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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Strengths and Weaknesses

    Posted
    TechAppreciator

    PROS: This relatively small computer speaker system delivers good sound. Particularly, notable is the lack of the "boomy" character that is so often present in other computer speaker systems. Presumably, that "boomy" character is desired by those listening to certain types of popular music. In contrast, the Klipsch speakers perform well with all types of music, including classical music where a flatter frequency response is preferable. CONS: (1) Questionable reliability: The original copy of this system that I purchased from Best Buy lasted only part way through the warranty period. It developed a hum that persisted even when it was not connected to the computer. On the positive side, Klipsch honors its warranty directly through Best Buy. Best Buy provided a replacement directly at the store from which the original purchase was made. No shipping and associated costs and delays were involved. (2) Lack of proper turn-on transient protection: Each time that electrical power is applied to this speaker system, it issues a disconcerting "crack" through its satellite speakers. Klipsch is aware of the problem and acknowledges it on Klipsch's web site. But, apparently Klipsch has no intention of resolving this problem. Klipsch merely indicates that this problem will not damage the speakers. The problem arises because the designers protected only the woofer in the main box during the turn-on process. The designers left the satellite speakers unprotected. (3) Lack of accessible power switch: The power switch for this unit is located on the back of the main box containing the amplifier and the woofer, rather than on the control panel of one of the satellite speakers. This is very inconvenient. Klipsch suggests that both problem (2) and problem (3) can be solved by leaving this speaker system turned "on" all of the time. That is not an appealing solution in this age of rising energy costs and associated environmental concerns. Also, this is not an appealing solution from a fire-hazard standpoint. After all, the main box that contains the high-power circuitry is wooden (press board or particle board of some sort). So, in my view, this speaker system should never be left turned "on" when unattended. And, as noted above in (1), I have already seen the internal electrical circuitry fail one time. CONCLUSION: Despite the three problems cited above, I would recommend this system to others -- if they are willing to put up with the limitations in order to get the good sound quality. I worked out custom solutions to problems (2) and (3) for the one copy that I have purchased, which made its use acceptable. But I do not plan to purchase further copies of this speaker system for use in a new multimedia system that I have developed. The need for custom solutions to problems (2) and (3) is too costly and has eliminated this Klipsch speaker system from further consideration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Satellite Quality You Can Hear

    Posted
    stpeteshepherd

    With production ending for Klipsch's powerful Promedia Ultra 5.1 system and its 60 watt RMS satellites, the Klipsch 2.1 inherits the computer speaker throne. Klipsch built its reputation with fine home and professional speakers, and it is the speaker quality that puts the Promedia 2.1 (and 5.1) far above other computer speaker brands. Don't be fooled by just comparing amplifier power. A) Small improvements in speaker efficiency can make a system much more dynamic (louder) than a competitor boasting twice the wattage! B) Look closely at Klipsch's satellites and you will see a separate tweeter and woofer (a nice crossover is inside, too). Other brands put a single driver into their satellites, and stretch it to try to reproduce all sounds above about 120 Hz. Klipsch's tweeter/woofer combination can reproduce the range of frequencies with fewer dips and annoying, harsh peaks in frequency response. The 6.5 " subwoofer sounds larger than it is because of a well-tuned enclosure. It is not as crisp as a sealed sub, but it fills a room. The 2.1's weakness is a cheap plastic connector to connect the preamplifier to the back of the sub. Be careful that you do not pull that plug sideways nor remove it by pulling on the cord. Take care of that plug, don't drive the speakers to the point of distortion, and you will enjoy a quality computer speaker system for many years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Perfect, Full, Rich sound

    Posted
    HunterA
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    I first picked up the Logitech 2.1 equivalent and was sorely disappointed. Brought them back to BB (who happlily exchanged them) for the Klipsch set. I was blown away by the incredible difference with these superior speakers. I've had them now for 6 months without issue. Sound:Everything played from classical to rock has pulled through with intense detail, solid separation, and colorful richness. I was most concerned with getting a good midrange that would pull the full spectrum together, and these have it. There are no "blank spots" in the sound - no level overpowers the other- it's all good. Construction and appearance: The satellites are solid and classy black with the proudly displayed and well deserved Klipsch/THX logo. One of the satellites includes volume and bass adjustment. The subwoofer is compact and unobtrusive (the Logitech was rediculously oversized). The power button is located on the subwoofer but isn't an issue as it is left on 24/7 without issue (the Klipsch website says it's no problem). Overall: I got the quality I was looking for and expected from Klipsch. Since I plugged these into my computer, my wife has had to remind me of the neighbors and the fact that there are other rooms in the house. I've become addicted to what are easily some of the best speakers - computer or otherwise - I have ever owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best computer speakers available!

    Posted
    VeeDub

    After doing some serious reviewing, I chose these over the Logitech Z2300's. Why? I'm an audiophile, and appreciate good sound. While the Logitech gives off the impression of terrific sound, I realized , like many cheaper systems, the naturality just wasn't there. It sounded terrific on the show floor, and actually was my first choice, until I took a better listen at a Best Buy store, and realized the Klipsch just have what many people might not hear at first listen - a terrific midrange. The single small driver in the Logitech's just didn't do it for me, and that's what I'll be looking at 95% of the time - not the sub. I'm a fan of black, so these fit right in with the rest of my system. The cheap speaker wire was disappointing. I guess Klipsch has a better set on their website - for a price. I had a set of Altec Lansing ACS-45's, and they were terrific. These sound better than those, which I had for a decade. I'm glad Klipsch is still making these - there's a reason Klipsch hasn't updated them in so long, and it's because no one's stepped up to offer a better quality system - yet. (and please don't get me started on Bose...) As always, listen before you buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound Overall

    Posted
    illadvised

    This really is a great sounding system but I was somewhat letdown by the subwoofer. After a day or so I decided to buy the Logitech Z-2300 system and run my own comparison test. I should add that these speakers also serve as the audio component of the low-budget A/V system I have set-up in my office. This means that not only did I compare music, I also compared movie and video game sound. The advantage the Klipsch had in overall clarity wasn't enough to overcome how much stronger the Logitech system sounded. I rarely listen to my music very loud but I'd like my system to be able to handle it when I do. The Klipsch subwoofer begins to sound muddled at, what I consider to be, a very low threshhold. The Logitech handled the same level of input and then some. This is NOT to say the the Klipsch system does not offer deep, rich bass. However, it's when the volumes increase that it begins to show it's weakness. If you're leaning more towards clarity and have less interest in a "booming system" I would recommend the Klipsch system in a heartbeat.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Best

    Posted
    TechnoLogic

    Just got these on sale for $99. They are by far the best PC/Multimedia speakers you can buy. Better than Bose, better than Logitech. I have bought a lot of different brands of these including Logitech and Altec Lansing and one thing they all have in common is the bass SUCKS. Good thing you can bring them all back to Best Buy for a full refund... The bass on these things is nothing short of incredible. I cant believe the amount of sound it puts out. I opened one of the satellites because I heard something rattling, it turned out to be just a tiny piece of clipped wire. As I was looking around inside I noticed that they pack these things with some kind of sound deadener which you wont find on a lot of other brands. It keeps the sound tight and keeps things from rattling around. Anyways, I am very meticulous with my music and speakers, and the sound that comes out of these things. You will not be disappointed at all with this purchase. I cant stop listening to my ipod with these because all of the songs sound different being that there are so many more details I could not here before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One word, WOW!

    Posted
    electronikguru

    Recently decided to buy a new pc at BB (BTW the only place I would trust with any electronics purchase) so I figured lets upgrade the sound system as well. I had previously talked to a sales rep. at BB about these and tried them out and found out they are great but at the time price was a must so i went with the logitech system that is almost similar to this one and cheaper. Don't get me wrong nothing against the Logitech but these ones are way better! The sound is very powerful, very clean and simply amazing. Also the subwoofer is really powerful. If you love playing music on your pc then these are the right speakers for you. Price is not that bad considering there are other products out there that are more expensive costing up to $400 (bose) and from the research i've done and the reviews i've read this one blows the more expensive systems away. Installation was very simple and easy for me. Trust me I have owened several speaker systems and this one is the best one of them all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best computer speaker purchase ever!

    Posted
    BuckeyeHoosier

    I did a lot of digging around online to find out which computer speaker would be a great investment. After first purchasing creative lab's xifi xtreme gamer sound card, I bought this speaker set. It was incredibly easy to set up. The sound quality is amazing. I am a die hard infinity speakers fan and I have to admit that these sound better than the speakers in my car! The highs and mids were very clear and probably more so than the bose system for $200. At most I turn the volume up 25% since the sound travels very nicely throughout my 1500 square foot apartment. I was most impressed with the bass response from the ported subwoofer. I am a sealed box fan myself, and this sounds better than a Kicker Solo Baric L5 subwoofer (A $400 car subwoofer) in a ported box! I would definitely buy it again if I ever need a second pair! The only drawback I have is the power switch for the speakers are on the back of the subwoofer. It makes it a bit of a pain to get to and I read somewhere that someone just used the switch on a power strip to turn it off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding & Beats Bose!!!

    Posted
    CertifiedTechie

    I bought 1 set to try, and returned for 3 more sets to run our service shop & gameroom background audio through. I placed a satellite speaker in the top corners of 2 rooms (service shop & family game room), then ran a toggle switch to connect either our DVD/Sharp flat-screen TV or PC full of MP3's to the 4 matched audio systems. Result: KILLER audio that shakes the roof. FWIW - I also own a set of walnut 20-year-old Klipsch (Now $4700) 'K-Horns' at home, and I swear - These small puppies come *extremely* close, if not equal, in sound quality... No kidding! These will absolutely knock your socks off. I compared these side-by-side to the over-priced Bose system, and found a definate superior sound quality. For extreme 'bang for the bucks', nab the Klipsch!! I also opened the woofer case (being an Amateur Radio & PC service techie) and found the internal power/amp components were of a much higher quality than any of the current competition offer. You will be 100% impressed with these babies!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    klipsch sound is great

    Posted
    hazardster

    I've owned this set for several years now and I have never been disappointed with how they sound. Pros: Excellent reproduction of bass and and crisp distortion free treble. Analog volume and subwoofer control dial - handy for quick manual adjustments. Sound good at low volume (I seldom turn them up over 1/3 of the dial) as well as high volume - they can easily fill a room audio-wise. Great for gaming, movies (they're THX certified), and music - whatever you need to hear from your computer. Cons: Power switch on the subwoofer can be hard to reach - I leave them on for the most part. Wires can be hard to manage and if the connections at the back of the two desktop speakers get jostled, they sometimes need a wiggle to get them to reconnect fully. I've secured the wires as best I can to avoid this. Cons are pretty minor to me as the sound I get from this set is wonderful. Super-recommended for anyone except maybe the strictest of audiophiles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST SPEAKERS EVER!!!

    Posted
    loudrthnloud

    I bought these speakers because i thought they would be a little better than my previous logitechs. I was wrong. They are much better than i ever expected. The sub is a little over powering but it is still completely distortion free. the speakers are also extremely crisp at all pitches and volumes. The wires are also very long so you can put the speakers on opposite sides of a room. The down sides are that there are alot of wires and the tiny wires in the end of the DIN cord easily bend out of place so you might have to move them a little for them to fit in the sub. After looking at everything, I would recommend these speakers to anyone who wants amazing speakers for a great price. Also keep in mind that these are THX certified. I have klipsch 7.1 speakers in our home theater and these are definately as good as that system. These shake the wall at minimum volume! Get these speakers if you want to feel the music!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality You Have to Hear to Believe

    Posted
    Johnal

    In my opinion, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system has superior sound quality over the 5.1 version. Although it's not the most "stylish" set of speakers now available, it definitely makes up for this in power and clarity. I did an in-store audition of this set before bringing it home, and it did seem to be lacking just a tad in the high trebles, but nothing worth griping over. The bass it tight and punchy and you won't have any trouble making sure your neighbors know you have a new subwoofer. The controls are a little limited with only having a volume knob and a Subwoofer Min/Max knob. Personally, this doesn't bother me at all since I use software to control balance and other equalizer settings. It's tough to get true audiophile quality speakers for under $150 -- but for the price these speakers can't be beat! (Especially if you get it on sale @ Best Buy for $99.00! ;p)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy!

    Posted
    Customer01

    Wow...I couldn't beleive my ears when I first played this system. I'm still in shock actually. I first purchased X-240 by Logitech because there was a good sale on them a few weeks back, I thought they sounded great compared to my stock speakers in my Vaio Laptop, but then again everything does, anyways I returned them because they started making crackling noises when nothing was even playing. I exchanged them for these plus a few extra bucks to pay for the difference and boy was that the smartest decision. These can't even be compared to any other speaker system that i've heard of (computer wise) I almost want to just use it as a theatre system for my t.v in my room. I don't think I could ever possibly second guess these speakers! There amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny!

    Posted
    350Z71

    Bought these speakers on sale but mainly for the brand. Seriously this 2.1 system will blow away 5.1 of others like logitec or any others that produce diff pc products. Speakers are Klipsh specialty and i must say they did an excellent job on these not only for the price but the performance. Im picky of quality and for pc speakers and these rock! Money very well spent, and they sound much better in like a livingroom than in a huge warhouse type building like bestbuy so dont let that fool you. Clear crisp highs and deep rumbling bass for the size! The only bad thing is I live in an appartment and cant enjoy em' at high volume, except the first day i got them home of course and i was not dissapointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    JBone1976

    I was hesitant to buy these at first because of the price and the fact that listening to them in the showroom and at home is usually 2 different animals. Not this time though. Setup was easy connect a few wires, the leads are plenty long enough for placing them away from the PC. Also has an iPod/Auxiliary 1/8" stereo input that works well and a headphone jack. Plain and simple, these speakers will peel the paint off your walls. They sound so clear and the bass kicks (adjustable as well). I looked at buying the Bose system as well and I have to say that these sound better in my opinion. They are LOUD and perfect for gaming and music. Bottom line: These speakers rock - you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenominal Sound

    Posted
    InTech

    Following the instructions was very easy. It didn't take more than 10 minutes to connect from cutting the tape on the box to listening to the crisp amazing sound this speaker set produces. To be honest I think these speakers are at the top of the premium list of speakers for computers. The appearance is also very pleasing to the eye. I usually leave the main volume control at about one quarter and I can hear the clear sound throughout the houes. This leaves plenty of room to really romp with loudness if I choose. I highly recommend this set to anyone who is really serious about sound quality. At the price BestBuy had the speakers for, how could I refuse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You'll keep these through many computers.

    Posted
    Douglas

    I have yet to hear a set of computer speakers that are as natural and clear or have the punch of these great speakers. The subwoofer bass is tight without sounding muffled or muddy, you'll feel it without losing the balance of live music. The satellite speakers have tone and volume controls in a convenient location, and achieve clean volume you will not believe. You owe it to yourself to check these out. I only wish I could hook them to a real audio system. Room filling sound so natural you can feel the stage lights. I own a lot of speakers and these are hands-down my favorites.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound for the money.

    Posted
    JoeP

    I replaced a 5.1 system on my computer with the 2.1 promedia. Not only does this system blow the other away in every aspect, but is sounds almost as good as my 500 watt Onkyo surround sound hooked up to my Bluray player. As a matter of fact, I was looking for something in the $50 to $100 market, when I decided to demo this unit in the store, the sound surprised me.. Then I reached for the box to read more, only to be surprised again by how much it weighed. It actually felt like I was buying a quality piece of audio. Needless to say buying a lesser unit at that point was not an option. Set up is very easy, and the sound; will not dissapoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    pro quality

    Posted
    djpj

    I am a professional DJ and help run a small recording studio. I set out to buy a set of Bose Companion 5 for my home computer and tried these because I was looking for something louder. Not only are these louder they don"t break up at high volume like Bose characteristically do. I was after sheer quality without regard to price and the fact that these speakers are only $150 is extraordinary. I'd pay 400 and put them up against a set of companion 5's any day. (I also have a set of companion 5's in the studio so my claims are valid) Get these and rest assured you have a premier home computer setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Faux home theater system

    Posted
    Tvnutt

    I know these are computer speakers, but this review is directed at those people like myself who want a nice stereo sound for there hdtv. I have a 37" Toshiba in a 10x20 living room This was was the best solution price and space wise for me. Adjustable sub woofer, great sound, and nice looking. I am very happy with this purchase. Would I have liked a 5.1 system for my tv? Sure who wouldn't. This however is the next best thing at a fraction of the cost. The wife is happy about no wires and extra equipment around the living room. And as all married folk know. When mamas happy, every ones happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend