Reviewers are impressed with the clean, open sound that the low-priced Koss KSC75 headphones deliver. The KSC75 has a unique design with earpieces that are held in place by ear clips. Most reviewers find them comfortable, though users warn that the clips tend to fall out. One nice perk offered by Koss is a lifetime warranty, which includes ear clip replacement if you lose them. Sound leakage is the most significant negative. If you have a little more to spend, the Koss PortaPro (*Est. $35) are lightweight, fold for easy traveling and sound great. Though sound quality is excellent, not everyone will love their retro 1980s styling.
Good Gear Guide, now part of PC World (Australia), gives the most extensive review for the Koss KSC75, though a report by Macworld is also helpful. The British publication Which?, similar to ConsumerReports.org in the U.S., requires a subscription but offers a valuable review. Amazon.com hosts feedback from more than 500 users at last look.
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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
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. His only complaint is that bass response could be better.
Review: Koss KSC-75, Dan Frakes, Oct. 13, 2004
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 (9 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
HeadRoom, a retailer of headphones, puts the Koss KSC75 headphones in its top 10, and more than 20 customer reviews give the inexpensive headphones a surprisingly strong 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. The site's editors award it 5 out of 5 stars for value. Users uniformly give it high ratings for sound quality for the price, but complain about comfort and durability issues.
Review: Koss KSC 75, Contributors to HeadRoom
Most of the 500-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 complaint is lost ear clips.
Review: Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com