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Fantastic sound quality and comfort, but concerns over long-term durability
on 6 December 2015
I’ve owned a few different sets of in-ear earphones (Shure and Denon). In general, I like the way they block out external sounds and their discreetness. These Klipsch earphones are, by far, the most comfortable I’ve ever tried - I can happily wear them all day without even a hint of discomfort setting in. They also sound fantastic, with a flat, revealing response that extends down to some very deep bass. As a result they are fairly ruthless - if the source material is no good, it’ll sound pants through these earphones. It also should be said that whilst the bass does go prodigiously deep, it’s also accurate - they don’t over-emphasise the bass so if you’re a “bass-head” that likes everything to be dominated by bass, you need other ‘phones. Finally for the plus-points - the remote and microphone work as expected on the iPhone, with good call quality and no complaints, sound-wise, from people I’ve spoken to over the phone whilst using these.
So, why not a full five stars? Well, a few things:
The packaging is horrible - lots of plastic that was difficult to get in to, to the point I was worried a couple of times that I might damage the earphones trying to get them out.
The earphones come with a case; it’s great that a hard carry-case is provided, but it could be easier to get the phones in and out of.
The cable is fairly microphonic. This is a problem I’ve experienced with all in-ear earphones, but I think these ones suffer the worst. A trick that might work for those with glasses: wear the earpieces “upside down” in your ears, so the cable exits “upwards”, then hook the wire over your ear, keeping it in place by hooking it between the arms of your glasses and your ears. For me, this cuts down the microphonics a fair bit.
Most concerning is long-term durability. I’ve had mine a few months and they’re doing OK so far, but I’ve been extremely careful with them. I’m absolutely not surprised by the other reviews here from those who’ve had them longer saying that they are starting to fall apart. The cable is very thin and has poor strain relief at the remote control, and especially where the cable enters the earpieces. I’m contemplating reinforcing these areas with some sugru to pre-empt potential damage.
In conclusion, these are great earphones for those that are after an accurate sound, who like to listen for long periods, and with the added convenience of iPhone-compatible remote and microphone, but only if you are confident you will be able to treat them gently at all times!