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  • 2x 18W continuous / 26W short term satellite speakers w/ 3" midbass drivers
  • 1x 65W continuous / 80W short term subwoofer
  • Bluetooth 2.0 pairing
  • 3.5mm miniplug
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eBay has Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Bluetooth 3-Piece Speaker System (2016 model) for $99.99 with free shipping. Same price direct from Best Buy. [bestbuy.com]

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I ended up getting both the ProMedia 2.1 with Bluetooth from Best Buy and the original ProMedia 2.1 from Klipsch direct. I've yet to find anyone who's given a detailed side-by-side comparison of the two so I thought I'd share my impressions.

Before I get to my impression a few notes on how I did my comparison. I connected both systems to a USB dock on my laptop and used the settings in Windows to switch between outputs. One system was connected the line out and the other to the headphone out. I didn't really notice a different in quality between the outputs, but switched the outputs mid-way through my comparison just to be safe. I also used an app on my phone to make sure the volume was roughly equal between the two systems. Both systems had a couple of hours of use before the comparison so neither system had an unfair advantage due to burn in. The sub-woofer dial was set to the 10 o'clock position on both subs at the start like the manuals suggest.

My impression on hearing the original ProMedia 2.1 is that the sub was noticeably more powerful than the sub on the ProMedia with Bluetooth. That impression lessened as I continued testing and adjusting the sub settings on both systems however. Overall, I think the sub on the newer Bluetooth model was less muddy. I found both subs underwhelming though and consider them to be the weakest link in the systems.

The next thing I noticed was how much brighter the original ProMedia sounds. The treble and mids are much more pronounced. The original ProMedia 2.1 have more clarity as a result. The ProMedia 2.1 with Bluetooth sounds almost muffled in comparison. In defense of the bluetooth model though, I think they are more detailed and balanced. I can hear more fine details. But when I switch back the original model it just sounds so much more in your face and natural. Especially with female vocalists. The Bluetooth model just sounds like it had the mids scooped out in comparison. The treble on the model with Bluetooth isn't nearly as bright either. Which in a way may be a good thing. It doesn't have the clarity of the original model, but it feel like it is a little less harsh overall. I have a hard time picking a clear winner here. The original model seems more natural. The Bluetooth model seems more neutral.

I did a very brief comparison of both systems to my Polk Hampden. The difference is huge. The Hampden lacks a sub and you tell right away. Personally, I found that to be a good thing. I guess I just don't care for the sound of a boomy sub--which is about all you're going to get at this price point. The other major difference when comparing the ProMedias to the Hampdem realizing just how bright the ProMedias are. The Hampdem sounds extremely laid bad and dull in comparison. It also made me realize just how similar the two ProMedias really are. Sure they sound very different when sitting next to each other. But sitting next to a completely different speaker than sound a lot more alike than they do different.

As for physical differences, there really aren't many. The speaker covers on the Bluetooth model fit much more snugly than on the original model. I thought I might break them trying to get them off while the ones on the original model almost fall off too easy. The knobs on the Bluetooth model are much smoother too. They aren't stiff like on the original model. The woofers appear to be made of difference materials. The Bluetooth model has woofers with a smooth texture with no abnormalities. The woofers on the original model have a slight texture and two small bumps. Beyond that I found very little difference in the satellites other than the obvious different color LEDs. The sub appear complete identical other than the different kind of connections they use for the remote. I need to weigh them, but the sub on the original model seemed slightly lighter.

After switching back and forth between both systems for about an hour I can't say I favor one over the other. Given the known Bluetooth pairing issue so many have brought up, I would probably suggest getting the original. For what it's worth though, I don't feel like Klipsch made sonically inferior product with the new Bluetooth ProMedia. Actually, I think they were attempting to refine the sound of the ProMedia. Whether or not they succeeded is highly debatable. Personally, think both systems are easily bested by similarly priced bookshelf speakers and powered monitors in the price range. I won't say that the ProMedia no longer has a place in the PC speaker market, but the competition is much stiffer now than it was when the ProMedia made its debut. Unfortunately, even with an attempt at refining the sound of the ProMedia the old design is just getting a bit long in the tooth. If Klipsch really want to compete they need to drop the price on their new R-14PM or do a complete overhaul and design a new 2.1 system.

Before I get to my impression a few notes on how I did my comparison. I connected both systems to a USB dock on my laptop and used the settings in Windows to switch between outputs. One system was connected the line out and the other to the headphone out. I didn't really notice a different in quality between the outputs, but switched the outputs mid-way through my comparison just to be safe. I also used an app on my phone to make sure the volume was roughly equal between the two systems. Both systems had a couple of hours of use before the comparison so neither system had an unfair advantage due to burn in. The sub-woofer dial was set to the 10 o'clock position on both subs at the start like the manuals suggest.

My impression on hearing the original ProMedia 2.1 is that the sub was noticeably more powerful than the sub on the ProMedia with Bluetooth. That impression lessened as I continued testing and adjusting the sub settings on both systems however. Overall, I think the sub on the newer Bluetooth model was less muddy. I found both subs underwhelming though and consider them to be the weakest link in the systems.

The next thing I noticed was how much brighter the original ProMedia sounds. The treble and mids are much more pronounced. The original ProMedia 2.1 have more clarity as a result. The ProMedia 2.1 with Bluetooth sounds almost muffled in comparison. In defense of the bluetooth model though, I think they are more detailed and balanced. I can hear more fine details. But when I switch back the original model it just sounds so much more in your face and natural. Especially with female vocalists. The Bluetooth model just sounds like it had the mids scooped out in comparison. The treble on the model with Bluetooth isn't nearly as bright either. Which in a way may be a good thing. It doesn't have the clarity of the original model, but it feel like it is a little less harsh overall. I have a hard time picking a clear winner here. The original model seems more natural. The Bluetooth model seems more neutral.

I did a very brief comparison of both systems to my Polk Hampden. The difference is huge. The Hampden lacks a sub and you tell right away. Personally, I found that to be a good thing. I guess I just don't care for the sound of a boomy sub--which is about all you're going to get at this price point. The other major difference when comparing the ProMedias to the Hampdem realizing just how bright the ProMedias are. The Hampdem sounds extremely laid bad and dull in comparison. It also made me realize just how similar the two ProMedias really are. Sure they sound very different when sitting next to each other. But sitting next to a completely different speaker than sound a lot more alike than they do different.

As for physical differences, there really aren't many. The speaker covers on the Bluetooth model fit much more snugly than on the original model. I thought I might break them trying to get them off while the ones on the original model almost fall off too easy. The knobs on the Bluetooth model are much smoother too. They aren't stiff like on the original model. The woofers appear to be made of difference materials. The Bluetooth model has woofers with a smooth texture with no abnormalities. The woofers on the original model have a slight texture and two small bumps. Beyond that I found very little difference in the satellites other than the obvious different color LEDs. The sub appear complete identical other than the different kind of connections they use for the remote. I need to weigh them, but the sub on the original model seemed slightly lighter.

After switching back and forth between both systems for about an hour I can't say I favor one over the other. Given the known Bluetooth pairing issue so many have brought up, I would probably suggest getting the original. For what it's worth though, I don't feel like Klipsch made sonically inferior product with the new Bluetooth ProMedia. Actually, I think they were attempting to refine the sound of the ProMedia. Whether or not they succeeded is highly debatable. Personally, think both systems are easily bested by similarly priced bookshelf speakers and powered monitors in the price range. I won't say that the ProMedia no longer has a place in the PC speaker market, but the competition is much stiffer now than it was when the ProMedia made its debut. Unfortunately, even with an attempt at refining the sound of the ProMedia the old design is just getting a bit long in the tooth. If Klipsch really want to compete they need to drop the price on their new R-14PM or do a complete overhaul and design a new 2.1 system.
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Sometimes people like to listen to music while they work at the computer. Shocking, I know.
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Great sounding speakers marred by a severe flaw.

Klipsch in its wisdom left this device in "always discover" bluetooth mode with no way to set a PIN. So if anyone within the vicinity of this speaker decides to output their sound from it, good luck in stopping the source. Also, any time any other paired device that turns on will automatically output sound from this speaker when within range. It's infuriating and quite frankly stupid.

No buy.
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I understand this is not as good quality sounding as original one?
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Thanks! I grabbed this on Best Buy since I had a $50 gift card.
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I understand this is not as good quality sounding as original one?
Yeah. The Bluetooth version is not THX certified as the original one.
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Yeah. The Bluetooth version is not THX certified as the original one.
The first one was amazing and I was about to buy this one until this comment. Now I am thinking what are my other options. I only listen to music though not movies.
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The first one was amazing and I was about to buy this one until this comment. Now I am thinking what are my other options. I only listen to music though not movies.
Just wait for the next deal available for the original version. It can be had for around $100. The lowest I have seen was probably this. If you really need the BT function, you can always get a BT adapter like this [amazon.com].
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Yeah. The Bluetooth version is not THX certified as the original one.
Have you heard both? Or are we assuming that their lack of desire to pay a hefty fee to be "THX Certified" means that they've actually downgraded components?
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I own these and hate them. Constant radio interference noise coming from the speakers. Great sound but the rest of the speakers are completely unrefined. Bluetooth capacity is the worst system I've encountered and there isn't even and power button to turn the speakers on and off. Intermittent crackeling from the left speak upon purchase. I bought them while I was on vacation for $100 and didn't open this until i was home. Best buy is a 5 hour round trip from me, otherwise I would have returned these a long time ago. There people who are extremely satisfied with these speakers but my experience is not unique. Many Amazon and Reddit users have had similar experiences. Klipsch warranty departments informed upon me that the radio noise is most likely being picked up by the Bluetooth antenna. They said that unless I wrap my house in alluminum, the noise will continue. I've never pick up radio noise on any other devices ... Weird. The rep offered an even swap for the non Bluetooth version. I'm going to do it.
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Who needs pc speakers?
The millions of people that use iTunes or any music service ? Gamers ? Netflix users ?
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I got these speakers last time to replace some lower quality Logitech speakers I had. I think they sound great, the subwoofer is powerful and the speakers can get really loud and maintain their quality at the same time. The Bluetooth is always on, meaning anyone can just connect to your speakers and start playing whatever you want. You also cannot power off the speakers, only being able to lower the volume all the way. Overall, I would recommend them if you are looking for great sounding speakers.
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So you sit at your computer and play music?
Sometimes people like to listen to music while they work at the computer. Shocking, I know.
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Great sounding speakers marred by a severe flaw.

Klipsch in its wisdom left this device in "always discover" bluetooth mode with no way to set a PIN. So if anyone within the vicinity of this speaker decides to output their sound from it, good luck in stopping the source. Also, any time any other paired device that turns on will automatically output sound from this speaker when within range. It's infuriating and quite frankly stupid.

No buy.
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