Klipsch Image X10i (Copper) review: Klipsch Image X10i (Copper)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.5
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0

Average User Rating

3 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good The Klipsch Image X10i headphones are extremely comfortable and feature superslim, tiny earpieces. They offer exceptionally clear and balanced audio, with good bass response and a reasonable amount of passive sound isolation. A module integrated into the cable includes an inline mic and a call answer button that doubles as a playback control for the iPod. There are other useful extras in the package, too, such as a case and a quarter-inch adapter.

The Bad The Klipsch Image X10i headphones are expensive and the wire is thin and tangle-prone.

The Bottom Line The Klipsch Image X10i headphones are a great option for iPhone and iPod owners who listen mainly to lossless audio.

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For people who are really serious about audio quality--generally referred to as audiophiles--the majority of ultraportable headphones on the market just aren't going to cut it. It's this fact that gives companies like Klipsch a very compelling reason to make something like the Image X10i. This sleek, in-ear headset will set you back $350, but for that pretty penny, you'll get exceptional sound quality and plenty of compelling extras. However, potential buyers should know right off the bat that this type of investment is only truly justifiable if you listen to mainly lossless or very high-quality audio files.

The Klipsch Image X10i is a close relative of the Image X10 and this is immediately apparent in the design. The X10i features the same superslim and tiny copper earpieces, which are ideal for anyone with smaller ears or who finds standard earbuds uncomfortable, because of their strictly round shape. Klipsch includes five sets of contoured silicone eartips--three sizes of standard sleeves and two sizes of double-flanged tips. The standard sleeves come in small, medium, and large, though the actual sizing is closer to extra-small, small, and medium. This is worth noting for those who have larger ears. In addition to the fittings, the package contains a handful of notable extras: an airplane adapter, a quarter-inch adapter, a cleaning tool, and a hard-sided case with a magnetic flap closure.

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Where to Buy

Klipsch Image X10i (Copper)

Part Number: 1011628 Released: Jan. 21, 2010

MSRP: $349.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan. 21, 2010
  • Weight 0.4 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features bass-reflex
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone 3.5 mm 4-pole
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.