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Klipsch Gig: A small speaker big on bassThe $200 Klipsch Gig is a well designed portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that has strong bass for its size.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy, and I'm here with the Klipsch Gig, which is currently the smallest model in Klipsch's line of wireless of Bluetooth speakers. I'll tell you what I like about it first. For starters, it's got a nice, sturdy feel to it. And by that, I mean it feels substantial even though it's compact. It also has a removable wrap-around band that Klipsch says is both protective and serves as a style statement. It also allows you to prop the speaker up in a vertical position. That band is easy to swap out and comes in a variety of colors, though only one comes in the box. As far as extra features go, the Gig has speaker phone capabilities, as well as AptX support and NFC tap-to-pair for smartphones that offer those features. I also like the way Klipsch designed the controls. The power button is on the top or side, depending on how you orient the speaker, and that's where you'll find the audio input for non-Bluetooth devices and the microUSB charging port you'd use this thing up. Battery life is rated at 12 hours, which is better than what you get from a lot of these speakers, and basically takes you through a full day of music listening. The battery life indicator is on top of the volume control hub, which also doubles as a one-button remote, allowing you to pause and play tracks, as well as skip tracks forward and back. In all, I thought this was a very well-designed speaker. I also thought it sounded decent for its size, with its bass response its biggest strength. It goes deeper than many of the very compact portable speakers in its $200 price class, including the UE Boom and JBL Pulse. It's close to Bose's SoundLink Mini. However, the Gig isn't as detailed or natural-sounding as those speakers, so you do give up something on the clarity front, which is too bad. Aside from that shortcoming, I like the Gig, and I think it will appeal to folks who listen to more bass-heavy music, would it be techno or hip hop. Overall, it's an appealing little speakers with good features and a strong design. It just has a lot of competition, and some of it sounds a little better despite not having as much bass. I'm David Carnoy, and that's the Klipsch Gig. Thanks for watching.