Klipsch Image S3 Earphones
I recently took recepit of a box fresh pair of Klipsch Image S3 Noise-Isolating Earphones from our good friends at EarphoneSolutions.com I’ve been using them in conjunction with my usual Sennheiser PX100s for commutes and gym work over the last few months and I have to say I’m actually quite impressed. First let me be honest about my reservations Im not generally a fan of “in ear” phones I tend to like my cans sitting on the outside of my ears rather than crammed inside and so I initially set about this review assignment with some trepidation. Thankfully after a small adjustment period I started to feel quite comfortable with them and settled into really listening to the Image S3′s rathere than focussing on the “Im not used to this” aspect of in ear headphones.
So anyway as I said after a short adjustment period the Klipsch S3′s became very comfortable to wear and in actuality became my prefered gym headset, while I really do like my px100s a lot sonically I found that when I really go for it the pxs get extremely sweaty, not so the Klipsch Image S3′s. They are both comfortable and cool to wear, no overheating of the ears in either gym work or cycling (Dont do this at home kids ). One other reason the Klipsch Image S3s are an excelent set of earphones for gym work is the rather amazing Noise Isolating design. When listening to music at even medium levels it is quite litteraly all but impossible to hear the gym radio or people grunting when on the rowing machine next to you. This to my mind is a real selling point, but like I said dont cycle wearing them or you may be caught unawares.
Sound quality wise the Klipsch Image S3s are actually very decent the tops are well handled and stay away form being tinny or raspy, the mids have a nice smooth character and don’t over accentuate mid ranges like some in ear models can. The only place the Klipsch S3s loose out is in the bass end which is unfortunately a little lacking in the sub area for my personal taste, but to be fair this is quite simply an issue with “in ear” models and not the s3s specifically. You will never get a pair of “in ear” earphones like this standing up to a pair of proper “on ear” cans in this area, its quite simply not physically possible or if it is I’ve yet to hear a pair.
So how do i feel about the Klipsch Image S3s? Well to summarise, they have very effective external noise reduction, very decent mid and top end sound and pack as much bass end as one can expect from a pair of earbud style earphones. Overall a quality product that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for general use with an iPod or similar, they are definitely a very noticeable upgrade from the little white earbuds apple ships with its products. Oh yeah and the supplied mini carrying case is pretty nifty too!
- Noise-isolating in-ear headphones that deliver dynamic, accurate sound and unequaled comfort, yet are still affordable
- Patented oval ear-tips provide superior comfort, excellent noise-isolation and secure fit
- Employs customized 5.8mm moving-coil micro speaker with controlled damping, allowing the Image S3 to deliver smooth, full-bodied sound
- Durable, tangle resistant cables avoid unwanted tangling, cable is also molded into the plug for improved strain relief
- Comes with 3 pairs of different-sized oval ear tips, carrying case and 2-year warranty also included.
- RRP: $49.99 (Check Amazon for Current Pricing)