Klipsch Promedia Review – Do these Computer Speakers have enough Value?
There was a time when any “multimedia PC” worth its salt came with a pair of plastic, tinny, crappy speakers to make sure you could vaguely hear all the mad bleeps and bloops the computer made. Fortunately, things have moved on since then, and with the PC acting as a media hub for many, demanding users now expect good speakers alongside their widescreen LCD monitor to drown out the whirring fans of the blazing hot graphics cards and processors inside the PC’s case.
Enter Klipsch with its ProMedia 2.1 computer speaker system. They are THX certified for a belting Blu-ray experience, and as many streaming services now also provide high quality surround audio, your Netflix binges should sound great too.
With a heritage in home cinema, Klipsch’s compact but powerful bass bin and wide-ranging stereo speakers provide plenty of thump when playing the latest first person shooter games like Call of Duty or Destiny or when you want to stream some Netflix or just play your collection of CDs and enjoy those tunes at their finest.
Designed for the digital age, they will take what streams you can throw at it, from low-rent online radio sources to the higher quality Apple Radio, Spotify or other streams and provide the best sound you can get from them.
Key Features of the Klipsch Promedia Speakers
Retailing for around $149 online here, the ProMedia 2.1 comes with a pair of satellite speakers offering 50W of power, while the subwoofer rumbles away with 55W RMS power. combining for a total of 200 watts total system power.
The speakers are 4.2-inches deep and 5.7-inches wide by 8.5-inches tall on their pre-mounted stands, with the sub-woofer a chunky 12-inches wide. Styling is very modern with neat curves, a control pod with the volume dials can be attached to either of the speakers, depending on your preference.
The technical details include a side-firing 6.5-inch long-throw fiber composite cone bass reflex subwoofer and 3-inch long-throw fiber-composite cone woofer delivers clear-sounding highs and lows. MicroTractrix horns provide crisp sounding audio while there’s auxiliary input to run your smartphone or other device music through the speakers and a headphone port so you can go private when the neighbors or roommate is around.
Pros of Klipsch with its ProMedia 2.1 computer speaker system
Designed for Multimedia: Listening to any sound, from your PC or Mac booting up to the most intense movie or game, or the most emotional strains from your favorite music becomes an experience when listening through the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system.
Excellent Clarity: Everything has a crystal clear clarity, with fine stereo positioning and a wide range delivering every sound and nuance. As a bonus, they also look great and the ability to mount the controls on either speaker is a clever design idea. Finally, if you want to wall mount the speakers, you can remove the stand and use a standard mount.
Cons of Klipsch with its ProMedia 2.1 computer speaker system
No Simple On/Off Switch: You can tell Klipsch comes from a home cinema background, as they forgot to put a power on/off switch on their speakers. That’s normally triggered by turning down the amp on a home cinema unit, but PC gamers are more likely to want times where the speakers are off, rather than just turned down, which might be a minor issue for some.
THX Isn’t Everything: You should also note that while the speakers are THX certified, that doesn’t mean they’ll magically turn your movies into that all-singing surround sound experience, it only means they are superior quality speakers, and THX is a brand kids will be more familiar with than Klipsch.
Heavier: Finally, weighing in at 11 pounds, the subwoofer really should go on the floor, but that’s a big slab of desk space to take up (and possibly bend) if you need to keep it up high. Also, it can distort your monitor – so don’t keep it too close.
Final Recommendation – Worth the Price Tag?
Computer speakers range from a few bucks to around the $150 mark, but the quality on offer rarely gets above modest. Coming from their home cinema background, these Klipsch models provide a staggering quality of audio, regardless of the source. You can listen to CDs, streaming audio, movies or games and be immersed to a level you’ve never noticed before.
That makes them a great excuse for getting out all your old games and movies and listening to them with the new level of clarity that the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 set provides. To be honest, we’d expect to pay more for these speakers, but suspect that Klipsch is trying to get its name out to a new generation of users, who will grow up demanding their products when it comes to home audio.
Note, there is a wireless version of the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 if you want to reduce the clutter behind your system, these are compatible with Apple’s Remote app to control the volume from your bed or comfy chair as a bonus.