The Klipsch Mode M40 are high end personal headphones, aiming to provide the best sound quality money can buy. This review looks at whether or not these headphones are worth the money. Can they stand up to the competition, or are they just overpriced plastic?
Klipsch Mode M40 Review
A comprehensive Klipsch Mode M40 Review. Before you buy, read this. Pros and cons included.
Klipsch Mode M40 Review: Introduction
When looking to buy a premium pair of noise cancelling, hi-tech headphones, it is important to critically analyze what you are spending your money on. Price does not always equal top line quality. In the case of the Klipsch Mode M40 headphones high quality construction equals high quality sound, usability, and comfort. Scroll down to read the full Klipsch Mode M40 review...
What's under the hood...
40mm Woofer: Providing deep basic, flexible mid range, and active crossover.
15mm Tweeter: Provides crisp clear highs.
Long Noise Cancelling Battery Life: One single A battery lasts up to 45 hours.
2 Detachable Hi-Fi Cables: Fit any device with a 3.5mm jack for headphones.
Premium Leather Case: Comes with a top quality leather case with a mesh case included.
Loaded with Extras: Tons of bonus goodies, including adapters, airports, and more...
Comprehensive Klipsch Mode M40 Review
The down and dirty...
Before we get into the details of the Klipsch Mode M40 review, It is important to note that I didn't grade these headphones as "just another pair of headphones". Because of the price tag I really upped my expectations when looking for product weaknesses. With high end models, "average" is not acceptable. That being said, the highlights really stood out and in terms of the "wow" factor.
Great Treble: Most headphones suffer from a weak treble that struggles to hit the high notes. This is not the case with the M40s. Even on funkier tracks, the notes were clean, crisp and easily discernible. This alone was enough for me to like this model.
Excellent Noise Cancelling: This is the main selling point of the Klipsch Mode M40 headphones. The noise cancelling technology is on par with the very best in its class. A little switch on the side allows the user to tune in and out the noise cancellation as needed depending on the situation.
Design: These headphones look absolutely elegant. Even the felted box they come in speaks to the high quality of everything about the Mode M40s. One of the best features is how the headphones can fold up by the ears and compact to roughly half the size for easy carrying. They are also quite comfortable to wear and fit snugly but comfortably.
Plenty of Extras: The standard package comes with everything from a mesh case and leather case to a sound control for an Ipod or MP3 device. They even thought to include an airport adapter. The extra features really add up to form a complete package. It makes every penny genuinely feel well spent.
Fair Value: You DO get what you pay for. Its a premium set of headphones that does cost some change up front. At the retail price of about $400 they are neither a great bargain or a rip off.
Durability: While I certainly do not intend to through these headphones around a lot, they do have a sturdy feel to them. The intelligent design also means that pieces snapping off will not be an issue. These headphones are the kind you own for a long time, not just a year or two.
Heaviness: These headphones are a bit heavier than comparable models. I didn't find this to be a problem, but it depends on the individual.
Bass: If you are looking for a very heavy bass, the Klipsch Mode M40 headphones might not be what you are looking for. For most users the bass will be sufficient.
Price: Its really a matter of perspective. If you are considering the Klispch Mode M40s, chances are you want to spend some money to get top quality. In my experience, the headphones are well worth the money.