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Klipsch unveils "world's smallest" canal earphones

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Thu August 30, 2007

Klipsch IMAGE Earphones

Klipsch has just entered the in-ear sound arena by announcing the IMAGE earphones. Billed as the most compact earbuds yet, each earpiece is only slightly larger than the wire and is built out of relatively light aluminum and copper. The combined effect significantly reduces weight and improves comfort in the ear. But the new design is nevertheless very tough, the company claims: cable endpoints are bulked up to avoid fraying, and the ear tips are held on through locking rings that prevent accidentally losing the tips in one's ear. The silicone tips themselves are an improvement over traditional designs with better flexibility inside the ear and come in five different sizes to fit most any wearer.

Aimed squarely at both high-end iPod listeners and home stereo audiophiles, the IMAGE set will sell for $349 with a quarter-inch adapter for home receivers, a protective case, and an airline adapter to plug into headphone jacks in the cabin. Klipsch expects the earphones to be ready by November.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Custom iPod EQ settings..

    ...or perhaps a volume variable EQ would be (for me) the next great iPod audio innovation - having experimented with many 'canal' phones the silicone multi-flange approach does provide excellent sound quality, isolation & consistency however even my high end XXXs would seem to benefit from 'tuning' on the EQ curve - for driver & ear canal resonance & of course the Fletcher Munsen effect (loudness) at lower volume level... iPods may be the first portable devices with enough computing power to do this...

  1. BSam1986

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stunning Sound + Comfort

    I listened to prototypes of these phones this summer.

    Stunning sound quality that has to be heard to be believed.

    Exceptionally comfortable.

    Multiple sized tips that should fit almost any sized ear.

    There are also lower priced models that while not as small also offer stunning sound and exceptional comfort.

    The legendary sound of Klipsch in the palm of one's hand.

    Check these out before buying any other phones. Think you don't like phones especially the in ear type? These will change your perception.

    A definite must have for portable music lovers.

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