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Klipsch Image X10 Noise Isolating Earphones - Klipsch Image Earphones
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).