Klipsch The Fives Powered Loudspeaker Review & Comments

Jokerr

Well-known Member
Hdmi ARC is a killer feature. About time added to powered stereo HIFI speakers. Nice review
 

Paul7777x

Member
They seems to be active speakers rather than simply powered.

Manufactures tend to claim the other way around. Odd.
 

invisiblekid

Distinguished Member
With the grills on, these look pretty decent in a typical Klipsch way (but wow the black version looks not, very, good). HDMI input is bonus.

But for the price I'd probably take the Edifier S3000 over these. With their matching stands added in, they are £130 cheaper still.
 

Paul7777x

Member
With the grills on, these look pretty decent in a typical Klipsch way (but wow the black version looks not, very, good). HDMI input is bonus.

But for the price I'd probably take the Edifier S3000 over these. With their matching stands added in, they are £130 cheaper still.
Yes, they’re definitely best viewed with the grills on.

The pebble dashed baffle looks utilitarian, to be polite.
 

Paul7777x

Member
A closer look reveals even more ugly.

It looks as though they’ve chosen tarmac lumps for the front baffle...

Even if they were the most stunning sounding speakers at the price, I think spending £800+ should get you a finish something better than Matt black painted woodchip :eek:

A69828E6-4347-45D1-B3BB-25415A26B002.jpeg
 

meduk1

Active Member
Hdmi ARC is a killer feature. About time added to powered stereo HIFI speakers. Nice review
Yeah this is the key feature I look for when looking at active speakers.

I'm still generally struggling on finding something at a reasonable price, with HDMI ARC and AirPlay...
 

Chanser

Well-known Member
Amazon had this for £547.18 last month, obviously out of stock. Ordered walnut version, mine are arriving soon.

Walnut looks good.
 
Last edited:

mad823

Standard Member
Yeah this is the key feature I look for when looking at active speakers.

I'm still generally struggling on finding something at a reasonable price, with HDMI ARC and AirPlay...
Yet this was the only part of the speaker not tested...
 

AmericanAudio

Active Member
AVForums Sponsor
I love these, absolute SoundBar killer with the HDMI ARC option, and it comes with a complete cable set too.

Bundled with a nice (Look and Sound) record deck they become an ultimate millenial / loft apartment / lifestyle hifi system with minimal clutter and fuss.
 

Paul7777x

Member
Sorry but they look as though they have been designed by Amstrad.
I love these, absolute SoundBar killer with the HDMI ARC option, and it comes with a complete cable set too.

Bundled with a nice (Look and Sound) record deck they become an ultimate millenial / loft apartment / lifestyle hifi system with minimal clutter and fuss.
Perhaps.

It’s a serious pity they are so repulsive looking.

Spending £800 plus really shouldn’t result in having it look like you spent 50p at a local 70s tip.
 
Last edited:

AmericanAudio

Active Member
AVForums Sponsor
I'll be honest, i prefer the Walnut to Black, but they are geninely not as bad as the photos make them look.

I'll see if I can get a photo of the black in use from a customer/friend.
 

AmericanAudio

Active Member
AVForums Sponsor
Unfortunately, they are ARC HDMI with CEC, not eARC.

But then, you wouldnt really need eARC in an stereo pair, if the CEC is good from your screen, because the only two other real benefits are larger bandwidth for audio, resulting in a great number of audio channels being carried, up to 32 iirc. Great for Atmos and Special Effects, less needed on a stereo with optional sub output.
 

larkone

Member
ARC HDMI with CEC - that'll work well then :cool: Worst standard ever.
 

AmericanAudio

Active Member
AVForums Sponsor
LOL, was it ever a standard!

We had a project where the customer was on holiday, Sky Boxes updated, which reset the CEC to on, signal passed through the martix and owner came back to find all 6 TV's on showing the Sky Promo Channel! Works well when you don't want it to!!
 

AmericanAudio

Active Member
AVForums Sponsor
There is always the Optical In, if its an issue. lol.
 

The latest video from AVForums

Podcast: Marantz SR7015 & NAD T 778 AVR + Mission LX2 MKII Speaker Reviews, AV & Film News and More
Top Bottom