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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME SET!!!

    Posted
    PeteNYC
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was shopping for a nice upgrade to my Mac desktops factory built-in speakers after 4 years. I was listening to the Logitech Z313 at only $30 on sale at my local Best Buy, as well as the Insignia sets, Bose and the Klipsch Promedia 2.1. The Insignia sounded kind of cheap, the Bose is just not worth the money to me, and the Logitech seemed the best for the money, even though the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 was clearly the best sounding - at $155 for the set, it was out of my range. I was walking to the cashier with the $30 Logitech set when I saw a floor display with the Kplisch Promedia 2.1 on sale for $140, so on an impulse buy, I decided to go with them since they were on sale. I kind of wanted to treat myself to a nice set since I was treated everyone else for Christmas. Lol. First thing I noticed is the box for the Klipsch is three times bigger than the Logitech set! Anyway, I get home and hook it all up. Extremely east to set-up and the set is very well put together and attractive to the decor of my desk set-up. I turned it on and listened to some Jason Mraz. The set sounded great out of the box. Only thing I noticed was the bass was very loud and a bit boomy. It could be because the sub is located underneath my dek where the enclosure of the area may be acting as a bass enhancer in itself. Not too bad - just a little too much loose bass were it does not sound too balanced. Again, I am being very critical as it sounds simply amazing regardless. It does have a bass control knob right at the speaker, so it can easily be adjusted, but being an avid listener to music, I do not want to lose certain frequencies in my music, so I downloaded the BOOM app online which is meant to increase volume, but I used it for its built-in equalizer that can allow me to reduce whatever frequencies I want in the bass that can prevent the boominess of the sub, yet keep the other frequencies that make the music sounds so great. Once I set the equalizer to my specific needs, it was AWESOME! Absolutely perfect! I set the lower frequencies down a lot, then jumped up the mids and highs a little and WOW! I am stunned by the difference and it originally sounded so great! I saved my eq settings, then went back to the old equalizer setting just to compare and man-o-man what a difference! I HIGHLY recommend this set more than anything else in this price range - and even up to the $250 price range! Sounds amazing, looks fabulous and very reasonably priced. Not to mention very easy to set-up. I also recommend using an equalizer (download the boom app or similar, easy to do and to set) as this will really fine tune things to your surroundings and liking. You will be floored by the results as I was. Anyone not giving this set high ratings just does not what they are doing with the set-up. As far as the longevity of the product goes - time will tell. But a BIG thumbs up to a great set!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 2.1 Speakers on the Planet!!!

    Posted
    GeneralThadeApe

    I just bought these speakers about 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately, the first set blew out in about 2 days-- but Best Buy stood by their product by giving me a new set without any problem at all.. These speakers sound awesome. They have PLENTY of deep bass-- mine are set somewhere around 20% (there's a mark on the dial, and from what I can tell, that's the recommended setting)-- believe me, you won't need to go much higher than that even when playing action movies or video games with a lot of gun fire and explosions in them. I love the Klipsch brand name. It represents great speaker engineering that has been around several decades now. I've heard the Bose® - Companion® 3 Series II Multimedia Speaker System (3-Piece) on display while shopping for these Klipsch & although those speakers sound quite good, too-- I couldn't justify the additional $100 for those speakers. Now, I'm not bashing Bose-- in fact, I own & enjoy my Bose® - 3•2•1® GS Series III DVD Home Entertainment System quite a bit-- but, as many others have already stated-- Bose are always more expensive and real audiophiles almost always choose something else instead of Bose in the long run. I especially like the large sound that comes from these small speakers. They look great-- especially sitting next to my laptop where the gold /orange & black logo matches my orange lights and orange / black carbon laptop case-- very sexy, indeed!!! The one thing that is odd is that Klipsch decided to forgo the power switch on their newest model. I've asked Klipsch if it was O.K. to leave them on all the time & they said that it was their intention to do so as these speakers use so little power by keeping them on all the time. I've had them on ever since & haven't been worried about them at all. I suppose that people can use a power strip that has an On/ Off switch on it-- but that's probably just a matter of preference. Oh, I almost forgot-- I was pleasantly surprised when these speakers went on sale this week. The good folks over at Best Buy were more than willing to give me a refund of the difference between the regular price & the sale price. That made my buying decision all that much sweeter!!! Buy these speakers. Take good care of them. Enjoy them for many years. It's going to be a very looooong time before something comes out that sound any better than these do for what you pay for them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic for the Money

    Posted
    ITJim
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I recently upgraded my sound card to a Creative Sound Blaster Zx sound card. The card does an excellent job of separating my audio from the interference generated by my motherboard and other equipment. However, the speakers I was using, the Bose Companion IIs just weren't up to the task of reproducing the higher grade audio signal. I saw the Klipsch on sale and decided it was time for an upgrade. This system is not the highest end audio experience out there. It's also not the most expensive. But from a cost/price perspective this was the clear winner in my books. It also has an mini-stereo input connector on the volume module which has proven to be a real plus for me. It allows me to leverage this speaker system as a mini hi-fi system for my portable music players. So, what did I get for the money. Each speaker has a midrange and a tweeter. The low end is sent to an 8 inch sub. The first thing I noticed is that the speakers play very loud. Each volume knob rotates about 300 degrees from 0 to max volume for both the sub and the satellite speakers. For my listening space I have the volume for both the satellites and the sub set to 10 degrees from 0. My volume on the pc is also set very low. For near field listening it is plenty loud and detailed. I've had Bose, Yamaha, Cambridge Soundworks, and Altec Lancing computer speakers over the years and the only system that has come close the Klipsch is the Cambridge Soundworks. And the Cambridge is almost 15 years old and still being used as a mini stereo system in my basement. The Klipsch are made of plastic. The Satellite cabinets do resonate. The louder they go the more they resonate. In all honestly I haven't noticed any appreciable detraction from my listening experience. My video games have nice, detailed highs and mids, and the explosions, gun shots, and foot falls of giant stompy mechs have that satisfying bom bom bom you would expect from a sub. Movies from Netflix and other streaming services sound decent as well. Don't expect 5.1 home theater quality sound but it's excellent 2.1 home computer theater. The other item I do like is that I can plug in external sources easily using a simple headphone stereo connector. I use my old Zune portable MP3 player simply because it has an HD receiver built in, a Pioneer Elite receiver that was collecting dust in the corner from my last home theater upgrade, and my tablet for those times when the built in speakers are not enough. Now, not everything is honey and cup cakes. Even through the grills come off of these speakers you'll want to keep them on. They are super ugly with the grills off. Second, there is no off switch. Not sure why something as simple and inexpensive as a power switch is such a no no feature these days but they are becoming a rarity in the computer speaker world. Take a look at that super expensive Bose speakers. You'll hear them humming all night drinking up electricity when nothing else is turned on. I plugged mine into a small Panamamax power strip so that I could isolate this as well as a few other components that require a physical disconnect from power when not in use. ie, it has a power switch. Finally, whatever you run through these speakers you will want to have some kind of DAC or equalizer function to process your music source. Otherwise these babies will make your audio experience sound very harsh. I ran into this when I first purchased the unit. I hooked an old CD player directly to the unit. The sound was terrible. I then ran the same CD on my computer desktop with the new sound card. The Creative Labs card has a 24-bit DAC. The difference was immediately noticeable. The same with my Pioneer Elite. The sound quality was night and day when compared to the direct sourced, unprocessed music. So, if you plan on hooking these up to a poor audio source without a DAC then you may not like these. My recommendation is bring a stereo cable with you to BB and try out your MP3 player, iPhone, or whatever portable device you, and try these out on the floor before making your purchasing decision. I did and am not regretting the decision. Outside of investing in a real hi-fi system for my computer these do the job just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch Rocks!

    Posted
    rlbumich

    I 've had these speakers for little over a month now and they are Great! I tested out Logitech z-2300's and was not impressed due to too much bass, lack of mid ranges, and short sat cables. Besides logitech is known for great PC mice and keyboards. NOT high quality PC speaker systems. At least not to me! So, I found out about Klipsch(known for making speakers for over sixty years). I believe I've made a good decision to purchase their PC speakers. My games, music, DVDs (movies) roar to life using these speakers. I listen to a variety of music from R&R, R&B, Classical, and Blues. I love the rich and deep bass. Not hard or thumping bass. I set the Main Volume to 10 percent high and keep the sub volume at the notch or a little lower (My Windows volume is set at 50 percent high) and ITS still Loud! Rocks my home! Also, like having controls on main sat for bass and volume to adjust sound. BTW I was able to get speaker while they were on sale!!!!! I want to point out that I am using a Soundblaster X-Fi Extreme Gamer Fata1lty Pro sound card and; using the SB software I am able to adjust my tremble and EQ settings etc. Having a high end sound card really brings out the full sound of these speakers! Highly recommend getting a high quality SC to go with speakers!!! THX certified is another plus! I have one speaker on my desk and the other speaker on a bookshelf. Speaker wire is long enough to go behind my desk and wall to reach my bookshelf. One final thought: There are many good reviews and not so good reviews about the Klipsch Promedia system. There have been some defective products but that should not reflect on the hundreds/thousands of klipsch speakers that are EXCELLENT! I recommend purchasing the extented warrenty and YOU will have peace of mind about your investment. I believe that these speakers can give you many years of listening enjoyment--providing that you take "excellent" care of them!! PS. Others have mentioned that On/Off switch is not in a good place due to it being on the sub. I recommend using a Indoor Plug-In Switch ( Cooper Wiring Devices-- Google) that can be used to power on and off the sub/speakers. This switch is plugged right into your surge protector etc (DO not plug the switch into a wall outlet! You just might have a power surge and fry your sub/speakers). Just flip the switch--- problem solved!!! Good night !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best game and multimedia speakers ever made!

    Posted
    bluebottle
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I've been using Klipsch ProMedia speakers for well over a decade now. I've had them all. They've changed the cables and connections every now and again, added and dropped a 4.1 and 5.1 surround system option, and fiddled with some amp settings once every few years. I've had every iteration of this product, and they have all been just as good as the first, even with the occasional wiring changes. Now, you'll see plenty of other popular gaming speakers on the market, if that's what you're looking for. Some will even have received rave reviews from publications and websites you know and trust. Shockingly, you might not find these speakers on those sites... Why? Well, I suppose people finally ran out of words to describe these things. That, and Klipsch isn't pandering to the media. These were receiving those same rave reviews in 1999 when they were first released! Sixteen years ago, before many of the people reading this were even born, when average computer owners still kept a DOS partition on their hard drive, these speakers were cleaning house in magazines the world over. They've lasted longer than many of those magazines... Indeed, I still have my first set, and they still work fine. I use them in another room for house audio now. They're just as good for movies and music. Indeed, many of the bands you enjoy today mastered their first self-produced albums on Klipsch ProMedia speakers, and these are what you'll still find on their desks. In all cases, the speakers have always been the best on the market. I don't mean I just liked the things, either... I mean they were the BEST from a quantitative standpoint. Nobody has yet touched their territory, and only Corsair has come anywhere near it. I'll list the single "con" now. It sounds like something that might be a bother, but it isn't. I assure you, you'll just ignore it when it happens. For all the changes Klipsch has made over the years, they've kept the same volume control. It gets finicky over time around the 1/4 mark. Klipsch is more than happy to send you another when that happens, though, and I've always just adjusted my PC volume so I'm not using that first quarter. Trust me, the speakers are worth that little issue. Games, movies, music; everything will be powerful and clear. You don't need to spend hours with an equalizer to level them, as the speakers are very flat right out of the box. They've been manufacturing these things for so long that the drivers (the actual cones and tweeters) are essentially perfect. I've seen them used as reference monitors in studios, and in home theater systems. I've personally used them for their primary purpose, as I've stated, for over a decade. They aren't the most modern-looking speakers on the market, and they don't carry a fancy advertising campaign to go with them. What they bring to the table is sound. Isn't that what you're after? Sound? These may not be the most well-known speakers on the market, either, but at this price, there's no excuse to buy anything else. Unless you are going to hook up a stack of amps and tower speakers to your computer, this is the BEST YOU CAN GET. Period.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality for the price

    Posted
    sdref

    - Do the speakers compare favorably to my expensive 7.2 speaker AV system? No. - Does the amplifier and its inputs compare favorably to my higher end AV sound processing receiver? No. - Does this system cost approximately $150 and produce excellent sound for my computer system? Absolutely. My computer listening experience is based upon a HP quad processor desktop with an Auzentech sound card and preamp sound processor/equalizer. The speakers are sitting in a multi-shelf desk system, enclosed on all sides, open in the front and rear and full of equipment. The satellite speakers are sitting behind two 22" monitors surrounded by equipment and wires and the subwoofer is sitting on the floor at the bottom/rear of the desk. I am not a "booming" bass fan and only use enough bass control to duplicate the sound quality of live music or a little more and prefer clear, room filling, quality sound with no audible distortion. I read personal and professional reviews on a myriad of small audio systems to replace the low quality sound of my 15 year old Altec Lansing 2.1 computer system and narrowed it down to several systems, including Bose Companion 3, Antec Soundscience Rokus and this Klipsch Pro Media. I purchased the Rokus, was impressed with its sound definition, clarity and it even had a toslink optical input, along with a nice remote control puck. I tested both the optical and 3.5mm headphone jack inputs and could not tell any difference in the apparent sound quality to my aging ears. After much adjusting of the preamp, I just could not get enough quality bass and the midrange may have been lacking also. I then came across a set of Bose Companion 3's on a store shelf and not on display to listen to. While flipping the smaller and lighter weight than expected box, reading the specifications, I just could not figure out how this lightweight speaker system could produce enough bass and reluctantly passed. My expectation was the vocals and treble would probably be excellent, but I was not convinced the bass would be appropriate for my minimal - moderate needs. Next came a trip to Best Buy and they had a set of Klipsch's on full display. I was really impressed by the amount and tightness of the bass while listening to a radio station in that large, open store. The treble was not quite up to what I had hoped for but I decided to take them home for a try in a different listening environment and with my audio setup. After less than an hour of setting the preamp controls versus the speaker-amplifier controls, I was extremely happy with this purchase. My 192 khz ripped Blues MP3s and pop instrumentals sounded very good, considering the price of this system. And even Internet music from Pandora and Jango had a much improved sound quality. Even in this less than perfect listening setup, the soundfield was excellent and spread between the satellite speakers, even the bass from the subwoofer sitting on the floor under the desk was between the satellites. I settles with the bass controls on the equalizer set at -2dB and the speaker amplifier base control is set at 1/4 to 1/3, depending upon the music source. As a minimum, I really think one needs to be using some sort of equalizer. Without tweaking my equalizer and balancing/tuning the sound with the speaker/amplifier controls, I did not like any speaker system as it was initially hooked up to my computer. As a minimum, WinAmp should work fine for media supported by it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Forget Bose

    Posted
    ftfNavySeals

    If you want to pay for a name, go with Bose or Logitech. If you want to pay for sound quality, go with Klipsch, isn't this the whole reason your buying speakers? Sound quality? Anyways, I'll sum it up for ya. Unboxing - Set up was sooo easy! 4 items came in the box, 1 sub woofer with power cable attached, 2 speakers with wires attached, and a little bag of rubber circles to put on the bottom of the speakers. Direction's aren't needed whatsoever but they even put in an instruction manual, aw how nice. :) Features - The features are pretty standard, Subwoofer level and Main Volume knobs. That's it. It would have been nice if you had a treble adjuster too, but it's really not needed with these speakers they are very clear and bright. I'm pretty sure there's not even an on/off button, which is odd, but again, just turn them down to minimum and you'll be fine. One thing that is very nice is since the volume and bass knobs are on one of the speakers I was worried about it being forced to either the left or the right side, but these did not have that issue due to the fact that you plugged the speakers in depending on what side you wanted them! So them being reversible is great! Also the speaker covers do come off, but I'm not sure why you'd take them off because I think they are very classy looking. Sound - Ok I listen to Rock/Nu Metal/Thrash Metal you know, heavy stuff with lot's of double bass. So the first thing I did after hooking these bad boys up is turn on Down With The Sickness by Disturbed. First of all let me just say the bass was at 35% and the volume was at about 25%, and when this song came on all I could say was wow! I got blasted with sound, in a good way! The bass pedal was was thumping to where I could feel it in my chest, and the speakers blasted with incredible accuracy! Sound is very good on these bad boys! I swear it could compete with my surround sound! Overall - This is a great set up, and like I said many times it looks and sounds phenomenal! I have a feeling that these are very durable, everything feels solid as a rock, but like everything only time will tell. I'd say that if you have the money to afford these and you like your music/movies/video games to sound good, this is where your money belongs! There may be something better next year, there may be something worse, you never know, but I do know that if these broke on me after my return policy, I'd buy them again in a heartbeat!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a good computer speaker set up for enthusiasts

    Posted
    ShadowWolf44
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have bee through many computer speakers, the best I ever found were Boston Acoustics 5.1 but they are digital. It seems that most computers now are only using analog, so, when I got my new computer, My BA speakers were useless. However, in my home I have an entire Klipsch 7.1 surround set up, and it is the best I've ever heard. These are the same speakers most movie houses use, so I went in believing that the Klipsch speakers for computer would be just as good. I was wrong. They are not the worst, but they do not even compare to my BA set up. The bass can be good, @ times, however, over time, it will start to distort, and then so do the satellites. Also, another problem is most people have used these types of speakers before, and have a brain. Klipsch however, didn't realize that most people use the color coded set-up on the wires, to attach their speakers. This was a big mistake. Down towards the bottom of the page, they will finally tell you that the main satellite speaker has it's own power source, and that you should NOT plug the green speaker connecter into the GREEN sound card input. You will need to change, in your computer sound card file, one of the other outputs, I used the blue, that was some of the problem with the distortion, cracking, problem, but not all of it. I called Klipsch several times trying to get this issue resolved, to no avail, they blamed my brand new 2000.00 computer for this issue. I wish BA had an adaptor for DAC( digital to analog), but they told me awhile back they do not. I'm still looking around for one, and now that this has become more prevalent in the industry, I'm sure I can find one soon. When I do, I will stop using these, I'm past my return policy, so for me, I'm stuck. But I ran out every option in the book trying to fix this issue, and nothing. I play, record, and make my own music on studio one /2 and Cubase, so for me, this was important. I guess if your just looking to listen to music quietly, and real quality is not that important to you, then these will pass. I'm just not the type that likes things that "just pass". I hope this review will @ least help someone else from going thru the nightmare I did.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    350+ 5 Stars and counting

    Posted
    Nailbinder

    So to start off I've been researching these particular speakers for some time. After watching YouTube videos, reading review articles, and so on I finally decided that I wanted to pull the trigger. Upon taking this set out from the box I noticed the amazing packing job. Everything was safe and secure and the box could take a brutal beating and these the components would still be in perfect shape; a great sign of attention from start to finish. The next thing I noticed was the metal stands the satellites sit on. I'm a huge Apple fan and love the integration of metal into electronics. So to see metal stands instead of some cheap plastic gave this set a huge bonus. The next thing I noticed was the construction and feel of all the components as a whole. Nothing felt cheap like it was going to fall apart over time or through several moves. Of course like many articles the sheer size of the subwoofer gives great confidence this thing will produce the tones an audiophile will appreciate. So setting these up I decided to put the set through the paces of several genres of music I enjoy. First up was my go to which is Metal, the kick and bass guitar sounded great from the sub and lower midrange. Guitars were hot with extreme bite but maintained warmth and sustain, and the vocals and cymbal crashes rang through beautifully. Everything fell into place nicely and really shocked me. I've been a bass guitarist for coming up on 10 years playing Metal and this set sounded on par with some lower end studio monitors (which is impressive). Next I played some Rap and various electronic music. Again the bass was full and warm with just enough punch. The satellites delivered as expected and brought amazing joy to my ears. For the price these are a must if you're looking for a 2.1 sound set up. I'm extremely satisfied and will be buying more from Klipsch for sure. If you're on the fence about this set versus a lot of others I would highly suggest you choose these and you will be happy for a very long time. Like the title says 350 5 star reviews aren't wrong and I'm happy to add another.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Speakers, Quality Control Not So Much

    Posted
    Colivia
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This product is a long-time classic and has stood the test of audio-time! I originally purchased a ProMedia 2.1 from Best Buy around 2005 and enjoyed them heavily until now when the sub-woofer died. I also had problems with the volume control knob the past few years but lived with it. Because these speakers are so awesome I was excited to see this product is still being sold and decided to repurchase the same product, however, it seems there has been come cost-cutting in the meantime. First, the new sub-woofer weighs A LOT less than its predecessor. Does that mean lower quality? There is no separate power switch, no external fuse access, speaker wires no longer detachable from the back of the speakers. Included with this review is a side-by-side photo of the new and old sub-woofer. Unfortunately, after running the wires and plugging in the new set I got loud crackling on the right speaker when playing any sound. :-/ Decline in quality control too? After taking the new set back and exchanging for another with no hassle, the second set works as expected and sounds AMAZING. I'm disappointed the product has been obviously cheapened a bit from it's original design, however, I recall paying a lot more for the original set back in 2005 (maybe double?). Let's hope I get another 10 years of enjoyment from this new set. Would have given 5 stars if I didn't have to exchange the defective unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IT IS AS GOOD AS THEY SAY

    Posted
    harvardguy

    I was impressed by over 400 reviews, looking for computer speakers for my daughter's small LA rental house, with 450 square foot living room. And I remember Klipsch from my high-fidelity college days of Bose, Dual, and Shure V15. I had bought a 2 & 1 set of computer speakers about 10 years ago from Best Buy that have stood up and I am using them today in my office - sound is great. A name brand also, Altec Lansing. So I was looking in that general price range. But over 400 reviews got my attention at $155. I read maybe 50 to 100 of the reviews, and we stopped by a Best Buy to listen. The radio music was not that impressive, even at high volume, but I bought the speakers anyway. My wife had noticed that the salesman mentioned they can be wall-mounted. So I put up the satellites with about 10 feet distance for good stereo effect, the woofer on the floor in the corner. We didn't turn them up that first time; the hour was late and we were afraid of disturbing the neighbors. On a later visit, by myself, I cranked up the volume on some jazz music, and then stepped out in front to see if the cops would be coming. It wasn't too loud outside, but very noticeable. A neighbor who happened to be outside, said "That sounds nice. You can tell a good sound system from jazz and classical." But I couldn't get him to poke his head in the door for the full effect. The sound quality was absolutely astounding! I switched from Brazilian samba over to a classical playlist on the iTunes, some Handel Water Music. Equally high volume. I stood back about 20 feet, the living room is long and narrow, about 15 by 30, with the speakers on one end. The music was transcendental. There was a knock on the door. The same neighbor was back. "Can I poke my head in this time?" He entered. He was as floored as I was. My daughter had a party shortly after that. She wrote "I love how you mounted them so the sound just kicks out into the room - it was so awesome, everybody noticed the quality." She listens often, sometimes to iTunes, sometimes to YouTube playlists. These speakers are worth every penny and then some. Have fun. - Rich

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing else in its class performs like it!

    Posted
    jazzmang
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Coming from my other pro-audio equipment and studio monitors, I was pleasantly surprised to hear what this system was capable of. The system is equipped with a powerful sub and 2 very capable satellite speakers. Subwoofer sounds great and commands quite a lot of power and heft in its sound! It's not going to outperform a 10" HT sub or anything, but it's stellar considering its size (and price, of course). The satellites sound pretty great! Nice clarity and they have the ability to set up a very convincing soundstage where vocals are seamless and give the 'vision' of the vocalist being dead-center in the soundscape. A couple of things to be aware of: -The system can be super loud. Surprisingly loud. Prepare yourself to never turn the volume above 40% without fear of upsetting neighbors. -Subwoofer is also super loud. My subwoofer level is at about 20%, which is where it sounds best in my setup. Try and place the sub in a left-side corner so the woofer can fire to the right and the port is facing frontwards. -You may get hissing or buzzing, BUT THIS IS NOT DUE TO THE SYSTEM. If you get hissing or buzzing, remember the old tale from physics: Always have your signal wires crossing your power wires at 90-degree angles. I had buzzing when the system was first set up and was a bit disappointed. Then I went and looked at where the signal wire (headphone line w/ green jack) was routed and noticed it was alongside the control wire that goes from the satellite to the sub for most of its path. This added an awful buzzing sound. I properly routed the headphone line to cross all wires perpendicularly and ALL BUZZING WAS GONE. Proper cable management wins again! -At first glace, the system has high THD ratings compared to pro-audio and Home Theater solutions, but that has nothing to do with the inherent quality of the sound. Just b/c it isn't 100% accurate to the signal being input doesn't imply that it sounds bad. Usually this is b/c of custom EQ, DSP, speaker coloring that is present in the manufacturer design. Things that rock: Soundstage and imaging Powerful, solid sound Incredible amount of headroom for high volume situations Aux-in and headphone jack on the satellite speaker panel (super useful!) Things that I'd like to see in an improved version: Adjustable crossover True system on/off switch on the satellite speaker panel Replaceable 3.5mm stereo cable (so you could use a better-shielded one) -10dB pad for loud sources All-in-all, this speaker set is totally recommended. There is nothing else that is near its performance in this class.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound... while they lasted

    Posted
    alisonnic

    I've been a Klipsch fan ever since a stereo salesman shook the floor playing Stravinsky's Firebird Suite through a pair of Klipschorns some 30 years ago. The quality and clarity of sound at what should have been ear-shattering volume was incredible. No distortion - no pain - just brilliant treble, fantastic midrange, and stunning, thundering bass. I couldn't afford the horns but I did enjoy a Klipsch subwoofer for years. When I tried the ProMedia system in a store it sounded terrific. Took one home and loved it so much I bought another one for my TV (and its computer). With these speakers and a computer running iTunes I didn't even need a stereo system. Sound quality was that good. Unfortunately after less than three years, both ProMedia systems are dead. The right-side channel of the amplifier died on one system, and soon after that the subwoofer on the other stopped producing sound. I took the two systems to an audio repair shop, and they combined parts from both failed systems to create one working system. I bought a cheaper (non-Klipsch) set to replace the other. After a couple of months this remaining ProMedia system began to make very loud clicks. Couldn't find a way to stop this. Had to shut the system down and listen to the TV through its tinny little built-ins. Did some research and found that the kind of failures I experienced are common in ProMedia 2.1 systems - and have been for years. Got a new set of speakers for Christmas, made by a competing brand which I know from experience is reliable. The ProMedia system is sitting by the door, waiting to go to recycling. I won't be buying another Klipsch product - and I'm no longer a fan.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, So So Features and Not Green!

    Posted
    STCBBreviewer

    I have owned these speakers for only a month and they sound great! Very impressed with the sound quality. A bit boomy at first, but I just turned the subwoofer volume down to my liking. They have very good timbre (accurate tonal quality) for the price. They are $100 less than the Bose 2.1 system and IMHO they sound better too. They sound the best with both volume controls on the right satellite speaker set to just below the suggested level indicator on the subwoofer volume control. Then I control the volume with the computer system volume controls (I have a remote volume control and mute button on my keyboard) Leaving the volume controls alone on the speakers should increase the life of the controls and avoid having some of the problems others are having with them. I noticed no power on/off control on these so I assumed they included an automatic standby like most home theater subwoofers. Very cool, right? Well, only if that was the case, but it is not. It appears Klipsch reduced their mfg. costs by eliminating the power switch and the external replaceable fuse so the system is now continuously on when plugged in with the green LED on the right satellite speaker illuminated. I decided to see just how much power is being consumed when these are plugged in so I hooked up to my watt meter and verified that the system does not shut down (monitored for 10 minutes) into low power standby as Derek Schultz of their tech product support team had told me "less than 1 Watt",(http://forums.klipsch.com/forums/p/134547/1363910.aspx) rather the system continuously consumes approx. 30 watts! At 8 cents per kW/h this $1.75 per month wasted electricity. With all the "Green" hype lately this is very disappointing! If you use a power strip to shut these down, not a problem. Meanwhile I'll keep enjoying their great sound!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mind-blowing sound for a great price

    Posted
    Irinmar

    I have been looking for an inexpensive, compact, and good sounding system for a long time. I don't have the space for a large, floor-standing system. Since most of my music listening happens while I work at my laptop, I wanted to get (ideally) computer speaker that sounded good and were small enough to fit on my desk comfortably. Plus I did not want to pay major $$$$$. This sounded like an impossible task. Well, I found these Klipsch speakers on this website and was intrigued by the people's comments on the great sound. I went to the store and checked them out. Interestingly, they were positioned next to Bose speakers and I compared the two. Bose does a great job marketing their speakers (such as selecting the soundtrack that highlights the strengths and masks the weaknesses) while the Klipsch speakers were simply hooked up to a random audio source. Plus Bose were at least twice the price of Klipsch. Long story short, I bought the Klipsch 2.1 speakers, brought them home, set them up and ... was literally blown away! I keep rediscovering music with these speakers. Amazingly clear sound, massive bass that you can adjust , an attractive and compact appearance (the subwoofer sits under my desk on the side so it's not in my way at all). We need to watch some movies with these speakers but I expect the result to be great. I watched a short part of Mission Impossible and the introduction is spectacular - you can hear every little detail and the soundtrack chills your blood! I highly recommend these speakers - they are a bargain and they give an awesome sound. The only wish that I have is for these speakers to have a better line-in connector. I understand these are not positioned as high-end speakers but still... a better line-in would be nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow!! To great, Full, powerful sound..

    Posted
    Metalistical13
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I am very serious about my sound and this system delivers. The overall sound package is very expansive and accurate, even given the tiled room and not so ideal placement at the moment. I hear all of the details I can hear with good headphones and a pretty close to spot on frequency response with super clean volume- the kind of clean where I don't realize how loud it is until I step out of the room for something. As for pretty close to spot on frequency response, I'm extremely picky about sound and right out of the box, running any source flat with zero EQ, (which I wholeheartedly recommend first) I have been completely content and wowed. And the low end is just killer. Thick, full, yet tight, and I have yet to even have it beyond 8 to 9 o'clock, never mind the 10 o'clock sweet spot they have marked. I do have the sub on the floor and against the wall, as it should be, and almost directly below the satellites. Having the sub in a corner to get the most of the low end response is not even necessary. The lows are that deep. No artificial low end boost needed via EQ at all. They're most certainly not hollow and just boomy- very clean and enjoyable bass TONES, not just thump and bump. If you have thin walls, prepare to be nagged!! The actual volume is hard to predict as with my roomates I have not had the need, or the ability, to have it past 10 o'clock thus far. The couple times it was even that far, the whole house could clearly hear what I had playing. As for music, which is all I've done with them so far, I listen to everything from old Van Halen, to Kieko Matsui, to Bjork, to Pantera, and everything flys perfectly.. For THE MONEY, the only thing close I saw was Logit**c and sorry, they'll just never come close. Hey, If I'm wrong, along with many others it seems, so you have to make a trip back to either spend way more unnecessarily, or end up with far less sound quality. Happy Listening..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BIG BOOM small dent in my wallet

    Posted
    Suprtigr
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was very apprehensive while researching about this speaker set since I research all my purchases to death before I commit. A lot of reviews consisted of broken connectors, bad satellites, and no power switch. Well now that I have owned my Klipsch for over 3 Months I can honestly say I have no problems to this day. The connections are as solid as the first day I got them, and they sound just as nice. Neither of the satellites have had any issues. The first day I picked them up, I followed the instructions and set it up, turned them on, plugged in my cellphone (3.5mm jack works for aux devices too) and pressed play on my media player. At that moment my ears fell in love, the bass was very deep and rich, the mids were great and the highs sounded crisp and clean. Ever since that day, I have listened to a variety of songs ranging from country to rock, to hip-hop and rap. These have yet to un-impress me. The amount of bass that this thing pumps out is well worth the price, My room is about 12' by 13' and it makes the objects in my room vibrate at 3/4 on the sub dial and full on volume. With both dials maxed I literally have to cover my ears for fear of becoming instantly deaf, and I can feel the music in my gut. Don't be mistaken, at 1/4 on both dials I can still hear it down the hall about 15' feet away from my bedroom, with the door closed. All in all these are amazing for the price, I have no complaints what-so-ever, the lack of a power switch is odd but its easily overcome with a switched outlet/power strip. The volume is great, and the range is fantastic. I purchased a Black-Tie 2year warranty with these so I can blast them without worry of breaking them and being sol since the warranty will replace or fix them even if I popped a speaker during a fun night. :) One word of caution, the sub unit gets rather hot at high sub levels so ventilation is key for extended use at ear-splitting volume. I would purchase these 10x over at the price of $200 if I had to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best 2.1 setup for PC you can find.

    Posted
    sharmelan

    I have had these amazing speakers for well over 3 years. I bought them back when they were reintroduced to the market after a decade of being discontinued at stores. Having heard a lot of positive reviews and after reading countless online raves about this set, it was a no brainer that I took one home the moment I saw one at best buy. Sound quality - The best possible PC speakers you can get for your money. The highs sound crystal clear, the mids are precise and hard hitting bass is just not easy to get right. However these Klipsch's live up to their name and deliver on what they promise unlike many other gaming brands like Corsair, Logitech etc. The sound is very well balanced and the bass does not overpower or drown the musicality of the satellite speakers which is a rare thing to come by. Build quality - The solid feel and heft to each speakers is a good indication of attention paid build materials. However I still hold a grudge against the volume knob which with time creates cracking noises and chirps ( mine after a year of use) as you increase or decrease the volume. The Best Buy's demo unit is a testament to that as it has been fiddled around by passers by a lot. Also mine completely stopped working after 3 years of solid use. I have no complaints, since I had a great time shaking the walls off and making my apartment neighbors complain most of times while I felt the vibration travel through the floor where I had the privilege to not just hear the music, but also to feel the rumble as well. Will I buy again? Yes, and I would also recommend to anyone who is willing to buy PC speaker for multimedia use. If you want the best sounding PC speaker that is not hard on your wallet, yet outstanding on performance, this is it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Luv this system!

    Posted
    RedOmen
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    I was using a different, older 2.1 system with my new Smart HDTV when one of the satellite speakers gave way. Although the subwoofer on that system & the remaining satellite still work very well, I decided to upgrade to a whole new system. I had heard that this system was comparable to a Logitech Z2300 system that I also own & LUV to death, so I decided to give this system a try, and it sounds great! I can confidently say that you will not find a system with this kind of power in a 2.1 set-up for this price. It is the last of a disappearing breed of 2.1 systems, so I would not hesitate to grab it while you still can. Your other option would be to invest in a full-fledged entertainment system, which will definitely cost more that this. If you like your bass to hit hard whenever it hits, this is the perfect system for you. The Logitech system I mentioned above is the only other 2.1 system that carries this kind of thumping bass and overall output power, and they do not appear to make that system anymore (outside of special order perhaps, as far as I can tell). I couldn't have asked for a better system to assimilate into my new entertainment set-up. Bass is adjustable, and it mixes well with the sound from the satellites. The only drawback is that there are cords galore for this thing (at least in comparison to other 2.1 systems that I've owned). It could be worse I suppose, but they definitely could have streamlined the cording. Also, this system does not have a remote of any kind (corded or otherwise), so unless you can control it through whatever system you hook it up to (which is possible), you will have to manually adjust the volume & bass on the system yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, great price

    Posted
    Cheeseburger69
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I couldn't be more pleased with these speakers, save for a couple small things. Having come from a set of Logitech Z-2300s, I wanted something that would bump just as hard, while sounding just as good, without spending more. These fit the bill perfectly. I wanted a pair of speakers that would easily hook up to my laptop for playing my music and watching youtube, but would connect to my PS3 just as easily. This is the only downside to the speakers. If you want to connect these to a video game console, you'll have to purchase a separate cable that converts a headphone in to the red/white audio inputs. I paid 2 bucks for one. Problem solved. The sound is incredible. I'm not a music buff that can distinguish all the highs, lows, mids, etc... but I like hearing all the cool stuff going on in my music. You hear everything, and it sounds great. Playing Battlefield 3 will blow you away, the explosions rock the walls and the two little speakers do a great job of making decent surround effects. Skyrim is crazy too. All the small sounds (birds, wind, water, etc..) make for a more immersive experience. The bass kicks, but don't expect too much out of the little sub. I wanted to give them a workout so I played Swing My Door by Gucci Mane. There's almost too much bass in the song, and it distorted the sound coming from the speakers. Maybe messing around with an equalizer would help, I didn't bother to find out as I don't listen to much bass heavy tunes. I only paid $100 through Best Buy during an online sale, and feel like I stole them. They do everything well. If you live in an apartment / dorm like me, and you can't afford a receiver, amp, sub, and a couple floor standing speakers, BUY THIS SET.

    I would recommend this to a friend