Our Verdict These in-ears defy their curious shape by proving comfortable and – more importantly – a superbly balanced listen For Bass possesses much weight secure and comfortable Against Not overtly spacious Reviewed on 26th March 2009 Unpack the X5s and you'll find no less than five different types of ear buds or ‘comfort ear gels' as Klipsch likes to call them. Irrespective of the name, these buds help turn the X5s into some of the most comfortable in-ears we've ever come across. You also get a magnetic carry pouch, and a cleaning tool for keeping wax out of the way. Which is nice. Superb timingKlipsch has really taken the fight to its in-ear rivals at this price, and right from the off the X5s impress. Their timing is superb, and the rhythm-driven delivery is hugely enjoyable. Test them with a punchy drum and bass track like J Majik and Wickaman's Crazy World, and their presentation captures every detail of the voracious bassline. More after the break Complex tunes are presented clearly and handled with an unflappable confidence. And they show a more delicate side when handling Justin Timberlake's slow-paced track, Losing My Way. If you're looking to spend over £100 on a headphone upgrade, the X5s are a great place to start. See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Related News The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month - February Fri, 10 Feb 2017, 04:55pm Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Headphones Image X5 Klipsch Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.