Klipsch “ the sixes” Cool new set of powered speakers

stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,030
edited December 2018 in 2 Channel Audio
Hey polkies,

This is my first new audio purchase in a while. I’m moving from DC up to Rhode Island for a six month navy school before moving down to Florida. I will have all my household goods up in Newport but the vast majority will be in storage as I am living in what amounts to a furnished roommate share program in military housing. So with that living situation I will not be able to setup my full 2 channel system.

So I just picked up a set of these Klipsch “the sixes”. I would like to start off by saying I have never been a huge fan of the Klipsch house sound if you will. They have always been a little too forward and for me. People love to characterize Klipsch as speakers with a lot of “attack” which I think is a good way to put it. This set of powered speakers really intrigued me though, for a relatively low price you get a set of beautiful, real wood (!) veneered powered speakers. There are usually 799.99 but available for 599.99 right now.

I temporarily set these up today in my current place to get a sense of what they are, obviously I have no final thoughts as these were just thrown on a dresser and played with an aux cable from a cell phone, far from an ideal setup. My initial impressions are very positive although. They are quite big bookshelf speakers at 16” ish tall and certainly sound bigger than a traditional bookie. They house a Single 6.5 woofer and horn loaded 1” titanium tweeter. They are certainly forward but I would not characterize them as overly bright or harsh. I am very impressed with the bass capability as well, These things were pumping out some serious bass on Genesis’ Firth of Fifth. The imaging seemed very good given the setup inadequacies which is impressive.

All in all I think for 599, these are a serious no brainer. In Rhode Island these will be setup with a Music Hall MMF 7.3 Turntable and a Cambridge Audio Solo Phono I picked up from Joecoulson. Possibly will utilize one of the digital inputs with my Bluesound Node 2 as well. These will be sticking around and will be going in the living room with a turntable in the future permanent house.

Thanks for listening to this all over the place “review” of sorts! I will be updating in a few weeks when I get these setup in a legitimate listening environment with good source equipment.

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BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Music Hall MMF7.3 I Lounge Audio LCR Mk III I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K Ref 200.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

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Comments

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,925
    Cool, glad you're enjoying them so far! I bet they will sound even better as they break in and get some hours on them.

    Definitely prefer their look with the grills off! :)
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  • verbverb Posts: 5,180
    Nice cameo of you in the pic! Too serious! :smile:
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,030
    Had to get the perfect angle B)
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,607
    I have heard the sixes before and thought for the $, they were darn good sounding.
    Computer Audiophile did a review of the 3's and liked them as well.
    https://www.computeraudiophile.com/ca/reviews/klipsch-the-three-review/
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  • Clipdat wrote: »
    Cool, glad you're enjoying them so far! I bet they will sound even better as they break in and get some hours on them.

    Definitely prefer their look with the grills off! :)

    They are beautiful speakers, I personally like them with the grills on. Just goes to show you how different opinions can be around here while coexisting.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,030
    I love the vintage look with the grills on as well. They look great both ways IMO. Really loving the sound signature so far, very entertaining dynamic. They certainly aim to be energetic
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,677
    Sweet those bad boys should rock the barracks, or housing area congratulations. I remember my time in the military overseas everyone had nice 2 channel rigs there would be 3 people in a barrack room with 3 different systems, we would take turns listening to music comparing gear we would go from room to room.

    The same with the housing area you had your own place but go from neighbor to neighbor and listen to gear it was like a smorgasbord of stereo equipment that we got at duty free prices. Oh yeah thanks for serving your country.
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,776
    Beautiful speakers!
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,030
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    Sweet those bad boys should rock the barracks, or housing area congratulations. I remember my time in the military overseas everyone had nice 2 channel rigs there would be 3 people in a barrack room with 3 different systems, we would take turns listening to music comparing gear we would go from room to room.

    The same with the housing area you had your own place but go from neighbor to neighbor and listen to gear it was like a smorgasbord of stereo equipment that we got at duty free prices. Oh yeah thanks for serving your country.

    And the same to you! This isn’t exactly a barracks’s situation, it’s a 3 room house and each member has their own room. It’s economical for school since bah (housing allowance for my rank) is about 2100 a month for the area and this place will cost about a grand a month. So will allow me to put away some money for the upcoming wedding. Isn’t love to setup my whole 2 channel system but this little vinyl setup should definitely keep me satisfied
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  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,086
    First, thank you for your service. Second. Nice speakers. I am wanting to hear the Sixes sometime. I also like the vintage look with the grills on.
  • Yes. Like the grills on for sure and thank you for your service.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,607
    They were supposed to come out with the fifteen this year but i don't think they got made.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,030
    erniejade wrote: »
    They were supposed to come out with the fifteen this year but i don't think they got made.


    Word on the street is the whole project got scrapped. Seems like a real cool speaker though, too bad
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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 943
    Wow.... those look awesome. Love the retro look and that finish looks good too. Hope they sound as well as they look! Congrats
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,117
    Zach Thank You for your service and they look great brother
    Seems like you might need to leave one side with the grill off and the other with it on to appease the masses..
    Good luck on the road next week.
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 44
    Stagman,
    What branch he military are you in ?
    I was a USAF pilot ... flew AWACS ...
    Thanks for your service !!

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