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Klipsch Image X10i

*Est. $350
Reviewed
August 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Klipsch Image X10/X10i

Best audiophile earphones

Pros
  • Superb sound quality
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Fragile cable
  • Limited microphone compatibility

The Klipsch Image X10i are the brand's high-end entry in the earphones arena. They can play music, answer calls on some iPhones and even control many Apple devices. They are significantly more expensive than the Klipsch Image S4 (*Est. $70) or Apple-compatible Klipsch Image S4i (*Est. $100) , but reviewers who compare them say that the X10i delivers a smoother, superior sound with great overall balance across all sound ranges. Most users and reviewers are struck by the light weight and comfort. There's no question, however, that $350 is a lot to pay for earphones, though they don't cost as much as some competing models, such as the Shure SE535 (*Est. $500) . Users grumble about the fragile cable, which has caused some durability concerns.

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.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

Jasmine France of CNET gives the Klipsch Image X10i a high rating for its smooth, balanced, clear sound and comfortable fit. She does, however, point to the fragile cable as a source of concern for durability in the long run.

Review: Image X10i Headphones, Jasmine France, Feb. 11, 2010

2. PCMag.com

Tim Gideon at PCMag.com agrees with Jasmine France of CNET that the Klipsch Image X10i earphones deliver smooth, balanced sound, but he warns these aren't for bass lovers. Comfort and small form factor also get praise. The high price draws concern.

Review: Klipsch Image X10i, Tim Gideon, Feb. 26, 2010

3. TrustedReviews.com

This British review site, which covers various electronic products, compares the Klipsch Image X10i to Shure's SE530 (now superseded by the SE535). Though the pricier Shure headphones win out, the Image X10i are not bad in their own right, with clear sound and a comfortable design.

Review: Klipsch Image X10i Review, Hugo Jobling, July 5, 2010

4. Which? magazine

This is a brief review from a British consumer affairs magazine. Like most reviewers, editors here find the sound quality and light weight of the Klipsch Image X10i impressive, but they gripe about the Mac-centric compatibility of the attached microphone and remote.

Review: Headphones, Editors of Which? magazine, As of Aug. 2011

5. Amazon.com

Amazon.com users are impressed with the sound quality and comfort of the Klipsch Image X10i, earphones though some say they're not suitable for bass lovers. Like other Klipsch earphones, the thin cord is a concern for some, but there are fewer complaints about durability issues than seen for many less-expensive earphones.

Review: Klipsch Image X10i Audiophile Noise-Isolating Headset with 3-button Apple Control (Copper), Contributors to Amazon.com

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