5.0 out of 5 stars
Klipsch image S4/S3i review, 8 May 2012
This is a Klipsch Image S4 review.
The package arrived earlier than they said and everything was very nice. In the pack you get a nice metal case for transport (which, face it, nobody uses), the earphones and 3 types of ear-rubber plugs.
These S4 were my solution to my ex Sennheiser CX300 II, which broke after almost 3 years.
To compare and get a good comparison I bought a 1-jack->2-jack adapter, so I would put both earphones in my ears.
I used in my comparison : Klipsch Image S4 vs Sennheiser CX300 II vs "no-name" with bass boost (cheap stuff you usually get in stores for £5-£10).
To get all 3 in the review I chosen to compare them to what I would think it would be the perfect sound.
So the standard perfect sound: Deep base - 0 , Boom - 0, Clarity - 0, Mids - 0, Treble - 0
The "no-name" bass boost, cheap you see in stores: Deep base -10 , Boom +20 , Clarity -20 , Mids -15, Treble +15
(if you can read this review, you know them, those boomy, with a lack in stereo sound and worst mids ever and very high terble that makes your ears hurt, that made you go for something better)
The Sennheiser CX 300 II : Deep base -2 , Boom 0, Clarity 0, Mids -2, Treble +2
(although the CX 300 II don't have a deep base that makes your heart vibrate on a (dubstep, trance), they aren't "boomy" at all, they lack a little bit on the "mids" part and you get more on treble - BUT that's barely noticeable - these will be satisfy any ear that wants good sound on a budget)
The Klipsch Image S4 : Deep base +4 , Boom +2 , Clarity 0 , Mids 0, Treble -2
(as you see the Klipsch correctly inserted have an impressive deep base, which "me gusta", but with the deep base you also get a little "boom" and a small lack of treble which is barely noticeable )
As you see none of them is perfect, all have +/- on something, but both Sennheiser CX300 II and S4 are very close to perfection. Probably if I would have broken the £100 barrier things would have been like that.
The cable isn't long or short, is good enough for a mp3 player in your pocket. I specially like that they didn't go for the 60/40 cable divide. Also you get a little thingy on the cable that is adjustable.
The noise isolation is better than the Sennheiser CX300 II, for sure, but then again the plugs are also from a harder material and bulky-er than the Senns (you can't sleep with them in your ears like you can with the CX300II). The unusual form makes them harder if you want to put the cable over your ear, but I've found that is better if you switch the L with R and then put them upside-down-over the ear.
Also please RTFM and learn how to use the right rubber plug and how to insert them deep in the ear, before comments. (I know what I talk about, I gave the cheap ones and the S4 to non-audiophile persons, and they couldn't see any difference at all in sound)
With a price of £46 I cannot recommend these earphones with a Sennheiser CX300 II option under £35. But if you can buy them cheaper or about £40 then they are worth having. I didn't go for the JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives because I like my music to be perfect, not "boomy" and if I need some deep base I want to control that from the player's EQ, and my earphones to obey it.
In my tests I used iRiver mp3 player with FLAC, all types of music + a double-jack so I can listen with left-from one type of earphone and right-from the other one.