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Klipsch Image X10 Noise Isolating Earphones review

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Klipsch Image X10 Noise Isolating Earphones

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8

No matter what brand of MP3 player you favour, Apple, Sony, Creative, iRiver etc. one thing remains constant - the earphones that come in the box are, to all intents and purposes, rubbish! I still find it very depressing whenever I look around a tube train and see the vast majority of passengers sitting there with white Apple earbuds plugged into their head. The worrying thing is that in such an environment where the ambient noise level is ridiculously high, these passengers turn the volume on their players up to ear bleeding levels, just so they can hear their music!

Their answer is simple - get a decent pair of noise isolating earphones that seal into your ear canals. Once you have a good seal in place, the vast majority of ambient noise is blocked out, and since there's no active noise cancelling involved in the process, you're not affecting the sound quality of your music. Manufacturers such as Shure, Ultimate Ears and Etymotic Research have been making noise isolating earphones for years, all of which offer a massive step up in quality compared to anything you'll find in the box with your player. And now Klipsch wants a piece of that earphone upgrade market.

Although Klipsch hasn't had a massive presence in the UK to date, anyone who has more than a passing interest in audio will have heard of the brand. Klipsch is keen to increase its profile in the UK, so you can expect to see a flurry of products in the coming months, ranging from high-end consumer devices, to audiophile gear. Kicking things off we have the Image noise isolating earphones, which Klipsch would like to think that all iPod (and other MP3 player) owners should be upgrading to, but there's some pretty stiff competition out there from the established brands.

Before I get into the meat of this review, I have to say that these are, quite simply, the most comfortable earphones I have ever used. It's true that Shure earphones are comfortable, and the foam tips create a great seal, but Klipsch has taken comfort to new levels. The silicone tips that are supplied with the Images are simply brilliant - they produce a stunningly effective seal with no effort whatsoever. And once these earphones are seated in your ear canals it really is easy to forget that they're there, they really are that comfortable.

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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