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Kanto TUK vs Klipsch The Fives (2022): Powered Speakers Comparison

Powered speakers are an excellent choice if you want to upgrade your TV speakers. They offer better sound than soundbars due to having better drivers and bigger enclosures. Also, they have built-in amplifiers, so they can have a neat setup with less wires than a standard home theater with speakers and amplifiers or receivers. The Kanto TUK and the Klipsch The Fives are two excellent powered speakers that are on the mid-range to high-end of the price spectrum. They come with numerous analog and digital inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, and they produce rich and room-filling sound. But which of these two pairs of speakers is better? Below is our comparison of the two.

Kanto TUK vs Klipsch The Fives Comparison Chart

ModelKanto TUK Klipsch The Fives
 
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Dimensions10.9 x 7 x 8.5 inches12 x 6.5 x 9.25 inches
Weight11.1 lbs (active)
9.9 lbs (passive)
11.8 lbs (active)
10.7 lbs (passive)
Frequency Response50Hz – 20kHz50Hz โ€“ 25kHz
Power130W RMS
260W Peak
160W RMS
320W Peak
Drivers1.06 x 1.375 inch AMT tweeter
5.25 inch Aluminum woofer
1โ€ณ Tractrix horn tweeter
4.5โ€ณ fiber-composite woofer
InputsRCA L/R
Phono Pre-amp RCA
USB-B
Optical
Bluetooth
HDMI ARC
3.5mm audio jack
Phono/Line analog
USB digital (Type-B)
Optical in
Bluetooth
Outputs3.5mm headphone jack
Subwoofer out
Sub out
ControlsFront knob (input & volume)
Power switch (rear)
IR remote controller
Input dial (top)
Volume dial (top)
Bluetooth pair button (rear)
IR remote controller
Bluetooth Version and Codecs4.2
AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD
5.0
AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD
ColorsMatte White, Matte BlackWalnut, Matte Black, McLaren Edition

Design

The Klipsch The Fives are bigger than the Kanto TUK.

kanto tuk vs klipsch the fives design
The Kanto TUK (left) have a more modern and stylized design than the Klipsch The Fives (right).

In terms of design, the Kanto TUK have a more stylized and modern look with rounded edges than the Klipsch The Fives, which have a more traditional bookshelf speaker design with sharp corners and edges. They both look good, and they come in various color options. The Kanto TUK are available in matte white and matte black, whereas the Klipsch The Fives have walnut and matte black options. There’s also a Klipsch The Fives McLaren Edition available for purchase.

These powered speakers are quite big, so if you are using these as desktop speakers, you’ll need to account for space. The Kanto TUK measures 10.9 x 7 x 8.5 inches and the active speaker weighs 11.1 lbs while the passive speaker weighs 9.9 lbs. On the other hand, the Klipsch The Fives are even bigger, measuring 12 x 6.5 x 9.25 inches and weighing 11.8 lbs (active) and 10.7 lbs (passive).

You can place either speakers directly on your desk, but you also have the option of mounting them. However, both speakers have rear ports, so you’ll want some distance between them and the wall in order to prevent booming bass.

Features and Connectivity

Both the Kanto TUK and Klipsch The Fives offer several inputs, but The Fives offer better EQ settings and an HDMI ARC port.

kanto tuk vs klipsch the fives features and connectivity
At the back, the Kanto TUK (left) and Klipsch The Five (right) have similar inputs, but the latter comes with HDMI ARC.

Both speakers have EQ settings that you can play with in order to tweak the sound to your liking, but they use different methods. The Kanto TUK come with a remote controller that allows you to control all of their functions and features. You can switch between inputs, set multiple EQ preferences (bass and treble only), and control the volume of the speakers or mute the subwoofer if you are using the speakers at night.

Meanwhile, the included remote controller of the Klipsch The Fives only allows you to change the input source or control the volume of the speakers or the subwoofer. If you want to make some EQ changes, you’ll have to do that on the Klipsch Connect app. A bit inconvenient, but its app allows for better customization due to its graphic EQ. You’ll have better control of how you want the speakers to sound.

As for connectivity, the two come with analog inputs (RCA for TUK, 3.5mm for The Fives), Phono RCA, USB digital, optical (TOSLINK) and Bluetooth. However, the Klipsch The Fives also come with an HDMI ARC port, which is a nice addition. When connected via HDMI ARC, you can control the speakers using your TV’s remote.

When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Kanto TUK uses Bluetooth 4.2 while the Klipsch The Fives utilizes Bluetooth 5.0. Bluetooth 5.0 is definitely better as it is more reliable, but in the case of these speakers, they both support SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD.

Performance

The Kanto TUK outputs more detailed sound than the Klipsch The Fives.

kanto tuk vs klipsch the fives performance
The Kanto TUK (left) have a dual-purpose knob for volume and input at the front, while the Klipsch The Five (right) have two separate dials at the top for volume and input selection.

What separates the Kanto TUK from their competitors are their AMT or Air Motion Transformer tweeters. These tweeters are better than regular tweeters as they can move air quickly without having to move very far, resulting in very detailed and accurate treble. The Klipsch The Fives’ Tractrix horn tweeter is no slouch, but falls short when compared against the TUK’s AMT tweeter in terms of detail and accuracy.

The Kanto TUK are equipped with 5.25-inch aluminum woofers that produce balanced mids and tight bass. The speakers can only go down to 50Hz, so you shouldn’t expect rumbling bass with oomph, but the bass is satisfying. These speakers will certainly benefit from having a subwoofer, but if you are using them for listening only, you don’t “need” one.

As for the Klipsch The Fives, they come with 4.5-inch fiber-composite woofers that can also go down to 50Hz. The speakers also output balanced mids where the vocals and lead instruments shine. The bass is tight and detailed, but like the TUK, sub-bass is pretty weak. These speakers will also benefit from having a subwoofer if you want to watch movies for those rumbling and thundering bass.

Overall, they both sound good, but the Kanto TUK sound much better due to their AMT tweeters’ bright and energetic highs that still sound pleasant even after hours of listening.

Verdict

The Kanto TUK are better sounding powered speakers than the Klipsch The Fives, but they are also more expensive by a significant amount.

Kanto TUK

Better overall speakers

Klipsch The Fives

Offers better connectivity and lower price

If you want the best and you have the budget for it, we recommend that you get the Kanto TUK. Their elegant and modern design match their excellent sound. You can listen to these speakers for hours, and even though their highs are bright and exciting, they aren’t fatiguing. Meanwhile, if you want to spend too much on a pair of powered speakers, the Klipsch The Fives speakers are worth looking at. They don’t sound as good as the Kanto TUK, but they still sound excellent for the price, as you would expect from Klipsch speakers. They also offer more connectivity options and better EQ settings.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Is there a Klipsch The Fives app?

The Klipsch Connect app is the companion app for the Klipsch The Fives speakers.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is Kanto a good brand?

Yes, while not as well-known as other big brands, Kanto manufactures some of the best mid-range to high-end bookshelf speakers in the market.

๐Ÿ“Œ What’s the difference between the Klipsch The Fives black and McLaren edition?

The internals are the same, the only difference is in their design and finish.

๐Ÿ“Œ Are the Kanto TUK worth it?

The Kanto TUK are worth it if you have the money for them. They sound very good, specifically, the highs. Also, they look great.

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Carlo Salvador

Senior Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about fitness, gaming and music.