Jaw dropping, face melting, ear shredding, eye popping. These are some of the terms I have to use when talking about the upcoming earbuds from Klipsch Audio. These earbuds are serious. How serious? Serious as a subpoena delivered by 12 men in black suits driving black SUVs! Why so serious? They have dedicated tweeters and subwoofers. WHA?! YES! AN EARBUD WITH A DEDICATED SUB! This is the reason why I originally approached Klipsch to review them. I love bass. I’m a heavy metal fanatic. I love detuned guitars, double kick drums, eerie keyboards and everything else in the lower spectrum. I also love the treble of a Siren voice. The crispness, the clarity and the seduction. Klipsch has managed to put BIG SOUND in a set of earbuds. I doubted, but they made me a believer.
How did the convince me? I used these for two weeks. I played Call of Duty – Black Ops III, World of Tanks, Final Fantasy VII, Skyrim & Diablo III.
In all the games I was hearing sounds I never heard before, but in Black Ops II I could hear enemies sneaking up behind me for that stealth kill and they were suddenly surprised to find me… ready and waiting for them. I listened to a variety of metal and classical. Megadeth, Amaranth, Nightwish, Delain, Metallica, Lacuna Coil, Sevendust, Static-X, The Murder of My Sweet, Heavy Melody & Two Steps from Hell. I had one hell of an experience. I haven’t day dreamed like that since I was in high school listening to Ozzy. Oh yeah, I listened to him too. These are definitely cinematic if not a home theater style experience. Next up is “Lone Survivor” & “Black Hawk Down”. I can’t wait to bring these to the Blu-Ray player!
The mind blowing thing about these is I am hearing sounds I never heard before and my awareness and immersion is heightened. All of this at lower volume levels which makes my ear doctor happier. I’ve been using these earbuds for gaming, music and video conferencing. They outperform every other headset and earbud I own or have owned. These are truly the best sounding units I’ve ever heard. That included the headphones I used while recording a CD at Penguin Studios back in the early 90’s.
My only, ONLY, complaints are that the largest tips/covers they have seem to fit but the angle seems to hurt my ear after a while. I think this might be due to the weight of the earbud itself. The other is that they don’t come with a cable that allows them to be used as a gaming headset for consoles. Klipsch… make it happen!
+ AMAZING SOUND!
+ Multiple tips/covers to choose from
+ Bass for days!!
– Price Point (For those seeking a higher level of audio you need to check these out. If the price point is to high for your wallet check out the X6i’s)
– The case while nice is not protective enough for those who travel.
– Not compatible with gaming controllers