klipsch Cinema 800 vs 1200: Comparative Review
- Well built
- EQ settings and presets
- Expandable with surrounds
- 8k passthrough
- Multiroom audio via Chromecast
- No up-firing drivers
- HDMI 2.1
- Wireless setup
- Sturdy build
- 8k passthrough
- Immersive sound
- No room calibration feature
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Klipsch Cinema 800 Dolby Atmos 3.1 Sound Bar
Klipsch Cinema 1200 Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 Soundbar
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klipsch Cinema 800 vs 1200: Side by Side Comparison
Here, I will compare and analyze different features of klipsch Cinema 800 and klipsch Cinema1200.
The Klipsch cinema 1200 shares a similar design with the other cinema line-up which includes the Klipsch cinema 800 as well. They are made largely of plastic and the majority of their body is draped in fabric. They also have visible horns at the edge of the bar. Moreover, their subs are made of wood and look similar.
Plus, the Klipsch cinema 1200 comes with satellites but the 800 doesn’t. The overall dimension of 1200 is wider than 800, yet both of them do not probably fit between the legs of a big TV.
The build quality Klipsch 1200 is fair. Both its bar and satellites are made primarily of plastic, albeit it doesn't seem very high-end. In contrast to the Klipsch Cinema 800, this bar feels a little bit more substantial. The device is primarily built of wood, giving it a substantial feel.
That said, despite being primarily composed of plastic, the Klipsch 800 doesn't look high-end. The cloth covering of the bar looks like it might easily rip or gather dust. Moreover, the USB ports for maintaining the bar as well as connecting more speakers are accessible through a detachable panel on the bar’s right side. The sub, however, is primarily composed of wood, which makes it very sturdy.
Nevertheless, the build quality of Klipsch cinema 1200 is better.
Sound is a very important thing to consider while making a purchase. So, we will be dividing their audio quality into some sectors and then find out which one is better.
Stereo Frequency Response:
As mentioned earlier, the stereo frequency response is an excellent feature of the Klipsch Cinema 1200. In moments with a lot of action, one can experience the rumbling. The controlled mid-range, nevertheless reproduces dialogue as well as lead instruments rather effectively. However, some listeners might find the additional bass a little too much to handle. While experimenting, we also found a gap in a few frequencies. To aid with these problems, one can either drop the volume to sub level or change the mode to night, which lowers the dynamic range of the sub.
The result is also good for Klipsch 800. One can enjoy a wide variety of music, thanks to its balanced and neutral audio profile. It can precisely capture the low-deep bass's punch and thunder. A visual EQ is one of the sound improvement elements available to help the listeners alter the sound. However, the bass feels more accurate in Klipsch 1200, so it wins.
The Klipsch 1200 performs impressively in terms of stereo dynamics. The bar can easily fill a big area with its loud music. Since there isn't much compression at maximum volume, therefore, the sound quality shouldn't deteriorate when the volume is raised.
On the other hand, the Klipsch 800 performs stereo dynamics quite well, but it is less louder than Klipsch cinema 1200.
The soundstage on Klipsch 1200 is good. The bar is fairly large, but sadly, there are no techniques to make it appear wider than that. However, because of its sharp focus, the sound of objects like vehicles appear to be moving past you quickly and precisely.
Moving on, the soundstage performance is better in Klipsch 800. Despite having no techniques to make it appear broader than that, the soundstage is regarded as being as large as the soundbar itself. Interestingly, due to its sharp focus, sounds like voices appear to originate from a precise, recognizable place in the audio image.
Using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you may wirelessly stream music to the Klipsch Cinema 1200 as well as in Klipsch 800. Even though Chromecast compatibility is built-in, it is not really immediately accessible. Plus, the users need to configure the google home app to avail the Chromecast's built-in functionality.
The Klipsch 1200 and 800 supports dolby digital. Additionally, systems like Dolby Atmos that are object-based and uncompressed are also supported by this device.
Nevertheless, Klipsch doesn't support DTS:X or DTS content, this may surprise certain consumers. So, in terms of connectivity, it's a tie.
There is a respectable range of sound improvement abilities on the Klipsch 1200 soundbar. Availability of several EQ presets like, 'Music', 'Game', 'Movie', 'Party', etc makes it more impressive.To adjust the volume of the speakers in your sound, you can switch between three distinct dialogue styles using the remote or its app. Additionally, one can use them to change the mode along with brightness. Isn’t it handy?
However, there is a drawback. The klipsch 1200 has no room correction option, which is why the sound of the bar may vary slightly depending on the environment.
The Klipsch cinema 800, on the other hand, also offers a decent array of sound-improving features. It offers 3 EQ presets along with three-band graphic EQ that one may use to alter the sound. Plus, for the movie lovers who prefer watching at night, this device shuts the woofer and lowers the dynamic range, which is very helpful. But, if you compare, the features are lesser than Klipsch 1200.
Both the devices from Klipsch come with solid structure along with detailed sound. For music, movies or modern home theater both Klipsch cinema 1200 and Klipsch cinema 800 are a good option.
We have highlighted and compared their features in the above. Ultimately, your priorities will play a big part in deciding which device is best for you.
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