• Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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small comfort, small sound I am in the market for earphones and criteria includes the following:Noise reduction - Pretty good. The small tips go deep in and act as good earplugs.Comfort - Not so much because moving my face or jaw causes a weird sensation of something in my ear.Sound leakage - Very good! If you cover the tips with your fingers, NO sound comes out.Full sound (non-congested) - Not really... they sound very direct and up close.Non-fatiguing - Somewhat. I found the sound was very balanced, but sometimes it felt the tiny things just couldn't play everything at the same time and it all blended into almost distortion (highs went haywire and mid covered bass).Noticeable bass - They don't have much bass...what they do has is tight though.Build quality/ durability - Poor...I can totally see the cord on these breaking from the ear pieces...no doubt these will not last. This was fixed with the newer version.Overall, I was impressed by their sound considering their tiny size...but they still sound small and worse than larger earphones. The tiny size is nice for laying down and very convenient for being mobile. I found the overall practical comfort of having the tiny earplugs in your ears was annoying. This may be completely preference, but the advertising of them being ultra comfortable just didn't do it ignoring they don't sound the best, even after trying all different tips they come with. Last I know the cord connection to ear pieces will not last. 3Excellent IEMs These little IEMs are powerhouses when it comes to covering the audio spectrum in a fairly flat and neutral fashion. I was shocked to get these for just $87 a while back on an Amazon close-out sale. They're worth far more than that. Some of their best qualities:1) They're lightweight. You won't hear them bouncing in your ears while you're walking or exercising.2) They have more bass than I was expecting for a single driver IEM. Are they bass heavy? No, they're more neutral than bass heavy. They're just about right, in my book. Mids are their highlight, with the HF being adequate, certainly not piercing or fatiguing. They don't have much sub-bass, but the only IEMs with substantial sub-bass I've had are the Shure SE846s. Of the 20 or so IEMs I have, these are among the top 5 or 6 for sound quality, beaten out only by the Shure SE846s, Weston W3s, Weston UM3xs, and Earsonics SM3s. Some I place below these are the Weston W4s, Ultimate Ears UE700s, Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10s, Shure SE530s, vSonic GR7s, Sennheiser IE8s, Monster Turbine Pro Coppers and Golds, and the Etyomotic ER4Ss3) The cord is thin and has very few microphonics when worn over the ears. I clamp the cord under my glasses' earpieces to hold it in place.4) They're easy to drive with iPhones and iPods. There's absolutely no issue in getting these things loud enough.5) They have good passive sound dampening with the right tips, meaning they let through very little exterior noise.6) They take all the tips intended for Shure's, so you can get a variety from different manufacturers to get the perfect match for you.Some neutral qualities:1) Their sound stage is above middle of the road, but not tops. You won't be blown away by spacious atmospherics like you might with the UM3Xs or SE846s. Still, I own IEMs with much worse sound stage.2) That cord is really thin. I've not given it a good hard accidental tug yet, but I wonder how it's going to survive when the inevitable happens.3) For how small the IEM is, the case is rather large. The UE700 case is a much better fit for portability.4) The Left/Right markers are too small. At least they should have been color coded.5) They're not really made for behind the ear use.The worst: Klipsch has stopped manufacturing these. 5Amazing sound quality, but worth the $$$ over the S4's? Let me just say, this has been a very tough product to review for me. My purchase was based off many other reviews.Build Quality- 4 starsEarbuds themselves appear very well constructed and, if taken care of, I don't see why they wouldn't lasta long long time. The cable is a whole different story. Looking at the cable from the S4's, then turning my headto the x10's...I don't understand why they used (what appear to be) such low grade cables..I don't know for surethat they are of low quality; but they really look and feel flimsy. The gold connector on the other hand is veryshiny; dare I say "brilliant."Packaging- 5 starsWhat can I say, it was fun to unbox! The magnetic flapped, leather, carrying case is absolutely perfect.Sound Quality- 5 starsThey sound quite amazing. Not going to lie. However, their sound quality alone (in my opinion) is not worththeir price vs the image S4's. The ONLY knock I have on the sound is the volume handling...while I know Ishouldn't expect them to handle high volumes, I would have expected the bass notes at medium to higher volumes to be handled better (this may just be my source, but they sound very flappy). Miles Davis on his trumpet, is something to truly behold on these babies, at any volume. Source is a Fiio amp from a Galaxy S2. Keeping in mind that my source is horrid with consideration to the cost of these 'buds...If you have the opportunity,listen to them before you make your purchase. Also, listen to the S4's as they may be everything you need in an IEM.Comfort- 5 starsVery light, very comfortable, easily forget they're there.Bottom Line---For the price, I probably would not have purchased these if I'd had the chance to hear them before I ordered them.I find myself listening to my S4's more often than the X10's. It may be my source hardware (I'm testing with lossless audio so it's not the files); it may be fit of the tips I'm using (they feel very comfortable and snug). I have ordered the Comply Foam tips to fit these and WILL UPDATE THIS REVIEW when I've received them as the bassissues (not expecting boomy or thunderous bass, just expecting them not to completely distort during a classical bass note) may be due to the fit of the stock tips. I want to believe they're worth the price, but I'm just having a real hard time giving them that benefit.UPDATE: I've recieved the Comply Foam tips I ordered. They definitely extend the bass output of these earbuds. I would highly suggest spending the little extra to get Comply Foam tips if you've got these or are going to order them. Either way I've fallen in love with my X10's. I know previously I said they didn't sound worth the price. For whatever reason, I feel completely different about them now. Maybe I've lost that desire for overwhelming bass. I would buy them again if I had to...but I wont have to ;) 4Very Good This has been on my wishlist for the longest time. In Singapore it costs S$500+ but I was finally able to purchase one from Amazon late December 2012 when it went on sale for just a little over US$200. A major price drop that I have taken advantage of.ComfortThe S4i was the most comfortable IEM I have ever used, the X10i blows the S4i out of the water. It is by far the most comfortable IEMs I have ever used. I often forget I have them on.SoundThe first time I tried them I thought they sounded a little distorted like cans. I had burn them for 24 hours and then the sound improved dramatically. Clean bass, crisp treble, and clear mids. It is awesome. It sounded better than my Sennheiser HD495 and more bass thump than my Super.fi 5vi. I mainly use it on my HTC Butterfly with PowerAmp app playing FLAC with some tone adjustment depending on song. Overall I love the sound and isolation. Help me drown out the noise from other train passengers during my morning commute.AccessoriesThe leather case is awesome and sturdy. Better than the cloth packet that came with the older version S4i (new versions come with metal cases I believe). I wish that the leather case was a little taller and a little slimmer so it would fit in a jeans pocket easily. 5A steal at $90! I have owned the Klipsch S4i earphones for some time and like them alot for the price. I have therefore been curious about the X10's, but didn't want to spend $300+ for a set of earbuds. When the price recently fell to $90, I couldn't resist. Except for the lack of iPhone controls, the X10's are superior to the S4i's in every way. The highs are smoother, the bass is tighter and a bit stronger, and the midrange detail (one of the S4i's real strengths) is outstanding. The X10's also fit better than the S4i's, possibly due to their very small size. The cables are also a little thicker, and the case is much, much nicer.One cannot expect a huge soundstage from tiny earbuds, but the X10's soundstage is surprisingly good. It is easy to locate different instruments in space, and the music doesn't seem to be playing only in my head. What I especially appreciate is how the dynamics of orchestral music really come alive. Everything sounds really solid, even at very high volume, with no noticeable distortion. Mind you, I'm driving the X10's with my iPhone and a desktop Mac, not an expensive sound system. I don't know whether adding a moderately-priced portable headphone amp would make the X10's sound even better, but it's an interesting question.Although I have decades of experience listening to high-end audio systems, I have relatively little experience listening to in-ear headphones; but the X10's have definitely made me a happy camper. It's hard to imagine that anyone would be disappointed in these at the current selling price of $90. My guess is that the only reason the X10's are being so heavily discounted is that most buyers are going for the X10i (currently selling for $300) to get the iPhone controls. 5I Regret Nothing These earphones sound absolutely fantastic straight out of the box and only get better. Incredible quality, though the cord doesn't appear very durable. I would recommend purchasing a warranty alongside these earphones (2+ years) and using a gentle touch with them. They do come with a one year limited manufacturer warranty. I recommend a second warranty for more complete coverage and because the X10's are discontinued. They come with a very soft case. I will be purchasing a hard case in order to better protect them. I also purchased a couple sets of memory foam ear tips in order to increase the noise isolation factor and (minimally) the comfort. They are remarkably light and almost impossible to feel while wearing, even for extended periods of time. (Note: I use the double flange tips.) Do not purchase these earphones if you listen to lossy music formats - the X10's make the poor quality immediately apparent. If you do in fact listen to lossless files, these earphones shine. Expect an on-stage experience. Also, let it be known that I make a habit of listening to obscenely loud music and rarely turn these up more than halfway. They also look stunning, with a copper finish and tiny Klipsch logo and name printed on each earphone. Listening to epic music with these is a breathtaking experience. The X10's are an audiophile's dream. Overall, wonderful earphones. 4Sound is pretty good, but terrible for commuting I picked these up to replace a pair of Shure SCL3s (discontinued) where one of the sides was starting to fade in and out. Comparing the two, the Shures sound better and do a better job of noise isolation. The X10 don't sound bad - they're good, high end sounding earbuds, very close to the quality of the Shure SCL3s...falling just a bit short. (I had a pair of Shure SE110s - also discontinued - and I'd say the sound quality of the X10s is slightly better than those).I'm returning the X10's, however, for one simple reason: the cord noise when moving is unbearable. I use my headphone while commuting so sound isolation is key for me. The X10 isolate pretty well, but as soon as you move - or go forbid, start walking - it's almost impossible to hear anything except the bumps from any time anything even lightly touches the headphone cord. Completely unacceptable and unbearable. I think it has a lot to do with the very thin cord on the X10s. The cord on the Shure earbuds, by contrast, is much thicker.The X10s are comfortable and very light weight. They sound pretty good (not great). I paid $85 when they were on special and at that price they are still overpriced. 2Good Sound: Awful Build Quality: Worse Customer Service Laughably, I've purchases one X10i and two X10's because they sound above average and the only off the shelf IEM's that fit comfortably in my ear (small ear canal). I use IEMs almost daily due to travel (planes and hotels). The first X10 began to show cable wear (near the monitor) on both left and right cables within 4-6 weeks - within about 5 months only crackle sound from left cable. Had receipt from authorized dealer, but after sending them in, Klipsch sent email stating not cover under warranty due to "excessive use" - literally, that's all it said. Note, it's impossible to talk with a customer service rep.. Ridiculously, shortly after and while traveling without headphones, I was desperate and purchased the X10i from an airport store (in motion - authorized dealer). Cables seemed upgraded, so why not try again? Same sound, great comfort, and microphone quality was excellent. After 12-14 months - no cable issues! But, while hastily sitting-up in a plane seat, the long cable caught the armrest and a monitor was ripped from my ear... actually the monitor remained in my ear, but the cable severed from the monitor (easily removed from ear canal). Customer service email response was abrupt " damage was due to negligence and not covered by warranty." Seriously?? a $300+ IEM should not be this poorly constructed and monitor should detach from cable. Now on third Klipsch (another X10) - why? Paid $45 for near-new pair from eBay. I've moved back to Shure 425's with Comply tips (tolerable comfort) and being custom fitted for Westone's. Advise... spend about the same for IEM's that detach from monitors and find the right tips - or - spend a few more $$'s for custom fitted, 2A gem for a steal. Sleek, comfortable, and unbeatable sound quality...all while drowning out the snoring passenger on your right, are very welcome characteristics of the Klipsch IMAGE X10 earphone.For several reasons, my review of these earbuds is an anomaly. I don't normally write reviews for one thing...and I also usually don't purchase ridiculously expensive ear buds when I'll likely lose them somehow. But, thanks to a special deal on Amazon in support of Black Friday, I was able to get these earbuds at a much more reasonable cost. A cost which, as of the time of this review, remains close to what the price is now.QUICK NOTEI'd like to start my review by saying (like many of those before me) that I am NOT an audiophile. I love good music, I love when things sound amazing. I also enjoy researching, so I have a bit of knowledge about the characteristics of a good set of earbuds. That said, if you want an expert review please look elsewhere. Additionally, I will review the SOUND of the earbuds. Not the case, not the box it came in, how long it took to unwrap etc. I bought these in hopes to hear music, and thus that is what I will review.====BACKGROUNDA couple of years ago, I purchases a set of Klipsch image x4's. I was blown away by how great they sounded, despite the relatively reasonable price. Having had such a positive experience, I had always wanted to upgrade to the companies top of the line model, the x10. But, at the going cost at the time ~$350 dollars, buying such earbuds was pretty much out of the question. Considering how much I'm on the go, a real possibility exists of these getting lost or broken somehow, especially with their small size. So I had decided against buying them until I saw them at fire sale prices, and I am REALLY glad I did.COMFORTInserting the headphones is a bit tricky, they're the "in ear" variety, so you'll actually have a silicone piece IN your ear canal when you're listening to these. This can be a bit awkward at first, but having owned the x4's (which are the same IEM type), I was quite used to the feeling. Once you're used to them, these are extremely comfortable. On multiple occasions I quite literally forgot they were in. That may sound crazy, since I was playing music at the time...but its true.SOUND (general thoughts)"Okay so this is great and all...but can you tell me about the characteristic that I actually came to your review to read?"When buying pretty much any earbud that isn't a cheapo bottom end model, the sound *generally* seems to (or does) improve with time. This is known as "burn in" or "break in" and you'll read it in many audiophile reviews. In more simple language...its like breaking in a new pair of shoes. The shoes get more comfortable over time. Sometimes this is due to your feet getting used to the shoes, other times its due to the shoes getting softer with use...sometimes its a bit of both. The same can be said for headphones. When you first listen to these, while they WILL sound great, they will NOT be at full quality. This isn't to say that you won't be amazed when you first listen to them (assuming you haven't had ridiculously expensive *custom* IEM's before)...but the sound may also not be worth the pretty penny your paying for them.I cannot tell you how long you'll need to break them in for, because scientifically, research on the whole concept is lacking. What I *can* say, and have had first hand experience with...is that these earbuds sound better now than they did when I first listened to them. Why? I don't know. Reason...also don't know. But, they sound better.As of today, the 16th of December 2011, these earbuds are amazingly good. Knowing what I know now, I WOULD pay twice the cost I did pay for this set. Not $300, but more than what I did.I really wasn't convinced when I used them on my ipod. They sound GREAT there too, but I mean..its an MP3, its compressed. The size of the audio file actually does matter when trying to assess the quality of music. When played with audio from a CD...which is NOT compressed (or if so, not as much), these sound surreal. I can't really describe it in words. I can hear literally every nuance of the music, and parts of songs I never knew existed! The bass is not over or underdone, its exactly what it should be, and doesn't sound distorted.SOUND (quality itself)High range: Clear, minimally distorted (and after "burn in" effectively none)Mid range: Also really clearLow range: You'll take the earbuds out, look at them, and wonder how in the world sound like THAT can come out of something so small and comfortable.The earbud can effectively handle any type of music, though I will digress bass-centric music will not be fully represented by this set. Again, since there really isn't a bass exaggeration, if you exclusively listen to music that focuses on (xyz) range, buy buds that are built around that. These earbuds are great when you listen to a LOT of different types of music.Overall, this is one a very small set of products I'd *actually* recommend to someone else if they asked me about it.========A few tricks and hints:1) Insertion: These come with several different ear-tip sizes. Its entirely possible the attached medium-single flange won't be your size!! Try different sizes and find the one that works best. You won't really appreciate the sound if your busy going "#@$*!!!! why won't these things stay in". Also, remember that your ear canal is TALLER than it is WIDE in most cases. So, insert the tips with the LONG axis of the oval in the vertical direction. When the earbuds are in completely, exterior sound should be minimized.2) Even if you don't normally, try these (even once) with a CD, or other higher quality sound recording compared to an mp3. It WILL surprise you. It surprised me into writing an impromptu review.3) Burn in/wear in/blarga flarga in. Whatever you want to call it, these earbuds will sound better after use. If you want to accelerate the process, multiple cheap apps are available via itunes and many more online which will play hours of varying noises designed to make burn in easy. Basically, just put on a loop while you sleep, and in the morning...ta da 10 hours (or 4) of burn in. Yay!-------Overall, if prices remain low, and you're on the fence about these verses another brand of similar cost...get these. They WILL amaze you.Personally, I think this product has turned me into a loyal klipsch customer for quite a long time. 5Selling Fake Headphones I purchased a pair of these from World Class Inc. Ive owned two pairs before, and these were clearly fake. Buyer beware. 1
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small comfort, small sound I am in the market for earphones and criteria includes the following:Noise reduction - Pretty good. The small tips go deep in and act as good earplugs.Comfort - Not so much because moving my face or jaw causes a weird sensation of something in my ear.Sound leakage - Very good! If you cover the tips with your fingers, NO sound comes out.Full sound (non-congested) - Not really... they sound very direct and up close.Non-fatiguing - Somewhat. I found the sound was very balanced, but sometimes it felt the tiny things just couldn't play everything at the same time and it all blended into almost distortion (highs went haywire and mid covered bass).Noticeable bass - They don't have much bass...what they do has is tight though.Build quality/ durability - Poor...I can totally see the cord on these breaking from the ear pieces...no doubt these will not last. This was fixed with the newer version.Overall, I was impressed by their sound considering their tiny size...but they still sound small and worse than larger earphones. The tiny size is nice for laying down and very convenient for being mobile. I found the overall practical comfort of having the tiny earplugs in your ears was annoying. This may be completely preference, but the advertising of them being ultra comfortable just didn't do it ignoring they don't sound the best, even after trying all different tips they come with. Last I know the cord connection to ear pieces will not last. 3Excellent IEMs These little IEMs are powerhouses when it comes to covering the audio spectrum in a fairly flat and neutral fashion. I was shocked to get these for just $87 a while back on an Amazon close-out sale. They're worth far more than that. Some of their best qualities:1) They're lightweight. You won't hear them bouncing in your ears while you're walking or exercising.2) They have more bass than I was expecting for a single driver IEM. Are they bass heavy? No, they're more neutral than bass heavy. They're just about right, in my book. Mids are their highlight, with the HF being adequate, certainly not piercing or fatiguing. They don't have much sub-bass, but the only IEMs with substantial sub-bass I've had are the Shure SE846s. Of the 20 or so IEMs I have, these are among the top 5 or 6 for sound quality, beaten out only by the Shure SE846s, Weston W3s, Weston UM3xs, and Earsonics SM3s. Some I place below these are the Weston W4s, Ultimate Ears UE700s, Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10s, Shure SE530s, vSonic GR7s, Sennheiser IE8s, Monster Turbine Pro Coppers and Golds, and the Etyomotic ER4Ss3) The cord is thin and has very few microphonics when worn over the ears. I clamp the cord under my glasses' earpieces to hold it in place.4) They're easy to drive with iPhones and iPods. There's absolutely no issue in getting these things loud enough.5) They have good passive sound dampening with the right tips, meaning they let through very little exterior noise.6) They take all the tips intended for Shure's, so you can get a variety from different manufacturers to get the perfect match for you.Some neutral qualities:1) Their sound stage is above middle of the road, but not tops. You won't be blown away by spacious atmospherics like you might with the UM3Xs or SE846s. Still, I own IEMs with much worse sound stage.2) That cord is really thin. I've not given it a good hard accidental tug yet, but I wonder how it's going to survive when the inevitable happens.3) For how small the IEM is, the case is rather large. The UE700 case is a much better fit for portability.4) The Left/Right markers are too small. At least they should have been color coded.5) They're not really made for behind the ear use.The worst: Klipsch has stopped manufacturing these. 5Amazing sound quality, but worth the $$$ over the S4's? Let me just say, this has been a very tough product to review for me. My purchase was based off many other reviews.Build Quality- 4 starsEarbuds themselves appear very well constructed and, if taken care of, I don't see why they wouldn't lasta long long time. The cable is a whole different story. Looking at the cable from the S4's, then turning my headto the x10's...I don't understand why they used (what appear to be) such low grade cables..I don't know for surethat they are of low quality; but they really look and feel flimsy. The gold connector on the other hand is veryshiny; dare I say "brilliant."Packaging- 5 starsWhat can I say, it was fun to unbox! The magnetic flapped, leather, carrying case is absolutely perfect.Sound Quality- 5 starsThey sound quite amazing. Not going to lie. However, their sound quality alone (in my opinion) is not worththeir price vs the image S4's. The ONLY knock I have on the sound is the volume handling...while I know Ishouldn't expect them to handle high volumes, I would have expected the bass notes at medium to higher volumes to be handled better (this may just be my source, but they sound very flappy). Miles Davis on his trumpet, is something to truly behold on these babies, at any volume. Source is a Fiio amp from a Galaxy S2. Keeping in mind that my source is horrid with consideration to the cost of these 'buds...If you have the opportunity,listen to them before you make your purchase. Also, listen to the S4's as they may be everything you need in an IEM.Comfort- 5 starsVery light, very comfortable, easily forget they're there.Bottom Line---For the price, I probably would not have purchased these if I'd had the chance to hear them before I ordered them.I find myself listening to my S4's more often than the X10's. It may be my source hardware (I'm testing with lossless audio so it's not the files); it may be fit of the tips I'm using (they feel very comfortable and snug). I have ordered the Comply Foam tips to fit these and WILL UPDATE THIS REVIEW when I've received them as the bassissues (not expecting boomy or thunderous bass, just expecting them not to completely distort during a classical bass note) may be due to the fit of the stock tips. I want to believe they're worth the price, but I'm just having a real hard time giving them that benefit.UPDATE: I've recieved the Comply Foam tips I ordered. They definitely extend the bass output of these earbuds. I would highly suggest spending the little extra to get Comply Foam tips if you've got these or are going to order them. Either way I've fallen in love with my X10's. I know previously I said they didn't sound worth the price. For whatever reason, I feel completely different about them now. Maybe I've lost that desire for overwhelming bass. I would buy them again if I had to...but I wont have to ;) 4Very Good This has been on my wishlist for the longest time. In Singapore it costs S$500+ but I was finally able to purchase one from Amazon late December 2012 when it went on sale for just a little over US$200. A major price drop that I have taken advantage of.ComfortThe S4i was the most comfortable IEM I have ever used, the X10i blows the S4i out of the water. It is by far the most comfortable IEMs I have ever used. I often forget I have them on.SoundThe first time I tried them I thought they sounded a little distorted like cans. I had burn them for 24 hours and then the sound improved dramatically. Clean bass, crisp treble, and clear mids. It is awesome. It sounded better than my Sennheiser HD495 and more bass thump than my Super.fi 5vi. I mainly use it on my HTC Butterfly with PowerAmp app playing FLAC with some tone adjustment depending on song. Overall I love the sound and isolation. Help me drown out the noise from other train passengers during my morning commute.AccessoriesThe leather case is awesome and sturdy. Better than the cloth packet that came with the older version S4i (new versions come with metal cases I believe). I wish that the leather case was a little taller and a little slimmer so it would fit in a jeans pocket easily. 5A steal at $90! I have owned the Klipsch S4i earphones for some time and like them alot for the price. I have therefore been curious about the X10's, but didn't want to spend $300+ for a set of earbuds. When the price recently fell to $90, I couldn't resist. Except for the lack of iPhone controls, the X10's are superior to the S4i's in every way. The highs are smoother, the bass is tighter and a bit stronger, and the midrange detail (one of the S4i's real strengths) is outstanding. The X10's also fit better than the S4i's, possibly due to their very small size. The cables are also a little thicker, and the case is much, much nicer.One cannot expect a huge soundstage from tiny earbuds, but the X10's soundstage is surprisingly good. It is easy to locate different instruments in space, and the music doesn't seem to be playing only in my head. What I especially appreciate is how the dynamics of orchestral music really come alive. Everything sounds really solid, even at very high volume, with no noticeable distortion. Mind you, I'm driving the X10's with my iPhone and a desktop Mac, not an expensive sound system. I don't know whether adding a moderately-priced portable headphone amp would make the X10's sound even better, but it's an interesting question.Although I have decades of experience listening to high-end audio systems, I have relatively little experience listening to in-ear headphones; but the X10's have definitely made me a happy camper. It's hard to imagine that anyone would be disappointed in these at the current selling price of $90. My guess is that the only reason the X10's are being so heavily discounted is that most buyers are going for the X10i (currently selling for $300) to get the iPhone controls. 5I Regret Nothing These earphones sound absolutely fantastic straight out of the box and only get better. Incredible quality, though the cord doesn't appear very durable. I would recommend purchasing a warranty alongside these earphones (2+ years) and using a gentle touch with them. They do come with a one year limited manufacturer warranty. I recommend a second warranty for more complete coverage and because the X10's are discontinued. They come with a very soft case. I will be purchasing a hard case in order to better protect them. I also purchased a couple sets of memory foam ear tips in order to increase the noise isolation factor and (minimally) the comfort. They are remarkably light and almost impossible to feel while wearing, even for extended periods of time. (Note: I use the double flange tips.) Do not purchase these earphones if you listen to lossy music formats - the X10's make the poor quality immediately apparent. If you do in fact listen to lossless files, these earphones shine. Expect an on-stage experience. Also, let it be known that I make a habit of listening to obscenely loud music and rarely turn these up more than halfway. They also look stunning, with a copper finish and tiny Klipsch logo and name printed on each earphone. Listening to epic music with these is a breathtaking experience. The X10's are an audiophile's dream. Overall, wonderful earphones. 4Sound is pretty good, but terrible for commuting I picked these up to replace a pair of Shure SCL3s (discontinued) where one of the sides was starting to fade in and out. Comparing the two, the Shures sound better and do a better job of noise isolation. The X10 don't sound bad - they're good, high end sounding earbuds, very close to the quality of the Shure SCL3s...falling just a bit short. (I had a pair of Shure SE110s - also discontinued - and I'd say the sound quality of the X10s is slightly better than those).I'm returning the X10's, however, for one simple reason: the cord noise when moving is unbearable. I use my headphone while commuting so sound isolation is key for me. The X10 isolate pretty well, but as soon as you move - or go forbid, start walking - it's almost impossible to hear anything except the bumps from any time anything even lightly touches the headphone cord. Completely unacceptable and unbearable. I think it has a lot to do with the very thin cord on the X10s. The cord on the Shure earbuds, by contrast, is much thicker.The X10s are comfortable and very light weight. They sound pretty good (not great). I paid $85 when they were on special and at that price they are still overpriced. 2Good Sound: Awful Build Quality: Worse Customer Service Laughably, I've purchases one X10i and two X10's because they sound above average and the only off the shelf IEM's that fit comfortably in my ear (small ear canal). I use IEMs almost daily due to travel (planes and hotels). The first X10 began to show cable wear (near the monitor) on both left and right cables within 4-6 weeks - within about 5 months only crackle sound from left cable. Had receipt from authorized dealer, but after sending them in, Klipsch sent email stating not cover under warranty due to "excessive use" - literally, that's all it said. Note, it's impossible to talk with a customer service rep.. Ridiculously, shortly after and while traveling without headphones, I was desperate and purchased the X10i from an airport store (in motion - authorized dealer). Cables seemed upgraded, so why not try again? Same sound, great comfort, and microphone quality was excellent. After 12-14 months - no cable issues! But, while hastily sitting-up in a plane seat, the long cable caught the armrest and a monitor was ripped from my ear... actually the monitor remained in my ear, but the cable severed from the monitor (easily removed from ear canal). Customer service email response was abrupt " damage was due to negligence and not covered by warranty." Seriously?? a $300+ IEM should not be this poorly constructed and monitor should detach from cable. Now on third Klipsch (another X10) - why? Paid $45 for near-new pair from eBay. I've moved back to Shure 425's with Comply tips (tolerable comfort) and being custom fitted for Westone's. Advise... spend about the same for IEM's that detach from monitors and find the right tips - or - spend a few more $$'s for custom fitted, 2A gem for a steal. Sleek, comfortable, and unbeatable sound quality...all while drowning out the snoring passenger on your right, are very welcome characteristics of the Klipsch IMAGE X10 earphone.For several reasons, my review of these earbuds is an anomaly. I don't normally write reviews for one thing...and I also usually don't purchase ridiculously expensive ear buds when I'll likely lose them somehow. But, thanks to a special deal on Amazon in support of Black Friday, I was able to get these earbuds at a much more reasonable cost. A cost which, as of the time of this review, remains close to what the price is now.QUICK NOTEI'd like to start my review by saying (like many of those before me) that I am NOT an audiophile. I love good music, I love when things sound amazing. I also enjoy researching, so I have a bit of knowledge about the characteristics of a good set of earbuds. That said, if you want an expert review please look elsewhere. Additionally, I will review the SOUND of the earbuds. Not the case, not the box it came in, how long it took to unwrap etc. I bought these in hopes to hear music, and thus that is what I will review.====BACKGROUNDA couple of years ago, I purchases a set of Klipsch image x4's. I was blown away by how great they sounded, despite the relatively reasonable price. Having had such a positive experience, I had always wanted to upgrade to the companies top of the line model, the x10. But, at the going cost at the time ~$350 dollars, buying such earbuds was pretty much out of the question. Considering how much I'm on the go, a real possibility exists of these getting lost or broken somehow, especially with their small size. So I had decided against buying them until I saw them at fire sale prices, and I am REALLY glad I did.COMFORTInserting the headphones is a bit tricky, they're the "in ear" variety, so you'll actually have a silicone piece IN your ear canal when you're listening to these. This can be a bit awkward at first, but having owned the x4's (which are the same IEM type), I was quite used to the feeling. Once you're used to them, these are extremely comfortable. On multiple occasions I quite literally forgot they were in. That may sound crazy, since I was playing music at the time...but its true.SOUND (general thoughts)"Okay so this is great and all...but can you tell me about the characteristic that I actually came to your review to read?"When buying pretty much any earbud that isn't a cheapo bottom end model, the sound *generally* seems to (or does) improve with time. This is known as "burn in" or "break in" and you'll read it in many audiophile reviews. In more simple language...its like breaking in a new pair of shoes. The shoes get more comfortable over time. Sometimes this is due to your feet getting used to the shoes, other times its due to the shoes getting softer with use...sometimes its a bit of both. The same can be said for headphones. When you first listen to these, while they WILL sound great, they will NOT be at full quality. This isn't to say that you won't be amazed when you first listen to them (assuming you haven't had ridiculously expensive *custom* IEM's before)...but the sound may also not be worth the pretty penny your paying for them.I cannot tell you how long you'll need to break them in for, because scientifically, research on the whole concept is lacking. What I *can* say, and have had first hand experience with...is that these earbuds sound better now than they did when I first listened to them. Why? I don't know. Reason...also don't know. But, they sound better.As of today, the 16th of December 2011, these earbuds are amazingly good. Knowing what I know now, I WOULD pay twice the cost I did pay for this set. Not $300, but more than what I did.I really wasn't convinced when I used them on my ipod. They sound GREAT there too, but I mean..its an MP3, its compressed. The size of the audio file actually does matter when trying to assess the quality of music. When played with audio from a CD...which is NOT compressed (or if so, not as much), these sound surreal. I can't really describe it in words. I can hear literally every nuance of the music, and parts of songs I never knew existed! The bass is not over or underdone, its exactly what it should be, and doesn't sound distorted.SOUND (quality itself)High range: Clear, minimally distorted (and after "burn in" effectively none)Mid range: Also really clearLow range: You'll take the earbuds out, look at them, and wonder how in the world sound like THAT can come out of something so small and comfortable.The earbud can effectively handle any type of music, though I will digress bass-centric music will not be fully represented by this set. Again, since there really isn't a bass exaggeration, if you exclusively listen to music that focuses on (xyz) range, buy buds that are built around that. These earbuds are great when you listen to a LOT of different types of music.Overall, this is one a very small set of products I'd *actually* recommend to someone else if they asked me about it.========A few tricks and hints:1) Insertion: These come with several different ear-tip sizes. Its entirely possible the attached medium-single flange won't be your size!! Try different sizes and find the one that works best. You won't really appreciate the sound if your busy going "#@$*!!!! why won't these things stay in". Also, remember that your ear canal is TALLER than it is WIDE in most cases. So, insert the tips with the LONG axis of the oval in the vertical direction. When the earbuds are in completely, exterior sound should be minimized.2) Even if you don't normally, try these (even once) with a CD, or other higher quality sound recording compared to an mp3. It WILL surprise you. It surprised me into writing an impromptu review.3) Burn in/wear in/blarga flarga in. Whatever you want to call it, these earbuds will sound better after use. If you want to accelerate the process, multiple cheap apps are available via itunes and many more online which will play hours of varying noises designed to make burn in easy. Basically, just put on a loop while you sleep, and in the morning...ta da 10 hours (or 4) of burn in. Yay!-------Overall, if prices remain low, and you're on the fence about these verses another brand of similar cost...get these. They WILL amaze you.Personally, I think this product has turned me into a loyal klipsch customer for quite a long time. 5Selling Fake Headphones I purchased a pair of these from World Class Inc. Ive owned two pairs before, and these were clearly fake. Buyer beware. 1
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