Energy Brand Adds Second Soundbar

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Indianapolis -- Klipsch Group launched a second powered soundbar under its Energy brand.

The new model, the $599-suggested

Energy Power Bar Elite

, joins the lower priced $399-suggested

Energy Power Bar

, which shipped in recent months.

The new 2.5-inch-deep model is slimmer than the first model but adds more power, more drivers, built-in Dolby Digital decoding, a 3D Surround Mode, and a wireless 10-inch powered subwoofer in place of a wireless 8-inch powered sub. It ships to authorized Energy dealers this month.

Features include two-way speaker complement with dual 3-inch midwoofers placed in close proximity to their companion 0.75-inch tweeter "to act as a single source for coherent, seamless dispersion," enabling wide dispersion with low distortion, the company said. It can be controlled via a supplied remote, but a remote learning feature enables it to be controlled from a user's existing TV remote.

The 3D Surround Mode adds spaciousness to simulate a discrete 5.1-speaker setup, the company added.

The soundbar delivers 250 watts peak compared to the first bar's 200 watts peak, and it delivers bass down to 40Hz, whereas the first model delivers bass to 50Hz.

The new model is 4.4 inches by 40 inches by 2.5 inches, whereas the original is 4.4 inches by 30 inches by 4.1 inches. The original features two 3-inch midwoofers and two tweeters.

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