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Klipsch Image X10i review

post #1 of 8
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Hey guys:)

 

I had the chance to review these.  I won't beat around the bush.  I didn't like them for the price.  

 

The following is my review:

 

 

I am always looking for the ultimate iPhone compatible earphone.  The Klipsch Image X10i are an expensive offering, but their sleek design and excellent microphone and Apple remote implementation are definitely enticing.  Let’s take a look…

 

THE FIT & FINISH

The Klipsch Image X10i come with attractive carrying pouch, which is both hard (protective) and sealed with a magnetic  “flip-top” like door.  It is definitely the nicest carrying pouch that I’ve seen. It also comes with an airline adapter and 1/4 inch adapter.  One of the best attributes of the Image X10i is the silicone sleeves (small, medium and large) which are uniquely oval-shaped to fill the ear canal more comfortably, while offering a superior seal.  Klipsch’s ear tip design impresses me since I am usually skeptical of anything silicone in my ear.  I usually reach for a pair of comply-foam tips instead, but in this instance I did not find this modification to be necessary.  However, I did not like that the Image X10i are designed to be inserted up into the ear with the cable hanging down, instead of behind the ear.  For me, earphones designed this way are almost always extremely microphonic and not as comfortable.  The Klipsch Image X10i was no exception in this regard.

 

Some of the best aspects of the X10i are the handy Apple Remote buttons and the superior mic which I found made for an excellent earphone-iPhone experience.  The remote control is implemented at the Y-Split section of the cable with the microphone positioned on the back.  This microphone does not need to be positioned near the mouth for the sound to be clear, but Klipsch added a helpful shirt clip for those who prefer to have the microphone nearer to their mouth. 

 

ALL ABOUT THE SOUND…

For me, a $350 price tag should boast far superior sonic quality than significantly lesser-priced earphones.  I’m not sure the Image X10i does.  While the sound is warm and enjoyable when I’m looking for a fun sound for some rock & hip hop, I found the overall tone to be too colored for the asking price.  The bass seems to take over a bit; the treble is rolled off a bit; the soundstage narrower than comparatively priced earphones, and the overall sound is just not all that transparent.  I expect more from the sound quality of an earphone at this cost. 

 

While listening to Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” I was underwhelmed by what I perceived as clutter and boom.  I quickly switched to Nas’ “New York State of Mind” and the earphone’s tonal balance appeared to deal much better.  With Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” I found the sound far too murky when the bass dropped in and it really detracted from the listening experience.  With reggae, the X10i was very impactful and enjoyable.  Overall the sound quality was not a winner for me; not for the price.

 

LAST WORD

The Klipsch Image X10i is one of the more expensive in ears on the market today.  How they compare against other offerings will depend on what you are looking for from an in-ear headphone.  The X10i are one of the smallest and sleekest earphones in the +$300 market today.  They are also one of the few at this price to offer a built-in mic and Apple remote.  However, it is ultimately my opinion that better earphones are to be had at this price, if sound is priority.  I will not say the X10i are a bad sounding earphone, but I will suggest that when in consideration of sound quality alone, I do not feel that the Image X10i are competitively priced.  However, people looking for a sleek, attractive, comfortable earphone for their iPhone may still find that the Klipsch Image X10i to be an excellent purchase.

post #2 of 8

I found this the case with most of Klipsh's IEMs.

post #3 of 8

Klipsch reminds me of Bose with it's price to sound ratio except a little better.

post #4 of 8

For that price, "no".... the Klipsch X10 aren't worth it.  I recently purchased some used X10's for around $160, though, and I've been very happy with them.  Surprisingly so. And I'm primarily comparing them to my (previous) HF5's and my (current) GR07's.  In the $150 - $200 range, they're great.  More than that, well... you can find better stuff.

 

An option for some *might* be the Klipsch X5, which can be found (new) on Ebay for about $125.  A decent value.

post #5 of 8

I like the X5 (at $150 it was an OK value) but the microphonics are a big problem. I had much better luck with Sony Hybrids than the standard tips. 

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Originally Posted by yipcanjo View Post

For that price, "no".... the Klipsch X10 aren't worth it.  I recently purchased some used X10's for around $160, though, and I've been very happy with them.  Surprisingly so. And I'm primarily comparing them to my (previous) HF5's and my (current) GR07's.  In the $150 - $200 range, they're great.  More than that, well... you can find better stuff.

 

An option for some *might* be the Klipsch X5, which can be found (new) on Ebay for about $125.  A decent value.


Just want to point out that the X10 aren't made anymore, it's just the X10i now.

 

post #7 of 8

I had a great fit with the large single flange tips but I thought they sounded better with the hybrids. The treble opened up more and the midrange had more presence. The hybrids are also very comfortable.
 

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Originally Posted by BRCMRGN View Post

I had much better luck with Sony Hybrids than the standard tips. 


 

 

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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post


Just want to point out that the X10 aren't made anymore, it's just the X10i now.

 

 

I know that the Image X10 are discontinued and replaced by the X10i, but I just bought a brand new Image X10 from Amazon for USD $94.25.  I consider this to be a great deal and I have no use for the mic/ipod controls considering I primarily use them with a portable amp.  I currently own the Image X5 (also discontinued) which I love, but feel is a bit lacking for electronic bass heavy music.  X10's are supposed to be a step up in the bass department.  Klipsch Image X10's and X5's have got to be the most comfortable iem ever made in my opinion.  Amazon must be helping Klipsch get rid of there discontinued stock. 

 

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