Dedicated Android smartphone users, you are in for a treat because Klipsch has just released the Image S4A, the company’s first dedicated Android headset allowing for complete music and call control – not only through Android smartphones but through Android tablets as well. The Image S4A requires users to download the free Klipsch Control App prior to use. Once installed, the headphones instantly become a fully functioning headset for any device running the Android 2.2 operating system or higher. By using the single-button remote, you are able to play, pause and skip music tracks, answer and end incoming calls, and voice search.
Each of these button functions can be customized by users through use of the Klipsch Control App and will work along side whatever media player you have on your device.
We got some hands-on time with the Image S4A, which is similar in design to the Image S4 and Image S4i. Overall the sound quality is pretty balanced with a nice warm low end. One thing that was extremely noticeable right from the start was how deep they go into your ear canal.
Of course the main meat of the S4A is its responsiveness with an Android device. Once you download the accompanying app, it truly unlocks the feature rich potential of this headset. one click, two click, or three clicks, and you are on your way to taking full control of your Android device like never before. You will need to leave the App up so you can see which clicks are for what till you get used to it. But once you get the hang of it, the app can run in the background while you play your tunes through other media players on your device. Over time, the S4A’s Control App will be updated to incorporate more compatibility with other media players, but for right now it does support the more popular ones found on Android devices out there.
The Image S4A will be available in a black finish with chrome accents and it comes complete with four different-sized oval ear tips, including a small/medium dual flange design as well as small, medium and large single flange designs. There is a a nylon zipper case and clothing clip included too. The Image S4A retails for $99.99 and they are available now.