Klipsch Earbuds Deliver Fine Sound When Pushed Hard
3 July 2008
Excerpt: Klipsch’s X5 earbuds are little bullet-shaped ‘buds that, despite weighing next-to-nothing, deliver big booming sound. Like many other earbuds we’ve tested, the X5s must be inserted deep into your head to create a sound-isolating seal in the ear canal. We’re prepared to tickle our eardrums a little, sure, but because these ‘buds are so small and sharp, it’s not clear when you’ve got a proper seal or are about to poke yourself in the brain.
Pros: Big can audio quality in the guise of wee earbuds. Sharp sound and sharp design. 0.398-ounce weight? What are these things made out of, aerogel?
Cons: You’ve got to push (and I mean really push) the buds into dangerously deep areas of your ear to make them work properly. Cinching the cable to keep them tied down will make you look ridiculous.
Summary: The Klipsch Image X5s are terrific earphones -- one of the company's best pairs yet -- with all-rounder qualities akin to a more costly pair. Also boasting a wonderfully compact and comfortable design, it all adds up to a winner in the all-rounder category
Pros: Excellent all-round sound quality, Compact and comfortable, Well-priced