Review: Klipsch’s Image One headphones go heavy on the bass
7 June 2013
Summary: The Image One is a well-built and well-appointed headphone that will please people who like music served loud and with lots of bass. Buyers looking for accuracy and a balanced sound should look elsewhere.
Excerpt: It's not so easy to convert a headphone to Bluetooth. You've got to find space for the amplifier, processing circuitry, radio transceiver, and battery-and all that stuff taking up space inside the earpieces can change the sound a lot. Plus you kinda have to have a cabled mode, because you can't use Bluetooth on airplanes. And you probably want the cabled mode to work even when the battery runs down, and to sound more or less the same as Bluetooth mode, too.
Excerpt: If you’re as sick as I am of the earbuds that were packaged with your iPod but don’t really want to become a full fledged headphone addict, here’s a great pair of phones that will server you well – The Image ONE by Klipsch. Yeah, the speaker company. After a quick listen at this years Consumer Electronics Show, I wouldn’t let the Image ONE’s go – I forced them to let me take em home!
Excerpt: Klipsch’s elegant-looking Image One ($149.99) is the firm’s first-ever on-ear headphone/headset, whereas all of Klipsch’s other Image-series headphones are in-ear models. Why would Klipsch strike out in a new direction when it is already on a roll with its in-ear ‘phones? The answer, I suspect, is that some percentage of avid music lovers find it difficult, for whatever reason, to embrace in-ear ‘phones.
Conclusion: The Klipsch Image One are a dazzling sounding set of headphones that we feel offer punchy, extended bass and clear, articulate treble. We found them to be very comfortable over moderate listening sessions and only slightly less so for longer periods of wear. An included iPhone microphone and cable controls are nice features, as is the included storage case that allows for an easy fit.
Pros: Powerful, punchy bass, Zesty highs, Comfortable ear pads, Good sounding iPhone mic
Cons: Shrouded midrange, Some pressure fatigue during extended wear
Excerpt: Klipsch has long been known for its legendary horn-driver speakers , but over the past decade, the company has made waves with its highly regarded Custom 3 in-ear monitors and its comfortable Image X10 in-ear headphones . So I looked forward to reviewing the company's £99 Image One Stereo Headphones, even though this model represents the bottom of the company's full-size headphone lineup. See also Group test: What are the best headphones?
Excerpt: All the Klipsch headphones listed in our Buyer's Guide have one thing in common: they're in-ear designs. These Image Ones are the first on-ear design we've heard from the American company, and it's used the additional surface area to pile on the perceived value.
Pros: Lavishly finished, generally composed and balanced sound
Cons: Except in the bass, which threatens to capsize the whole thing