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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Klipsch
  • Model Number: GMX D-5.1
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 100 Watts
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: See WWW.KLIPSCH.COM site for warranty details or call 1-800-554-7724.

Product Description

Product Description

Klipsch GMX-D5.1 Multimedia Computer Speaker Surround Sound System - Discover the excitement of surround sound through your computer with this outstanding, revolutionary speaker system that delivers an exciting new dimension to PC audio performance. 108dB SPL (Sound Pressure Level) Five identical two-way elipsoid horn-loaded satellites for minimized distortion and enhanced spatial imaging . 75 inch metalized polymer MicroTractrix horn-loaded tweeters, 3-inch metalized fiber-composite mid-bass drivers with dispersion-enhancing fixed bullet caps in each satellite 6.5 inch long-throw powered subwoofer in rear-duct ported order alignment for extended, low-distortion bass response Digital decoder/preamplifier Direct path interface; discrete design keeps digital circuitry isolated from amplifier, insuring seperation quality performance Exclusive SWS link for customized subwoofer system upgrades 5.1 Channel Surround sound card required for computer use (not included)

The Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 computer speaker system is designed primarily for use with game consoles such as Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube, and Sony PlayStation 2, but it can also be used to deliver excellent, home theater sound from your PC or stereo system. It features 5.1-channel surround sound with Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, and it includes five small, identical satellites and a 100-watt, 6.5" fiber-composite cone subwoofer.

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.

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  • Shipping Weight: 39.9 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00008UA3C
  • Item model number: GMX D-5.1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at March 15, 2003

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Makoto Schoppert on July 16, 2004
I just bought these and have them hooked up to my Sound Blaster Audigy Sound card.
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.
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101 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G on April 29, 2003
Folks, these are great sounding speakers. They truly are. But these speakers are ALL digital and play TRUE digital sound. Even though they may sound great, these speakers only play 2.1 sound unless you have a DIRECT digital connection. Not even your Audigy 2 can play with all five channels going on here. Even if they are plugged into the D-IN on your Audigy 2, they will only play 2.1 sound, and no more. If you have an nForce motherboard such as the ASUS deluxe edition, then these speakers are great because on that specific motherboard you can play true-to-life digital sound, including direct Dolby Digital. The decoding on the Audigy 2 soundcard is way different. These speakers are meant generally for consoles and can only be used to the fullest on computers containing an ASUS Deluxe nForce2 motherboard. To those users out there: You are VERY lucky people. For the rest of us with KT400s or etc., you should go and buy an all-analog system or a digital speaker system made specifically for the Audigy 2 if you want digital. These are not the option.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Zamula on July 9, 2003
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Had the system for a week now. For a gaming system it sounds pretty good, but for music and DVD soundtracks it doesn't bowl me over. Can't say why, it just is not as impressive as I would expect. Lack of dynamic response and low frequency reproduction are to blame.
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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Walter Reade on May 10, 2003
These speakers sound absolutely fantastic! The highs are crisp, and the bass is solid. I use these for my Xbox, and they greatly enhance the gaming experience. These double for home theater speakers when I play DVDs through the Xbox. You can also use these on a PC.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vinny on January 5, 2004
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I'm not sure what the bad reviews are all about. I bought this for my sister and decided to try it out before I gave it to her. Right now they're setup in my living room and I don't want to give them up. I don't have home theatre because my room is too small for a "real" home theatre system, but this system was awesome.

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.
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