Klipsch Image One review: Klipsch Image One

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

4 stars 3 user reviews
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The Good Lightweight on-ear design; earcups fold flat for easy storage; good isolation from external noise; works great with iPods; two-year warranty.

The Bad Potential for discomfort after extended use.

The Bottom Line The Image One's bass outmuscles the competition and tight earcup seals hush external noise. With a closed-back design, a solid two-year warranty, and more lifelike sound details at half the price of competitive models, the affordable Klipsch Image One well deserves our CNET recommendation.

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The $150 Image One is the first full-size, on-ear headphone from Klipsch. Its cushioned design is comfortable for short-term use, although we experienced mild discomfort over a long period of time. We're impressed by its ability to maintain a rich tonal balance for the price, and the three-button remote on the cord makes it convenient for iOS devices. Coupled with an extended two-year warranty, the value of the Klipsch Image One rivals other headphones that sell for double the price and we recommend it as a suitable aftermarket headphone for jamming on the run.

Design and features
The lightweight, 138.3-gram design features leather-clad pivoting earcups with black gloss trim and chrome accents. The ear cushions are padded with unusually soft "memory foam" that contours to your ears to provide isolation from ambient noise and enhance bass response. We found the headphones only moderately comfortable over long listening sessions; the slightly high earpad pressure became a source of discomfort, but everyone's head shape is different, so you may find the Image One perfectly comfortable.

Klipsch claims the Image One is one of the first on-ear (supra-aural) headphones to feature an iOS-compatible mic and a three-button remote system for taking calls and controlling music on Apple devices. The mic's sensitivity can pick up sound from 360 degrees and also features echo cancellation to increase clarity. The Image One features 40-millimeter drivers and 32-ohm impedance.

The earcups fold flat for easy storage in the included semihard travel case, with a strap to secure the cable inside. The 53-inch long (approximately) rubber cable appears to be of average durability, but the molded plug's "strain relief" design should provide some protection at the weakest point for headphone cables. Klipsch backs up its durability claims with a two-year warranty, double the warranty on most headphones. Accessories include a 6.3mm adapter and airline adapter.

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Klipsch Image One

Part Number: H2984 Released: Jan 5, 2011
MSRP: $149.99 Low Price: $89.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan 5, 2011
  • Color chrome
  • Weight 4.9 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features foldable
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor Ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm