If price is a concern and you want a small iPod speaker system for a small space, reviewers agree that the Klipsch iGroove SXT, which measures about 5 inches by 12 inches, is a good choice. Overall, reviewers consider the iGroove SXT a very good value, with impressive, distortion-free sound at all volume levels. They also appreciate its S-video output capability. Reviewers like the way the system cradles the iPod protectively, and most users praise the iGroove's sound clarity, as long as you don't try to stretch it beyond its limits. Some reviews at BestBuy.com say that the iGroove is as good as the Bose SoundDock (*Est. $400) though most critics choose the even cheaper Altec Lansing inMotion Compact iMT320 (*Est. $50) as their favorite budget iPod dock.
Professional reviews are available at Esquire magazine, DigitalTrends.com and What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine. User reviews at BestBuy.com offer long-term feedback regarding utility and performance.
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1. What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
This review compares the iGroove SXT with its predecessor. The editors readily admit that if you want big sound, you should probably look elsewhere. However, when you take the iGroove's size and price into account, they feel that it delivers the goods.
Review: Klipsch iGroove SXT, Editors of What Hi-Fi?
2. Esquire magazine
Reviewer Barry Sonnenfeld says that the Klipsch iGroove SXT delivers very good sound for its size and price tag. He particularly likes the protective cradling of the iPod between the speakers.
Review: The Best Places to Dock Your iPod, Barry Sonnenfeld, April 13, 2010
Reviewer Caleb Denison says the iGroove delivers where it really counts -- in the audio department -- though it's lacking in features. He says the sound is impressive for a speaker system so light in weight and price, and describes the audio as "clear and balanced at all volumes."
Review: Klipsch iGroove SXT Review, Caleb Denison, Oct. 13, 2009
Reviews here are overwhelmingly positive, with more than 90 users contributing to the iGroove's rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The general consensus is that the iGroove is an excellent value for the price, and it can fill small spaces with high-quality sound. Some consumers compare the iGroove favorably to the Bose SoundDock.
Review: Klipsch -- iGroove SXT Sound System for Apple iPod and iPhone, Contributors to BestBuy.com