Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 07, 2021 at 08:07 am
Klipsch Cinema 600 Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.9
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.3
Music
6.7
Movies
Channels
3.1

The Klipsch Cinema 600 is a 3.1 setup from 2020. Its balanced sound profile is suitable for listening to lots of different audio content, and its dedicated subwoofer helps reproduce an extended low-bass. It gets loud enough to use at crowded parties, and there are even a few sound enhancement features to help you customize its sound and improve vocal clarity in movies and TV shows. While it supports surround content, it doesn't provide a very immersive listening experience. Also, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, which is a bit disappointing.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar is satisfactory for mixed usage. With its balanced sound profile, it's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and it can reproduce the low bass in bass-heavy music and action-packed movie scenes. It can get loud, and there are a few EQ presets to help you customize its sound and enhance dialogue in your favorite TV shows. While it supports surround content, it doesn't sound very immersive. You also can't use it to watch Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos.
  • No bass or treble adjustments.
7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar is very good for dialogue-heavy content like TV shows. Its balanced mid-range helps reproduce clear and accurate dialogue, though S and T sounds may be a bit piercing. It gets loud, and there's even an adjustable dialogue enhancement feature that lets you adjust how loud voices are. You can even stream podcasts to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth, but it doesn't support Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Chromecast.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • Not Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, or Wi-Fi compatible.
7.3 Music

The Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar is decent for music. Its balanced sound profile is suitable for listening to lots of different music genres, though sibilants may sound a bit piercing. It can get pretty loud, and it has a good soundstage. While there are three EQ presets to help you adjust its sound profile, some listeners may be disappointed by the lack of more robust sound customization options.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • No bass or treble adjustments.
6.7 Movies

The Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar is fair for movies. It has a balanced sound profile with an extended low-bass, so it can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes without overwhelming dialogue. Also, it can get pretty loud. While it supports surround content, it has to downmix it into stereo, which doesn't sound as immersive. Also, it can't play Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos.
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.3 Music
  • 6.7 Movies
  1. Update 1/11/2021: Updated DD+ and DTS support via ARC to 'NO' to reflect changes in ARC methodology.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Klipsch Cinema 600 is a 3.1 soundbar. It's part of the brand's 2020 lineup, which includes the Klipsch Cinema 400, the Klipsch Cinema 800, and the Klipsch Cinema 1200. Unlike the 400, it has a dedicated center channel for enhanced dialogue, and you can even add on Klipsch Surround 3 speakers for a more immersive setup. However, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos or 8k UHD Pass-Through like the more premium models in the lineup. Its main competitors include the Klipsch Bar 48, the Bose Soundbar 700, and the Yamaha YAS-209.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has a similar design to the Klipsch Bar 48. The bar is mostly made of plastic, and there's fabric covering the top, front, and part of the bottom side of the bar. At each end of the bar, there are speakers made of solid plastic.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The subwoofer is mostly made of solid wood. It sits on four wooden legs, which helps lift the base off the floor. The driver and the port are located underneath.

Design
Style - Satellites

There are no satellites in this setup. You can add on Klipsch Surround 3 speakers, but they're sold separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 45.1" (114.5 cm)
Bar Height 2.9" (7.3 cm)
Bar Depth 3.3" (8.5 cm)

The Klipsch Cinema 600 is rather wide, and it likely won't fit between the legs of most 55" TV stands. However, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on your table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width 14.3" (36.3 cm)
Sub Height 18.4" (46.8 cm)
Sub Depth 14.3" (36.3 cm)

The subwoofer is large and wide, so it may take up a bit of space in your existing setup. Fortunately, it connects wirelessly to the bar, which gives you a little more flexibility when deciding where to place it.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Sat Width N/A
Sat Height N/A
Sat Depth N/A

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting Type
Proprietary

On the back of the bar, there's an opening for the inputs and the power cable. There are also holes for wall-mounting. The bar comes with mounting brackets and screws, which is convenient.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

On the back of the sub, there's a pairing button and a power cable jack. Like the Klipsch Bar 48, the sub's port is located underneath, which is unique.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
N/A

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has a fair build quality. The bar itself is mostly made of plastic, but it doesn't feel quite as solid as the plastic on some of the other bars we've tested. Also, the bar is mostly covered with fabric, which seems like it could rip or get dirty easily. The subwoofer is mostly made of solid wood.

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

  • Manual
  • Mounting template
  • 2x wall mount brackets with screws and 3M tape
  • Remote with batteries (2xAA)
  • HDMI cable
  • 2x Power cord

Sound
8.0
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
0.40
ST Std. Err.
2.70 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
27.9 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
17.2 kHz

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has an impressive stereo frequency response. Its sound profile is balanced with an extended low-bass, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. The overemphasis in the mid-treble may make sibilants like S and T sounds seem piercing or bright.

Sound
Stereo Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
3.82 dB

The stereo soundstage is good. The soundstage seems a bit wider than the bar itself, or about the width of our testing table. Also, it has good focus, so objects like voices and instruments seem to be coming from a more accurate, pinpoint location rather than a general area.

7.7
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
101.8 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
3.78 dB

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has good stereo dynamics. It can get really loud, making it suitable for use at large, crowded parties. However, there are some compression artifacts present when you play it at max volume, especially in the treble range.

8.3
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.20
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.30

The Klipsch Cinema 600's stereo total harmonic distortion performance is great. At normal listening volumes, you get clean and pure audio reproduction. There's a small jump in THD at max volume, but it may not be audible with real-life content.

8.0
Sound
Center
C Localization
Discrete
C Slope
-0.78
C Std. Err.
4.57 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
89.5 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
1.65
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.52

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has a great center channel performance. Due to its 3.1 configuration, the soundbar has a dedicated center speaker, resulting in more clear and accurate audio reproduction. Though its sound profile is a bit bass-heavy, this shouldn't really be an issue since there isn't a lot of bass on the center channel.

5.3
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Rears
N/A
Sr Slope
0.38
Sr Std. Err.
2.68 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
99.6 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
0.24
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.21

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has a disappointing surrounds performance. It has to downmix surround sound into stereo, which doesn't sound as real as discrete localization. Sound seems like it's coming from in front of you rather than from all around you.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
H Localization
N/A
H Slope
N/A
H Std. Err.
N/A
H SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
H Weighted THD @ 80
N/A
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

The Klipsch Cinema 600 doesn't have any height channels and doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.

6.1
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
No
Treble Adjustment
No
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
N/A
Height Level Adjustment
N/A
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has acceptable sound enhancement features. There are three EQ presets to help you customize the bar's sound, including 'Standard', 'Dialogue', and 'Night'. Using the remote, you can cycle through three different levels of Dialogue mode that make voices louder or quieter depending on your preferences. There's also a Night Mode feature, which disables the subwoofer and reduces the dynamic range to reduce the overall volume.

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

The Klipsch Cinema 600 has a few input options. There's a 3.5mm AUX port, so you can wire your phone directly to the bar to play audio. There's also a USB port, but it's just for servicing the soundbar. However, there isn't a Full HDMI In port, so you can't use the bar as a hub between different devices.

6.1
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
No
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

Update 01/11/2021: Some of our readers reported that their TVs didn't support DTS or Dolby Digital+ content with this soundbar. We re-evaluated our methodology for ARC support and concluded that DTS and Dolby Digital+ support should be reported the same over an ARC connection as over an HDMI IN and Optical connection. Some TVs, like the Sony A9G, may be converting this content, but other TV brands may not. Ultimately, your experience may vary depending on your TV.

The Klipsch Cinema 600 supports Dolby Digital content over its ARC port, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. However, it can't play Atmos content, which may be disappointing for some movie fans.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
No
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
No

The Klipsch Cinema 600 doesn't have a Full HDMI In port.

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

This soundbar supports Dolby Digital content via its Optical port. However, you can't play DTS content over the Optical port, which is often found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

6.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No

The Klipsch Cinema 600 only allows for wireless playback over a Bluetooth connection. You can stream audio wirelessly from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, but you can't do this over Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Chromecast connections.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
N/A
HDR10 Passthrough
N/A

The Klipsch Cinema 600 doesn't have a Full HDMI In port, so it can't be used as a hub between different devices.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The subwoofer connects wirelessly to the soundbar, so you just need to use the power cord. There's a pairing button on the back of the sub.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
N/A

There aren't any satellites in this setup.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The interface consists of a small display on the right side of the bar, which shows the input, volume level, and power status. Some horizontal LED lights act as a volume indicator, and they display certain colors depending on the input.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The controls are located on the top right of the bar, on top of the right horn. You can use them to power the bar on/off, change the input, and adjust the volume.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote lets you control all of the bar's features. You can also use it to select different EQ presets and adjust the subwoofer level.

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

The Klipsch Connect app doesn't offer a lot of features. You can use it to check for updates to the firmware, view product information, access the product manual, and watch how-to videos. Unfortunately, you can't use the app to control the bar's functions or customize its sound profile, which is a bit disappointing. Klipsch advertises that EQ adjustments are coming soon to the app, but they aren't available at the time of writing this review. We'll update our review when these features are added.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
No
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't have any power-saving features to help you conserve energy if you forget to manually turn it off. On the upside, it supports HDMI CEC, so you can control the bar's volume using your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Klipsch Cinema 600 is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that produces an extended low-bass. Its sound profile is balanced, making it suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. You can even add on satellite speakers, which are sold separately. However, it lacks some more premium features like 4k passthrough, and it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars with subwoofer, and the best soundbars for movies.

Klipsch Bar 48

The Klipsch Cinema 600 is a better soundbar than the Klipsch Bar 48. The Cinema 600 has a more neutral sound profile and a better soundstage. It also comes with EQ presets, so you have more ability to customize its sound. However, the Bar 48 is better-built.

Sonos Arc

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Arc or the Klipsch Cinema 600. The Sonos is a 5.0.2 setup that's better-built, with a better soundstage and a room correction feature. It also supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the Klipsch. You can also update the Sonos with a wireless subwoofer and surround satellites. However, the 3.1 Klipsch comes with a dedicated subwoofer and more EQ presets.

Bose Soundbar 700

The Bose Soundbar 700 and the Klipsch Cinema 600 are similarly-performing soundbars, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Bose is better-built, has a better soundstage, and offers a room correction feature, unlike the Klipsch. However, the Klipsch comes with a dedicated subwoofer which helps produce a more extended low-bass.

Yamaha YAS-209

The Yamaha YAS-209 and the Klipsch Cinema 600 are very similar soundbars, so you may prefer one over the other. The Yamaha is better-built, and thanks to its Full HDMI In port, it supports 4k passthrough, unlike the Klipsch. However, the Klipsch has a better soundstage, and it can get louder.

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