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A Review On: Klipsch Image ONE Premium On-Ear Earphones

Klipsch Image ONE Premium On-Ear Earphones

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xdaBionic
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Pros: Comfort, build quality, sound quality, iPod mic/clicker thing.

Cons: Some might think there's a bit too much bass, your ears get kind of hot after a while

Let me start off this review by saying two things: 1) This is one of my very first reviews, so I'm sorry if I'm horribly inaccurate and stupid-sounding or just flat-out wrong. I try to write my reviews without bias and with as much honesty as I can. 2) I am not an audiophile, I listen to my headphones on an iPod touch 5th gen, and I don't own a portable amp. I do this because I want my reviews to apply to the average Joseph who likes great sounding audio, but isn't really in it to make a very expensive hobby out of it. I am an enthusiast for high-quality sound, but the majority of people who will look up "headphone reviews" on Google are not out to make their own audio rig, just to find something that will sound good on a day-to-day basis.

 

Now, without further adieu, the Klipsch Image One review.

 

Build Quality

These headphones are built very well. They have a leathery-looking back and some extremely comfortable ear pads that are very soft and supple, almost like real leather. You can really wear these all day without getting tired of them. The headband has a nice quality tough rubbery feel to them and the overall feel you get from these is that they will not break. They are very tough, and they look pretty great to boot. The cable is nice and thick and the clicker has a nice feel to it, with the buttons having a nice "clicky" feel to them. All in all, some solid work from Klipsch.

 

Sound

Also known as: the entire reason you're reading this in the first place. The sound will be quantified in three main parts: Highs, Midrange, and Bass. The headphones are tested on 3 different songs:

 

1) Michiko Naruke- Song: Bramble Blast, Album: Super Smash Bros. Brawl OST (Tests treble, detail, speed, and overall clarity)

2) Martin O' Donnell- Song: Overture, Album: Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack (Tests midrange clarity and soundstaging)

3) Direct- Song: Final Boss (Tests bass response and speed)

 

Highs

The highs on these headphones is great. There is plenty of detail and the notes sound very true to the original recording. There isn't very much of the "sparkle" that some headphones have, and they aren't very bright sounding. However, the highs are never grating or screechy. It is crisp and clean sounding. Cymbals sound like actual cymbals, with a sharp attack and some decay, and flutes and clarinets sound clear and true. Overall, the highs on these headphones are pretty fantastic.

 

Midrange

The midrange on these is nice, if not anything to write home about. The mids do come off as a bit recessed, but it isn't really anything noticeable if you don't know what you're listening for. The clarity on the midrange is not quite as good as the highs, but it isn't awful either. The detail is definitely there though, and the French horns in the Overture from Halo: Reach really shine through well. The bass does not bleed into the mids very much or very often. Overall, the mids are not amazing, but they are clear enough and hold their own against the highs and bass.

 

Bass

Bass. Some people can't get enough of it, some people think it's the scourge of the land and that any product with any amount of bass in it at all is automatically terrible. These headphones would not be very well received by the bass haters. Not that these headphones are super bass-heavy, that simply isn't true. The bass response is actually pretty surprising for a headphone of this size and stature. That isn't to say that the bass is bad either. Far from it, actually. There is plenty of the stuff, but it doesn't really show up unless you are playing very bassy music on them. When you do, the bass is not only deep, but tight and detailed too. Bass heavy music sounds truly amazing on these headphones. Overall, the bass response on these headphones is tight, controlled and detailed. Very, very good stuff.

 

Overall Verdict

For a pair of on-ear headphones, you really can't go wrong with the Image Ones. With a mixture of plush comfort, better than decent sound, and iPod-friendly features, this is a great pair of headphones for people who want something small and compact but still packs a punch. TIP FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS: Never pay full price for these headphones. They can be had on eBay for under 60 dollars (I got mine for 55)

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my review!

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