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Klipsch brings the brawn with new desktop speaker set

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Klipsch's new ProMedia Heritage 2.1 speaker set has a groovy 1970s look.
Klipsch's new ProMedia Heritage 2.1 speaker set has a groovy 1970s look.
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Klipsch likes to draw on it lengthy history when it rolls out new speakers, and the ProMedia Heritage 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System is no different. But the fabric-covered speakers and subwoofer, designed to recall the company’s Heresy speakers from the 1970s, also pack 220 watts of peak power.

That’ll blow the room away, whether you’re cranking tunes, enjoying your home theater or playing games.

Klipsch ProMedia Heritage 2.1 speaker set

The set combines two stereo satellite speakers with a wired subwoofer. Klipsch, which recently overhauled its whole Reference line, said it designed the ProMedia Heritage 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System to work with almost any analog or digital input. But its compact form certainly lends itself to desktop computer use.

The set features a pair of analog stereo RCA inputs, a USB-A jack for digital audio and a Bluetooth connection for streaming music and audio wirelessly from any Bluetooth device, like an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

A single power cable connects to the primary satellite speaker. Each speaker is rated at 35W. Each one has a 1-inch-high-frequency driver behind Klipsch’s proprietary Tractrix horn plus a three-inch, long-throw woofer for midrange frequencies.

The front-firing wired subwoofer packs 100W of power and uses a large 8-inch driver and rear-firing port tube.

The speakers are mounted on angled plinths to aim their sound upward, making them work for a variety of uses. Klipsch press materials showed the system enhancing TV sound as an alternative to a soundbar. The company also said the speakers work well for gamers and as a small-footprint hi-fi system for turntables.

The system is available in black ash and walnut finishes. Each comes clad in fabric speaker grilles that match the company’s other Heritage products.

Included with the speakers is a wireless remote, AAA batteries and a 3.5mm-to-stereo RCA cable. Klipsch said the upgraded system is sold exclusively at Klipsch.com for $349 and at Costco, where members can get it for $240.

Price: $349 at Klipsch or $239.99 for Costco members

Where to buy: Klipsch or Costco