>> Given the ever-growing popularity of cell phones as music devices it comes as no surprise that even high-end headphone makers are eager to get into the market. The latest example comes in the form of the Klipsch Image X10i, a close relative of the Image X10 that got rave reviews on CNET back in 2008. The X10i is nearly identical to those headphones right down to the lofty price tag. You can expect to pay about $350 for these suckers. The X10i also features the same thin copper ear pieces found on the X10. And you can expect to find the same assortment of extras in the package. A hard-sided carrying case, a quarter inch adapter, an airplane adapter, kind of becoming obsolete at this point but still nice, an, of course, an array of contoured silicon ear tips. The oval shape of these pieces is meant to provide a more natural fit with the ear which is something that I found to be true in testing. In particular I find the Klipsch Image X10i quite comfortable due to the small and light-weight ear pieces. Down the cable from here is where you'll find the integrated mic for phone calls as well as a selection of controls. There are volume buttons and a single key that answers calls and acts as music playback controls for the iPhone or iPod. The best news here, however, is that these earphones sound fantastic, which is exactly how it should be given the price point. I'm Jasmine France for CNET and this has been a first look at the Klipsch Image X10i headphones.
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