Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones (Black)

  • Exclusive Oval Ear Tips for longterm comfort and excellent seal, Cable Length – 4.2 feet (1.3 m)
  • Superior Bass Response from dual magnet microspeaker and oval eartip seal(Noise Isolation : -16)
  • Stainless Steel carrying case with headphone organization
  • Three sizes of oval (Small, Medium and Large) to achieve the perfect fit,DIMENSIONS: 8.5mm diameter. The medium size eartip is on the actual headphones and the rest two sizes within the package.
  • Frequency Response 10 – 19000 Hz,2-Year Limited Warranty

Precise, comfortable fit for long-term wear Superior noise-isolating design Delivers smooth sound with enhanced bass Angled nozzle for proper in-ear alignment Durable, built-in strain relief Available in a sleek black or pristine white finish Works with iPod, iPhone and other MP3 devices   CNET’s Top 10 Most Popular MP3 Gadgets of 2009!CNET’s #1 Best Product of the Summer 2009!These reasonably priced, high-performance earphones go above and beyond what you’d expect from the stock earbuds that come with your MP3 player or music phone. In fact, you’ll find Klipsch headphones are far superior to other brands-delivering unequaled comfort, noise isolation, musical accuracy and bass. Furthermore, Klipsch has managed to take its decades of research and development experience to value engineer the Image S4, while staying true to its audiophile heritage. Amazing Comfort and Fit Made just for you, the Image S4’s exclusive soft and flexible oval ear tips naturally fit the contours of your ear canals, providing comfortable long-term wear as well as producing a perfect acoustic seal. A good seal minimizes outside noise, also known as noise isolation, and allows you to enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes. These headphones come with 3 different sizes of washable ear tips: a small/medium dual flange design as well as medium and large single flange designs. So light and narrow, they are almost impossible to feel inside your ears. Premium Sound At the heart of every Klipsch product

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  • RW "RW" says:
    392 of 418 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing value and quality, June 7, 2009
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    After seeing a glowing review of the new Image S4 headphones on Cnet, I had to dive in and purchase the day of release from Amazon. I have Bose In-ear headphones and these just flat out blow those away. At $75.00 I cannot imagine that anything can compare to this sound quality. The sound is incredibly well balanced and the fit and comfort is perfect.

    Positives:
    1) Price/Sound Quality Ratio. Great full sound with excellent bass, but not too deep like the Bose. Great mid and high level’s excellent for all different types of music.
    2) Comfort: They come with a case and several different sizes of in ear plastic. The Bose headphones had plastic that came off all the time and if you lost them, you would have to find replacements. These will not come off unless you want them too. They feel good in your ear and comfortable.
    3) Noise Isolation: Indeed these do an excellent job of isolating outside noise based upon the precise fit of the ear pieces.
    4) Cord length: The cord is the perfect length for me. Not too long, not too short. The Bose headphones have a cord that is just too long and cumbersome.

    Negatives:
    1) Not really a true negative, but if you are not looking for a sound isolating headphone, do not purchase these. I walk the dog outside quite a bit and have a hard time hearing things around me like traffic or trail runners, which at times can be dangerous. Just something to think about.

    If you are looking at purchasing a replacement for a lost or broken pair of iPod headphones, save your money and purchase these. The difference in sound quality between these and stock headphones is clear and vast. I really liked the Bose in ear headphones when they were first released, but these just flat blow those out of the water for overall balanced sound quality and comfort.

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  • Will W. Martin says:
    794 of 833 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Klipsch IMAGE S4 Incredible Value Providing Sound of $200 Plus Competitors for Much Less, December 16, 2009
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    Will W. Martin (Woodland, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones (Black) (Electronics)

    For starters I’m going to address several key observations that need to be considered when looking at the Klipsch IMAGE S4 earphones and then tackle my “listening experience”.

    First: These earphones, from my experience, are possibly one of the best values in electronics today. Not just IEM, not just headphones…all electronics. Does that mean they are THE BEST in ear monitors on the market? No. But they are very, very, very good overall and outstanding once price is factored in. Based just on sound quality, comfort and features, the S4 is a 4 star item…based on that and price it’s more than a 5 star. I keep seeing reviews where people are saying these are overrated because they don’t stack up against model x, y, z and when you check prices on x, y, z they are four and five times the price of these. Would you expect a $20,000 car to stack up against an $80,000 car? No. But if you found a $20,000 car that stacked up against a $50,000 or $60,000 car you’d be thrilled, right? That’s the S4, which is easily the best in ear monitor for under $200. That said, there are a multitude of personal preferences when it comes to earphones and the S4 may or may not meet those preferences as I will discuss later.

    Second: Do NOT send these back or be upset with the sound of the S4 if you have not done burn in. For those not familiar with what this is, it means playing music through the earphones at approximately 25% to 50% above your normal listening volume (not while you are listening to them of course) for anywhere from 50 to 80 hours BEFORE using them normally. With dynamic earphones like these it is even more important and the S4 in particular seems to require it; out of the box, my pair sounded tinny with no bass and I was pretty annoyed by that (as have been some others in reviews on this site). However, after doing just 50 hours of burn in, they sound incredible.

    Third: Fit will be a problem for some and even those its not a problem for due to size issues, it will be a problem because you have wear these differently than other “normal” earphones. The included eargels are, in my opinion, overly small. Even the large eargel seems a tad undersized and the small double flange and small normal (which seems more like a medium) just fall out. It’s not like I have huge ears either as with most earphones there is usually an included size that is too big for me so, while I am able to get a seal with the large, I find it disconcerting that I feel like it might fall out. I attribute this to the patented design and the fact that they need to be inserted not straight in like normal earbuds, but at an upward angle; I am going to order the large double flanged eargels from Klipsch in the future in the hope it will help lock them in, but I am a little frustrated that I have to pony up another $13; they really should have included another $5 or $10 in eargels like they do on their Custom 2.

    Listening Impressions:

    The S4 is incredibly balanced, which seems to both win it fans and alienate others as it doesn’t bias any one aspect of the listening experience; it reproduces the mix of the music as it was done in the studio. If you like large amounts of artificial bass, the S4 is NOT for you as its about realistic reproduction which means, if the track wasn’t mixed with a lot of bass or doesn’t have any, you won’t hear any. Otherwise, if bass is part of the track mix it is plenty powerful.

    Instrument definition is outstanding; you can hear the separate percussion instruments and multiple guitar lines. When someone slides their finger up a chord or a singer inhales before a high note, you can hear it. I’m amazed but what I am hearing in my music that I never knew was there before-entire parts and nuances to songs were totally missing with other headphones. Plus, you can HEAR quiet parts…especially at the ends of songs as they fade out. Some reviews speak to the harshness of the upper range with these…but I don’t hear it. Maybe I’m just not attuned to that as much, but all I know is that nothing about the music I hear coming out of S4 is “harsh” in any way shape or form.

    I listen to a wide variety of music: Classical (Mozart), Jazz (Pat Metheny), Bluegrass and Country (Alison Kraus, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, etc), Classic Rock (Eagles, U2, Boston), Rock (Nickelback, Vertical Horizon, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry) so I can speak to what the S4 is able to do across multiple spectrums of music. While it shines across the board, I feel the S4 is at its best (insofar as sounding MUCH better than the competition) on more complex music. I listened to Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice album and Brad Paisley’s American Saturday Night album back to back with Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons album and Daughtry’s Leave this Town album and with the former two, the detailed and intricate instrumentation jumps out of the S4 into your ears in a way I’ve never heard before. With the…

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  • Brandon Robison "TheElBrando" says:
    965 of 1,001 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Klipsch IMAGE S4… Best buds under $100!, August 25, 2009
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    Brandon Robison “TheElBrando” (Kalamazoo, MI USA) –
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    CNET recently released their top 5 choices for best earbuds under $100 and so I figured since I already had the V-Moda Vibes (in need of replacing… the 4th broken pair of em) I would buy two other pairs (Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphone,Ultimate Ears SuperFi 3 Studio Noise Isolating Earphones (Black))and compare the three. CNET had the S4’s at the top and after two weeks of solid use I couldn’t agree more. Klipsch’s buds seem to trump the other two in every way. The S4’s cord doesn’t conduct sound from rubbing like the Vibes, and isn’t perma-kinked like the Ultimate Ears. The S4’s are as stylish as the Vibe’s though seem to be almost as durable as the rugged Ultimate Ears buds. As far as the sound goes the S4’s have slightly tighter bass than the bass heavy (which I like) Vibes and more crisp highs than the Ultimate Ears. So here’s the break down in my opinion.

    V-MODA Vibe Earbuds – Flashback Chrome

    Bass 8.5
    Mids 7
    High 7
    Comfort 9
    Durability 5 (one year warranty)

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

    Bass 9.5
    Mids 9
    Highs 9
    Comfort 9
    Durability 8? (two year warranty)

    Ultimate Ears SuperFi 3 Studio Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)

    Bass 6
    Mids 8
    Highs 8
    Comfort 6
    Durability 9

    ***UPDATE: 10/20/12***

    I’ve owned the same pair three years now, use them everyday and haven’t had any durability problems. I don’t baby them by any means. I don’t keep them in any special case, I just throw them in a pocket in my backpack. I do coil them around my iPhone and carry them in my pocket for short periods of time. I still stand behind everything I wrote originally.

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