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Klipsch X10 Review

The Klipsch X10s are fragile, but come with high performance marks.

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Introduction

If you're looking for high-end in-ears, or even just have a predilection for incredibly tiny things, the Klipsch X10s are certainly impressive. With great audio and a teeny-tiny package, the biggest drawback to these headphones is their fragility.

Comfort, Design & Features

Fragile, but accommodating.

If you find an appropriately-sized sleeve in the packaging, the fit of the Klipsch X10 isn't all that bad, and in fact can be decently comfortable—as far as in-ears go. It should be made clear that everyone has differently-sized ear canals, so the sleeves may or may not fit as well for you. Thankfully, Klipsch includes quite an array of sizes for you, so you shouldn't worry too much about a poor fit. Over time there is very little fatigue on your ear canal because these things are so ridiculously light. You may notice some heat buildup, however, and that alone can cause some issues.

Due to their incredibly diminutive size, problems inherent to the in-ear design are made even worse. Tweet It

Even though they're not large enough to really be noticed, the Klipsch X10s are actually quite slick-looking. Granted, to the casual observer it will look like there's just a wire going into your ears when they see you wearing them. Due to their incredibly diminutive size, problems inherent to the in-ear design are made even worse. Solder points and likely areas of pressure are going to be much more prone to breakage. If you make liberal use of your carrying case, however, the risk should be minimized, but be careful with these.

When you want to stow your in-ears, you can wrap them up and put them (along with your accessories) in the leather carrying case, which should be able to fit in your pocket, as it is quite small. Additionally, because these things are tiny, they do not weigh all that much.

Audio Quality

The audio quality isn't perfect, but it is respectable

The frequency response of the Klipsch X10s is very dynamic, but it isn't very erratic either. I will point out that it does roll off in the high end rather early, but it's not as dramatic as other headphones. Still, you may notice higher notes or harmonic frequencies coming in a bit quieter than they "should." If you equalize these, try turning the lower frequencies down a bit and raising the overall volume.

The frequency response of the Klipsch X10s is dynamic, but it isn't very erratic either. Tweet It

There's also virtually no distortion, and neither side comes in louder than the other. It may sound like it should be common, but it isn't always the case with headphones.

Conclusion

Impressive and tiny in-ears

Consumers who prefer in-ears to on or over-ears, but need an extremely light pair may enjoy the Klipsch X10s. While they definitely have their durability concerns for a pair of high-end headphones, their audio performance fits their pricetag, and may be available in sales at this point in their life cycle.

With a decent frequency response, solid noise isolation, and near-perfect tracking, the Klipsch X10s are a decent option for people who demand high performance but want to take their music listening on the go. So long as you are someone who takes very good care of your headphones, these should serve you well for a time. Just be sure to stay on top of maintenance and your X10s will do well.

Users of smartphones may want to buy the Klipsch X10i variant of this model, as it has a remote and microphone, but we cannot speculate on whether its performance is close to that of the Klipsch X10. Still, this set of headphones should work famously for most mobile listeners.

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