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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|Item Dimensions||1.3 x 4.5 x 8.2 in||—||0.43 x 19 x 0.12 in||1.6 x 4.3 x 7.5 in||0.2 x 0.6 x 0.2 in||2.36 x 6.5 x 3.35 in|
|Additional Features||lightweight||lightweight||lightweight, volume-control||Noise-Isolation||lightweight, tangle-free-cord||IN- EAR|
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.
Top customer reviews
The biggest issue with these earphones is the cable. It is horrible! The cable noise is bad, really bad. I have to wrap the cable around the temples of my glasses so the cable noise doesn't drown out the music I'm trying to listen to. However the cable is so bad, it will unwrap itself from the temples and half way to work I have to rewrap the cable. Did I mention the cable was bad? I got these three months ago and even after trying everything I can think of to get the kinks out of it, there is cable memory from the packaging they were shipped in. The cord easily tangles, and the insane cable memory in the cable prevents usage of the cheap tin case that comes with them. I really can't say enough about how bad the cord is.
Beyond the cable, these do not have a very good fit. Of the tips that came with them, the ones that fit my ears the best deformed after a month. Luckily I still had some tips from the Shures that fit the earphones and my ears. Neither tips, the Shures or the ones that came with them, provides for a very good fit due to the way the part that fits into your ear is designed and the way the tips fit on the earphones. Due to this poor fit, there is little isolation to these and sounds that earphones even in this price range should block can still be heard over the music.
Lastly, how they sound- they sound OK. When I first got them, during the play in period they sounded so bad I almost immediately sent them back. All speakers, headphones, earphones and the like sound bad right out of the box before they are played in. I knew this but these had the worst sound during play in period I had ever heard, and it wasn't a short play in period. The bass was wishy washy, it sounded sloppy, boomy, and had no punch to it. The highs were incredibly shrill and tinny. After being played in, the bass tighten up and the shrillness of the highs rounded out. The problem now is there doesn't seem to be much there there. The mids seem weak and there still isn't much punch and definition in the low end. The highs and bass both seem to be too up front, as if someone took a 3 band EQ and turned up the highs and lows while knocking the mids down a couple dB. That being said, if you can get a decent fit, and can actually hear the music over the cord noise, they don't sound bad- just not that good. This not bad sound would be my guess as to why there are so many good reviews. They do sound better than the earbuds that come with an iPhone or any other smart phone, and someone coming from only listening to music on those would heard a big improvement in sound.
TLDR: The cord is HORRIBLE. They fit poorly. Sound is OK, but a big step up from earphones that come with smartphones and iPods. Overall, not worth the money.
My only negatives are 1. They either should keep the metal box, or provide good instructions on how it is supposed to house the earphones; and 2. They should include a clip to support the wire close to the head. Not that the wires are heavy, but I find that movement tends to cause the phones to come out of the ear. If the wire is tethered to a shirt collar, that does not happen (I used the clip I had from the old phones, so can say this from experience.)