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Klipsch Reference S4 In-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Superior noise-isolating design
  • Patented oval ear tips for unbeatable comfort
  • Delivers smooth sound with enhanced bass
  • Durable home theater style cables with built-in strain relief
  • Available in a sleek black with signature Reference copper accents
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Technical Details

  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005ZNHOW4
  • Item model number: Reference S4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 3, 2011

Product Description

Sometimes your favorite band follows you. The Klipsch Reference S4 In-ear Headphones manage to utilize everything you know and love about Reference floor standing speakers in consolidated, portable form. Notice the copper accents. Appreciate the upgraded, home theater-style cables. Listen closely, and you can hear the patented headphone technology, award winning Reference performance and 65 years of Klipsch know-how surrounding you.

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Customer Reviews

The Klipsch Reference S4 is the best purchase for a budget set of IE headphones I've ever made!
Brian Carpenter
It can get annoying at times, though, so if this really matters to you, the S4 is similarly priced and is also a great option for the range.
The cord easily tangles, and the insane cable memory in the cable prevents usage of the cheap tin case that comes with them.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jf84 on June 14, 2012
I'm not a DJ, I don't believe vinyl has the best sound quality, and I don't spend thousands of dollars to get the perfectly reproduced sound of a recording made in the 70's.

I'm a guy to walks to a train to go to work, has a very boring job where I watch movies or listen to music to pass the time, and I enjoy playing video games in lieu of working out.

All that said, I'm completely blown away by these ear buds. I had spent $10-$20 on pairs in the past, and was always incredibly unsatisfied with everything about them; they were uncomfortable, had short wires, failed quickly, and more importantly had terrible sound quality.

I've worn these for hours at a time, and have never felt uncomfortable with them. I was very happy they give you several sizes to try out, so there should be the right size for everyone out of the package. I had a pair of the Image S4's, and lost one of the plugs... I found out buying replacement packs can be expensive, so be cautious when pulling them out of your jean pockets!

I wear these nightly on a very noisy light rail train, and these help drown out the noise even with no music playing. In my untrained opinion, it sounds like it cuts the volume by half, which is fantastic. The sound quality is amazing, and I only really use it for my iPod Classic, Android phone, Xbox 360, or my HP laptop (I'm not really convinced the "beats audio" stuff is an improvement over any other laptop I've had).

You will begin to notice incredibly subtle sounds in your music you would never hear in a car or with other cheaper headphones. The bass sounds amazing, and the high ends are never muffled, so long as your music files are high enough quality. You'll definitely notice when you have lower bitrate songs.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By B Derringer on February 9, 2012
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I purchased these to use with my Samsung Charge phone to listen to music on my 4 mile daily walks/run after I found out my thyroid decided to quit on me six months ago and I started gaining weight. I did a ridiculous amount of research (drives my wife nuts!) before I shelled out $100 for earbuds. Yes, I know it's not close to the $500 to $1000 one can spend on these things, but why would you do that? Anyway, after opening these I tried on all the different sized ear cushions and found that the largest one was best. The smaller ones made the sound rather tinny in that they did not cover my ear opening sufficiently. Holy moly, when I did finally get the right size on, the bass really popped! So do yourself a favor and try them all on. Also, it does pay to break them in for about a day of constant playing. Just plug them into your computer turn on some music and let them break in. The sound does get remarkably better if you will do that, not that they sound bad right out of the box. Oh no, these things rock! One other thing that was a bit irritating was the cord. It's designed to not get tangled but when you take it out of the box (its rolled rather tightly with a twist tie) it is all bent in the shape that it is packaged. They say that it will eventually straighten out but I decided I did not want this tangled mess of wire to be hanging from my ears (yes a little impatient). So, I cheated and took a hair dryer to it. I hung the buds over my bedroom door and gently (yes gently-don't go crazy and melt them!) heated the wires a little and they straightened out quickly! Make sure you don't heat the earbud itself, I don't know what that might do to it but it's probably not good! So, long story short, these things rock and don't be afraid to buy them! They are exceptionally comfortable as well! Enjoy! (I might have to audition some of Klipsch's home audio speakers after listening to these! Yes, another source of irritation for my wife :-))
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hsu on October 18, 2012
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Let me start with my history of using headphones/earphones. I have owned more than 30 pairs and out of which, at least 10 are critically acclaimed models. I usually go for the headphones/earphones that are rated as the "best in price range." They include the entry level Monster Turbine(retail @ $180 but I paid for $75 on Amazon), Sennheiser HD25-1 II(retail @ $250 but I paid for $180 at J&R), Bose OE Headphone(paid the retail $150 like a sucker), and some other Sennheiser, Sharp, Sony and Ultimate Ear earphones that were extremely good for their prices.

My latest pair is the Klipsch Reference S4. I couldn't find that many legitimate/reliable reviews on this particular model. Most reviews I found are for the original S4 and S4i models, so I was taking a risk by getting this pair. But hey, $60 is totally worth it if my gamble pays up. And it paid WELL. I haven't even "burnt in" the earphones and I'm already impressed. Just imagine how much better it will be after the burn in is complete.

Straight to the point, Reference S4 ranks 2nd among all of the cans I have. It only lags behind Sennheiser HD25-1 II, and beats the XXXX out of Monster Turbine. The ear tips really make huge differences. I tried all of the tips that came with the box, and found the optimal size(some of them provide NO BASS at all!); which confirms what other reviews pointed out: you MUST find the right ear tips for your ears. Once you do, the music is going to sound so good you wouldn't believe you only paid so much for this pair!(I paid $60)

More details: the bass is clean, crisp, and just as strong as Sennheiser HD25-1 II and Monster Turbine. However, the bass does not muffle the mid and high like Turbine does.
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