The Good Great, rip-roaring dynamic range; clean, low-distortion sound; gutsy 10-inch, 225-watt sub.
The Bad Plain-Jane looks.
The Bottom Line This system handily outperforms many larger and more expensive home-theater speaker packages.
Klipsch Synergy System 6
We've heard dozens of home-theater speaker systems, but we were taken aback by Klipsch's Synergy System 6 package because it sounds like a much bigger and more expensive system. And it's not just good for blasting through effects-laden DVDs. No sir--this flexible system works its magic on CDs with equal verve.
Something completely different
Klipsch's $999 six-piece system is made up from four designs: a pair of bookshelf SB-1s, the center, two surround speakers, and the sub. That's not so radical, but what is special is the fact that all of the sats feature horn-loaded tweeters. What are they? Well, instead of mounting its tweeters flush on the front baffles, Klipsch places them back a few inches, in the mouth of a horn. The horn focuses the tweeter's output and dramatically increases efficiency. This is important because it enables Klipsch's speakers to produce more volume with less distortion while using minimal power. The System 6 will happily run off low-powered (50 watts or less) receivers. Speaking of power, Klipsch's mighty KSW-10 sub employs a more conventional design than the sats, using a downward-firing, 10-inch woofer powered by a 225-watt internal amplifier. This component handily fleshes out the bottom end of the system.
The SB-1 main speakers sport a 5.25-inch woofer in addition to the horn-loaded tweeter, and the SS.5 surrounds utilize Klipsch's Wide Dispersion Surround Technology to create an open sound field. Another nice touch: the SC.5 center speaker's top is angled, so if you position it upside down on top of your TV, it will project the sound down toward the listeners. The center, as well as the surround speakers, use 4-inch woofers, and since they aren't ported, they can be wall-mounted without any degradation in sound quality.
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