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A general persons view, not some audiophile critique.
After getting my iPhone, I knew I wanted a decent set of earphones to;
a) listen to my music in all its glory
b) block out the noise from outside, especially during commutes
c) work with my phone
The S4i seemed to fit the bill and so I took the plunge and bought them on the cheap, knowing that in past past I heard good things about these from audio know it alls.
The earphones came with a pouch and a selection of tips for different ear sizes, I found that the medium ones on by default fit my ears perfectly. This I feel is very important to get the best sound out of the earphones. With them suckered into my lugs, the world outside is drowned out. All the high frequencies usually heard and low level clutter simply disappears when these are on. However, I am still able to hear train announcements, very useful I find!
The seal with your ear when these are on also mean that music does not leak causing the tsk tsk tsk of you otherwise hear from people using their 'free in the box' headphones supplied in the box. More importantly for me, I find that with the seal, the music comes alive, I can feel the bass and love the immersive sound from my mp3's. The importance of fit becomes obvious if you accidentally pull the cable and the earphones grudgingly come out of your ears at which point they sound like the cheapo earphones we all love to hate.
I was able to use these most of the way on a long haul flight and suffered no fatigue in my ears, I soon forgot they were in there even after 10 hours! In fact, leaving them on even without listening to music, I was able to isolate myself from the low level hum generated by the aircraft and get some decent sleep.
The remote on the cable is very useful, working perfectly with my phone with volume control and skipping tracks, it is also easy to feel for when taking calls. The cable is feels rubbery in texture and was actually useful because it never tied itself into knots, leading to less time untangling them.
Unfortunately, there is a drawback, after 10 months of use, it seems the cables aren't that durable. There is a cable break near the 3.5mm jack which now means my left earphone is dead. This is a common problem with the S4i's it seems with other reports of cable breaks after short periods of use.
It is a shame that this happened because I feel the S4i's are a fantastic set of earphones that delivers all the sound quality I will ever need and fit like they were custom made for me.
If you can accept replacing them often then go ahead and purchase them, otherwise, try and find something more rugged if you are a cable smasher.
Klipsch are well-known for producing high-end audiophile equipment and have good rep for such, hence my purchase, but after buying these as a budget audiophile upgrade for the impending summer weather - which we don't seem to have been blessed with - I've got to say I'm fairly upset with the purchase. Although, this is most-likely due to me buying the wrong 'phones for the types of music I listen to - i.e. dubstep, screamo, metal.
These 'phones have a nice quality to them, and don't look too tacky. The cord length is more than adequate, and is of a decent thickness, meaning that these 'phones will suit your need and will last a decent amount of time without worrying about a channel dying, which is a unfortunately fate which has met many of my other in ear 'phones. The casing of the actual drivers is very well constructed and, although not putting it to the test, seems like it would stand the test of time - meaning the 'phones could take some punishment. They also come with a carry-case which ensures that the wires don't get tangled and therefore break, which is an added bonus.
The sound, which is the most important aspect of a pair of 'phones, left me sorely disappointed. The vocal elements of the songs overpowered the bass, if you call call it that, and would pick up when the vocals had ended. Essentially if you were to draw the sound it'd look like a roller-coaster ride! The mids and the highs were okay, at best, and are undoubtedly the ranges which Klipsch had decided to focus upon with these 'phones. If there were highs/mids/basses layered then you'll only hear the higher ranges.
In an attempt to improve the quality of the music I bought various non-native music players from the Play Store and attempted to EQ the music myself - something I've not had to to with other headphones such as my Koss Porta pros. Although this manual EQ'ing had some use it did not really have the favour I desired as it compromised some of the other elements of the music!
I didn't thoroughly test out the built in mic for calls and such, but when I did the experience was adequate and those who I engaged in conversation could understand what I was saying.
Overall, whilst I'd recommend these 'phones I'd only willingly recommend them to someone who doesn't share the same musical taste as me - and I'd only recommend them at a sale price, and I managed to snag them for £16 (IIRC). Otherwise I'd suggest you should buy a pair of Koss Porta Pros!
I bought these headphones because I was tired of my standard tinny-sounding iPod headphones.
Firstly, the headphones are very attractive and pleasing to the eye. The rich black and contrasting silver make the headphones look very very classy. When they are in your ears, they don't look overly prominent but look small and, to some extent, unnoticable, which is great if you're trying to listen music in class!
When these headphones are in your ears, it feels like they are not! They feel weightless, comfortable and do not agitate you in any way whatsoever, which is fantastic because as you may know, some earphones can be very painful to keep in for long periods of time!
Now, the quality of the earphones are matchless! The sound is so crystal clear and the bass is, well, BOOMING! I love it. In addition, they leak very little sound! I was debating on these headphones or the more wellknown BEATS, but I'm glad I went for these (BEATS leak so much sound, they are like speakers!). I have become so accustomed to using these, I use them for EVERYTHING! I use them for music, while on the computer etc. because the sound is so good.
Of course, there is a litte issue with price - it's rather costly. However, I do not regret spending the £60 on them one single bit! And I mean that will all honesty! GREAT BUY!!!
One tiny flaw with these headphones are they have very think wires, which seem like they can break very easily. Also, the headphones seem very fragile but you do get a nice silver case with the headphones, so it's not too much of a problem!
I have owned the Klipsch Image S4i headset for around 4 months now. I paid around £50, though they can be bought at a slightly more competitive price if you shop around online (£40-£45). I bought the headset/headphones for use with my Smartphone, I have used the headset with two different Blackberry handsets with positive results.
The Klipsch Image S4i headset looked and felt great when I first clapped eyes on it. The quality was clear to see and feel. I think with products such as headphones/headsets you really have to see the product before you buy it. One of the main requirements when I am looking for a new product like this is the fit. Fitting plays a huge part in sound quality and so the fact the headset comes with a few different sizes of tips. Due to the excellent fit I find the noise isolation to be top notch and when you are taking a phone call it is always good to have clarity. The overall package includes the headset, metal case, pouch, clip to attach the mouthpiece to your clothing and a cleaning tool for the earpieces. Other than being able to make and recieve calls using the headset you can also listen to music through them. I have a playlist on my Blackberry that I can play through the headset and volume can be easily adjusted. There are three buttons on the headset. Two for volume control and one for answering and hanging up phone calls. I love the simplicity of the headset. The volume keys can also be used during phone calls to alter the volume.
I think the design and quality feel to the headset sets this particular pair apart from other headsets on the market. I love the styling and it is so unique. Although the price isn't all that cheap I still feel they are well priced and offer a lot for the price. The sound quality when listening to music is really something Klipsch are punching above their weight on. The clarity and detail is sublime and as the noise isolation is impressive I am sure you will not become bored of your music with this headset. The only minor irritation with this headset is that the bass can be a little on the heavy side, especially when it comes to dubstep and r+b tracks.
Overall this headset ticks all the right boxes as far as I am concerned. The headset has its clear advantages over normal headphones when used alongside a mobile phone. Often headsets fall short on sound quality, but overall the Klipsch Image S4i headset stands up very well to headphones more focused on music than voice. If you buy this headset purely for phone calls then I would question your decision, but I am basing my 5 out of 5 star rating on this being an overall calls and music headset.
The Klipsch S4i is a great set of earphones that produces clear sound and works very well with the iPhone. The other reviewers have all said that it is a good pair of earphones that provide good sound. So I will not go into details regarding this.
What I will review is the Microphone, Build Quality and Comfort.
The microphone is very receptive, but sometimes it is too receptive and does not pick up your voice very well. This could be the position of the microphone which is on play/volume controls that usually hangs below your next. But, I tried to hold it in front of my mouth and speak clearly and according to some callers on the other end, my voice sounds far away and very soft. So as a hands-free set it doesn't always work well. Probably about 405 of the time I have to unplug the earphones and speak normally.
The Comfort of the S4i is decent but users with big ear holes will find the in-ear buds not really suitable as they don't really fit. This has caused me to resort to aftermarket foam tips from Comply. This has produces a better seal for me and it is much more comfortable. The ear-buds are very light and you do not really feel it and the cord is well made and does not produce the amplified rustling noise that some other earphones produce.
The Build Quality of the S4i is dependant on when it was made. I know this because i bought my first pair a year and a half ago about a year into use, the rubber covers joining the cable to the ear buds had started to split and loosen and the cable between the jack has started to wear due to the cable rubbing against the hard rubber jack edge causing the left ear-bud to stop working. But Klispch Customer Service was excellent and they said that they have a deal with Amazon and they will replace the earphones with a new pair asap. Have now used the new pair for 6 months and I am very happy with them as they have fixed the problems with the older version. The join between the ear-buds and cable is firmer and looks more durable and the join between the jack and the cable is now a soft flexible rubber that should prevent any cable wear.
Overall I am happy with these earphones because there are not many that can be found to produce good sound and work well with the iPhone for the price. Also, their customer service is very good and I will likely buy from Klipsch again due to this fact.
The Klipsch Image S4i headphones offer maximum comfort while producing excellent audio quality. I got these for 70 euros which is an awesome deal considering my previous headphones cost me almost twice as much and didn't even sound nearly as good. Music like electronica and pop especially sound good because these earphones really emphasize the mid and high sounds. But if your a fan of hip hop and rap you might be let down because the bass might not be adequate enough for you.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how incredibly small the headphones were. I think the purpose for the size was to make sure that they fit snugly in the ear and to isolate as much outside noise as possible. I like to jog while listening with these and they haven't fallen out my ear once yet. Also the noise isolation is top notch as it is almost impossible to hear anything except the music your listening too while these are on. The first time I wore these I missed 2 important phone calls, so make sure you put your phone on vibrate before using these. The package comes in a metal box, used for storing the earphones, pouch, clothing clip and a cleaning tool for your ears. The tips of the headphones can be switched out in favor of 2 other sizes or a double-flanged size. The tips right out of the box work the best for me. It also comes with an integrated mic, remote control for playback volume and a call answer button. These extra features are awesome if you have an Iphone or Ipod because instead of fiddling around your player to adjust the volume or track, you can now easily do it with the provided remote control. And with the integrated mic and call button you wont have to pull out your phone each time you want to answer or make phone calls. Klipsch offers a two year warranty if anything goes wrong.
The Klipsch Image S4i earphones offer crystal clear sound quality due to the dual magnet speaker setup in each ear piece. When you first look at them you will wonder "how the hell are there 2 speakers in each earpiece" because of its incredibly small size. This setup produces awesome sound from all degrees especially from the midrange and high fidelity tunes but not so much from the bass. The bass still sounds good just not nearly as good as the other sounds. I tend to listen to less hip hop on my playlist in favor of other music because most of my hip hop tracks are really 'bass heavy' and without that it just sounds like a guy rapping acopella. Dont get me wrong the earphones still do produce adequate bass, I'm just spoiled because I have a 15" subwoofer that produces mindblowing bass in my car setup. On the other hand music like electronic sound breathtaking, (anything from house, techno, or jungle) as I am able to hear almost every subtle detail produced from these tracks. I hear things I didn't hear before, I listened to this type of music for almost 4 hours straight the first time I had these on. I swear it was like I was listening to a whole new song over and over even though I had heard these tracks almost a thousand times! I have owned these headphones for about 2 years now and the only sign of wear and tear that I see is on the wires right under the headphone. I have a tendency to wrap my headphones around my Iphone, I have stopped doing this after noticing the wire damage. So I recommend that you dont wrap your headphones around your multimedia device instead put them in the box that it comes with.
The Klipsch Image S4i offers mind blowing audio clarity while still being reasonably priced. If your in the market for a new pair of earphones I would recommend these because not only do they sound good they are also ultra comfortable and look awesome.
The Klipsch Image S4i Headset headphones are fine quality set of phones developed by audio company Klipsch. Although best known for their loudspeakers they also make a lot of other different audio accessories, including these.
So what sets these apart from other earphones like it? Well, I think the first thing to notice is that it comes with a series of three buttons on its cord, which hangs, when worn, around your chest. The three buttons' main function is usage on mp3 players and can be used to skip through songs, play and pause. A pretty useful function, and most phones and mp3 players should support it straight up without any hassle, although it does contain and Apple chip and so is optimised to work on Apple products like iPhones and iPads.
The device also works as a microphone and means you can use these to talk on the phone with if your hands are occupied, and so it works as a pretty useful headset too, although I find that if I'm ever in a public place use it, I tend to look like I'm talking to myself, but that's probably just me. The microphone is very good, as well, and captures voice well while also reducing the noise around you.
As stand alone headphones, they're of fantastic quality too, delivering some really good quality sound all the while blocking out a lot of the outside world, too. They are strong, too, and the cord doesn't look like it's going to becoming faulty any time soon. The buds are comfortable and fit in your ear well without being too irritating.
The only problem with this product would have to be the subject of price - they come in at around 70 pounds, or a bit more which some people might consider really high for a pair of headphones, but you get what you pay for.
The S4i model is the slightly newer version of the standard Klipsch S4 headphones. Apart from looking the same, there is one small change. On the cable from the input jack, just below where the wires start to seperate for each ear piece, there is a 3 button remote. It is quite narrow, about 3 times the width of the cable on it's own, so it isn't too obvious, but easy to use. The middle button is slightly bigger than the other 2 buttons. This button is used for 3 things; play/pause, skip to next song and go back to previous song. Pressing the button once will play/pause the song, pressing twice in quick succession will skip to next song, whilst finally pressing 3 times in succession will go to the previous song. It does take a few goes to get use to it, but it is very simple and effective to use.
The headphones themselves, which I imagine are exactly the same for the standard S4 model are about 1.5metres long in length. The cable is black in colour, and is quite thin. This got me quite worried as I tend to get the cable in awful knots and I easily break the cable with my hands. However, the high quality plastic casing has withstood this well, and no sign of damage is visible after owning them for 4 months. At the botton of the wire near the input jack, there is a thicker, more durable plastic casing to hold the connection firmly in place and protects this well.
The input jack is slightly different to your usual connection. Instead of having 2 'rings' around the plastic, usually black in colour to control the right and left audio of your earpieces, the S4i model comes with a third black ring which is used for the inbuilt microphone.
I haven't really used the microphone - as I have no need too! - but this is designed for iphone users. It works quite well by lifting the remote device to your mouth, holding it with a thumb and finger along the long side so you don't block the microphone! Speaking normally into it when a few inches from your mouth works well, so no need for shouting. The volume buttons can be used to adjust the volume of the person you are speaking to which is useful.
The ear pieces on the headset are a bit odd looking. Designed in black, with some metallic silver trim, they are shaped so that half way along, they bend at about 30 degrees, into your ear. This is quite clever, as it helps block out sound and maximises sound quality and clarity. On each earpiece, a simple 'R' and 'L' are written on each, not once, but twice, so that you put the right earpiece in each ear, otherwise, they can be quite uncomfortable and sound unnatural, especially useful when first using them.
The silicon mould on the earpiece can be changed. You get 3 pairs of different sizes, so that you can swap them around the get the best fit. I would advise trying the sizes out, as the sound is different for each, dependent on your ears!
There is a small hole in the silicon mould where sound comes out. This can get a bit blocked with earwax because you have the earpieces so far into each ear canal. Luckily, Klipsch supply you with a small instrument which can remove and unclog the silicon moulds. I find it's easier and quicker if you remove the moulds carefully, being careful not to misplace them. Also, you do get a small fabric bag from Klipsch in the box, which has a magnetic contraption to the top which makes sure your headphones are safe and won't drop out.
Finally, probably the biggest point, the sound quality. I have been very sceptical to expensive headphones before. The sounds is very clear and with a good deep bass, and clear mid and treble notes. The bass is very good, especially when you turn the music up loud, and not fuzzy and shaky like other headphones I have used, Sennheiser CX300, I'm looking at you! For general listening on a moderate sound, I listen to my music that I would normally listen to through laptop speakers and have found you hear a lot more of the background music, very important if the artist meant it, not so good if you're listening to a badly produced record. Also, I like the touch Klipsch have done, by including a small list of decibel readings, and the recommended listening times for each. I was quite impressed with this, but I have since wondered whether it is for legal reasons instead. Nevertheless, I'm still happy.
Overall, I would totally recommend either the S4 or S4i headphones. I find the remote a lot more useful than I thought I ever would, and have become a bit of a sucker for it! The cost of the headphones are about £60-70 for the S4 and £80-90 for the S4i. I know they are a lot, and takes some justifying spending that price. I would never of dreamt spending that much, and have been one of the best gifts ever! I would tell anyone to get them, either now, or wait for the price to drop.