Klipsch has a hefty reputation in the audio world, but we reckon a manufacturer is only as good as its latest product. Therefore, the company's good name will hold no sway with us, as we get down and dirty with the closed-back Image One headphones. They'll set you back around £120.
Klipsch round the ear
The headphones' design is impressive. The headband has a soft coating to keep your bonce feeling comfortable, and the earcups scrub up well, with a faux-leather pattern surrounding the Klipsch logo, which is embossed in chrome. For the most part, these cans are made of plastic, with a rubberised, matte black finish.
The headphones are pleasingly flexible without feeling cheap and plasticky. Their styling isn't particularly audacious, but they've got enough class to turn heads on the train.
We have one gripe with the design. The soft pads that ensconce your ears have a tendency to come loose and fall off. They're quite tricky to get back on again, so it's something to watch out for.
The cable is long enough so that you'll be able to keep your MP3 player in your jeans' pocket and still comfortably wear the headphones with a fair amount of slack. The cabling includes a remote, with a microphone and three buttons, that'll let you control audio playback or answer calls on a portable Apple device.
Not every type of Apple device is supported, although, if you own a relatively new piece of kit, you'll probably be fine. Download the 'cut sheet' from Klipsch's website to make sure your Apple gear will work with the remote.
Tapping the central button on the remote will pause music; tapping it twice quickly will skip to the next track; and tapping it three times quickly will skip backwards a song. That's a handy way of controlling playback, and it means you can keep your phone or MP3 player safely sequestered in your pocket and still control what's playing. The other two buttons control the volume.
A neat carry case is bundled with the headphones, as well as adaptors for 6.3mm sockets, like those on an amp, and the two-pronged sockets you find on planes.
The Image One headphones offer audio fidelity that's more or less in line with their price. They're not a rip-off, but they probably won't measure up if you've owned a set of much higher-end headphones before.