Published On: April 11, 2009

Klipsch's New Affordable Audiophile Ear Buds

Published On: April 11, 2009

Klipsch's New Affordable Audiophile Ear Buds

Klipsch has a history of offering great sounding equipment at an affordable price tag. Why should a pair of headphones be any different? With the the Image S4 and S2 headphones, Klipsch shows that they aren't.

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Imagine yourself on a loud, crowded bus or a stuffy airplane full of chitchat and all you want to do is phase out the public and tune into your own private world. The new Image S4 and S2 in-ear headphones from Klipsch are designed to make that vision an affordable, comfortable and safe reality.

The Image S4 and S2, priced at $79 and $49 respectively, open up new channels of distribution for the company, as its other headphone models range from $129.99 to $349.99. But what's cool is that the S4 and S2 use the same proprietary ear tips as their pricier predecessors, continuing the company's extreme comfort with superior noise isolation story.

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"People have less discretionary income these days. Therefore, we felt it was necessary to develop reasonably priced, high-performance headphones that go above and beyond what you'd expect from the stock earbuds that come with your MP3 player," said Mark Casavant, vice president of product development for Klipsch.

Unlike circular-shaped designs that put stress on the pressure points inside the ear, Klipsch's patent-pending oval ear tips naturally fit the contours of your ear canals, providing comfortable long-term wear. These ear tips also offer superior passive noise-cancellation, blocking out almost all ambient noise and providing excellent bass.

"Once you have the right fit and seal, these headphones are virtually impossible to feel--letting you listen longer and better," said Mark Blanchard, senior acoustic design engineer for Klipsch and inventor of the company's oval ear tips. "When we began studying three-dimensional ear impressions, it was discovered that nearly everyone has an oval-shaped ear canal. We couldn't believe that no one else had yet considered the anatomical shape of the ear canal when designing in-ear headphones."

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Blanchard also mentioned that when you wear Klipsch headphones, you don't need to turn up the volume as loud because a good seal dramatically reduces background noise--a feature that could definitely help preserve your hearing.

Additionally, the Image S4 and S2 are moving coil designs with controlled damping, allowing them to deliver smooth, full-bodied sound that is similar to a balanced armature. In fact, the S4 has a "hot rod" dual magnet motor structure that increases the damping factor. It's a feature that allows kick drums to "attack" and intermodulation distortion, or IMD, to be significantly reduced.

The Image S4 will be available in a piano black and silver finish and include three different-sized oval ear tips (a small/medium dual flange design as well as medium and large single flange designs), an ear tip cleaning tool and a compact, crush-resistant aluminum case.

The Image S2 will be available in a piano black finish and include three different-sized oval ear tips (small, medium and large) and a cloth "Snap-tite" carrying pouch.

Both models carry a two-year warranty and work with the iPod, iPhone and other portable devices that feature a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The S4 and S2 will be available for purchase at klipsch.com and other retail locations worldwide in May and July respectively.

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