Klipsch iGroove Docking Station, Speaker System

9 ratings (8 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
5
4 stars
2
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
1
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Loud, Boomy, but Distorts

Nov 2, 2008 (Updated Nov 2, 2008)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:The Price, Boomy sound, Gets very Loud, remote included

Cons:Distorts at high volume, mids can overpower other frequencies, does not charge iPhone/iPod Touch.

The Bottom Line: Overall, a pretty good sounding iPod dock speaker.  It's the best speaker in the price range, but there are better sounding speakers for a bit more.


After getting an iPod Touch for my birthday, I was looking around for accessories for it.  Owning an iPod is like having a door open to many possibilities.  You are now part of the cool crowd that now actually mainstream.  Yikes!  But because of this, you have a myriad of choice when it comes to speakers, chargers, and cases.

At a Best Buy, armed with my iPod Touch, I was able to test out all the different speaker dock stations made especially for the iPod line (as well as the cases).  It was fun listening to my favorite tracks in the store, but it was much more educational finding out the sound quality between all the speakers in one go.  Pricing isn't exactly indicative of sound quality, either.

Klipsch iGroove SXT
The Klipsch iGroove SXT iPod Docking Station Speaker System (that's a mouthful!) cost $129 (on clearance at Best Buy now for $119) and sounds pretty good on first impression!  The controls are simple, as it allows for volume control, but none for track.  Instead, it relies on a remote to do such dirty work.  The buttons are located at the top if you wish to use them.

Still, as a set of speakers, that's all you'll ever need!  There's no clock radio, but there is an auxillary in for other devices that does not have an iPod dock connector.

I do have a bit of a warning for you iPhone and iPod Touch owners.  This speaker set does not charge them!  You get a warning on the iPod/iPhone that says that this accessory does not support charging of this these model.

Sound Quality
For it's small size, I didn't expect a boomy sound.  However, I did notice a bit more emphasis on the mid range, which overpowered the highs.  It sounds much louder than the JBL On Stage ID200 speakers I've tested next to it.  Not surprising since it is also a bit bigger (taller), too.  The speakers are physically larger, but for some reason, it distorts at higher volumes.  The mids start to overpower the bass as well at the higher levels.

For the price, though, it sounds very good.  Out of all the speakers I played with, the Klipsch sounds the best at the $120 to $130 range.  Spend a bit more ($140), and you get the JBL On Stage, which sounds more accurate and have a much tighter bass, but the volume level isn't as high.  It is also phyiscally smaller than the Klipsch.

The Upshot
Honestly, it is how you like your music that determine which speaker you get.  If you like it loud, but don't really care about the harshness of sound that the over powered mids, then the Klipsch makes a great choice.  At this price, it's the best sounding of all the speakers in Best Buy.  However, it is too close to the $140 ($20 to $30 more) JBL On Stage speakers.

If you like tight bass and clearer highs over volume level, then the JBL is your choice!  You do pay more, so it's not exactly on the same playing field than the Klipsch.

If I wasn't able to do a A and B comparison, I may not have noticed the difference.  I would have gone with the Klipsch on first impression, but after such a comparison, I would go for the JBL.


Recommend this product? Yes


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Klipsch - Gallery 3-1/2 Speaker (each)

Klipsch - Gallery 3-1/2 Speaker (each)

Klipsch speakers are considered good quality speakers. The Klipsch Gallery G-28 is a main stereo speaker that is no exception to this. It has the same...
eBay

$499.99

FREE Shipping
Klipsch - Gallery 3-1/2 Speaker (Each)

Klipsch - Gallery 3-1/2 Speaker (Each)

Experience a lush soundscape with this Klipsch Gallery speaker that features 300W peak power (75W RMS) and six 3-1/2 woofers for robust audio. The 5-w...
Best Buy

$499.99

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Reference Rc-52 Ii Center Speaker. Black. Each

Klipsch Reference Rc-52 Ii Center Speaker. Black. Each

The Klipsch RS-42 is a center speaker that uses the company’s proprietary Tractrix Horn technology that ensures an appropriate balance between clari...
eBay

$349.95

FREE Shipping
Klipsch GiG - Speaker - for portable use - wireless - 10-watt (total) - black

Klipsch GiG - Speaker - for portable use - wireless - 10-watt (total) - black

The Klipsch GiG is an ultra-portable wireless music system small enough to fit into a briefcase, a backpack, or even the palm of your hand. Yet, its f...
Dell Small Office

$199.00

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Gallery G-28 Flat Panel Speaker- Black  (1)

Klipsch Gallery G-28 Flat Panel Speaker- Black (1)

G-28 Flat Panel Speaker Technical Details Cross over home audio solution Accurate non-fatiguing sound provides hours of listening pleasure Empl...
Beach Camera.com

$499.99

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Gallery G-28 Flat Panel Speaker- Black  (1)

Klipsch Gallery G-28 Flat Panel Speaker- Black (1)

G-28 Flat Panel Speaker Technical Details Cross over home audio solution Accurate non-fatiguing sound provides hours of listening pleasure Empl...
BuyDig.com

$499.99

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Gallery G-16 Flat Panel Speaker - Each (black)

Klipsch Gallery G-16 Flat Panel Speaker - Each (black)

These Klipsch speakers provide the foundation to a home theater system, or function aptly on their own to deliver a room full of sound. With the Klips...
eBay

$299.00

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Gallery G-28  Home Theater Speaker

Klipsch Gallery G-28 Home Theater Speaker

Home Theater Speaker ultra-slim, modern design for use with flat-panel TVs,1 titanium dome tweeter, dual 3-1/2 woofers, and four 3-1/2 passive radiato...
Crutchfield

$499.99

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Icon KS-14 Dual 4 2-way Surround Speaker (Pair)

Klipsch Icon KS-14 Dual 4 2-way Surround Speaker (Pair)

Driver Units 4 (10.2cm), IMG woofer Power Rating 50W RMS / 200W Peak Frequency Response 83Hz-23KHz 3dB Nominal Impedance 8 ohms compatible Sensitivity...
Newegg.com

$212.99

FREE Shipping
Klipsch Synergy S-10 Premium WDST Surround Speakers (Pair)

Klipsch Synergy S-10 Premium WDST Surround Speakers (Pair)

Features: Brand Name : Klipsch Model : Synergy S-10 Color Name : Black Ash vinyl Depth : 4 inches Warranty : 5 years Parts & Labor From the Manufactur...
Sears Marketplace