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First Look: Klipsch Image S4A

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First Look: Klipsch Image S4A

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Klipsch's ultracomfortable, noise-isolating ear tips are just one of the reasons I love and recommend the S4-series headphones. If you're an Android user shopping for a new pair of earbuds, the Image S4A headphones are definitely worth the $99.

If you use your Android smart phone as a portable music player, these headphones were made for you. I'm Justin (Yu?), headphone editor for CNET.com. This is your first look at the Klipsch S4A ear buds. So ostensibly, the S4A's aren't exactly the same as the S4I, that's for the iPhone, but they do come pretty close, so think of them as a first cousin. This particular model is made for Android headsets, and comes with a free download code, for an app that lets you change the function of the button on this remote control. Before we get into that though, I wanna show you what makes the Klipsch S4, series one of my favorites. First of all, I like that the housing of the ear bud itself is angled in such a way as to accommodate a variety of ear shapes and sizes. It's really important to get a tight fit for these headphones that wedge deep into your ear, because that seal ensures the best sound isolation in depth. Klipsch only gives you 3 ear tip sizes to play around with, but the oval shape fits snugly in my ears as well as others around the office that I've tested them with. In terms of hardware design, my one complaint is the sticky rubber coating on the wire that makes them tangle pretty easily, and I'm not talking about the kind that just requires a quick shape to unravel. Anyway, another thing that you'll notice is the single button remote control. Out of the box, you can use it to navigate tracks with a single double or triple click, but you can also customize these controls using Klipsch control app for Android. That's an app that's free, and it'll let you decide which function gets associated to things like mute, microphone, answer call, voice search, and voice command on your Android. So regardless of whether you'll use that or another remote for your Android phone, your ears will definitely thank you if you pick up the S4A's. They're worth more than $99, and you can definitely get a tight seal that filters outside noise, and the drivers inside offer distortion free audio that's definitely worth it, if your'e used to using the stock ear buds that came with your phone. You can read all of the details in our full review on CNET.com, but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin (Yu?), these are the Klipsch S4A earbuds for Android, and that sounds good to me.

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