We recently had the opportunity to tour Klipsch
's headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and while we're currently working up a walk-through showing off gobs of behind the scenes footage from the design lab and quality assurance facilities, we gathered two particularly juicy tidbits that simply couldn't wait. The outfit informed us that since the Image S4i earbuds
have been such a success, it will soon be adding its three-button iPhone microphone / remote to the top-of-the-line Image X10
, and as you may expect, the resulting product will go by the name Image X10i. They'll officially debut in the same gold and black motif at CES, and they should
ship to consumers in early 2010 for $349 (while the original X10 will remain at $349). The other discovery was that the hot-selling S4i earbuds (which we tested out
a few months ago) will soon be shipping in a fresh color scheme (black and white, as seen above) and with the same metal tin that the S4
currently ships with. This is actually the first third-party headphone set with an integrated Made for iPhone remote / microphone that Cupertino has agreed to sell in white, and we can safely say that this two-tone look will probably have the Apple zealots drooling. Everything else about the $99 set remains the same as the standard S4i (including the cable material, electronics and price), and while we couldn't confirm, we'd say that chances are high for future color options to sneak out in the S4 / S4i range. Check out the new wares in the gallery below.
Update: The S4 earbuds will also ship in the black and white color scheme pictured above.
Exclusive: Klipsch introduces iPhone-friendly Image X10i and black / white S4i earbuds