Klipsch RSB-14 sound bar and RW-1 speaker pairing
The Klipsch product instruction booklets for the RSB-14 and RW-1 speakers are awkwardly written and inadequate.
You have to scan the page looking for English, when sometimes the foreign language is just a repetition of the section heading, but other times not. This means that you must visually scan all the items below the heading to see if there is more in English, or try to decipher the foreign ones to see if it's just the heading repeated. I suggest going through the booklet and hi-liting the English (or whichever language you use) before starting the setup.
After a few steps, you are told to "follow the instructions on your mobile device", instead of having the expected steps within the application listed. Consequently you have no idea what should be the next step, or how much time it will take, or whether the application is hung up or still working. You are told in the application to leave the app and select a network, then to select a device...in the app or on the phone...which? Too many times, people familiar with instruction steps will skip over steps which they are familiar with, not placing themselves in the shoes of the unfamiliar person.
For me, the manual setup procedure always hung up on "searching for a WiFi network" although several other computers in the house that were farther away work fine and show a strong signal from our AT&T Arris NVG599 wireless router. If Klipsch wants to keep the instruction booklet minimal, then at least the expected steps in the applications should be easily found on the website, and listed for both Android and iOS versions of the application.
There is no definition for what the sounds mean that come from the speakers during setup. There is a tone that shifts from high to low frequency and one that shifts the opposite and also one that seems to be both high and low together. What do they mean? No description. There also seem to be several pulse rates for the LED's that are not defined, and some change rates. It's easy to distinguish solid illumination from pulsing, but fast pulse or slow pulsing....what does it mean?
The sound bar and the speakers have been assigned "Play-Fi2DeviceXXXXXX" identities that show up with your home network, on the list of WiFi sources that are within range. Why didn't Klipsch replace "Device" with "SB" for sound bars or "SPKR" for speakers to make it easy to determine which source is which? As it is now, you need to unplug each one separately , wait and then refresh the WiFi list to determine which source ID goes away. And you need to do that before trying to set things up, so that you won't select the wrong device during the setup steps.
The WPS notes are for an automated setup, which worked for one of my speakers but not for the second, even though we performed the same steps. There was nothing to explain whether to set up each speaker separately or how to distinguish between a setup for multi-room mono speakers, or left and right back channel speakers in conjunction with the sound bar. Do the back left and right speakers play all stereo signals or only the surround back channel sounds? Nothing in the booklet to say. My Surround LED on the sound bar is constantly on, but we got no sound from the RW-1s even with a movie sound track for input.
If I ever get these speakers to work, will the setup need to be redone after every power failure? After upgrading to the latest firmware on the sound bar and on the speakers, I never was able to get the Play-Fi (WiFi) LED to light on the sound bar.