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Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Speakers
Date 11th February, 2003
Author Noah Buenaventura
Editor James "Agg" Rolfe
Manufacturer Klipsch


For many years, Klipsch has been a leading brand in audio speakers. Although they have not always been well known in the computer speaker industry, the company has always had a wide variety of home and commercial audio products available.

Not too long ago, Klipsch released the Promedia v.2-400 computer speaker set, which was a 4.1 speaker system (4 satellites and 1 subwoofer). These had audiophiles impressed, as their quality was unmatched by the other 4.1 speaker sets on the market at that time.

Very recently, Klipsch launched three more products into the computer speaker market. These are known as the Promedia 2.1, 4.1, and 5.1. The first number in each name refers to the number of satellite speakers in the system, while the .1 indicates that there is a subwoofer in the system.

Since a 4.1/5.1 system was unsuitable for the position my computer was in, I decided to purchase the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speaker set.

Specifications
Frequency Response: 31 Hz - 20 kHz
Total System Power: 200W RMS
Maximum Acoustic Output: 106dB SPL
Dimensions (HxWxD): Satellite - 21.59cm x 10.67cm x 14.4cm. Subwoofer - 24.13cm x 24.9cm x 25.9cm.

Review Computer
AMD Athlon 1133 @ 1311MHz
512MB DDR RAM
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy
17” LG 775FT Flatron Monitor

What You Get
The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 package consists of two (2) satellite speakers, one (1) subwoofer, a control pod attached to one of the satellites, all the cables required to set the system up, and a user’s manual. A nice feature is an auxiliary input for Discmans etc. and a headphone output on the satellite with the control pod. The control pod comes equipped with a Subwoofer volume knob and a Main Volume knob. Both of these knobs have a minimum level of about 8 o’clock and a maximum of around 4 o’clock.

The Subwoofer

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This is the front of the subwoofer included in the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speaker system. It’s a solid wood enclosure which is always a good thing when it comes to subs. It’s quite heavy (around 9kg) and very sturdy, so you won’t need to worry about it moving around on the floor while you use it as a footrest. Featured on the front is the port where all the air is pumped out and the Klipsch and THX logos side by side.

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This is the right side of the sub. The side firing 6.5” driver is protected by a steel grill. By the way, other side of the sub is plain black wood, since Klipsch only included a single driver in their Promedia 2.1’s sub.

Satellites

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This is the right satellite of the Promedia 2.1s, and also the one with the control pod. The cone is protected by a plastic grill featuring the Klipsch and THX logos next to each other. However this plastic grill is in fact detachable for those who like to expose their speaker cones. Underneath the satellite is a detachable and adjustable speaker stand, allowing for very flexible positioning of the satellite. On the control pod is a green LED to indicate power, a subwoofer volume control knob and a main volume control knob. As you might’ve noticed, Klipsch have indicated a suggested volume level for the subwoofer at around 10 o’clock.

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This is the right side of the right Promedia 2.1 satellite. Here you can see the headphone output (left socket) which instantaneously stops sound from coming through the sub and satellites when a set of headphones are plugged into it. On the right is the auxiliary input socket. Be noted that this socket does not mute audio coming from the computer when something is plugged into it.

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This is a shot of the back side of the right Promedia satellite. The DIN cable and the 3.5mm ended audio cable (you can only see the DIN cable in this photo – it’s the black one) are actually hardwired to the control pod, so it’s impossible to disconnect them without cutting them. In this picture is also the cable which connects the satellite to the subwoofer. But note that the gold plated 3.5mm plug and thick HiFi cable were not included with the Promedias. The stock cables had black plastic 3.5mm plugs and much thinner wire. Later on I had to replace them with better ones as I was experiencing problems with them. But more on that later.


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