The Image One can be added to the pile of contemporary headphones that have fallen victim to the bass race: The Image One is encumbered with an enormous bass boost that can overwhelm the midrange frequencies. Even if you use equalization to bring out the higher frequencies, they are neither as smooth nor as nuanced as one might expect from Klipsch, and some female vocals sound strained. If you're expecting the clarity and definition of the traditional Klipsch horn sound, the Image One will disappoint.
On the good side, the bass, however overbearing, is deep and clean, with very good extension. The Image One delivers big sound with an average soundstage, and it can play at very high volumes without distortion.
The Image One is a well-built and well-appointed headphone that will please the listener who likes music served loud with lots of bass. Buyers looking for accuracy and a balanced sound should look elsewhere.
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