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As much as I love my iPod, when I'm not on the move I find listening to music through headphones quite irritating. I prefer to listen to music through speakers but the sound quality from my laptop is average at best. Given that I have zero CDs, the only option for me really was to get an iPod dock.
So how did I decide on the Klipsch iGroove SXT? In a word, price. Have a quick Google about iPod docks and no doubt the name Bose will be everywhere but they don't come cheap, at all. I couldn't really afford to spend more than £100 on the dock so I had to look for a more affordable system. Amazon brought me to Klipsch, with decent prices and good reviews I decided to have a punt.
On Amazon this docking system currently costs £64 with a RRP of £130.
The iGroove is very sleek and will fit in with most decors. It's fairly small in length and height but it is a bit chunkier than I expected. The iPod fits into the cradle which is in the middle of the speaker; being slightly OCD I am a fan of the symmetry! There are three buttons on the top of the dock: power, volume up and volume down. The docking station comes with a variety of plastic inserts which fit into the cradle, this ensures that all models of iPod will fit in the dock and stand securely. The system can only be powered from the mains so there is a plug cable attached to the rear of the dock.
The dimensions are 30.5 cm x 11.8 cm x 12.1 cm so it is fairly portable if you wanted to take it to a friend's house or just move it around the house.
To the back of the dock there are aux and s-video outputs, this is to hook the iPod up to a TV. I have never used this feature so cannot comment on how good it is.
The iGroove comes with a remote control; it's a very basic design as would be expected with the system having limited features. The remote allows you to skip back and forward through tracks, alter the volume and turn the system on and off. It is a mini remote and grey in colour. The remote isn't always the most responsive thing in the world; the infra-red seems to have a limited range.
Having never heard of Klipsch before purchasing this iPod dock I was a little wary of what the quality was going to be like. No matter how many good things you read about something, you never really know until it turns up. Setting up the dock is pretty easy; the only thing that takes some time is finding the right cradle insert for your iPod model. Once that is done, just plug it in and select a song.
Thankfully the quality is impressive, especially given the price. It is a lot louder than I thought it would be (obviously you can set the volume at the level you are comfortable with) and I was impressed with the bass. The quality may not be comparable to full on sound systems that cost a lot more than £60-odd but for what you pay the sound is great. The Klipsch iGroove does the job as an upgrade to laptop speakers.
The Klipsch iGroove SXT is a great dock that does everything I need it to. I have had it a few years now and it still works perfectly. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and would highly recommend it!
Also posted on ciao under the username shabbating.
I love my ipod, it is constantly in my jacket pocket so I can listen to it when I'm out and about or in my car, sometimes I even listen to it in my flat when I'm doing the cleaning or the ironing, I just love listening to music.
I got this ipod speaker for Christmas and it is definitely a brilliant present for a music lover and ipod owner. The speaker system itself is relatively small and compact at about 12" across but delivers a big sound! The speaker is mainly black with a silver trim and has 3 control buttons on top, volume up/down and an on off button. The control buttons are a good size and protrude slightly from the surface so they can be found easily by just touch. The buttons respond well when pressed and the power on/off button glows blue when the speaker is on and orange when it is off. The speaker is mains powered with a long power cable similar to a laptop charging cable although it does not have a battery so can only be used when plugged in. The speaker also comes with a remote control, this can be used to switch it on/off, play/pause the music, turn the volume up and down and skip backwards and forwards through tracks on the ipod, this is a very useful feature as it saves you from having to fiddle with the actual ipod itself when you want to change tracks and you can control the system from the other side of the room without having to get up. You can only use the remote to skip through songs on a play list though, it cannot be used to change playlist or album or whatever.
The sound quality from the speakers is good, the sound is clear and crisp and for such a small unit it can deliver a very loud sound! It does not have the best bass range in the world but that is to be expected as it doesn't have a separate sub woofer or anything so if you are looking for something with more bass quality then you would be better with something different.
The speaker comes with several adaptors so all types of ipod and iphone can be used with it, I have an ipod video which fits in without an adaptor. The speaker charges the ipod as well when it is plugged in which is handy for me as I use my ipod a lot which runs the battery down and am always misplacing the computer charging cable! The speakers also have an s-video socket on the back which can be used to play videos stored on your ipod on your tv or computer monitor (I haven't tried this out so can't comment on how well it works) there is also an aux in socket on the back so you could hook it up to your computer or cd player, again I haven't tried this out so cannot comment.
The speaker system is available on amazon for about £80 with an rrp of £130 which is very reasonable for such a good wee speaker system. I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone who wants to bring a bit of music into their lives :)