The new Klipsch Groove is a fresh take on what Klipsch thinks portables should be. I have tried all their portables before so I had pretty high hopes for this one. After all, it’s been more than 2 years since they released anything new. So this should be a huge improvement, right? So to find out, I took it for a spinarooney!
The Groove is relatively small like the size of a Big Mac. It has one speaker driver facing the front and bass radiators firing off the sides for better bass. The button controls on top are rubberised and feels premium when I press it. It is actually a little hefty which is a good thing in my opinion, meaning that premium components are used. This speaker has up to 8 hours battery life.
The Groove is IPX4 water resistant which means it's relatively safe to take outdoors but be sure not to drop it in the swimming pool. If that happens, hosey liao... But it should be okay under light rain and splashes.
I have tried many speakers before and honestly, the Groove sounds good! It has pretty good bass, the mids are balanced well and the highs bring a gentle edge to my music. It plays pretty loud too and can maintain its clarity well as long as you’re not playing at near maximum volume. Michael Bublé's voice in 'Fever' sounded like velvet with decent bass lending its weight to the song, and Enya’s voice in ‘Amaranthine’ sounded like silk to my ears, unlike the grainy harshness of similar small speakers.
What I don't like is that the sound feels very contained. At that price I would expect the speaker to achieve more spaciousness but the sound does not spread out at all! With no airiness, the Groove is a small speaker that sounds small. (I confirmed that it has no diffuse quality by using a track for Phase check.) Not that it's not loud, loud it can easily do, but other speakers like the less pricey #Bose SoundLink Color or the #UE Roll will deliver a more diffuse sound quality, making it sound like a larger speaker.
It does not have a speakerphone and it has very average 8 hours battery charge. Being splash-proof or waterproof is not so critical for me but I would expect the battery life to be better. The design is... Hmmm I don't know what to call it. Mature?
But my biggest complaint is the 5 minutes standby time, which is so irritating! I could be enjoying my video on the speaker and when I pause the vid because to answer nature's call, it will be switched off by the time I come back! (And I never take too long in the bathroom!)
LP Verdict / Price
I appreciate that the Groove is an attempt by Klipsch to breathe new life into its portable range. Aside from the relatively good sound quality, there is nothing impressive about this speaker. It does not have the stylish design of earlier speakers, no speakerphone, only one color, and the battery life is much shorter. The Klipsch Gig, for example, could reach 12 hours tops. At $259, price is reasonable but still a little expensive for a barebones speaker. You enjoy better value if you grab it when there’s a discount.
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