famous for their “horn-loaded” driver technology.The G-42 has three 1-inch titanium tweeters, and each one includes a Tractrix Horn. That design feature allows the tweeters to produce more Volume per watt than conventional, flush-mounted dome tweeters. The flared horn in front of each tweeter also directs its dispersion to minimize floor and ceiling reflections, so the imaging is sharper and clearer.There are four 3.5-inch woofers: one each for left and right channels, and two for the center channel.<br /> <br /> To cover the low frequency sound reproduction, Klipsch sent the 8-inch, 300-watt SW-308 powered sub for this review. I mated the system with my trusty Sunfire receiver and my Onkyo Blu-ray player.<br /> <br /> There is one disc I am intimately involved with that I always use to test speakers; Bette Midler’s “Cool Yule” CD was actually mixed in my living room, but that’s a different story for another day. Bette jumps from jazz to swing and pop with such vocal dexterity, I just love Her voice and I thought the G-42 imaged admirably and handled her vocal range with authority. Then it was on to AC/DC, always a party favorite. I was glad Klipsch had sent the SW-308 subwoofer. This is one sub that can really reproduce hard driving thundering bass without sounding boomy or bloated. There is no way this soundbar...or any other can handle the necessary deep bass to reproduce real rock or heavy metal music.<br /> <br /> For a movie demo I pulled out “Band of Brothers”; an oldie but a goodie when it comes to the realism of explosions. I thought the voicing of the G-42 was detailed and articulate.Again I was happy Klipsch had sent along a proper surround pair, the G-12s from the Gallery Series, that can also be used as a main channel or a center channel speaker as well. In addition to being supremely thin, they deliver their own great sound thanks to having tractrix horn technology as well. Again the SW-308 was a welcome addition for the explosive theatrical scenes.<br /> <br /> All-in-all this is not a completely inexpensive system. This particular Gallery setup will set You back about $1,900. I guess it depends though how you value your time and money. I know for me, I don’t mind spending my hard earned money on something that I know I’ll love and use for many years to come.I mentally amortize out the cost over an extended period of time. Or you could say I enjoy a healthy dose of rationalization. Either way, my sister thought the G-42’s gorgeous sleek looks would look “cool” in any home or apartment and we both agreed that the sound quality was worth the money. Score up the G-42 as a real win for Klipsch in the jam--packed soundbar arena.

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