Find­ing Bal­ance

Klip­sch X11i

HWM (Singapore) - - Lab Test -

pod with a built in mi­cro­phone is in­cluded and pro­vides con­trol over vol­ume and mu­sic nav­i­ga­tion (the con­trol pod is only com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple prod­ucts such as the iPhone and the iPod). Klip­sch also hand­ily pro­vides a hard case for car­ry­ing the X11i as well as an air­line adapter.

When it comes to au­dio per­for­mance the X11i im­presses with its ver­sa­til­ity and ded­i­ca­tion to stay­ing neu­tral. The tre­bles are drenched with Klip­sch’s sig­na­ture warmth when it comes to tracks such as Adele’s Melt My Heart to Stone. But the ear­phones are equally adept at ren­der­ing the clear, chim­ing gui­tar lines in Buck­et­head’s Sail On Sooth­sayer.

Un­der­pin­ning the neu­tral tone of the X11i ear­phones are bal­anced mids. The mid-range fre­quen­cies do not bleed over or sub­dues the highs, but still have a weighty pres­ence in the mix. Adding to the re­al­ism of the au­dio, the X11i also does a great job of pre­serv­ing the unique tim­bre of the in­stru­ments on the track. It also has good imaging and a de­cent sound­stage. Lis­ten­ing to or­ches­tral tracks with the X11i was a joy.

Bass fre­quen­cies for the X11i are up to par. Good tran­sient re­sponse makes the per­cus­sion in­stru­ments sound good. But the low fre­quen­cies lack im­pact for cer­tain tracks. If you are a fan of bass heavy mu­sic gen­res, such as RnB for ex­am­ple, you may find the X11i to sound some­what thin in the lower reg­is­ters.

On the whole the X11i is a great pair of head­phones that show­case bal­anced ar­ma­ture units to the full. Great bal­anced sound with a good sound­stage and at­ten­tion to de­tail should make ex­tremely at­trac­tive to au­dio­philes who love clas­si­cal or or­ches­tral mu­sic. The $569 price-tag how­ever may put off some buy­ers.

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