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|Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 Speakers Review[an error occurred while processing this directive]
US RRP: $199
Reviewed by Ray "Falcon" Lee
Review date: 11th April, 2001
Sound card used: SB Live 5.1
The Klipsch 2.1 Speakers are now available in Australia for a much reduced price.
MicroDirect is supplying these units for $299 AU.
NB: The Australian version has a different speaker appearance than the ones provided for the 2.1s on the Klipsch Web site.
Overview and setup:
Specifications, as provided by the manufacturer:
Power amplifier description:
Digital-Linear Hybrid. Designed for high efficiency and maximum output
power, utilizing discrete, linear output transistors and high current power
section. The result: extended dynamic headroom.
Subwoofer enclosure design:
Bass-reflex MDF enclosure with front flared port and side-firing active
6.5” driver (long-throw design). Flared, tuned port for enhanced
bass coupling and deepest system tuning. Sixth-order bass reflex
design allows high acoustic output and low distortion bass response while
minimizing driver excursion.
Sealed elliptical enclosure made of high impact polystyrene is a 2-way
system with .75-inch polymer dome tweeter mated to Micro-Tractrix horn.
The midbass driver is a 3-inch long-throw design with an advanced fiber-composite
cone and black urethane surround for reliability.
Volume Control Pod
(integrated into control satellite):
(1) Attached 1/8” stereo mini-plug cable receives signal send from
PC soundcard; Also compatible with any 2-channel (stereo) mini-plug jack
from mini-stereos, game consoles, or video components.
(1) MP3/Aux 1/8” stereo mini-plug line input (on side of
volume pod) for personal audio players.
(1) Headphone jack output 1/8” stereo mini-plug (on side of volume
pod) for private listening.
(1) DIN plug cable; signal send to power amplifier mounted within subwoofer.
Volume Control Adjustments:
Main: Adjusts total system volume; satellites and subwoofer together
Sub: Adjusts subwoofer volume only
Main Power Switch:
On subwoofer back panel
2 satellites with pedestals attached
1 volume control pod/preamplifier, attached to one “control satellite”
1 subwoofer with internal three-channel amplifier
2 unattached sections of speaker wire for satellites
1 Owners Manual
|Technical Specifications and Information
Total System Frequency Range:
Max. Peak Acoustic Output:
200 watts total power
35 watts x 2 channels
130 watts x 1 channel
4 ohms, minimum
Satellite (including bracket):
8.5" H x 4.2" W x 5.67" D
9.5" H x 9.8" W x 10.2" D
Currently Altec Lansing and Cambridge Soundworks dominate the Australian
multimedia speaker market, which is a pity as even though they are two
reputable brands, many equally or better performing systems get left out
of the equations.
The Klipsch Pro Media series has been out in the US for around 2 years
and has received shining reviews from all around. The system has only now
just been released in Australia.
Currently it is only available here in the 2.1 configuration, with
an expected release date for the 4.1 at around early June.
The first thing to note is the extremely high-powered 200-Watt RMS system
– higher than any competing system out and comparable to that of Hi Fi and
Home Theatre systems. The output is divided into 130W for the sub, and
35W to each satellite. While some companies may use tricks to increase
the listed RMS levels and create a false impression about volume levels and quality, it is good to see that Klipsch has matched the level
of quality of the system as high as they have set the power output.
The Pro Media system is also THX certified, exemplifying their high
The Pro Media 2.1 comes with 2 satellites and one amplified subwoofer.
The subwoofer inputs from the satellites are not in the form of stereo
plugs but rather in the form of positive and negative colored wires for
each of the satellites, which need to be independently plugged into the
rear of the subwoofer.
The right satellite comes with the controls for the subwoofer volume,
and main volume, as well as the cable to connect into the sound card line
out. A mark around 10 o’clock represents the recommended optimal subwoofer
The power switch is located on the rear of the subwoofer, which can
be somewhat irritating to turn off if you consider the ideal position of
a subwoofer would be underneath a table along an edge or corner of a wall.
A headphone and auxiliary input jack are located on the right satellite,
and are definitely a welcome addition. It is encouraging to see that some
companies are actually seeing the general sentiment by customers that they
do want these features implemented into the systems.
The dual 6 ½ subwoofer is also among the very best multimedia
ones out, with tight, warm bass which can be exaggerated strongly enough
to make the walls feel as though they were throbbing like a heart in tune
with the beat of the audio track.
The subwoofer unit has a fairly high amount of heat dissipation, but
this is to be expected with a high-powered 200 watt preamp.
When attempting to test the maximum volume of the speakers I found myself
edging back from the speakers to avoid the pressure on my ears due to their loudness!
Onto the performance
evaluations and conclusion
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