If you’re in the market for a high-quality, low-priced complete 5.1 speaker package with a lot of sound but not a lot of real estate, take notice: Klipsch has just introduced the latest in its HD Theater series: the HD Theater 600.
The system includes four satellite speakers, a matching center channel speaker, and an active eight-inch down-firing subwoofer. Each of the main speakers features a 2.5-inch long-throw IMG woofer and a .75-inch tweeter built into Klipsch’s MicroTractrix horn. The speakers can be wall mounted on a bracket that provides 40 degrees range of motion, or they can be mounted on stands.
For $599, it’s an impressive looking system. My only concern, glancing over the specs, have a low frequency response of 150Hz. Not bad for a speaker this size, to be sure, but that leaves a lot of upper bass work for the sub to do, and at that point a system tends to sound rather disconnected to me: that is to say, sats and sub don’t sound like a cohesive sound system.
That concern is based on specs and past experience alone, though. The down-firing design of the sub should help a lot, but the proof is in the listening, so if you’ve got an authorized Klipsch dealer in your area and have six honey to spend on a rocking little sound system, drop by, audition the HD Theater 600, and see how it sounds. And let us know in the comments. I’m insanely curious myself.