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Klipsch Image X5

Sound-isolating earbud headphones

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by Kristen Schaub
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Headphones: Great sound whenever and wherever

The right pair of headphones can solve a number of problems: listen to music and movies at night without keeping your family awake, take your favorite music with you while jogging or doing yard work, or get relief from distracting noise while working or traveling. Replace the cheap eabuds that came with your portable player with a high-quality pair, and discover more detail in your music. Or choose a set of full-sized 'phones for rocking out at home. Noise-canceling models use built-in microphones to pick up background sound and then cancel it out electronically.

Discreet earbuds deliver exceptional sound

Klipsch continues their excellent reputation for clear, natural sound with the Image X5 in-ear headphones. They feature the same innovative design as Klipsch's original Image 'phones in a slightly larger frame, which makes the lower price possible.


Super-compact, lightweight design

Image X5

Check out the compact size of the earbuds.

Instead of traditional drivers, each earbud uses an armature to produce sound. It's smaller and more efficient than the mini drivers found in many in-ear headphones, and that's the real key to the compact design of the Image series. Klipsch pairs the Image X5's balanced, full-range armature with a tuned bass-reflex system. You get clear highs and mids with more forward voicing than the original Image earbuds.

Stylish housings and a comfortable fit

You'll enjoy the lightweight feel of these earbuds, with their stylish aluminum casings and streamlined black "tails" that flex to reduce cable stress and noise. Choose from five different sets of Klipsch's Contour Ear Gels, which naturally fit the shape of your ear canals. They'll give you an extraordinarily snug, comfortable fit for longer listening, and a tight seal that improves bass and reduces ambient noise.

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Highlights:

  • sound-isolating earbud design
  • balanced full-range armature driver design with tuned bass-reflex system
  • frequency response: 10-19,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 115 dB
  • impedance: 50 ohms
  • stylish, durable aluminum housings with streamlined black "tails"
  • includes an assortment of soft washable ear gels for a comfortable fit
  • 50" straight cord with stereo mini plug
  • compatible with MP3 players and other portable devices with a stereo minijack, including the iPhone™
  • includes adapter for airline systems
  • includes carrying pouch and ear gel cleaning tool
  • weight: 0.398 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Style
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In-ear
Frequency Response
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10-19,000 Hz
Sensitivity
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115 dB
Impedance
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50 Ohms
Weight
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0.4 ounces
Airline Adapter Included
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Yes
iPod Control
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In-line Mic For Cell Phone
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No
Built-in Microphone
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Earbud-style headphones with attached 50" cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
  • 2 Small single flange silicone ear gels
  • 2 Medium single flange silicone ear gels (installed)
  • 2 Large single flange silicone ear gels
  • 2 Small double flange silicone ear gels
  • 2 Large double flange silicone ear gels
  • Airline adapter (female 1/8" stereo mini-jack to dual male 1/8" mono mini-plugs)
  • Cleaning tool
  • Carrying case
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Product registration survey
  • Ear Gels offer card

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Features

Overview: The Klipsch Image X5 headphones features a small, lightweight in-ear design with a precise, comfortable fit for long-term wear. The Image X5 headphones utilize balanced full-range drivers, a tuned bass-reflex system and noise isolation for exceptional sound quality.

Balanced Full-Range Armature Driver Design: The Klipsch Image X5 earphones utilize a balanced full-range armature driver design with a tuned bass-reflex system for crisp, clear highs and deep, impressive lows. As a result, you can experience rich, enveloping sound from your music.

Electroplated Aluminum Housings: The Klipsch X5 headphones feature sophisticated electroplated aluminum housings and streamlined, aerodynamic-shaped black "tails." These flexible tails not only look good, they reduce cable stress and serve as an acoustic damper to minimize cable noise.

Noise Isolating: The Klipsch X5's  in ear design works like an earplug to block background noise by -26 dB. This enables you to listen at lower volumes even in loud environments

Comfortable Fit: Image X5 earphones feature proprietary Contour Ear Gels that naturally fit the shape of your ear canals, reducing ear fatigue and producing a perfect acoustic seal. A good seal minimizes outside noise and allows you to enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes. Each flexible, oval-shaped ear gel is also light and narrow, making it almost impossible to feel inside your ear. The X5 comes with five different sizes of washable ear gels: small, medium, and large single flange designs, as well as small and large double flange designs. This way, virtually everyone can find a precise fit.

50" Cable: The X5 earphones feature a 50-inch-long cable. Put through extensive "real world" testing, these headphones feature strain relief at every cable connection point to help prevent wire damage. The cinching mechanism at "Y" of the 50-inch audio cord allows for a better fit.

Right-Angle Plug: The earphone's cable features a right-angled male 3.5mm miniplug to connect to your audio device. The right-angled design helps prevent possible breakage from sudden movement and allows for tight fits in most portable device carrying cases.

Airplane Adapter: The Klipsch earphones come supplied with an airplane adapter so you can listen to them during your flight.

Carrying Pouch: The earphones come supplied with a semi-hard carrying case with a magnetic flap. The case is large enough to carry the X5 earphones as well as all of its supplied accessories.

 
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5 out of 5

Great Klipsch X-5 Earphones

Written By Steven, Baltimore, MD on Friday, February 19, 2010
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I have tried various headsets and earphones previously. These earphones are by far the best I have used. They are comfortable, convenient, portable, and---most of all--provide outstanding sound, even at relatively low volume, from a variety of sources. Good bass and treble. A little pricey at regular price, but a good value at the sale price.
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5 out of 5

Exceptional Sound

Written By Leigh, Houston, TX on Sunday, December 06, 2009
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I purchased these for my iPod after owning the Bose in-ear headphones for nearly 3 years. I wanted accurate and balanced sound without the unnatural "enhanced" bass most earbuds have. These X5's sound beautiful - warm and balanced with plenty of deep bass where it is supposed to be. I also tried the cheaper S4's and they sound good but the midrange seemed a bit harsh to me. These X5's let me hear details in my music that I never did before - even on compressed audio formats. Please keep in mind that the X5's isolate outside sound very well which can be good and bad.
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