Audiophile-grade Powered Speakers with HDMI-ARC
Klipsch has introduced its most advanced powered speakers called the The Fives to their Heritage Collection of wireless speakers. At $799/pair, these retro looking stereo bookshelf speakers include a variety of audio inputs, including HDMI-ARC. That means they can easily connect to a TV and be used instead of a sound bar. In addition to HDMI-ARC, the Fives feature an integrated phono pre-amp, Bluetooth® wireless technology, digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs. A subwoofer output is also included. No audio/video receiver required.
“The Fives are best-in-class powered speakers which are several steps above other Klipsch powered monitors, including the R-51PMs“, says Rob Standley, Klipsch Vice President of Product and Marketing. The company also claims The Fives deliver a big, bold sound stage, and a better listening experience than the common sound bar. The Fives incorporate award-winning, proprietary Klipsch Reference acoustic horn-loaded technology and tuning to deliver loud and precise audio with enhanced bass and low distortion. Built-in dynamic bass equalization matches the ear’s ability to hear lower frequencies, delivering powerful bass at any volume. Plus, audiophiles will appreciate 192kHz/24-bit decoding for flawless reproduction of high-resolution audio tracks.
“The Fives are simply the most versatile speakers on Earth.”Rob Standley, Klipsch Vice President of Product and Marketing
The Fives incorporate individual ultra-low noise amplifiers that are custom designed to maximize system performance and eliminate the need for external amplification. World-class Klipsch engineers picked and tuned the components to be an absolute perfect match throughout, making the system sound incredibly immersive and complete. The Fives are also bi-amped (60-watts to each woofer + 20-watts to each tweeter) resulting in improved clarity and output.
The Fives feature 1” titanium tweeters on Tractrix® horns, a proprietary technology that has been the driving force behind Klipsch acoustics. Each powered monitor also features a 4.5” long-throw woofer and is ported to provide enhanced bass.
Made with luxury materials such as real wood veneer and tactile switches and knobs, The Fives blend the acoustics and classic design legacy of Klipsch products with the latest technologies available today.
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Price & Availability
Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speakers The Fives are available in matte black or walnut real wood veneer finishes with textured woven grilles. They are available now through Audio Advice, Klipsch.com, and other authorized retailers for $799 per pair (US MSRP).
|SYSTEM DESCRIPTION||Powered Monitor (pair)|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||50Hz – 25kHz|
|DYNAMIC BASS EXTENSION||46Hz @ 35% Volume|
|MAX OUTPUT||109 dB (1M Stereo Pair)|
|TOTAL SYSTEM POWER||160W Total System Power (320W Peak)|
60W LF, 20W HF
|HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER||1” (2.5cm) Titanium LTS vented tweeter with Tractrix® horn|
|LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER||4.5” (11.43cm) high-excursion fiber-composite cone woofer|
|ENCLOSURE MATERIAL||MDF with genuine wood veneer|
|ENCLOSURE TYPE||Bass-reflex via rear-firing port|
|INPUTS||• HDMI-ARC with CEC|
• Bluetooth® wireless technology
• Phono/Line analog (with switch and ground screw terminal)
• 3.5mm analog mini jack
• USB digital
• Optical digital
|OUTPUTS||Single RCA line level output for connection to subwoofer|
|HEIGHT, WIDTH, DEPTH||12” (304.8mm) x 6.5” (165.1mm) x 9.25” (234.95mm)|
|WEIGHT||Primary: 11.8 lbs (5.35kg) – Secondary: 10.7 lbs (4.85kg)|
|FINISH||Walnut / Matte Black|
|VOLTAGE||100V-240V 50/60Hz internal power supply with region specific power cords|
|INCLUDED ACCESSORIES||• Region-Specific power cord (2.0m)|
• Remote control (with 2x AAA batteries)
• 4-conductor speaker cable (4m)
• USB Type-B to USB Type-A cable (1.5m)
• HDMI Cable (1.5m)