The supplied stands have rubber feet to reduce vibration and to protect the surface you place the speakers on. The top of the speakers are also coated in rubber to improve the grip when you want to move them around. Klipsch has also incorporated a ball and socket joint in the speaker base, so they can be set to almost any angle. But I’m not sure why you would need to angle your satellites in this way, since they’re likely to be on the desk directly in front of you.
The subwoofer features a 6.5in cone, which produces a very powerful sound. This is also were the power amplifier is located and Klipsch rates this at 75W, which is indeed very powerful for a set of PC speakers. Amazingly though, if you don’t think the GMX A-2.1 set has enough bass, Klipsch has fitted a subwoofer output so you can connect up a second subwoofer for some truly earth shaking low frequencies.
As I used these speakers at home during the testing, I got a lot of grief from my wife – she decided that they were far too loud, although the target market would probably see that as a good thing. When I turned to volume up, the wall in my living room actually started to vibrate, which probably wasn’t appreciated by my other half.
The GMX A-2.1 works well for everything from music and movies to games, but the sound isn’t quite as pure as the excellent Logitech Z3s. Don’t get me wrong, the Klipsch speakers are far more powerful, but it’s this thumping power that makes music sound and ambient movie effects sound a little less clear. Of course this depends on what sort of sound you want from your speakers, and if wall shaking, pumping base is what you’re about, this Klipsch set should suit you well.
The Klipsch Promedia GMX A-2.1 speaker set isn’t for everyone, but I for one have definitely come to the conclusion that you don’t need a 7.1-channel speaker set for great sound from games and music. It’s not that surround set-ups don’t sound great, but the cables that end up surrounding your desk and chair are for many, just not worth the hassle. I have a 5.1-channel set-up in my front room, but I really don’t need that for my PC.
That said, having got used to watching movies in 5.1-channel Dolby Digital it’s hard to go back to a stereo environment. However, for games and most music, the GMX A-2.1s are very good.
There is of course the issue of pricing and at £99 these speakers are definitely not cheap. It’s true that you’re getting a very special speaker set for that money, but when you consider that you can pick up a set of Logitech Z3s for half that cost, the Klipsch Promedia GMX A-2.1s seem like an expensive luxury.
Klipsch has produced a beautifully designed set of 2.1-channel speakers that sound great with oodles of bass on offer from the huge subwoofer, if that’s what you look for from your audio. That said, the price is high, and there are other 2.1-channel systems around that offer similar performance without the high cost. As with anything though, if you want something a bit special you have to pay for it, and for many PC enthusiasts, that would be reason enough to go for the Klipsch setup.