The Klipsch iGroove SXT is an iPod dock that’s not interested in multi-tasking. All it wants to do is chuck out top quality tunes from your Apple jukebox. While it does have a couple of bells and whistles, it’s all about the audio. So how does it square up to newer models that chuck in DAB, as well as being iPod-friendly. Read our Klipsch iGroove SXT review now and we’ll tell you.
The Klipsch iGroove SXT is a rejigged version of the original, this time offering bulked up audio and a new rapid charge feature which promises to juice up your iPod in record time. And for the price, it certainly isn’t lacking skills.
The 2.5-inch woofers, coupled with the stereo speakers, fling out a mighty sound for a device so small. Klipsch also boats that the iGroove SXT rocks dual 19mm horn-loaded tweeters and a bi-amplification feature for boosting sound.
The results are actually ace. We hooked up our iPod touch and tried out the new Arctic Monkeys LP with the Klipsch iGroove SXT. Despite being a heavy rock extravaganza, it kicked out hearty bass and picked up stunning amounts of detail in the guitar parts.
Likewise, when we fed it some Broken Social Scene, it easily dealt with the more layered tracks, with bleeps and whistles brought to the forefront. In fact our only quibble with the sound on the Klipsch iGroove SXT was that it didn’t work too well at low volume. You really do need to crank it up to get the best out of it. Not a nightmare, but certainly not ideal when you’ve got the neighbours moaning about noise every night.
Sound isn’t the Klipsch iGroove SXT’s only winning skill. It looks great and the build doesn’t feel cheap, in spite of it clocking in at just £130. The grill looks classy and it’s small enough to slide onto a book shelf without looking out of place.
But perhaps the Klipsch iGroove SXT’s biggest win is its rapid charge feature. Our iPod went from almost dead to fully loaded in about 15 minutes, something Apple fans will delight in. It means you can listen to tunes before heading out, even for a few minutes, safe in the knowledge your iPod won’t conk out on the way home.
The only issue we really have with the Klipsch iGroove SXT is the lack of extras. Yes there’s S-video support for getting vids from your iPod or iPhone onto your TV, but the addition of DAB would have really made it a killer. At a time when Pure is converging everything with the rejigged Chronos iDock II, radio would have been a neat addition.
That said, if you’re after a budget way to unleash your tunes from your iPod, then the Klipsch iGroove SXT is a great bet. Solid looks, fine sound and a low price make this a winner.