Pros great clarity
Cons low quality cord
Summary These are great headphones. I've had them for about two years now, and they're going strong. The only problem is where the cord enters the jack, the rubber is not very strong and the wires have become exposed. This can be prevented by wrapping it in electrical tape, but it's still a design flaw.
They're about half the price and sound at least twice as good as a pair of Bose OE2s.
Pros Very comfortable, light buds.
Dont have to worry about them falling out.
They are loud if you want them to be, but they wont make your ears bleed.
GREAT noise isolation.
Almost no sound leakage even at the loudest of volumes.
Cons They don't really blow me away.
Thin (seemingly cheap) cord.
Summary So, before I bought these, I had a $50 set of Sony earbuds. There was nothing wrong with them, however I got some extra money so I decided that I wanted to upgrade. After reading a ton of reviews, I decided I was going to get either the Over Ear Beats, the in ear Beats, the Bose IE2, or the Klipsch S4. Right off the bat, Klipsch had an advantage because it is the cheapest of all by $10. I went to Best Buy to pick the workers' brains about the headphones, and after listening to the Over the Ear Beats, I ruled those out. They SUCKED for anything other than Hip-Hop. The other three I wanted were all in-ear so I couldnt try them in the store. From what I read, Klipsch and the IE2 were both better than the Beats so I had the Beats just about ruled out. Also, the IE2 is said to have a little bit better sound quality, but it has virtually no noise isolation. So before I even asked the worker, I had my mind somewhat made up. When I finally got a hold of somebody, the conversation literally lasted 30 seconds. He walked right over to the S4's, pointed at them, and said that they were the ones. That was all I needed to hear. I bought them, and that was that. Listening to them, I noticed that they really shine when it comes to Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, etc. When I played Pain by Three Days Grace, I was blown away. However, not all is positive. I have no idea why, but I noticed right away that unless you have the volume all the way turned up, the sound quality is very muddy. Once you turn the volume up all the way, it is like you are listening to a whole new set of earbuds. This isn't a horrible thing, because in my opinion, they don't get so loud that they make your ears bleed, but they are loud enough to really enjoy the music. Some songs still have the "muddy" feel, but for the most part everything sounds good. Honestly, my favorite thing about these buds is their noise control. When you are listening to them, you can't hear anything, and nobody can hear what you are listening to. While playing the loudest song I had in a silent car, all anybody else could hear was distorted mumbles. I am still debating on whether or not I want to keep them or if I want to trade them in and get Monster Turbines.
"Buy them now!"on by bluesguy72
Pros Overall excellent sound. Great spatial soudstage, clear mids, and capable of head thumping bass. Highs could be slightly better, but this could be because I use them with my iphone(at a highly compressed file size to save space).
Cons Klipsch's waste of everyone's time with the tin storage case. Really? Who's gonna use it?
Summary The only thing I would recommend is if you're going to use them with an iPhone, step up to the S4i. Exact same headphone with in-line volume control/mic. I wish I had bought these instead...apple's earbuds suck!
Pros - Good balanced sound with excellent base for an in-ear headphone.
- Does a great job of cancelling out external nuisance noise (office chatter, loud typing, etc...).
- Comfortable fit and perfect for extended use.
Cons - Carrying case is nothing more than a small tin can.
Summary With every previous headphone I've owned, there was always a need to increase the volume to maximum levels in order to enjoy music. Not with these headphones. In summary, a great product without having to spend $100+.
Pros - Decent sound quality
- Selection of buds for different sized ears
Cons - Cables are VERY flimsy
- Not particularly strong bass
Summary I bought these earbuds (the S4i actually) on the recommendation of CNET and have been very disappointed. The cables have fallen apart in six months and I am regularly getting small electric shocks through them. I honestly don't understand why CNET keeps peddling them as a great product - do you not do any sort of medium or long-term testing?