Klipsch's product library is one of the most diverse among all consumer electronics manufacturers, offering up everything from cost-no-object loudspeakers to desktop computer speakers and everything in between. So it should come as no surprise that Klipsch offers several different varieties of headphones, from in-ear designs to the on-ear Image ONE reviewed here. At $149.99 the Image ONEs are not Klipsch's flagship effort - that title belongs to the Image X10i In Ear Headphones, though it is their most expensive over-the-ear design. Not only is the Image ONE the most expensive over-the-ear design Klipsch offers, it's the only over-the-ear design they offer.
In terms of looks the Image ONE isn't going to earn any design awards for it's outward appearance is rather status quo, which may be one of its biggest selling points, what with all the brash "look at me" headphones available today. The Image ONE trades Hello Kitty graphics for semi-gloss plastics and leather, giving it a more subdued, adult flare. The Image ONE is lightweight compared to comparable headphones weighing in at 138 grams or just over a quarter of a pound. The Image ONE employs the use of two (left and right) 40 millimeter, full-range drivers, giving the headphone a reported frequency response of 16Hz to 23kHz. The Image ONE has an input impedance of 32 Ohms and a sensitivity of 110dB making it easy to drive from virtually any portable device including iPhones and iPads, which is not always the case with other headphones. The Image ONE has a three and a half millimeter input connector as well as mic and three button remote on the headphone cable itself which allows you to adjust volume as well as receive phone calls when using the Image ONEs in conjunction with a smart phone.
In terms of sound, the Image ONE are a bit of mixed bag for me, for within their limits they possess a rich, slightly warm sound that is punchy with good nuance and air. However, turn the volume up just a notch above ideal (the Image ONE's ideal, not yours) and they become flat, shouty and one-dimensional. Furthermore, the Image ONE's ear cups are comfortable but are too small for long term listening. I have small ears and the foam surrounds rested squarely on my outer ear lobes versus encapsulating them. Because of this their sound isolation ability is average to below average at best.
Read about the high points and low points of the Klipsch Image ONE on Page 2.