Klipsch Image ONE Gen 2 Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones Review
- Very light and comfortable
- Convenient controls on the right earcup and the cable
- Good sound isolation
- Can be folded for storage
- Very bright Bluetooth indicator light
- Poor sound quality
The second generation of the Klipsch Image ONE headphones is a mixed bag. Klipsch has managed to implement some seriously useful features that make these headphones a pleasure to use. One thing that wasn’t improved is the sound quality. Unfortunately, it’s not amazing. If you are looking for a comfortable pair of Bluetooth headphones and don’t have high demands when it comes to sound quality, go ahead. Otherwise, we would recommend you to wait until you see these headphones on sale.
The Klipsch Image One II bring noticeable improvements to the already solid design. Klipsch went the way to make these headphones even more attractive than they’ve already been. However, not everything has been upgraded, and this review will uncover if there is something left to be desired.
Design and build
First off, these are some of the lightest and most comfortable Bluetooth headphones that you can buy for under $150. They use special flat earpads that are not 100% sound isolation, but they still mute enough surrounding noise to allow you to concentrate on your work or immerse yourself in a game. The earcups fold flat, allowing for a convenient way how to store and transport them.
The audio signal can be transmitted either via A2DPaudio connection with the aptX codec for lossless streaming or using the included removable cable. The cable comes with built-in inline remote with a microphone for music control with Apple devices. It connects to the left earcup is built up to surprisingly high standards. It’s resistant to tangling and the presence of solid stress relievers on both ends gives you enough confidence to use it in the same fashion as you would regular headphones for outdoor use. In addition to the in-line remote, there are also control buttons located on the right earcup. These let you control music playback and answer phone calls.
The biggest criticism has to fall on the very annoying flashing Bluetooth light. This light is so visible that it can eliminate an entire room, completely pulling you out of your game or movie. Of course, you can cover it with tape, but users should never have to resort to such DIY solutions.
Sadly, the sound quality is where these headphones don’t manage to perform up to our standards. Their sound is dominated by the low end, which sounds murky and lacks any detail. Equalizing can definitively tame some of the bass, but it doesn’t do too much for the rest of the frequency spectrum. These headphones are fine for casual movie watching, but we wouldn’t recommend them to those who expect high levels of detail and excellent sonic performance.
Despite this, it’s not all bad. The professional grade foam ear cups greatly reduce background noise, which is something that any roommate or co-worker will certainly appreciate.
What is in the box?
Included with the headphones is a convenient airline adapter and a protective case.