Klipsch Image S4i: worthy earbud upgrade for iPhone 3GS?

We're big fans of Klipsch earphones with their compact, classy design and kick-ass sound. Now Klipsch Image S4i adds an in-line microphone and remote control for iPhones to the lineup.

It doesn't stop there, though — besides being the first third-party headset to be compatible with the Apple VoiceOver feature of the tiny third-generation iPod shuffle, it also exploits the voice and music control of the second-generation iPod touch, 4th-gen iPod nano and the iPod classic 120GB.

Klipsch says the Image S4i microphone has a 360-degree design, and let's hope it does a better job of echo cancellation and most other mics of this ilk, which usually don't work that well when there's lots of background noise. Available in August, if these babies perform as claimed, they may be well worth the $100 price of admission. Will their sound quality beat the stock iPhone 3GS earbuds? That should be easy.