Audiophile in-ear stereo headset delivers the famous Klipsch room speaker richness of tone and musical detail in a tiny in-ear headphone. Employing one of the industry's smallest earpieces, the Klipsch X10i offers full iPhone / smartphone voice telephony with an excellent, crystal-clear mic for taking calls plus 3-button [Apple-only] remote for controlling music on your iPod/iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS/4 or iPad. The X10i musical tone seems well-tuned for good speech and voice intelligibility but can be a bit leading in the upper treble for those seeking smoothness above all else. Extra-comfortable Klipsch eartip 'gels' deliver wonderful earpiece wearing comfort.
- Excellent detail clarity and sound quality in headset category
- Very clear voice & call intelligibility from superb mic
- Excellent comfort from 5 sizes of proprietary Klipsch eartip gels
- 2-year Klipsch manufacturer's product warranty
What's In The Box:
- 5 pairs of Klipsch eartip gels - XS/S/M/L/XL
- Airline and 1/4" stereo plug adapters
- Headphone cord shirt clip
- Protective storage + travel pouch
- Earpiece cleaning tool
- Klipsch owner's manual
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Based on the acclaimed Image X10 headphones, the Klipsch Image X10i in-ear headset offers the best in style and comfort with full telephone features for your iPhone or iPad. The sound caters to discriminating Apple listeners who play lossless music and take calls on the fly. The X10i earpieces are made of high-end machined aluminum for maximum clarity and minimal housing resonances and come finished in an anodized copper flashing. Proprietary full-range armature micro-speaker drivers with a uniquely tuned bass-reflex system deliver rapid dynamic extension, magnificent voice clarity and a full-toned bass response. Naturally smooth in the uppermost treble ranges for zero harshness or sibilance, please remember the X10i is not geared for casual mp3 listening. If you rip your digital music files using compression formats and lower bitrates, there's a good chance the X10i will act as a dead-accurate, high-resolution / high definition in-ear headphone and uncover some limitations in your audio signal. The X10i microphone and remote is conveniently positioned at the cord yoke -- where the two cables meet at chest level -- to create a more natural feel when answering calls or controlling music. Because the Klipsch mic is a highly intelligible 360-degree design, you are not forced to have to talk down into it or hold it next to your lips for clarity. The mic also features built-in echo cancellation which keeps it from picking up ambient noise, so you will always be heard perfectly clear even in noisy environs. Complete remote control features are only compatible with Apple players / smartphones.
It doesn't matter how great a pair of headphones sound if they are painful to wear. Unlike traditional circular-shaped eartips that typically put stress on the pressure points inside your ear canal, the X10i utilizes unique Klipsch-patented 'half-oval' ear tips that naturally fit the shape of your ear canals, making them extremely comfortable to wear for short or long periods. Additionally, these proprietary eartips produce a wonderful acoustic seal, minimizing environmental noise so you can enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes. The Klipsch Image X10i comes with a strong 2-year manufacturer's "repair or replace" product warranty (with your HeadRoom 'authorized dealer' proof-of-purchase receipt) and includes an excellent array of 5 pairs of variously-sized eartips, an earpiece cleaning tool, an airline plug adaptor, a full-size 1/4"-inch stereo plug adaptor, a protective carry/travel pouch as well as a shirt clip for securing the headphone cord slack to your shirt, if desired.
Klipsch X-10i Compatibility While the Klipsch Image X10i stereo headset can serve as premium headphones for any audio device with a 3.5 mm (1/8") headphone jack like an original iPod, WalkMan, portable CD players, laptops or mp3 players, its mic/remote system will only handle the music and/or voice control of the following Apple products: iPhone 3/4G/4S, 3rd gen iPod Shuffle, 2nd Gen iPod Touch, 4th/ 5th Gen iPod Nano models, iPod Classic 120GB, and iPad. If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone with Wi-Fi access, you can also use the Image X10i with most VoiP programs (you'll need a VoiP adapter for PC or Mac), Skype and iChat.
- Sensitivity: 110dB
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
- Headphone Type: In-Ear
- Weight: 10.5 grams
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Isolation: -12dB ~ -18dB
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 50 Ohms
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Length: 4.5ft
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Ear Coupler Type: IEM
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Microphone: Yes
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Posted by Audio Supremus from Hong Kong on 2012-07-26
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Superb sound and comfort. Excellent value.
Cons: Requires a decent headphone amplifier to bring out its' best.
As with all headphones, they require a 'burn-in' period (about 120+ hours). Most people including many reviewers say BA (Balanced-Armatures) IEMs don't require burning in, but while that's true for the BA part, they all forget that the headphone cable itself requires a 'burn-in', as is the case with all audio cables.
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Posted by Clearmind from American in Taiwan on 2012-07-18
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Deep, dependable bass, clear highs
Cons: Midrange slightly dry
So if pure clarity from top to bottom is what you're after, these will provide it. If they have a weakness it lies in a slight dryness in the midrange, compared to the richer midrange of, for example, the Logitech UE900 or the more expensive Shure 535. Occasionally certain instruments or voices may end up sounding just a little forward or edgy, or with a slight sense of hardness. This is a small flaw, however, since usually this extra accent blends into the overall sound signature. .
The fit and comfort is simply excellent. Despite their tiny size and me being a large person, their selection of half-oval eartips lets me get a good seal inside my ears (which is one factor in getting good sound). In this respect they are better than any IEM I've tried and I put in a lot of listening time with these, which is the real test. And for what it's worth, I like these better than the even more expensive and highly acclaimed Shure 535.
A note added later: If you use shims around the tip of the nozzle (some stores sell ones that are custom made), you can fit the "olive" type of tips onto these. You will still get a good fit, and you may find that because of the slightly larger opening, the highs open up just a bit more and become smoother.
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Posted by LT from Colorado Springs on 2012-05-12
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Great sound, good packaging, very light weight
Cons: cords are microphonic, and the cloth covered cords more fragile
Really, the greatest advantage is that they are so light, but sound so good. The Etymotics are very light and sound more neutral than the Klipsch and are a bit cheaper. The Klipsch 10-x has more bass than the Etymotics.
I really like the Klipsch 10. They are really fun, but the Etymotics are probably more accurate. also light, and appear to be more sturdy.
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