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.