- Review Price: £229.95
There’s no denying it: £230 is a heck of a lot of money to spend on a set of earphones. Even though the Klipsch Image X10i descend from such pedigree as the Klipsch Image X10 and Klipsch Image X5 there’s still no ignoring the price. At £60 more than the Image X10 and £100 more than the Image X5 you’d have to be blind not to see the significant premium with which the Image X10i are encumbered.
Nevertheless, if the expensive is something you can cope with there’s good reason to do so. The ‘i’ part of the name inevitably betrays these as earphones designed for use with an iPhone or iPod touch, with the in-line remote which that entails found at the Y-split in the cable. But even with that extra weight, the X10i are still among the very lightest of earphones available.
In fact, we’ll go so far as to say that with the provided clip attached and supporting the in-line remote’s weight, the Image X10i earphones offer a level of comfort paralleled only by the Image X10 before them. It takes a conscious effort to remember that you’re even wearing earphones with the Image X10i inserted, which makes wearing them long-term blissfully free of discomfort.
Partly this is because of the weight – or lack thereof – and partly this is because of Klipsch’s clever oval ear-tip design. This more closely resembles the shape of your ear canal than circular tips. You’ll get as good a fit from foam tips as they mould themselves to fit your ear specifically, but these come remarkably close.