Klipsch HD 500 Home Theater System Review
Middle line of affordable HD Klipsch’s Theater, offers a healthy dose HDT500 bang-for-your-buck performance. sub with impressive midrange, balanced highs and a capable in a tight little package for $ 600, this system deserves a badge of honor for outstanding value.
Features and Design
Each satellite in this system is a 2.5-inch IMG (injection molded graphite) woofers and a 0.75-inch aluminum-dome “MicroTractrix” horn tweeter in a high-gloss black plastic housing. The horn design, a historical feature of the Klipsch products used to increase efficiency and tweeter dispersion. Most impressive is the horn as part of the plastic housing instead of appended as an additional piece was formed. While these plastic cases will do little to block unwanted resonances, the 2.5-inch woofers not do so much work that we expected a problem. Although the plastic is much easier to have the satellite an unexpected weight to them, indicating high-quality components within. Unfortunately, the satellite terminals can be left to do a lot. Cheap spring clips like this are usually only on the cheapest products are used, they tend to detract from the otherwise thoughtful design of the speakers. They also pose a challenge to the user as the head of security will soon become a problem. We recommend at most, a 14 AWG. Everything fit larger just not good.
The included mounting hardware allows the satellites to the wall with minimal effort be mounted. (Note: You must supply your own dry-wall plugs and screws) pivoted to the desired angle of the speaker’s position to be locked in to ensure that it remains in place if appropriate.
The Sub 8 subwoofer enclosure is wrapped in matte black vinyl and sports rounded edges that we do today to soften its appearance in the room. On the back of the sub you will find both the amplifier and a fairly large 3-inch port. Under the sub lies a fiber composite woofer with butyl rubber surround.
After a thorough search on the Klipsch site, we found that the wattage rating for the SUB 100 Watt amplifier. The amplifier offers standard low-level RCA inputs and speaker inputs for those with older amplifiers. Sorry, no speaker outputs can be found. Volume, crossover, phase and Auto/On/Off switch, which rounded off the usual suspects from sub controls.
Apart from the above-mentioned challenges wire, the installation was a breeze. We ran five lengths of 14 AWG with pin connectors terminated from our Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver to each speaker. A single cable running from the receiver to Subwoofer Sub.
Since the satellites in the mid-bass HDT500 production set at about 120Hz, we set our receiver’s crossover setting accordingly. For the subwoofer crossover, we chose to experiment and found that it seemed the best performance set at about 140Hz, although our receivers bass management allegedly sent only 120Hz down. We assume that the satellites have been thinning out a little before 120Hz, so the bot SUB welcomed input round out the sound.
The front three speakers were placed about 12 meters away from the listening position at a height of 41 cm. The surround speakers were each about 4 feet away at a height of 48 inches. The sub-group was about one-third of the way into the chamber from the right wall, and placed about 1.5 meters from the back wall. Before analysis, we played the speaker constantly break for 48 hours.
Systems of this kind are rarely played in two-channel mode, because as multi-channel system designed and usually the best sound like this. Still seemed a stereo system evaluation as an intelligent call, so we were in the queue, the two-channel SACD version of Green Flower Street Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly. The first thing we noticed here is a lack of bass or mid-bass. After falsely accusing the Speaker of being non-functional, we discovered that our SACD player to was large front speakers. to create After a quick remedy, the bass came forward. We learned from this brief debacle was that the HDT500 satellite strongly to complete on the subwoofer to the sound image. Without the sub, the system had little authority and lacked even the slightest bit of mid-bass. deals with sub, it was a different story. The image in the center snapped, instrumentation resonant and lifelike and fool some of the high-end details employs popping over space in a way that being almost have us believe that had surround speakers. This effect is probably due to Klipsch horn design that lead to a lively, but concentrated high-end that a surprisingly large sound stage seemed to offer support.
What really grabbed us about this little system was the mid-ability that they claim. Throughout the album, Fagen’s voice was described exactly how the horn section, a difficult feat for such a small speaker. During the intro of Green Flower Street, we had to remember that we only hear music, two of the satellites. The sound of natural reverb Fagen’s Fender Rhodes met the room in an eerie decay.
After fun with Fagen in stereo, we changed to the multi-channel version with instruments, background vocals and studio effects on the surround and center speakers, directed to create a more comprehensive experience. The HDT500 satellite had a seamless cohesion that we lack is much more expensive sets.
During a feast for the ears, The Nightfly is not a bass factory, yet it is a very dynamic album. So, push the HDT500 push a little harder and a little more work of the subwoofer so we broke out Dire Straits Love Over Gold CD. Fans of this recording to know that there is more than a few passages that will control each speaker or sub. One of these is Telegraph Road. While playing the satellite HDT500 impressed us with their ability to suspend again, lots of fine detail without ever hard. The transient string sounds of acoustic guitar Knopfler’s been a real treat, as were the orchestrated sound effects wipe out by someone walking across the room a cigarette. Later, begin to throb of the bass guitar and bass drum with increasing intensity. Here began the HDT500 the borders to show. While large in completing the overall system sound, the subwoofer was missing the chest knocked authority of a larger, more beefy design. Still came the moving lines on the bass clearly defined. The sub was tight and precise, even at high volume levels. This is an admirable quality, and the merit of a design trade-off that left us want a little more of the extremely low bass.
The music was fun to hear, but we are talking about a home theater system here. So, off to the movies we went to Michael Bay’s Transformers. What this film lacks in acting talent makes up for special effects, especially the soundtrack. The opening is a fantastic test of a center-channel capabilities. This led to the center channel HDT500 very clear, balanced dialogue, but unfortunately suffered a bit off-axis listening. We found that moving too far left or right to leave the room to us from the sweet spot for the center channel, and need more performance – more proof that the system works best in small to medium-sized rooms. The subwoofer will continue to struggle with the extremely low end. Admirably, the bass, it sounded, taught and offer poignant. At no time have we experienced the kind of box-boom or overhang, which is often associated with budget subwoofer. In a smaller room, or for less demanding listeners, we suspect this sub fit the bill quite well, but if you are serious trembling wish, house bass, a second, larger sub might be required.
To such an excellent audio performance from such a small package is an impressive achievement. Here Klipsch remains true to its heritage as a listener expectations by giving us a package, the engagement home theater and music provides a satisfying experience. Audiophiles on a budget or with severe space limitations have to add this package on their short lists. You will not be disappointed.
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