Excerpt: At $159.95, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is the least expensive speaker in this survey. A popular choice at Circuit City and Best Buy, it is also something of a standard-bearer for mass-market offerings. The Klipsch looks and operates exactly as one would expect of a purpose-built, fully integrated product. The box includes all necessary cables (with color-coded connections), and though the signal path is a bit circuitous, the ProMedia easily qualifies as plug-and-play.
Excerpt: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 ($200 street), with its ear-splitting volume levels and seemingly bottomless bass, may be the finest three-piece gaming system on the market. The system's sound is outstanding, nearly matching the transparency and smooth frequency response of our reference system.
Excerpt: K lipsch, well known in the audio industry for its horn-based speaker systems, has introduced the world’s first THX®-Certified three-piece computer audio system. The ProMedia™ 2.1 has two satellite speaker and a sub- woofer as the 2.1 implies. The system comes in all black attire and features an auxilliary audio input, headphone jack and 200 watts of amplification.
Excerpt: The terms "multimedia" and "personal sound system" usually conjure visions of plastic speakers, exaggerated power output, one-note subwoofers, and overall sound quality rivaling a cheap clock radio. Regardless of music played, multimedia sound systems all sounded the same: tinny, flat, and lifeless. Computer users have complained for years about the poor quality of audio components designed to work with their machines.
Conclusion: After spending time listening to the ProMedia 2.1 speaker system, it is clear that it is what computer audio should have been for so many years; now, the system is an incredible option for its market. A number of strong points lead to the system's position as king of the hill for 2.1 speaker systems, all of which tie back into excellent sound quality. Klipsch had a precedent for the design of their new system in its older brother, the v.2-400.
Conclusion: Economics prevents me from giving the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system the score that engineers earned -a score in the mid 90s. In terms of performance, the Klipsch ProMedia is among the best, I have repeated this many times in the review. However, when it comes to price, the competition is too crowded to award victory to the ProMedia 2.1. At $200, the ProMedia 2.1 system isn't cheap.
Conclusion: Overall, the powerful subwoofer (you have to hear and “feel” it yourself to believe it), and the fairly clear, satellites with wide frequency ranges make the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 the best sounding 2.1 computer speaker system I have ever heard.