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Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Review - Armchair Empire

Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Review

klipsch 2.1

  • 10/10
    Sound Quality - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Volume - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Durability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value For The Price - 9/10
9.0/10

Our Rating

Why Buy The Klipsch Promedia 2.1

Though not originally made for gaming, the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 does hold its own in the world of first person shooters and real time strategies. However, that is not why you should buy this speaker. You should because of the price tag and the fact that you get a THX certified ten-year-old model that continues to gain in popularity even today. These are easily the best 2.1 surround sound speakers currently on the market.

Introduction

The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is a three-piece audio system primarily designed for desktop usage as an audio entertainment center. It is THX Certified with two satellite speakers each delivering full stereo sound using 35-watt drivers. For deep rumbling low frequencies, it uses a 130-watt subwoofer that can reach 31 Hz without bottoming out.

The satellites each use Klipsch proprietary MicroTractrix horns that help maintain clarity regardless of the audio source. You can stream from internet radio, play mp3 or CDs and this speaker will sound the same. It relies on a hybrid digital amplifier capable of high output that can even power an expensive monitor headphone or the dual stereo analog inputs.

Being masters of sound reproduction, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 includes the best technology to ensure every single piece manufactured sounds and feels the same.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black)
  • THX-certified, three-piece computer audio system
  • Exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix Horn maximizes digital technologies such as CDs, MP3 downloads, and streaming radio programs
  • 200-watt digital hybrid amplifier driven ProMedia 21 incorporates a convenient headphone jack as well as a miniplug input

Our Review

When it comes to headphones and speakers, we all have our preferences. What feels right to you might not impress me. But some speakers and headphones manage to mesmerize all. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is one such speaker. Now, before we dive into the review, it would be worth noting that, we tested a brand new Klipsch and a 4-year-old unit side-by-side to figure out if anything had changed over the years. Being such a popular and capable speaker, we were not surprised that these speakers go for a hefty sum even in the used electronics market.

At less than $200, this does come off as an expensive 2.1 surround sound system. However, don’t let the price tag deter you. Klipsch takes its promise of quality seriously, and if you receive a defective piece or aren’t entirely satisfied, you can ask for an immediate replacement. Not something you can do with plenty other brands.

Gaming on these speakers is an amazing experience. THX or not, the speakers are fuller than normal 2.1 surround sound units. Yes, spatial differentiation is limited to the left and right zones, but with the power the satellite speakers possess, it is not hard figuring out a bit more than just the direction. You can measure the slight increase or change in footsteps to understand the exact position of your opponents within a game.

Watching movies has never felt better. Intense scenes have a lot more life in them. The room shudders when there’s a lot of low frequencies in a scene but nothing too painful. It is like this speaker was made to entertain audiophiles. When you turn the bass up, it does not drown out the music. Somehow the speakers compensate for more bass and continue to sound clear.

The balance instantly stands out. Every single note is crisp, smooth and clear. The highs are all sweet without having that piercing effect commonly seen with other speakers. Mid tones are strong and warm like they ought to be. Lows have a smoothness to them that never overlaps on the other frequencies. Best feature though is the independent subwoofer volume control. You can decide when you need a lot more bass such as in games or movies but then drop it down for casual viewing or YouTube videos.

The 4-year-old Klipsch felt fuller than the brand new one, and we chalk it down to the break in period. From what we heard, it can take anywhere from one month to over two months to loosen the drivers enough. Nevertheless, these speakers sound great straight out of the box. By the way, if the volume is something you need then these speakers will not disappoint you. There is plenty of decibels even on tracks that are recorded with volume limiters on.

If there is one thing that we dislike in the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is the back DIN connectors to the subwoofer. They are not well designed and may eventually fail. Good news though, you can get replacement DIN connectors or repair them without much effort. Still, ten years on, Klipsch could have rectified this tiny flaw by now, but we understand the urge not to change anything. After all, why fix something that ain’t broken?

Pros

  • Playing a game on this speaker feels like wearing a headphone. Directions are clear, the intensity of incoming bullets or steps are well regulated.
  • The speakers have sufficient volume even for audio clips that are of low quality.
  • The speakers are heavy with a well-designed base that prevents them from toppling over accidentally.
  • There is enough power to drive the subwoofer and satellite speakers to full volume.
  • Individual subwoofer volume control.
  • You can connect a headphone directly to the control unit and bypass the speakers. The built-in amplifier is more than capable of handling demanding monitors.
  • Has been a hot favorite of many for over ten years now, probably even the oldest THX speaker with five-star ratings online.

Cons

  • The DIN connectors behind the subwoofer are susceptible to damage.
  • The plastic used does not inspire confidence.
  • The design could have been better considering today’s more futuristic speakers.

Conclusion

If all you knew about the Klipsch Promedia series is that it is an old design, you would probably never look at them. Now take a moment and try to understand why Klipsch hasn’t changed a thing in ten years since it launched the Promedia 2.1. Their product has just the right amount of mids, highs and bass so why change anything at all? The qualifying features of a high quality 2.1 surround speaker hasn’t changed at all in ten years and that is why Klipsch continues to sell the same design today.

It works great with everything. Forget gaming, even low quality audio files sound better on this THX certified speaker set. Yes, the subwoofer eats over 130 watts but in return it never fails to power through a demanding mix of highs, lows and bass.

If you can live with the design and don’t mind spending past the $100 mark, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is a great deal. Gamers will love the surround sound, precision rendering of low frequency effects and soothing background score. Audiophiles will harp over its frequency response and powerful satellites. You will never go back to any other brand of model of 2.1 surround speakers after buying this!