Klipsch ProMedia 2.1BT Review
We’ve been testing the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1BT speakers for a solid month, which doesn’t allow us to present what we’re hearing to our readers in writing and images. Nevertheless, the sound is gripping and crisp and, at the same time, the reason why we listen to the loudspeaker drivers as if captivated. But now the time has come that we no longer want to withhold this feeling from you, our readers. So stay tuned for the review and start saving your money because you’re going to love these speakers.
In addition to the two satellite speakers, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1BT comes with a subwoofer and the appropriate IEC connector. In addition, there are two dust protection caps for the satellites in the box. The cables are fixed installations on the satellites, all connected to the Subwoofer.
- Big sound volume
- High power
- Reserves + Fattest bass
- No inherent noise
- Very good spatial representation
- Value for money Cons
- Balance problems when slowly turning down the main volume
- Wavemaster Two Neo
- Principle Satellites: Closed
- Subwoofer: Bass Reflex
- Tweeter Horn 90° x 40° MicroTractrix®
- Midrange 19mm cone diaphragm
- Woofer 165.1mm fiberglass cone
- Amplifier Integrated
- Output power (RMS) 200 W peak / 260 W short-term peak power
- Frequency range 35Hz – 22,000Hz
- Housing Subwoofer: MDF with matt lacquer finish
- Satellites: ABS
- Service Volume and input selector controls
- Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0
- Dimensions (WHD) Subwoofer: 241 x 249 x 259 mm
- Satellites: 216 x 106 x 144 mm
- Control option Main Volume +/-, Subwoofer +/-, Source Switch
After unpacking, we connect all the necessary cables to the Subwoofer. Of course, this includes cold device cables and the strands for the two satellites. On the right is a so-called preamp input, which ensures that noise sources are kept as low as possible. The signal source is amplified as early as possible to produce high-quality sound and gain an appropriate signal-to-noise ratio.
In our case, the body of the speaker is painted black. Other color combinations are not in the repertoire. The body of the satellites is made of plastic, while the feet are made of metal and have small rubber knobs for the necessary traction. As can be seen in the image above, the satellites are tilted slightly upwards, which means that the direction of the sound is directed straight to our ears. Attentive listeners will immediately recognize the difference when the tonal direction hits the ears directly – it sounds duller.
It is also noticeable that the American manufacturer Klipsch has installed all cables as fixed installations on the satellites, which again benefits inexperienced listeners. Since both satellites are of passive design, they are very light, but this is not a problem since they do not have an integrated woofer or bass reflex system. This means no vibrations could falsify the sound by being transmitted through the tabletop.
As the name suggests, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 BT includes a subwoofer that starts at a crossover frequency of 3500 Hz and can generate up to 35 Hz. Overall, the satellites have an output of 26 watts and the Subwoofer 80 watts, culminating in a total output of up to 260 watts. The entire frequency range is an above-average 35 Hz to 22 kHz. The Subwoofer’s relatively high weight of five kilograms favors a solid stand. Since we are using the system on the PC, care should be taken to ensure that the opening for the bass reflex is not positioned to the wall.
The midrange cone measures 1.9 centimeters in radius, although we have to say that the size is less relevant than the technology behind it. For example, Klipsch is known for its horn technology, ensuring a high-quality, high-frequency range. The horn is a 90° x 40° MicroTractrix® which is characterized by a high degree of clarity and realism. The choice of materials could be a bit higher quality but is appropriate for an entry-level product, especially since the listener can rely on the sound justifying the price.
To protect against dust, Klipsch supplies two dust caps with the Klipsch logo. However, we only recommend putting them on when the speakers are not used. As soon as the roar starts, the satellites deserve to be freed and thank the listener with an emotionally charged expression of realistic soundscapes.
In order to be able to choose between the sources, we have several options. We can press the volume knob several times until the respective color of the integrated LED confirms the audio source. For example, the LED lights up blue when paired with a Bluetooth device or green when connected via a jack cable. We can also easily connect headphones and other audio devices to the side of the main satellite via the jack. Klipsch provided us with two rotary controls to control the sound volume. The left knob controls the intensity of the Subwoofer, while the right knob affects the overall volume.
For the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 BT, we are going a different route than before in this review because we quickly realized that the system could not only be used for the PC but as an entertainment center. It wants to be unleashed and is not content with quiet or devotional music. It’s not that ProMedia doesn’t master this discipline; on the contrary, it’s beyond all measure. That’s why today we treat ourselves to rock, metal, and the latest electronic sounds.
So here’s what you can look forward to:
- Masked Wolf – Astronauts in the ocean
- Foo Fighters-The Pretender
- Metallica – Enter Sandman
- The Weeknd-The Hills
Now let’s start with Masked Wolf’s “Astronauts in the ocean,” which many of you use for training or the necessary energy charge in everyday life. But we’ll bet you’ve never heard this song “Klipsch-style.” If you’re now wondering what that’s supposed to be, fat, crisp basses that make your desk vibrate, paired with the utmost precision in the mid-range and especially the high-frequency range. Believe us; you haven’t heard that before. Even with a medium master volume, we can easily cover 100 square meters without the Subwoofer losing pressure. For comparison, when the bass kicks in at 0:18, the system feels like a slap in the ears at not even half volume, which spreads to the heart, and your heart palpitations match the song’s beat.
Next up is The Pretender by the Foo Fighters. We all know and love the song, and one minute in particular sticks in the memory of everyone who has known this song for their entire life. Everyone knows this picture while the bridge in the style of rock ‘n’ roll with the words “Keep you in the dark you know they all pretend” ends, and a horde of cops race towards the Foo Fighters. As we recall this image and the music blares from the speakers, we can feel it—the pressure from the Subwoofer, the tingling sensation on your skin, and the energy in your heart. Once again, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 BT proves that they need to be unleashed; they demand it because their core business is not music but to inspire energy and good vibes in their listeners.
Since the ProMedia have now infected us with the guitar and drum sound, we pass on Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and pay particular attention to the detail of the drums.
We jump to the minute 3:18 because here, the drum solo starts with powerful kicks on the bass drum that make us feel like we’re about to do it. The high hats and snares also come out crystal clear from the horns of the satellites. Of course, we know that there’s nothing like a Metallica concert, but the Klipsch ProMedia comes pretty damn close to bringing a concert experience into the living room.
Together with The Weekend and “The Hills,” we now want to create an earthquake that will make the glasses of our (forewarned) neighbors tinkle. At half volume and full bass pressure level, the bass pushes up two floors without losing the precision of the mids and highs. The synthetic basses pull through the landscape powerfully for several seconds. It’s just an insane sound experience revealed here in front of us.
Conclusion on the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1BT
We don’t want to hide from you that we have operated the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1BT on a professional sound card. Still, the system is also characterized by an excellent sound in Bluetooth mode, which immediately pushes the choice of materials, which could be improved, into the background. Klipsch puts all of its expertise into the sound and has done so with a clear lead over other competitors. However, we have to address a small flaw in terms of sound, which shifts the balance to the right satellite when the main volume is slowly turned down. Nevertheless, we make the clearest purchase recommendation because you should consider this if you look for a sound system.