Klipsch unleash mid-price Image S4 in-ear headphones

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Audio nabob, Klipsch, has made their first foray into the mid-price earphone market, releasing the Image S4 in-ear headphones.

“But what’s really cool,” claim Klipsch, is that “the S4 uses the same proprietary ear tips as its pricier predecessors,” thus giving the S4 the same capacity for noise isolation as its snazzier siblings.

“People have less disposable income these days. Therefore, we felt it was necessary to develop reasonably priced, high-performance earphones that go above and beyond what you’d expect from the stock earbuds that come with your MP3 player,” said Klipsch dude, Mark Casavant.

Unlike circular-shaped designs that abound on most other in-ear phones, Klipsch’s oval ear tips naturally fit the contours of your ear canals, apparently providing comfortable long-term wear. This virtually bespoke fit creates much cleaner more refined bass and better noise.

“Once you have the right fit and seal, these earphones are virtually impossible to feel – letting you listen longer and better,” said Mark Blanchard, inventor of the company’s oval ear tips.

The Image S4 will be available in a piano black finish with three different-sized oval ear tips, an ear-tip cleaning tool and a compact, crush-resistant aluminium case.

Klipsch launches new Image X5 earphones, and price cuts for rest of range


High-end audio manufacturer Klipsch has just announced a new set of earphones to sit alongside its prosumer X10 and budget Custom-1 models.They’re called the X5s, and they’re ever so slightly larger than the X10s.

That slight embiggening saves £50 in the manufacturing process, which they’ve passed on to the consumer, so the X5s will cost £130. For that, you’re getting 50 ohm impedence, 110dB sensitivity, and -26 dB noise isolation. Klipsch are calling these “the least fatiguing in-ear headphones around”, and they’ll be available in ‘late November’.

The KLIPSCH iGroove SXT – an iPod dock with top-quality sounds for a change

klipsch-igroove-sxt.jpgOK, it’s time to report on something I’m totally out of my depth on. Sound quality. I can just about tell the difference between stereo and mono if I pay attention and put my ears between the speakers, so can’t really say if “exclusive horn-loaded tweeter technology” is a good thing to have or not.

The iGroove also has “a true two-way, stereo sound system that employs dual long-
throw 6.4cm/2.5in woofers in a ported enclosure” which, again, might be market-leading or…