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Klipsch was one of the pioneers of high sound pressure speakers capable of generating high volume levels with little electrical power. The basic concept of horn-loaded tweeters is reproduced here. The HD Theater 500 impressed us with how small it is, the satellites being especially compact. Made of ABS plastic they're nice and discrete and avoid the clichéd rectangular look. It's a little bit the opposite for the subwoofer, which is rather voluminous in spite of lowish output. While the gloss coating gives an impression of quality, the plastic on the subwoofer is a bit cheap looking. The satellites come with wall fixture stands but you can also put them on a piece of furniture – make sure you consider how small they are when you come to chose your stand. The central speaker has a rubber pad that stops it sliding around without raising it up too much – you can get away with putting it in front of the TV. The four satellites are all identical and the central speaker just incorporates a second woofer. For home cinema use, the speakers give great results, both for dialogue and effects. We were truly surprised to get such presence with such small speakers.
Situated in the middle of Klipsch’s affordable HD Theater line, the HDT500 offers a healthy serving of bang-for-your-buck performance. With impressive midrange, well-balanced highs and a capable sub in a tight little package for under $600, this system earns a merit badge for outstanding value. Each satellite in this system houses a 2.5-inch IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer and a 0.75-inch Aluminum Dome “MicroTractrix” horn-loaded tweeter within a high-gloss-black plastic enclosure. The horn design, a historical hallmark of Klipsch products, serves to increase tweeter efficiency and dispersion. Impressively, the horn has been molded as part of the plastic enclosure rather than tacked on as an additional piece. While these plastic enclosures won’t be doing much to buck unwanted resonance, the 2.5-inch woofers won’t be doing so much work that we expect a problem. Though the plastic is clearly lightweight, the satellites have an unexpected heft to them, indicating quality components within. Unfortunately, the satellite’s terminals leave a lot to be desired. Cheap spring clip terminals like this are usually used on only the cheapest of products, so they tend to detract from the otherwise thoughtful design of the speakers.
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