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Klipsch X10i Headphones

By McClatchy News Services

POSTED:


» What they are: Lightweight, super-comfortable earbuds with an Apple Control remote that operates your iPod or iPhone from one of three buttons. The remote also has a microphone so you can easily switch to a phone call while listening to music.

» The good: I tried the most expensive earbuds that Klipsch offers, and the sound was super-crisp, with deep bass that made even my ratty old MP3 player sound good. But the factor that most appealed to me is available on its cheapest pair: the custom-fitting, oval piece that fits perfectly in the ear canal. It forms a seal that not only enhances the sound from your phone or MP3 player (or pretty much anything with a headphone jack), but also blocks outside noise. So if your music shuts down while you doze on a long flight, you're still less likely to be bothered by that little scream machine sitting in front of you. I greatly value travel devices that perform multiple functions. With these I no longer need carry earplugs, which I otherwise wouldn't dream of traveling without.

» The bad: The price. Though the deluxe X10i buds are loaded with extras, such as the aluminum bodies finished in anodized copper, sophisticated remote, carrying case and cleaning tool, I think I'd opt for a less expensive pair of Klipsch buds with the same ear-sealing system. But hey, I'm cheap, and if I'm listening to music, the heck with the phone. Also, because the buds do fit so perfectly in the ear, beware of cranking the volume too much. That can damage hearing.

» Cost: $349 for the X10i models to as low as $40 for other Klipsch buds

» Available from: klipsch.com; somewhat lower prices sometimes can be found on Amazon.com and Google.com

--Ross Werland / chicagotribune.com






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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Dear Star Advertiser, Why are you advertising a pair of luxury earphones to us? Is this a shameless plug for a company that is paying you to advertise their product or have you run out of better articles? How is this news for your subscribers? Is the readership so affluent that this article would be very pertinent to them? As I look around me, I don't see very many affluent people that would be interested in this set of overpriced earphones. I have tried to look at all the possibilities as to why a newspaper would publish such an article and I could not find a good reason for it. What has the Star Advertise become? First I see articles promoting local businesses through faux news articles. Now an outright plug disguised as a legitimate news article? The readership must be wondering where journalism has gone because this is not journalism. It sounds more like an Amazon review for a product. A Concerned Subscriber
on July 21,2013 | 08:56PM
cojef wrote:
News comes in different forms. It was news for me since I like to know what's new in the digital/electronic age. Personally, I have earphone from the old Sony Walkman days to ear-buds of different brands and even inexpensive Apple ear-buds for my i-Pad. Only by reading this type of articles, I get any ideas of what new products are hitting the market. Love the evaluations by independent gadgeteers on any technology gadgets. It gives one an insight as to how he rates any product. Sad that you do not appreciate this type of article. Remember there are other readers who do not share your views. I wish you no ill-will, only want to express how I feel about this article.
on July 24,2013 | 08:57AM
EMS wrote:
I thought it was an interesting and informative article...probably not going to buy on though...I don't get why you're so offended...
on July 24,2013 | 09:25PM
onevoice82 wrote:
I hope they continue a tech column and expand it too!
on July 27,2013 | 01:08PM
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