In this review, we will be comparing Sonos Five and The Fives, two Powered Bookshelf speakers from Sonos and Klipsch. Being Powered speakers, they both have built-in amplifiers so you don't need an external power amp or an integrated amp to power them. Let's have a brief look at the main features of Sonos Five and Klipsch The Fives first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how Sonos Five and Klipsch The Fives compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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Both Sonos Five and The Fives are 2-way speakers. Sonos Five features a 3 x 0.8" Dome Tweeter and 3 x 2.75" Cone Woofer . On the other hand, The Fives features a 1" Titanium Tractrix Horn Tweeter and 1 x 4.5" Fiber-composite Woofer .
Sonos Five has a frequency range of whereas The Fives has a frequency range of 50-25k Hz. With a minimum frequency of Hz, the Sonos Five can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the The Fives's min frequency of 50Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Bookshelf class in our database.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Sonos Five has a front firing port whereas The Fives has a rear firing ports. Sonos Five's front-firing port gives more flexibility in placement in regards to proximity to walls compared to Klipsch The Fives with its rear-firing port.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare Sonos Five's and Klipsch The Fives's external dimensions. Sonos Five has external dimensions of 201.6 x 363.5 x 174.6mm ( 7.9375 x 14.3125 x 6.875inch) whereas Klipsch The Fives has external dimensions of 314.3 x 165.1 x 282.6mm ( 12.375 x 6.5 x 11.125inch) .
Sonos Five is 112.7mm shorter and 108mm less deeper than Klipsch The Fives but it is also 198.4mm wider.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the Sonos Five is approximately 634.7cm2 / 98.4inch2 and base area of the Klipsch The Fives is approximately 466.6cm2 / 72.3inch2. The Sonos Five requires 36% more surface area than the The Fives which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.