CES 23 > Klipsch The Nines, new active Bluetooth bookshelf speakers

After our presentation of the Klipsch The Sevens yesterday, it's time for the Klipsch The Nines, another pair of active network speakers. On the program, a larger woofer for ever more impressive performance.

Initiated in 2016 with The One loudspeaker, the range of bookshelf type active loudspeakers has regularly welcomed new references, monobloc type or in true stereo configuration, via a pair of loudspeakers.

Klipsch The Nines, Bluetooth 5.0 APT-X compatibility on the menu

The Klipsch The Nines therefore come in the form of a pair of compact active speakers capable of advantageously replacing the classic Hi-Fi system in the living room. And thanks to its connectors, it even broadcasts sound from the TV (see below) to magnify the sound reproduction of your favorite programs.

For the rest, the Klipsch The Nines incorporate the latest technologies to respond to new consumer uses and deliver optimal sound quality. This is the case with Bluetooth 5.0 APT-X certification to enjoy streaming a music library via a subscription to a dedicated service (Deezer, Apple Music, etc.) or music files stored on a suitable device: smartphone, tablet, console gaming, computer…

Klipsch The Nines, rich connectivity

Namely, in addition to streaming, the Klipsch The Nines allow you to enjoy a sound source connected to its 3.5 mm mini-Jack auxiliary input or to the stereo RCA/Phono input with integrated pre-amplifier to connect a Turntable. We also notice an asynchronous USB-B port and an optical input, enough to finally connect a good number of audio sources plus a subwoofer output on RCA to reinforce the impact of low frequencies if necessary.

As on the Klipsch The Fives, The Fives McLaren edition and The Sevens, an HDMI ARC input to easily retrieve the sound signal from a TV. Simply connect them to the TV to multiply the sound show, like that which a sound bar can offer.

Klipsch The Nines, acoustic package

Technically, each Klipsch The Nines loudspeaker is built around a 25.4 mm tweeter with a wide-spread Tractrix Horn and an 20.32 cm composite fiber cone woofer, all associated to Class D amplification delivering a total power of 260 W (2 x 100 W + 2 x 30 W) and loaded with bass-reflex. The frequency response is wider than that of the Klipsch The Sevens (see data sheet below).

The Klipsch The Nines are indeed configured in bi-amplification for improved sound quality. For flawless sound reproduction and to easily exploit Hi-Res Audio files, a 192 kHz/24-bit Dac (digital-analog converter) is present and control of the Klipsch The Nines is ensured through the transport buttons located on the top of one of the speakers or through the Klipsch application.

Lastly, it is possible to assign each of the speakers to the right or left channel, thus greatly simplifying the ergonomics of the system. It is indeed necessary to have a power outlet not far from the main speaker…

Availability announced for spring 2023. Indicative price still unknown.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the Klipsch The Nines:

• Type: 2.0

• Tweeter(s): 1 x 25 mm Tractrix Horn

• Boomer(s): 1 x 20.32 cm with composite fiber cone

• Load: bass-reflex

• Power: 260 W (2 x 100 W + 2 x 30 W)

• Bandwidth: 40-25 000 Hz

• Sensitivity: 115 dB

• Connections: 1 x 3.5 mm mini-jack auxiliary input, 1 stereo RCA/Phono input (with integrated pre-amplifier for connecting a turntable), 1 port Asynchronous USB-B, 1 optical input, 1 subwoofer output, 1 HDMI CEC ARC input

• Compatibility(s) Bluetooth 5.0 APT-X HD

• 192 kHz/24-bit DAC

• Dimensions (W x D x H): 337 x 240 x 480mm