We often associate PC speakers with low power, thin sound, and no bass. Generally, you can listen to PC speakers pretty loud and not disturb the person in the next room. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speaker system destroys all those PC speaker stereotypes. And the best part is they’re under $200!
When it comes to home audio, Klipsch stands out from the crowd. This great American brand produces some of the best speakers in the world. It is exceptionally designed with high-quality parts. Klipsch manufactures the Ferrari of PC speakers.
This speaker is featured as part of our 10 Best PC Speakers article.
What’s In The Box?
Two satellite speakers, one subwoofer, two 9.5’ lengths of speaker cable (22 gauge to connect the sub to the two satellite speakers), a user’s manual, and warranty information. A 3” ⅛ inch (3.5mm) cable fixed to the rear of the control pod. This connects your speaker system to your PC, TV, or DVD player.
On the side of the control pod is an additional ⅛ inch AUX input. This input can be used to connect your phone or other devices. So effectively, you have two inputs. This eliminates the need for plugging and unplugging the primary input cable. A ⅛ inch headphone output is located next to the AUX.
Best Applications for the ProMedia 2.1
The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speaker system is perfect if you’re looking for something affordable and powerful. With the 130W 6.5” subwoofer, the ProMedia 2.1 bridges the gap from a PC speaker to a mini home theater system. The additional power on the low end delivers a full, rich sound. This means gamers, movie watchers, and music lovers will all appreciate the ProMedia 2.1 speaker system.
Don’t let the size fool you. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 might not be party speakers, but they are still adequate for an apartment or dorm room party – you may even get noise complaints. They’re that loud.
Applications NOT Suited for the ProMedia 2.1
While the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1’s are versatile, there is only one application where they’re not recommended. The large sub and various cables connecting the system mean this is not a portable setup. If you are looking for a speaker system that’s quick and easy to move around, then the ProMedia 2.1 probably isn’t the best choice. While moving the speakers occasionally for a party or special occasion is okay, you wouldn’t want to move this system around too often. The ProMedia 2.1 is more of a fixed setup. As far as downsides go, this is a minor issue.
Here is the official demo video for the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Wireless. The ProMedia 2.1 Bluetooth has replaced the Wireless model. However, this video gives you an idea of the size and setup of the speaker system.
Sound and Technical Aspects
A few significant aspects set the ProMedia 2.1 apart from other PC speakers. The first is that the system is loud. Surprisingly loud for the size. The maximum SPL (sound pressure level) is 106 dB. This will surely wake everyone in a standard 3-bedroom family home with ease. Secondly, the ProMedia 2.1 produces a frequency response of 31Hz to 20kHz. Typical PC speakers only produce a frequency response between 100Hz and 18kHz, so they generally sound treble-heavy with no bass.
The ProMedia 2.1’s full frequency response delivers crisp highs, defined mids, and solid, thunderous bass. These versatile speakers could easily double as a mini home theater system.
The simple control pod has two control knobs. One is for volume, and a separate one is for bass control. Having separate bass control is great when compensating for different applications. For instance, you might want to turn up the bass when listening to hip-hop, watching a scary movie, or playing a specific game.
Klipsch recommends keeping the bass control set to 10 o’clock. This will deliver consistent bass at both low and high volumes. The bass can go much higher. However, you’ll find it isn’t necessary for most applications. Maxing out the bass can lead to distortion. Maxing out any sound system is never a good idea as you risk damage. Having said that, if used for their intended purpose, I doubt you’ll need to max out the ProMedia 2.1s.
The ProMedia 2.1s deliver a total peak power output 200W for those looking for technical specs. Each satellite speaker produces a 35W peak, and the subwoofer has a powerful 130W peak. The satellites are bi-amped with a 1” tweeter and 3” mid-range driver crossed over at 5kHz. This crossover separation in the satellite speakers enables the system to deliver a flat frequency response with defined clarity.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Bluetooth
Klipsch has also made a Bluetooth version of the ProMedia 2.1, aptly named the ProMedia 2.1 BT. The BT version is identical, except it costs around $30 more and includes Bluetooth input. This is in addition to the ⅛ AUX input. There are three audio inputs for the ProMedia 2.1 BT. The BT model’s obvious benefit is that you can connect your phone and other Bluetooth devices remotely. This means no swapping out AUX cables and the ability to change the music and adjust the volume from across the room.
If you’re looking for a decent PC speaker system for the home office, bedroom, or college dorm room, you will not be disappointed with the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speaker system. Regarding value for money, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 cannot be beaten. This system retails well under $200; however, it could quickly sell for closer to $300 and still be worth the purchase. The Klipsch brand name alone is worth the price. Klipsch products are built to last, never disappoint, and have exceptional after-sales service and support in the US. Check out the Klipsch website for more details on service and warranty.