The Klipsch Sevens and Nines High-Res Powered Monitors pick up where The Fives left off. The Sevens and The Nines offer easy connections for music, movies, and gaming, a beautiful, mid-century modern aesthetic, and the crystal clear, full soundstage you’ve come to expect from the Great American Speaker Company. Watch our review to learn more.
Klipsch The Sevens & The Nines Powered Speaker Review & Comparison
It’s been nearly three years since Klipsch Audio unleashed the first HDMI Arc enabled powered speakers into the world. Now, Klipsch is giving us the next generation of high-resolution bookshelf speakers - The Nines and The Sevens powered monitors.
A Quick History Lesson
At the height of the pandemic in 2020, when people were hungry for speakers to enhance their movies, music, and gaming at home, Klipsch Audio released a groundbreaking new kind of powered monitor, The Fives. Wildly popular, these “mighty media masters” featured the first HDMI-Arc connection for bookshelf speakers, giving them a competitive advantage in the market.
What is Different in The Sevens and The Nines Powered Monitors?
Klipsch product managers wanted to ensure The Sevens and The Nines provided two dynamic listening experiences to differentiate them from The Fives.
That said, at first blush, The Sevens and The Nines High-Res Powered Monitors do share quite a few similarities to The Fives, which we’ll cover in this review.
Setting up any type of audio equipment can be a pain, particularly for novices who can get hung up on which cords go where. Both The Sevens and The Nines Powered Monitors offer one of the easiest unboxing and setups we’ve ever experienced. All cables were clearly marked and in what we can only describe as high-end black foam, alongside the remote and the manual in a handy sleeve, as a cover to the speakers and grilles.
The back of the primary speaker for each set has clear markings for all of the numerous connection options. We’ll get into those options a bit later in this review. But, you can pick your poison, so to speak, freely.
The boxes for both powered monitors include: a region-specific power cord, the remote, a four-conductor speaker cable, and extension for that cable, a USB Type-B to Type-A cord, and an HDMI cable.
Any high-end powered monitors that can be set up in less than five minutes automatically win some 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, the Sevens and The Nines powered monitors offer the same high-res audio capabilities. 192 kHZ/24-bit decoding produces a flawless experience when you stream from your laptop or phone. In essence, you hear a recording precisely as the sound engineer intended it, as close to a reproduction of lossless audio as humanly possible.
What you hear is not just crisp audio, but bass that compliments the track, no matter how loud the volume is cranked.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the tech inside these speakers to create the aforementioned mammoth soundstages.
The Sevens and The Nines powered monitors both feature 1” titanium tweeters on edge-to-edge Tractrix® horns, a proprietary technology that has been the driving force behind the stunningly precise Klipsch acoustics. Each powered monitor has a 6.5” (The Sevens) and 8” (The Nines) long-throw woofer and is ported to provide bass to enhance the listening experience.
|The Fives||The Sevens||The Nines|
|High-frequency driver||1” (2.5cm) Titanium LTS vented tweeter with 90 ° X 90° Tractrix® horn||1” (2.5cm) Titanium LTS vented tweeter with 90 ° X 90° Tractrix® horn||1” (2.5cm) Titanium LTS vented tweeter with 90 ° X 90° Tractrix® horn|
|Low-frequency driver||4.5” (11.43cm) high-excursion fiber-composite cone woofer||6.5” (16.51 cm) high-excursion fiber-composite cone woofer||8” (20.32 cm) high-excursion fiber-composite cone woofer|
|Enclosure type||Bass-reflex via rear-firing port||Bass-reflex via rear-firing port||Bass-reflex via rear-firing port|
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Klipsch The Sevens and The Nines Powered Monitors
Say Goodbye to Copper
For Klipsch aficionados, this might seem like a negative. Copper and black are the brand’s signature colors and have set the tone (see what we did there) for more than three-quarters of a century. But, trust us, it’s a welcome change to better match the overall aesthetics of products in the Heritage-inspired family.
The Sevens and The Nines powered monitors come in the traditional Heritage-inspired colors, walnut, and matte black. The grilles are magnetic and can easily be removed.
What is striking about both sets of powered monitors is the look of the edge-to-edge 90° X 90° Tractrix horns and low-frequency, high-excursion fiber-composite cone woofers (6.5” for The Sevens, 8” for The Nines). Not only are they black, a chrome bar separates them from the horns with the words, “Established 1946 | USA” with the Klipsch Heritage-inspired script logo on the bottom of the horn. Simple, sleek, and elegant. The principles of mid-century modern design remain, including tactile knobs on the top of the primary speaker and wood veneers.
What Are the Differences Between The Sevens and The Nines Powered Monitors?
Without question, both pairs of powered monitors deliver room-filling sound. But, there are some key differences to consider specific to size.
Yes, this will sound fairly simple, pun intended. The Sevens powered monitors are bigger than the Fives. The Nines powered monitors are bigger than The Sevens.
But, this is a good place to take into account the size of your room for speaker placement. The Sevens are ideal for a small to medium-sized living room or home office. The Nines, on the other hand, are only slightly smaller than the Klipsch Heresy IV floorstanding speakers.
Anyone familiar with Klipsch Heritage and Heritage-inspired speakers knows they are loud as hell. The Nines provide that level of sound with the largest Tractrix horns and woofers of any Klipsch powered monitor on the market. They would be ideal for a large recording studio, a cavernous basement, or a large living room.
Beyond the size, these two powerful pairs of monitors deliver sound quality you can find in professional recording studios or the movie theater.
All the Connections
The input capability of The Sevens and The Nines powered monitors are pretty tough to beat. For starters, both speakers feature HDMI-arc, which was first seen in The Fives. ARC is a type of audio transmission directly linking the speaker outputs to your TV remote. HDMI ARC requires only one cable and sends audio backward, from a TV into powered monitors or a soundbar. Put more simply, it’s a form of digital sound processing. Much like JRR Tolkien’s famous series of books, HDMI ARC equates to, “one remote to rule them all” in the home theater realm.
It's hard to be competitive in the powered monitor market without having a best-in-class Bluetooth option these days. The Sevens and The Nines both have Bluetooth 5, allowing a user to walk across their home without dropping the wireless signal from their phone, tablet, or laptop. For example, our reviewer walked from her home office at the front of her 1500-square-foot home to the back of her master bedroom and the audio remained crystal clear, with no delays or drops.
The Sevens and The Nines have an optical input for CD players or a TV, a USB input, and a 3.5mm analog input. We tested the analog input with an AUX cord and an Amazon Alexa voice-assisted device. Alexa performed as quickly as when commands are read when it is plugged into older powered monitors.
Both powered monitors also offer the same phono/line analog connection as The Fives, so you can plug your turntable into the powered monitors and have a truly unique experience with your favorite records.
We tested both pairs using a recent reissue of Joy Division’s “Closer,” the final album from the seminal post-punk band. Ian Curtis’ disembodied vocals come through the monitors as though you are standing next to legendary producer Martin Hannett in a Manchester, UK recording studio in 1980.
Should You Use These Powered Monitors as a Home Theater System?
In a word, yes. The Sevens and The Nines powered monitors are engineered so you can have a 2.0 home theater system straight away. While Klipsch center channels have long been some of our favorites, it’s not necessary for these speakers.
As a test, we watched the pivotal final battle scene in “Avengers: Endgame” and the trailer for Season Three of “The Mandalorian,” a show where much of the dialogue is heard through a helmet, on both The Sevens and The Nines.
The dialogue could be heard loud and clear across the board. We also listened to Carly Simon’s “You're So Vain” on both sets of powered monitors. The cameo appearance of a certain British rock icon on the backing vocals was unmistakable, something you can’t always pick out with other speakers. Note - this is an uncredited backup singer, but #iykyk.
Klipsch also makes it easy if you want to add a subwoofer for a 2.1 home theater setup. While you don’t really need it, you do have the option.
Can You Use The Sevens and The Nines Powered Monitors for Gaming?
Absolutely. We tested The Nines while playing the Xbox Series S. We used “Doom: Eternal,” the 2020 installment of the “Doom” first-person shooter gaming franchise. With the Nines positioned equidistant from the left and right sides of the TV, we got incredibly precise sound, right down to hearing each slice of the chainsaw cutting through demon spawn, rusty metal cages swinging, and crackling fires.
Klipsch bills the THX Certified ProMedia 2.1 computer speakers as their best offering for gaming, we’d argue The Sevens and The Nines are a better option, specifically if you’re gaming from your massive TV.
Klipsch powered monitors deliver a measure of convenience and sound quality you won’t find in every speaker on the market. No AV receiver is needed and a multitude of connections, paired with easy installation, are definite selling points.
Overall, it was hard to find anything bad to say about either pair of powered monitors. Klipsch offers the Connect App on iTunes and Google Play for firmware updates, fine precision tuning, and a direct line to customer service. The Connect App had its share of struggles when initially unrolled several years back, but upgrades have made it a far better tool for the consumer.
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 through generations that sounds incredible? Yeah, we thought so too.
High Notes Unpacked
When Klipsch says easy, they are not kidding. Setting up The Sevens and The Nines is shockingly easy. All cables are clearly marked and in what we can only describe as high-end black foam, alongside the remote and the manual in a handy sleeve, as a cover to the speakers and grilles.
Crisp, High-Resolution Sound
High-res audio capabilities with 192 kHZ/24-bit decoding produces a flawless experience when you stream from your laptop or phone. In essence, you hear a recording precisely as the sound engineer intended it.
Say Goodbye to Copper
The copper cones are a part of history, at least with these powered monitors. Both sets feature edge-to-edge 90° X 90° Tractrix horns and low-frequency, high-excursion fiber-composite cone woofers (6.5” for The Sevens, 8” for The Nines).
HI-RES SOUND, NO AVR NEEDED
Thanks to a custom engineered built-in amplifier, these powered speakers maximize sound output and quality — without connecting to an audio receiver.
PREMIUM MATERIALS + UPDATED DESIGN
Handcrafted with genuine wood veneer, premium metal controls, fabric grilles, and cork pads - The Sevens & The Nines are quailty-designed to impress.
SIMPLY 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
Alongside HDMI-ARC, The Nines come equipped with an integrated phono pre-amp, Bluetooth® 5, digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs, and a subwoofer output.
EASY TV SET-UP
Plug-and play, no AV receiver needed. Get immersive, room-filling sound from your TV with just one HDMI cable. This HDMI-ARC connection also allows your existing TV remote to control the speakers’ volume.
Audio Advice is the exclusive launch partner of the Klipsch The Sevens & The Nines Powered Speakers. Stop by one of our world-class showrooms in Raleigh or Charlotte, North Carolina to experience them yourself. We do have to warn you, though - give them a listen and you just might become one of the millions of people who have helped Klipsch stand the test of time for the past 70+ years. You may even wind up taking a pair home for yourself!