About 6 years ago Mr P bought be my first iPod for my birthday. It came with a small docking station which was great for trips away, but didn't give the quality we were after for home use. I really wanted to get a BOSE system but was put off by the price tag so I decided to go with a friend's recommendation and went for the Klipsch iGroove HG. I've not been disappointed.
The techie stuff
FREQUENCY RESPONSE:: 65 Hz - 17 kHz
MAXIMUM ACOUSTIC OUTPUT:: 98 dB SPL @ 1m
AMPLIFIER:: Class D
TWEETER:: 1.0-inch tweeter
HIGH FREQUENCY HORN:: MicroTractrix Horn
MIDRANGE:: 2.5" woofer
CROSSOVER FREQUENCY:: 2.9 kHz
ENCLOSURE MATERIAL:: ABS plastic enclosure/dock and remote
ENCLOSURE TYPE:: Tuned port
INPUTS:: iPod docking connector Stereo mini auxiliary input J-Cup adaptor (included, uses mini auxiliary input)
DIMENSIONS:: 5.5 x 16 x 6.5
WEIGHT:: 4.6 lbs
FINISHES:: Black high-gloss paint
FEATURES:: IR remote, iPod docking station with charger
BUILT FROM:: 2006
The docking station is pretty solid and sturdy and looks the business with its shiny black curves. It's not light but easy enough to move from room to room if you have the need. The cable isn't particularly long though so you need to position the iGroove close to a power socket.
~ Compatibility ~
One of the big selling points for this system was that it works with most all MP3 player brands as well as any gadget that has an audio out or headphone jack with a standard mini plug. The system comes with a variety of adaptors allowing you to use with mini and nano iPods and something called a J cup for docking other systems.
Do check though that your device is compatible - I don't know whether the latest ipods will be and I'm pretty sure that the latest iphone (5) isn't. A full list is available from the Klipsch website.
~ Sound quality ~
However if like me your older model iPod is still going strong, this is still a great system and of course what's really important is the sound quality. Now I confess I don't understand all the techie stuff above but I'm told that the combination of the two 2.5" woofers and the two horn-loaded tweeters results in low distortion and great clarity. What I do know is that we've been really impressed with the sound quality - I can't tell the difference between this iGroove and friends' BOSE systems. For me, it delivers great sound whether classical, rock or another genre that I happen to have on my iPod.
~ Controls ~
The Groove just has two sets of controls - on/off and volume up/down. I usually keep my iPod in the docking station as it's my principal way of charging it. It comes with a little remote which you can use to control the iPod when the iGroove is in standby. It will allow you to play and pause the iPod and to move to the previous or next track. It also has volume controls. I have found that it goes through batteries quite quickly (it takes 1 CR2025) and it can be a little temperamental. To be fair the instructions do make it clear that the remote must be properly pointing at the iGroove and that lighting and other room conditions (presumably interference from other devices) can reduce the remote performance. Nonetheless it's a handy little tool.
Where to get hold of one
I ordered mine from Amazon and in 2008 I paid £85.10. Sadly this model is no longer available from Klipsch but you can get refurbished models from Amazon for about the £60 mark and you occasionally see them on ebay.
Definitely 5 out of 5. It's stylish, excellent value for money and the sound is impressive.
After two years, I still cannot believe I paid under £100 for this docking station, it is truly fantastic.
The first thing that struck me when I opened the box was just how stunning it looks, my sister's sony station looks ugly in comparison. It's sleek looking curves are a thing of beauty.
The iGroove is also incredibly practical, the handle on the back makes it easy to move around, I can set it up in my kitchen, my lounge or my bedroom. There is no need to own multiple Hi-Fis/docking stations when you have the iGroove.
The sound quality is second to none, I was sceptical at first because of it's price. I come from a family of audiophiles and we have always tried to buy the best quality sound equipment no matter what price but the sound quality of the iGroove competes with any docking station/Hi-fi on the market at the moment. My mother is looking to replace her far more expensive denon hi-fi with one of these as a result of how impressed she has been with the sound quality of the iGroove.
It's also surprisingly sturdy, I managed to drop it down my stairs a year ago and it is still in perfect working order.
After having this product for about 3 years i think it about time it got reviewed so here we go!
The igroove is a sub £100 speaker system that delivers excellent quality on a wide variety of music genres. The design is very eye catching and is a definite conversation starter. These are great for home usage and if you are hosting a small social occasion.
The igroove system look unlike any other speaker dock i have ever seen. It curves elegantly in a sleek black design and will enhance the look of your living room, desk or wherever you decide to put it. It is heavy and does take up a fair amount of space so be wary of that. It has a carrying handle on the back for moving it around but i would only recommend moving it around your house as it is a bit to heavy to be a portable speaker system. It tuns of the mains and looks even better when an iPod is docking. It comes with an equally curvaceous remote which looks eye catching along with the speakers.
These speakers carry a lot of bass with them and are good for drum and bass. However saying this they have suited every genre of music i have thrown at them over the years and that has been plenty. There are three buttons along the bottom of the speaker dock which are volume up, volume down and also a power on and on button which goes green when they are off and red when they are on standby. They still charge your iPod when o standby mode which is a pod feature. I would have liked to see more buttons like a skip song or even a bass button which is also my feeling with the remote. It has pause play and change song along with volume adjustment and power on/off functions. I think that more buttons could have easily been fitted onto the remote. This speaker system is designed for iPods and iPhones as it has a 30pin connector dock in the bottom but i t also comes with an adapter so you can play music through any device with a 3.5mm headphone socket.
The sound is usually the main reason to buy a speaker dock and these do not disappoint in that area. From the moment i started using them till now i have always been impressed with the quality of sound. I use these speakers to listen to podcasts when i go to bed everyday and the audio is always crisp and clear. When playing music they also shine with rick sound and large amounts of bass. Surprisingly everything i have put through this dock has sounded good so don't worry about the quality when buying these speakers.
They price they are at on amazon is an incredible deal i picked them up for £79 but they are as low as £69 at the moment so grab them while these low prices remain as at one point they rose to about £100. They are really good for the price and have great value for money. You pay for a medium quality product but revive a very high quality one and i cannot praise the price of these enough.
I would recommend these speakers to anyone who loves music and wants a good dock for the home and are not willing to break the bank.
It suddenly occured to me one morning a few years back that I was wasting my money on buying entire albums on CD just for one or two songs. It was then that I decided to sell all my CDs and download everything off itunes on to my ipod touch. The next step was to get rid of my stereo and replace it with an ipod speaker system.
After looking around one caught my eye - the Klipsh iGroove. I'll admit that I'd not heard of Klipsch up to that point. I'd always been a fan of big brand names so I was a little reluctant to buy. But the reviews were excellent and I really liked the look of it - especially when compared to most other ipod speakers (a lot of them I think are quite ugly). So I went for this one and was not to be disappointed.
I'd heard that ipod speakers were just no match for proper stereo systems so I was a bit apprehensive. But I needn't have worried. The sound quality is very good. In fact it's at least on a par with most stereo systems I've owned. I would say that it is not quite as good as the Bose Sounddock which I now own but that is very expensive and at the price this offers better value for money. The volume range is very good too and is certainly loud enough to fill most rooms.
As already mentioned I connected an ipod touch to this but it's suitable for all ipods. It also comes with an adaptor so other devices i.e. MP3 players can connect to it. Sometimes it was a bit fiddly fitting the ipod touch into the device but once in it sat solidly in place (unlike other docks where the ipod is just too loose). It also recharges the ipod which is very convenient as you can charge whilst playing.
It looks fantastic - sleek and sylish, and quite futuristic. But it is fairly big when compared to a a lot of ipod speakers - not tall but quite wide and deep (and fairly heavy). The remote control is also very limited in what it can do.
Klipsch are renowned for making high quality headphones and so I was expecting the same premium quality on the iGroove SXT. I wasn't disappointed!
First impressions count, and the Klipsch iGroove scores full marks on style and build quality. It's not too heavy which means it can easily be transported to different rooms without much hassle.
Setting up the dock is all too easy. It simply requires plugging in the electric cable and inserting your iPod into the dock at the front. The iGroove instantly recognised my 2nd gen iPod Touch, although rather disappointingly warned me that it was not compatible with charging it. I believe this is a similar case with the iPhone aswell. It supports all iPods (comes with different attachments to make sure they all fit correctly) and also supports mp3 players with a 3.5mm jack.
The clarity produced by such small speakers is truly amazing, and cranking the volume up even to full volume results in only small amounts of distortion. It's very bass driven which I like, and which many other iPod docks can't claim. This dock is more than capable of filling any large rooms or dorms, so it's perfect for house parties.
The controller provided is quite small and tacky. Worse still it uses a 3 volt CR2032 battery as opposed to a AAA battery which are more readily available.
All in all, the Klipsch iGroove is by far the best iPod dock in its class range. While it has some minor niggles the excellent sound reproduction more than makes up for them.
I got this as a present for Christmas and at first not quite knowing what it does and what its like I am really glad I have it!
The sound quality is really good and i'm not a particularly technical person, I can tell by how much it shakes my bedroom floor, even turned up a little bit you can hear it from any room in the house!
It's sleek and stylish to match any room or design as it can be place anywhere as it is not too big! It comes with a range of parts to fit any generation of i-pod which I found quite useful. It has detailed instructions on how to use and set it up.
The only problem I found was that it is a bit heavy to move around if need to, but other than that it is a great product and definitley worth the money!
If you are going to get an iPod docking station - the Klipsch iGroove is the only one to seriously consider.
My husband bought ours approximately fifteen months ago, and we've not looked back since. In fact, we thought it was so good, we bought one as a wedding present for a family member!
We use it daily, both for my husband's iPod Touch, and for my iPod Nano (3rd gen). It is a fantastic piece of work, stylish to look at, and with simply amazing sound quality.
With the iPod Nano, it gives the added bonus of charging it's battery whilst playing too. Unfortunately for newer iPod models (such as the Touch), ours does not do this, but it does not matter as it does not affect what a marvellous docking station it is.
Whilst we have had the Klipsch iGroove, we have had no problems with it. We move it from room to room, wherever we are going to want to listen to some music - it is often on in the kitchen when cooking, and I recently had it in the spare room with me whilst I was decorating - it is versatile and small enough to take like this.
But don't let it's size fool you - the sound quality it gives out is simply fantastic, and could not be faulted. Even at high volumes, it does not lose sound quality, which most stations do.
It comes complete with a remote control, which admittedly is quite small, but features all that is needed to operate the docking station easily from a short distance.
Overall - the best docking station you could ever purchase.
These speakers will blow you away, they create such a great sound quality and can be played very very loud, with no distortion in the sound. You simply plug your ipod into the ipod dock, and your away, your ipod will then charge whilst its plugged in. The speakers have simply 3 buttons including a volume button;Higher and lower and a power button, this gives the design a sleek and modern design. The speakers also come with a controller, which has volume control and a previous and next button for flipping through your ipod tunes. The only problem with the previous and next buttons is they only apply to the artist, album or playlist which is being played you cannot re-enter the menu unless you actually press it on the ipod, this isn't really a problem though. Overall i believe the speakers are worth the money for the quality of sound, the design and moderness of them.
****The I-Groove unit****
The I-groove uses a wall of sound with the I-pod stuck in a docking cradle just in front of the speaker grill. The docking cradle contains a rubber backing and side grips to ensure that the I-pod stays in place and does not jump around from the vibrations created by the speakers. The rubber backing can be moved to get an even tighter fit regardless of which model of I-pod is used.
It should be noted that this system is designed for I-pods with a docking port, however, the nano can also be used with this speaker system via a 3.5mm stereo audio lead.
This audio lead allows any MP3 player, mini disc player or personal CD players (does anyone still have one of these?) to be hooked up to the speakers. When using a nano or other MP3 player a J-cup adaptor is used to hold it in place, although being a universal item it does not hold the device as tightly as the docking cradle holds an I-pod.
The system is a modern and funky design with an enclosure made from tough and durable ABS plastic and a black finish. This compliments my black I-pod classic perfectly.
The I-Groove charges the I-pod while it is docked ensuring it is always fully charged so you can take it on the move whenever you want in the knowledge the battery won't suddenly die. I believe this is the same with all other docking speakers.
The front panel contains a power button and volume button only. It does not include a button allowing you to skip tracks, repeat tracks or go back to previous tracks.
The speakers come with a remote control that has buttons to change track, change the volume, play/pause and turn the speakers off or on. The remote, like the speakers, is a modern design. It should be noted that the remote only really works at close distance and you have to make sure that the remote is pointing directly at the speaker system.
****How does it sound?****
The I-Groove sounds absolutely fantastic. It produces a crisp, complete and quality sound and is louder than the smaller fold up speaker solutions but this is to be expected due to the physical size of the speakers and the power supply.
The unit contains a pair of 1" tractrix hom loaded tweeter and a pair of 2.5" woofers (for bass). They have a cross over at 2.9kHz and are a true two-way speaker design. This set up allows for all round music and doesn't concentrate on one aspect, such as bass, so it won't shake your desk to pieces.
It is not exceptionally loud but then do you really need a unit that is going to kick out 200db? I would prefer something that is a bit quieter but produces good all round quality sound.
****Is it portable?****
The I-Groove is not the smallest speaker solution out there but it it's not massive either. Weighing in at just over 2.2kg The I-groove can be moved from room to room without too much trouble.
It is not portable in the sense that it can be used any where since the unit needs an electricity supply to work and does not accept batteries. Whilst this may be seen as a limitation I don't see this as much of a problem since it means that I can't take an expensive speaker solution out where it can get damaged. In instances where I want to use my I-Pod out of the house I use much cheaper speakers (the 3 legged ones from Boysstuff.com) so it doesn't matter as much if these get damaged.
****How much is it and where can I get it from?****
The price of the I-Groove appears to vary greatly. A quick look on the internet has shown that it is available from the Ipodspeakerstore.uk for £99.99 and Amazon for £69.99.
If you're thinking about buying the I-Groove then I would recommend shopping around as you may be able to get it even cheaper, especially if there are discount voucher codes available.
****Would I recommend it?****
I think the I-Groove is brilliant. It does everything I want and the sound is clear and crisp. If you want extra bass, or at the other extreme, want extra higher pitched sounds then this speaker unit probably won't suit your needs.
I bought my I-Groove speakers nearly a year ago when the only competition was the Bose Sound dock. Since I bought my I-Groove technology has moved on and the popularity of the I-Pod has continued to increase. As a result there are loads of speaker solutions out there, and the I-Groove may now be obsolete compared to the newer speaker solutions in the market place. I would not discount it though and still have a look to see if it is what you're after. You may just be surprised.
There is literally nothing that I can fault about this Ipod docking sation. Sleek, Stylish, and functional. I've had my Igroove for round about a year now, and I honestly think that I'd struggle to function properly without it in my day to day life.
First of all, the Smooth contours of the Igroove provide a modern looking housing for your ipod, and the high gloss black finish is a stunning cornerpiece for my lounge. Even the tiny remote looks nice. Only featuring on/off, volume (up/down) and skip forwards and backwards makes it small enough to be cute, but also as functional as you need it to be.
The sound quality on the Igroove is fabulous. With big low end sounds, even at high volume with not even a hint of fuzz or distortion, and crisp trebble, the speakers in this system are good for all round use and will suit all tastes.
The back of the cradle for the Ipod is adjustable, so it can comfortably fit any model of Ipod with the standard connection, and also comes with the J Cup accessory, which enables you to plug in any device with a 3.5mm jack.