Klipsch Image S3 review:

Klipsch Image S3

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Typical Price: £40.00
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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars 3 user reviews

The Good Good all-round sound quality; strong bass performance; lightweight, comfortable design; variety of tips included.

The Bad Average high-end performance.

The Bottom Line The Klipsch Image S3s are a fantastic option if you want to upgrade from the abysmal earphones that are bundled with most MP3 players. They sound good, feel comfortable and won't break the bank.

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8.8 Overall

The bundled earphones that come with new MP3 players are usually appalling pieces of tat that commit horrific atrocities against your music. To get the most out of your tunes, you'll need to upgrade to a decent set of cans immediately, which is where earphones like the Klipsch Image S3s come in.

The S3 in-ear headphones aim to tempt people seeking to upgrade, by providing decent noise isolation, great sound quality, and a lightweight, comfortable design. You can pick them up for around £40, in red, green, pink or grey versions.

Comfortable canals

The S3s are a stylish affair. Their plastic construction and diminutive size mean they're very lightweight, allowing you to keep them jammed in your lugholes for hours on end without any discomfort.


The oval-shaped tips provide a snug, comfortable fit, as well as helping to isolate noise.

The S3s' oval ear tips -- the same ones found on Klipsch's vastly more expensive Image X10i headphones -- also aid comfort. They mould well to your ear canals, offering a secure fit and decent noise isolation. Differently sized tips are included in the box, so you can get the best possible fit.

The S3s' plastic feels cheaper than the gorgeous aluminium and copper used on the X10is, but then they are about £180 cheaper, so we can't moan too much. They still feel well made and we don't expect they'll fall apart quickly.

While the cable on the S3s seems pretty durable, it does tangle easily. Klipsch touts the tangle-resistant nature of these 'phones but we still often found them to be fiendishly knotted when retrieved from our pockets. We'd hate to see Klipsch's tangle-susceptible headphones.

Sound's good

Klipsch is known for making high-quality headphones that offer audio definition to swoon over. For that reason, its gear usually comes with a fairly steep price tag. The S3s are pretty affordable, though, so you might think they compromise on audio quality. 

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