INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2003) - Two years after setting industry standards with the acclaimed ProMedia 5.1 personal audio system, Klipsch Audio Technologies is now introducing a new and enhanced version. The ProMedia Ultra 5.1 augments the performance and style of the award-winning ProMedia 5.1 with an even more impressive subwoofer and updated crossover networks and cosmetics on the satellites and center channel.

According to Mark Casavant, vice president of multimedia for Klipsch, the ProMedia 5.1 was designed to be the most powerful personal computer audio system in the world, but the re-engineered Ultra 5.1 surpasses the original with further refined sound quality and improved cosmetics.

With an enclosure that is 20 percent larger, the ProMedia Ultra 5.1 subwoofer incorporates a series of refinements designed to increase efficiency for more total output, lower distortion and deepen bass extension. These improvements include a lower tuning frequency, a voice coil that is 60 percent longer and a larger, slotted port. The subwoofer is a bass-reflex type with dual 8-inch side-firing woofers. The 500-watt BASH® amplifier and Klipsch design engineering offer high output with low distortion and effortless dynamic headroom.

The two-way Ultra 5.1 satellite speakers sport a sleeker appearance with a refined floating grille and under cone termination, which hides the speaker leads for a cleaner cone look. The satellites also feature an updated crossover network that enhances the higher frequencies and delivers richer tones. The Ultra 5.1 satellites include exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix™ Horn tweeters that cleanly and accurately handle the high frequencies. A three-inch fiber-composite cone driver delivers smooth mid-bass reproduction. Each satellite features a spring-clip wire terminal and repelling clip style self-supporting pedestal. Klipsch also offers accessory upgrades such as telescoping floor stands and adjustable wall brackets through the web site.

The magnetically shielded center channel also features under cone termination and utilizes the same Klipsch MicroTractrix™ Horn tweeter and three-inch metalized, fiber-composite cone woofer as each satellite speaker, ensuring an ideal blend and seamless driver transition. The center channel comes with rubber non-slip stabilizing feet, spring-clip wire terminals, and a rear-post adjustment for angle optimization.

The user-friendly control module features separate main, center, rear and subwoofer controls as well as a digital LED volume level display and an on/off or headphone listening mode switch. Unlike the original ProMedia 5.1, the Ultra module features all controls on the front panel. It also has two stereo miniplug jacks, one for headphone output and one for the convenient connection of portable audio devices and any other alternative source that uses a stereo miniplug output.

Beginning this September, the ProMedia Ultra 5.1 will be available for purchase at Best Buy, and on the web site.