"Best i've ever heard"on by Utie24
Pros clean tight bass
full bodied mids
clear highs, not crackly like others
bent canal results in the most confortable fit ever
Cons Wire is a bit thin, however it's not as thin as people say it is.
I would say it's as thick as a cheaper set of earbuds.
Summary I just got my Kipsch S4s today and i cannot take them out they are so freakin awsome!! I guess you could categorize me a low budget audiophile so when i heard there were a set of earbuds on cnet with 4.5 stars out of 5 for 80 bucks i knew i had to snag these bad boys. Overall quality of these buds are the best you can get for the money.
I can tell you that i've had jbl reference, denon c551, sony ex71s, vmoda bass freqs and none of them compared to these. the jbl references sucked in all regards, the denon's were too high pitched i thought my ears would bleed, the sonys were eh, and the vmodas were to sloopy in the bass. THESE, however, hit the sweet spot on all frequences. I mostly listen to hiphop and R&B and these babies can THUMP. You can especially feel them in Jay-z's "empire state of mind".
If you're looking for a bargain set of earbuds you've come to the right place. All in all i'd recomend these to anybody.
Pros Beautiful sound sound sound, need I say more!
Cons absolutely nothing
Summary I don't know why some people in these reviews feel the need to bag these gems, perhaps they need new ears or lessons on setting up an equalizer to optimize sound, but 99.9% of buyers won't be disappointed. Amazing noise isolation, huge phat bass and crystal clear trebles and mids. I'm becoming isolated from society because I don't want to take them outa my ears.
Pros The sound from these earphones is great. They have pretty good highs and mids with strong bass.
Cons The fit for the earphones is too hit or miss for my taste. Sliding them in your ear and getting even just a good (not perfect) fit was too inconsistent. Also, the S4's eartips are made of very flimsy silicon that blocks very little noise.
Summary I've owned so far, including the S4's, five different sets of in-ear headphones. I began with basic Sony MDR-EX71SL's whose sound and fit were decent in relation to my little experience with in-ear earphones, and they lasted me over a year. I then purchased a pair of Sennheiser CX300's that I really enjoyed listening to, but they irritated my ears so I couldn't use them regularly. I then received a pair of Shure SE110's for Christmas that I fell in love with. I graduated to SE210's when I lost the SE110's (only to find them a few months later). I recently had to send out my SE210's for repair and had read the reviews of the S4's when I decided to try out the S4's. I was very impressed by the sound. They made me realize just how much my SE110's and SE210's lacked in bass. At the same time I noticed less clarity from the S4's highs and mids, which was slightly distracting for me considering how long I'd been listening to my music with the Shure headphones. However, after some comparison, I do believe that the S4's have very good highs and mids along with the excellent bass, just not as good as the Shures, especially the SE210's. After wearing the S4's during various activities I would normally wear headphones, I came to decided that I hated the way I had to fit the S4's into my ears. The process of getting just a decent fit could take me up to a minute and then I would often find myself readjusting them shortly after and eventually pulling them out and trying to fit them in again. I will say that the headphones are VERY comfortable when worn properly, but the flimsiness of the silicon sleeves caused the silicon to pinch and fold as i tried to get them in my ear, either blocking sound or creating an uncomfortable fit. This challenged was also accompanied by poor noise blocking once the headphones were in the ear. Being on the subway was less quiet as when I had used the Shures. The fit was overall less secure as well. In the gym the earbud actually slid out of one of my ears while running due to the sweat (yes, I know, ew) and the jostling of the cord. In the end I found these headphones were not right for me. Luckily I had purchased them at Best Buy and could return them. I would highly suggest trying these headphones out, as they do sound great, but I would just make sure to keep the receipt and packaging in case you find the S4's shortcomings to outweigh its strengths.
Pros Excellent sound and comfort.
Cons You have to learn to wear them right to fully enjoy them.
Summary At first I couldn't hear the bass but after checking Klipsch's website, I learned how to wear them right. Quoting the website, you have to "insert the ear tip (while connected to the nozzle) into the ear canal, gently rotate it left and right and then slightly pull it back..." Now the sound is amazing!
Pros Wires don't rub the bottom of my neck; many different ear tip options.
Cons Treble far too loud with a ringing "canned" sound. Bass only seems to work when the earbuds are half way off from falling from my ear canal.
Summary Like many others, I bought this pair of earbuds based on the outstanding ratings it got throughout the interweb. What I found though, was a huge disappointment... The treble is AWFULLY loud, creating a strange screeching noise that not only hurts MY ears, but becomes painful after awhile. The bass is another issue: it's really quite, especially when the earbuds aren't placed outside the ear; I find that I only can hear the bass when I pull the earbuds away from my actually ear canal (giving the sensation that they're about to fall off) In all I'm VERY disappointed and don't recommend these earbuds to anyone.