Klipsch has an enviable history when it comes to making in-ear headphones with its Image X10, X5, and S4 all receiving solid 8/10 scores from us. Now the company is looking to make just as strong an impression in the on-ear headphone market with its new Image One set of cans.
Designed to match the sound of the S4's but in with an on-ear design, these iPod/iPhone compatible headphones feature an inline remote with volume, a play/pause/call answer button and mic. As with Klipsch's in-ear products, the Image One's are also designed to be lightweight and portable so have lightweight cabling, are constructed from plastic, and have rotating earpieces for folding flat.
Faux leather patches sit on the backside of each earpiece while more faux leather covers the headband and earcup cushioning. Having handled them here on the IFA show floor, we'd say they feel quite plasticky which is a bit of a let down considering their relatively high price. However, they largely make up for this with with great comfort - the earcups are super soft - good noise-isolation, and impressive sound quality.
Klipsch aimed to make the Image One's sound like the S4's and we'd say it's done a pretty good job. Bass presence is decent but not overwhelming while clarity seems excellent. From a very brief listen on the show floor, it's difficult to make too fine a judgement though.
- Frequency Response: 16Hz - 23,000Hz
- Sensitivity (1mW): 110dB
- Impedance (1kHz): 32 ohms
The Image One's will be available for £150 come November.
Also new from Klipsch are the Image S5i, ruggedised in-ear headphones. These are basically a toughened up version of the S4's with a water-proof inline remote that has large glove-friendly buttons. They're not actually fully waterproof or crush resistant but they're built to stand a better chance of surviving a life out in the elements.
Included with the Image Ones will be a flip-open plastic case, to store the headphones, which incorporates a torch and belt clip so you can have your 'phones ready to whip out whenever the chance occurs. The case wasn't here for us to see and we didn't get a chance to hear the headphones but you'll be able to pick them up for yourself in November for £130.
Finally, there's a new budget addition to the lineup in the form of the Image S3s. Available for £50, they produce similar sound quality to the S2s but use the same angled earpiece design as the S4s.