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February 10, 2006

iPod Speakers: Bose SoundDock vs Klipsch iGroove

A few months back I decided it was time to get a nice set of speakers for my iPod. I put it on the birthday wish-list with a few links to the various options. Heidi came back saying she had looked around and decided it was better that I just order what I want. Good move, I'm pretty picky about this kind of stuff.

Back then I thought I'd want to get separate speakers, but I've realized that to have speakers for my iPod means I want some portability. I don't need it to be so portable that I can take them on the road, but I'd like to be able to move it around the house without any major problems. This means not having various cords, and separate speakers to carry around.

After tons of looking around (there are dozens of speakers built with iPod docking), reading a lot of reviews, and listening to a few it appears that the choice will be between the Bose SoundDock and the Klipsch iGroove. I've been tempted several times to grab the SoundDock but it doesn't have accessory input, so unless I hack it or someone comes up with an adaptor, I can only use it with the iPod. This is the primary deterrent. The Klipsch comes with an adaptor to allow 1/8" jack input, so you could hook it up to a portable CD player or other MP3 device. As far as sound quality, these two seem to stand above the rest. I've listened to the SoundDock at our local BJs many times and am impressed with the sound.

Last night I went as far as driving over to Best Buy, determined to purchase the iGroove. Unfortunately it was positioned right next to the Bose SoundDock which sent me into more thought about it. I much prefer the form-factor of the Bose.

If portability wasn't so much a concern I'd probably be leaning more toward the Klipsch ProMedia 2.0 speakers, and get a dock from Apple. Perhaps I'll come around.

I wish it was easier to make these kinds of decisions, it's always so hard to choose.

Posted by mike at February 10, 2006 4:05 PM