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.