As the owner of many pairs of earbuds, I have to make the decision of which earbud to use. Recently, I keep finding myself drawn to the Klipsch Image S4 pair of earbuds. Even though I already have a review for the Klipsch Image S4 (located here). I will try to go more in depth to try to convey the experience better.
When I first got the package and the earbud case, I was not impressed. The material felt cheap, but since I purchased the earbuds for the drivers and not the case, I promptly slipped the Image S4 on. I was quite surprised by the comfort of the earbuds.
The advertising claiming soft and flexible tips did not lie (and I usually have trouble with earbud tips due to small ears). The tips are made from rubber and not foam, but you will barely feel it.
These earbuds do not sound like what you would expect them to sound. They remind me of the Shure E2c, but without the price tag. However, please note that I have burned in those earbuds (for 24 hours). The image S4 sound quite balanced. The bass was there, but definitely not overpowering (Sennheiser CX300 I am looking at you). The highs and the mids were also well represented. This is what I like about these earbuds— they do not distort music by over focusing on one element. These earbuds strive to represent all elements equally.
The earbud casing, might feel a bit cheap. But for the quality of sound the Klipsch S4 provides, it is a small price to pay. The wire is a bit too thin, but most microphonic-like effects are unnoticeable.
The earbuds do provide nice sound isolation, if you can get a good fit. I can’t stress how important this is, but you must get a good fit. Getting anything less will disrupt the sound (especially the bass). I usually have slight trouble with ear tips, but have had no trouble with the Klipsch Image S4
You are basically buying higher end earbuds for a lower end price. They come with a two year warranty, but I haven’t felt the need to use the warranty in the time I owned them (1 year). These are great earbuds if you are looking for a replacement to the default iPod earbuds or just want something higher than the cheap junk they sell at retail stores. I recommend purchasing the Klipsch Image S4 from Amazon. Not only is the shipping fast (and free). But you will have the safety of knowing that your order is handled by a safe and reputable company