Koss KSC-75

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Koss KSC-75
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  • Koss KSC-75
  • Expert Rating

    5.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.50 / 5 (of 6 Reviews)

Pros

  • Jaw dropping sound for the price, comfortable

Cons

  • They’re so good they’ll give you audio-fever sending your bank balance into sharp decline?

Bottom Line

Simply put, everyone who likes music and only owns cheap headphones (<$100) owes it to themselves to buy these and experience the difference.

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Take two parts headphone, add a healthy dose of sound quality and skim away the excess cost and what do you get? The best value for money headphone purchase available. The Koss KSC-75s have been around for a while, and anybody who hears them for more than a few minutes agrees, their incredible sound quality belies the rather miniscule price tag.

Most people are reluctant to splurge significant money on headphones. 'How much difference could there be between my earbuds and those $300 Sony's?' they ask. Whilst the truth of the matter is a lot of expensive headphones offer comparatively small gains for big money, there are some exceptions. The KSC-75s perform several price brackets above the meagre amount or so that they sell for making them the ultimate purchase for those wanting the best bang for their buck.

The sweet sound reproduction is nothing short of exquisite. Replace those iPod earbuds and let the amazing detail wash over you. The KSC-75s have a slightly airy and fun sound signature, as they are not inside the ear, nor are they pressed strongly against it, which makes them ideal for instrumental music, but to be honest they were better than all the competition at pretty much everything.

The bass response is quick and tight, without being loud or too forceful, whilst the mid range is detailed and responsive and the highs are extremely smooth. The soundstage is well laid out, and instruments are very well separated. Our personal favourite music with these headphones was songs such like Patience by Guns and Roses, with soft, twanging guitar that sweeps high and low. The KSC-75s gave the instruments such a visceral feel we were left speechless.

All of the above is further enhanced by the use of an amplifier. Whilst this will not be normal practice for a lot of people, we were stunned that such a cheap, portable pair of headphones continued to scale so well. Normal portable models benefit very little from an amplifier, but the KSC-75s sound continued to grow richer. This makes them an ideal transient into the world of high quality audio, as they are both an excellent portable and home alternative.

The headphones are designed reasonably well, offering two individual ear-pieces with over the ear clips. We preferred this design to an over the head design, as it takes up markedly less room and slips quite well into most pockets. The clips sit comfortably, unlike cheaper models we've experienced which pinched the ears and hurt after long listening session. They won't win any awards for aesthetics, but the basic black and silver colour scheme does the job.

The small, open design of the phone means it offers very little in the way of isolation, and also leads to sound leakage, although it is not as bad as many open models we've experienced. This means in situations such as libraries, or in a quiet office, they may not be the best option, but as a general rule open closed headphones suffer in the sound quality department, and so if you want the best that's something you will have to bear.

Despite this, we find it hard to not recommend you pick up a pair. Anyone with spare cash who likes music to any real degree should give them a chance, because mere words cannot describe the improvement they will grant over your stock earbuds; and at the asking price you'd be a fool not to treat yourself. You could spend five times as much and get a small increase in sound, but until your budget gets upwards of $400 you won't notice a massive difference and for most people it just isn't worth it.

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Kumar

1

Frankly, this review sounds more like an adoration than an independent review. Words like "incredible", "amazing", "exquisite", "ultimate", "speechless", "stunned" etc seem to suggest that the writer has got shares in the company. Is this genuine or a paid advertisement masquerading as a review? To find out, you would have to rush out to buy the headphone wouldn't you? That could be the whole point of this "review."

Andrew

2

Dude, have you actually tried listening to these phones, then comparing them to others in their price range. If you did, I'm sure you'd see why all those adjectives are all warranted.

Steve

3

If you have used these headphones you'll understand the hype. I have some Sennheiser HD215s ($130ish?) and these blow them out of the water in sound quality and comfort terms. You can get them imported for around $30 so these headphones are the bare minimum anyone should be using... A full album is like $25 isn't it? Seriously just buy them.

Aaron

4

These retail for $20 in the US. Great headphones, but another example of how Australian consumers are expected to pay much more than shoppers overseas.

Echo

5

I'm crying - mine stopped working yesterday. They are really the best you can get for about $20 - absolutely no camparison for the price. As mentioned above - I now have to wait for a new pair from the States before I can enjoy excellent sound. I use them on a Samsung Galaxy S2 - beautiful sound. No shares in Koss.

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John

1.0

1

Pros
Hear through for biking
Cons
They only last a few months
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Don't buy these they are terrible quality. I have had four pairs, which have all broken internally. The last pair only lasted two months.

Hovo

5.0

2

Pros
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Cons
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I replaced my headphones in my motor bike helment with these, and have been loving it ever since!

Simon

5.0

3

Pros
sound
Cons
comfort
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I have had 2 pair of these and about to purchase another. My kids keep "borrowing" them and they seem to get broken along with everything they touch. I have not found any other headphones anywhere with this sound quality for the money. All the supurlatives in the review are warranted. My only con is it takes some time to get them set up comfortably. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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