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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 35 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound quality, but requires burn in

    Posted
    mrhappyface
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    For those of you who don't know what a burn in is, its basically when you play music or some sort of noise through the headphones in order to loosen up the drivers and DONT put the headphones at a noise level above 60% because you will damage the headphones by not letting them mature enough to support that noise level, most times this doesn't affect the headphones a substantial, but on a few it is necessary in order to get the most out of the sound quality, and these need a burn in. After around 30 hours of non stop noise the noise comes along. The bass is so powerful, beating companies like koss, sony, and skullcandy in bass(all of these companies make very bass powerful headphones), it also has a lot of texture, making it a lot easier to figure out what note is exactly being played. The mids are good, not the best ive heard at this price range, but theyre good enough to hear them and don't feel tinny at all. Highs are another story, they are kinda tinny, but its only when it enters very high frequency notes, or when two high frequency notes are mixed(specifically bands like papa roach on their album "getting away with murder"). These will stay in your ear no matter what, and they cancel out most of the noise in the background(trust me people reviewing this are overexagerating this) it doesn't cancel out all the noise, but it does cancel a large portion of it, specifically voices wont be canceled out, i mean youll be able to know theyre saying something just not what theyre acctually saying. This is due to the oval shaped ear tips, which is acctually what your ear canals are shape which gives a better fit and isolation. Durability wise, these have a very thin cable, but its sustained a lot of damage so far and hasnt showed any signs of weakness. What comes in the package is some cheaper quality items, especially the carrying bag, its not thick enough to protect your headphones, but other than that there isn't a whole lot more besides the headphones and the sizes of tips. overall very good headphones, best earbuds in this price range at least

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clean, Crisp Sound and PLENTY of BASS!!!

    Posted
    Damon

    After reading the reviews, I honestly had mixed thoughts about trying these. I then, went to the Klipsch website and did some forum research about them and purchased. As others have stated, if you "do not" choose the correct earbud, do not insert them correctly(yes, there is a right and wrong way to put them in) and do not allow them burn-in time, no, they are not going to sound good. It's not the phones, it's the user on the above. I just purchased mine yesterday and after burning them in overnight and also an additional 2 hours with some burn in tracks, I then set about fitting the correct bud. At first, the bass wasn't there as others have stated, but then, I found the correct bud to fit my ear and they are like magic! Bass is tight, but on rap tracks(I listen to old stuff from the 80's and 90's), the bass is wonderfully rich and "can be" overpowering! The highs and lows are also good and I, listen to Luc Ponty, Metheny, Scofield and a mixed bag of music. I imagine that as I approach more burn-in time, from what I have read, the highs get higher and more pronounced and the bass mellows a little. I can definately turn the unit down to maybe 1/4 of what it was with my previous Sony set. I considered also the S4's for the bass, but, I don't want to blow an eardrum, as these have an extremely strong bass band. Though, the SPL on the S4's is a bit higher(4db) and that might be an upgrade path, but these, if you know how to use them, are fantastic! I cannot comment on the longevity, as I just purchased my pair, but the sound; whether listening to slow and instrumental or bassy rap, they don't dissapoint whatsoever. Just be sure to select the correct earbud(mine is a bit tight on the ears, but I can definately take that) and burn them in. They really are worth more than what they are asking for them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best for money performance

    Posted
    shiddydaze

    Let's start with a brief history, I've owned a set of Bose in-ear head phones, a set of QC-2 headphones and some Shure in-ear headphones. Now consider that these are in the sub-$100 range when you read this review. These are less comfortable than a set of Bose in-ear headphones, but they will stay in your ear during a good workout session such as jogging, doing a circuit of even basketball (considering your coordinated enough to not pull them out with your hand). With the wrong size, it will be horribly uncomfortable, and even if you get the right size you shouldn't push them all the way into your ear... if you buy them, you'll see, there's a sort of sweet spot that holds them rather perfectly. Sound quality is really good until you hit about the 7/8 range on your typical iPod touch. After that on really bassy songs you tend to hear a slight amount of distortion (only in the bass, it doesn't carry over to the mids and highs like a cheap pair of sony's would, but still a little concerning). This is actually not too bad considering the sound isolation. I honestly didn't expect to be impressed by this, but after noticing that at low volumes i was still deaf to the world i decided to host a small experiment. I put my iPod to the highest volume devoid of said bass distortion and kept it there, then using my 2 surround sound systems (2200 watts total, on heavy bass eq, and subs turned to max) and found a decently bassy song to listen to (A.S.A.P. by T.I.) and turned both systems up until I could even recognize another sound besides the iPod. I got to peak volume on one, and 3/4 on the other in a room the size of a small college dorm (military barracks if you can relate to that at all). Sad to say, these $50 headphones kept me from hearing what I know for a fact people could hear through 2 closed doors and into the hallway. To say that sound isolation on these is good is an understatement. To sum up, best value, and I would not recommend these to anybody who has a set of Shure's, but if you are just getting into music (or have kids who are) and want a good set of headphones for an unbeatable price, go with these, you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding Earbuds

    Posted
    PacerguyDon
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've been using the S2's for a few weeks now. I have been very happy so far. The sound is very good. In comparison to the two pairs of Shure earbuds (SE 110 and E2C) that the Klipsch S2's are replacing, I'm pretty impressed. For half the cost of the SE 110's the S2 has a very comparable sound. The bass is low and smooth, the transition to the mid is seamless and the highs are nice with out being harsh. The sound stage is good with the vocals being well defined and placed in the middle where they should be. The S2's are very comfortable and light weight. I wear the S2's at work, usually 6 hours a day and have yet to notice any discomfort. I can't really say on the durability yet. My previous two pairs of earbuds have lasted me a year or so before the cords have become short out prone (usually around the plug). I will be interested to see how the cord holds up on the S2's compared to the Shures as the S2's are thinner. I have been using the S2's with an Android equipped phone, using a music player app that has an EQ, but even with the standard droid music player, the sound is still good, just not quite the same as the eq's music player app that I use. I have also used the S2's with an Ipod Nano and have had good results as well. I am a part time Musician of 30 years. Sound Quality is a very high priority to me. I am happy to say that the Klipsch S2's have passed my listening test.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good buds, but there are better out there.

    Posted
    21swanny

    I have Klipsch reference tower speakers in my home theater, and have come to really like the "unique" sound that is only Klipsch. With that, I figured/hoped that the same sound quality would be present in these earbuds, understanding that these are a much scaled down version of what I am accustomed to listening to. While the sound is okay, there is a lack of rich bass, a tad too much mid (that is a trait of Klipsch and their horn design in their tower speakers), but the highs are generally spot on. The Klipsch sound is very subjective and some folks simply don't like it. It works great for movies, but music can be an entirely different issue. It depends on what you like. I added a Mirage sub to my home theater system just to get some more kick from movies and music, just to give you an idea. I have found that if I insert the buds just right, into my ears, some of the songs in my collection sound great, others...not so much. My collection is odd to say the least; ranging from jazz and classical to AC/DC and Motorhead, and everything in between. To that end, I may never find the "right" earbud that can produce the sound I am expecting from all of those different genres, via MP3 and its inherent limitations. I don't use earbuds often, so the Klipsch are largely satisfactory for me and my needs, but if you use buds a lot, like really deep bass, and don't like to fiddle a little bit with in ear position, you might look elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Pair of Headphones

    Posted
    ghevans90

    I have had several pairs of headphones over the past couple of years. Most of them have been the mid-price range of what your average electronics store/department will carry (20-40 dollars). Being a college student, I am not willing to spend >100 dollars on a set of headphones, but I am often in crowded places studying and want something that will drown out sounds and deliver quality tunes to my needy ears. For 50 bucks I cannot imagine a better set of headphones. They stay in your ear while working out, have a great range, and if you have ANY music playing at all, you will not hear the conversations of even the giggly chicks sitting next to you in the library. I often find myself leaving these in my ears even after I'm done listening to music just to drown out the noise around me. They are absolutely awesome and I can't understand why anyone would be displeased with them, unless comparing them to VERY expensive headphones and treating them as if they were the same price. I have owned these for 6 months using them literally every day, and have nothing bad to say about them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ordinary Earbuds for an Extraordinary price

    Posted
    Chris2002

    I purchased these headphones after doing some research, reading some reviews and being very satisfied with other Klipsch products. They were intended to satisfy my desire for a much better sound quality than i have had with other earbud styles while being ultra portable. I was extremely disappointed, after spending a few hours with these headphones, to discover that their sound quality compared to cheap $10 and $20 headphones i already had was subpar. Even looking at the specs, you can see that the frequency response range is not as wide as other, cheaper models. In my opinion after listening to many different types of music and using other headphones i owned to compare to the S2 model, I found that these headphones gave a muddy/muffled sound and had a tendency to clip out on high sounds such as cymbal crashes. Their sound reproduction was even more deplorable with complex bass and treble melodies that involved singing or parallel melodies. Everything seemed to just melt together. The sound was anything but clean. In conclusion, I don't think they're bad headphones, but for how they are marketed and at that $60 price point I believe they are way overpriced and do not deliver near the distinction in sound they should. I do understand that an earbud wont compare to the reproduction of a good quality monitor over the ear headphone, or loudspeakers, but when I can buy a set for $20 that sounds better and is more comfortable, these just dont make sense.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Lacking sound quality, not good for exercise

    Posted
    ktvOhio

    I own a pair of Shure E2c, and Westone UM3X. The Shures are my exercise earphones, and developed a crack in the wire where it sits on my ear. So, looking for another alternative for exercise, I decided to give these a try. Reviews and photos found by searching the net showed that you can wear these with the wires on top of your ears. You can, but they aren't made for this, and won't stay in place well. In wearing the Shures and Westones, I'm used to the wire on top of my ear, and running the wire behind my head so it's out of the way when jogging and lifting weights. In wearing these hanging down, if you try to drape the cord behind your head, it tugs the earpiece and loosens it. Trying to wear it over the ear results in much of the same when trying to run the cord behind the head, it pulls the earpiece out of your ear canal. I also tried jogging with the earphones in the normal position, wires in front, but could not get used to the wire in front of me. Perhaps this is just me. Sound quality, for a $50-60 earphone, is below the Shure's. The earphone emphasizes bass, at the cost of no clear and accurate mids or highs. The clarity of the music just isn't present. I ended up returning them a few days after purchasing them, and have ordered a pair of Westone UM1's for my exercise earphones (trying to stay away from Shure's, since I've had numerous problems with the cord since owning, and having my 2 year warranty run out).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch Image S2

    Posted
    Robert1111111

    I bought these headphones along with some other well established audio brands, sorry no skullcandy. Anyhow for the price of $39 you just cant go wrong with these. Im surprised to see the bad reviews, comparing them to beats by dre is hilarious considering the beats by dre are $150. I will say the beats by dre are very nice, if you will they are a great sound. These headphones are absolutely great, any bad reviews are nonsense. For this price point you cant buy better, guaranteed, especially from some no name brand that you have never heard about, only from someone who has a negative review than wants to drop a no name brand, give me a break. For the $39 they are asking theres nothing better. Great frequency response, great sonic signature, great noise isolation, and average wire casing. But with klipsch customer service these guys will send you a new pair in a heartbeat, no question about it. These are definitely worth an audition, check them out, dont listen to the undercover Klipsch haters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Found a decent pair

    Posted
    Biciclettapc
    • My Best Buy® Member

    These are replacing my Shure ear buds that were chewed up by my dog. I didnt want (or have the money) to replace the Shures at 100+, plus Best Buy no longer stocks Shure. This is the 3rd set of headphones I tried from BB in search of a good replacement. I wanted a good secure in ear set that provided very good sound quality to use for trail runner and general everyday use. First were Seinhauser (Adidas) and the sound was good but the fit was poor and the volume control fell half way down my back (6'1) and bounced on the run. Next were a pair of Sony over the ear. Comfort was good but the volume (dl level) was terrible, very soft with no way to adjust. Finally I tried these and so far very please. I have ran and rode a stationary bike and both instances the ear phones stayed in and comfortable (with larger canal buds). Sound quality is as good as my old Shure de's. No volume control on the Klipsch but not a issue for me, the mp3 player controls my volume. Handled sweat well, actually better than my shure's. Only thing I can not comment on is durability yet, but I dont see any issues with them, and Klipsch is a well know company and should not be a issue

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Second try is worth it.

    Posted
    FireDancer

    I went into Bestbuy looking to replace my trusty old Sony Earbuds. These were the noice canceling ones and if it wasn't for the dang earbuds falling off everytime I looked at it funny I would still be using them. But none the less I wanted something that would satisfy my hungry ears. I listen to a lot of various types of music too include extremes like Dubstep, Rock, Country , and even some classical. When I went in the B.B. rep initially pointed me towards the klipsch s4's which I prolly would have gotten but I was 5 bucks short "College Kid" So since she was so ademate about how her dj boyfriend loved these headphones I took her word "Knowing I have a 30 day guarantee" and purchasd them. When I got out to the car I threw them on and wasn't impressed but decided I should get to work. Now I am trying them out again and I don't know if my ears were clogged or what cause these arn't the same headphones I bought earlier. They are Full Range and perfect off an IPOD. I did do a volume test with a Dubstep song and did get a little bit of Distortion at top volume. But too be honest With the noise cancelation these deliver "best I have had" you don't need to go full volume. Worth the buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    well worth the price

    Posted
    jakebrake

    ive gone thru a number of headphones and have to say that these are among my top pair in the price range even better then some in the 100 dollar range. as some people have said they dont have the best of all worlds (lows mids and highs) but good highs and mids r respectable if u really push them down your ear they have good lows but for most people is uncomfortable to have them that far in the ear canal. as far as comfort if pushed in a little the oval shape ear pieces fit great and have very good noise isolation. and please before commenting on headphones make sure your music has a high bit rate anything over 200 is ok but most people are listening to less then 150 and that losses a lot of the sounds so a good pair of headphones will really bring out the the worst in a low bit rate recording. If you are unsure of your bit rate look in help of your player (Itunes quicktime etc) you can find it if you cant listen to your headphones on a cd player before writing a review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Night & Day Difference

    Posted
    Anonymous

    After--for some reason--using the earbuds that came with my iPod for months, I decided to get a replacement pair. Mostly I noticed that I could hear too much outside noise (the iPod helps me endure a daily back and forth Metro ride), and that the volume level was low even at the highest setting. What a difference! These sound great. While I mostly listen to podcasts (gives me the sense that I'm spending the time well, learning something, etc.), my music suddenly had nuances that I had forgotten to expect. The sound is crisp, full, and clean. And the volume is greater than the iPod buds could provide, by a long measure. Now I turn the volume down on the music, rather than wish for more. Well worth the fifty dollars, these headphones are comfortable too. This was one of those night day difference expereinces for me; I only wish I hadn't waited so long to get them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't get a better deal

    Posted
    nhelvey
    • My Best Buy® Member

    As a professional musician, producer, arranger, and sound techy, I cannot say enough about this model. I purchased them as a cheap pair for working out (once you have a nice pair of headphones, the standard iPod ones just don't cut it), and cannot be any happier with the sound. As others have commented, if you don't burn them in or find the right fit, then you won't experience them for what they are. Great range, great clarity in all of the ranges, and great noise cancellation. They stay in place, fit well if you fit yourself, and only cost you $40. Comments about lack of range or lack of definition are due to operator error - it's as simple as pushing them in to where they are supposed to be worn.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money.

    Posted
    MrPhinn

    I bought these and a pair of Sonys for about the same price. I tend to listen to these more because they totally cancel out sound. I mowed the grass with them on and couldn't hear the lawmower! When compared to the Sonys, the bass is a little lacking. The Sonys have more of a thump to them. But the Klipsch have more treble. The difference is negligible. The Klipsch fit deep into the ear canal and I find them very comfortable. And I do appreciate the fact the the cords on both sides are of the same length. The Sonys are longer on one side with the purpose of wearing them behind your back. Worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great so far

    Posted
    Spencer255

    I've only had theses earbuds for a couple weeks, but so far they seem great. I've almost always just bought the cheap earbuds in the past, but decided to upgrade just to see if there is a sound quality difference. I was amazed the first time I listened to these. I had no idea there would be such a significant difference. Another reason why I decided to try something different is because I have never found a set that was comfortable to wear. These offer three different sizes that come in the packaging. The tips are soft and the medium fit perfectly in my ear. I will forever from this point always buy Klipsch earbuds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    if u don't like these...u don't konw what your tal

    Posted
    ngjt876

    the key 2 these iz the fit..the fit..the fit. they need 2 go in deep 2 seal properly u MUST try all sizes n place it deep. when in place u will know because u will HERE NOTHING ELSE BUT YOUR MUSIC. I operate a bobcat sc300 4 snow removal n da winter and I assure u that if worn properly 4 the money u will find nothing better than these. full clean separate sound..full clean crisp bass n all the backgroud detail u can handle..all while runnin a bobcat!!! if this sound iz not impressive 2 u ..u are wearin them wrong or you have already destroyed your ears from cheap overdriven junk! do your ears a favor try these out! its like 5.1 in your head! I have worn these 4 8 hour streches with zero ear discomfort

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent headphones

    Posted
    youngGZ

    great sounding earphones. they advertise on the box "you won't know youre wearing them," and its true. they are so light and comfortable. the sound is top notch, no distortion. I listen to ALL music! from 2pac and 50cent to elvis to korn to brooks and dunn!! sounds amazing with everything!!! these are a must for someone looking for earbuds who works out, runners, or is physically active while jammin to there mp3 player. they actually stay exactly where you insert them and i have tried every different form of headphone and multiple "in ear" buds like these ranging from 20-100 dollars. must have for music lovers and athletes who train to mp3!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    excellent fix, acceptable sound

    Posted
    hapihakr

    I really like the comfort. They have the feel of earplugs. The oval design fits perfectly in my ears. They are very effective at canceling exterior noise. (I ride the bus to/from work - a long and noisy commute - and I can hear nothing but music.) On the down side the bass is not as deep as I would like and the volume produced is not as high as I would like. (I have other earbuds that produce louder sound, though the quality is not as good.) Overall these are good earbuds, more for the comfort and noise canceling capability, but the sound is acceptable, though barely so for the price. I do plan to keep them and use them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These things are sweet

    Posted
    Bryant1988

    I have been through alot of in-ear headphones and none have ever fit into my tiny ear canals... until now. These things are tiny and feel great in the ear. They seriously block out all but the loudest of noises... I play my music fairly quietly and I can't hear myself clap right in front of my face. The sound is amazing. I'm hearing instrument detail I didn't even know were in my songs. I love the bass... it is really awesome despite the small driver. Klipsch will never do you wrong! If you are worried about the durability, these things are well built... plus they come with a 2 year manufacture warranty... if that isn't good enough pay the ten bucks to get the full coverage from Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend