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Klipsch Image One or AKG Q460?

Mumbles119

Standard Member
Hello everyone,

I am at a complete loss after hours of trawling the Internet for reviews and info on decent headphones for use with iPhone 4.

I have used my cheap but reliable Sennheiser CX 300's for an age on an old iPod. Now that I have changed to an iPhone 4, everything sounds too high on treble, but alot cleaner than before. At home, my love is my B&W speakers and Pioneer Amp. So I feel more spoilt for quality and want this in my headphones too.

I started to look at better quality in ear, and got confused by too much choice and seemingly ridiculous prices.

But, I now feel I am taken with the idea of On Ear headphones. I will use them with iPhone 4, mostly listening to electronica (bass heavy and detailed variants) and band (rock and indie), plus alot of spoken word podcasts.

I need the headphones to be comfortable, look good, have good music control remote and mic for calls, low profile, but overall really decent sound quality at not too ridiculous a price.

So these two headphones are where I have ended up, Klipsch Image One or AKG Q460, both get great reviews, but reviews are quite sparse and hard to find. It seems to be Bose ( boring sound and design ) and Dre Beats ( poor sound quality and over the top design ) everywhere you look!

These two choices of the Klipsch and AKG appeal to me, because of their small profile and size, apparent quality sound, mic and music control, good looks, fits my budget (sub £200).

But after sweating over some reviews I found, I cannot make my mind up. Both have pros and cons, but not sure which are real issues or not? Please help!

Klipsch Image One cons - Mic to far down chest? Mids are lost to bass?( but I am a bass head ), two wires and fiddly design?
Klipsch Image One advantages over Q460 - less noise leakage? (As I travel alot on trains), better shaped and fitting ear pads?

AKG Q460 cons - sound leakage? One review said they were semi closed? One review said muffled treble and highs? Fit and comfort of small round pads? What is different to the AKG K450 about the Quincy Jones thing, apart from colour and mic/control included as standard?
AKG Q460 advantages over Klipsch - prefer the look and love the black with lime detail. Love the single and therefore tidy one wire. Apparently better all rounders with sound quality?

Overall, they both seem to get positive reviews, with the Klipsch just having far more reviews available. Why do the prices vary so much online? £60 to £130? Are the cheap ones fakes?

Sorry about the long post, I don't expect answers to everything, but I would really value any answers you could give if possible? Thank you all if you can help...

Alex
 

Member 410254

Established Member
I would definitely suggest the q460, very little leakage of sound, great clarity, don't seem to sweat on the ear too much and are really comfortable. Definitely q460 lol.

Regards
 

Mumbles119

Standard Member
Thank you Custom,

Yes starting to feel that is where my preference is. Especially after reading a review on Head-Fi from a music production pro liking these for value and sound in such a small package! Even if he had to turn the treble boost EQ on!

Alex
 

mhorton

Prominent Member
I'm very happy with my Klipsch Image One. Had them for a couple of months now. Use them very day to and from work on trains, and tube. Plus the use them at home when the other half is watching some rubbish on the TV. Great for to use with my iPad and iPhone. Don't have any problems with the mic.

I too mainly listen to dance music which the Ones are great for.
 

rovex

Established Member
I would definitely suggest the q460, very little leakage of sound, great clarity, don't seem to sweat on the ear too much and are really comfortable. Definitely q460 lol.

Regards

Read the K450's leak sound in buckets. And the Q460 is just a rebrand I believe.
 

Mumbles119

Standard Member
Thank you all,

But getting differing opinions on sound leakage for the Q460'
 

Mumbles119

Standard Member
Sorry posted too early!

Thank you all,

Seem to be getting differing opinions on sound leakage for the Q460's. Anyone got the experience or definitive info here?

Ta muchly...
 

Mumbles119

Standard Member
After finding lots more reviews stating very little leakage, and consistent feedback that the Q460 has better sound quality than the Klipsch's.

Plus, I bought them through the AKG UK source, more than online sites, but I have gotten personal service assisting delivery, checking if I am happy, service well worth the extra, thanks AKG.

Should I burn them in? What source to use for burning?

I will post again when have any results, they arrive Tuesday. Just impatient now.

Thanks
 

king jaffy jr

Established Member
How have you found the Q460's? I have the Sennheiser PX200-iii and altough I really like those headphones I have always been interested in the Q460's. I have just always wondered if it's more of a sideways step than an upgrade. I have had experience with the Klipsch Image Ones and they are very good but I don't like the face that the cable is not single sided and the mic is quite far down.
 

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