Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers Review
Pros:- Strong bass, dedicated driver and tweeter.
Cons:- No remote, no treble control.
A solid speaker system focusing on sound above style – Klipsch have delivered a thumping bass orientated system that is remarkably well rounded.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – The more things change, the more they stay the same. A phrase that is rather fitting for the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. Since it’s release over 10 years ago in 2000, a lot of its competitors have come, gone and been updated. Nowadays, wireless or Bluetooth streaming is the flavour of the month, but they still can’t match the sound quality afforded by a good quality wired system. Back in the day, the ProMedia 2.1 claimed to be the first three piece computer system to be THX certified. In 2013, the same design is still kicking on (although there is now a wireless version available), so can the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 still hold its own?
Firstly, let’s revisit the specs. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 consists of two 35 Watt satellites each still rather uniquely packing an independent 3 inch driver and a 0.75 inch poly compression tweeter. This is paired with a 130 Watt side firing bass reflex 6.5″ subwoofer. Frequency response is rated at 31 Hz to 20 kHz. As you’d expect the system itself is pretty simple with volume and bass controls on one of the satellites, together with a line-in and headphone jack. Amusingly the instructions provide software setup instructions for Windows 95 and 98 as well just to show its age. Construction wise the whole system looks nice and purposeful especially with the speaker grilles removed from the satellites, though isn’t quite as stylish as say the Edifier offerings.
Sound & Construction
Straight out of the box, Klipsch have got the basics right. The whole construction is solid, and the cables to the satellites are nice and long for a bit of flexibility in placement. The satellites sit nice and stable, and the simple subwoofer and volume controls are basic but logical. Klipsch have even included some rubber feet for the satellites. But onto the main event – the sound. Note that this review isn’t from a complete audiophile’s point of view, but more from a more-educated layman’s that has looked at their fair share of speakers systems.
Good speaker systems are able to immerse you in the sound, rather than merely directing it your way. The Klipsch ProMedia speakers do exactly that and prove you don’t necessarily need a 5.1 setup for great sound. Sound reproduction through all of the frequency range is crisp and clear, with no distortion detected at any level we were game enough to test. If we were to nitpick, the bass is a little on the strong side, and with certain high doof doof tracks, isn’t as defined as it could be. In fact, personally I can’t comprehend how anyone would need to turn the subwoofer level off the lowest!
At $299 in Australia (cheaper elsewhere in the world), the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1′s appear pretty pricey at first glance. But considering its specifications, and its THX-certified competitors and it begins to make a lot more sense. For example the very similar Logitech Z623 speakers are within 95 cents difference, but lack the separate tweeter the Klipsch offers. The non THX-certified but much funkier looking Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III will save you about $2 at its $297 RRP.
Performance wise, the Klipsch is remarkably still able to shine above the rest with its basic but solid formula of great sound. The built in amplified input on the satellite is a great added touch of functionality and flexibility as well. If you’re after a well built system for a small to medium room that focuses on sound above anything else, then Klipsch can supply it to you with the ProMedia 2.1.
|Frequency Response:||31Hz – 20kHz|
|Max Acoustic Output:||106dB SPL|
|Amplifier Power:||Peak Power: 200 Watts total system
Satellites: 35 watts/channel @ 5% THD, 1KHz, two channels driven
Subwoofer: 130 watts peak (50 watts @ 5% THD, 50 Hz continuous)
|Tweeter:||0.75″ Poly compression driver|
|High Frequency Horn:||90(o) x 40(o) MicroTractrix(r) Horn|
|Woofer:||3″ long-throw fiber-composite cone|
|Subwoofer:||One side-firing 6.5″ (16.51cm) long-throw fiber composite cone|
|Crossover Frequency:||HF: 5kHz|
|Enclosure Material:||Satellites: ABS
|Enclosure Type:||Satellites: sealed
Subwoofer: bass reflex
|Inputs:||MP3 two-channel soundcard miniplug|
|Weight:||Satellite: 2.1 lbs. (0.95kg)
Subwoofer: 11 lbs. (5kg)
|Dimensions:||Satellite: 8.5″ (21.59cm) x 4.2″ (10.67cm) x 5.67″ (14.4cm)
Subwoofer: 9.5″ (24.13cm) x 9.8″ (24.9cm) x 10.2″ (25.9cm)