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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive, but not achingly desirable

    Posted
    Eliot

    After a trusted old pair of earbuds (by Creative) went dead, I started the hunt for a new pair. With all the reviews and sources of information available, I began to be convinced that there was a whole word of music that was completely unavailable to me since I was using poor buds. Armed with that mindset, I searched for a pair of earbuds that would blow open the cosmos of the audio world and allow me to enjoy notes, tones, melodies I never was able to hear before. What I wanted was something that was under 100 bucks and offered natural, controlled audio quality. After a little experimentation with Bose in-ear headphones and Skullcandy Titans, I have settled the last couple of days on these Klipsch S4s. No doubt, the quality of the sound is impressive. The control of the sound is the underlying feeling I get while listening. The bass is powerful and punchy but not excessive (a problem with most other headphones in this price range, I have noticed). The highs are not too bright or distorted. Music seems to have a nice warm sound and the sense of space is pretty impressive. Songs which throw a multitude of notes (highs, mids, and bass simultaneously) show off the abilities of the S4s best. Supertramp's often overlooked and underrated Babaji is a great example (Even in the Quietest Moments, the title track, does an equally great job of displaying the S4's abilities). The bass stays strong throughout while the S4s do a great job of controlling the high vocals and crispness of the piano. More modern and more recent recordings fair even better due to the higher quality files available. Modest Mouse's also overlooked and underrated Dramamine is another example. The only "problem" (hesitation is a better word for it) with these headphones is that while the sound quality is impressive for the price, it's not an achingly must-have piece of kit. The grand illusions of mystical worlds of music I was hoping to unlock simply aren't there. Coming from a bog-standard set of iPod buds, that would almost certainly be the impression. In fact, if you are setting next to a player with a pair of headphones plugged in that came in the player's package then this is certainly a brilliant package and worthy of close consideration. The question is what these ~80 dollar headphones will offer you that a good 40 buck pair wont. The answer is about 20% more. All the improvements I mentioned are great, but compared to any number of decent 40 dollar earbuds, they aren't overwhelming. However, to many, that 20% is very important and worth the 80 bucks. I don't know if it is worth it to me, and is why I am still considering returning them. There's a lot of other positives that certainly give the S4s other advantages. The comfort is superb while providing a great seal for audio isolation. The included carrying case is pretty worthless but the cleaning tool is a nice addition and very helpful for keeping the channels clear of gunk. The build quality isn't awesome. As others have mentioned, the cord quality is lacking but I don't expect there to be any premature breaks. As such, I don't really consider the quality to be an issue and wouldn't let it sway against them if you were considering them. All in, this is a very nice pair of headphones but my personal, fairly overinflated expectations have left me somewhat lacking. But that's more my failing than the headphones. What it simplifies to is quite easy. If you have those white Apple ear buds, get something else, anything else. Try some. Experiment with different brands and models and discover what you want to hear from your music. I think these Klipsch Image S4s are a great starting point and are certainly impressive. Coming from those Apple headphones, you will start to understand what you are missing. If you are debating between something like the Skullcandy Titans (a nice 40 dollar pair of earbuds), you just have to ask yourself how much you want the 20% improved sound quality. Hope this helps your decision process.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Let's be honest.....

    Posted
    Braun
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First, these are not ear buds. They are in ear monitors. Big difference. Next, what are you listening to? If it is that low bit rate junk that comes from iTunes, don't expect these to make your music sound good. Nothing will. May as well stick with what came with your iPod. Finally, don't even try to judge what these, or any other headphones or speakers, sound like until you break them in. 20 hours, minimum. 50 hours is ideal. The difference will be dramatic. All reviews should be done after the product has broken in. I have a pair of Shure SE530 IEM's. They cost much more and they sound stunning. They should for the difference in dollars. I use them as a base line to compare everything else to. I compare these S4's favorably with a middle of the road Shure set but for probably $100 less, and with a smoother low end. A very nice bang for the buck. Nice but not great low end. Somewhat rolled off at the high end but not a deal breaker. Mids are nice and seem to get nicer with time. Durability has not been a problem and I have almost abused these. Even got them wet several times. The only real gripe I have is the silicon tips. Some folks like them but I don't because they don't stay in well. I was able to take a set of the yellow foam Shure tips and get them on the hossel of the Klipsch. It took a little doing but it made a major difference. You squeeze them, stick them in your ear, they expand, stay put and seal way better. You can buy them on line pretty cheap. I consider this a must for these IEM's. I have attached pics with the foam tips on the S4. Overall, I like these. Once broken in they do a very nice job and should satisfy a large majority of people. If you are looking for audiophile IEM's, look elsewhere and get ready to write a larger check. But if you listen on an mp3 player you should really like these, especially after about 20 hours. At this price the S4's are a real bargain and I recommend them highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound quality beats headphones over $100

    Posted
    TDog14

    I bought a pair of these over a year and a half ago, and only within the last two months have they begun to show obvious signs of wear and tear. Last week i bought a pair of expensive on-ear headphones for some studio work and it made me remember how much i love these little guys. I created a best buy account just so i could write this review. Sound Quality: They're small, but trust me they are powerful. The soundstage is detailed and dynamic. The lows are thick and punchy, but they certainly don't skimp on the highs, either. Overall the sound quality is mind (or i guess ear) Blowing. in my search for new on-ears, i realized that these earbuds really are some of the best out there. I tried brands and price ranges all across the board. I even gave Klipsch's image One's a shot and nothing seemed to compare. With the quality that these buds offer, you're essentially getting away with murder. The headphones i settled on are twice the price of the S4's. I'd say these are worth somewhere between $110 - $120. Some notable Pros: Exceptional noise isolation - once music starts playing, say goodbye to the outside world. And go ahead and blast your music if thats what you're into. the people around you won't hear a thing. Volume vs Speaker durability - I've got some loud music on my ipod. I've been pushing these things to their limit ever since i bought them and the speakers have yet to blow out. Every pair i've had before these has blown within a few months of me owning them. Some Notable Cons: Chord quality - Like people have said, it is not the best out there. It is basically just a rubber coating around the wire, and it's pretty thin. However, i've had my pair for close to two years now and it is still fully functional, with mild rips in the rubber at the base of the 1/8 inch jack and where the chord meets the earbud. the bottom line is, if you're willing to spend 80$ on headphones, you should be willing to exert the basic amount of care on them to keep them in decent shape. Extra Earbud Squishies - This is the only significant problem i've had. what tends to happen is you'll lose one squishy but not it's partner. It feels awkward to be wearing two different sizes so you have to move either a size up or a size down. the change isn't that dramatic until you lose one of those squishies too.... and then another of a different size. and then eventually you just have a bunch of mismatched squishies. this product would be infinitely better if it came with 2 or 3 sets of each size. or at the very least a more secure squishy-to-earbud design. Conclusion: If you've never spent this much on headphones and are wondering whether or not you should take the chance, just do it. A year from now you'll still have this same pair, which will save you money in the long run because the alternative is to buy 5 pairs of 20 dollar headphones that break within a month or two. If you usually spend more than this and are worried that you're downgrading in quality, you aren't. These things are the unsung heroes of the earbud world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Choice for Android Devices

    Posted
    MrArmageddon
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Currently using these with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Very pleased with the sound quality, and how well people on the other side of a conversation can hear me with the built in microphone. The tangle-free cord is nice, and everything seems to be well built. Wasn't a big fan of the free app made by Klipsch for button control, but I found the application "Headset Button Controller" on the Google Play Market to be much better. With it I can do pause / play, skip forward, skip back, and volume control with the single button, while still accessing Google Now voice functions with a Long Press. Highly recommended. The only negatives are: 1) Rubber ear buds they come with are a bit uncomfortable, and create a pressure in my ears making them pop like I am constantly driving over a high elevation mountain pass. I came from a set of Shure 210's that recently died, and I really liked the foam "ear-plug" style buds they came with for both comfort and blocking outside noise. So I just pulled them off and am now using them with the S4A's... problem solved. 2) Other negative isn't a deal-breaker, just a minor annoyance. The headphone jack is long and vertical, and these type seem to be easy to break if the phone is in your pocket. They should have gone with an L shape jack that would be less likely to break. Overall its one of the best options for good sound quality with an in-line mic for Android Phones, especially if paired with a good button controller application. Also wanted to note that they have a new design for the button area, which is different from the pictures on Best Buy's web page. I have included a picture in this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good earbuds for the price

    Posted
    Guy4
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought these for a last-minute trip to asia on business. my old pair of sony earbuds were stolen a few months before, so i needed to buy a new pair of headphones asap. I did a good amount of research on earbuds costing <$100, and found these to be the best value cost-wise for the sound reproduction and "features". I will preface the review with the fact that I had a price-match from amazon.com and got these for $33 w/ tax....so really for that price I would say it would be really hard to find better earbuds with the same sound and quality. Overall, these have good sound production, really crisp high notes, and good lows and mid-range. I've heard better low notes on my old sony pair (something sony is known for). I listen to mostly rock, acoustic, and hip-hop music...and i love me some heavy bass. So these Klipsch earbuds could have been better in my opinion on the lows, but to each his own. I often maxed out the volume on my ipod and came close on my computer -- never once did these crackle or pop. Sound reproduction was good at all volumes. Like i said before, these earbuds really excel at producing the high-notes...i can hear the "crackle" of the vinyl spinning on my hip-hop music, and can hear every high-hat and splash cymbal in my music....but never "tinny" sounding Mids are OK, but nothing amazing to note there. the noise isolation was great on the plane and the trains i took during my trip. I was a little worried about not getting a set of noise-cancelling headphones that my friends said I needed to have for the plane, etc. I really didn't want the noise-cancelling because my ears are sensitive to the buzz/hum that those produce. So, I gambled on these tight fitting earbuds, and I won. They did a great job isolating most of the outside noise of engines and general ambiance, and allowed for me to hear my music and movies perfectly. Even better, these come with several sets of rubber inserts to help find the perfect fit for different ear shapes. I usually use the biggest ones and "jam" them into my ear to get the best isolation and best sound. These were comfortable enough for me to wear for a several hours straight, which is about as long as anyone would need. I even fell asleep on the plane with them and they weren't uncomfortable, nor did my ears hurt when i awoke. Quality of the earbuds have been great so far. I don't abuse my electronics so I can't really speak to that, but I did read a lot things on the internet about these having flimsy cords and connectors, etc. I have accidently tugged on these while plugged in firmly and have not had an issue yet. There is a slight crackle when i turn these in my ear to adjust the fit, but it stops as soon as I stop touching them...so i don't think that's an issue. Overall, good sound and good quality. I would recommend these to anyone that needs good headphones for a few hours a week, or for an occasional trip. If i used these everyday for several hours, I think i would get some more expensive ones with better bass -- but these are a good option for any moderate headphone user.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Earphones for Nano

    Posted
    nedb

    I was very very disappointed with my new Nano because the sound was lame when I listened through the earphones that Apple included in the package. So, I bought three new earphones: Klipsch S2 ($49), Klipsch S4 ($79), and Bose ($99, recently on sale for less). I tried the Bose first, and nearly wept for joy--my first test was a Windows Media rip and iTunes converted tune from Trilok Gurtu's "The Glimpse", a jazz piece featuring high production values and intricate layers of vocal and percussion. I'd never heard such vivid playback before! Bose products could be teriible and people would still say they're great, but I can't say enough good about these earphones, I think they're spectacular. Listening to Trilok, it was like the players were arrayed in the space around me, each with perfect miking. Technicians might call this "imaging", but whatever, the Bose delivered a big and welcomed surprise, doing credit to the musicians and the Nano. Why did this record not get notice at the Grammys?! Unfortunately for me, the Bose earset was not designed to block out external noise, while my requirement is that my Nano do this for me when I'm in a noisy environemt, so I repackaged the Bose and crossed them off my list. Next came the S2, and I was blown away again, this time by the sound and especially by the utterly effective external-noise-excluding ability of the soft (silicone?) rubber earpieces seated inside my ear canals. I did not hear road noise in the car, or TV noise at home. I did not hear the music in the spectacular way the Bose reproduced it for me, but what I did hear would have been ample to convince me to buy the S2 if it were the only option available. Finally, the Klipsch S4: Like the S2, the S4 block out extraneous sounds. And like the Bose, the S4 gave me a remarkable listening experience, not as vivid as the Bose but very very good, especially when I turned off the 'extra bass' contour in the Nano. I returned the Bose and the S2, and shared the Klipsch/Nano with my family. We all played favorites and handed the set around, and we were all thoroughly pleased that the Nano (their birthday present to me) with its lossy mp4 format, had so much capability in reproducing music we love. We're satisfied that it is a good investment once the right earphones are found. In my mind, all of the kudos go to Klipsch and their S4 earphones because they released the Nano from cheepnis, but of course the Nano is a great little platform that grew on me quickly once I turned off the bass and jacked in with earbuds that are up to the task.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing headphones all around

    Posted
    Bhegs

    These headphones are pretty insane. I have had them for over a year now (bought them in January 2010) and they are still working as well as when I first got them. I keep them in my pocket every day and use them in my ipod when on the go, and I use them for my computer when listening to music/videos/etc. I have put them through alot over the years tugging them in and out of my pocket, dropping them, losing them, etc, but they are still working as well as they always have. Though the cord may look thin, it holds up extremely well. I've gone through plenty of skullcandy headphones that break within the first month usually. For durability, these headphones get a 5/5. My only complaint is that the oval tips do come off, so i lost one when pulling them out of my pocket >.< they come with two of each of the three sizes though, so i just used a different size to replace my missing tip. That was my own fault, and I never really cared enough to order a replacement in the size i had. For sound quality, these headphones score a 5/5 again. I have used the bose in ear headphones and the dr. dre beats on many occasions, and the klipsch s4's blow them out of the water every time. I hear things in songs with these headphones that I had never heard before I bought them. I am using them right now to listen to some Daft Punk as I am typing this review. ;) As for comfort, they are far more comfortable than the beats by dre or the bose in-ear headphones. I don't even notice I am wearing them half the time... They play music into my ears and it is as if there is a concert in my skull rather than sound coming from an outside source. Actually, I have had to check if they were actually in my ears on multiple occasions. :P Anyway, I was just thinking about how long I have had these headphones and how good they have been to me, so I decided to write a review. The Klipsch S4 in-ear headphones are worth the $80 in my opinion, and I do not regret buying them. Pros -Amazing sound quality (5/5) -Superb durability (5/5) -Comfortable (5/5) -Portable (5/5) [duh] -Induce happiness (5/5) Cons -You may end up needing to buy replacement tips if you are too careless (not really a problem if you just pay attention ;))

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    These buds are a sound bet, har har

    Posted
    UltraGeek1111
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Be aware: The 2010 blue box now has a straight connector jack, as opposed to the 2009 silver box which has a L connector jack. I much prefer the L connector because it is less obtrusive and, instead, more flush with my devices. Also, placement sounds, looks, and feels better when used contrary to manufacturer's instructions - use L on right ear and vice versa. I purchased these because they won editors choice award from CNET. Overall the sound quality is very good but I am not a fan of the ear tips that are included because they don't allow consistent sound throughput. For example, if I am eating, the movement in my jaw causes a slight tension in my ears - just enough to cut off the sound with every bite. Or, if I am laying down on my side, the bud will shift enough to not let sound through that side. Maybe it's just my ears but I tried using all the included tips and none of them helped with this issue. Reversing the sides (using L on right ear and vice versa) helped but I ultimately remedied the issue by purchasing an assortment of "Koss PLUG replacement cushions" from Amazon.com. It was a gamble on my part crossing two brand names but believe it or not it worked and fits perfectly! Not only was my issue remedied but overall the sound isolation is even better and so is the sound quality. I use these with my iPhone 4 and am overall very happy with them. I would have purchased the S4i with the remote but i preferred the L shape jack design, cheaper cost, and store availability of these instead. I also recommend (for a little extra $) the black Dr. Dre Diddybeats Monster earbuds which has both L connector and integrated volume remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    only one problem, but its something minor

    Posted
    mrhappyface
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Since most of you have come to read a review because of its sound quality i will start with that. After you burn these in (about 24 hours will do it, if you don't know what this is stay tuned for a little while longer) these headphones are going to astonish. The bass is the rich and defines, and guess what its very powerful, not to the point where it overpowers, but very powerful. Mids are clean have texture to them, nothing to get happy about, but they do the job that $100 headphones will do. One problem i had with these specific line of headphones is the highs, if you look at my review for the image s2 you'll notice i said that the highs were tinny and distorted. While they might have solved this problem slightly, they still haven't fixed it perfectly, its not sharp anymore but it is still kinda tinny. Overall the sound quality is as defined as, say, a $150 pair of headphones, easily beating beats by Dr. Dre, shure, sennheiser, and other major companies in sound quality up to that price point. now for those of you who don't know what burning in headphones is its basically when you put noise through the headphones at your listening level of music, this loosens up the drivers of the headphones much like how you loosen up a shoe right after it gets off the assembly line, if you do this you'll experience the magnificence i described earlier, but otherwise you'll experience horrible noise. Now for comfort, noise isolation, and fit. all of these are simply amazing, and its due to the oval shaped ear pieces , if you have these in, they will stay in and will block out a large portion of ambient noise. this is because the oval shaped ear pieces actually fit to your ear canal's actual shape. For what comes in the box, you get a tin case with room for the headphones, the three sizes of tips(S,M,L, and small/medium) and an earwax cleaning tool, which is necessary since it shows up very easy on the tips. The only problem these headphones have is the cable is rather thin, which makes it seem like it will damage the cord of the headphones rather easy, and this is quite disappointing for this price range since your entering the mid level price range of headphones. overall very good headphones, easily reccomend to everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the money, you won't get better.

    Posted
    KOsterhout

    The Klipsch brand has been known for many decades as one of the leaders in home theater surround sound. Klipsch makes a very large variety of speaker systems and are famous for their horn-style tweeters. The next time you go to a movie theater, look at the speakers -- they're probably Klipsch. With the Image line of headphones, Klipsch decided to move to the ever-saturated mid-level market of portable audio. With competitors like Ultimate Ears, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, and many others, Klipsch is in a large market filled with heavy hitters. How do they fair? Let's break it down. Design: 8/10 These earbuds are phenomenally designed. The silicone bud attachments are angled and are separated from the housing, and are ovular in shape (oval). What's interesting is that over 90% of all ear canals are this shape, yet almost no other company has made oval-shaped earbuds -- until now. Comfort: 10/10 I am one of the unfortunate people who can't seem to get a good fit with any earbuds. Normally, either my left ear or my right ear will get a good fit but not both. Sometimes, neither will. However, Klipsch has finally made an earbud that will fit almost everyone. They are so comfortable and achieve such a phenomenal seal that you don't even know you're wearing them. The angled tip and the oval bud attachments fit so snug yet so comfortably that I don't understand why all other buds haven't been this way for years. It's so natural. I have never had an earbud fit like this. Quality: 7/10 The quality of the earbuds is slightly a roller coaster ride. For one part, they are really well built. The actual earbuds themselves are very well built and feel very sturdy. However, the cord and the connector feel very small and cheap. I know it's to keep weight and form-factor to a minimum, but they feel as if they would be able to be ripped fairly easily. However, nothing's perfect as is demonstrated here. Sound Quality: 10/10 I have never given a 10/10 for a sound quality review. However, I feel this warrants a first. While they definitely are not the "end-all, be-all" of earbuds, for the price there is nothing even remotely close. Forget the Ultimate Ears, or the Shures, and please don't even pick up a Sony or Skull Candy package. These blow all other competitors out of the water within a $50-100 range. Here's the breakdown: -Treble: 9/10 -Mids: 10/10 -Bass: 10/10 -Separation: 10/10 -Isolation: 10/10 The only reason why I gave these a 9/10 in the treble category is because its competitors do provide a better experience in that area. The Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 4 have unbelievably great high ends, but no bass. Overall: 9/10 (Outstanding) These earbuds are absolutely phenomenal for all listening purposes. They sound great on all genres. They're out-of-this-universe comfortable, and aren't disgustingly dorky when you wear them. The large metal carrying case and small cords are the only negative side to them, but this is hardly a reason not to buy them. If you don't have $300+ for high-end Shures or Sennheisers, then these are your earbuds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful, Perfect, Best IEM's I've ever used!

    Posted
    jazyjason

    I've used and returned several different phones. I currently use a Cowon s9 with all my audio files encoded in FLAC format. After my Sony MRD- XB500's blew out their bass drivers I tried several different brands until I came across the s4's. I tried out the middle Altec Lansing UHP 206's and hated them. Horrible fit, sound would distort if the cord scratched. Tried the sennheiser HD 428's clear cut high's and mid's but lacking of bass since most Senn's are bass neutral. Finally I ran across the s4's on head-fi.org which if any of you are not familiar a strictly audiophile website. I was shocked and elated to find that these people just kept on ranting about the S4's. Saying their the best in their price range and possibly the most comfortable IEM on the market without custom made foam flanges for a custom seal. I also read the review on CNET giving them the editor's choice award for may of this year. So I took the plunge and got them. Let me just say that out of the box even without extensive burn in these are by far the BEST IEM's I have ever heard hands down! The highs are oh so clear and dynamic. The Soundstage is very up front and almost live, but with definitive mids that balance out for warmth. ANd oh my lord the bass!! Yes yes yes! finally an IEM that has dealt with the issue of my s9's bass roll off. The bass is clear and lush, with a great punch. Upright bass lines in jazz are present and just bring out the best in your albums. Onto style. Wonderful sleek look. Sexy, small great. Cord seems a tad bit flimsy but hey they give you a nice metal case to keep them in so I do not see an issue. Comfort level.... Perfect. I mean it! Compared to some Shure's and especially those agonizing Altec Lansing's these are pure bliss. They just slip right into you ear canal and that's it! I do not even feel them inside my ear as I type this review. Oh and don't tell anyone but I drove home with them on cause I loved them so much! That just goes to show how much these really are worth. Get these trust me they beat out anything else best buy has to offer as far as IEM's and you would easily spend 300 dollars + to get even a tad bit better results with possibly less comfort. +5. Get them in time for the holidays.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!! Best phones in this price range.

    Posted
    gsbergman
    • My Best Buy® Member

    All I can say is WOW! I find these headphones to sound better than $200 cans I own. These are the best value in headphones I'm aware of. There are a few caveats that go along with these phones though. 1. They are difficult to fit. I was getting fustrated trying different size eartips. I finally called Klipsch tech support. I explained my problem. They sent me free of charge their dual stage medium/large eartips. They also suggested trying to put the headphone in upside-down and drape the cord over the top of my ear. This is what made the huge difference. Now they fit perfectly, don't slip out of my ears, and the sound no longer fades in and out when I move my head about. Once you are persistent and get the right fit, then prepare youself for WOW! Don't be afraid to contact Klipsch for help in fitting these headphones. They are worth the effort. 2. The comfort. I derated the headphones as good because of the difficulty in finding a good fit. Once you find the right fit they are very comfortable. 3. Durability. It's too soon to tell but they seem to be made well and only time will tell how durable these phones actually are. Buy these phones if you are patient and are willing to work to get the best fit, sound quality and comfort. If you want to find a great sounding pair of headphone but don't want to work at getting there, I might suggest you try something else. If you buy these and are not persistent, you'll just end up returning them out of fustration. All I can say is they are worth the effort to get the fit correct even if you have to call Klipsch to assist you. If you get the fit right, you'll LOVE these headphones. BTW. These headphones are best if driven with a small external amplifier (actually goes for most headphones). Most MP3 players just don't have the output power to drive them well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Overprice; Not for active users; Poor use of $100

    Posted
    Evolver311
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I cannot recommend these headphones. I would have returned them if they hadn't gotten cosmetically damaged in the first week of my purchase. In short: - Won't stay put - bulky mic/volume controls - easily tangled - unsuitable clip - over-priced - poor mic placement - durability + good audio + comfortable for long use (if they stayed in place) First and foremost, these headphones are not for active users. If you are doing anything more than sitting at a desk, they will be pulled out of your ears. The weight of the long cord and bulky speaker/iPod controls make it easy for the headphones to be pulled out of place from the slightest snag. Regularly, a slight snag will pop one headphone out of my ear, the weight of the falling earpiece then will pull the remaining headphone and the whole thing will swing towards the ground. In the first week of wearing, this happened and someone walking by stepped on the left ear piece damaging it enough cosmetically that I wouldn't return it. If you plan to wear this around your house/apt while trying to do anything, there is a good chance they will fall out. I have never had this problem with other headphones. The mic and volume controls are far inferior to the Apple and Sony (38-IP) versions. It hangs at the base of the Y split. If you don't use the included clip, this hangs too far from your voice and will often pick up friction noise from contact with your body. The device itself seems heavy and has a noticeable pull on the ear buds that is exacerbated while walking or moving around. Long cords are great when they don't get horribly tangled. Something about the material and design just make these get easily tangled and not easily untangled. Previous headphones I could just shake a bit and the tangles mostly drop out. Not so with these. It comes with a clip (which I believe screams lame any time I see someone using one) that is absolutely necessary. Since any pull will yank the ear-buds completely out of your ear to fall to the ground, the clip is the only thing saving them. Unfortunately, the clip doesn't stay attached to the wire! It regularly pops off and falls - very easy to lose. Also, without the clip, the mic hangs in a bad position and makes it poor for making calls. For less than half the price, you can get much better headsets...but the sound quality is a little better. I just don't think it's justified with all of the other faults. Ear-buds have a leader casing that come out a couple centimeters from the ear-bud. On mine, these have already split. The only redeeming aspect of these headphones is that the sound quality is definitely better than the previous headphones I've owned (which were all in the $30-$45 price range). Finally, they are comfortable. If you are sitting around idle, these may be great for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great headset, not durable enough

    Posted
    MrNed
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So I was looking for a headset for a long time that worked with Android that was had the following: Android support, inline mic, noise isolation, good bass, great clarity, good fit and did not break the bank. After a lot of searching around I found these. I dont regret getting them one bit. Loved everything about them except: not durable, suffered internal wire damage by the jack and felt cheap with the spaghetti design wire (which is supposed to help with anti tangle design <--- this is a nice idea but seems to make the wire weaker), poor plastic housing for the buds/mic and the mic itself is lower down the wire where my chest was, instead of being by the jawline so phone calls were not that great because it would always rub against my shirt or I had to lower my chin to my chest to be heard. This is a great headset, but has its flaws. I got these for lower than the advertised price. This is a great headset, but does not feel like a $100 pair. I had these for only five months before they gave out, luckily I had the GSP plan on them so I was able to exchange them for another, however they did not have any in stock so I upgraded to a pair of Bose Android MIE2 (not IOS MIE2i) that was a bad mistake. See another review by me for the scoop on those. The sound on them is great, I can't fault them in that regard, needs to be re designed and made more durable all round from the housing, the cable, mic placement, and jack being angled instead of straight for durability...then it would be worth every penny. If you get these you'll love the sound, but be warned...if you have these in your pocket all the time the jack/wire will give out before the bud........trust me buy the protection plan, you wont regret it. If they change these things, then it would be worth every penny and have the right to be called a premium headset in the $80+ price range..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bose IE2's vs Klipsch

    Posted
    Bluehalo86
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I'm one of "those" people. I researched on Youtube, Cnet, the Best Buy site, random blogs... then I spent 2 hours looking at Best Buy's selection in the store searching the packaging for a 'sign'. The staff demonstrably thought I was a crazy woman. Eventually, I threw down the $$ for Bose iE2's. Nonetheless, I'm on this forum, right? K, so Bose is EPICNESS. EPIC. NESS. The sound on those babies *grimace* it's almost not fair how good they sound. But, you know what? If the Bose thinks the sound quality makes up for allowing every-other-noise on God's creation in the mix (per their not being noise-isolating nor cancelling) then my return of them was justified. I wanted soooooo bad to love the Bose, but I realized that noise isolation is at the top of my list of bud requirements for me to truly enjoy the sound-quality itself. Still, if Bose comes out with a noise-isolation pair it's curtain-call for these Klipsch w/ no ovation. Now to the Klipsch--- I gave my mom my iPod last week so perhaps it's my android phone's equalizer (it's rooted so the eq is decent, mind you), but the usual settings did NADA for these. It was ShOcKiNg/embarrassing for the brand how little these did with settings that worked well with Skullcandies, Sennheisers, etc. I toyed around with the settings and found a setting that's decent. Still, I'm mad that I had to do sooooo much to make them tolerable, though. Anyhoo. The aforementioned items pretty much cover it--- 1. Noise isolation is cared for greatly with the Klipsch, 2. If you bought these and didn't have an MP3 player (iPod, Zune, w/e) with eq settings built-in be patient and see if you can work it out., 3. If Bose comes out with a pair that cares for #1 then these become obsolete. In the interim I'd recommend these in anticipation of #3. So hopefully you got the 2-year insurance. I'm tough on buds and have no doubt I'll use it so *crossed-fingers* on Bose getting some sense about themselves. I'd hate to say that my reggae-inspired Skullcandies aren't far removed from these but... No... I'm not going to even think about that. Life's too short.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's not all about the headphones

    Posted
    chalkitychalke
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I first got these headphones about 6 months ago to replace a set of Apple earbuds that I was using with an HTC Aria. Compared to the Apple earbuds, they sounded great! It was only when I continued listening when I realized that the sound quality was still not all that great. The highs were ear-piercing if the volume was turned up a bit louder than normal, and it took some getting used to. Bass response was alright, but not as great as everybody was proclaiming. I even tried the headphones with an iPod Touch, and the sound quality was only a little better. However, this all changed when my Aria got shattered, and I replaced it with an HTC Inspire. The Inspire comes with Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround, and an equalizer in the default music app. I tried the headphones with Dolby Mobile on, and all I can say is wow, what a difference. With the new phone and Dolby Mobile on, the highs were no longer piercing, the mids actually showed themselves, and the bass is AMAZING! These headphones instantly became worth the $80 I paid for them. The headphones are also pretty durable. The rubber ear pieces it comes with take some force to take off and put on the headphones, which means they won't fall off when you take them out of your pocket. I have yet to lose a rubber piece, which is good because they only come with one set of each size. They also fit very comfortably in my ears, and they don't fall out, even while walking or running. Because of the type of earbud they are, they also work as ear plugs while you listen to music. I can't hear a thing when I have them in, and nobody else can hear my music. So, in closing, these are the best headphones I have ever owned, and they sound amazing. However, be warned, the sound quality is only as good as the device they are plugged into, and the quality of the media file you are listening to. The difference between a 128 kbps AAC audio file and a 256 kbps AAC audio file is unmistakable with these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!!! Worth every penny!

    Posted
    nirvfan81

    WOW!! OK.. So, I just bought these a couple hours ago on my lunch break, I get to listen to alot of music at work doing computer stuff.. I never had real good headphones before, I thought my 30 dollar sony ones were good, they only lasted about 6 months or so before the wires frayed... I was a bit skeptical about buying these and paying this much for headphones, I was originally looking at the monster turbines but they are way expensive and they look and feel heavy so not a good choice for working out or walking with as they do not stay in your ear. These actually stay in your ear and I hardly notice they are there! So comfortable and the sound is AMAZING!! Now i know why CNET gave these a "best of" award and a 10 in performance! What an amazing value, even CNET states the performace rivals sets costing 3 times what these cost and it's true. I first listened to some rap and the bass felt like i had a mini subwoofer somewhere inside these small things.. Then some nice intrumental rock stuff like explosions in the sky ... I can soooo hear stuff I was missing before with the Sonys. The bass pedal from the drums is so clear and clean and you can hear every note of every instrument! These are perfect! Excellent smooth bass on any kind of music without sacrificing lows,mids and highs! I was also looking at the Monster lil' Jamz as they are the same price but they are mostly all bass driven and not all in one like these im sure. I almost broke down and bought these and the Monsters off Ebay but I would advise NOT TO, there are TONS of fakes when it comes to high end audio, any open box listing on that site is very sketchy, even new sealed when the seller has like 10 sets, this model has fakes going around, so i would advise to just pay the 80 and know you are geting pure and not fake and probably used. Anyways, the box for these is a no frill packing, so plain looking compared to all the junk skull candy and sonys there, go with these! You may not think you are getting much just by looks but once you listen you will see why these top everyones list for value and performance!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for people new to quality sound.

    Posted
    Phil1010

    (First paragraph about previous headphones) I had a pair of $60 Logitech headphone that I bought fom Best Buy 12/09 and the right ear stopped working 10/07/10 (yesterday) so I brought them in to see if I could get them replaced. The customer service person was very nice and gave me store credit ($60.00) because my headphones don't exist anymore. I decided that I would make an upgrade as it was almost as if I just rented the other pair: ). I read online about these Klipsch and now I will compare them having had these ones for a litte over a day now. Out of the box, impressed with the case and the extra ear buds. Tested all the ear buds and the big ones fit the best in my opinion. The coord is pretty flimsy and cheap and I don't like the sideways plug-in because it comes out of my iphone when I put it in my pocket a lot. Now, sound...The sound has a nice high treble feel (great for jazz, well everything technically) and great mid's and high...The high's on these are amazing...BUT, I don't feel any bass...My previous headphones had a lot more bass and after reading all the reviews, I expected a lot. I did try all the ear buds but it didn't make a difference. To be fair, bass shouldn't be more than what they have in these headphones anyways so it's actually perfect. Comfortable...Ahh amazing, way more comfortable than my other pair. You can barely tell you have them on. But, the cord if you move around does swing around and you can hear it in your ears if you don't have the music up loud. In the end, I am pretty impressed but I see potential. I will keep them for another week and see if the sound gets a "LITTLE" better and if not, I might try out the Bose no matter what people say. I would HIGHLY recommend these if you are coming from ipod headphones or anything else cheap. They will open you up to new sounds and it literally changes music. But for someone who has already had a decent pair and looking for an upgrade or replacement, you won't be THAT impressed...I think you have to step it up passed the 100 dollar mark to get something substantially different.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comment other reviews, and actual review of these

    Posted
    CodeNameMLS

    OK well I'm going to comment on other people problems with the headphones. Number 1 being and one of my only problems with the headphones, the Silicone Ear pieces. Fit - 6/10 When i first opened the package to these headphones i looked at the ear pieces and was confused on why they were SO small. They are literaly the smallest ear pieces youll ever see on a headset. This is what fools you with the sound quality, but ill get back to that later. The Large ear piece could easily compare to the size of a medium ear piece on most other high end in-ear headphones. Though the large fits me perfectly in most occasions there will be times that it will slip out of my ear alot, ussually when I am working out they will stay in better because there is a better seal with the earpiece and the seal. But yes these ear pieces are best suited for younsters or people with smaller ear canals. Sound - 8/10 The main problem people have with the sound of these is that they cant hear bass, or they just find the sound quality lacking. These people also complained about the ear pieces being to small and not fitting in thier ears properly. These headphones use the ear piece to create a cap over your ear canal to block other sounds from coming in, thus when you lose that seal, sound quality disipates. Your never going to hear the quality these headphones produce if you dont have a good seal with your ear pieces, so if they don't fit well then I definatly would suggest returning them. Otherwise these headphones have a great casual sound for the everyday listening. They arent made to really compeat with Super High End Headphones. People get high end and Super.Fi mixed up way to much. They arent going to have the sound quality of Full on hjeadphones, or super High ends like the Shure 530's, its just for a good everyday use of headphones. Oh and also the wire really doesnt bother me, i hear very little wire sound, the wire are VERY thin, and really dont create alot of vibrations. Durability - 8/10 I havent done alot of testing with this, but they have been in the rain and survived. Sorry for putting you through all my Grammer and Spelling. I'm glad you read it all. Overall i give this 4 stars or 7.8/10 overall Recap - Great everyday headphones, if they fit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great with Ice Cream

    Posted
    ColchesterBB
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was the proud owner of some Shure SE210s which I paid over $170 for two years ago. Somehow I snagged them as I exited my truck at the grocery store to buy ice cream so they fell on the pavement without me knowing. Long story short, I figured out what happened the next day so I hurried back to the parking lot only to find them still there, but with one earbud no longer functioning. So I went online to see if I could buy another pair and found one for less than I paid. So I ordered them. But then I read a recent CNET review of earbuds that claimed the Klipsch Image S4 were the best, even over Shures that cost 3 times as much. I canceled my order and went straight to BestBuy and bought a pair thinking that I can always bring them back if they aren't as good as they claim. It was hard for me to believe an earbud of this price range could be anywhere near the sound quality of my old SE210s. When I got home, I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only are these earbuds nice looking and comfortable, their sound quality is hard to believe. The longer I listen to them the better they get as the drivers burn in. These are an incredible product. I was even surprised how well the clear plastic tips fit and isolate sound. I did purchase extra tips from Comply which makes these even better. The CNET article expressed some concern about the durability of the cables. They are thin but they are the same thickness of cables I have on a pair of Bose over-the ears that I've have for two years without any problem so I think this concern is not valid. Bottom line, I'm very glad I stopped for ice cream that night.

    I would recommend this to a friend