Excerpt: Klipsch also offers these models with a mini-microphone and three-button remote incorporated into the cable design so that wearers can adjust volume levels and, if their media device also doubles as a cell phone, take calls while wearing the buds. Klipsch has indeed created the X10s to be the ultimate in terms of comfort, but truly discerning listeners may detect a slight abatement of audio reproduction quality.
Summary: Being priced at a staggering $349 these in-ears are for people looking for some excellent earphones which can be enjoyed both from a sonically and aesthetic point of view. That being said these in-ears are different than most because they offer a warmer and lusher sound than most, however, this very feature along with the extravagant design comes at a hefty price tag.
Pros: Good looking design, Contour ear gels, Comfort, Bundle, Performance, Special sound signature, Really good bass performance, Natural and forgiving sound characteristic
Conclusion: At $349 USD, the Image will put off many buyers simply because they’re single-driver. In that price range, you’re approaching triple-driver prices (like Ultimate Ears’ triple.fi 10 Pro and Shure’s SE530 ). For less money, you can get dual-driver buds from UE or Shure, both of which provide a higher level of detail thanks to the pair of microspeakers in each earbud. But those are also much bulkier than the Image, and neither is quite as comfortable.
Pros: Extremely comforable; good bass and sonic detail; cabling designed to prevent tears
Cons: Expensive; you can hear cable thump when walking or running
Summary: The Image X10s are tiny. Real, ant-like, those-can’t-be-headphones small. For some, this may be enough to convince them to part with the cash for them: little headphones are easy to carry and put less pressure on your ears, so they’re comfortable for longer. The bronze barrels are made from machined aluminium, housing a single balanced armature in each. The cable is ultra light and flexible, and while we had no problems, we have minor concerns over its longevity.
Summary: Klipsch has a long and distinguished history in the world of audio, but is a relatively new name in the world of iPod earphones. The Klipsch Image earphones are the first set we've reviewed from the company, and it's clear that Klipsch has dived right in at the deep end.
Conclusion: The Klipsch IMAGE earphones are simply the most amazing earphones I have ever listened to. The sound is full, the bass is incredible, the high end is clear and believable and the sound stage is just not to be believed. The $350.00 MSRP certainly seems high - but when you think about it, the Earphones are probably the single most important component in your portable sound system.
Pros: Amazing sound quality, great build quality, impressive sound stage, very comfortable