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Klipsch Image S4i Rugged

In-ear sports headphones (Yellow)

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Item # 714S4IRGDY

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Portable headphones are portable for a reason: they're meant to be taken out in the elements, not left at home or tucked away in your bag. The Klipsch Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones are built tough, giving you great sound anywhere you go. These all-weather earbuds are moisture resistant, letting you put them to the test indoors and out, no matter the conditions.

You go outside when it rains, so why shouldn't your headphones?

Portable headphones are portable for a reason: they're meant to be taken out in the elements, not left at home or tucked away in your bag. The Klipsch Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones are built tough, giving you great sound anywhere you go. These all-weather earbuds are moisture resistant, letting you put them to the test indoors and out, no matter the conditions.

Your music will sound clear and full whether you're grinding through a workout in the gym, on the trail or through the streets, thanks to the S4i Rugged's dual magnet micro speakers. Deep bass and detailed highs will accompany you everywhere, without tripping you up or slowing you down. The durable cable is tangle resistant, and the moisture-resistant remote gives you easy track and volume control of your iPhone or iPod while it stays out of harm's way. Take calls using the built-in directional microphone, or ignore them and just keep moving.

A secure fit for your mobile lifestyle

The S4i Rugged comes with four pairs of flexible oval-shaped ear tips, so you can find the perfect fit. This not only provides optimum sound quality, but also ensures that your headphones stay securely in your ears while you're racing up a bike trail or down a ski slope. Loop the cords around your ears and attach to your clothing with the included clip for even more security. The supplied travel case and cleaning cloth make sure these headphones are always ready for action whenever you are.

*The remote and mic are supported by iPod nano (4th generation or later), iPod classic (120GB, 160GB), iPod touch (2nd generation or later), iPhone 3GS or later, and iPad. The remote is also supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation or later).

Great sound quality. comfortable in ears. surprised that it is discontinued.

R H, Stuarts Draaft

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear headphones (with in-line remote and an attached 55" audio cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • 3 Pair of silicone single-flange ear-tips (S/M/L)
  • 1 Pair of silicone dual-flange ear-tips
  • Carrying case
  • Clothing clip
  • Owner's Manual

Product Highlights:

  • all-weather design resists moisture
  • in-line remote for controlling playback and volume on iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®*
  • remote has a built-in microphone for answering calls on your iPhone*
  • 4 pairs of ear tips for optimum comfort and sound quality
  • clothing clip included
  • carrying case and cleaning cloth included
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • frequency response: 10-19,000 Hz
  • impedance: 18 ohms
  • weight: 0.15 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Klipsch Image S4i Rugged Reviews

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Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 0.465 x 0.465
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 10-19k Hz
Sensitivity 110 dB
Impedance 18 Ohms
Weight .15 ounces
Cord Length 55"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Rugged Design: The Klipsch Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones are extremely durable and are perfect for the active outdoor lifestyle. Designed to live with the elements, these in-ear headphones are moisture tested and the in-line remote is rubberized to offer weather resistance for outdoor activities.

Note: Available in 4 colors (yellow, orange, blue, and red).

Realistic Sound: The Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones deliver realistic sound  through the use of a single, moving coil micro-driver (or mini-speaker) per channel. These drivers cover a wide frequency range (10Hz-19kHz) with dynamic detail and deep bass.

Noise Isolating Ear-Tips: The Image S4i Rugged headphones features angled housings for proper in-ear alignment. The Klipsch Image S4i Rugged 's exclusive soft and flexible oval ear-tips naturally fit the contours of your ear canals, providing comfortable long-term wear as well as producing a perfect acoustic seal. A good seal minimizes outside noise, also known as noise isolation (up to -16), and allows you to enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes. The Image S4i comes with four different sizes of washable ear-tips;  small, medium, and large single-flange ear-tips, plus a pair of dual-flange ear-tips.

X-Large 3-Button Mic and Remote System: Thanks to its advanced 3-button mic and remote system, the Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones offer control of your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The built-in, x-large 3-button remote control lets you answer and end calls, turn the volume up and down, and control music playback (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Skip). Unlike other headsets, the S4i positions its mic and remote at the cable yoke to create a more natural feel when answering calls and controlling music. The mic is a highly intelligible 360° design with echo cancellation, so you will be heard crystal clear and will not have to worry about the external noise around you. The Klipsch Image S4i Rugged headphones are compatible with the following Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad models (as of 8/16/2012).

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Audio Output In-Line Remote In-Line Mic
3.5mm Connector Audio Playback Playback Controls Answer/End Call Voice Control Hands-Free Communication
Shuffle 1st n/a Y Y N N N N
2nd n/a Y Y N N N N
3rd n/a Y Y Y N N N
4th n/a Y Y Y N N N
dock connector 3rd 2.0.2 Y Y N N N N
4th 3.1.1 Y Y N N N N
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y N N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y N
6th 1.1 PC Y Y Y N Y N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y N
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y N
4th 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3G 4.2.1 Y Y N N N N
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y N
2 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

55" Headphone Cable: The Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones features a durable 55" headphone cable with built-in strain relief. The headphone cable has an adjustable cable-slider to prevent tangling.

Gold-Plated 3.5mm Connector: The Klipsch in-ear headphones features a gold-plated, straight, male 3.5mm connector, so it works with any portable device that features a standard 3.5mm headphone output.

Shirt-Clip: The S4i in-ear headphones include a shirt-clip to keep the in-line mic close to your chest when speaking.

Carrying Case: The Klipsch S4i comes with a carrying case to protect the headphones during storage and transport.

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Big controls for big fun

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 8/20/2012 3:56:00 PM

What do I like best about these headphones? The fact that I don't have to grope around for the in-line controls. It's tough to miss the bold colors of the controls. They're also big enough to find by feel almost immediately. And the buttons are raised, so I have no trouble distinguising the big plus (skip ahead) from the big triangle (play) from the big minus (skip back). Now these are controls that make sense when I'm running or my attention's otherwise engaged elsewhere.

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