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Klipsch's R6i in-ear headphones: Ace of bassIf you like bass, you'll like Klipsch's new $100 in-ear headphones. And if you like a lot of bass, you may love them.
[MUSIC] This is the R6i, a $99 in-ear headphone from Klipsch that you can get for closer to $80 online. It comes in black and white and has an inline one button remote and microphone for making cell phone calls. Hi, I'm David Carnoy, and like other Klipsch in-ear models, this one comes with the company's patented oval-shaped ear tips that make it easier to establish the perfect seal than round tips. These guys are fairly lightweight and relatively comfortable to wear. They also do a decent job sealing out ambient noise so long as you can get a tight seal, of course. And they come with the standard Klipsch carrying case, which is better than most. In terms of sound, if you like bass, you'll like the R6i. And if you like a lot of bass, you may love it. Yes, this is a very bassy headphone, and even the mid-range is warmed up and rich. Bass fullness, oomph, and power are more plentiful in many similarly priced in-ear headphones, but the downside is that treble definition is lacking. It's just not a detailed headphone, which will be a problem for some listeners. On the plus side, it does reduce the grading harshness on a lot of contemporary recordings. And for example, rendered Arcade Fire's recent Reflektor album more listenable. Overall, I like the fit of this headphone and liked it with certain types of music. If you're someone who likes a balanced, detailed headphone, this isn't it. But if you listen to a lot of hip hop or techno, and are looking for a headphone with very plump bass, the R6i has that in spades. I'm David Carnoy. That's the Klipsch R6i. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]