Blaze, I wish he just got ripped off. I kept digging and people did teardowns of the old vs new Promedia 2.1's. Overall, the general consensus is that the old version is significantly better. New version has hard wired satellite speakers, no on/off switch, and weighs about 2/3rds of the old style.
As much as I like the speakers, I can't in good confidence buy the "new" version of these speakers based on what I've been reading.