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Best Headphones for College

There is a lot of noise in college. Heck, you might be the one creating the noise most of the time. Sometimes, you’ll just need to be in your world.

We’ve come up with a list of the best headphones for college that make sense whether you want to study in peace, relax or just block out the dang roommate.

If you don’t think you ever need to be quiet and just want to piss off your classmates, check out our list of the best speakers for college.

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Best Headphones for the Budget

Klipsch Reference R6 On-Ear Headphones

First things first, we recognize that college students are on a serious budget. Between tuition, room, books, food (and beer), there really isn’t a lot of money left over for actually nice things. College is freakin’ expensive.

While we may be biased, we certainly believe that a great pair of headphones is a useful complement to the college experience. The Reference R6 On-Ear headphones come in at $79.00 which is one of the very best values in Klipsch’s portfolio. They’re ultra comfortable, lightweight and, yes, they sound great too. Oh and their simple, yet elegant styling will pair well with just about anything you’ll be wearing, if that’s a concern of yours.

Honestly, we could have listed these headphones under any of the categories. They are extremely versatile and an excellent option for anyone who is on a tight budget.

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Best Headphones for Studying in the Library

Klipsch X12i In-Ear Headphones

Maybe you’re a dedicated student who studies regularly or maybe it’s Wednesday and you just found out the final is Thursday. Either way, the award-winning Klipsch X12i headphones are the perfect match for you.

These fellas are crazy small, yet incredibly capable, offering the crispest of highs and deepest of lows. Their ultra-comfortable patented oval ear tips allow you to burn the midnight oil without skipping a beat.

Unlike many on-ear headphones, the unique seal created by the oval ear tips of Klipsch headphones doesn’t allow anything to leak out. This means that your fellow students in the library won’t have to hear the latest Taylor Swift banger that’s on your Spotify iTunes. (No judgements.)

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Best Headphones for the Flight Home

Klipsch Reference R6 In-Ear Headphones

A lot of students attend out-of-state colleges, which requires flying to and from home every time the parents get sad that you have left the nest. Since this means traveling during the busiest travel times of the year including the dreaded Thanksgiving holiday, you’re going to need headphones that can be worn through all of the inevitable delays and cancellations.

Anyway, the Klipsch Reference R6 in-ear headphones fit the bill, offering remarkable comfort and best-in-class sound quality. They are also the most affordable option in the Klipsch lineup, making it easier to stomach if you accidentally leave them on the plane or at the gate.

One other thing to remember is that these headphones are incredible small which makes them easier to pack in your bag or stuff in your pockets compared to a pair of oversized on-ear or over-ear headphones.



Best Headphones for Hanging Out

Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphones

There’s a fair amount of time to yourself in college, so you’ll be forgiving if sometimes you’re just messing around whether’s it’s checking out some new music, scrolling through YouTube videos or whatever. OK, so sometimes this lasts forever, but, hey, we’re with ya.

Thankfully, the Reference On-Ear headphones are so dang comfortable that you won’t ever have to take them off. They blend superior comfort and sound into one, making your music and movies sound better than ever.

Oh and you better believe our list of the best headphones for college won’t include anything that’ll make you look like a walking billboard. You’re welcome.

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Best Headphones for Binge-Watching TV Shows and Movies

Klipsch Reference XR8i Hybrid In-Ear Headphones

For some reason or another, there are people who convinced that on-ear and over-ear headphones produce better and more bass than their in-ear counterparts.

To that, we say “hogwash.”  The Reference XR8i Hybrid headphones offer thunderous bass response thanks to its hybrid design. It features the bass of R6i’s custom 6.5mm dual magnet dynamic driver AND the exceptional tonal balance and high-frequency definition of the KG-723 balanced armature. Essentially, it’s the best of both worlds.

What you’re going to get is a headphone that is exceptionally qualified to give you immense feedback. You’re going to feel the impact of those explosions from even the worst of B-movies on Netflix.

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Best Headphones for Working Out

Klipsch AS-5i All-Sport Headphones

Believe it or not, all of that alcohol you put in your system isn’t great for your body. Shocking, we know.

Luckily for you, the Klipsch AS-5i sport headphones will get you through your toughest workouts. Their secure fit design gently wraps around your ear for stable fit that won’t fall out. Plus, they’re sweat and moisture-resistant, meaning all of those toxins that you’re flushing out of your body aren’t going to disintegrate the headphones.

Yes, it’ll be tough to go the gym when there are a million other more fun things to do or endless assignments to tend to, but these headphones will make it worth it…and, dare we say, a little fun as well.

What do you think are the best headphones for college? What headphones did you use during college? 


What’s New With The Klipsch Reference X Series Headphones

The new Klipsch Reference X Series headphones are here! Not to toot our own horn, but they’re awesome. Really, really awesome.

Yes, we’re definitely going to be touting our own horn a bunch in this blog post, but trust us, the new X Series headphones are a leap forward. No bullshit.

The previous X Series, which consisted of the X4i, X7i and X11i, was no slouch either. These award-winning headphones earned high marks across the board from reviewers for both their design and sound quality.

It was certainly a tall task for Klipsch engineers and designers to outdo themselves, but as they always seem to do, they succeeded. This new X Series is much more of a family of products, offering clear differentiation between the price points. We have also listened to YOU, making logical improvements that will surely bring a smile to your face.

So, what’s new with the new Klipsch Reference X Series headphones? Buckle up…

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We are very proud to introduce the X6i, XR8i, X12i and X20i in-ear headphones. Each headphone represents what we believe to be best-in-class design and acoustics. See the chart above for a technical comparison between the models.

Klipsch Reference X Series Packaging


We listened to your feedback. Many of you complained that the previous generation of X Series headphones was difficult to open. We altered and improved the packaging to be practically museum-grade. The X20i even comes in a wood case. (More on this later in the blog.)


If you think that all headphone cables are created equal, you would be wrong.

The brand new Klipsch Reference cable shows exposed copper through a smoked jacket. Its heavy gauge wire is not only more reliable but also more efficient. Before you ask, yes, the cables for all the new X Series headphones are tangle-resistant.

We also took the time to create an even smaller, better performing microphone. Conversations will be clearer. No more holding the microphone right up to your lips. This is a truly hands-free microphone.


When the legendary Klipsch Reference Series of speakers launched, it was the first speaker to have our trademark copper cones. They are different. They are bold. They are awesome. Copper is our color.

Since these new X Series share the same sonic signature, we gave these headphones a few tasteful copper accents.


You may have seen black ear tips on a few of our models in the past, but we’ve primarily stuck with the clear look for our patented oval ear tips. Black ear tips are back in a big way. There’s no acoustical difference with the color change, but they look even more bad-ass this way.

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The goal of the X6i headphone was to make something that sounded almost as good as the award-winning X11i headphone but at half the price. We shot for the stars.

The X6i uses the KG-723 full range balanced armature driver which favorite of the headphone engineering team, thanks to its vocal clarity and high frequency response. We actually flipped the orientation of this driver 45 degrees from previous models, so that the X6i headphones can have a super slim design, fitting perfectly in almost ear shapes.

Entry level. Schmentry level.

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The XR8i hybrid headphone is a big ol’ boy. There is no hiding that. It’s added fat is there for good reason, though.

We have added a true downward-firing subwoofer to extend authentic bass into the single-digit frequencies. You are going to notice a dramatic difference in performance, particularly when watching movies and listening to electronic music.

Of course, we didn’t sacrifice fit. Between the oval shape of the front housing, the offset nozzle and the tapered bottom portion of the headphone, the XR-8i looks big, but fits small.

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Remember when we said that we listen to you? Once again, we took customer feedback regarding the X10i/X11i. The X12i is still ultra light, still made from aluminum, but the addition of new Reference cable and microphone creates a design that makes it far harder to damage your audio investment.

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The addition of a “Super Tweeter” to the X12i’s already excellent driver allowed us to focus on content below 7 kHz, where it sounds best, while also doing it with even less distortion. Simply put, the highs are going to be better than anything you’ve heard before

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The X20i boasts SSMCX connectors, which give one the ability to change cables or have the product more easily, serviced by simply unscrewing the cables. Again, this is something customers requested and we have responded.


Exclusive to the X-20i, we have created the most comfortable ear-tips ever. They’re even more oval than our normal patented oval ear tips, allowing you to listen for hours on end without discomfort. Don’t be afraid of in-ear headphones. They’re your friends.

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The X20i comes with a genuine leather wallet that houses both the headphones and your cards, cash, etc. Handy, right? The X20i also comes in a wooden case because as you have already read (hopefully), this is a headphone worth putting up on a pedestal.


Have any questions about the new Klipsch Reference X Series in-ear headphones? Post them in the comments below!

Klipsch Oval Ear Tips: Better Sound Through a Better Fit

Some of the greatest advancements in technology are made by simply taking a step back to see the obvious.

Early in our headphone research, we discovered that most earbuds and in-ear monitors either lacked a consistent seal, induced pain, or didn’t stay put. So before tackling acoustics, we knew had to improve the fundamentals—comfort.

We partnered with the Indiana University School of Audiology and took countless physical molds of ear canals. Through that research we found one thing to be abundantly clear—ear canals are oval, not round. The entire headphone industry uses ear tips that don’t coincide with the natural shape of the ear.

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Klipsch Oval Ear Tip Patent No.: US 7,681,577, March 23, 2010.


After designing our initial concepts of the oval ear tip, we took comfort level one step further. All of Klipsch’s competitors were using equal wall thicknesses throughout the entire mold, whereas we discovered that if the wall thickness decreased in specific areas we could achieve an even more universal fit.

We made our first patented oval ear tip in 2006 and quickly discovered we had something revolutionary in our hands. Not only were they more comfortable than round ear tips, they also provided a deeper fit and a very good seal. Compared to the average round ear-tip’s 0 dB of noise isolation, we were able to achieve -16 dB.

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Klipsch oval ear tips provide a comfortable and secure seal in the ear canal.


Immediately we noticed a further extended bass response and more high frequency detail. By modifying the size and shape of the tip, we had significantly improved acoustics through two means:

1. An earphone that went deeper into the ear canal achieved the perfect distance to the ear drum and preserved high-frequency information.

2. A great seal increased the bass response because sound pressure was no longer leaking like the round ear tip’s uneven contact with the ear canal.

And we didn’t stop with just one design. In order to make the most comfortable in-ear headphone, Klipsch designed three standard oval ear tip sizes and two dual-flange sizes for those with deeper ear canals.

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Klipsch oval ear tip sizes: small, medium, large, dual-flange small, dual-flange large.


And in the last two years we have revisited our research and come up with some new conclusions…You’ll learn about them in September.

You can purchase replacement oval ear tips directly from the Klipsch website in sizes small, medium or large.

Have you had a chance to try out our oval ear tips? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Klipsch S4i vs. R6i Headphones

Klipsch, like many other headphone enthusiasts, loved the S4i headphones. And as difficult as it was to replace our best selling in-ear headphones with the Reference R6i, Klipsch made some serious improvements to ease the pain. Here’s how we took the S4i to the next level and built the R6i headphones.

1. Better Drivers = Better Sound

To make the R6i in-ear headphones sound even better than the S4i, Klipsch ventured to design 6.5mm dual magnet, dynamic moving coil micro speakers from nearly the ground-up with the intent to improve bass and overall clarity. The tighter dimensions brought tighter bass, and the smaller diaphragm (decreased 23.5% from S4i 8.5mm diameter) allows the speaker to move faster and respond with more precision to higher frequencies.

These drivers not only sound better than their S4i kin, but are smaller and make them even more comfortable for the in-ear headphone user. Here’s how…

2. New Ergonomic Fit

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R6i (black) is narrower and aligns better with ear canal compared to the Klipsch S4i (blue).

The smaller diameter of the micro drivers allowed Klipsch designers to streamline the entire R6i headphone body. In fact, we made the body oval, not only to match the Klipsch patented oval ear tips but to allow the headphone to fit better into your oval-shaped ear canals.

Klipsch further adjusted the angle of the ear tip and nozzle on the R6i in-ear headphones to follow the path of your ear canal – making them more comfortable while providing a better seal for sound and bass response.

3. Compact Remote and Microphone

If there was any negative feedback about the S4i headphones, it was in regard to the size of the remote. So, Klipsch gave the people what they wanted.

Compared to the Klipsch S4i headphones, the R6i has a three-button remote/microphone that is nearly two-thirds the size of its predecessor. This sleek, compact remote means less weight pulling down on the ear buds.

Additionally, the closer placement of the remote to your mouth improves clarity and reduces noise to the person on the other end of the call.

4. Upgraded Materials

Klipsch constructed R6i headphones from aluminum and elastomer for a lightweight, durable yet comfortable design. The soft elastomer allows you to wrap your headphones around your iPod or cellphone without worry about scratching the screen. (Klipsch engineers think of everything.)

Though many were sad to see Klipsch S4i headphones go, it’s safe to say the newer Reference R6i in-ear headphones are an improved replacement and deliver the Klipsch Reference sonic signature our customers have come to love. (Men’s Journal seems to think so too.)

What set of headphones are you listing with today? Do you prefer in-ear or on/over ear headphones? If you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones, read On-Ear vs. In-Ear Headphones.

On-Ear vs. In-Ear Headphones

The debate has waged on for years concerning which style of headphones are superior. If you’re in the market for a new set of headphones and having trouble deciding between in-ear headphones and on-ear headphones, you’ll want to think about how you plan to use them. Both styles are built to serve different purposes and lifestyles. So the answer is really up to the individual. Here are some things to consider.

In-Ear Headphones

If you’re someone who’s on-the-go and prefers carrying as little as possible, in-ear headphones might be the best choice for you. Their compact size makes them small enough to fit in your pocket. Additionally, their lightweight design means you barely feel them – making them the perfect headphone for runners, bikers, weight lifters and almost all other fitness nuts.

Upon their inception, many years ago, in-ear headphones lacked the quality sound and bass that on-ear headphones provided. Today, in-ear headphones offer some of the best audio technologies and sound quality you can get. (Check out the Klipsch X11i in-ear headphones.)

One common complaint users have with in-ear headphones is their comfort and ability to stay in place. Some folks just don’t like the feeling of something stuck in their ear. Perhaps too many wet willie’s as a kid?

However, Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips combat the discomfort of round ear tips. They also provide a great seal for better noise isolation and deeper bass response. Watch the video below to learn how Klipsch did it:

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On-Ear Headphones

If you prefer ultimate comfort, deep bass and tend to be seated when listening to your music or movies – on-ear headphones are up your alley.

On-ear headphones are almost as their in-ear counterparts. Not only are they comfortable, but their larger size provides more style to those who desire it.

Though they are not as compact as in-ear headphones, they can easily be transported. Many designs come with a carrying case and often times fold up, like the Klipsch STATUS. But where they lack in portability, they make up for in sound and style.

The truth is, there is no right or wrong – only what suits your preferences. Just make sure you’re not listening to crap audio whichever route you take.

Tell us in the comment section below which headphone style you prefer.