What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Mon, 7 Dec 2009, 1:00pm

Klipsch Image S2

Tested at £40

Soundly thrashed by cheaper rivals, so best avoided

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  • Good build quality
  • rhythmic and attacking


  • Hissy treble
  • bass lacks depth
  • poor detail

We were starting to think Klipsch couldn't put a foot wrong where headphones were concerned, but these S2s prove the company is as fallible as the rest.

The presentation here is distant and lacking in detail. The treble is hissy and poorly defined, the bass lacks depth, and vocals are thin and indirect.

True, they are rhythmic and attacking, and like all Klipsch earphones the build quality is impressive, but sound-wise they're thrashed by rivals costing much less.

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