Klipsch Image X10 Noise Isolating Earphones - Klipsch Image Earphones

By Riyad Emeran
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Klipsch Image X10 Noise Isolating Earphones

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8/10

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The Klipsch Images aren't just about comfort and looks, they also pack a pretty good punch when it comes to sound quality. In fact I was quite surprised by how full a sound the Images produce, considering just how tiny the single driver is - there's an impressive amount of bass response on offer, which of course in aided by the excellent seal produced by those silicone tips. When Ed tried these earphones he described the sound as "very pleasant", and I think I pretty much agree with him. Klipsch has managed to produce a sound that's very agreeable, and enjoyable to listen to, despite not offering the pristine clarity offered by some of Shure's higher-end offerings.

The Images revelled in the strong vocals, solid bass lines and jazzy percussion accompaniments pumped out from Amy Winehouse's excellent Back to Black album. Snare drums sound raw and raspy, horns sound full and bassy and Amy's stunning vocals come through clear, loud and strong. Love is a Losing Game stands out with its John Barry like sound (it wouldn't sound out of place on a 60s Bond soundtrack) - the gentle guitar chords, tight snare, soothing strings and haunting vocals combine into a beautifully melodic sound on the Images. Listening to the original demo version of the same song, really highlighted what these earphones are capable of. Amy's vocals accompanied solely by a single acoustic guitar is a match made in heaven, and the Images do a sterling job of recreating the wonderful simplicity of the arrangement.

The Images handled themselves equally well when I turned to the legendary talents of Bob Marley. The laid back Stir It Up proved to be a superb audition for these earphones, with the gentle guitar flick, strong bass line driving the sound and the vocals set back into the mix - lesser earphones could allow the bass to overpower the vocals, but the Images produced a sound so smooth and balanced that it just made me want to kick my shoes off, lay down on the grass outside my office window and soak up some sun (yes it's actually sunny in the UK right now).

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Mads L. Madsen

July 25, 2008, 2:52 pm

Hey Riyas, thanks for the review :)





Just a quick question:


Will you be reviewing the new X5 version of the Images as well?


I was thinking that it would be nice to have a comparison of the X5 vs the X10 and a comparison between the X5 and similar models since the X5 are considerably cheaper.

Mads L. Madsen

July 25, 2008, 5:44 pm

Ohh damn, I mistyped your name, sorry about that :(

dave

June 8, 2009, 5:23 pm

I'd tried in ear headphones before (sennheiser cx95) and found them uncomfortable.


However after reading review after review raving about in ear phones, then reading yours about how light these aer I went for a set as I managed to get them for £96.


All I can say is wow!


They are so comfortable and the sound is phenomenal.


Admittedly I'd moved from some Sennheiser mx660 earbuds however I just can't believe the difference!


Thanks TR

narasa

September 5, 2009, 5:36 pm

hey dave can u pls tell where u got x10 for 90 quids

Miles

December 12, 2009, 2:44 pm

Can't disagree more about the noise transmission through these headphones - it is absolutely terrible, worse than any other headphones I have previously owned.





Yes, sound quality is good (although not as good as my old Shure's - not as much separation in the soundstage) and they are extremely comfortable...much more than Shure's. But, the cable noise transmission is terrible, to the point where it ruins your appreciation of the headphones. There is excessive friction noise coming through the cable - unless you are listening at very loud volumes you can hear this friction through the earphones if you so much as move your head when seated...so trying to use them for exercise is right out. And it doesn't matter which ear buds you use as all of the ones supplied have the same problem as the noise comes up the cable, not in from 'outside'. It really isn't acceptable in a pair of headphones of this cost and I would recommend sticking with better known makes such as Shure.





I have written to Klipsch support twice to query this and have received no response at all...so for me 2/5 and very disappointing...

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