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Klipsch The Sixes

Powered bookshelf speakers with Bluetooth® and built-in phono preamp (Ebony)

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Our take on the Klipsch The Sixes

The Sixes powered speakers by Klipsch are ready for anything. They have a built-in phono amp for your turntable, and they're Bluetooth-enabled for streaming from your smartphone or tablet. There's a USB port for great computer sound, and a stereo minijack for just about anything else.

Klipsch the Sixes

The Sixes have a built-in phono preamp. Just add your favorite turntable (not included).

Experience amazing sound from all your gear

The Sixes powered speakers by Klipsch are ready for anything. They have a built-in phono amp for your turntable, and they're Bluetooth-enabled for streaming from your smartphone or tablet. There's a USB port for great computer sound, and a stereo minijack for just about anything else.

Ready for your TV

The speakers also feature an optical digital audio input, so you can run digital sound from your TV directly to the Sixes — ideal setup for watching videos in a bedroom or guest room. A mono subwoofer output lets you add a powered sub to make movie soundtracks really come to life.

Retro style, legendary sound

The Sixes are part of Klipsch's Heritage Wireless series, and sport a cool retro look with tactile spun copper control knobs and real wood veneer. Each speaker features a 1" titanium tweeter mated with a Klipsch Tractrix® horn to deliver clean, clear highs. And the 6-1/2" spun copper woofer gives you solid, natural midrange and bass, with a rear-firing port to further reinforce the low frequencies.

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth® technology for music streaming with compatible devices
  • built-in phono preamp
  • each speaker features:
    • 1" titanium tweeter matched with a Tractrix® horn
    • 6-1/2" long-throw woofer
    • rear-firing bass-reflex port
  • frequency response: 40-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • built-in amplifier rated at 100 watts per channel
  • 192kHz/24-bit DAC (digital to analog converter)
  • optical digital audio input (digital optical cable included)
    • 2-channel PCM only
  • RCA stereo analog audio input (selectable Line in/Phono)
  • switch for selecting phono or line input
  • USB Type B input for connecting your Mac® or PC (USB A-to-USB B cable included)
  • stereo minijack input for portables (stereo minijack cable included)
  • tactile spun copper control knobs and switches
  • real wood veneer
  • RCA mono output for connecting an optional powered subwoofer
  • remote
  • requires AC power (AC adapter provided)
  • speaker dimensions: 8-5/8"W x 16-3/4"H x 11"D
  • weight: 17.74 lbs. (right speaker); 16 lbs. (left speaker)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered speaker (Right)
  • Slave speaker (Left)
  • 2 Grilles (Pre-installed)
  • 59" AC power cord
  • 6.5' USB cable
  • 58" Optical digital cable
  • 5' Stereo minijack cable
  • 20' Proprietary speaker cable
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information
  • Klipsch Reference Bluetooth headphones brochure

The Sixes are an awesome set of speakers. Bluetooth, XM, and tv all connected in minutes, and all sound great, and the sound is amazing.

David, Candler, NC

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Klipsch Heritage Design: Incorporating luxury materials such as real wood veneer and tactile spun copper switches and knobs, the Klipsch Sixes blend the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies available today.

Custom Engineered Amplifiers: The Sixes powered monitors deliver room-filling sound without taking up much space thanks to built-in amplifiers that are custom-engineered for these high performance speakers, maximizing output and sound quality. The Sixes incorporate individual ultra-low noise amplifiers that are custom designed to maximize system performance and eliminate the need for external amplification.

Two-Way Driver Design: The Klipsch Sixes utilize a two-way driver design with a 1" titanium tweeter mated to Tractrix Horn and a 6.5" long-throw polypropylene woofer with a rubber surround. The Tractrix horn-loaded 1" titanium dome tweeter provides a natural, lifelike sound, while the square Tractrix horn offers up a 90° x 90° dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage. The 6.5" long-throw polypropylene woofer delivers accurate, detailed midrange/midbass performance.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Klipsch Sixes employ a bass reflex cabinet with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The cabinet is slightly angled upward for better sound dispersion into the room. The cabinets are constructed of MDF and finished with a walnut veneer. Magnetic grilles finish off the speakers' look and feel.

  • Overall Cabinet Dimensions: 8.6875" (w) x 16.75" (h) x 12.875" (d)
  • Outer Footprint Dimensions: 7.75" (w) x 9.625" (d)
  • Inner Footprint Dimensions: 6.625" (w) x 8.3125" (d)

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Klipsch Sixes tabletop stereo system features Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology so you can enjoy streaming online music services, internet radio, or music content stored on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. Pairing your Bluetooth source device with the Sixes is extremely easy; just press and hold the source button on the speaker and select "Klipsch The Sixes" on your Bluetooth device. The speakers will only pair with one device at a time. Once paired, the Sixes will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Note: You will still control your music from your Bluetooth source device (not the speaker).

USB-B Input: The Klipsch Sixes speaker system features USB (type-B) input on the back of the "Right" speaker for connecting your Windows PC or Mac computer/laptop. Through the Sixes' USB connection, you are able to play music files (up to 24-bit/96kHz) stored on your Windows PC or Mac computer/laptop through the powered speaker system. Basic playback control (Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) can be done from the included remote control. Advanced music browsing and song/artist info are still handled from your computer. You will need to install a dedicated USB driver from the Klipsch website onto your Windows PC before connecting your computer (Mac computers will not need this dedicated driver). 

Note: There is also a rear-panel USB-A port which is used for service, software, and firmware updates only.

Optical Digital Input: The Klipsch Sixes are fitted with an optical (toslink) digital input on the back of the "Right" speaker for connection to a digital audio device like your TV, Blu-ray, or CD player. The speaker's optical digital input will accept 2ch stereo PCM only (up to 24-bit/96kHz).

Aux Input: The Klipsch Sixes also features a 3.5mm analog input, so you can connect practically any audio source via either a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm audio cable or an RCA-to-3.5mm audio cable (sold separately). Connect your portable music player, TV, or any audio source with an analog audio output or headphone jack. The Aux input is located on the back of the "Right" speaker.

Line or Phono Analog Input: In addition, the Klipsch Sixes is equipped with a stereo RCA input that can used as a Line or Phono (MM) input. There is a switch on the back-panel that lets you select between  line-level or the built-in phono (MM) preamp. Connect your CD player, Blu-ray player, Turntable, and other audio sources with an analog audio output. The Line/Phono input and switch is located on the back of the "Right" speaker.

Subwoofer Output: The Sixes also include a subwoofer output so you can easily add a powered sub to the system. The subwoofer output consists of a mono-RCA jack and is located on the back of the "Right" speaker.

Controls: The Klipsch Sixes come with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the speaker system. The remote provides the following control functions - Power on/off, Source selection, Volume up/down, Sub level, and LED illumination. There is also Power, Source, and Volume controls on the front-panel of the "Right" speaker.

Detachable AC Power Cord: The included 59" detachable AC power cord plugs into the back of the "Right" speaker and then into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.

Proprietary Speaker Cable: The included 20' proprietary speaker cable connects the Klipsch Sixes' powered speaker (Right) and slave speaker (Left) together for power and audio signal.

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I am a fan of Klipsch products and wanted a nice, versatile set of bookshelves for my office. [ BRAD  Jun 15, 2018 ]
Cool retro look and I know they'll sound fantastic [ Douglas G.  Oct 03, 2017 ]
Goes well with my Teac 400 walnut turntable, and they sound GREAT!!! [ GERARD  Aug 26, 2017 ]
Forums claimed their sound is excellent. [ Chris  Jul 04, 2017 ]
wanted a more compact system to run my project debute carbon turntable. [ JOHN M  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Very attractive speakers. Looking forward to hearing what they can do! [ Brian  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Know Klipsch quality and this product makes it easy for tech savvy kids to hear great sound. [ Chris  May 01, 2018 ]

10 questions already asked

The cable provided allows about 4 feet from the turn table and the power speaker. There is about 8 feet on the slave speaker. My room is 11feet so it worked out nicely. Great speakers. They break in and sound better every time i listen [ Mark a.  Apr 12, 2018 ]
Not sure using with a Bluetooth connection. [ DAVID  Apr 10, 2018 ]
I don't think they need to be far away from the turntable, but it is not ideal to have them placed on the same surface as the turntable. The vibrations from the speakers will vibrate the TT and you get a bad sound/weird feedback loop. The speakers should be as far apart from each other as you are from them, so the two speakers and your head form an equilateral triangle -- of course the speakers sound good no matter where you are in the room, that just the ideal set up. [ Parker  Apr 09, 2018 ]
Depends on the room. Let your ears be the guide. [ Kenneth  Apr 09, 2018 ]
Since the speakers are powered, the turntable ground and input connect directly to the one speaker. You're going to fight the turntable ground length. It's really not very long. I use $100 Project turntable preamp. You are then able to use the turntable ground and use whatever length RCA cable to connect to the Sixes. There is a switch on the back of the powered speaker to disable the built-in preamp. You can then place the speakers anywhere you want. No worries, it's easier than it sounds. [ ANTHONY  Apr 09, 2018 ]
My speakers are about 2' away in each direction. What's more important is how well the turn table is insulated from the speaker wave lengths. Ideally the speakers aren't on the same shelf or supported by the same wall unit. This will be problematic, the louder you turn up the volume, the more feedback you will get through the record tip. [ NIKOLAOS  Apr 09, 2018 ]
Mine are about 3 ft away on both sides and sound great with no hum or noise. I would suggest not putting them on the same surface as the turntable [ MARVIN  Apr 09, 2018 ]
AS far as you have cable to reach the speaker inputs for! [ Maurice  Apr 09, 2018 ]
We do not have a way to see which, if any, subwoofers customers ordered with these speakers. But we do have advisors that you can call using 1-800-324-9695 to get a personal recommendation on a subwoofer for it. As for the HHA headphone amp, it has USB, coaxial digital, optical, and stereo RCA audio inputs. This will allow it to work with any sound card I have ever seen including what I found on your sound card. And you can connect the HHA to these speakers so it can all be chained together. However, you might want to bypass your sound card and connect the speakers to a USB port on your computer as that would allow you to use DAC in the HHA which should give you even better sound. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Jan 09, 2018 ]  Staff
This speaker set is not DTS Play-Fi compatible. However, Klipsch does make some speakers that will work with that platform. Here is a link to the Klipsch DTS Play-Fi gear: https://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/klipsch_playfi.html#&clearAll My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Jan 09, 2018 ]  Staff
No problem.They have a sub,phono, and auxiliary input for your gear. Also, an optical for the TV and a USB and mini Jack for your computer. [ ANTHONY  Oct 30, 2017 ]
Yes. You can connect the turntable to the "Line/Phono" input, the CD player to the Aux or Optical input and the powered subwoofer to the "LFE/Sub output". I hope that helps My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Oct 30, 2017 ]  Staff
I have Pangea stands that are 24" tall. I use a loctite version of Blue tack. This keeps them in place nicely and helps with killing some of the bass. No way you need a sub with these speakers. [ ANTHONY  Apr 06, 2017 ]
The Sixes are powered speakers (built-in amplification) so, you would not connect them to a receiver/amplifier. If you have a component FM tuner, you can connect the analog pre-amp output from it to the auxiliary audio input on the Klipsch. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Mar 18, 2017 ]  Staff
The built-in amplifier rated at 100 watts per channel. [ Ryan  May 04, 2018 ]  Staff
They're Bluetooth I love these speakers you won't be disappointed [ Cary  Dec 17, 2017 ]
The six should be "aux". Damn auto correct [ Mark a.  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Their are 5 settings on the front. Six, USB, phono, digital and a symble that I think is wifi. It's the same symble that on my I phone to the left of battery power level. I use the phono.I can say they sound great. Never heard a bookshelf speaker sound so large. [ Mark a.  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Bluetooth yes, WiFi no... [ Emil  Dec 17, 2017 ]
This system will fill a large room, IME. I don't use these for TV however, as the range is too wide. The way movies are mixed nowadays, the dialogue is inaudible and everything else is too loud. We prefer a $100 near-field cordless bluetooth speaker for movie dialogue; the range is right in the middle and the dialogue isn't drowned out by the bass. We should probably figure out how to use all the speakers at the same time! [ Parker  Apr 09, 2018 ]
I think 12 - 15 feet away would be the sweet spot for these speakers. I only use mine for music, but they can fill my small home's first floor (700 - 800 sq. Ft) with great sound. While I was very happy with the speakers on their own, adding a subwoofer brought them up to the next level. So you could look at these speakers as being "upgradable" if you want. [ Brad  Oct 20, 2017 ]
From my experience, I feel that when you get that far away from these speakers, you lose some of the bass presence. You might want to add a subwoofer. Mids & highs are fine at this distance. [ Karl  Oct 19, 2017 ]
yes, but I'm not sure how well they'd work as speakers for your TV. I have mine opposite (facing) the TV, on tables on either side of the sofa. [ alison  Oct 19, 2017 ]
very much so. great sound very warm. [ SCOTT  Oct 19, 2017 ]
Yes! They get plenty loud, just don't expect thunderous bass to go with that. They sound great! [ DWAYNE  Oct 19, 2017 ]
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