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Klipsch Image X10i - Sound Quality and Verdict

By Hugo Jobling

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Unsurprisingly, the output of the Image X10i is akin to that of the Image X10. Shockingly, the addition of an in-line remote hasn't changed the sonic signature. Klipsch shouldn't be worried about that, though, because like the Image X10, the Image X10i sound excellent.

As we noted with the Image X10, the Image X10i produce great low-end depth, punch and clarity. Lesser earphones let powerful bass response overpower the rest of the mix, but not so with the Image X10i. Vocals are detailed accurately and smoothly, blending in to the strong bass line. A clean, crisp high end rounds out the overall image, giving a thoroughly pleasant overall listening experience.

But while the Image X10i earphones sound great, there's better to be had for similar money. Though superseded by the SE535 earphones, it's still possible to find a pair of SE530 for a similar price to the Image X10i and the former are simply better - offering more clarity, more precision and greater value for money. That said, the Image X10i shouldn't be ruled out, winning out on comfort and having that in-line remote to consider.

Verdict

You'll have to own an iPhone of iPod and be really keen on the idea of an in-line remote to buy the Klipsch Image X10i earphones. They look great, sound fantastic, and are inordinately comfortable, but the price is very high, making it especially convenient that the Image X10 earphones are still available for significantly less money.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Sound Quality 8

Hamish Campbell

July 5, 2010, 12:11 pm

At 200 quid they could at least spring for a real leather case.

GoldenGuy

July 5, 2010, 2:24 pm

You say the cables don't feel durable? Figures. I don't care how light they feel or good they sound - if those wires aren't housed in an adamantium core then I'm not going anywhere near that price. At over 200 quid a pop I'd need them to last a hell of a lot longer than the usual 7 months before having to be hassled by the warranty nazis.

Hugo

July 6, 2010, 2:52 am

The Image X10 and Image X5 cable was just as thin but Riyad and Geoff's sets of each respectively are still going strong. I don't think the cables are likely to break; just that I'd like them to impart that feeling a little more readily - if that makes sense?

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