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Published on July 3rd, 2020 | by The GC Team

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New Klipsch “The Fives” powered stereo speakers

Klipsch (UK) and Oxfordshire-based Henley Audio, the brand’s exclusive distributor in the UK, have announced the immediate availability in the UK of The Fives new powered stereo speakers, part of Klipsch’s Heritage Wireless Series and billed as being among ”the very first powered speakers to feature HDMI-ARC – the technology that enables you to connect the speakers directly to the TV – making them a bona fide soundbar alternative, as well as a  true ‘hi-fi system-in-a-box’.”

In common with Klipsch’s Heritage Wireless series, The Fives feature real wood veneers, metal switches and  a “mid-century modern” design.

The Fives connectivity includes:

• 3.5mm aux-in: useful to connect an older music player that doesn’t support Bluetooth, or to add an Alexa Echo to the hi-fi system by routing a cable from the device’s headphone output to the Klipsch’s aux-in;
• Bluetooth 5: to wirelessly connect a Bluetooth-enabled audio device to the Klipsch speakers;
• HDMI-ARC: Audio Return Channel (ARC) transmission connects the speaker to TV controls via the supplied HDMI cable to the TV and the Klipsch, enabling switching between audio sources – including games consoles and set-top boxes –  and adjusting the volume control with the TV remote;
• Optical digital: a high-quality input option, ideal for non-HDMI equipped AV systems, including older games consoles;
• Phono/Line analogue: The Fives’ Moving Magnet phono stage makes the speakers ”turntable ready”, with input switchable between PHONO and LINE;

• Subwoofer  output: addition of a powered subwoofer to The Fives’ driver array, creating a ”2.1” system.
• USB digital: The Fives support 192 KHZ / 24-BIT decoding across the board, enabling high quality reproduction of high-resolution audio tracks from digital devices, including PCs and Macs.
In addition to this connectivity, The Fives house custom engineered amplification. Ultra-low noise amplifiers are bi-amped to drive the two speaker cabinets, each of which employs a 25mm titanium TLS vented tweeter with Tractrix horn and 11cm long-throw woofer. The rear of the cabinet features a Tractrix port, borrowed from the premium Reference Premiere speaker line, to further enhance the bass. The Fives also feature Klipsch Dynamic Bass EQ, a tech typically only available with AV receivers.

To assist buyers with the various source options, the Klipsch Fives bundle also includes a remote control, an HDMI cable and a USB cable.
The Klipsch Fives are on sale now in the UK in Matte Black or Walnut finish. RRP £829.00.

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