Klipsch Image S4 review: Klipsch Image S4

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 9.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 10.0

Average User Rating

3 stars 39 user reviews
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The Good The Klipsch Image S4 earphones offer exceptional sound quality for the money. They're also very comfortable and come with a few handy extras such as a storage box and cleaning tool.

The Bad The cable of the Image S4 earphones doesn't seem very durable, and the included eartips may not work for everyone.

The Bottom Line The Klipsch Image S4 earphones offer up sound quality on par with and better than sets that cost many times as much; they are a spectacular choice for anyone looking for new earbuds.

CNET Editors' Choice May '09

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Editors' note: As of August 2012, the Klipsch Image S4s reviewed here have been replaced by the Klipsch Image S4 IIs.

There's nothing like good, old competition to keep tech prices in check. Case in point: earphones. The headphone market is heavily saturated, and we can all thank that fact for the existence of many worthy earbud contenders in the sub-$100 price range. Still, despite having come across plenty of decent earbuds with reasonable pricing, nothing prepared us for the Klipsch Image S4. These supercomfy noise-isolating earphones offer shockingly stellar sound quality, certainly much better than their $80 price tag suggests. If you've been on the market for a headphone replacement for your MP3 player, look no further. (Curious about competitors to the Klipsh Image S4? We've rounded up several in the collection below.)

The Klipsch Image S4 earpieces do not feel as high-end as those of its sibling, the X5, but then the S4 only costs one-third as much, so we won't knock them for that. More important is the fact that the 'buds are ultrasmall and offer a tapered, bent shape that fit our ears perfectly. This combined with the soft, oval eartips gave us a supercomfortable fit that sealed out external noise. Klipsch includes two sizes of standard tips and one double-flanged model, but all of them are on the small side, so those with larger ears may have some fit issues. The package also contains a metal box for storing the earphones and an earwax cleaning tool.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 0.4 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
    Stereo
  • Additional Features Gold-plated plug
    gold-plated plug
    Gold plated plug
  • Type Headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm