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Klipsch Reference X8Ri Hybrid in-ear headphones review

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Richard Lee
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None of these headphones are cheap by any means, but all of them offer sound quality that both audiophiles and EDM junkies will love.

Design and features

I usually avoid talking about packaging but Klipsch deserves praise for its presentation of the Reference X8Ri Hybrid.

The earbuds are suspended in a clear plastic box and look like flower buds with the cable neatly tucked away in a plastic base – a subtle touch that goes a long way in assuring you that you're buying a premium product.

The Reference XR8i are built exceptionally well with its zinc earbud housings and thick, black and gold cable.

The controls can be used to play/pause, skip tracks, change volume and activate Siri on the iPhone, but Android users won't be able to skip back to a previous track with a triple-click, which is a minor annoyance.

Klipsch's oval ear tips do a great job of being comfortable and isolating you from the noise, all without the need for active noise cancellation, which requires battery power and bulky circuitry.

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