Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones

  1. BurnedHead
    Good but buy extra tips
    Written by BurnedHead
    Published Dec 29, 2012
    Pros - Good design, good deep bass, isolation is very well and can be worn for a couple of hours without any discomfort
    Cons - Few accessories, tips have unhelpful core diameter, the cable collects noise and looks fragile
    I bough them to a friend as a birthday gift the last year. He tells me that are excellent headphones, perhaps to not make me look bad or maybe he was right, so I decided to buy my own pair. just as a note I bought my friend's S4 twice of the price than mine in a music store in Mexico, so the price varies too much in these latitudes.
    It not brings you any extra for your money, only three sets of tips that aren't so useful. A hard case that becomes deformed soon and can't be closed after some weeks of usage.
    I have not much experience in headphones and equipment when try them, but I had a Bose IE2 as earphones of choice and this set replaces it in daily usage with few problems (With proper care because they looks more fragile).
    One problem that I have with them are that its tips' receptacles are very thin, they are difficult to clean and is not easy to find compatible tips, you can use the Comply T100 but these have very few compatible models, so if you buy the 3 tips pack you probably will only use one of them because is probably that you can't use the others on any headset you have.
  2. iEar
    Klipsch S4i = overrated
    Written by iEar
    Published Dec 12, 2012
    Pros - reasonable bass
    Cons - poor build quality leads to short life span, weak midrange
    Hmmm... I did a bit or research before buying these. There were plenty of glowing reports out there and the cynic in me thinks that most writers on major sites write nice reports in order to not bite the hand that feeds them.
    The build quality seemed average at best,
    the cables transmit a lot of noise, it like someone running alive mic over clothing
    The mid range and treble sounds like its coming down a phone line
    After 6 short months of 1-2 hours use per day the left speaker died
    Klipsch lovingly referred me back to the seller for a warranty claim, awesome - NOT
    Once a figured out how to seal them in, for meant inserting with wire up, not down, they
    seeled out a lot of ambient noise. The base was quite adequate if not that detailed.
    Bottom line:
    I was really disappointed with these, I've read some people figure that 6 months is good for
    this kind of money on headphones! Stuff that!
    I wouldn't recommend these to anyone.
  3. KSprite623
    Lasted less than 6 months!
    Written by KSprite623
    Published May 6, 2012
    Pros - The block out a lot of ambient noise.
    Cons - They don't hold up to normal wear and tear.
    I received these headphones for a Christmas present after doing A LOT of research.  I enjoyed them at first, but after less than 3 months the cord at the jack began to loosen, even though I religiously put them back into their case after every use.  By the time I had owned them for 6 months, they were no longer working.  
    This part of the headphone is not covered by warranty, so I no longer have the headphones, or the money.  
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    2. sneaglebob
      Exactly the same thing happened after 4 months.
      sneaglebob, May 6, 2012
    3. ConXept
      Wow, one star? Pretty harsh, 6 months is pretty acceptable for $65 iems,
      ConXept, May 8, 2012
    4. ssrock64
      I think we're all measuring by our Head-Fi'er standards here. Sure, to IEM fans who regularly put down hundreds or even thousands on in-ear gear, getting that kind of time out of a set that's less than $100 seems pretty good. To an average consumer making his (or her) first major purchase in audio, it's not to be taken that lightly.
      I've had really cheap Sennheiser bottom-end in-ears and (dare I say it) stock earbuds that've lasted longer than that. Klipsch's in-ears are known for horrible durability, and they didn't fix any of that with the S5i "rugged" version of the S4 design.
      ssrock64, May 8, 2012
  4. 50an6xy06r6n
    Fun, but sibilant
    Written by 50an6xy06r6n
    Published Feb 29, 2012
    Pros - Very comfortable, easy-to-use, consumer sound
    Cons - Tends towards sibilance, better options for the price
    I bought these alongside the UE500, with the intent of keeping the one I liked and returning the other one. Auditioning through a stereo, the S4s were a little less lively and smooth than the UEs, and tended towards some fairly bad sibilance, especially on classical tracks with high violin parts that were almost painful to listen to. I liked the UEs better, and returned these.
    Despite the sound quality issues, I have to say they were very comfortable and hassle-free, and the build seemed better than the UEs (which have had cable issues since).
    Keep in mind that this was a while back, before I had a lot of audio experience (still don't), and that neither pair was burned in.
    1. Sylverant
      Among dynamic iems the S4 are known to have a bit of a burn in period; the highs lose that edge and become just "borderline" sibilant. But if you don't like that v-shaped consumer sound then you aren't going to like them any more after burn-in.
      Nice, honest review.
      Sylverant, Feb 29, 2012
    2. 50an6xy06r6n
      Yeah, I realize that now, though I didn't know that when I had them (over a year ago). And this is more of an impression than a rewiew tbh.
      50an6xy06r6n, Feb 29, 2012
  5. ninioquiroz
    Good IEM
    Written by ninioquiroz
    Published Jan 15, 2012
    Pros - Balanced sound, quite enough bass, excelent isolation
    Cons - Strange fit, fragile, thin cable, highs are a little distorted
    These will provide very good isolation if you get the correct fit. I managed to do this by trying out all the tips affered. As others have noted, the is a little bit of distortion on the highs, which I've noticed slightly affects the vocals. The bass on these is really good, altough it fortunately doesn't drown the rest of the sound, which makes them a little balanced to my ears. Overall good value.
  6. skafle
    Decent IEMs
    Written by skafle
    Published Nov 6, 2011
    Pros - Bass, comfort, isolation
    Cons - poor construction quality, bass-heavy
    I got these after I put my UE Super Fi-4s in the wash and I couldn't handle my cx-300iis not fitting quite right anymore. 
    The newer version has a straight plug, and a decently thick cable, which hasn't tangled, but it is quite bent fro being wrapped up. However, where the cable goes into the housing of the earphone, there is a slightly thicker part that wraps around, which has cracked after 6 months, and it sort of scares me.
    They're very comfortable, with oval shaped tips instead of round ones that come with most iems. They also seem a bit large and heavy to me, and sometimes they fall out if my ears are especially sweaty or it's a long listening session, so I wrap them over the top.
    The sound is more bass-heavy, although the bass doesn't extend very far, or have a nice tight punch. It's a bit loose, but it's pretty decent for most listening. Mids seem a little recessed, but not too bad. Highs are a bit less recessed with the mids, and although some say they are fatiguing, I listen to them for several hours straight almost every day without a problem. The sound seems to be a more standard consumer oriented sound rather than a hi-fi audiophile oriented sound.
    Overall, decent headphone, fun sound signature and quite comfortable.
  7. GeneralSmirnoff
    Great for the Price I Paid
    Written by GeneralSmirnoff
    Published May 3, 2011
    Pros - Great audio quality, They fit very well, Good warm bass
    Cons - The cord is very thin (others feel it might rip, I don't think so), Not really noise isolating
    I got these headphones from a friend that got these bundled with the iPod Touch 4G he got for his birthday. He told me that he did not like in ear headphones and was going to use them with his Skullcandy's. I got really excited since the headphones are from Klipsch so obviously I couldn't turn down the deal.
    When I got them, I literally threw out my cheap Skullcandy's and forgot about my comfortable Apple Buds, these headphones are great!
    What I like: The audio quality, while not the clearest is great. I really like the highs and the bass when I put these on and I prefer these over some of my other headphones because they sound very good with house music and techno. Also, they are extremely comfortable and never pop out, although can get a little lose in my ears sometimes.
    What I don't like: While they do block out some noise, pretty much all in-rear headphones do. I do not think they should be sold with noise canceling as a feature. Also, the cord is too thin and people have damaged these headphones by accidentally pulling on the cord too hard. I feel like my headphones still have a long life ahead of them.
    Looking for great sounding headphones at an affordable price, get these!
  8. jamesta
    There are better options at this price.
    Written by jamesta
    Published Mar 28, 2011
    Pros - Bass presence, iPhone compatible mic available.
    Cons - Price, overall sound quality, comfort.
    At the MSRP of $99 or at the discounted price of $79 there are many better options out there.  I bought these before I did any research, on an impulse at the Apple store.
    The bass is appropriately enhanced without being overwhelming.  Decent extension but not very quick or precise.  The mids & treble are lacking refinement, while they are clearer than many earphones, they do not produce enough quality to justify the price of the set.  The treble is very harsh & sibilant, I couldn't listen to these for very long without feeling fatigued.  They aren't specifically comfortable but not especially uncomfortable, like many of it's peers they don't sit flush so they are impossible to sleep in comfortably.  There is no real separation & doesn't appear to be any tuning for soundstage, the sound is where the speakers are, plain & simple.
    The mids & treble make this set very overpriced compared to the competition in the $50-100 range.  The sound signature is extremely poor, they aren't sweet or bright in any good sense of the words, harsh & sharp are much better adjectives.  I would avoid these headphones for any price above $50 & might even argue that $50 would be better used saving for a better IEM.
    1. illquid
      Whilst it's been a long while since I've put these on so I can't comment on SQ. The design and comfort of this pair are harshly judged IMO.
      They are well designed, very compact and unobstrusive in shape. The oval tips are without a doubt an improvement on circular silicone tips. As ear canals aren't circular in shape, any circular tip is stretching your canals unequally, whereas I found the S4s to be much more wearable for longer periods. In both of these factors, they are above 3/5 (average) if you ask me.
      illquid, Mar 28, 2011
    2. jamesta
      We'll have to agree to disagree. They are no more comfortable or better designed than any other canalphones that I've seen, they aren't smaller, lighter or more compact than it's direct competitors; & they are not more comfortable either. 3/5 is 'average' & that's just what the design & fit was to me, average.
      jamesta, Mar 28, 2011
  9. mountainview
    Written by mountainview
    Published Jan 15, 2011
    Pros - sound surrounds you, enough bass to make you want to sway
    Cons - oval ear pieces
    Used them for a year or so.  Very happy. bass is tight, not booming, highs are pleasant.
    They are a bit slippery to fiddle with for me.
    The material the ear pieces are make my ears itch after about 30-40 minutes.  I had to have Klipsch send me the other size that is not included as none of the included ones were fitting properly. Even then, out of all of them, they don't fit as I would like them to.  The pointed ear pieces are all way too small, the oval ones I ended up NOT aligning as suggested to get them to fit the best for me.
    The cable is thin and  tangles easily, as I'm sure others do.  I have been fairly gentle with them so I cannot attest durability.  Though, I do run 20 miles/week with them and no moisture or sweat issues.
    I would only get different ones if I could find the perfect fitting ones, otherwise I am quite happy.
  10. ahilal
    I like 'em - great for iPhone
    Written by ahilal
    Published Jan 14, 2011
    Pros - Sound good, Comfortable, iPhone-compatible
    Cons - large button, ear mold plastic could be firmer
    I got a pair of these to use with my iPhone for listening to music as well as making calls. So far I'm pretty pleased. I agree with raghunath that they are a little bassy, at least compared to my last cheap pair. But I don't mean that in a bad way. I like the way they sound.

    They're a very comfortable fit and come with 4 different sets of plastic tips in different sizes so you can use the one that fits your ears best. I am having a little trouble with my left ear - I can't seem to get the fit to be as snug as I would like. It slips out sometimes. It seems that if the plastic were a little firmer it might make a better seal. But it's a minor issue which I hope will go away with more use.

    It's great to have a quality noise-isolating headset to use for phone calls. Whew. So much better for talking. And the remote button on the cable will operate with your iPod/iPhone as a pause / skip / call answer button. There are also volume up/down buttons. The piece of plastic that houses these buttons is a little larger than I would like and makes coiling them a bit harder. But it feels solid, which is more important.

    Overall happy with the purchase, except for the fact that I bought them on impulse from the Apple Store and therefore paid a terribly high price. Ugh. I should have checked the "buy now" prices on the right side of this page first!!!
    1. jdz2287
      Wow, great review! Thanks for sharing. 
      jdz2287, Feb 2, 2011
    2. yonas
      I've been looking for a replacement for the factory headphones.  Will give these a try.
      yonas, Feb 2, 2011