The Good Supercomfortable, tiny, in-ear headphones; block outside noise; excellent sound quality with strong bass; include pocket storage case and larger zippered carrying case; iPhone-compatible 3.5mm plug.
The Bad Expensive; tangle-prone wires.
The Bottom Line The pricey Klipsch Image in-ear headphones combine rich sound with superior comfort.
Klipsch Image X10
Companies such as Shure and Etymotic have found success with high-end earbuds, and now Klipsch--best known for its loudspeakers--is taking a stab at the market with its line of supercompact Image in-ear headphones. The Image headphones reviewed here are not only the tiniest of the lot, but they sit at the top of the Klipsch headphone line and carry a rather hefty price tag of $350. Yes, that may be more than you paid for your iPod, but if you're looking for an ultracomfortable, great sounding set of earbud-style headphones, these guys don't disappoint.
Klipsch's oval-shaped "Contour Ear Gels" are largely responsible for the exceptional fit; they produce a tight seal to block outside noise and help the Image headphones produce unusually powerful bass. Since everybody's ear canals are different, the Image comes with five sizes and types of Contour Ear Gels.
Achieving a snug fit is obviously subject to the vagaries of your particular ear canal, but we never had to experiment with the different gels; the ones that came on the Image earpieces fit perfectly. That's a first for us!
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