World’s Smallest Headphones Now Shipping
Klipsch makes a huge high-tech fashion statement with tiny audio accessory
January 04, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

INDIANAPOLIS — Not only is it the world’s smallest and lightest full-range in-ear headphone design, Image from Klipsch fuses lifestyle, technology, and fashion to offer a personalized fit and deliver a precision-tuned acoustic experience. In fact, the Consumer Electronics Association selected Image as an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering honoree in the headphone category.

“Status symbol products such as the iPod MP3 player have made technology fashionable,” said Tom Gospel, Klipsch program management director. “Therefore, we found it necessary to develop a stylish, must-have audio accouterment that would bring better sound to our in vogue listeners.”

Image headphones utilize patent-pending Contour Ear Gels, which are anatomically designed to accurately fit inside the human ear canal. These soft, oval silicon tips reduce ear fatigue as well as provide an amazing seal for excellent noise isolation and increased bass response.

Because ear canal measurements vary, each Image model comes with five different-sized ear gels: small, medium, and large single flange designs as well as small and large double flange designs. Such variety allows these headphones to fit more of the population than the competition.

In order to continue Klipsch’s 60-plus years of delivering stunningly precise audio, Image headphones employ exclusive extended-frequency KG926 balanced micro-armatures.

Aesthetically pleasing, Image headphones feature aluminum bodies finished in anodized copper and sleek, aerodynamic-shaped black “tails.” These flexible “tails” reduce cable stress and serve as an acoustic dampener to minimize cable noise.

Furthermore, Klipsch has gone to great lengths to ensure the long-lasting durability of Image headphones, up to and including their 50-inch-long vinyl cables. The company has added appropriate strain relief at every cable connection point to help prevent wire damage, while also putting them through extensive “real world” testing.

Image works with the iPhone and virtually any device with a standard headphone jack. These headphones also come with a carrying case and pouch, a ¼-inch adaptor, an airline adaptor, five sets of ear gels, and an ear gel cleaning tool.

Priced at $349 (U.S. MSRP), Image headphones are available for purchase at select retail locations and on klipsch.com. As a bonus, purchasers who complete an online warranty registration will receive a free package of replacement Contour Ear Gels in the size of their choice.

About Klipsch
Established in 1946, Klipsch—a wholly owned division of Klipsch Group, Inc.—is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers and other audio products for the consumer and professional markets. Through proprietary horn-loaded technology, Klipsch is committed to developing loudspeakers that create the most engaging, emotional, and dynamic entertainment experiences. A family tradition, chairman and CEO Fred S. Klipsch and his wife Judy purchased the company from founder and cousin Paul W. Klipsch in 1989. Based in Indianapolis, Ind., the company’s headquarters is home to one of the most advanced professional audio research facilities in the world.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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