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: I recently got fed up with how much noise my headphone cable was making whenever it touched my collar. It’s such a small thing, really, but once you start to think about those kind of things, they only get more annoying by the second, like the sound of air whistling its way into your HVAC intake vents, or that otherwise nice friend you have who talks with a wet mouth.
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!
Summary: The Image One's bass outmuscles the competition and tight earcup seals hush external noise. With a closed-back design, a solid two-year warranty, and more lifelike sound details at half the price of competitive models, the affordable Klipsch Image One well deserves our CNET recommendation.
Pros: Lightweight on-ear design; earcups fold flat for easy storage; good isolation from external noise; works great with iPods; two-year warranty.
Cons: Potential for discomfort after extended use.
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
Summary: Somehow I’ve made it through 26 years of writing about techie stuff without encountering the Klipsch brand. Well, I encountered it, but ignored it as some gimmicky newcomer with a daft name. Wrong. Klipsch is a 65-year-old respected loudspeaker company out of Hope, Arkansas. Its history is entertaining, too. No space here, but do read up on the eccentric – OK, mad as cheese – audio genius Paul W Klipsch.