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Klipsch unveils iFi speaker system for iPod

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, January 7, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

pic Klipsch has introduced a new high-performance speaker system designed specifically for the iPod. The Klipsch iFi is a 2.1 configuration that comes with two Klipsch Reference Series RSX-3 satellite speakers, a dedicated subwoofer, iPod docking station and RF remote in a sleek silver finish. Each RSX-3 satellite is a two-way, magnetically shielded speaker that employs a 3.5-inch aluminum woofer and a 0.75-inch titanium dome compression driver coupled to a round MicroTractrix Horn. The woofer is a long-throw unit driven by ceramic magnetic motor structures. The Cerametallic cone is lightweight has excellent rigidity, according to the company. The subwoofer has a built-in Class D amplifier that offers 200 watts of peak system power and also features a slot port and line level input. The Klipsch iFi system is scheduled to ship in March for $399.

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1

sweet

Posted by M Bargo in Chicago, IL on January 8, 2005 at 8:46 AM (PDT)

2

Too much for me, but it’s nice that you have line-level volume control AND iPod control in ONE remote.

Posted by Nagromme on January 8, 2005 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

3

Finley a -REAL- speaker system for the ipod…

Posted by Zardoz in Austin TX on January 8, 2005 at 2:36 PM (PDT)

4

awesome, i’ve been looking for a decent 2.1 system that comes with a remote for longest time. gonna have to pass though, $492CDN…ouch!

Posted by tariq on January 8, 2005 at 2:57 PM (PDT)

5

Four deceptions! First the kit is 4 parts, not uned together, so not portable at all. Segond: It’s not battery operated. The sub is very heavy. Third: The speakers are not protected with, screens except the sub, it can be touched by someone and bumped. Four: Also high priced like all others ipod speakers.

Posted by angelito in Québec, Canada on January 9, 2005 at 5:22 PM (PDT)

6

Angelito, Klipsch never deceived anyone.  They never claimed any of your four points.  This is meant as a stationary home system, nothing more.  Knowing Klipsch, I bet it will sound amazing.  All other iPod speakers out today are cool for different reasons but none of them rock.  I hope this one does.

Posted by iPod Junkie on January 9, 2005 at 5:32 PM (PDT)

7

no doubt, when are people going to stop expecting the world out of anything “iPod.”  Yeah,  but can you drop it from 10 stories without scratching it?  Give me a break huh?

Posted by apple juice in USA on January 9, 2005 at 7:49 PM (PDT)

8

To angelito:
“First the kit is 4 parts?
Good, this way you can get true stereo with small sats and big bass!

“Not portable at all?
Thats the IDEA! Do you see the word portable ANYWHERE in the description? Small ? yes, portable, no!

“Segond: It’s not battery operated?
Battery operated speakers flat out suck. These are rated at 200 watts, By the time you got done buying enough batteries to power it, you would have spent more than the system. Good sound requires power unless you want wimpy volumes and amplifier clipping. 

“The sub is very heavy?
GOOD! Subwoofers are supposed to be heavy, and so should the sats, this helps with sound colorization by not allowing the sound waves to resonate the cabinet. A really good subwoofer is over 100 lbs. This one is hardly even that. But it’s a lot better than anything for the ipod.

“Third: The speakers are not protected with, screens except the sub it can be touched by someone and bumped?
Its called a dust grill not a “screen?, and yes they are. Here is a picture if you don’t believe me:

http://www.klipsch.com/media/Photos/IFI_2_large.jpg

They attach via magnets. The silver bolts on the RSX-3’s are where the magnets on the grills attach to. Its pretty slick.

“Also high priced like all others ipod speakers.?
I say this with the strongest intention. This system is NOT overpriced, but yes, it is high priced, the highest yet. But the difference here is you are finally getting your dollars worth. The components from this system can actually be purchased separately. The sats retail for 260 for the pair, the sub retailed for 200 and that’s an older version too with worse components. I’m guessing this new one would retail for 250+ easy.
The components have been reviewed by many and the reviews speak for themselves. They are very impressive for their size and price and almost everyone agrees they are fantastic speakers.

I owned a pair of RSX-4’s and a pair of RSX-5’s and one RCX-4. These are the bigger brothers to the RSX-3’s which come with the iFi speakers. I also own a similar sub to the subwoofer that comes with the iFi’s. This is the best near field system money can buy. I use these speakers for my computer and nothing can come close to their quality yet remain small enough to listen to at only a few feet away.

Posted by lms007 on January 25, 2005 at 4:47 AM (PDT)

9

Awesome, satellite speakers are a must for true stereo sound. For $400 it will be great to put in a bedroom or reck room. I’d have to say though, the JBL creature II has done excellant by me at only $69.

Posted by NickTater in USA on January 25, 2005 at 8:39 AM (PDT)

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