Friday, March 18, 2011

Klipsch Image S4 Headphones

Today I'll be reviewing my lovely pair of Klipsch Image S4 headphones/in ear monitors (IEMs). I bought these for $79 on amazon a few months back, and I've been enjoying them ever since. Let's review how they sound, look, and my overall opinion on these high end earbuds. 



Appearance: As you can see, these earbuds look beautiful! The silver chrome and glossy black give the IEMs a sleek and stylish look, though this comes with the side effect of being fingerprint magnets. These buds are pretty well built, and have stood up to the test of normal use/abuse that comes with daily usage during my morning and evening commutes. The drivers still work perfectly, and with the exception of a few micro scratches still look like they did when I first bought them. These are definitely a stylish pair of headphones that stand up to normal usage well. 

Sound: The most important aspect in judging a headphone is its sound. And certainly the Klipsch Image S4 hold their own pretty well. I'm a fan of rock and metal, thus I tend to prefer a more V-shaped sound, with emphasis on the mid-bass and treble; these Klipsch's fit the bill quite nicely. Emphasis is definitely placed on the bass, with a powerful and boomy mid-bass, that unfortunately slightly bleeds into the midrange. Subwoofers these are not, but they definitely have a strong boomy sound, and when first used caused nausea. This subsided with repeated use as my ears became accustomed to their sound, and now I'm loving every minute of them. The midrange is definitely its weak point though, with vocals feeling less intimate than other high end headphones, sounding more receded. The treble however, is beautiful, with guitars shining above the pounding bass. 

No, these aren't the best sounding headphones/earbuds/in-ear monitors ever, but for the price they're amazing. The isolation is superb too, thanks to their custom oval tips, being THE best I have ever experienced. And with a 2 year warranty these guys will keep me busy for a while. 

Verdict: Worth the price of admission, especially if you can get them on sale. 

Final Grade: 8.5/10

28 comments:

  1. Are they pretty comfortable to wear? They look like they might hurt

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  2. Gotta get one of those, i got those foamy insulation earbuds and need to change them :/

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  3. Im not an audiophile... ive made tin can headphones before xD

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  4. I just got a pair of these, and they are every bit as awesome as you said!!

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  5. niceee i almost bought these a while back..
    followed

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  6. these look chill, might have to get a pair
    click/follow me back?

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  7. nice one i think they got good sound

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  8. Those look a lot like my current headphones, which are great quality.

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  9. @redblade79: VERY comfortable, as long as you choose the right size ear tips they come with :)

    @Gnyrll: You really do, these are great and are miles better than stock iPod earphones or any of the cheapy ones from dollar stores.

    @Cindy: Indeed, definitely a sick pair of earphones :D

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  10. I just could not pay $80for headphones. I'm sorry.

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  11. A bit expensive but according to your review its well worth it. Thanks. Following

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  12. nice. ill keep in mind once i need a new pair

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  13. Anything is better than my crappy earphones, they slip when I walk ;(

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  14. Wow, those headphones look great. I don't really like the shape of the stock iPhone ones.

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  15. Love the reviews! Keep up the great work!

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  16. Looking forward to your next review!

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  17. Always thinked about buying those. Maybe some day if i remember :)

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  18. In-ear headphones make a LOT of accidents on the streets. I used to even ride my bicycle with them and got lucky only because of my reflexes. Another sidenote is that listening to 'nothing' sometimes is the best thing - try it.))

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  19. I put the Bose in-ear ones on my Amazon wishlist the other day... maybe I should look at these, though...

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  20. Hey, do you know how do these things go with binaural beats?.

    Have you heard (of) them? htey seem cool

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  21. I'm looking for headphones what would not make my ears hurt, for some reason all these types do it very easily. I'm somehow built wrong from my ears :(

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  22. A friend has these and I'd have to agree, very good quality headphones. Keep up the posting, Thanks.

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