Klipsch iGroove SXT for iPod and iPhone Review


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  • Review Price: £119.99

Don’t be fooled by its name. You might be thinking we’ve looked at a Klipsch iGroove SXT before and as that link indicates – yes we have. However, not all iGroove SXT’s are created equal. The name may not have changed in the passing months, but the internals have. Whether the update is for the better or not remains to be seen.

The predominant selling point of the refreshed iGroove SXT is that it is now iPhone compatible. In the old version, plugging in my iPhone resulted in the annoying suggestion that I enable flight mode, whereas now my handset is accommodated with nary a complaint. Annoyingly, because the external hardware is unchanged, the system still requires a menagerie of interchangeable dock inserts to be swapped out depending on which iWhatever is inserted.

Unsurprisingly our opinions of the iGroove SXT’s styling remain unchanged. I guess if you have a thing for functionally designed products it might appeal, but otherwise there’s nothing to write home about. The buttons could really have done with some work, because their response is, well, practically non-existent to be brutally honest. Changing the volume up or down is, as a result, more akin to voodoo than precision adjustment. The remote, thankfully, is a less disappointing affair.

It’s worth noting that even though the iGroove SXT now enables an iPhone to be docked, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’d want to. The way incoming calls are handled is perfectly fine, with the currently playing song’s volume dropping down to be replaced with your ringtone of choice. However, depending on who is calling you and what they have to say, having that conversation broadcast to all and sundry within earshot might not be desirable.

The shielding against phone signals proves more useful when others have their mobiles nearby while music is being played. I’ve lost count of the number of times a phone call has interrupted my testing of some speaker system or another – or even just casual listening. If I get my way all speaker systems will come shielded soon enough.

Potentially useful is a 1,000mA “rapid charge circuit” as Klipsch calls it which can provide a rapid boost to your iPhone or iPod’s battery. If you’re in a hurry to get out and have neglected to give your device its usually requisite overnight charge this could prove pretty useful.

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