Klipsch just released new powered bookshelf speakers, The Fives, that are unique for a specific reason: they can connect directly to your TV — plug and play — without the need of an AV receiver. They’re able to do this because The reason for this is that The Fives are the first powered speakers to have an HDMI-ARC connection, which allows them to be used much like a modern soundbar. The advantage of having dedicated right and left speakers is that they’re able to deliver a better stereo experience, as well as a wider soundstage (and a generally more immersive experience), than most soundbars.
The Fives are versatile in other ways in case you don’t want to use them as a soundbar alternative. They have an integrated phono pre-amp, so you can pair them with most turntables. They have built-in Bluetooth, so you can stream music directly from your smartphone or laptop. They also have digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs, as well as a subwoofer output.
As far as sound quality, the Fives are pretty high-end. Each speaker has a 5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter, which is actually the same tweeter that Klipsch uses in its high-end Reference line of speakers, and they’re able to deliver the smooth, accurate sound that Klipsch is known for. Additionally, the speakers have real wood veneers and several tactile switches and knobs.
The Fives cost $799 per pair and are available in two colors: walnut or black.
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