Klipsch Offers Wireless Version Of ProMedia 2.1 Speakers

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If you've been around audio for awhile, you definitely know Klipsch. It's a mainstay in the industry, particularly the home A/V market and the PC audio market. Awhile back, the company introduced a set of computer speakers that would change the way people viewed PC speakers: the ProMedia 2.1. It led companies like Logitech to develop killer 5.1 systems in a box for PCs, something that was rarely or never done beforehand.



Now, Klipsch is unveiling the wireless version of its ProMedia 2.1 system. Just like the originals, the wireless set is totally THX-certified. The different here is the USB nature, which allows users to plug a transceiver into their USB port and then continue sending signal even if they relocate. Granted, this is mostly useful for laptop owners, as the satellites themselves are still tethered to the subwoofer (which is tethered to an AC outlet), but it's definitely beneficial for some.

The ProMedia 2.1 Wireless is available exclusively at klipsch.com and only to U.S. consumers for $199, while the wired set can also be secured at Best Buy for $149.99.



Klipsch Puts Wireless Spin on Popular ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers
New twist on award-winning system conveniently brings better sound to laptop and notebook users

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 4, 2009) Today more and morepeople use laptops and notebooks to listen to music, watch movies andplay games. And surprisingly enough, many of them will accept theircomputer's poor sound performance just to stay mobile. But now theydon't have to thanks to the wireless technology Klipsch has added toits ProMedia 2.1 computer speakers.

The original ProMedia 2.1 system was introduced in 2000, and overthe years it has become one of the highest praised, best-sellingproducts Klipsch has ever produced. But given the increase in laptopand notebook usage, company officials decided to put a fresh spin onthe classic setup by introducing a wireless version.

The new ProMedia 2.1 Wireless looks and sounds like theTHX-certified original, only the Klipsch logos are silver instead ofcopper. "The ProMedia is still the defacto 2.1 standard for computerspeakers. It's been known to put some home stereo systems to shame, andwe want to keep it that way with or without wires," said Don Inmon,Klipsch director of product development for personal audio.

The real difference between the two designs lies within a USBwireless transmitter that plugs into the computer's USB port. "Only afew simple steps are required to get the ProMedia Wireless up andrunning. Just plug, play and enjoy the full sonic impact of your music,movies and games without being tied down," said Inmon. "No router orinstallation software is needed."

Inmon, however, notes the misconception that many consumers haveabout wireless audio. Often times, when people see the words "wireless"and "speakers" together, they assume the entire sound system is wireand cable free. However, no such speaker system exists unless it runsoff of batteries. "Speakers need a power source to drive them and thatsource needs to connect to electricity," he says.

With the ProMedia 2.1 Wireless, the subwoofer is the power source.This heavy-hitter plugs into a wall outlet and then the two speakersconnect to it via wires. Wireless, in the case of the ProMedia, meansno wires attach to the computer. This allows users to move theirlaptops freely around the room without ever losing their 2.1 sound. TheProMedia and computer wirelessly connect via the USB wirelesstransmitter.

The wireless range of the ProMedia spans approximately 30 feet in asingle room. The system is perfect for dorm rooms, offices, bedroomsand family rooms really wherever people use their laptops and notebooksthe most. ProMedia 2.1 Wireless owners with a Wi-Fi connection and aniPhone or iPod Touch can use Apple's Remote Application to controltheir iTunes from anywhere in the house covered by Wi-Fi.

Technical Information:
The two-way ProMedia speakers are driven by exclusive MicroTractrixHorns that cleanly and accurately handle the high frequencies, creatinga precise image and soundstage. Each speaker employs a 3-inchfiber-composite cone driver for smooth mid-bass reproduction. Apreamplifier control pod, which features separate main volume andsubwoofer level controls, a headphone jack and the miniplug input, islocated on one of the speakers. Each speaker comes with aself-supporting pedestal, but Klipsch also sells adjustable WB-1 wallbrackets through its online store for $21.99 a pair.

The high-output, low distortion subwoofer is a bass-reflex typewith a flared, tuned front port and 6.5-inch side-firing driver. The200-watt amplifier housed inside the subwoofer enclosure ensures thatthe ProMedia 2.1 Wireless can deliver superior sound over conventionalmultimedia systems.

Pricing and Availability:
Priced at $199, the ProMedia 2.1 Wireless is available exclusively at klipsch.com and only to U.S. consumers. The original ProMedia, which retails for $149.99, is available at Best Buy and klipsch.com.

About Klipsch
Founded in 1946 by Paul W. Klipsch, one of America's mostcelebrated audio pioneers, Klipsch has long been a high-end name inspeaker design. Today, the brand continues its success as a leadingglobal manufacturer of premium sound solutions for home, personal andcommercial use. From massive professional cinema speakers to tinyheadphones, Klipsch remains committed to delivering the most powerful,detailed and emotional sound experiences. Family owned and operated,chairman Fred Klipsch and vice chairman Judy Klipsch set the vision andstrategy for the brand as well as the entire Klipsch Group, Inc.organization. For more information, visit klipsch.com.

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realneil replied on Sat, Nov 7 2009 10:57 AM

Klipsch makes the best of the best speakers. My brother has four Klipschorn speakers in his living room. The sound is unreal.

A pair of these little 2.1's would be nice for my new computer.

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I have the wired ones and they kick!

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la_guy_10 replied on Tue, Feb 23 2010 8:00 PM

These speakers rock 2.1 sounds like a 5.1. Just wonder what the range is on the wireless?

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