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Prizefight: Klipsch Image X5 vs. Shure SE310

A collection of judges from CNET.com put the Klipsch Image X5 and the Shure SE310 through their paces, pitting the earphones head-to-head in five bone-shaking rounds. See who comes out on top in this subjective battle.

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Earbuds are subject to personal taste perhaps more than any other gadget, making them ideal candidates for a head-to-head battle. This first-ever earbud Prizefight pits two sound-isolating sets against one another: the Shure SE310 Sound Isolating Earphones and the Klipsch Image X5 Earphones.

Both pairs are of the canalbud variety, meaning they must be inserted into the ear canal for optimal sound and fit. By nature, these earphones are ultraportable and durability can be an issue because of their small size. Earbuds, in particular, are subject to the whims of the wearer (dependent on personal ear size and shape) when it comes to comfort. Also, they vary greatly when it comes to sound quality, though any set in this price range should be plenty impressive. So who will reign supreme in this bout between the tiniest of music maestros? The Shure SE310s with their stellar warranty and modular cable? Or the Klipsch Image X5s with their supersleek, ultralight design? Let the battle of the 'buds begin!