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Klipsch Cinema 1200 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 26, 2022 at 10:29 am
Klipsch Cinema 1200 Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
8.4
Dialogue/TV Shows
8.1
Music
7.9
Movies
Channels
5.1.4

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a premium 5.1.4 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce a really deep, rumbling bass. You can feel the thump in action-packed movies as well as bass-heavy music. With a recent firmware update, you can use the Klipsch Connect app to access a 3-band graphic EQ and other sound customization tools like an adjustable dialogue enhancement feature. Its Atmos performance is pretty solid, too. That said, for some listeners, the thump and rumble in the bass may be a bit too overwhelming.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is great for mixed usage. Its dedicated subwoofer helps reproduce a rumbling low-bass, and it has a bass-heavy sound profile out-of-the-box. It can be overwhelming for some users, but others will appreciate that they can feel the thump in movies and music. Its discrete satellites help create a more immersive sound, especially with surround content, and it has a pretty good Atmos performance. The extra rumble in the bass may not be ideal for all listeners, but you can also adjust it to be more neutral if you want.

Pros
  • 3-band graphic EQ.
  • Gets loud.
  • Good Atmos performance.
Cons
  • No room correction.
  • No DTS support.
8.4 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is impressive for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Despite its bass-heavy sound, dialogue is still reproduced pretty clearly and accurately. There's even an adjustable dialogue enhancement mode that lets you control how loud the voices are in your audio, as well as a night mode feature that can reduce the dynamic range of the subwoofer to avoid disturbing those around you. Also, it has a discrete center channel that anchors voices to a pinpoint location in the soundstage, resulting in a more immersive sound.

Pros
  • Adjustable dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Adjustable night mode feature.
Cons
  • No room correction.
8.1 Music

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is great for music. Its bass-heavy sound makes it ideal for fans of bass-heavy music genres like hip-hop and EDM. Its dedicated subwoofer ensures that you can feel the thump and rumble in the low-bass. There are a lot of customization features, too, including a 3-band graphic EQ as well as bass and treble adjustments. Its thumpy sound can be overwhelming for some listeners, though you can adjust it to be more neutral if you prefer.

Pros
  • 3-band graphic EQ.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • No room correction.
7.9 Movies

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is very good for movies. Its satellite speakers help to create a more immersive listening experience with surround sound, so sound objects like racing cars and flying helicopters seem to come from pinpoint locations in the soundstage. Its Atmos performance is pretty good, too, with a deep, rumbling bass that helps you feel the explosions in action-heavy scenes. There are some sound customization features available, too. However, its thumpy bass can be overwhelming for some listeners, and its soundstage isn't as wide as other premium models we've tested.

Pros
  • 3-band graphic EQ.
  • Good Atmos performance.
Cons
  • No DTS support.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 8.1 Music
  • 7.9 Movies
  1. Updated Jan 26, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 24, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a stylish bar with a similar design to other bars in the Cinema lineup, including the Klipsch Cinema 800 and the Klipsch Cinema 600. It's mostly plastic, and most of the bar is covered in fabric. You can also see the horns on each edge of the bar. Unlike the other bars in the lineup, there are two up-firing drivers on top of the bar. They're covered in fabric, with a ring of aluminum around the edges.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Klipsch Cinema 1200's sub has a similar design to other subwoofers in the Cinema lineup. It's mostly made of wood, and it sits on four wooden pegs that keep the base off the floor. The driver and the port are located underneath.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Klipsch Cinema 1200's satellites have a similar feel to the bar. They're mostly made of plastic, with fabric covering the sides. Also, their base is made of wood.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 54.1" (137.3 cm)
Height 3.0" (7.5 cm)
Depth 6.2" (15.7 cm)

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar is wider than the Klipsch Cinema 800. It likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. It's not very tall, though, so it shouldn't block your TV screen.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 15.6" (39.7 cm)
Height 20.2" (51.3 cm)
Depth 15.6" (39.7 cm)

The Klipsch Cinema 1200's sub is one of the biggest that we've tested to date. It's pretty tall and wide, and it packs a punch. It connects to the bar wirelessly, though, so you have some flexibility when placing it in your setup.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 4.8" (12.1 cm)
Height 8.9" (22.5 cm)
Depth 4.8" (12.1 cm)

The Klipsch Cinema 1200's satellites have a similar footprint to some of the other bars we've tested. They connect to the bar wirelessly, which gives you some flexibility when setting up your room.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

The back of the bar has two openings for inputs and a port for the power cable. There are also proprietary mounts, so you can use the included brackets and screws to mount it to your wall if you like.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the sub has a pairing button and an input for the power cable. The port is located underneath.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Proprietary

There's a pairing button and an input for the power cable. We couldn't find any information about how to mount them to your wall, but it seems like you just need a screw from the included mounting kit.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar has a decent build quality. The bar and the satellites have a similar build: they're mostly plastic, though it doesn't feel very premium. The fabric covering the sides seems like it could rip or get dirty easily. On the upside, the bar feels a bit more solid compared to the Klipsch Cinema 600 or the Klipsch Cinema 800. The sub is also mostly made of wood, which feels quite solid.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Manual
  • Remote with batteries (2xAA)
  • 2x Wall mount brackets with screws and 3M tape
  • 2x soundbar side panel replacements
  • 4x power cord
  • Mounting Template
  • HDMI cable

Sound
8.4
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Direct
Slope
-0.91
Std. Err.
3.96 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
22.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.5 kHz

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a great stereo frequency response. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that helps you feel the thump in your audio. You can feel the rumble in action-packed scenes. Dialogue and lead instruments are still reproduced pretty clearly, thanks to the balanced mid-range. That said, the extra bass could be a bit overwhelming for some listeners. We also noticed a gap in some frequencies during our tests. You can lower to subwoofer level or use the night mode setting, which reduces the sub's dynamic range, to help with these issues.

8.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Direct
Suggested Bass Setting
-4
Suggested Treble Setting
4
Slope
-0.26
Std. Err.
3.35 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
22.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

With calibration, the Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar has an excellent stereo frequency response. Listeners who prefer a more neutral sound can set the bass to '-4' and the treble to '4'. Neutral sound profiles are suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. There's still a little extra rumble in the bass range, and you may also notice harsh-sounding sibilants like S and T sounds, thanks to the extra emphasis in the treble.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
1.99 dB

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a good stereo soundstage. You perceive the soundstage to be as wide as the bar itself, and the bar is pretty wide. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. That said, it has good focus, so sound objects like cars seem to race past you from an accurate, pinpoint location.

8.1
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
93.7 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.15 dB

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has an impressive stereo dynamics performance. The bar gets loud, meaning it can fill up a large room with ease. There isn't a lot of compression when you push it to max volume, either, so audio quality shouldn't degrade as you increase the volume.

8.1
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.31
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.27

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a great stereo THD performance. Distortion falls within good limits, especially when you're listening at a normal volume of 80 dB. There's a slight jump in distortion when you play it at max volume, but most listeners don't notice it with real-life content.

8.1
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.73
Std. Err.
3.63 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.28
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.42

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a great center channel performance. Its discrete center can anchor voices to a pinpoint location in the soundstage, resulting in a more immersive sound. Its frequency response is neutral in the mid-range, where most voices are reproduced. Dialogue is clear and detailed but also a bit sibilant or dull at times due to the uneven treble.

7.2
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.99
Std. Err.
5.04 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.26
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.58
7.1 Rears
No

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a decent surrounds performance. Audio seems like it's coming from all around you, rather than from speakers placed in front of you. Also, its two discrete satellites result in a more clear and real representation of sound objects in the soundstage. For example, helicopters in an action movie seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location as they fly past. However, some listeners may be overwhelmed by the extra rumble in the bass range.

5.6
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar & Satellites)
Slope
-2.62
Std. Err.
6.42 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
84.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.21
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.49

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 uses up-firing drivers built into the bar and the satellites to ricochet sound off the ceiling, creating the illusion of height. Discrete down-firing speakers would sound more natural and life-like, but compared to other bars with a phantom localization, the bar performs pretty well. Its subwoofer can easily reproduce the deep thump and rumble in action-heavy scenes. The satellites make it seem like actions are taking place behind you, resulting in a more immersive sound. The height of the soundstage reaches about halfway up the TV screen. That said, it's not quite as impressive as some of the other bars we've tested, like the Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module.

7.3
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Graphic + Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
Yes
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
No

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar has a decent selection of sound enhancement features. There are some EQ presets available, including 'Standard', 'Direct', 'Movie', 'Music', 'Party', and 'Game'. The remote lets you cycle between three different dialogue modes so you can control how loud voices are in your audio. Also, you can adjust the night mode level using the app or the remote. After updating the bar, you can access a 3-band graphic EQ on the Klipsch Connect app, meaning you can customize the bar's sound more to your liking. Without a room correction feature, however, the bar can sound a bit different depending on the room you're listening in.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
2
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
RCA In
No
USB for Files
No
Ethernet
1

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has quite a few physical inputs. You can connect the bar to your TV with its HDMI and Optical inputs. There's also an AUX port so you can wire devices to the bar, as well as an Ethernet connection and an IR port. You can also use its Sub Out port to connect an additional subwoofer.

8.8
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has excellent audio format support via ARC. It supports the most common surround sound format, Dolby Digital. Also, there's support for lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos. That said, Klipsch doesn't offer support for DTS or DTS:X content, which can be disappointing for some users.

8.7
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
Yes

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 also lacks DTS support with its Full HDMI In port. That said, you can still get support for common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

6.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
No

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 supports Dolby Digital via Optical. You can find this format on a lot of Blu-rays and streaming platforms. That said, there's no DTS support.

9.0
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
29 ms
Optical
25 ms
Full HDMI In
36 ms

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 has a fantastic latency performance. It has fairly low latency, so the audio you hear is in sync with the video that you see. You shouldn't notice any issues with lip-synching when watching videos with a lot of dialogue. However, some apps and TVs can compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No

You can wirelessly playback audio from your mobile devices on the Klipsch Cinema 1200 using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. There's also support for Chromecast built-in, but it isn't available out-of-the-box. Instead, you need to update the bar by downloading the firmware update from the Klipsch website then connecting a USB drive to the bar. Then, you need to set up the Google Home app. Once those steps are complete, you have access to Chromecast built-in.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar can passthrough some of the highest bandwidth signals, and it supports Dolby Vision Passthrough. The manufacturer also advertises that it supports 8k video passthrough. When connected between devices, like your PC and your TV, text on the screen appears clear and crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The pairing button lets you connect the sub to the bar wirelessly. There's also an input for the power cable on the back of the sub.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Yes

The Klipsch Cinema 1200's satellites connect to the bar wirelessly. You just need to plug them into a power outlet to get them to work.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar has a simple text display. It constantly shows you the input you're on and your volume level. If you want to see what audio format is playing, you can hold down the LED button on the remote.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are four buttons on the top-right of the bar. They let you power the bar on/off, change the input, and adjust the volume.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote is the same as the remote for the Klipsch Cinema 800. It's fairly simple and lets you change the inputs and the preset modes. You can even adjust the volume or mute the bar.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 doesn't have a built-in microphone. If you want to use voice assistants, you need to connect the bar to a third-party device that supports Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Additional Features
App
App Name Klipsch Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Some
Casts Device Files
No

Thanks to an update released at the end of 2021, the Klipsch Connect app gives you access to lots of different features. You need to update the bar to get access to the full app, which you can do by downloading the firmware update on the Klipsch website and updating the bar with a USB drive.

The updated version lets you access a 3-band EQ with presets as well as a virtual remote to control the bar. You can also switch inputs, adjust the channel levels, and access night mode. It lets you set up voice assistant support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa using third-party devices.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Auto-off
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Limited Support

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 soundbar automatically turns off after a few minutes of inactivity. There's also limited HDMI CEC support, so you can use your TV remote to control the bar's volume, and when you turn your TV off, it mutes the bar. However, your TV remote can't control any other functions.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is available in 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you see another version of this bar, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update the review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a premium 5.1.4 setup ideal for listeners who want to feel the thump and rumble in the low-bass. A recent firmware update added some additional features to the Klipsch Connect app, so it's a bit more customizable. While its Atmos performance is solid, its soundstage isn't as wide as the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module or the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers. Also, there's no DTS support, which is pretty disappointing.

See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars with subwoofer, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc and the Klipsch Cinema 1200 are two different soundbar setups. The Sonos is a standalone 5.0.2 bar, while the Klipsch is a full 5.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. As a result, the Klipsch can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it has a better surrounds performance. However, its soundstage performance isn't as impressive as the better-built Sonos, and it doesn't support DTS content. You may also want to compare it to the full Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 and the Samsung HW-Q950A are both premium soundbars, but the Samsung is better overall. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that's better built with built-in voice assistant support. It has better surround and Atmos performances. Unlike the Klipsch, it supports DTS content, and it has a room correction feature. However, if you love a bass-heavy sound, you may prefer the Klipsch.

JBL Bar 9.1

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL Bar 9.1 or the Klipsch Cinema 1200. They're both very premium 5.1.4 setups with a versatile performance. The Klipsch can reproduce a more extended low-bass. However, the JBL is better built, with a better soundstage. Unlike the Klipsch, it also supports DTS content.

Samsung HW-Q990B

The Samsung HW-Q990B is better than the Klipsch Cinema 1200. The Samsung is a better-built setup, and its surround sound and Atmos performances are better. As a result, sound effects in your favorite movies reproduce more clearly. There are more sound enhancement features, too, thanks to its room correction feature, and unlike the Klipsch soundbar, it supports DTS content. The Klipsch is still a really good bar, but it's not quite as versatile as the Samsung.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 and the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module are both premium setups, but the Bose scores a bit better overall. The Bose is better built, and it offers better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. Unlike the Klipsch, it has room correction and DTS support. Some listeners may also prefer its more neutral sound out-of-the-box compared to the Klipsch's bass-heavy sound profile. The Klipsch comes with a graphic EQ and presets, unlike the Bose, as well as Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. It's still a suitable choice, especially for listeners who love to feel the thump in the bass range.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers or the Klipsch Cinema 1200. The Sonos is a better-built setup with built-in voice assistant support. It has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. Unlike the Klipsch, it supports DTS content, and it has room correction. That said, the Klipsch can reproduce more bass out-of-the-box, and its thumpy sound profile may be more ideal for fans of bass-heavy music and action movies. Unlike the Sonos, it has a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, and its Full HDMI In port supports high-quality passthrough.

Klipsch Cinema 800

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a better choice for movies than the Klipsch Cinema 800. The 1200 is a 5.1.4 setup with better surround and Atmos performances. It can play these formats without having to downmix them to stereo. That said, the 800 has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. The 1200's bass-heavy sound adds a lot of extra thump and punch to your audio. 

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 and the Klipsch Cinema 1200 are two very different soundbars. The Klipsch is a 5.1.4 setup that comes with a dedicated sub and satellites. As a result, it can reproduce a more extended low-bass right out-of-the-box, and it has a better surround performance. However, the Bose is a standalone 5.0.2 setup with a better build quality. Its Atmos and soundstage performances are better, too. You can also upgrade it with a dedicated sub and satellites if you want to improve its bass reproduction and its surround performance respectively.

Samsung HW-Q800A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch Cinema 1200 or the Samsung HW-Q800A. The Klipsch is a 5.1.4 setup with discrete satellites that offers a better performance with surround sound. Its bass-heavy default sound profile is ideal for listening to action-packed movies and bass-heavy music. However, the 3.1.2 Samsung has a more neutral sound out-of-the-box. It's better-built, and unlike the Klipsch, it supports DTS content.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX and the Klipsch Cinema 1200 are both 5.1.4 setups, but they cater to different types of listeners. The Sennheiser is a standalone bar with a uniquely large and heavy design. It's better-built, and unlike the Klipsch, it supports DTS content. However, the Klipsch comes with both a dedicated subwoofer and satellites. It has better soundstage and surround performances, and there's a lot more emphasis in the bass range out-of-the-box compared to the Sennheiser.

Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is better than the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Klipsch is a 5.1.4 setup that gets louder with less compression at max volume. It comes with a graphic EQ to help you customize its sound, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass than the Sony. That said, the Klipsch has a bass-heavy sound, so you need to customize it if you want a more neutral sound profile. Also, unlike the Sony, it doesn't have room correction, and it doesn't support DTS content.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T or the Klipsch Cinema 1200 are both very versatile, premium soundbar setups. The Samsung is a 9.1.4 setup that's better-built and has better surround and Atmos performances. Unlike the Klipsch, it also supports DTS content. That said, the Klipsch's bass-heavy sound is more suitable for listeners who like to feel extra thump and punch in their audio.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a bit better for mixed usage than the Klipsch Cinema 1200. The Samsung is a better-built 7.1.2 setup. Unlike the Klipsch, it supports DTS content, and it has more sound enhancement features like room correction. While the Klipsch has a bass-heavy sound right out-of-the-box, the Samsung's sound is more neutral with an accurate reproduction of the boom in the bass. That said, since the Klipsch comes with discrete satellites, it has a better surrounds performance.

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