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Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 [2003] vs Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 [2011]

Poll Results: ProMedia 5.1 [2003] or ProMedia 2.1 [2011]?

 
  • 40% (2)
    Buy the ProMedia 5.1
  • 60% (3)
    Keep the ProMedia 2.1
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post #1 of 9
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Hey OC,

I just recently bought the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's at Best Buy in December of 2011.


Now my cousin is trying to sell his ProMedia 5.1's for 150. Do you guys have any first hand experience of the 5.1's compared to the newer 2.1's?


I know the actual differences of a 2.1 setup and a 5.1 setup, but do you guys at OC think I should sell my 2.1 ProMedia's for his 5.1 ProMedias?


Thanks!
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post #2 of 9
No do not, the AMPs fail in these along with the preamps

Klips stands behind them for 50 bucks last time I had to get a replacment
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post #3 of 9
both great products....depends u need extra 3 speakers or not.
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Originally Posted by mcc21 View Post

both great products....depends u need extra 3 speakers or not.

Haha yeah, I spent 100 on my pair, and I could honestly sell these back to someone for 80-90. Just wondering if the sound quality or satellites are the same if not better quality than the Promedia 2.1's, I'm mainly asking because they still sell the 2.1s but they discontinued the 5.1s in 2003.
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No do not, the AMPs fail in these along with the preamps
Klips stands behind them for 50 bucks last time I had to get a replacment

Was this a large problem on the product specifically?
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post #6 of 9
The speakers are the same
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post #7 of 9
My friend just got his Promedia 2.1s and I've had a set for ~8 years, I am familiar with the widespread issues people have had with them (my own set is broken, but that's because it fell off of a table) but it looks like Klipsch has quietly updated the Promedia with a lot of design improvements. For example, one of the common issues people had was with the cable that connects the main speaker to the subwoofer failing, the new units have a really strong connector compared to the old flimsy one.

Also, in an interesting move, Klipsch solved the power button issues by removing the power button...the speakers are always on which is odd but it works perfectly fine, Klipsch says they use less than 1W in standby and there is no hiss or anything when you aren't using them.

I've recommended the Promedias many times because their sound quality is phenomenal at that price, but the caveat was the shoddy reliability. Now that it looks like they've addressed a lot of the common issues, I'd say you're much better off buying the new system.
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post #8 of 9
I own both and prefer the 5.1s hands down.... To the tune of spending $200.00 to get the 5.1 board rebuilt.















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If I'm not mistaken, the 5.1 has a better sub, the rest of the speakers are the same. I have the 2.1 and the 5.1 series. I have, to date, never heard a set of computer speakers that sound better than my 5.1 klipsch pro-media. The downfall is if you go with the 5.1 you WILL have problems at some point with the amplifier. It costs about 130 bucks to have someone rebuild/set up the amp with proper cooling.
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