Klipsch X Series in ear headphone series

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…

Klipsch X Series Headphones Comparison


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.

Klipsch Reference X-6i Lifestyle 2


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.

XR-8i Lifestyle 1 social


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.

Klipsch Reference X-12i Lifestyle


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.

Klipsch Reference X-20i In-Ear Headphones Lifestyle 2


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

Klipsch Reference X-20i Connector


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.

Klipsch Reference X20i Case 1


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!


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