Apologies to those who anticipated a future review of these two IEMs, but I'm going to have to cancel it. A full review will not be coming soon or anytime in the future, sorry.
I'll post some closing scattered final thoughts here instead.
1. The Klipsch IMAGE X10 has a much warmer mid-range than the triple.fi, enough that I consider it a stark contrast. I could try to describe the ways in which it's colored but since that's subjective anyway, I'll just say it's very pleasant-sounding.
My comments in green - Agreed
2. The IMAGE also has considerably more bass output in terms of both extension and force. It extends at least an audible octave lower if not more. It easily pushes plenty of bass around the 40-80 Hz area, enough that it more than satisfies for my electronica music. The triple.fi works well enough for electronica too but it's nowhere near as satisfying with the thumps and booms.
Agreed. The Image reminds me of the SE530 and q-JAYS in sound signature.
3. In the same way that the IMAGE has bass, the triple.fi has treble. Clear, clean, and articulate - not quite as much treble definition as my full-sized headphones, but still very acceptable and surprising for an IEM. It separates fast sequences of notes easily and closes snaps nicely.
Agreed, but the Image do not lack in treble to my ears, with more than the SE530 and q-JAYS but just not quite as much as the Triple.fi.
4. Both isolate very well when music is playing. I've tested both on flights & a bus and both worked very well at blocking out at least 85% of ambient noise - the last 10-15% usually being engine noise.
The Image and Triple.fi still don't isolate as well as the ER6i, q-JAYS, SE530, IM716, etc...
5. Both are very comfortable, for my ears anyway. Achieving a seal with the IMAGE is faster though than with the triple.fi, since the triple.fi's cable is designed to hook over the ear and the tips don't just easily slide in - the IMAGE is more like "poke it in and voila!"
Agreed, adding that I must use foam tips with Triple.fi for comfort but the silicone with Image are fine.
6. The triple.fi is clearly more efficient than the IMAGE and picks up background noise more easily. Its suitability for lower volume settings also makes it more friendly for battery life on portable devices.
Agreed - the Image, q-JAYS and IM716 require a bit more power to achieve the same volumes as Triple.fi
7. The triple.fi's cord is a thicker, almost rubberized type that doesn't kink easily, which is nice. In contrast, the IMAGE's cord kinks too easily when being stored haphazardly and it's always a relative hassle un-kinking it.
8. The plastic driver housing of the triple.fi feels cheap. There I said it. The IMAGE doesn't feel as cheap with its metallic housing and its aesthetic actually makes it look state-of-the-art.
9. I'm keeping the IMAGE. There, I said that too! I vastly prefer its combo of mid-range and bass over the cleaner, clearer sound of the triple.fi for my personal application of using it as a single ultraportable solution for all my music genres.
Agreed - but the Image I have here are borrowed. I sold the Triple.fi in Jan, and will likely buy some Image in the near future now that I have sold the q-JAYS and Super.fi too.
I'll be posting pics of the IEMs and accessories sometime within the next several days.