Klipsch The Sevens & The Nines Speakers Review and Comparison (2023)

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Klipsch Sevens and Nines high-resolution powered monitors capture wherethe fiveexcluded. Sevens and Nines offer easy connections for music, movies, and games, a beautiful mid-century modern aesthetic, and the full, crisp soundstage you expect from the Great American Speaker Company. Check out our review to learn more.

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It's been almost three years sinceAudio Klipschreleased the world's first HDMI Arc-enabled speakers. Now Klipsch brings us the next generation of high-resolution loudspeakers:the ninemithe sevenspowered monitors.

A quick history lesson

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, when people were craving speakers to enhance their movies, music, and gaming at home, Klipsch Audio launched an innovative new type of self-powered monitor,the five. Hugely popular, these "multimedia powerhouses" included the first HDMI-Arc connection for bookshelf speakers, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace.

What's different about The Sevens and The Nines electric monitors?

Klipsch product managers wanted to make sure The Sevens and The Nines delivered two dynamic listening experiences to set them apart from The Fives.

That being said, at first glance, the high-resolution monitors The Sevens and The Nines share some similarities with The Fives, which we'll cover in this review.

Frustration-free setup

Setting up any type of audio equipment can be a headache, especially for beginners who may be confused about which cables go where. Both The Sevens and The Nines Powered Monitors offer some of the easiest setup and unboxing we've ever experienced. All cables have been clearly marked and in what we can only describe as high quality black foam, along with the remote control and manual in a handy case, like a cover for the speakers and grills.

The back of each set's main speaker features clear markings for all of the myriad connection options. We'll get into those options a bit later in this review. But you can choose your poison, so to speak, freely.

Boxes for both powered displays include: a region-specific power cord, remote control, four-conductor speaker cable and extension cable, USB Type B to Type A cable, and HDMI cable.

Any advanced monitor that can be set up in less than five minutes automatically wins a few points, at least in our books. Also, don't forget the beauty of The Sevens and The Nines powered monitor: no receiver needed.

Crisp, high-resolution sound

Like The Fives, Sevens and The Nines active monitors offer the same high-resolution audio capabilities. 192 kHz/24-bit decoding produces a seamless experience when streaming from your laptop or phone. In essence, you hear a recording exactly as the sound engineer intended, as close to lossless audio reproduction as possible.

What you hear is not just clear audio, but bass that complements the track, no matter how loud the volume is.

We'd be remiss if we didn't talk about the technology inside these speakers to create the gigantic soundstages mentioned above.

We'd be remiss if we didn't talk about the technology inside these speakers to create these gigantic soundstages.

The Sevens and The Nines active monitors feature 1” titanium tweeters on edge-to-edge Tractrix® drivers, a patented technology that has been the driving force behind Klipsch's incredibly precise acoustics. Each powered monitor features a long-throw 6.5” (The Sevens) and 8” (The Nines) woofer and is wired to deliver bass and enhance the listening experience.

the fivethe sevensthe nine
high frequency driver2.5 cm (1 in) Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with 90° X 90° Tractrix® Horn2.5 cm (1 in) Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with 90° X 90° Tractrix® Horn2.5 cm (1 in) Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with 90° X 90° Tractrix® Horn
low frequency driver4.5" (11.43 cm) high-excursion fiber composite cone woofer6.5" (16.51 cm) high-excursion fiber composite cone woofer8" (20.32 cm) high-excursion fiber composite cone woofer
cabinet typeBass-reflex via rear firing portBass-reflex via rear firing portBass-reflex via rear firing port

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say goodbye to copper

For Klipsch aficionados, this may seem like a negative. Copper and black are the brand's signature colors and have set the standard (see what we've done there) for more than three-quarters of a century. But trust us, it's a welcome change to better fit the general aesthetic of products on the market.Heritage Inspired Family.

Sevens and The Nines active monitors come in traditional Heritage-inspired Walnut and Matte Black colors. The grids are magnetic and can be easily removed.

What stands out about both sets of powered monitors is the look of the edge-to-edge 90° X 90° Tractrix drivers and high-excursion, low-frequency, composite fiber cone woofers (6.5" for The Sevens, 8" for The Nines). In addition to being black in color, a chrome bar separates them from the horns with the words: “Founded 1946 | USA” with Klipsch Heritage-inspired script logo on the bottom of the speaker. Simple, slim and elegant. Mid-Century Modern design principles are maintained, including tactile buttons on top of the main speaker and wood veneers.

What are the differences between monitors powered by The Sevens and The Nines?

Sure, both pairs of powered monitors deliver surround sound. However, there are some important differences to consider that are size specific.

Yeah, this is going to sound pretty simple, pun intended. Monitors with Sevens technology are larger than Fives. Monitors powered by Nines are larger than Sevens.

But this is a good place to consider the size of your room for speaker placement. Sevens are ideal for a small to medium-sized living room or home office. Nines, on the other hand, are only slightly smaller than Nines.Klipsch Heresy IV Floorstanding Speakers.

Anyone familiar with Klipsch Heritage and Heritage-inspired speakers knows that they are loud as hell. The Nines deliver that level of sound with the largest speakers and Tractrix woofers of any Klipsch monitor on the market. They would be ideal for a large recording studio, cavernous basement, or large living room.

Size aside, these two powerful pairs of monitors offer sound quality you might find in professional recording studios or movie theaters.

all connections

The input capability of The Sevens and The Nines active monitors is pretty hard to beat. For starters, both speakers feature HDMI-arc, which was first seen on The Fives. ARC is a type of audio transmission that directly links the speaker outputs to the TV remote control. HDMI ARC requires just one cable and sends audio backwards from a TV to powered monitors or a sound bar. Simply put, it is a form of digital sound processing. Like JRR Tolkien's famous book series, HDMI ARC equates to "one remote to rule them all" in the realm of home theater.

It's hard to be competitive in the self-powered display market without having today's best-in-class Bluetooth option. The Sevens and Nines have Bluetooth 5, allowing the user to walk around the house without interrupting the wireless signal of their phone, tablet or laptop. For example, our reviewer walked from his office in the front of his 1,500-square-foot home to the back of his master bedroom, and the audio remained crystal clear with no lag or dropouts.

The Sevens and Nines have an optical input for CD or TV players, a USB input and a 3.5mm analog input. We tested the analog input with an AUX cable and an Amazon Alexa voice-assisted device. Alexa's performance is just as fast when reading commands when connected to older monitors.

Both powered monitors also offer the same analog phono/line connection as The Fives, so you can connect yourplay recordson active monitors and get a truly unique experience with your favorite discs.

We tested both pairs using a recent reissue of"Closer" by Joy Divisionthe latest album from the seminal post-punk band. The disembodied voices of Ian Curtis drift across the monitors as if you were with legendary producer Martin Hannett in a recording studio in Manchester, UK, in 1980.

Should you use these powered monitors as a home theater system?

In a word, yes. Sevens and The Nines active monitors are designed so you can have a 2.0 home theater system right out of the box. While the Klipsch center channels are some of our favorites, it's not necessary for these speakers.

For proof, we looked at the crucial final battle scene in "Avengers: Endgame" and the trailer for season 3 of "The Mandalorian," a show in which much of the dialogue is heard through a helmet, both in The Sevens as in The Nines.

Dialogue can be heard loud and clear across the board. we also listen"You're So Vain" by Carly Simonon both sets of powered monitors. The appearance of a certain British rock icon on the backing vocals was unmistakable, something you can't always identify with other speakers. Note: this is an uncredited backing vocalist, but #iykyk.

Klipsch also makes it easy if you want to add a subwoofer for a 2.1 home theater setup. Although you don't really have to, you do have the option.

Home Theater Speaker Design Options

Can you use The Sevens and The Nines powered monitors to play games?

Absolutely. We tested The Nines while playing Xbox Series S. We used "Doom: Eternal," the 2020 installment of the "Doom" first-person shooter franchise. With the Nines positioned equidistant from the left and right sides of the TV, we got amazingly precise sound, until we could hear every slash of the chainsaw cutting through the demon's offspring, the rusty metal cages swaying and creaking.

Klipsch fatura o THX Certified ProMedia 2.1computer speakersas their best gaming offering, we'd argue that The Sevens and The Nines are a better choice, especially if you're playing on your massive TV.

the verdict

Klipsch-powered monitors offer a measure of comfort and sound quality you won't find in every speaker on the market. No AV receivers are required and a multitude of connections, along with easy installation, are definite selling points.

Overall, it was hard to find a bad thing to say about any pair of powered monitors. Klipsch offers the Connect app on iTunes and Google Play for firmware updates, adjustments, and a direct line to customer service. The Connect app had its share of problems when it was first released several years ago, but updates have made it a much better consumer tool.

Yes, both The Sevens and The Nines are an investment. But look at it this way: wouldn't you rather spend money on a speaker designed to be passed down from generation to generation that sounds amazing? Yes, we think so too.

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Frustration-free setup

When Klipsch says easy, he's not kidding. Setting up The Sevens and The Nines is surprisingly easy. All cables are clearly marked and in what can only be described as high-quality black foam, along with the remote and manual in a handy case, as a cover for the speakers and grills.

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Crisp, high-resolution sound

Hi-Res Audio capabilities with 192 kHz/24-bit decoding produce a seamless experience when streaming from your laptop or phone. In essence, you hear a recording exactly as the sound engineer intended.

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say goodbye to copper

Copper drivers are part of the story, at least with these self-powered monitors. Both sets feature 90° X 90° edge-to-edge Tractrix horns and high-excursion, low-frequency, fiber-composite cone woofers (6.5" for The Sevens, 8" for The Nines).

HIGH-RESOLUTION SOUND, NO AVR NEEDED

Featuring a custom-designed integrated amplifier, these powered speakers maximize output and sound quality, without connecting to an audio receiver.

PREMIUM MATERIALS + UPGRADED DESIGN

Handcrafted with genuine wood veneers, premium metal controls, cloth grills and cork cushions - The Sevens & The Nines are quality-crafted to impress.

JUST ADD A SUBWOOFER

With a dedicated sub connection, you can easily add a powered subwoofer for even more impact.

ALL-NEW HIGH EXCURSION DRIVER
Employing high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) and filter technology, the new high-excursion driver creates a bigger, bolder soundstage.

A WORLD OF CONNECTIVITY
Along with HDMI-ARC, The Nines comes equipped with a built-in phono preamp, Bluetooth® 5, digital optical, analog RCA, and USB inputs, and a subwoofer output.

EASY TV SETUP
Plug-and-play, no AV receiver needed. Get immersive surround sound from your TV with just one HDMI cable. This HDMI-ARC connection also allows your current TV remote to control speaker volume.

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  1. Klipsch The Sevens Amplified Speakers - Pair

    $ 1.299,00

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  1. Klipsch The Nines Amplified Speakers - Pair

    $ 1.499,00

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