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 Meters Music collaborates with U2's Adam Clayton for new in-ear headphones Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 05:39pm The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 02:20pm The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 02:52pm Amazon Prime Day 2017: best UK deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 12:36pm New Apple AirPod patents reveal more health-tracking capabilities Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 12:03pm 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.