The iGroove pleased us, putting out a very nice response for a unit of this kind. The response was fairly regular, with a slightly "physiological" quality, though not to excess. Naturally you shouldn't expect gut-scrambling bass from a unit this size. The attenuation slope begins a little below 100 Hz, and it's a steep one. As usual, there's a little hump just before the slope in order to attempt to mask the absence of real bass. The maximum output level was quite decent, and in line with Klipsch's claims. It's nothing to write home about, but it's enough to fulfil listening demands.
Maximum output: 97.9 dB SPL
Well-balanced response with a slight "physiological" quality
As expected, there were no miracles in the extreme bass.
The iGroove performed quite well in our listening tests, though obviously you can't expect true stereophonic reproduction or floor-shaking bass. But there was precise midrange and very nice highs, with quite good overall balance, even if it lacked the breadth of a bigger system. The quality of the tone and the good definition make for very satisfying listening despite the shortcomings.
The Bottom Line
Until you check out the price, the iGroove is an attractive product in its category. Unfortunately, a glance at the price tag will dampen your enthusiasm. The price/performance ratio isn't really that good, and the lack of battery operation makes the iPod Hi-Fi worth the extra money compared to the iGroove. Even though the latter's sound quality as such is better, its stereo reproduction is very narrow compared to the Apple product, and its bass is clearly more limited.
ProsCompact size Good sound quality
ConsAC power only Cramped stereo image Limited bass