Image One II is an entry level headphone, I will mainly focused on the audio quality this time.
Image One II is light and small, on-ear design headphone that is designed to accompany young guy (young mind users) in street. It is well built for 150USD but I will not describe it as tough (Some clicking sound if you press the headphone), anyway, I do think that a little bit of rude usage will not tearing this headphone apart. If you like the ‘vacuum’ feels you will like this, when I put on the headphone I can feel that air is being pumped out, it does not really isolating much of the noise like a noise cancelling headphone, but it is already quite good its kind.
It has a microphone at the flat cable which supposed to work with i-devices from apples. I am quite surprised though Klipsch is not using any right angled headphone jack for Image One II as this might prolonged the headphone life when you put your media player in pocket. However, I have noticed that headphone jack of Image One II has a tension relief mechanism, as long as you treat it the way it should be treated, it should not break down.
Klipsch Image One II has been paired with Firestone Audio Fubar HD and Hisound Nova 1, and burned in for at least 80 hours.
I have to be honest that when I first received Image One II I don’t really like it, I put it aside for burning. Why? Because Image One II is obviously a headphone that designed for bass head. The bass response is boosted to a significant level, while mid is not recessed by much but I think treble has been tamed to an obvious level. I will tell you if you are searching for a headphone that you can use it to listen to Classical music, instrument and jazz (those require good treble, detail level and big soundstage), don’t even consider this headphone, but if you are looking for a headphone that can performed nicely with mainstream music, bass oriented songs and hip hop/Dubstep.
Sound signature is warm and bass/mid oriented, I think this is a good thing because combining with its trendy and cool design, this will be a good weapon for bass head on street (Also because of the light and comfortable on ear). I have tested Image One II with Sexy back (Justin Timberlake), vocal of Justin stays clear and I have been slammed by the bass. Bass is quite big and deep, big impact with good rumbling, tight and punchy, quantity is not that ‘overly’ many like Beats Solo, but I think the bass quality of Image One II can take down the Beats Solo anytime (as my memory recalls).
So I played Shut it down (Akon & Pitbull), Say it right (Nelly Furtado) and Secrets (One Republic), while sounding a little bit too focused and narrow (Not a problem for the crowd this headphone is selling for), I really enjoyed how these type of songs played on Image One II, clarity is good and most of the time Image One II is very forgiving (It can play your 192kbps Mp3 nicely) because of the warm sound signature.
If I die young (The Band Perry) is an enjoyable song on Image One II as well. What has made Image One II like a good deal for mainstream music is because of the vocal remains clear, forward and nice (although lack in spacious and detail), I do think that people that mostly listened to mainstream music/bass centric songs will find home with Klipsch Image One II, as it is easy to drive too.
If you are only considered balanced and neutral headphone as a good headphone, Klipsch Image One II is obviously not a good headphone.
But here in Earmass, we honestly think that Image One II is a good headphone. I honestly think young crowd or those loving bass oriented music will love this headphone, I am not fans of this kind of music but still I recommended this headphone for those who love bass, I personally think that it performed better than the Beats Solo, which is more expensive.