Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers
Manufacturer: Klipsch Part number: PROM21
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CNET editors' review
price range: $133.00 - $149.99
- Reviewed by: Tim Gideon
- Edited by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 10/07/2004
- Released on: 11/01/2002
The good: Straightforward design; easy to install.
The bad: Low-end distortion during music playback; expensive.
The bottom line: The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1s' output quality is excellent on the whole, but a few minor problems prevent them from surpassing the competition.
by derek21 on April 1, 2005
Pros: Long throw woofer with clean response. Perfect dual speaker response.
Cons: Slight resonance in bass cabinet at 200 to 300 HZ on only a few songs. In other words, if you listen like a demon and try to find faults that don't exist in $2000 speakers; this is it.
Summary: Excellent speakers! Don't look back or check any reviews. I expected what I got, and got what I expected! I own $2k Klipsch home speakers and these $150 don'...
Summary: Excellent speakers! Don't look back or check any reviews. I expected what I got, and got what I expected! I own $2k Klipsch home speakers and these $150 don't tarnish the family name.
I played about 60 songs to test it, from jazz to rock, to bass, country, etc. WOW! Only 2 songs did I here a hint of bass cabinet resonance, but I am using a stock Gateway motherboard-incorporated soundcard.
Movie sound is as good as it gets for 2.1.
Bottom line is the long throw woofer can deliver bass down to 35 HZ, clean and crisp, exactly like audiophiles of any generation love to here or feel it.
On the first few songs and genre, I had to turn the subwoofer control down for acurate report. But on bass songs, I turned it up! You will think you are next to that anoying car at the stop light.
Perfect 10 for Klipsch!
7 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
by trarmstrong86 on April 13, 2005
Pros: Crystal clear noise.
Cons: Distortion due to bass and wires
Summary: Klipsch Promedia 2.1 have been on the market now for nearly 4 years and they continue to surpass most of the 2.1 speakers on the market today. Being ...
Summary: Klipsch Promedia 2.1 have been on the market now for nearly 4 years and they continue to surpass most of the 2.1 speakers on the market today. Being the first computer-based speaker system to be certified by THX, they have a clear response in high and mid sounds. There is great bass as well, especially at 130 watts, but can come across as muffled depending on the sound. Movies and games are great with these speakers, and with a new low er price, they are great buy -even today with the newer systems on the market.Updated
One thing to add, replace the speaker wires with the much better monster cable wire. The cheap speaker wires that come with the system causes distortions and pops.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Go with Altec Lansing instead
by drcdrcdrc on December 20, 2006
Pros: Good sound quality
Cons: Poor product life, horrible warranty support, even worse customer service
Summary: After the preamp input cord started losing its connection with the subwoofer almost 2 years to the day after I bought them (which is, conveniently, the end of the warranty ...
Summary: After the preamp input cord started losing its connection with the subwoofer almost 2 years to the day after I bought them (which is, conveniently, the end of the warranty period), I took them back to the place I purchased them, per the instructions of the Klipsch website. At the store, they said that they don't service warrantied products, and that I would have to contact Klipsch. Well, it turns out that if you don't have a receipt, you might as well not have the speakers, because Klipsch will do nothing, even if you have the box and serial number. It wasn't enough that the speakers crapped out on me after almost 2 years, the customer service people just didn't care. I never played my speakers that loud, and I always took good care of them. If you are looking into buying a good set of speakers for your PC, go with Altec Lansing. They sound just as good and they will actually last. Stay away from Klipsch, they are bad news.
7 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great reproduction, very clear especially in mids and highs
by austin416 on March 24, 2005
Pros: THX certification insure very clear and clean sound
Cons: Subwoofer offers clean bass however becomes distorted during very low frequencies and louder volumes
Summary: Greatest set of computer speakers I have ever purchased. Wonderful THX certified speakers produce very realistic sound with very little distortion. The only downsides would be no remote control and ...
Summary: Greatest set of computer speakers I have ever purchased. Wonderful THX certified speakers produce very realistic sound with very little distortion. The only downsides would be no remote control and mainly being the distortion the sub produces. But otherwise a product I would recommend to anyone interested in purchasing quality high-end multimedia speakers.Updated
The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers offer tremendous power and clarity. Even at high levels the speakers reproduce sounds very accurately. The sub is very clear and has more then adequate power. Other systems in this price range might offer a louder(probably boomier) sounding bass, but none offer the THX certification the sub and speakers carry. Having the THX badge means clarity across the entire band.
Updated on Apr 22, 2010When I wrote this review I think it had been a month or two after purchase and use, and at that time they were all I said they were. Well....sorry....but a few months after that I ran into problems, most notably with the cheap, wafer cones Klipsch likes to call the "midrange."
They're not bad speakers, but to not, repeat, do not, exceed the volume levels, ever. You must be careful. The sub never turned out worse or better, but eventually I did find it somewhat lacking.
These speakers were one of the better speakers when I purchased them 4-5 years go, but today they're more deserving of a 2.5 star rating given it's price range and competition.
IOW: 4 stars at 2 months of use
2.5 stars at 6 months of use
sorry, for the terribly and exceedingly late follow-up.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fabulous speakers, but require some burn-in...
by imworks on March 30, 2005
Pros: Rich, clear sound without noise or distortion.
Cons: Power must remain on 24/7 for best performance.
Summary: I have burned through a lot of speakers over the past several years, but the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system is about as good as you can expect from PC ...
Summary: I have burned through a lot of speakers over the past several years, but the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system is about as good as you can expect from PC audio. Being more of a fan of high-end home audio (Vandersteen, Krell, Wilson and others) I was amazed at how well these little puppies did in voicing music and powering games. Right now, I have two sets rigged on separate computers, one with an Audigy 4 Pro sound card, and the other with an Audigy 2 ZS. The sound is engagingly distinctive, voicing even the smallest characteristic nuances of each card -- which is a very positive thing for any speaker system to accomplish. Although the Logitech Z-2200 system sounds a tad bit smoother right off the shelf, they don't hold up nearly as well as the ProMedia 2.1s after extensive burn-in.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
If you want great sound, buy Klipsh. Period.
Pros: Excellent sound quality at almost all listening levels. In a small apartment these could be your stereo speakers.
Cons: Inconvenient power switch location (back of subwoofer near bottom), some distortion at extreme volumes (not surprising for the size of the speakers).
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
I can't belive they're not high end
Summary: Right off the bat, I've bought the 4.1 setup which is just like this 2.1, only that you get 2 more satelites for the rear. These speakers ...
Summary: Right off the bat, I've bought the 4.1 setup which is just like this 2.1, only that you get 2 more satelites for the rear. These speakers mated to a Creative Labs Audigy mp3+ sound card for sound processing.I've had this product going on 3 months now and these speakers are a budget hero's cream of the crop. The best speakers according to the tons of reviews I read before making my decision. Simply put, there is nothing this side of the mississippi or this side of the western hemisphere that can mess with these speakers, plain and simple, cut and dry. They stomp anything in it's price range, big time!. I've fed these speakers everything from Metallica to Toño Rosario and it just spits it back out like a baby. I mean, this speakers sound off like they got a pair. Play a little Counter-Strike with the volume @ 3/4% and the sub @ 33% and you're there man, sluggin it out in the front lines until the cops kick in your door trying to stop the military conflict you got going on @ home. The end result is a feeling that you finally purchased a high quality computer hardware at a great price(at least for me), I still can't get over the fact that I got em for $189 at that time. For that price, nobody makes mids highs and lows sound better. I broke them in, administering no more than 50% volume for a couple of days so the speakers get a chance to warm up before finding out what the hype was about.The control volumes have to be kept below the 3/4 mark for strategic reasons...if you don't want to rumble the walls and make the building or neighborhood nuckle heads think you have some expensive studio equipment they gotta go check out for themselves when nobody's home. My advise is if you're researching computer speakers to buy, don't waste any more time reading any more reviews and get either the 2.1 set up or the 4.1, to have a music band readily available at home to play what you want to hear. Now, go get 'em tiger!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Klipsch rules the 2.1 world
Summary: In terms of pure performance, can't beat the klipsch. Great for games, great for music, great for DVDs. I don't believe anybody who says the bass is muddy, ...
Summary: In terms of pure performance, can't beat the klipsch. Great for games, great for music, great for DVDs. I don't believe anybody who says the bass is muddy, or the sound quality is lacking... I'd tell those people to look at their sound card or source quality. Can't go wrong with these 2.1's
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
not a durable product
by kmiles502 on January 29, 2007
Pros: great sound when it works
Cons: speakers blow without playing them loud at all
Summary: After doing a lot of research into what would be the best 2.1 system for my computer, and having seen so much high praise of this product, I got ...
Summary: After doing a lot of research into what would be the best 2.1 system for my computer, and having seen so much high praise of this product, I got these speakers for my birthday in May, to be used in college 4 months later. after testing them to make sure they worked (and they worked great) I packed them up, never to be used until I had moved into my room the next year. Unfortunately they started making a crackling noise whenever I played them, especially with the lows. I immediately called the company I bought them from, shipped them back, and several weeks later received replacements. These speakers worked great until about four months later, when I began to experience the same crackling noise with the lows. Again, I returned the speakers and received replacements. I am now on my third set of speakers, which I have had for a couple of months. Unfortunately, they have, yet again, starting making the scratching sound when the lows play. For all the praise that this product receives, I could not be less happy with it. Yes, it sounds great when it works, but it is overly liable to break down and leave you without speakers for several weeks at a time. I would recommend going with a different set up in any situation.
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Only the sub works
Pros: Powerful. Very good sub.
Cons: I had them for 6 months and turned them on one day and smelled a burning smell, heard a pop, got a shock from the back of the sub and that was it.. Only the sub worked from that day on. I also expected better sound quality from Klipsch, at least when the
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Klipsch
- Part number: PROM21
- Description: ProMedia 2.1 THX-certified, three-piece computer audio system transforms your desktop into a high-performance audio entertainment center. Its exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix horn maximizes digital technologies such as CDs, MP3 downloads, streaming radio programs, and other popular personal audio applications, and delivers a level of power and accuracy never before available. The 200-Watt digital hybrid amplifier driven ProMedia 2.1 incorporates a convenient headphone jack as well as a miniplug input that makes it compatible with gaming consoles and most portable audio devices.
- Speaker type PC multimedia speaker system
- Speaker type Satellite speaker,
- System configuration 2.1-channel
- Speakers included 2 speakers,
- Enclosure material ABS plastic,
- Speaker Type Active
- Woofer size (inches) 3 in,
- Nominal output power (total) 200 Watt
- Response bandwidth 30 - 20000 Hz
- Output level (SPL) 106 dB
- Output features Bass Reflex
- Magnetic shield Yes
- THX certified Yes
- Audio amplifier Integrated
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Controls Volume,
- Detachable grilles Yes
- Additional features Thermal protection
- Connector type 1 x Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ),
2 x Audio line-in ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Driver details Satellite speaker : 1 x Mid/woofer driver - 3 in,
Satellite speaker : 1 x Tweeter driver - 0.75 in - Polymer - MicroTractrix Horn
- Driver details Subwoofer : 1 x Subwoofer driver - 6.5"
Compatibility | Accessories
- Included accessories Audio cable kit,
Satellite speaker stand
- Cables included 1 x Audio cable kit
- Remote control None
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Type None
PC Speakers (Extended Specs)
- Color Black
- Battery type None
- Cable(s) Included 1xAudio cable kit
- Cables included qty 1
- Cables type Audio cable kit
- Component depth 5.7 in,
- Component height 8.5 in,
- Component weight 2 lbs,
- Component width 4.2 in,
- Full contract period 1 year
- Power device form factor Internal
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] Power supply
- Service & support details type Limited warranty
- Service included Parts and labor
- Service & support 1 year warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year