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How To: Set Up A Tiny HTPC Anywhere

With the audio upgraded, it’s time to talk speakers. Klipsch’s ProMedia 2.1 wireless speaker set has its own amplifier as well as two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. There are no wires from the PC to the speakers because it sets up a cable-free link via a USB transmitter.

With the PC still playing the radio station, I put the subwoofer next to my couch, plug it into an AC outlet plug and turn it on. It can go anywhere in the room that’s convenient, but it needs to be within 30 feet of the transmitter.

Next, I connect the wires from the two satellite speakers to the subwoofer. After plugging the included adapter into a free USB port on the PC, I press the adapter’s “V” button. Music comes out immediately and it sounds fantastic: clear, rich and very loud—just the way I like it.

Finally, I spend a few minutes moving the speakers around and adjusting the balance between the subwoofer and the satellites with the knob in front of the satellites. I put them at each end of the couch at about shoulder level and they sounded great, but it is a matter of trial and error. Pick a spot, listen; move them and try again.


Finally, I give the system the crank-it-up test by turning the volume to 10; too bad it doesn’t have a setting for 11.

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