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Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO Gaming Headset
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Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO Gaming Headset

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You don’t have to pay like the pros to play like the pros. Our latest collaboration with Koss is an audiophile-approved gaming headset with Drop-exclusive upgrades you won’t find anywhere else.
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Lex-DRL
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Nov 12, 2022
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Sadly, planned obsolescence
Paradoxically, this headset is THE BEST while also being being THE WORST I've ever had: On the one hand, it provides the best sound quality at the price. Period. Especially if you like bass, but like it to be deep and natural (hello, club/pop/alt-rock music, gaming and blockbuster movies) and not just sounding like a silly meme hardbass from a barrel. It's even better than just good. IMO, this model (and it's non-DROP predecessor) gives the best sound I ever tried: clear speech and yet really rich music. Not a perfectly flat frequency response, strictly speaking (which audio professionals like), but FLAT ENOUGH while giving that sound an extra "wow". HOWEVER! On the other hand, these headphones are intentionally DESIGNED to break approximatly after 3 to 6 months of use. I've bought 2 pairs previously and I've bought two more from here (drop.com). ALL of them broke. And not just broke, but broke in exactly the same way:
  1. The headband breaks exactly at the middle and does it after approximately the same time of use: 3 months. It not just cracks, but snaps in two halves altogether. With no obvious foreshadowing of it. But be ready that it WILL break after 3 months. And the plastic is such, that it's INCREDIBLY hard to find a glue able to keep these halves together.
  2. After it, the cable connecting two drivers slowly starts getting damaged, because the headband is designed in such a way that even if you manage to glue the parts back, you won't be able to align them perfectly. And when you don't, the glued halves act as plastic scissors slowly cutting the thin cable.
  3. Then, some oily liquid starts dripping from the slit between plastic and soft parts of earcup. First time it happened to me, I thought it was my fault, and I'm the one who messed them with some grease without even noticing it. But then it happened with the second pair of the headphones, and the third, and the fourth. But it's actually something about how they're built. After about 4 months, you'll start noticing they leave thin oily stains on a table where you put them.
  4. Finally, the main cable connecting headphones to the device will start getting damaged, too. Again, no matter how careful you are. It will. And, adding an insult to injury, while these cables are completely detachable and use standard headphone jack, there's no way to buy these specific cables separately (at least, the versions of them which come with DROP edition).
The saddest part is, the drivers themself stay perfectly fine all the time. But after about 3 to 6 months, be ready to throw the headphones away regardless. To me, they sound too good to be replaced with anything else (I tried quite an expensive Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and eventually gave them away, returning to this cheap KOSS model). So, I'll stick to them anyway. But you need to realize that these headphones aren't a one-time purchase. They're more like a consumable. You WILL change them one to two times a year, there's no workaround for it. They're designed that way. The best you can do is buy them in bundles of two. This way, you'll have at least 4 cables (2 of each type: for PC/phone) which will extend the headphones lifetime somewhat. And you'll have a spare pair for the moment the first one breaks. To KOSS or DROP representatives who might have their contact: why don't you make a slightly more expensive model which won't be designed to break? We are willing to pay more. We want that rich sound, but in a better casing. To everyone else: 5/5 for the best sound with 0/5 for the worst (even malicious) design. 2.5/5 as a result. Still recommend them, but with an ENORMOUS asterisk.
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wavetwister
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Nov 7, 2022
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Not very durable, sound is good.
Mine are currently duct taped around the middle of the plastic headband, they snapped. I think it took about four months for that to happen. This was from normal wear of putting it on and taking it off. Maybe my head is on the bigger side, but I am fairly fit so it's not like I was overstretching beyond their intended design. If you want something cheap just go get a $20 set at target imo. The audio quality is good though, mic is pretty good. You know, what can you expect, not amazing but it got the job done. Added tip: if you have to duct tape it, cut a disposable nail file or popsicle stick in half and use that for added support for the band - works great lol.
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MJD1
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Nov 2, 2022
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Spend a couple more bucks and get a better headset
Bought this a while ago, have been using it a few months now. Most discord calls end up with me getting flamed for my mic either being too loud, or too soft. I have to adjust input sensitivity regularly, (whereas I did not have this issue with my old logitech headset.) On top of this, the headset comes with thin, uninsulated wires that are incredibly long and tangily, making it a mess to manage. The audio quality itself is decent for the price point. Would much rather spend a couple more bucks and get a higher quality headset.
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Delphi_007
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Oct 29, 2022
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Decent headphones
Works well enough. Can't complain for the price I paid.
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rayne14
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Oct 22, 2022
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Hasn't broken on me yet
The only complaint I have so far is that the boom mic cable is really clunky for my use with a PS4 controller, but other than that it's good price for what it offers.
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Why not think about purchasing it again?
Everyone probably admits the sound quality is good enough, even if they don't like the cheap looking. I'm satisfied because I can extremely easily enjoy its brilliant sound. Its weight is sufficiently light for long-time usage, and it always sounds clear whatever you listen to. I think It is worth using for gaming and listening to anything you like. I mainly use the headset for video conferences and watching videos. It's a KOSS product producing Porta Pro or KPH30i, not HD820. I don't think much about its durability because It is too affordable to purchase again when broken. I may buy it whenever it's available.
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Tdarb
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Oct 10, 2022
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Shoddy build quality broke just after year
Sound was acceptable until the cable cracked and broke within 6 months. Padding in head piece cracked within 7 months. The headband cracked in half just over a year of course. Not optimal.
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wavetwister
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Tdarbmy headband snapped too
AlexRoldan97
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Jul 30, 2022
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At 30$ I can't complain
For 60$ they're not worth it, for 30$ its a decent gaming headset. Very lightweight and has decent sound.
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CiarlilloM
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Jul 27, 2022
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Extremely good value for the money if bought on sale
The headset comes with everything that you need to get going outta the gate. i purchased it on sale for $30 and at that price point, it's a bargain.
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Lombre
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Jul 26, 2022
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It was alright
i had an alright experience with these
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