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Seriously Impressive Sounding Speakers,
This review is from: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 THX Certified Speakers (Electronics)
After my Edifier Aurora's finally kicked it, I was in search of a sound system that would compliment my music, movie and game collection. After I did some research I saw a variety of mix reviewed claiming that this is the system to buy or that it was not very good. Most of the damning reviews claimed the 'THX certification' to be a marketing gimmick, which is more purchased then earned. Whilst in some respect this is true, a company must pay a fee in order to submit their speakers to the test. It is also possible that many speakers out there would potentially qualify, if not exceed the specifications THX test for. But the point is, the speakers are tested and approved by THX in many areas (Distortion, signal to noise ratio, frequency range, natural reproduction of sound etc) so there is a level of quality that is guaranteed.
I owned a Klipsch iGroove dock and was very impressed by the sound it produced, so I took the gamble and decided to buy a pair. The system arrived promptly and was packaged exceptionally with absolutely everything needed to setup, including a European mains plug as well as a UK one. Setup is very easy, you simply connect the wires to the subwoofer, plug in the 3.5mm jack to whatever it is you wish to connect and within 10 minutes of opening the box and positioning the speakers you are ready!
Now this is the big one, the sound. The subwoofer adjustment dial has a little mark for recommendation to turn it to and even at this level the bass produced is mighty and potentially a little overpowering. For me personally, when watching movies and playing games this is perfect, for some music it might not be though. Even without the burn in period, to my ears the sound is quite simply excellent. The treble really sparkles, the mid range is entirely uncompromised and clear. Vocals and dialogue is superb and a joy to listen to. The bass is very powerful and tight, the bottom of the frequency range is quoted at 31kHz which is more felt than heard and that really is the case. Although once you start cranking it up, in a complicated medley of tracks the bass can sound a bit undefined. Although I am unsure why anyone would want to listen at this level (70% and upwards), it is simply deafening. At max output these speakers are just 14dB shy from the threshold of human pain! The conclusion is, however, that this one hell of a system. Games sound truly immersive, shots and explosions are felt not just heard. Even among this commotion, the upper ranges sound clear and very distinct. Music is a joy and brings a smile to my face! Movies sound absolutely cinematic as well!
But now for the bad. The inputs: You are provided with a hard-wired 3.5mm jack which connect to the right hand speaker. You are also given an additional 3.5mm line in jack in the right hand speaker to connect an auxiliary source - but you cannot switch between sources! Furthermore, the auxiliary line in has a 6dB+ boost to compensate for smaller devices lack of output. Just a warning if you connect something like a TV, you may have to turn it down a little or be shocked!
If you play audio from both sources at the same time, that is exactly what you will hear! It would have been nice to see perhaps a switch or digital input on the subwoofer (but this would have likely hiked the price up, with no guarantee that the DAC included would be any good). I actually got around this by using my FiiO Taishan DAC to convert the digital output of my TV to the 3.5mm analog in for the speaker. The same is true for anyone else, chances are if you are serious about your PC media experience you will likely have either a soundcard or a high quality DAC lying about.
There is also no treble adjustment, like the subwoofer adjustment dial. Although I find the treble already well balanced, this would have been a nice feature to include. If you are truly unhappy, there is always software manipulation to do so!
So my conclusion; for the price I don't believe I have heard a better system on the market. The sound is truly amazing, the subwoofer is a marvel with its low end range and the mid and treble is exceptionally clear. The input situations leave something to be desired and perhaps a control pod/remote would have been nice as opposed to the retro computer speaker adjustment dials. That being said, there is no chance that I will return this system because of these minor foibles. I would definitely recommend it!