- Brand Name: Klipsch
- Model Number: GMX D-5.1
- Speaker Type: Subwoofers, Surround, Satellite
- Speaker Amplification Type: Active
- Speakers Maximum Output Power: 100 Watts
Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 Digital Speaker System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Delivers home-theater sound from your game console
- 5.1 surround sound supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and five-channel stereo
- Satellite speakers feature 0.75-inch metalized polymer tweeter and 3-inch metalized fiber-composite midbass woofer
- 100-watt, 6.5" fiber-composite cone subwoofer
- Satellites have self-supporting ball-joint pedestals with 45-degree range of motion
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Each satellite speaker comes with a self-supporting, ball-joint pedestal that allows a 45-degree range of motion for optimal sound directing. All five satellite speakers easily connect to the subwoofer via the included 4m and 6m RCA connection cables.
The control module features a standard analog stereo audio input and two digital audio inputs--one coaxial and one Toslink optical. It also includes separate main, center, surround, and subwoofer volume controls; mute and on/off power buttons; and input, surround mode and Dolby Digital dynamic compression LED indicators. The controller can also connect to the subwoofer via the included DIN connection cable.
The GMX D-5.1 system delivers 108-decibel output through its 0.75-inch metalized polymer tweeter and 3-inch metalized fiber-composite midbass woofer. The tweeter is coupled to an exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix Horn, which increases sensitivity while minimizing room interactions that blur the sonic detail and imaging of conventional speakers. Other features include a ported enclosure for reduced distortion even with boosted bass output and magnetic shielding to protect your TV or monitor from interference.
Top Customer Reviews
I set it up to go to 5.1 channel, Digital Output only. Audio played from the speakers, but when I ran the Test, the one that goes "Front Left"... "Center"... "Front Right" ... "Rear Left" ... "Rear Right" ... I only heard it say "Front Left" and "Front Right", meaning that it didn't output correctly. I thought maybe the speakers were defective or my sound card wasn't setup right.
I decided to run some other tests.
I used Creative Playcenter to play some of the sample AC3 files, and they played beautifully! Played in 5.1 surround sound, I was immersed in sound. Close your eyes and you feel like you're really there.
I played a DVD and it was awesome! Words aren't enough, great bang for the buck, awesome sound quality reproduction.
Bass is phenomenal. I live on the 2nd floor of an apartment and I'm pretty sure my neighbor downstairs is going to get upset.
Even playing 2 channel MP3s sounds great too. I noticed that it separates some of the frequencies. For example, all the bass to the subwoofer, of course, but also, the rear speakers seem to only play the highs, the center speaker plays the mids, and the front speakers seem to cover a much wider spectrum. This gives a nice illusion of surround sound. Even listening to 2 channel stereo sounds nice.
I've read some of the complaints that the Audigy only plays 2.1, but this is not true. The Audigy is capable of playing 5.1 through these speakers, but it won't reflect that if you try using the Test that comes with the Surround Mixer.
Make sure your DVD software is setup for SPDIF output, and any other audio app is set for SPDIF output.
One of the reasons could be the subwoofer. The sub will not play very low notes. Here is a test you can try on your system to confirm. Get a copy of the Beatles "Abbey Road" and put on the second track, "Something" by George Harrison. Listen to McCartney's bass 58 seconds into the song, he plays a low "e" on his bass which is 41.2Hz. This system doesn't not play the fundamental, just the overtone an octave up at 82.4Hz.
Now, this lack of ultra-low frequency reproduction is not uncommon, but my JVC mini-system totally nails this song. Good bass reproduction is critical, and there is not enough in the Klipsch to be satisfying for music.
These aren't for everyone. They seem to be designed mainly for video game consoles, and hence don't have analog 5.1 inputs. (You get stereo RCA inputs, optical Toslink digital input, and RCA coax digital input.) One other minor complaint, the control center takes a large footprint.
I still rate these a 5. They are a great investment.
The reviews that say it won't play deep bass aren't accurate. Maybe they've imporved the system since those reviews, but I sat in my living room with a sound level meter and ran through some test tones. From 200Hz down to 30Hz the meter registered 70db absolutely flat down to 30Hz and the volume trailed off between 30Hz and 25Hz or so. It was amazing to see the meter reading unchanged through the crossover and remain steady even though my ears could no longer hear it. I watched a couple of movies this weekend and the system had my floor and couch vibrating exactly the way it should have.
I used the system to play movies in Dolby Pro Logic II using the stereo analog inputs and Dolby Digital using the TOSLINK hookup. Both performed incredibly. It's like going from a mono TV with the speaker on one side to a stereo TV.
The downside to this system is that I have wires strung all around my living room which I couldn't live with in perpetuity. In truth though, this is NOT home theatre system, that's just the way I chose to test it out. It's designed to be placed around you on the floor when you play games and be cleaned up when you're done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found most of the reviews I read here kind of silly. These speakers are great. They were highly reviewed by PC Mag back in the day and they are still great. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Susan Says
THIS WAS AS GOOD A GIFT AS THE COMPUTER FOR MY DAUGHTERS DORM ROOM. IT WAS A GREAT VALUE, PERFORMER, AND ARRIVED QUICKLY. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Ronald W. Howard
I've had a set of these for over five years, and ended up replacing it with the same set! Easily set up, takes a variety of digital inputs (optical & coax, though only a Dolby... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Jeff Byrnes
I purchased this system years ago. I am still using them with my computer. They are more than adequate for a computer sound system.Published on August 5, 2012 by Kenneth R. Beamish
I can't believe I've had these since 2004! 7 years in daily operation, and they still work great - shoot they still make me grin sometimes when I'm playing music about how dang... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by OoTLink
I love it it rocks.
What sucks is that you really need a nice sound card to really enjoy it.
I am using my onboard Nvdia sound drivers with digital optical. Read more
I got this system on sale a while back. It was pretty easy to set up except for movies. I couldn't get proper surround sound if my card processed the DD signal then sent it... Read morePublished on November 21, 2006 by T. Lam
I have been using these speakers for about two years now they sound great. The bass is very powerfull, Note AM USING IT WITH FOUR SUBWOOFERS. Read morePublished on April 2, 2006 by John E. Jack
I am an audio freak and used many different types of speakers in all different environments. Really, I cannot think of anything else that you can get for $100 that sounds (and... Read morePublished on December 29, 2005 by G. Lee