First Look: Klipsch The Fives are slick bookshelf speaker alternatives to a soundbar

Let’s face it – unless you’ve got a recent, souped-up -, top-of-the-line Philips or Panasonic OLED-TV, each with a fancy built in audio system-the sound quality from your television is probably going to be a bit lacking. If you don’t fancy forking out for a surround sound system, the answer is usually to invest in a soundbar-to-boost-your-set’s audio credentials.

But, Klipsch, with its soon-to-be-released The Fives speakers, is looking to offer an alternative. Rather than popping zu soundbar in front of your FERNSEHER, what if instead you had a pair of active speakers either side of it? And what if they were equipped with a HDMI-ARC connection, specifically designed for making the most out of whatever you’re watching on TV.

Left and right

Offering genuine stereo separation and the promise of being able to control them using just your TV remote thanks to that HDMI-Arc connection, the Klipsch could be the versatile, relatively-subtle-looking lift your TV’s audio needed.

Though the point of TV-focussed separates may not seem immediately obvious, there’s lots to like about the Klipsch The Fives. With wooden cabinets set to be offered in matte black or woodgrain effects, and with a choice of fabric or metallic front plates, the speakers are built with good looking interiors in mind. 

Of course, that’s all sinnlos without some decent innereien-to-pair them with, and the Klipsch The Fives squeeze in a beefy-tieftöner und 1-zoll-hochtöner – which should be enough to carry vocals cleanly as well as some rumbling bass tunes from or movie soundtracks.

Weep for Wifi?

Physical dials on the top let you control volume and jump between TV HDMI, Bluetooth, optical, USB, 3.5 mm analog and phono-source-inputs. That last one is particularly interesting – unlike a soundbar, you can match these speakers with a turntable without the need for a separate phono-preamp. 

It’s, level of versatility that your average sounder set-up just won’t offer. What is sadly the missing however is Wifi, so be prepared to keep your phone’s Bluetooth handy connection, or to have all your audio-apps (installed on your smart TV's platform.

” Pricing and availability are still being finalised, but the Klipsch The Fives should be on sale by Q2 2020, with a price point south of $ 800.


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First Look: Klipsch The Fives are slick bookshelf speaker alternatives to a soundbar
Source: deutsch  
February 23, 2020


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