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Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone Reviews


Digital Quality Meets Analogue Charm


Pros: Bass extension, Bass impact, Warm laid back midrange, Non-fatiguing, Unbeatable comfort, Isolation, Unique tonality

Cons: Treble extension, Strain reliefs split, Cables too thin, X11 and X12 too expensive, Microphonic

Introduction –  The x10`s are Klipsch`s former flagship earphone that continues to hold a special place in my audio arsenal. I`ve owned them for over 6 years and continue to enjoy their smooth sound no matter how much I upgrade. While they are certainly not perfect, the x10`s provide an impeccably sculpted and addictive sound combined with the most comfortable design of any iem I`ve tested. They have since been replaced by the x11`s and x12`s, however these earphones are acoustically identical with small upgrades in build such as a new square cable and new colour schemes. The x10`s can be found for well under $100 USD and represent great value at that price, however...
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Klipsch X10


Pros: Amazing bass, nice smooth highs, small, very comfortable, block out lot of noise

Cons: Lack in mids, feels fragile, no foam tips.

Those earphones are very nice, strong tight bass, mids are detailed but a bit lacking, highs are very smooth. Soundstage is ok, but I don't have much experience on it (worse than IE8 for sure). I love the warm sound, and it really reveals low quality compressed songs. The build fells fragile. I mostly use it at home, and I had no problems with it. They are very comfortable, but they stick out from my ears when I wear them, so you can look a bit funny. The isolations is also very good, for me the X10 were almost as good as my Etymotics!

Great for sitting


Pros: Isolation, sound quality

Cons: cord, cord, cord.

I am not going to try to describe the sound of these IEMs. I am new to the audiophile world, and don't have the appropriate training to give anyone a good description of their sound. I am sure that there are plenty of posts out there that can help with that!   That being said, I love the sound of these phones, but I hate everything about the cable. It is very stiff (a property that has only gotten worse in the years that I have owned them) which either 1) Transfers horrendous amounts of noise into the ear from ANY movement against clothing, etc or; 2) Causes them to come unseated in the ear canal which causes noise leakage and immediate loss of sound. If you are looking at these...
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Still looking for better IEMs


Pros: Sound quality, portability

Cons: Reliability

Smooth, good detail, a playful "warm neutral" sound. Not boomy or bloated like Klipsch's lower end IEMs. Quite pleasant. No they're not analytical headphones. No they're not reference headphones. These are not for studio work, they're simply for enjoying music on the go. They will faithfully enough render good recordings with great positional accoustics, and they'll make something salvageable and listenable out of poorly recorded albums and low-fi old mp3s too. Klipsch have carefully removed every frequency that could be irritating, so even Merzbow sounds like puppies licking your ears.   Comfort is great. I love the gel tips on the Klipsch headphones.   The downside:  ...
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Amazing little IEM!


Pros: Unbelievable bass, perfect treble, not siblilant, fits pretty much any ear size.

Cons: Nothing really, pressure on ears feels weird.

This is my second actual IEM purchase, and I have to say, I'm very surprised. These have a more enjoyable and pleasurable listening experience compared to the Shure SE425, which sounded dry and lifeless in my opinion. The Klipsch X10s have bass extension to die for. These things pack a bigger punch and impact than the Sennheiser HD650s. They are perfect for rock, pop, and pretty much anything else. One thing these really shine at are binaural recordings. Ive noticed with listening tests that IEMs do a better job recreating a binaural experience than open back headphones, at least for me. This is probably due to the way binaural is recorded, with the mic near or inside the ear canal. So,...
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X10I The comfort and sound quality of these are fantastic and they are cheap for as good as they sound


Pros: Very detailed balanced good sound, extremely comfortable. I can wear them for 6 hours at work without knowing they are on, great noise isolation

Cons: some microphonics, had a few pair develop shorts in the wires.

I have some current Senn IE80s and I think the x10s sound better and are far more comfortable IMO. These are underated. I like them enough that I have bought 6 pair due to losing them or wear and tear and I buy the X10i with iphone controls @ $200+ a pop. Thats how much I like them.
Techno Kid

Very solid single BA performer


Pros: great bass, smooth detailed mids and highs, good soundstage width and 3D presentation and good isolation

Cons: none that I can find for a $85 IEM

Accessories,   5 Sets of Tips Protective Case Airplane Adaptor Ear Tip Cleaning Tool   Build Quality / Fit,   On the build quality the X10 is very well built imo.  The housings are made of aluminium and I also think because they're so small that they'll last longer.  They have a good strain releif coming of the housing into a good splitter that has a neck clinch.  On do the cable is pretty much your standard cable that most IEM's have with the plasticy feel to them.  The jack has the gold plating with the same kind of strain relief as on the housing.  Over build quality is very good, I'd say some of the best of and IEM I've...
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Image X10


Pros: Great sound, tiny, like the look

Cons: -

I carry these everywhere with my IPOD Classic. It's hifi on the move, especially on trains. They give a clear full-range sound and the isolation from the double flanged tips is very good. They are very comfortable to wear compared to the Senheiser and Bose IE's I had previously.   It's a lot cash for something so small but I'd buy them again if I lost mine.
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