Edit by Jeremy Horwitz, August 2005: iLounge has had to moderate this discussion because of an individual who has abused our commenting system and forums in an attempt to tout certain Klipsch products. We ask that you take comments below with a special grain of salt. Thank you.

I just bought the Klipsch THX rated ProMedia 2.1 system. I got it for $134 on the Dell Website with free shipping. It doesn't have a dock but there isn't anything in that price range that can even come close to the sound quality. I personally think it is better than the GMX-A 2.1. If you want inexpensive room shaking sound, you should check it out.

Posted by Kevin Hendricks on June 13, 2005 at 10:40 PM (PDT) Comment 1

Whenever something is 'dedicated' to one particular scheme, it is synonymous with extra $$$. Purchase a better system for less that isn't so 'dedicated'.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on June 14, 2005 at 1:18 PM (PDT) Comment 2

I'm wondering if you did use Apple lossless AAC encoded files or 'standard' iTunes Music Store 128Kbps files.

The average 128 Kbps already starts to sound worse than a regular cd on my crappy car stereo (standard stereo from Fiat automobiles), so I wonder how that translates to a system like this.

I've got a more-than-avarage (but no necessarily high-end) system at my living room and I once hooked up the iPod dock just for curiosity and unhooked it after 5 minutes . Compared with the cd-player it sounded awfull.

(note: I'm not saying an iPod sounds awfull. I fully enjoy it with my standard white earbuds while travelling).

Posted by tennapel on June 17, 2005 at 1:40 AM (PDT) Comment 3

At home I normally play tunes from my iPod (or my laptop--listening to Adam Curry right now) using a set of black (I know--doesn't match, but who cares) AR multimedia speakers with subwoofer, purchased 10 years ago for about $300. They sound better than the JBL Creatures, but I have to say the Creatures aren't far behind (heard them at Fry's--very good!). The computer is in a small bedroom.

The main stereo has Bose 201s, which in an at-the-store sound test, actually sounded better than Bose 301s, the Bose multimedia system for sale at the time, and several other larger speaker systems. They sound good in our larger (15 by 20 feet) living room. Yes--even the bass is good--not sure how Bose does that. The iPod soetimes gets connected to this system also.

I'd have a hard time justifying the Klipsch speakers on portability issues alone (old back injury). That said, the Klipsch speakers might be worthwhile if you're listening in a large room (justifies the monster woofer).

The rest of this comment is old advice: speaker tastes vary. When considering whether to buy a speaker system that costs $300 or more, it's best to do a listening test yourself, in person, in a store listening room around the size of your home's listening room. Bring the iPod along and feed it through the store's amp. Listen to familiar music that you've listened to a lot. Then make up your mind...

Aside to tennapel: when ripping from a CD, try AAC at 128 Kbps instead of MP3. Maybe my ears are old but I can't hear much difference between AAC and the original CD.

I haven't purchased anything from iTunes yet, (except for one free sampler album, which is protected AAC, recorded at 128kbps) so have no idea how much fidelity is available from purchased music.

Posted by FloydC on June 17, 2005 at 9:41 PM (PDT) Comment 4

@NVCaver: hmm.. I hear the difference between a cd copied on a computer and a cd I buy in a store on my Densen cd-player. I ripp cd's in 196 kbps AAC, that's much beter, even on headphones. Downside of course is that you can store less files on your iPod.

Posted by tennapel on June 18, 2005 at 2:49 AM (PDT) Comment 5

Tennapel--OK, you have better ears than I.

Like I said, the 128K AAC sound better to me than an equivalent 128K MP3, and not much different from the commercial CDs that they've been created from (basis--a recently purchased Who "Ultimate Collection" album, and the classic Sarah Mclaughlin album "Surfacing").

So I'll use the more compact 128K AAC with my 20 gig iPod, and you can use the 192K AAC and an iPod with a larger hard disk. The storage problem is a good excuse for you to buy a color iPod if you haven't already, or an iPod 5th gen when they come out.

Posted by FloydC on June 19, 2005 at 8:07 PM (PDT) Comment 6

The IFi is not HiFi. I bought one. It's nicely loud, had good bass, decent mid-range, and upper range.

Sound quality --- It's not audiophile or even good compared to, say, small bedroom systems.

At $400, it doesn't deliver on its promise.

The IFi is not as good as the IPOD.

Music sounds much better with good headphones and an IPOD.

Posted by akula on July 4, 2005 at 9:04 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Meant to say "no" high range. (Not to mention, no treble control.)

Posted by akula on July 4, 2005 at 9:05 PM (PDT) Comment 8

WOW, I just picked up these speakers and they are amazing! I upgraded from the Klipsch GMX 2.1's and there is really no comparing the two. The reviewer said the GMX's were “comparable,? but that is not accurate at all. The iFi speakers are much more expensive and elaborate and are literally over 3 times louder with better frequency range and clarity.

As far as low level bass control? Sure I guess if you wanted to hear a lot of bass while not necessarily blasting your midrange speakers, you cant really do that with the iFi as much as say...... oh the Z-680 Logitech atrocities, but after about 2-3 minutes of low level listening with the iFi, you'll grow to hate the exaggerated bass and appreciate balance, linearly and accuracy unless you already did. At higher volumes, the iFi's sub comes to life with authority like none other and the satellites fill the room with sharp detailed and emotional sound. Every time I crank this thing up I smile. I get no such satisfaction out of my GMX’s. To me, that’s what audio is about and that’s the 250 dollar difference.

I have to disagree with the B+ rating. Why did he say it was an A-caliber then gave it a B+? Because it was big? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Klipsch designed this system with portability in mind, but rather sound quality. And its about the only one of the bunch that actually gives you sound quality that’s representative of its price. *cough bose overpriced junk*. I cant believe he deducted points because he could not distort the bass at lot level listening, is he joking? LOL. I seriously could not ask for more sound quality at this price point. I have not even touched my E5c’s since I got the iFi.

An ‘A’ is due so I give it an ‘A.’ the B+ rating is no revoked. I would have awarded an A+ if the remote was bigger and volume control was easier to read. Beyond that -good god this system rocks, if only everyone could experience it in their own rooms, holy cow… you would all want one!

Posted by Crazed on August 10, 2005 at 4:55 AM (PDT) Comment 9

Why does the reviewer want the ifi dock to plug into his computer? Whats the point? Why not just plug your computer into the ifi? Whats the point of having an ipod if you have it plugged into your computer all the time? Why not just play from iTunes? You have to unmount the ipod to play it anyway. The iFi has two aux inputs...

Seems strange that this would *lose* the iFi points. Especially when it's not marketed as 'computer speakers'.

The speakers and bass unit have great reviews from audio magazines. Seems strange that the quality of the sound would be the thing least mentioned.

The fact that you can place the dock wherever you like (away from the speakers) and control not only the ipod but the sound levels and power is a feature that I think is great. This also wasn't mentioned.

The conclusion that we have "audio inadequacy" for looking for a product such as this is a little insulting I think.

It looks like a perfect hifi replacement to me, and I will be snapping one up as soon as they are available in the UK.

Posted by Gavin Baker on October 8, 2005 at 1:55 AM (PDT) Comment 10

These speaker are A caliber because of their sound performance. They are B rated because the performance isn't enough to justify the price. $400 is a LOT for a 2.1 sound system. Klipsch is capitalizing on the naivety of iPod listeners with money, just like Bose did with its sound dock.

I'd much rather spend $300 on a Klipsch 5.1 setup that will sound great for movies and games on my computer as well as my iPod (which honestly I never listen from at home anyways, I listen straight from iTunes).

If you would not consider yourself an audiophile, then there are systems that sound at least as good for considerably less to be had. If you are, then save the $400 and put it towards a good home theatre setup.

Posted by I am speed on October 29, 2005 at 2:09 AM (PDT) Comment 11

I requested that iLounge remove my first post here about the iFi's. In my possession is said set and I can report that I have nothing but praise for them. There is great detail and thought to each piece in the set, but the sound is what it is all about and the iFi's simply provide some the better sound I've achieved from my iPods. I've come to like the silver color as well. Worth the money--every penny as they add a new appreciation to the iPod world for those who like to hear their music through external speakers. These speakers are far from Dick and Jane units, they are the real-deal.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on December 11, 2005 at 12:21 AM (PDT) Comment 12

I was in agreement with evrything said above about this system, I had listened to it at Circuit City and loved it but could not bring myself to drop the 4 c-notes. I was looking at it again last week and maybe thinking Christmas present from my wife? When I read that Costco was selling them for $199.99. I couldn't believe it but I ran out there and sure enough, there it was.
At this price they deserve an A+++++ rating. If you are interested in this system check out your local Costco.


Posted by WoodWorm on December 18, 2005 at 12:36 PM (PDT) Comment 13

I agree with you WoodWorm.

These speakers are not worth it for 400 bucks but when I saw them at Costco for $199.99 I had to had to get them for that price. They sound better than my friend's GMA A-2.1 which hiss everytime you turn the volume knob.

Posted by crazyassazian on January 9, 2006 at 5:19 PM (PDT) Comment 14

Love the speakers; got mine from the apple store b/c i saw them listed on their website for $249.00. My remote does not work, and that was disappointing. Furthermore, I find the dial on the docking station a little awkward at times. it is also a pain to fiddle with the ipod while in the docking station. contacted the customer service department at klipsch, and they are great. received email verification and should receive my new remote in three to five days. my wife and i agree, even without the remote the quality of the sound makes keeping the iFi worthwhile.

Posted by ipodder4life on January 18, 2006 at 7:32 PM (PDT) Comment 15

iFi --- excellent bass, good speakers, loud, low distorion, but no treble control. Is it worth $400. Yes, if you have a ton of songs on your IPOD and don't want to seach for key songs, etc...

Posted by silence57 on April 16, 2006 at 2:17 PM (PDT) Comment 16

I have had my Ifi for several months now. I am still thoroughly enjoying the system. The sound quality is excellent and I enjoy the range it gives me. It is big for a dedicated Ipod system, but it is stationary and I think it's not a bad looking system at all.
Don't expect much from the remote. When it worked, it was a bit sketchy, now I live without it.

Posted by SouthernGothic on June 20, 2006 at 3:26 AM (PDT) Comment 17
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