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Klipsch CS-500 2.1 Home Theater System with DVD Player

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  • 3-speaker surround sound system simulates 5-channel sound via Dolby Virtual Speaker technology
  • Includes main component with DVD player and AM/FM radio; subwoofer; 2 front speakers
  • Horn-loaded satellite speakers deliver maximum impact; compact subwoofer delivers dramatic low-end effects
  • Three auxiliary inputs for games, MP3 players and other devices; component video output
  • Universal IR remote controls entire system
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Product Specifications

Brand NameKlipsch
Output Wattage50 watts
Color NameHigh Gloss Black
Number of Component Inputs2-Component

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 6.8 x 8.2 inches ; 42 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 36.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000Y8I3NY
  • Item model number: 1006501
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,742 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Product Description

**Note from Klipsch: We are aware of and have addressed the trouble with the DVD player portion of our Klipsch CS-500 2.1 Home Theater system. We recently (MAR-10) upgraded the DVD portion of the CS-500 to a much more robust and reliable mechanism (this includes units currently in-stock at Amazon). After recognizing the failure rate of the CS-500's DVD section was not up to Klipsch standards, we implemented this upgrade at the factory-level.** Sleek, simple, and small the Klipsch CS-500 2.1 home theater system puts the ultimate cinema experience right into your living room with fewer wires and less components. By way of Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, this amazing compact setup delivers the effect of a large, 5.1 home theater system with just two satellites, a subwoofer, and an A/V center. Each magnetically shielded CS-500 satellite speaker employs dual 2.5" high-output woofers and a 0.75" horn-loaded tweeter. Our exclusive Tractrix(R) Horn technology is what allows this home theater system to deliver genuine lifelike sound as well as produce more output using less energy. The down-firing subwoofer utilizes a powerful 6.5" woofer. The A/V center features a built-in Class D amplifier that distributes 35 watts of power to each satellite speaker and 100 watts of power to the subwoofer. It also includes Dolby Virtual Speaker technology along with a progressive scan DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner, and three auxiliary inputs. The CS-500 home theater system even has the ability to pass high-definition signals through a component output and can simplify all of the auxiliary input connections into a single convenient output to the TV. An easy-to-use universal IR remote control directs all system functions as well as those of the TV and other entertainment devices.

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Sleek, simple, and small, the Klipsch CS-500 2.1 home theater system with DVD player delivers the effect of a large, 5.1 home theater system with just two speakers, a subwoofer and an A/V center. It features a built-in Class D amplifier that distributes 35 watts of power to each satellite and 100 watts of power to the subwoofer.

Each magnetically shielded CS-500 speaker employs dual 2.5-inch high-output woofers and a 0.75-inch horn-loaded tweeter. Through Klipsch Tractrix Horn technology, this compact home theater system delivers clear, lifelike sound. It also produces more output using less energy. The down-firing subwoofer utilizes a powerful 6.5-inch woofer. Due to its compact size, it can easily be hidden away while still delivering dramatic low-end effects.

The CS-500 also includes a progressive scan DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner, and three auxiliary inputs. The CS-500 home theater system even has the ability to pass high-definition signals through a component output and can simplify all of the auxiliary input connections into a single convenient output to the TV. An easy-to-use universal IR remote control directs all system functions as well as those of the TV and other entertainment devices.

Klipsch CS-500
The Klipsch CS-500 amplifier with DVD player.

The CS-500 can be set up and operating in as little as 10 minutes. A step-by-step set up guide is included to walk you through the simple process. Speakers are wall mountable (hardware not included)

Specifications

  • Amplifier power - subwoofer: 100 watts
  • Amplifier power - speakers: 35 watts per channel
  • Video output: Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
  • Radio: AM/FM with RDS
  • Surround sound decoding: Dolby Digital, DTS
  • USB: Yes (for MP3 and JPEG playback)
  • Audio inputs: coaxial digital, optical digital, pair of analog
  • Component dimensions: 3-1/2 x 15-1/2 x 9-1-/2 inches (HxWxD)
  • Subwoofer dimensions: 15 x 11 x 18 inches (HxWxD)
  • Front speaker dimensions: 8-3/5 x 4 x 5-1/2 inches (HxWxD)

What's in the Box

Controller, set-up guide, owner's manual, remote, batteries, composite cable, audio cable, FM antenna, AM antenna, two 15' speaker cables, subwoofer cable, rubber pads, white gloves


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I will write another review soon to let all know whether they stood by thier product or not.
Joseph W. Polin
Unfortunately, the DVD player starting conking out and wouldn't play DVD's without skipping or pixelation after about 90 days.
Mark Graban
I dont think you can go wrong with this system sounds much better than most sound bars that I have heard.
James D

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Mark Graban on April 5, 2009
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The sound from this system and easy connectivity were a big plus. 2.1 sound was good, solid base and good spoken word sound for movies/TV.

Unfortunately, the DVD player starting conking out and wouldn't play DVD's without skipping or pixelation after about 90 days. Trying to get an exchange through Klipsch or Amazon. The discs that were problematic on this unit played fine on another DVD player.

I've learned a lesson that it might be better to buy big, heavy items like this through a local store that might be easier in terms of exchange, especially when it quickly became defective.

UPDATE 4/12/09 - although amazon was a pain, Klipsch handled the situation very well, offering an exchange and even upgrading to the next model up.
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We are aware of and have addressed the trouble Mark had with the DVD player portion of the Klipsch CS-500 2.1 Home Theater system. We recently (MAR-10) upgraded the DVD portion of the CS-500 to a much more robust and reliable mechanism (this includes units currently in-stock at Amazon). After recognizing the failure rate of the CS-500's DVD section was not up to Klipsch standards, we implemented this upgrade at the factory-level. Last, thanks to Mark here for the kind words about the CS-500 sound quality and Klipsch customer service.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Risey99 on October 25, 2009
I am happy with the sound quality. However, my first one stopped playing DVDs after a week. I returned it and my 2nd one stopped playing them after 1 year. Also, sometimes it would "lock-up" I would have to unplug and re-plug it from power to get it it to work again.
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We are truly sorry for the trouble Ryan had with the DVD player portion of the Klipsch CS-500 2.1 Home Theater system, but we have since addressed it. We recently (MAR-10) upgraded the DVD portion of the CS-500 to a much more robust and reliable mechanism (this includes units currently in-stock at Amazon). After recognizing the failure rate of the CS-500's DVD section was not up to Klipsch standards, we implemented this upgrade at the factory-level. With this DVD mechanism upgrade, the CS-500 better delivers the legendary performance so many have come to expect from Klipsch since 1946.
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2010
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Klipsch is a recognized high quality name in home theater audio equipment, so I was very excited to receive this package. While, yes, you are not getting a blu-ray player with this system, you could expect to actually spend that $1000 retail price if you decided to purchase a system equal to this with a blu-ray player. As a secondary bedroom or even primary sound system, I found the quality to be superb for the price.

For a sub-$300 2.1 system this little guy really did well competing with our larger more expensive 5.1 Yamaha system. While the Yamaha will beat this system just because 5.1 will always sound better than 2.1, the sound from the speakers were crisper, clearer, and the subwoofer could nearly rattle the walls using it at full power. You still got the feeling of surround sound from this system.

For those who are not technologically inclined, this was not difficult at all to set up. I have had no problems with the DVD player thus far, and Klipsch has noted that they have fixed problems with a previous model.

If you're budget is under $300 and this is a second system for a smaller room or bedroom, I say go for it. If you have more to spend and this is going to be your main theater or living room sound system, I would look for a 5.1 or 7.1 system that you can hook a stand alone blu-ray player into.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kargiu on October 24, 2009
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The theater system itself works and is great! The only downfall for this system is the remote control that it comes with. It's kind of frustrating since you will need to punch in the buttons several times to get it to function when you want to change a channel. But, other than this factor, it is a great sound system for our house. Very pleased with the clear and superior sound it outputs.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Zach on August 31, 2009
I wanted a second HD system in my home for the master bedroom.
I chose Klipsch's affordable CS500 All-In-One Audio/DVD Unit paired with Panasonic's G15 Plasma TV and I have no regrets. The system delivers excellent audio & video. Plenty of midrange/woofer sound offered at reasonable cost and can be setup without over-crowding a bedroom with 5 or more speakers and without needing higher cost separate A/V, DVD units stacked on a rack.
Another 2.1 option to consider is Klipsch's CS700 system for larger bedroom area or studio apartment.
I would not recommend a 2.1 system for a larger Family room or multiple room area.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JFH on June 24, 2010
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I read the positive and negative Amazon reviews. Because of the posted company replies that they addressed the DVD quality issue, I decided to go ahead and buy the CS-500.

Mistake! I must have received one of the older units because the player immediately began experiencing pixelation, skipping and freezing issues. As other reviewers have said, these DVDs play fine on other equipment so it is the CS-500, not the discs. Very disappointing, particularly after the company said it had addressed the problem!

I really like the sound and looks so I figure I will keep it as an amp / tuner and speakers. I hooked up an old DVD player so that I am able to play CDs and DVDs. (It is a lot of hassle to do a return and you may end up with the same issue with a replacement.)

My advice is to look at the CS-500 as a good audio only product. The sound is very good and what you expect from Klipsch. Do not buy it as a DVD player.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents VINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
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Several years ago we purchased the Bose 3-2-1 DVD/Sound System for just under $1,000. We loved the size, loved the sound and it played DVDs very well too. Don't get me wrong Bose makes an excellent product, but it is pricey.

Now, some (5) years later, we were in the market for an additional sound system, for a smaller room (approx 12 x 15) so we tried out the Klipsch CS-500, 2.1 system. It is discounted to just under $300.00. We were totally surprised by the quality of the system for such a great price.

We are both technically challenged, and we were able to set this system up, using the easy to understand guide in no time. Within 20 minutes we had the system up and running, and sounding great. We've only had this system a week so far, but have not had any problems, like a few of the other reviewers noted. We find this to be the perfect companion for our 40" flat screen. The sound is great, and the dvd player works fine.

If you are in the market for a great, yet inexpensive sound system, give this one a try. Recommended for smaller rooms like ours. Is it as good as our $1,000 Bose system? The answer is NO, but it is a nice system for a terrific price. RECOMMENDED
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