See All Headphones

Koss KSC75

Est. $15
Reviewed
May 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Koss KSC75

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great value
  • Lifetime warranty
Cons
  • Sound leakage
  • Detachable ear clips

Bottom line

If you are on a strict budget, you won't find better headphones than the Koss KSC75. Still, their headband-less design won't be to everyone's liking, even if they are comfortable to wear. The open design helps audio quality for you, but allows those nearby hear what you are listening to.

Performance

Surprisingly strong considering their price. Many reviewers are impressed with the detail and richness of the clip-on Koss KSC75 headphones, which hook individually over the backs of your ears rather than being attached to a headband. Bass is strong, though some feel higher frequencies suffer from lack of refinement. Sound will leak in and out, so these aren't a good choice for a library.

Comfort

Surprisingly comfortable. In spite of the unusual design, most reviewers find the Koss KSC75 to be comfortable. Users complain that the ear clips tend to fall off, but Koss has you covered should that happen (see below).

Value

Surprisingly inexpensive. Given their modest price, reviewers are impressed with the clean, open sound that the Koss KSC75 headphones deliver. One nice perk offered by Koss is a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty, which includes ear-clip replacement if you lose them.

Where To Buy
Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones

 (1,671 reviews)
Buy new: $19.99 $14.27   55 Used & new from $11.80

In Stock. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

 
Featured StoresStore RatingNotesTotal Price
Walmart.comWalmart.com rated 2.96 (495 reviews)495 store reviewsIn Stock. $14.27
Office DepotOffice Depot rated 2.36 (140 reviews)140 store reviewsIn Stock. $19.99
 

Our Sources

1. PC World (Australia)

Good Gear Guide's Andrew Kliem says the Koss KSC75s have "jaw-dropping sound for the price." He's impressed with the smoothness and detail across all ranges and says the headphones are comfortable, but adds that sound leakage is a problem.

Review: Koss KSC-75, Andrew Kliem, Jan. 26, 2006

2. Macworld

Dan Frakes says the Koss KSC75 headphones offer excellent sound with a design that's ideal for athletic use, awarding them 4 out of 5 mice (the equivalent of stars on other sites). His only complaint is that bass response could be better.

Review: Koss KSC-75 , Dan Frakes, Oct. 13, 2004

3. HeadphoneReviews.org

A handful of reviewers give a surprisingly well-educated take on the Koss KSC75 headphones on this peer-review site, awarding a strictly average score (5 of a possible 10) but rating it a tremendous value (8.7 of 10). "These handle classical and most pop surprisingly well, but noisier music may make the KSC-75 sound scratchy," writes one reviewer, echoing the sentiments of most.

Review: Koss KSC75 Headphone Reviews, Contributors to HeadphoneReviews.org, As of May 2014

4. HeadRoom

We found more than 25 user reviews at HeadRoom, a retailer of headphones, and the Koss KSC75 earns a surprisingly strong 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. Users uniformly give it high ratings for sound quality for the price, but some complain about comfort and durability issues.

Review: Koss KSC 75, Contributors to HeadRoom, As of May 2014

5. Amazon.com

Many of the 1,400-plus users who report on the Koss KSC75 headphones praise their sound and value. Some find it difficult to get a stable and comfortable fit, but the biggest complaints regard durability and lost ear clips.

Review: Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014

Headphones Runners Up:

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Est. $400

5 picks including: Amazon.com, CNET…

Koss PortaPro Est. $35

3 picks including: Amazon.com, AudioReview.com…

Grado SR80i Est. $100

3 picks including: Amazon.com, ConsumerReports.org…

Sennheiser HD 650 Est. $500

2 picks including: Amazon.com, AudioReview.com…

Grado SR60i Est. $80

2 picks including: Amazon.com, Stereophile…

PSB Speakers M4U 2 Est. $400

2 picks including: Amazon.com, CNET…

Astro Gaming A40 Audio System Est. $250

2 picks including: Amazon.com, PC World…

Koss KSC75 Est. $15

1 pick including: Amazon.com, Macworld…

Grado iGrado Est. $50

1 pick including: Amazon.com, Macworld…

Sennheiser PX 100-II Est. $60

1 pick including: Amazon.com, HeadRoom…

Grado SR125i Est. $150

1 pick including: Amazon.com, CNET…

Grado PS1000 Est. $1,700

1 pick including: Amazon.com, CNET…

Bose QuietComfort 3 Est. $350

1 pick by top review sites.

image
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones - Black
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $399.99 $364.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Koss PortaPro Headphones with Case
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $49.99 $19.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $499.95   
Average Customer Review:  
image
Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $79.00   
Average Customer Review:  
image
PSB M4U 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones featuring Room Feel
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $399.00 $289.99   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
ASTRO Gaming A40 Audio System (Black)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $249.99   
Average Customer Review:  
image
Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $19.99 $11.99   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Grado iGrado Headphones
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $49.00   
Average Customer Review:  
image
Sennheiser PX 100-II On Ear Miniheadphone (Black)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $89.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Grado Prestige Series SR125i Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $150.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Grado PS1000 Professional Series Stereo Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $1,695.00   
Average Customer Review:  
image
Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Black
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $349.00   
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top