Klipsch HD 300 Theater System
To make things in perspective, Klipsch introduced a speaker in the middle of the 1950s called Heresy, so named because it is the trademark horn-loaded woofer abandoned traditional reasons of compactness. But today a whole HD Theater 300 speaker system could within a single Heresy with plenty of room to spare fit.
Technically, the HD Theater 300, the satellite speakers can still actually called horns, though at this point is to reduce the horn part of a small round micro-lens Tractix surrounding the tweeter. With four identical satellites for front and surround channels, a slightly larger center speaker and a compact subwoofer, the HD 300 easily Klipsch smallest 5.1 home theater speaker system. And at $ 400, it is also lower than almost any similar trademarks speaker package price.
Each of the molded plastic satellite system is about the same size as a can of soda, but with a little more volume. A removable mesh covers a 2.5-inch woofer and a 3/4-inch tweeter, while a pair of spring clip terminals accept up to around the back of 16-gauge bare wire. With each speaker with a weight of only a few pounds, the wall is a specific option. To this end, Klipsch has a plastic mount that allows the satellite to be pivoted toward the listening position for optimal imaging. The center speaker is actually only a slightly longer version of the other satellites. Together with the wall, it contains a plastic holder that sit flat on its rounded shape allows a shelf without swings.
Since tiny satellites can not reach very deep into the bass, not a subwoofer playing with them have a lot of sonic ground cover. The HD Theater 300′s Sub 6 uses a 80-watt amplifier driving a 6.5-inch woofer in a bass reflex enclosure, and it has the challenging task for all system down-blast of about 150 Hz. In addition to a volume control and line-and speaker inputs, it has a phase reverse switch, and a non-bypassable low pass crossover. A signal-sensing power mode turns off the sub on and off as needed, so you can easily set and then forgotten.
Music and Video Performance
Despite what it says in Klipsch’s literature, the HD 300 is really not a headbanging system. The alleged “Maximum acoustic output 110dB” is stretching a little. That would be really, really loud – is approaching the kind of levels you listen to a Metallica concert. So, the HD 300 is headbanging to test skills, I have rolled by Metallica self-titled album Black Spin, and slowly it into five-speaker stereo mode. With my trusty SPL meter is not more than 10 feet from a sitting speaker, I found that about 95 dB (it is a logarithmic scale), the 300 has HD sound ready to explode, so I pushed no further volume. However, it is 95 dB louder than most normal people would ever want to hear, so if you have a very large room, I see not as a limitation.
While there now may be the heaviest hitter, the HD 300 offers some real advantages compared with most other low-cost audio solutions. Most important is because it is a true 5.1 system with separate satellites, it can create the kind of “real theater” sound field that no or virtual surround sound bar setup can also indicate.
During a high-def Mets baseball transfer from Citi Field in Dolby Digital 5.1, the HD 300 matched identical to the five key, tonally satellite delivered a fabulous sense of stadium atmosphere. Speed Racer on Blu-ray Disc provides a further demonstration of the good performance of the system, with sound effects move around the room without shaking changes in timbre. The sub was a pretty convincing Rumble THUMP or deliver if necessary, although if it musically to the deep bass tones-was, it tended to emphasize some more than others. Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, even if only a little of the subtle details and warmth that I’m missing from my usual (20 times more expensive) reference speaker system.
To examine the 300′s HD playback capabilities, I heard Little Feat’s The Last Record Album. On “One Love Stand,” conveying the simple yet deep and powerful bass line was easy work for the Sub 6, with the lower end coming off as less muddy than when I saw Speed Racer. The drum sound was clear and firm, although some of the dynamic snap and kick, that I know can deliver that title, was missing.
A good thing about Klipsch HD Theater 300 system is that as long as you do not push the subwoofer too hard, tend to his mistakes are usually sins of omission rather than a few glaring errors, which could be tiring over time. While not the largest, thickest system around, it does its job competently. We have complained to Sound & vision for some time that the integrated sound of many flat screen TVs really terrible. But if you have the HD 300 with an equally affordable receiver pair, you would need an audio setup, that the miles sound bar in front of the TV or similarly priced. And its tiny size, have your friends ask where you hid the horns.
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