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Proficient Audio GS2.1 Sub/Sat System
Proficient Audio designed the GS2.1 to bring the features and build quality of high-end sound systems to bedrooms, home offices, kitchens and other places where space is at a premium. In these places, many people settle for the poor sound quality and low output of inexpensive plastic speaker systems. In contrast, the GS2.1 uses cabinets made from real medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which is much sturdier and doesn’t vibrate and resonate the way plastic enclosures do.
The GS2.1 system comprises two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. All of the amplification is built into the subwoofer, so nothing else is needed. The 3.5mm audio input on the subwoofer can connect directly to a computer, a TV, a gaming system, a smartphone, a tablet or practically any other audio source. There’s a master volume control plus a separate control to adjust subwoofer level.
The 7-inch-high satellite speakers use the same driver materials found in many of Proficient’s top-of-the-line models. The graphite-impregnated polymer cones used in the 3.5-inch midrange/woofer drivers delivers clean high-frequency response with low distortion. The 1-inch silk-dome tweeter produces clear, extended highs without harshness.
The compact subwoofer measures just 10 inches on its longest side. Inside is a beefy 6.5-inch woofer that pounds out deep bass down to 35 Hz. A 30-watt internal amp powers the subwoofer, and two 10-watt amps, also built into the subwoofer, power the satellite speakers.
In normal use, only the tiny satellite speakers are visible. The subwoofer typically sits down on the floor, in a corner or under a desk. Thus, the GS2.1 can produce true full-range sound with only two small satellite speakers visible.
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The GS2.1 is almost its own product category. It's really a high-quality home audio system in the form factor of a desktop sound system.
Most desktop speakers compromise performance because they're made from plastic, which tends to vibrate and create unnatural sounds. They also tend to use inexpensive drivers. The GS2.1 differs in that it's built just like the other Proficient Signature Series speakers: same sturdy, non-resonant MDF enclosures, same silk-dome tweeter, same graphite woofer material. Not only can it work as a great-sounding desktop system, it makes an outstanding TV sound system, and even performs well enough to replace many large, living-room stereo systems.
Because all the amps are built into the subwoofer, the GS2.1 gives Proficient dealers an option that other companies specializing in residential custom installation don't offer. It doesn't require any additional electronics (except of course an audio source device, like a computer or a TV's audio output), so the installer can set it up almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. The volume control and subwoofer level control are built in, so no external control system or devices are required.
The GS2.1 also lets the installer achieve consistent sound quality throughout any home. The installer can put a big Proficient Signature Series 7.1 system in the home theater, ceiling or inwall speakers in the hallways and kitchen, and GS2.1 systems in the home office and bedroom, and get consistently good sound in every room.
The key benefit of the GS2.1 is that it allows Proficient dealers to deliver the big sound quality of full-sized home audio systems in a compact package. The GS2.1 fits where most traditional systems will not - on a home office desktop, in small bedrooms, or in any room of a home. Yet unlike almost all compact systems, it delivers uncompromised fidelity because it employs the same top-quality materials, components, construction techniques and engineering found in Proficient's top-of-the-line Signature Series speakers.
The GS2.1 is extremely simple to install and operate. Because the GS2.1 has all of the audio electronics built in, it requires no external components except an audio source. Connection to audio sources requires just a single 3.5mm cable.
The simplicity and compact design of the GS2.1 give it exceptional versatility. Its obvious use is as a desktop audio system, but it also works extremely well as a TV sound system (delivering better sound than most soundbars can), as a bedroom audio system, and even as a replacement for a full-size living room sound system.
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GS2.1 Sub/Sat System
The GS2.1 compact subwoofer/satellite system brings high-quality sound for TV, games, and music to places where it just didn’t fit before: desktops, bedrooms, kitchens, dorm rooms, etc. It includes a pair of two-way satellite speakers and a 6.5-inch subwoofer that has all the amplification built in.
Signature Series GS10 Flagship 10″ Sub
The Signature Series GS10 delivers the precision audiophiles crave with the power home theater enthusiasts demand. Its 10-inch woofer and 250-watt Class D amplifier produce smooth response with output over 120 dB. The compact size and seven-layer black gloss finish make the GS10 a welcome addition to any living room.
Signature Series GL6 Dual 6-1/2″ LCR Speaker
The Signature Series GL6 is Proficient Audio’s flagship speaker, perfect for high-quality stereo and home theater systems. Its dual 6.5-inch graphite woofers and 1-inch silk dome tweeter are mounted in a well-braced MDF cabinet coated in a gorgeous seven-layer gloss black finish.