This Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 review is for anyone looking for a tabletop speaker system that sounds great, is easy to use and looks cool – it’s one of the The best bookshelf speakers You can buy if you don’t mind spending a significant amount of money.
Klipsch is an American audio brand that has been around since 1946 and knows its stuff when it comes to sound with a product portfolio that ranges from speakers to soundbars to headphones. You can always expect big things and the Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 is a prime example of that.
This Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 review covers everything you need to know about this multimedia speaker system, from my take on the design and setup to its performance and features.
You can buy the Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 now for $299 in the US and £369 in the UK. Take a look at the widgets on this page to see where you can buy it.
A sleek, retro-style 3-piece setup, the Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 is designed to sit on your desk. In the box you get two speakers to place on a table or shelf, a subwoofer for the floor, a remote control and a selection of cables to set it up with your devices. You can buy it in black or white depending on your home decor.
The speakers are small and black with a detachable black and gold grille with a Klipsch logo in the bottom right corner – you can detach it if you prefer the style of the speaker without it. Each measures 203 x 140 x 109mm, allowing them to easily fit on either side of a computer monitor. The subwoofer is much larger at 305 x 254 x 381mm, it still sat comfortably under my desk so I had it put back in a corner. Like the speakers, it has a woven black and gold grille, but this isn’t removable.
Turn the subwoofer over and you’ll find a few different controls and ports. To make it work with your phone or laptop, you can choose to use Bluetooth, the stereo analog RCA, or the USB-A port.
In addition to these inputs, there is also a switch to turn it on, as well as rotary controls for controlling bass and volume. They’re not very easy to get to, so it’s probably better to pump up the audio from whatever device you’re using it with or the included remote.
The remote control is small and black with minimal buttons, making it very easy to use. You can use it to adjust the volume, boost the subwoofer, switch between inputs and turn on Bluetooth. My only issue with this was that I couldn’t use it from across the room, I had to get right up close to the subwoofer for it to work.
Setting up this multimedia system is really easy, you just have to place the speakers on either side of your computer screen diagonally to you, connect them to the back of the subwoofer, connect it to power and then use the Bluetooth button on the remote control to turn it on to pair. Thanks to the blue LED light on the front, you’ll know when it’s in pairing mode. For a more permanent desk setup, it is better to connect everything via a wired connection. That’s all you have to do, it literally took me seconds to get up and running.
If you’re looking for powerful, immersive sound, you’ll surely get it here. The Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 system sounds great no matter what you’re listening to, from music to movies, and even gamers can handle it just fine.
Each satellite contains a 1″ polymer compression driver and 4″ poly fiber cone, while the subwoofer uses an 8″ long throw poly fiber cone. All in all, you can expect a combined peak output of 220W from the three elements of the system.
Of course, you’ll have the best experience sitting between the two small speakers, but even if you’re somewhere else in the room, the sound spreads out nicely. The audio makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, like listening to live songs or diving deep into a video game’s story.
As well as being rich and warm, the sound is clear and precise, although in a way you lose out when the bass starts to throb. For the most part, though, you can hear intricate details of the music, and the soundstage is wide enough to add plenty of depth to the track as well.
In terms of features, the Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 keeps things simple. There aren’t any additional thrills like an adjacent smartphone app, voice control, multi-room or even a more detailed equalizer, which is a shame at this price point, but not everyone will be looking for that kind of functionality either.
The Klipsch Promedia Heritage 2.1 multimedia speaker system looks great but sounds even better. It might be basic when it comes to features, but that means it pours all of its energy into doing exactly what you need it to and creating an immersive and rich audio experience, especially when you’re sitting between the two speakers.
Some people might be looking for something smaller, or something with added smarts like Wi-Fi streaming, but if you’re looking for a three-piece set with wired connectivity and Bluetooth then this is a fantastic choice. I absolutely loved the look of this getup too!
Another set of tabletop speakers to consider is the Ruark MR1 Mk2, especially if you don’t really want the subwoofer to add extra bulk. They’re small, they’re powerful and like these, you can connect to them via Bluetooth. They are also much easier to control thanks to the handy turning wheel at the top.
If money is no object take a look at the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo, the sound is absolutely incredible and powerful enough to shake walls. They’re top-notch in almost every way and are some of the best stereo speakers you can buy.