Klipsch buds use gel cushions for the right fit

We still have doubts that they'd work for us, however.


We've complained before about the plight of our misshapen ears and the resultant problems with headsets that fit , and if we were a decent lot we'd stop whining. But we're not, and we won't.

At least, not until we find a pair of headphones that solves the problem, which is why we're intrigued by a new pair offered by Klipsch. A line of three models known simply as Custom 1, 2, and 3 feature buds with gel cushions intended to snuggle up to even the most aberrantly configured aural canals. The high-end Custom 3 also has built-in tweeters and woofers that provide a "studio reference acoustic experience."

And they indeed had better be that good, at the prices Klipsch is charging. The top model goes for nearly $300 on the U.K. market, according to Newlaunches, though Crave UK reported that they can even go to nearly $400 . That, by the way, was before we knew of their possible availability in the States, as well as the gel cushions--which of course is all that matters because they're useless if they can't stay in our ears.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.


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