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Klipsch: New iFi speakers pack high-end features

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

pic Speaking with iLounge today about Klipsch’s upcoming iFi dockable speaker system for the iPod ($399), a company spokesman explained that iFi offers “much more” than the company’s existing GMX 2.1-series speakers, which we’ve already tested and liked, and with 89 decibel output “is more powerful than any other dedicated iPod system [ever] made.”

As noted in our previous story on iFi, the system includes two of the company’s RSX-3 series Reference Satellite speakers and a large woofer for strong bass response. Klipsch also notes that the system’s remote control “works through walls”, and that “up to a total of 6 remotes can be programmed to work with a single system.” The system is silver in color and features a “light bar” iPod dock, which can be customized for use with different iPods.

Klipsch adds that the iFi’s components are “unique in all of the world of multimedia because they are not used in multimedia, they are used in the most advanced high-end gear,” and include a “titanium tweeter diaphragm, anodized aluminum woofer, genuine compression driver, real crossover networks, aluminum fascia and pedestal/mounting foot, [and] ported bass reflex design.” The system will be available in March.

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1

nice, but a little out of my price range

Posted by unoriginal on January 19, 2005 at 3:43 AM (PDT)

2

Klipsch puts out some nice speaker systems, and I am sure this will be nice as well. As an owner of the pro media 2.1 I been very happy with them. The price does seem steep, but I think that’s prolly MSRP and street price will somewhat lower. Only other thing is this setup will be kind of big, compared to other speaker add-ons for the iPod. This is defiantly not a portable setup.

Posted by Zardoz in Austin TX on January 19, 2005 at 7:56 AM (PDT)

3

i also own a set of the pro media 2.1’s.  i must say they are some of the most powerful desktop speakers that i’ve heard, and im sure that this new ipod-specific system will have equal, if not better output.

just wish the price would settle down a little…

Posted by StinkieDMB in Pittsburgh, PA on January 19, 2005 at 8:31 PM (PDT)

4

Klipsch makes some awesome home speakers.

Posted by syciprider on January 21, 2005 at 12:03 AM (PDT)

5

I will definitely get these speakers when they become available. They look promising. These can easily replace my home sound system.

Posted by christomas in manila on January 21, 2005 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

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Jeremy Horwitz, in regaurds to the 89db output, that’s actually the sensitivity of a single rsx-3 sat. I’m not sure what the total system output will be , but I’m guessing it can easily hit 115dB. Like others here, I own the Promedia 2.1 as well as RSX-4’s and RSX-5’s. Having heard both speakers, I can say that if you think the Promedia is impressive, you have not heard anything yet! The RSX’s are light-years beyond the sound quality of promedia’s. This system is the new 2.1 standard and well worth 400 dollars!

Posted by lms007 on January 25, 2005 at 9:08 PM (PDT)

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