Since October of 1999, Klipsch speakers have sat on desktops, pumping out powerful, clear sound from their fourpoint gaming system, the v.2-400. With 400W of power, the system was of a magnitude unheard of in the PC audio arena. It was definitely a step forward in the evolution of computer gaming speakers.

The large format system was great for many people, including both gamers and those implementing a computer based home theatre system. It was obvious now that a computer sound system could sound extremely good and have power, but there were many users for whom the 4 channel system was less than ideal. A two channel system had the potential to conquer a market much like the v.2-400 had-many of the same quality pitfalls stood in the way of the 2.1 market as the 4.1 market as both are based on unencoded audio streams, in which pure acoustics is king.

Like the v.2-400, the ProMedia 2.1 system also carries THX Multimedia certification that was introduced with the original Klipsch system. The certification is an effort to bring some standard quality requirements to multimedia audio environment, building on the influence that such standards have had in theatres. Though there is a marketing factor involved in utilizing the THX certification, there is testing and standards in place to back it up. More can be learned from the THX website, www.thx.com.

The "next step" premiered last October with the introduction of the ProMedia 2.1 system. The design was based on user feedback-even the format comes from those that obviously wanted quality to be brought down to the 2.1 market. Quick features that reflect the most common feedback following the v.2-400 are the inclusion of a headphone jack on the control module for private listening, and an additional stereo minijack input is offered for connecting portable devices while at the desktop.

The system consists of two satellites utilizing a two way design, with Klipsch MicroTractrix horns accompanied by a 3" midrange driver. In addition, each satellite includes its own desktop stand. The sub unit, tucked away in a ported enclosure that also contains the 200W amplifier, contains a 6.5" driver. Here's how Klipsch describes their system:

Specifications:

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 31Hz - 20kHz
MAXIMUM ACOUSTIC OUTPUT: 106dB SPL
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohms
ENCLOSURE TYPE: Satellites—sealed, Subwoofer—bass reflex
AMPLIFIER: BASH Digital linear hybrid amplifier; discrete MOSFET output power section
INPUTS: MP3 two-channel soundcard miniplug
OUTPUTS: Headphone
DRIVE COMPONENTS: Satellite: Two-way system using 0.75" (1.9cm) polymer dome tweeter with a MicroTractrix® Horn and one 3" long-throw midBass driver. Subwoofer: Side-firing 6.5" (16.51cm) long-throw driver
TWEETER: 0.75" Poly compression driver
HIGH FREQUENCY HORN: 90° x 40° MicroTractrix® Horn
HIGH FREQUENCY CROSSOVER: 5kHz
WOOFER: 3" Fiber-composite cone
SUBWOOFER: One 6.5" (16.51cm) fiber composite cone
SUBWOOFER AMPLIFIER: 130 watts
DIMENSIONS: Satellite: 8.5" (21.59cm) x 4.2" (10.67cm) x 5.67" (14.4cm) Subwoofer: 9.5" (24.13cm) x 9.8" (24.9cm) x 10.2" (25.9cm)
WEIGHT: Satellite: 2.1 lbs. (0.95kg) Subwoofer: 16 lbs. (7.26kg)
ENCLOSURE MATERIAL: Satellites: ABS Subwoofer: Medium density fiberboard construction (MDF)
FINISHES: Black
ACCESSORIES: RB-1 Stand, WB-1 Bracket (each sold separately)
VOLTAGE: 110/120 VAC
EXPORT VOLTAGE: 230 VAC
YEARS BUILT: 2000 -
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  • quasarsky - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - link

    i had the same problem with my megaworks 250 thx. luckily the set i have now is still working. who knows how long :-S

    gonna get the gigaworks one day :-D
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  • AnotherHeyBeerman - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - link

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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, September 21, 2003 - link

    I had a very sad experience with promedia 2.1.... some of these leave the factory defective and will blow in a couple of weeks, just when you're listening your favourite playlist. Sound is superb, but electronic costruction is crap. :-(

    j|!
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  • macman2010 - Sunday, December 19, 2010 - link

    I am a big fan of Klipsch sound quality? But, be warned! Their systems sound great when they are working, only problem is that they crash often. And repairing them and finding parts or support is very limited. I will not invest in another Klipsch product because of these issues. They are very temperamental and if you make any mistakes in wirering or connections you will blow something. Be warned! Reply
  • Chaser - Monday, March 31, 2014 - link

    Here we are 13 years later and I just bought these speakers. Even today they still are worth every penny. These are very good PC gaming speakers. Reply
  • kaycee doan - Monday, July 07, 2014 - link

    Bought these 2.1 from BB for $130.00. I use them for watching Netflix at night in the bedroom. Cannot be happier. For music listening, not quite but I do have several system for audio.

    Throw in another $19.00 for 2 years replacement for a peace of mind. I leave my 2.1 on 24/7 knowingly they will last me 2 to 4 years, it is worth every penny,
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  • justsaying - Sunday, July 13, 2014 - link

    I agree. I exclusively use Square Trade for my warranties. Reply

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