NEWS: Klipsch iGroove SXT dock flaunts its green credentials

You might think the world doesn't need another iPod dock, but US-based manufacturer Klipsch begs to differ. It claims its new iGroove SXT is better sounding, louder and more environmentally friendly than rival products.

We'll reserve judgement on that until we test it, but here are the key facts: it costs £100 (well £99.99 to be precise), charges any iPod with a 30-pin connector, uses horn-loaded tweeter technology and has a remote and alarm clock function.

The stereo dock has dual long-throw 6.4cm woofers in a ported enclosure and dual 19mm MicroTractrix tweeters. The result, claims Klipsch, is a richer, more lifelike sound.

Klipsch has also turned its attention to power consumption, the iGroove SXT being designed to produce a higher output using less energy than rival products.

A set of universal dock adapters is supplied with the unit to fit a wide range of iPods, and iPod Shuffle and other MP3 devices can be connected via a rear-mounted auxiliary input. There's also an S-Video output for transferring video to external displays.

You can buy the iGroove SXT from Amazon, Carphone Warehouse branches or the Carphone Warehouse website.

The full technical specification is as follows:

  • Frequency response: 60Hz-20kHz
  • Max acoustic output: 90dB SPL @ 1m
  • Crossover frequency: 6kHz
  • Tweeter: 19mm
  • Horn: Micro Tractrix Horn
  • Midrange: 2 x 6.5cm woofers
  • Amplifier: Class D
  • Enclosure material: ABS
  • Enclosure type: Tuned port
  • Inputs: 30-pin iPod connector, 3.5mm mini aux in
  • Dimensions: 12cm x 30cm x 11.7cm
  • Weight: 1.8Kg
  • Features: IR remote, IPod docking station with charger
  • Finish: Black with silver trim and black cloth grille
Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.