I just received my Klipsch X10's and I want to give some initial thoughts about my most recent purchase. It's definitely not going to be reviewed in depth, but enough to tell you how I feel. Also, by no means am I an audiophile to some of your standards here. But, I know good sound when I hear it.
This is the first time I have strayed from Shure. Previously I have owned E2C's, SE110's and currently Shure SE310. Some of you may have read my frustrations with the SE310's.
Upon first holding the X10's, they felt cheaper than Shure's. The cord was thin, and I already started missing the Shure's two cords. But hopefully, the Klipsch cords don't freeze up in cold weather and start ripping at the bends.
In addition, I am not too fond of the Y split in the Klipsch, nor the plug. The manual says the plug is at a "right angle" for better use with cases. It's not even a right angle. The plug scares me the way the wire comes out of the plug. Let's hope I have no troubles.
Moving on to the phones...I like gels, but not more than foamies. I tried the gels for 5 minutes then tried to see if Shure olives would fit. They did, and that's what I have been using since. I'm sure I'll go back to gels just to experiment, and I may even stick with them. They are more easy to use, because with foamies, I have to squeeze them then place them in my ears and hold until the foam expands again. Also with the Klipsch, I can share my music better with other people. I had to give a person instructions to use the Shure's.
I listen to a lot of electronic music (deep house, tech house, trip-hop) and hip-hop (late 80's to mid 90s and underground). The Shure's always made me yearn for more bass (even on bass booster on my iPhone). I am in no way a bass head (I would have bought the UE EB5 if I was), but if it's meant to be there, I WANT TO HEAR IT! The Shure's never satisfied me in that regard. I once tried V-Moda's. They had bass, but they sounded like junk otherwise. Mmmmm Klipsch, they sound good. It's a weird feeling I get....I wish I could just hold the song in my arms. I had that feeling with Shure's occasionally, but these Klipsch's hit my heart.
The Klipsch have the perfect amount of bass (and with bass booster off). The mids are there, of course not like Shure's, but they are there and they do a great job. Also, in regards to noise isolation, I believe the Klipsch are as good, if not better, than the Shure's. The real test will be driving to work with my brother. He listens to a lot of mainstream rap, and I always tried to drown it out with my Shure's. Also my wife likes to watch music videos loudly, and the Shures made it feel like the channel was PBS instead of MTV. We'll see how well the Klipsch do.
All in all, I love the Klipsch. I am sad, though, that they aren't built like Shure's in terms of cord thickness. The plug lacks, and I feel like they could break at any second. But the sound is beautiful. The sound is clearly better than what I'm used to.
I hope these phones will stay with me for a good bit of time.
PS....what are "Portable Headphones"? Are AKG, Audio Technica, or Grados considered "Portable"? I may get some full size headphones next just to change it up.