"Pristine X10i"on by NeONGeneSAr
Pros sound quality. lightweight. customized fit. rigid carrying case. design.
Cons Expensive! Adapters aren't gold.
Summary I've upgraded from the S4i which, despite the ear tip choices, didn't quite fit right. While I can't justify that the high price of the X10i has anything, if any, to do with fit, they DO fit much better. Maybe it's the obtuse, minimalist design as compared to the slight rear bulge of the S4i (not that these were big in the first place). Now I'm able to hear instruments in songs I never heard before!
You'll hear EVERYTHING with these, which can be good or bad, especially if you listen to a song encoded poorly. My mp3s aren't lossless by any means, but the clarity the X10i gives is unparalleled. I was expecting to hear much more hisses and clicks, but surprisingly I haven't (lucky, i guess). It hits all the highs and lows just the way I like them!
I use these mainly while playing my e-drum kit through a Roland TD-9, so its discriminating fidelity is important to me.
If these reviews only focused on the product in-hand, then I would have posted 5 out of 5 stars. IMHO, reviews encompass all that comes with the product, from its accessories to the warranty period. I gave the X10i 4.5 stars for the following reasons: 1) At such a premium price, why aren't the included airplane and 1/4" adapters gold just like the headphones 3.5 mm jack? I don't lower my audiophilic standards on a flight or when plugging these into a stereo receiver. 2) I can't justify a 350% price difference between these and the S4i, which were a great-sounding pair of headphones (when they fit) at a much lower price point.
Pros Clean controlled punchy bass
Cons Crazily priced at $350
Wires are thin
Wires tend to split
Th silicon tips are comfortable but always slip out
Summary The X10 are very very small. You will be surprised how such a small set of earphones delivers such high quality sounds with ample bass.
My estimate is that the X10 are half the size of the S4. The X10 have clean punch bass and deliver pristine sound. To be honest I am not an audiophile but these aren't a huge upgrade over the S4. With that being said are these worth the $350 suggested retail? No, and there not worth $250, $200, Or really $100 since you can buy a pair of S4 for $55 or so.
Amazon is selling these for $90 for the non remote version, and to be honest that is the most I would ever pay.
The X10 are defiantly worth $90, but beware they have the same crappy wires as the old S4 and cables tend to split. It's terrible for $350 you get thin cheap cords.
The silicone tips are very comfy but non of them besides the large double flange fit me and stay in. Even the double flange slips and weakens the sounds quality and seal eventually. I would recommend getting Comply tips. They are $15 for a set of three and they create a perfect seal. Since they are round they don't go as deep into the canal as the double flange and they are made out of foam so some of the sound quality gets absorbed and no transmitted deep in the ear. But I will take a better fit over my ear buds dropping out of my ear onto the floor any day.
Advice skip the X10i and go with X10 less money. Get Comply tips.
Pros Klipsch is a respected name in the audiophile age, now they impress again in the portable music source age.
I am glad they have done away with the hard to adjust semi-rigid wire that wraps around the outer ear on their Customs line. That was just a pain
Cons Pricey!! They could have used better cables with a fabric wrap. But hey, it really sounds good so it's almost a non issue. The warranty is reassuring.
Summary I think at this price point, not one headphone could be better than the others, just different.
The X10i will not disappoint in all manner of excellence. Comes in a small pouch with all the extras required for a great portable sonic experience. So light and unobtrusive in the ear you just hear the music.
Pros Gud in comfort
Great passive noise isolation
Punchy but not booming Bass (which is gud for ears)
Clear Highs but not threatning
Vocals sound fantastic
Expressive mid range
Cons Remote and Mic designed to use only with for Apple products
Plastic ear buds become warm in hot conditions
SummarySilicon Ear tips. Not plastic
Updated on Feb 17, 2011
These earphones are the smallest and lightest ones till date. You wouldn't feel that something is inside your ears once you start listening to the music.