Summary: Overall, I am happy with the G-42 soundbar. I had very few reservations about this purchase based on the reviews of others. The soundbar definitely needs to be paired with a powered sub. The soundbar and sub really shine with movies and music. The G-42 is extremely clear on highs and mids which is great for speaking parts. The sub definitely fills in the lower gaps where the bass is needed. Very high quality build from Klipsch.
Summary: Have this hooked up to a Harman Kardon AVR 2700 , which had stand-alone left and right channels swapped out with this sound bar (which has independent connections for left, right, and center.) Depending on what you're hoping to get out of your system, the results are a little bit mixed. First, my receiver has 100w/channel output, and the previous speakers were rated at 100w RMS; this soundbar is 50w RMS.
Summary: I originally bought a Dayton Audio BS36 soundbar, when we remodeled the family room and individual LCR speakers were no longer an option. While the Dayton is a really nice speaker-bar, I think it was just not big enough for the size of the family room. I'd have to increase the volume to make out the dialogue and then it would be just too loud for the rest of the sounds. So I did a lot of information gathering bought the G-42 without hearing it.
Summary: I got this soundbar to replace two Polk bookshelf speakers that sound amazing but have always bothered my wife due to their size and difficulty of placement in small Bay Area living spaces. I thought a passive soundbar would keep me happy by allowing me to still power with my amp, and be a huge improvement aesthetically for her. Huge mistake - it is a lot bigger than many soundbars but still had very small sound.
Pros: Allows use of existing amplification setups Looks great wall mounted
Cons: Size Tinny sound Looks terrible standing on a table
Summary: I am far from an audiophile, but I do love good sound. Up until I purchased this, I used a cheap Yamaha sound bar we purchased from Costco. It seemed adequate while I used it. I recently decided to upgrade our main TV and so I figured I might as well upgrade the sound as well. We rent with neighbors on the other side of the walls, so we cannot really have a super large sound system. So I bought this G-42 and a Yamaha receiver.
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1 January 2013
Summary: I have been a fan of Klipsch for almost 20 years now and I am never disappointed. I just keep adding and refreshing components as I build my system out. My primary zone is a 25'X25' great room powered by a Denon 4311CI in Dolby 7.2 Surround and the Klipsch speaker system fills the room with magnificent sound. I am retiring a KV2 Center channel speaker and put in the G-42. Very happy with the results!
Summary: I looked around quite a bit before deciding on this Klipsch sound bar. I would say that it is a perfect balance between size and price and produces a really clear sound with a wide sound field. Unless you are in a really small room or constrained space I think a subwoofer is pretty much required for these systems. I went with the Yamaha that I can out right in the tv cabinet with forward porting and it is an awesome combination. Definitely consider this sound bar!
Summary: Great speaker if you are looking for a non powered soundbar for under 1k. I ended up purchasing this speaker since I couldn't do an in wall setup. I was very impressed with the sound. I get very clear and rich sound from this speaker which is connected to a yamaha rx-a3000. The built in subs in the soundbar are not very powerful without a dedicated sub but perfect for night time viewing when you don't want to wake up your sleeping baby.
Pros: Great sound. Easy to set up. Wall mountable. Light weight.