Summary: CNET, PCMag.com and Britain's TrustedReviews.com all give the Klipsch Image X10i detailed reviews, including comparisons with competitors. The British consumer magazine Which? also gives some brief feedback. A decent number of owner reviews at Amazon.com provide information from a user's perspective regarding sound quality, comfort and durability over the long-term.
Excerpt: Klipsch first entered the headphone market roughly three years ago and the very first model I tried was the firm’s original, flagship Image in-ear headphone. When the review samples arrived, the tiny ‘phones seemed almost impossibly small and light, but I soon discovered that they delivered a big, well-focused sound and were amazingly comfortable.
Conclusion: Klipsch's Image X10i isn't the cheapest pair of mic-equipped earphones you can find, but an excellent listening experience, solid design, and seamless iPhone operation make it well worth the price.
Pros: Excellent audio performance. Lightweight and secure fit. "Works with iPhone"-certified.
Cons: Expensive. Flatter response; not for heavy-bass lovers. Some cable thump.
Conclusion: We already knew Klipsch could build an outstanding pair of speakers, but the X10i prove that the company’s expertise carries over to headphones, too. Despite getting just a bit watery in the midrange, the X10i join the upper echelon of the best-sounding headphones we’ve reviewed, with remarkable bass, overall clarity and imaging.
Pros: Outstanding bass, treble, clarity and imaging, Incredibly lightweight and small, Five comfortable ear tips deliver superb fit, Built-in mic and three-button remote
Cons: Midrange can sound slightly buried, Average mic out of place on high-end headphones
Summary: The X10s were our favourite in-ears for years and a perennial favourite at Stuff Towers, but the X10is now look too pricey for the number 1 spot in our Top Ten list of best headphones . Built in iPod/iPhone controls are useful, but it's their sound and size that really impresses. The buds are slim as lolly sticks but sound thrilling and insightful and are more comfortable than they look.
Excerpt: Pound for lb, the Klipsch X10i are some of the most expensive headphones out there. At the time of writing you’re looking at £195 for a product which weighs 10.5g, so that’s around £18.50/gram which, for the record, makes it less valuable a commodity than gold only by £10/gram. Maths and precious metal lessons to one side, the bottom line is whether these in-ear headphones are worth that kind of cash and we’re pleased to say that the answer is a whole-hearted and...
Pros: Superb sound performance, lovely light build, plenty of extras
Excerpt: From their 2008 launch, the Klipsch Image X10 in-ears were our premium in-ear headphones of choice – other contenders came along in that time, and all found themselves dashed, to a lesser or greater extent, on the rocks of the Klipsches' unshakeable poise, fearsome attack and vanishingly small dimensions.
Pros: Rapid, substantial and purposeful sound, tiny and lightweight
Cons: Don’t have across-the-board compatibility for remote functions
Excerpt: Klipsch states that this is the world's smallest and lightest full-range earphone, so naturally it's got us excited, because small and light so often equates to all-day comfort, a close second to sound quality.