It’s always tough to follow up a hit, but Klipsch has managed it nicely. The banana-shaped X11is, with their comfy silicon tips, are the successors to the Award-winning X10is.
Are they any good? Oh yes. Very, very good.
We’re amazed by their powers of resolution. The level of insight is seriously impressive and there’s plenty of detail and texture.
Tonally, there’s a good balance: the strong, well-defined bass doesn’t overpower the expressive midrange or crisp treble. It’s a punchy performance; yet smooth enough for long-term listens.
Build and design
At first glance, you wouldn’t expect such an exceptional performance. The buds are less substantial than most rivals, and that cable looks weedy. But there’s more going on here than you’d think.
The cable is lined with Kevlar - the stuff they put in body armour. While the X11is probably won’t stop bullets, they can take being stuffed into pockets. And the square cable is genuinely tangle-resistant.
Great sound and great design: if you’re serious about portables, these in-ears need to be on your shortlist.