Klipsch Image S5i Rugged In-Ear Headphones – Truly rugged headphones

I use these inflight as well as when i want to listen to music or movies using my ipad and the sound quality is excellent. The case is wonderful as well. I have yet to utilize the light that comes with the case as i have no idea why i would use it. The adjustable sound function on the cord works fine, although it sometimes gets hooked up on things and gets in the way. It does work with my ipad 2 as described.

I have been trying to get a pair of headphones that are tough enough to handle nearly everyday usage and have the controls that with work with my ipod nano and ipad. I am also wanted headphones with better than average sound quality. These are the best pair of headphones i have found so far. In the past i have had headphones that had good sound quality and work with the apple products but only last a month or so, such as the powerbeats by dre or headphones that last a while such as the zagg smartbuds but don’t work with the apple products and have lesser audio quality. These headphones are perfect for everyday use and for running and biking. These headphones are a great choice for someone that wants good audio quality and durability.

The microphone is not isolated from the earbud, so every time you move, you can hear the cord rubbing and bumping against clothing or whatever. Here are the specifications for the Klipsch Image S5i Rugged In-Ear Headphones:

  • Durable noise-isolating earphones offer weather resistance for outdoor activities and 360 hands-free mic
  • Safety Case works as safety flasher & flashlight for visibility in dark conditions and useful storage
  • Patented oval ear-tips provide superior comfort & secure fit
  • Enhanced bass with low distortion and precise mids/highs from powerful dual-magnet micro speakers
  • Large, rubberized remote buttons & tangle resistant cables for easy use during sports & exercise

These are without a doubt the best-sounding ipod phones i’ve used (way better than apple’s — great audio balance and detail). I hear details in the music with these phones that i’ve not heard with any other mini-phone system. Also they’re light, durable and comfortable in my ears (which are smaller). The swappable in-ear pieces are easy to put on the phones (also easy to lose if you’re not careful); you’ll have to try each one out when you first open up the box to see what fits. My only complaint is that the in-ear pieces are grease / wax magnets. They seem to ‘pick up’ the waxy film in one’s ear over time, so once a day i have to wipe them ‘dry’ on a piece of cloth so that they are ‘tacky’ and will sit in place for a long period of time. I use these phones when recording podcasts as well, and for that purpose they’re not as good as just listening to music. They do block out quite a bit of sound but they make your voice sound a little muffled / nasal-heavy, i think because of the airflow issues in the sinus / eustachian tubes, and how the phones basically make your ears ‘air tight’. However this probably varies from person to person based on the shape of your nose, ear canal, and other details. I haven’t had the ‘twisting’ problem with the cord that some have, as it’s been plugged into my computer’s headphone jack most of the time, and when i’m out in the yard working or something like that, no troubles.

I have a pair of vmoda headphones with remote and i couldn’t get the remote to work when i had my gloves on. The buttons were not big enough. It also didn’t like to work in the cold. Even though i have only had the klipsch headphones for a few days i already love them. I am wearing them at work right now and not only is the remote super convenient when wearing gloves but the earbuds actually block out a decent amount of noise from the computer servers in the room where i work. I was concerned about the plug on these but so far it hasn’t been a problem. All my others are the classic l shape so they don’t bend. The actual ear buds on these fit really well which was shocking. I do have smaller ear canals. The case that comes with it is nice as well and quite useful.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Good Quality. Obnoxious controls. Sonys MDR-EX210B better option
  • Great at first and then [UPDATED]
  • Clean Sounding Phones, Slightly Wonky Shape

Finding the right headset has been some sort of goldilocks process for me in that it doesn’t fit right, isn’t comfortable, doesn’t sound right, etc. In the end i’ve found the klipsch were by far the most comfortable (for me) when wearing for long durations. I travel frequently and after 2 hours on the plane my ears would just ache. Fortunately the oblong shape of the klipsch earbud relieves this pain. I originally had the s4i and even if i hadn’t read all of the reviews of how fragile those are, my first reaction was the same in that they seemed vulnerable. I basically take care of my gadgets but the wire seemed thin and the inline control wasn’t confidence inspiring. I had tried the all popular beats set but those earbuds kept falling out cause they didn’t fit well and were heavy. I tried shure but same thing in that they just didn’t fit well (after changing earbud ends). I ordered the s5i without seeing them in the store and when i first pulled the box out thought i’d made a mistake cause the inline controller is huge (imo). Since i was leaving for a trip i figured i’d give them a shot anyhow.

I bought these pair of headphones after my old klipsch image s2 finally broke down after 3 years of use. I liked the way they sounded and had heard rave reviews of the image s4 lines. I decided i’d go for the step up and got the s5i rugged as they were the same price as the s4’s for some time. These headphones are like 10x better then the image s2 and totally worth the upgrade.In my opinion, they sound equivalent in quality to some headphones below $200 range. The bass is awesome and very powerful and excellent for my rap music. The bass isnt as deep as the beats tour, but personally the tour is solely for rap music. When i tried to listen to some coldplay with both, the klispch was much better at reproducing all the variances of the sound than just bass. And the beats are much more expensive. When you do move to rock music it shines well as the sound separation is great but not as good as some of the etymotic research and shure headphones but miles better than the beats tour.

The klipsch s5i rugged: has thicker stonger earhone wires much better the the older s4i model eaphone wires. The wired remote has big buttons easy to feel buttons you don’t have to look for them. The klipsch s5i rugged sounds great clear with fantastic full depth detailed imaging. The klipsch s5i rugged in-ear,are earphones ear plugs are very, very comfortable and you can be comfortable even wearing them for many hours at a time and they still are comfortable to wear. The klipsch s5i rugged brings out the recorded sounds of your music with a sound stage very true to life not tainted or over powered with to much treble or base. The base responce is fantastic deep rich and clear the rest of the tones are very fully rich and clear too. These klipsch s5i rugged are good for rock and classical music just fantastic performance for under $200. The iphone remote works perfectly. The mic works well and is clear and sensitive.

I dont do the over ear style at all. They block out noise really well. I wear them when i ride my harley, im talking long road trips to, not just burning around the city. They dont catch the wind and you can only hear the music if you turn them up loud enough. The control is great when you have gloves on.

I have just bought this to try out my new phone and it really surprise me. I compare it with my hd650 and it actually is better. The reason is because my top of the line new phone droid razr maxx do not have enough power to drive my hd650. So matching headsets with your device is more important than to have the best headphone if your device cannot drive it. It also feels very comfortable in my ears. A great buy at $65have not try the mic.

I would give it five stars but for a few drawbacks. On first look, the remote control looks huge but once you get used to it you will be grateful that it is big. The controls are easy to operate because of their size. The control panel is not too heavy and hangs comfortably. The sound is as you would expect from klipsch. Very balanced, the highs are clear and the sound staging is pretty decent. I am taking away one star because of the supplied plastic earbuds, which are an embarrassment. The package comes with a few earbuds of different sizes, and in all probability only one size will fit you.

My goals were:decent price – got it – amazon had these about half off and an amazon locals voucher deal came along just in time. Plus free shipping included. Volume control – got it – the image 5si has a large volume control button that includes skip capability and mute. This can be a bit sensitive but that’s my own fault if i accidentally hit louder, softer, mute, siri, etc. In-ear – got it – these go in the ear which i personally prefer. Decent sound – i’m not an ‘audiophile’ but i have a good sense when something sounds really nice and these do. Mic – got it – nice option for those calls that come in when i’m listening to music. Durability – remains to be seen. I use these while at my desk at work and when i work out at the gym and walk to/fro to the gym. They’ve withstood my carelessness to date. My only cons are they sometimes get tucked too much/far into the ear and feel too tight. They block out everything (too much for me) so there is often more adjusting them for confort then preferred. This may all be the user’s fault because i’m not certain i have the best ear piece attached. If you’re looking for a decently priced, nice sounding set of earbuds with a large control button and several features, consider these in your research.

Finally a pair of headphones for skiing where you do not need to remove the earpieces or your gloves all day and work flawlessly. I have been searching for a good pair of headphones that i can listeb to my music with but also use my iphone. The remote, which hangs by your neck is the key. It has large buttons so it can be operated with gloves on, and is waterproof. Most of all, the remoted really works, and controls your iphone functions and music functiosn perfectly. It is also the mic, and you can hear and speak well, even while skiing at hi speeds. Calls interrupt music and the buttons then control the phone answering. Headphone music clarity is awesome, and the in-ear pieces fit nicely in the ear and under your helmet, with a few extra included earpieces. Couldn’t be happier with these.

After thoroughly researching all the in-ear headphones, the top tier in-ear headphones i considered was the bose mie2i, klipsch image s4i, klipsch image s5i, and monster beats by dre tour. I finally settled for the klipsch image s5i. With so many conflicting reviews about all these headphones, here are the bare bone facts;- the bose is extremely comfortable (the most comfortable in the category) with the silicon in-ear buds, very well designed, looks great and the sound quality is solid but without the active noise cancellation, the bose sounds very good but not best in the category simply because of the interfering surrounding noise. – klipsch image s4i is up to par in sound quality (only slightly ahead of others in the category) especially with the noise isolation in-ear buds which puts it ahead of other in-ear headphones. The ear buds are a little bit uncomfortable when pressed firmly in the ear canal, the design is ok, looks cheap with its plastic shell and overall the sound matters most and the curve tip design that goes in the ears makes the headphone project the sounds into the ears with very little to no outside noise interference. – monster beats by dre tour is a very uniquely designed in-ear headphones, simply looks beautiful. It comes in white, black and the very common red cords, and despite the claim that the cords does not get tangle. They do get tangle but quite easy to untangle. The beats by dre tour is not all looks, the sound quality is from okay to good, i won’t go as far as to say as good as the bose (which is ranking third in my opinion) but very close.

I had the s4i and loved them, after trying several other types of earbuds and finally being satisfied with my purchase. My only qualm was the fact that they weren’t waterproof, which made me very wary about using them at the gym. Unfortunately, mine were stolen, so it was time to upgrade. While i haven’t ran with the s5i’s yet, they seem pretty similar in build to the s4i’s. The remote, however is much bigger. It’s the size of a very narrow thumb drive, which is several times larger than the s4i’s. However, the buttons have good action and seem like they will last a while. These sound great, and sound isolation is awesome. Remember: you have to make sure you are using the right earpiece, else you aren’t going to be happy.

This is the 2nd pair i’ve had of these earphones, and the only reason i’ve had to replace them was cos i misplaced them. I’ve been absolutely brutal with them, taking them snowboarding, to the gym, on runs, slammed doors on the cables, got the cables stuck on hooks, switched tracks with wet hands and so forth but they keep taking the pounding and churning out great sound quality. The sub bass on this is nice and warm. These are really worth the money especially with the sale prices on amazon.

I previously had ultimate ears superfi 5vi which is in a same price range as this s5i. The ue lasted less than 3 months after purchase so i wanted another new earphone that can endure through time. Klipsch image s5i was my first choice. After testing the sound it seems that this product has a very weak highs but strong lows when comparing with my previous ultimate ears. Well, i admit that i don’t really like this attribute as much since i focus more on highs. Still, it is a very personal issue. Anyone who wants to read more on sound attribute should look at the s4i that use the same sound system. I believe klipsch s5i (along with s4i) provides you the best comfort in this price range. You will barely feel there is an earphone in your ears. This is due to the ‘patented’ oval shaped earpiece offered by klipsch. Ultimate ears superfi 5vi made my ear canal sore before. The earpieces stuck in nicely and don’t fall out when running. I use these primarily with my laptop and htc desire android phone. No problem with anything except the volume buttons don’t work with my android phone. It still can start/stop track and receive/end calls though. A relatively big control pad (comparing to other products) can spin around a bit when you walk/run and will probably make some cable noise by its weight. Anyway all of these are of no concern to me. This is by first concern when i purchase any earphone. The cable is very tough, using a rubber-like substance found on iphone factory earphones. The plug at the end of earphone that connect to your device is not an l-shape, it is straight. But that straight shape seems flexible on my first try. So forces can be distributed. Klipsch s5i beats my previous ultimate ears superfi 5vi by miles in this rugged aspect.

After going through three pairs of skullcandy buds i realized that my sweat was causing them to fail. I searched for a solution and came across these. They have never failed me and sound great. The large buttons make it easy to change volume and track even if i have the cord tucked inside my shirt.

My spouse and i liked the s5i so much we bought a second pair, one for each of us. They have great sound and great controls. The microphone built into the controls works quite quite well. We live in manhattan and you need significant volume to compete with the background noise while in the street. We had had tried the nuforce set before this because there supposed to be one of the best sounding phones for around $80. They sounded pretty good but the volume was inadequate. I would recommend these over the s4i since the water resistant and ruggedized. There widely available for around $75. The price like a lot of things fluctuate from day to day.

I got the s5i buds to replace my broken s4i buds. From what i can tell, they don’t get as loud, and aren’t as clear as the s4s i had previously. I think it’s because i haven’t burned them in completely yet, so i’m remaining hopeful. My biggest gripe with these is the 3 button controls. They sit much lower on the cord than they did on the s4s, and it’s enormous. Everything works flawlessly, as expected, but i would much rather have the s4is again. The s5’s are rumored to be a bit more durable. So far so good, but i miss my old pair.

Background: i’ve owned a lot of earbuds. Kipsch is superior in quality to most, there’s no question about that. Use: intense workouts, non cardio but lots of sweatfrequency – 5-6 times per week. Results -pros – great sound. Clear throughout the entire range. Cons -obnoxiously large 3 button remoteleft ear went out after a few months of ussuggestion – sonys mdr-ex210b is a better option. 99 vs 69) i would choose sony every time.

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Klipsch Image X7i – WHITE In-Ear Headphones : Very comfortable & great sound after you find the proper fit

This is my second pair of klipsch iems but they are better than my last set. Great bass tonality and wonderful highs. The mid tones are rock solid as well. I would recommend these to anyone looking to hear the best in music. The also mask the outside sounds quite well.

These headphones are brilliant, the x10i’s are slightly better, more depth and colour. The x7i’s are brilliant headphones. I have gone through so many sets of headphones, that i could almost open my own 2nd hand headphone store. My humble verdict, is that the klipsch brand are superior headphones. The only thing i can’t fathom is why people would want to buy expensive headphones and then go and listen the muddled sound that comes out of mp3’s even the ones at a high bit rate of 320. When i first sampled the x10i’s in the store i was nearly floored by the quality of the sound, i had not heard headphones so brilliant before. So i bit the bullet and bought them, they were quite expensive. To my dismay when i got home and connected my ipod they sounded not much better than the cheap headphones that come with your phone. Then i thought about the songs they played in the shop and how crystal clear and full they sounded.

Klipsch Image X7i – WHITE In-Ear Headphones

  • Ceramic design offers elegance and durability
  • 3-button remote for full music + voice control on select Apple products
  • Patented oval ear tips provide comfortable wear and enhanced bass
  • Full-range balanced armature drivers deliver deep bass, clear mids and crisp highs
  • New flat, tangle resistant cables

Would give 5 star except it seems to break after a year.

Satisfied with the earphone. However since it is a used and opened piece, the earphones collecte dust and some glitches were to be found on the earphones. There is one pair of ear buds that is missing which should be five pairs as indicated on the box. It lacks a bass punch though. Overall i am pleased with the sound quality and it seems you can listen to these earphones over a long period with comfort and ease.

Fantastic deal on an excellent sounding pair of headphones. These do a great job of preventing my fiance from listening to me on a daily basis.

Klipsch Image X7i – WHITE In-Ear Headphones : I have owned several klipsch sound reduction ear buds. I am very pleased with the sound purity for the price. Clearly beat out the larger name commodity ear buds. Yes, blue tooth offers conveniences. But do not need to worry about battery life.

Only had these for a week but the first impression is quite good. Here’s what sounds good on them. So pretty much anything that isn’t bass heavy music like house or hip hop. Having said that, if you don’t ming having a balanced bass sound then you can use these for that type of mucus as well. The highs are spectacular on these. It makes for a super cool open effect when you’re listening. And they are super comfortable. You can’t even tell when you’re wearing them.

I was looking for an upgrade to the stock issued white iphone ear buds to use at the gym during my workouts. These ear buds were recommended by elijah wood on twitter and had good amazon reviews so i tried them out. These buds come with several rubber tips, a nice carry case and a 2-prong adapter. I listen mainly to dubstep and rap and a little to pop, techno and r&b. Sound quality: the sound is amazing compared to stock iphone ear buds. The bass isn’t as strong as i was hoping for. I have to really cram these buds in my ear canal to get a good bass experience. But with a good cram, the bass is there and sounds nice. The noise cancelling does work. If i need to eat a snack with these buds in i can hear all my chewing and smacking. When i’m running i can hear my foot falls on the treadmill until i jack the volume up. During workouts: these buds are terrible for running. The combination of bouncing and sweating pops these buds right out of my ears no matter which rubber tip i have on. I have tried each tip with my run and they all suck.

Excellent sound quality for me, i had owned 4 pairs of the s4-ii but always doesn’t last long, either side stop working, had twice ask for replacement, love klipsch so decided to try this, so far working good just a little bit uncomfortable sometimes as cord is too heavy and just drop out from my ear if do a lot of movement.

The flat cable is pretty resistant to tangles and twists but is more susceptible to wind noise. It comes with interchangeable ear buds so you can pick the best fit for your ears.

It started with a decision to buy a good pair of headphones for once in my life. Over a year i used the skullcandy ink’ed 2, listening to them all day every day at work. Finally, i felt i deserved better. But i wasn’t sure i could appreciate better. Could my ears really tell the difference?i bought the klipsch r6m. $100 didn’t seem too much for this experiment. Much lower and i would confuse the data. I needed to know if i could tell quality from crap.

Their response is as flat and accurate as the old etymotics were (before the wiring broke – they were too flimsy for my use), which means they sound terrific. After a year of use and some unfortunate lurches from dropping my phone, they still work very well. Very glad about this upgrade in quality and sturdiness.

Great pair of headphones — 6 months after purchase they still work well. Imo the sound quality is pretty good and i haven’t had any of the build problems that others have had. Both sides still work and i’ve dropped them multiple times with no problem. In fact, i even have a cat who likes to try and eat them regularly and still there’s very little damage. To those reading the bad reviews and thinking about purchasing a pair of mid-range headphones, it is a good idea to assess how often you will be using them, where you keep them, what kind of weather conditions you’re using them in, and if the investment is worth it. Most headphones, with regular use, take an absolute beating. People here are saying 2 years it seems. That’s actually a pretty long time for something you wear on your body in the rain and wind and snow and sun, with the motion of your body constantly tugging on the cord. And then after that, most people will shove them in their pockets or their bags to be squished or folded or put through the wash on accident. In my experience audio equipment is often fragile by nature.

Only people who don’t appreciate real music. Klipsch has been doing this years before beats became trendy and fashionable. You won’t see people wearing them around their necks like an accessory but in their ears tuning the world out.

Note: i bought these headphones 2 months ago. After using them heavily in traveling and running, i decided to write down this review. I owned a pair of bose mie2i headphones which i bought almost 2 years ago. Very good sound quality, but after two years of heavy use the cables started to break so i decided to give a chance to this pair of klipsch x7i. Once i started to listen to random tracks i was surprised. I found some instruments in many tunes that i haven’t heard before with the bose mie2i. For such a small pieces of hardware i am amazed of how rich and powerful they can sound. Not only sound quality is better than mie2i but also the x7 are made of better materials–the ceramic is way better than the plastic bose use. Cables also feel stronger and never tangle. These are more expensive than bose mie2i but you really get a better product.

I have owned shure, bose, sennheiser, klipsch, and a whole bunch of other brands. I bought these to replace a set of sennheiser cxc 700 active noise canceling headphones that i bought. The sennheisers were nice, but they were not loud enough, and they did not do a very good job of keeping out the noise. So i bought set x7i headphones, and boy am i glad i did. I ride a noisy bus every day and i can barely hear anyone or anything other than what is playing in the speakers. These things do a great job with sound reproduction too. Update: after only 3 months of ownership, my left ear bud stopped working. I used these at least 3 hours every day and i took really good care of them. I sent klipsch an e-mail requesting an exchange. I have not yet heard back from them, but i will update. $180 is too much to spend for disposable headphones. I sure hope that they will exchange them. Update: klipsch sent me the information that i needed to return the headphones.

Let me preface this by saying i’m not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination. I’m coming off of two years of suffering through having to use iphone earbuds after my dog ate my etymotic research hf2s, biding my time until i could drop some decent cash on a pair of noise-isolating iems. I had been eyeing this pair and finally went for it with the prime price drop. I’ve been so long removed from having a good set of headphones that all i know is i’m pleased with hearing my music through a good set of iems again. You won’t get critiques of clear mids or deep bass here. I’m just a guy who loves music and needs to be able to plug in at work without leaking too much or destroying my eardrums. For me it’s the perfect combination of style and function. Haven’t encountered any caveats with fit, the wire, remote or anything.

Musical and uncolored; articulate. Some reviews have said it lacks bass, but it is there if the source material has it. A good ear seal is required for optimum bass, and these are extremely comfortable and lightweight so achieving a good, comfortable fit is easy. The klipsch oval silicone pads are very comfortable. What they do not do is exaggerate the bass, or any other portion of the musical spectrum. My only negative is that the flat ribbon wire tends to be microphonic, so minimizing cable movement is required. Give these a try and find out the reason why one should spend over $100 for a set of earbuds.

Comfort and sound quality is one of the best earbuds that i had used. However, cable noise is quite evident if you move a lot or you use it for sports activities. However, i kinda regret getting the white colour as it gets dirty quite easily.

A little crisper than the s4, but i can’t tell if that was because the s4 was a knock-off or not (ok driver, flimsy build). Very nice mid-range detail, highs are good (i’m 60 and probably can’t hear them so much anymore. ) you have to jam these guys way in to get any bass.

I’ve owned klipsch speakers for years and bought my 1st pair of klipsch in-ear headphones more than 5 years ago. They are still in perfect shape, but were recently used by my spouse and never returned to me. I got the opportunity to trade up to these wonderful headphones and they are awesome. They block out most of the outside noise and lock you into what they are sending into your ear, clear crisp, sharp music. Highly recommend these to anyone.

The headphones were great till the mic stopped working around 15 months after purchase. This will be my last klipsch purchase.

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Klipsch Image S4i Rugged – ORANGE All Weather In-Ear Headphones – Not good for exercise, but excellent for long flight

Pretty good headphones if you get them on sale. I listen to a lot of songs with bass and they just don’t put it out well. They are very tough looking and haven’t failed me yet and came with 4 different ear peices that stay in very well (as long as you wrap them around your ears and use the clip included to hold the weight of the large clicker) the clicker is pretty big but is nice for when you are wearing gloves. They do get pretty loud but as i said just not heavy on bass. Also the only buttons that work with my straight talk cell phone is the pause and forward functions. Not the volume (up and down) or reverse song function that i was excited for. Not one of the buttons work on my old ipod either so keep that in mind.

I have owned and used these for 2 years now so its time for a review. Pro’s:sound is great once you get them sorted out and fitted to your ears. They are a little more on the bass-y side than say bose. I like to have a little extra bass. Cables are relatively tangle free and durable. Clearly with buttons this large they are easy to use. These really stay in the ears well even when running. Con’s:these come with a few different size buds as everyone has different ears. Problem is that i could not get any of them to work. The ends of the rubber tips just pressed into the wall of my ears and i could not hear anything. I ended up reading that someone else had the same problem and fixed it by cutting off, little by little, the ends of the rubber until they no longer pressed against the ears and one could actually hear music. The controls are perhaps a little too large. While the plastic case is light and so far has been durable, i would prefer something slightly smaller for running as it does bounce around just a little.

Sound quality is not as good as previous klipsch headphones i owned but fine. Way better fit and sound quality than earphones that come with the iphone. Nice being able to control the volume and navigate forward and backward through songs through the remote control. Without headphones my phone audio quality seems poor unless i’m in a very quiet location or unless i use headphones, so headphones are a ‘must have’ accessory. The wires get tangled less than previous headphones, as there is a sliding clip connecting the ear pieces. The ear pieces are angled to improve the fit or the sound in your ears, but if they are positioned incorrectly, the sound is blocked. No big deal you adjust them. I walk while talking or listening to music with no problems but i have not run with these. After years of running, when i started listening to music while running, i would cross roads not hearing cars nearby, so avoided music plus running, too dangerous for me. I got yellow since it matched my black iphone and yellow and black phone case, and it looks really sharp.

Still rocking after 18 months and a lot of use. (i mean, what dummy gets on a plane without some kind of noise-cancelling ear bud?)and i just found these in the washing machine after going through the long extra dirty cycle with my travel stuff and they still worki’ve owned expensive shure brand in the past and they fell apart within 12 months and the company had a really poor customer service option (costing way more money than the ear buds were worth). I think these klipsch are great middle of the road on price and excellent value for the quality.

I have purchased over six sets of the s4i and two of the s4i rugged. I have found the same problem with both. The skip/call/answer button does not work for very long is you use them for exercise. I keep mine under my cycling jersey, so i sweat all over them. I purchased two pair of the rugged versions and purposefully kept one dry while sweating on the other. The control that stays close to my skin has stopped working reliably in short order. I can’t really fault this product as they do not claim to be sweat/moisture proof, but i do wish they would last longer in regards to sweat. I kept one pair in an oakley sunglasses bag in my front pocket for a year, every day everywhere i went, and they held up well. They sound fantastic, and the microphone works well.

These headphones are pretty much perfect for my needs. My brother has owned a pair of these for a while and i tried his out and was immediately sold. Pros:sound quality-these are the best sounding earbuds i’ve ever owned. I feel like many headphone manufacturers focus only on having huge bass, and while these certainly have that, they have amazing depth as well. When listening to all kinds of music, you can hear a great dynamic range. Acoustic guitar sounds amazing on these earbuds. Build quality- these can definitely take a beating, which suits my needs very well as i use them when running, lifting, and doing outdoor calisthenics. The toggle switch works pretty good with my lg android phone and it’s a pretty lightweight switch, so it doesn’t feel as clunky and heavy as some otherslong cord- yes. Not only do these earbuds sound great, but they actually have a long cord, which not nearly enough earbuds do. I’m a relatively tall man, and i would prefer to have my phone in my pants pocket while listening to it, but with most earbuds, it will pull with each stride on my runs, leaving the other options of holding my phone or wearing an armband, which i find uncomfortablecons:i haven’t come across any yet, will update my review accordingly if i find anything.

  • Long-lasting
  • In the middle
  • These are easily the best headphones under 50 bucks. Period.

Bought this since s4i started to tear and needed new one. I liked s4i, but didn’t want to buy the exact same one, wanted to see (or hear) different product, but new series was bit expensive, so chose this one. Thinking that having the same name (or series) of s4i, sound quality would be the same but not at all. Very disappointed on the sound. S4i had much much better sound qality (crisp) clear from top to bottom but this rugged one’s sounds isn’t clear at all. $10 more (in amazon) and get s4i is recommended. I personally don’t mind this but i didn’t expect to be this big.

While i mainly use them to studying and listen to music, i’ve also used it for phone activities but not for intense sport activity. The ear buds are very comfortable (sometimes i forget they’re there) and for the most part stay in my ear, though i have no used them during intense sport activity i could see how they would fall out if not properly mounted in the ear. It has great sound quality and those very near me cannot make out whether i’m even listening to anything. Plus they help a lot to cancel surrounding noise, not completely but they do a good job suppressing. My favorite feature is that the cords do not tangle, they seem to resist tangling so folding or rolling them up then bringing them back out is very easy. The buttons work well and click so you know you’ve pressed them and work with my android phone in terms of answering/hanging up the phone and playing music. The only downside i’ve notice is that at times those i’m talking to cannot hear me properly through the mic. I cannot determine why or when its happening. So very comfortable, mic could rarely be an issue.

I bought these to replace an earlier version of klipsch headphones that had lasted me years of use with working out, travel, daily use, etc. These did not stack up to the original pair. The design was similar, but they had problems with noise cancellation as well as the buttons sometimes not working when trying to use siri with the headphones. They’re sturdy and the overall physical quality makes it seem as they will last forever, where they ultimately failed though was the tech side of things.

So to be fair, i have owned a lot of higher end earphones from etymotic, shure, monster, etc. At first i did not find these earphones to be quite as detailed nor to reproduce the full frequency range of these other units. However, a short break-in period revealed that these earphones were entirely capably of producing very solid sound reproduction in their own right. The lowest lows and the highest highs do not match those of more audiophile-oriented offerings, but their mid-range reproduction is very pleasing. Moreover, the construction quality is outstanding, the components are solid, and the stock eartips are both extremely comfortable and effective in achieving laudable sound isolation. When you factor in the cost of these s4s relative to their competition, i have no reservations in recommending these units as an excellent contender worthy of consideration.

I’ve had and used these earbuds for over 3 years – since 2015. I wrap them and put them in the case and keep one in my backpack and one in my purse. I use them for long flights and while traveling. Pros:* durable – seriously, 3 years and both pairs still work. Several times a week, i wind the cord around the volume control and then unwind it. My cord won’t lay flat from all of the winding. But there are no shorts in the cord. * value – i paid around $50 for each pair and both are still working. * comfort – i can keep these things in for a 10-hour flight without ear pain. Though i’ve never tried sleeping with them in.

Features of Klipsch Image S4i Rugged – ORANGE All Weather In-Ear Headphones

  • All weather design resists moisture and functions thru extreme elements
  • Same award winning acoustics as the Image S4
  • Ruggedized with tough rubber moldings
  • X-large 3-button remote for easy control during outdoor activity
  • Directional mic for hands-free, crystal clear phone calls

All weather design resists moisture and functions thru extreme elements

My first pair still function perfectly but are plain s4’s (no controls on cord). I’ve since moved my music from my old ipod to my new iphone 6 and therefore wanted a headset with controls on the cord. Lucky for me, i found these here at huge discount. Since these are the ‘rugged’ model the control board is bigger than on the regular s4i’s, love it. Easy to control while i’m at workplease note s4 are without controls on cord. The s4i have controls on the cord and are for apple products. You can control volume, play/pause and fast fwd and rewind. They also have an android model s4a. Please be sure to get the model you need.Easily twice as loud as the earbuds apple gives you and yet way better sound quality.

I generally don’t like to spend too much on headphones because i either tend to lose them or break them. With that said, i was looking for a new pair of iems after i lost my bose ie2s, which i still consider to be the best overall headphones that i’ve ever owned. These klipsch s4is also happen to be my third pair of the line as i had previously broken two separate pairs of regular klipsch s4. I had also owned a pair of klipsch s3s, but they were very underwhelming, even though they were cheap. I tend to judge headphones on two things: sound quality and comfort. In terms of sound, these are simply the best iems i have listened to. Aside from the headphones i’ve owned, i’ve tested out many other pairs, more and less expensive. Compared to something like the bose ie2s, the s4 is more lenient towards the low-end, meaning there is more bass in songs, which tends to slightly distort the mids, but i have no problems with it because for my taste of music, the songs actually sound better. In terms of comfort, the s4s are okay. Not the best, not the worst.

These are comfortable and feel just like klipsch s4’s that i also own. The sound is great and they stay in my ears. The controls are absolutely huge though, but this is by design and is part of its ‘ruggedness. ‘ the size makes them easy to identify if you are not looking at them. My only complaint is that you can hear noise when you touch the wires. If you haven’t heard this sound before, its like the sound of a gust of wind blowing inside your ears. A lot of earbuds have this issue. It gets annoying though, especially if you are active (activity is part of the reason for this particular model). I bought these because i wanted orange earbuds. To that end, i am happily satisfied with them.

Had these a few weeks now and use them almost daily. They sound great and are rugged enough that i am pretty sure they will outlast most others i have gone through. They fit snuggly in my ears – never feel like they will fall out – and the weight of the controls isn’t as issue as i tuck them through sleeves or bra straps and let my clothing take any weight that may pull them out. I have a set of bose ear buds and they have slightly better sound but these are definitely up there close. This was a great deal – i have paid more for much less.

I bought these when they were around $50 because i lost my apple earbuds. When they arrived i was taken aback by the size of the control talk thing, which is very large. I tried to plug the end into my lifeproof case, but it didn’t fit, so i had to use an adapter. The sound quality on these earbuds is actually extremely good. I consider myself an audiophile, and i was impressed with what sound was delivered. When the earbuds are properly in ( a position that takes a little to get right and to get used to) the noise cancellation that occurs due to the earbud being in your ear is impressive, and when music is playing you will only be able to hear the outside world if sounds are moderately loud. My only complaint is that the mids on the headphones seem a little high, and the treble and bass could be boosted a little while mids are cut. All in all, very good headphones for the price.

I bought these klipsch s4i rugged earbuds for when i go jogging/running. When i first tried them out at home they seemed okay, good sound, good build, and fit in my ears with no discomfort. Now when i went running with them. A couple of problems occurred. First problem, i hear every footstep and stomp i make, so unless you are running to the tempo of the current song, this could be a really annoying. Second problem, the earbuds would fall out occasionally. I tried wrapping the wire around my ear, which helped somewhat, but not entirely. I still needed to adjust the buds every so often. In conclusion, the better headphones for me to jog/run with are the current standard apple headphones. You do not hear your foot stomping, they do not fall out, and they are easy to operate and have pretty good sound.

Same award winning acoustics as the Image S4

Excellent sound quality for ear buds in this price range. They are actually as good if not better than the ultimate ears i have, which cost 3x as much. The volume control is probably the only complaint. It is overly bulky, and might put strain on the cables while jogging or exercising. I also noticed while they sound great, the speaker drivers are obviously not as efficient, because they are not as loud as other ear buds i have. I use these with an ipod touch, and i can have the volume all the way up with these, and it is in no way too loud. So, relative to other ear buds i own, these are not as loud, but they do sound way better.

I’ve had these for around two years now, and they are going strong. I lost one of the rubber ear pieces and was able to buy more online. I would give it 5 stars if it weren’t for the fact that the remote is in a slightly less-than-ideal place- it used to bounce around when i ran with it. Then i bought this little gadget called a ‘bud button’ to hold the cord in the right place, and it all works perfectly now. Overall i love the remote and the headphones. They don’t tell you this little trick, as far as i can tell. But:press the play button once and it pauses. Press it twice quickly and it skips to the next song. Press it three times quickly and it replays the current song.

Update: this pair only lasted a three and a half months before the left channel gave out. Amazon says the return period is over, so it’s very disappointing for the cost. I think i have to order them again, because i’m used to them and like them when they work, but buyer beware on the durability. First lasted two and a half years of indoor and outdoor use, including rain, before one earphone went out. Large buttons are a joy, and in-line playback features (double squeeze play button to skip forward, etc. The in-line mic is better than any headphones i’ve ever had as well, although i usually hold it in front of my mouth, as it can pick up loud noises like wind and bouncing against clothes easily. Easy to held without touching the mic though. By fat my favorite headphones ever.

I got these headphones as a gift for my spouse. He uses them all the time at his job and he says that he can easily switch between music and phone calls as well as easily selecting different songs and volume. I have to say as someone who has spoken to him while he is using these headphones, the calls are always crisp and easy to listen to. I never hear background noise or conversations so they are top notch at noise reduction. He loves these headphones and he is very active so they have held up to a lot of abuse and they still look, sound and work phenomenally.

(tldr at the end)i love these headphones. I am on my 5th(?) pair currently and have just placed an order for my 6th pair for whenever i destroy my current pair. (i play a little rough with my headphones. ) it is severely disappointing that klipsch has discontinued their rugged line. As you would expect from klipsch, the headphones have wonderful sound. I’m sure if you are looking for a good set of headphones, klipsch is a great company to consider. But, so are some other brands. The one common denominator of the multiple choices of headphones out there (even significantly more expensive alternatives) is weak construction. The very first thing i look at when evaluating a pair of head phones is wire thickness. Many companies have a super thin cable.

I had the original black version of this headphone, and after over a year of heavy use the wire broke. I use my original set >4 hours a day, 5 days a week, in sun, rain, snow etc. Often snagging on bushes, fences, gates. So its not surprising that they broke. The large buttons are great, providing me with control even when i wear gloves. I only wish there was a detachable portion of the cable below the controller to safely snap off when i snag it on anything. And i’d prefer a 90 degree connector instead of a straight connector. None the less, i totally recommend this headphone for use when you’re exposed to the elements.

Ruggedized with tough rubber moldings

I disagree with reviews that mention the volume control is so heavy it yanks the earpieces out. Maybe if you’re not inserting them correctly. I fit them in snugly, and they seem to stay just fine. Also, the more snug you insert the pieces, the better the bass response and overall sound profile. It’s also designed ergonomically so that it fits on your ear canal at an angle — it won’t fit well unless you turn it to the right angle, and that’s when the sound really kicks in. It also does a nice job of sealing out external noise. The only reason i’m not giving five stars is because an over-the-ear [air of headphones woith noise reduction will always sound better than in-ear plugs.

I give it a 4 star because one of the ears lost 90% of its volume output after about 2 years, but while both speaker were functioning properly, the product produced good sound, created a good seal, and were perfect for exercise. The price justifies the short shelf life of a product that had hundreds of hours put into it. Also of note, the control buttons worked. Turns out that there is a button combination i would trigger rarely that would call my last contact when i would fiddle while running. It always made for an awkward quarter mile for everyone involved.

I bought this from a friend recommendation. He has the non-ruggedized version. I was quite disappointed with this unit, but maybe because my friend set the bar too high. People here have mentioned that the ruggedized version is quite different fron the non-ruggedized version. The good: excellent sound isolation and quality. The construction appear to be very sturdy, and everything feel premium about this head set. The bad: sound isolation might be too good, i can’t heard cars, bike bell, or my dog jingling tag while running. This is a safety concern for me. While running i’ll have to turn the volume down to heard the stuff mentioned above, but something else came up when the volume is low. I heard the cord hitting the earpiece on my steps that i took.

Controlls are great for when i’m wearing golves. Big bottoms make it perfect for skiing. The oval tips are the only decent tips i have ever come across. Only issues are the bass, little too much and washed out, but you won’t notice unless you really really focus on it and directly compare it to a pair of good headphones with a flat frequency response. I bent the jack skiing but i was able to cut the wire and resodier a new one. Customer service was a bitch, they didn’t want to sell me a repair or the parts. They wouldn’t even tell me the color scheme of the wires. Fyi, it’s all green on tip, all red on 2, white on 3, copper on 4 or maybe copper and white are switched, i can’t remember.

These are my 2nd pair of more pricey earphones, after the monster isport strive, which was probably the worst pair of earphones i’ve ever had in my life. But we’re not here to talk about that. I bought the orange ones for the sake of the price and i really like it. The orange is a lot softer than the picture. And it’s easy to find in my purse when i’m too lazy to put it back in the given case. I enjoy the rubberized texture of the chord, making it pretty durable. The earbuds are small and fit perfectly in my ear canal, so i can wear them for hours without feeling any strain. These earphones are frickin spectacular. I love the bass, i don’t find it overpowering at all. As other reviews said, the mids are a tad weaker than i would have liked, but that’s a quick fix in the eq (on iphones, it’s under settings and music).

I agonized for a while trying to find sport headphones that i could afford and that delivered a reasonable blend of comfort, sweat-proof durability and good sound. I scoured reviews on cnet and other places and deduced that these headphones seemed to be the highest rated anywhere near this price point. I’ve only had them for a couple of days but i’ve used them for hours and find them to be well worth the price. In-ear buds are inherently uncomfortable for me, but there are limited options in this price range for sweat-proof sport phones, and i find these to be far more comfortable and stable that others i’ve tried or owned. The remote is a nice functionality that works well and the nice carrying case is big enough to fit the headphones + my ipod nano, which is a plus for convenience and protecting the nano.

Great earbuds with somewhat odd styling choices. Pros:the sound these little babies put out is amazing, one of the best i’ve ever heard via earbuds. The fit is excellent; both very comfortable and stays in the ear well while walking, etc. The included case is a great little bonus. It looks good, is easy to use and seems well made (tough fabric with zip on 3 sides style). Cons:the vivid blue is an unusual color choice and, while it makes it easy for me to quickly identify these earbuds from others, it’s a bit more of a statement than i want to make. The giant rectangular control module in the centre of the cord is cumbersome, unattractive and a bit annoying. I need to own a piece of my dissatisfaction with this part of the rig. I purchased these buds fully understanding that they’re intended to be used with an i-product (i-phone, i-pad, etc.

X-large 3-button remote for easy control during outdoor activity

I bought these because they look like a rugged set of earbuds made by a brand known for sound quality. Only one of those two qualities panned out. Pros:>rugged and durable indeed>big remote/buttons make it easy for quick grab and change of volume, track, etc>decent bass when using app eqcons:>sound quality is marginal at best. Maybe they need to break in longer?>remote is heavy. It has its own, noticeable gravitational pullthese will do as a set of snowboarding earbuds until they die. My snowboarding earbuds always die. Then i’ll get something better.

I purchased a fiiox3 high resolution music player and needed to upgrade my in-ear headphones. I researched my options and was torn between a few brands. I am a big fan of klipsch products so i decided to go with these plus the price was right. There was an even better price provided i purchased the red ones. The build quality seems to be on par with other klipsch products and the sound quality is very good so i highly recommend them from that standpoint. The storage case is nice and they provide you with varying sizes of interchangeable ear tips. Note: you will have to find the ones that fit your ear and use them otherwise they will not stay in your ear. The issue for me, and what i suggest you consider, is that these are meant to be used when exercising, hiking, etc. , hence the all-weather design.

I got a pair of these to replace my water-destroyed pair of s4i’s that were a few years old. Because my ipod touch’s power button doesn’t work, i wanted something with a remote and volume control. Trying to find a solid pair with those features, and priced under $60 is difficult. So when these came up as a suggestion, priced at $40, i jumped at the chance. They sound just like the s4i’s did when they were working well, and that’s exactly what i was looking for. They stay in my ears well while walking, especially with the bigger tips.

I bought these a while back and am not sure how to feel about them. They sound nice, but for $15 i have bought headphones that sounded nice. Maybe because i spent so much on them i assumed they would have a wow factor. I am not an audiophile by any means and this is my first pair of spendy headphones. Over all i have not had any issues with the weight of the cord and having the control is nice for quick on and off. I have jogged in these with no issues. I used the clip that came with to hold the controls to my shirt. I did have to controls die on me, but started working again a few days later. It did take a trial and error process to figure out what tips work for me.

This was my overall favorite pair of everyday use earphones for over a year. I used these heavily including in my sleep so they were basically always in my ears. This pair recently broke on me by not playing sound from one ear but i am sure that it was a fixable problem if you know how to solder. I wanted to replace these earphones afterwards but my warranty ended so i decided to just wait until i can afford another pair. I do think that i would get the x6i pair because i fell in love with this brand. Here are my thoughts on it:pros:- sound quality is amazing- had many types of ear piece fittings that allows for a better fit- the length of the wire was about a meter long much longer than i anticipated. Cons:- warranty is not actually 2 years. It is only 1 year according to the klipsch website- the buttons are very sensitive (they would start playing even though i did not press them deliberately)- i did not use it for working out because it always fell out of my ears. I tried to wrap the cords around my ears but they still fell out. Overall: 8/10it may seem like there are many cons, but these earphones make beats and bose a run for their money.

I have been looking for a new pair of earphones since my cat cheewed up my other pair (i shouldn’t have left them on the floor. I am a female and have smaller ears and i’m picky with my earphones because after a while, they can hurt my ear. I always purchase the behind the ears earphones because i haven’t found earphones that fit securely in my ears for a good period of time. These actually did stay in my ear. It’s confusing at first because they kinda stick out and it feels as if it’s not going to stay in at first but they are angled in a way that’s supposed to make it security stay in. So that was definitely a plus. The reason i didn’t give this 5 stars is because the remote was very bulky and i could hear it as i was running. I literally had to wrap the cord around my neck so that the remote would rest on my shoulder otherwise, not only would the earphones come out but the sound would drive me nuts. It would be perfect if they made the remote in a more efficient way because it really was a plus to have the remote and i loved the features.

Directional mic for hands-free, crystal clear phone calls

As always, klipsche has amazing quality and sound. I bought this headset in the standard ‘non-rugged’ model and tore it up while snowboarding. I’m very excited to get these (on sale even). I haven’t had a chance to go snowboarding yet, but can tell they are definitely more rugged and the large buttons will be great when i have gloves on. And of course the sound is amazingmy only gripe is the color is not true to the picture. My set is closer to a burnt orange. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice color. But the pictures make it look like almost neon orange.

Let me say that this headphones are just awesome. I had the previous s3 white headphones, which were great too, i had them for around 2. 5 years until they broke, now i got this s4i rugged and the sound quality is definatelly a step up. I got them today and the bass and quality is pristine.The controls are a little to big i think (first time with headphones with mic) but i dont mind. All other reviews saying the headphones are bad and that sound is horrible are not true. I am in no way endorsing the brand or anything, i just beleive that headphones dont have to be over $100 to be good. This are not cheap either, but great quality for the price.

Not great for weight-lifting. The cord is too long, which often leads to the plugs getting ripped out of your ears when doing certain exercises. Even worse, the big buttons which lay on your chest always seem to get pushed accidentally by the bar. There should be an override to shut those buttons off. The sound quality is good to very good, but not great. The old ultimate ears i had years ago were the best. Nothing seems to match those, including newer ultimate ears. But i do like the earbuds themselves. They conform well to the ear canal, and stay in place with a good seal and stay clean.

The remote doesn’t work with my sg5, but i don’t use the remote on earbuds much, anyway. All i wanted was a good sounding set of earbuds that are good for workouts and these perform above and beyond all expectations. At first, i was not all that impressed with the sound, but then i switched the ear fittings to the ones that are ‘doubles. ‘ then i discovered that i was not positioning them deep enough in my ears. I found that if i take the left one and ease it in while turning it clockwise as i push it in, it settles deeper in my ear canal and the sound really comes alive. On the right one, i ease it in by turning it counter clockwise as i push in. Once i get them positioned correctly, i then wrap the cord over the tops of my ears and let the cord fall behind my ears. This ensures that they stay in place during all aspects of my most intense workouts. With them positioned this way, i have not heard such impressive sound. Nice, correct, clear full spectrum frequency response with great exterior noise isolation.

I ordered these recently when they were on one of the gold box deals. It was a great price and definitely worth giving it a shot, even if they turned out to be very mediocre. I tend to like to use earphones when i do a lot of solo activities like yardwork, painting, cleaning, etc. , and i’ve done some damage to more than one set of shure earphones as a result. I have extremely sensitive ears and am able to hear even minute differences in earphones, even when comparing two sets of the same model. So far, my preferred set is a pair of shure e500’s that i bought a few years back. They list for $500, so they had better be good. I also have a few pairs of lower level shures that are very good as well as an etymotic hf-3 model that has the microphone built in to use with my iphone. I’ve been very happy with all of them. The biggest issue has always been price. For the money, i’ve never listened to a set of earphones anywhere close to as good as these are. No, they don’t sound like the e500’s, or even the e3c’s, but then again, they didn’t cost $300 or $500. At any price point under $100, i would rate this as an outstanding value.

The earbuds look pretty good but the sound quality is only average. The thing very good is these buds stay in my ears when i do long distance fast runs. Very few, if any other earbuds i’ve owned other than the s5 klipsch stay firmly in my ears. The connector to my phone (galaxy note) does not seem to be solid because i loose a channel if the cable is adjusted by touching near where the two things connect. I don’t know if this is the phone or the connector. It doesn’t seem to be an issue with my other earbuds. I’ve owned and tried at least 30 different types of earbuds and this would be the reason for the 3 stars. If it wasn’t for this i would give two stars and if it wasn’t for being klipsch i would give two stars. I would not buy these again. I really liked the s5’s but they were not available at the time.

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