Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO Gaming Headset
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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T.Fernandez
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May 16, 2019
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Back to basics. An entry-level gaming headset that can do what you need. We started with the Koss GMR 540-ISO as the base model which already came with some great features such as the detachable boom mic that’s easy to position and stays in place: the lightweight construction reduces fatigue over extended periods of use. The clean, understated design is something you’d like to wear outside of your home. A solid sound performance makes it enjoyable for more than just playing games. This all makes sense given Koss’s long history of making HiFi headphones.   With the Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO, we really like the ability to change out the cables on this headset. It’s a feature that is normally found on higher priced models and is at the core of this product’s flexibility. The shorter TRRS cable with in-line mic, that is included, is also great for when you just want to listen to music or use the headphones on the go. Or, some might prefer to use this cable with their console controller for casual gaming.     One feature that surfaced through community feedback was the addition of an in-line volume and mute switch to the boom mic cable. We worked with Koss to come up with a simple but useful way to quickly adjust the headset volume and mute the mic. The control is positioned to rest on your chest, making it readily accessible while not getting in the way of your keyboard. The headphone itself is pretty light, which is great when you are wearing it for 5-6 hours at a time. Additionally, after letting our coworkers spend some time with the headphones, we decided that the tension in the padded strap needed to be relaxed to accommodate a greater range of users and provide a better overall seal for the earcups. The last piece we wanted to add was a simple adapter which combines the separate headphone and mic terminations of the dedicated gaming cable. It’s a simple part, but including it now means you can use this cable on the 3.5mm TRRS input on most console controllers, including Xbox, PS4, and the Switch.
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Anyone looking for a headset able to serve multiple roles, not just with games but also something you will want to grab and take with you on your daily commute, the Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO is up to the task.   Both of them.
May 16, 2019
CommonSenseUsed
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May 17, 2019
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May 17, 2019
T.Fernandez
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May 17, 2019
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If the wiring is the same on the 3.5mm jack of the other headphone the cable be usable.
May 17, 2019
BTaesthetics
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May 23, 2019
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For 50 dollars the Koss are a great budget friendly gaming headset option. You’ll be hard pressed to find something better for the money. BUILD Let’s start off with the build quality and comfort. Upon picking up the headset you’ll immediate notice how light they are and this translates to being able to game and listen to music for hours on end. They have a nice minimal but futuristic look to them that I love. The headband can be twisted and stretched without breaking these things are built to last. The tension headband ensures that you get a great fit on your head that’s snug but not too tight. The earcups feel amazing and don’t get too hot. I can definitely wear these for hours and have them not take away from my experience. The cable is also nice and lightweight. The microphone is embedded on the cable and can be flexed into multiple positions with ease. It comes with a mic and aux jack to plug it into your computer. MICROPHONE The microphone sounds unbelievable for a 40 dollar gaming headset. I used these during a twitch stream with no complaints at all. People even said it sounded very close to my 500 dollar mic setup.I Love the controls on the cord as it allows you to raise the volume of the headset as well as being able to mute the mic with ease. SOUND The sound is another area where these closed back headphones do an amazing job. They can be plugged straight into your console controller or PC and they sound great without any amplification. It’s not a bass heavy headphone but what they lack in bass they make up with in stereo fidelity. I can clearly place my enemies in game with this headset even better than some of the usb 200 dollar gaming headsets I’ve tried in the past. For the entry price of 40 dollars you get a very gaming and musical experience from a reputable company in the headphone industry.. The GMR-54X-ISO’s did a great job with most music genres like jazz and classical where you can take advantage of that amazing stereo sound. The separation that they were able to achieve in these headphones is amazing to say the least. CONCLUSION These will definitely be a top recommendation for me when people ask for a budget gaming headset. For 40 dollars your getting incredible sound, great comfort and an amazing mic. What’s there not to love about the Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO? 4.5/5 Star Rating
May 23, 2019
PabloSalessss
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May 25, 2019
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This headset might be the one I am looking for, cheap, good quality for gaming and also for music, and also, good-looking! The problem is that I need a new ones now because my headset has broke and these headphones doesn't ship till August hahaha...What would you do or what other headsets would you recommend me?? Congrats for making awesome reviews too, I really like them! :))
May 25, 2019
Muzamil
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May 20, 2019
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MASSDROP X AKG M220 PRO HEADPHONES vs this
May 20, 2019
OCBob
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May 19, 2019
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Full disclosure: I'm a Milwaukeean and a huge Koss fan (Very proud of this great Milwaukee company). I picked up the open version of this headphone for my son a while back (Koss GMR-545-AIR-USB version). He really enjoys them for gaming, but not as much for music, and he said the mic works well. I didn't prefer them with music either, but that's not what they were designed for (I'm just spoiled by so many of my other headphones). I don't game, but I watched quite a few game capture videos and I thought the gaming sound was quite good. Better than I've heard listening to many/most of his fancy light-up headphones of which he has/ had (and often destroyed). He really pushed the headband on these to the limit with his big melon and wearing these over a ball cap and the headband eventually gave way.
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Unfortunate, yes, but not a final ending like so many of the other gaming sets he or I have purchased. Ship them to Koss with a check for $9 and Koss will take care of you. I could also stop in at the factory during business hours being that it isn't that far from my home. This is a benefit that needs to be factored in when choosing to purchase any Koss product. So many Koss products come with that limited lifetime warranty (including these) and it's super easy to take advantage of (Bluetooth is a 1 year). I'll get his current pair taken care of and in a couple months we'll have a new closed version of the headphone to put to the test. I'm looking forward to seeing how the two versions compare.
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May 19, 2019
andrewebay1
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May 19, 2019
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No brainer, just placed 2 on order. This isn't that much more than the massdrop mic by themselves.
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May 19, 2019
mattris
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May 17, 2019
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Wow, that's some thick plastic coverage over the driver! You think you guys have enough protection from peoples' destructive ears?
May 17, 2019
Dongulus
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May 17, 2019
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I find it really hard to believe that anyone will find the $10 discount for preorder worth the 3 month wait before these are estimated to ship. Anyone know they're going to need an inexpensive headset in 3 months?
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May 17, 2019
Evshrug
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May 17, 2019
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I have a friend out of college who needs to save every penny, but his current headset is gaming only and kind of broken (his Airpods that were included with his phone sound better, but he can only use them while not charging). This might be perfect for him, though his budget might actually make the KSC 75 better for him.
May 17, 2019
BrotherO4
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May 17, 2019
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your friend should get the porta pro X. 37$...great sound and has a mic which can be used for gaming. the mic is good enough for you to sound clear. the 75 are cheaper but the mic is so far down that it has a hard time picking up your voice.
May 17, 2019
Tonicart
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May 17, 2019
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Driver specs on this pair of headphones look very similar to the KSC75. How do they actually compare? No info provided on size of driver.
May 17, 2019
GiantHeadphoneSquid
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May 21, 2019
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Good catch! Strange Koss opted for different drivers between the open and closed. . . I have the 545, just assumed it was the same driver. . . given the pedigree of Koss 60 ohm, I might just stick with that one.
May 21, 2019
GiantHeadphoneSquid
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May 24, 2019
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It occurred to me that the 35 ohm variants are likely derivations of the LX40 elements used in the Pro4s/SP540. The 'Drop' measurements listed here look very similar to a shifted Pro4S: https://www.innerfidelity.com/images/KossPro4S.pdf Both the unfortunate 250 Hz dip, and the (desirable) 3K HRTF boost look shifted up by a factor 1.8x - likely enclosure and clamp difference, in addition to possible retuning . . . this would also explain the '54_' model designation on the GMRs: SP540 = GMR540 = PLX40?
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May 24, 2019
Every1LovesEddy
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May 17, 2019
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How does this headset compare to the MASSDROP X SENNHEISER PC37X GAMING HEADSET?
May 17, 2019
Whyweneed
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May 17, 2019
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Sennheiser is Sennheiser. Koss is Koss. You generally get what you pay for especially in headsets.
May 17, 2019
jm090
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May 18, 2019
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In my experience with koss, that isn't true. They deliver more value per dollar then any company in audio imo. The Sennheiser's are likely better sounding and nicer quality, but considerably more expensive.
May 18, 2019
DrMoseley
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May 16, 2019
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I have a big weird awkwardly shaped head. And I’ve literally spent close to 2K on headphones trying to get ones that not only sound good, but ones that fit well on my head (for reference most head phones are to tight and press against my temples and give me a headache after a couple hours.) I read that you posted the ear cup size. But what about the size that they can wife without putting any kind of strain on the headphones? I get that there will always be something. i know I’m being picky but I Would love to have BIG over ear headphones that I could actually enjoy for more then a couple hours.
May 16, 2019
xformulax
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May 19, 2019
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ATH-AD900X
May 19, 2019
OCBob
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May 21, 2019
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My DT880 Premiums are the gentlest headphones I've ever worn. Very light clamp and very soft cushions.
May 21, 2019
sixk
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May 16, 2019
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I have the HyperX CloudII... Do I really need this? I do like that I can use this for both office and at home, unlike the CloudII which looks awkward at the office and also that the CloudII sucks at music but really good for gaming. Anyone else on the same boat?
May 16, 2019
BrotherO4
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May 17, 2019
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i would recom the porta pros X on drop for 37$ over the cloud/these in my view. the mic is also good enough for your voice to sound clear...unless you need "Close Backs". porta pro are open.
May 17, 2019
sixk
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May 17, 2019
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I already have the CloudII I was wondering if this would be a good option for something I can use at the office and at home for gaming. The CloudII are exclusively used for gaming and not for music as for me it sounded terrible for music.
May 17, 2019
CommonSenseUsed
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May 16, 2019
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Cloud core vs this?
May 16, 2019
CommonSenseUsed
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May 16, 2019
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what about the m220? I'd be using these for gaming and music.
May 16, 2019
LifelongCaboose
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May 16, 2019
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With the M220 you would need to buy a new set of pads as the stock ones are not good and a mic. At that point and that price the MH751 which is a rebranded takstar pro 82 would be a better buy.
May 16, 2019
ZiggyStar
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May 15, 2019
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Any of the early reviewers tried this with the V-MODA BoomPro microphone? Does it fit?
May 15, 2019
LifelongCaboose
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May 17, 2019
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The Mh751 mic sounds pretty good and also works with the vmoda boom pro. It really has no downsides.
May 17, 2019
OCBob
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May 21, 2019
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The 545's have a standard TRS jack at the earcup and the Boom Pro has a TRS plug so I don't see that it wouldn't work.
May 21, 2019
LifelongCaboose
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May 14, 2019
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Looking forward to getting this in to review, was not a huge fan of the GMR series but im looking forward to seeing how there improved. Doesn't look like any changes are being made to the drivers, so it should sound the same. We will see how they sound in, I'm assuming a few months when they ship. Disappointing its only the Closed back model and not the open back one though. Edit: Also the inline control box may be a con for some people. There is a fair amount of people, mostly on xbox one, but I have seen it affect PS4 users and the very rare case on PC with a good motherboard, who have an issue of audio bleeding into the mic and playing for people to hear. This isnt from volume being too loud and seems to be an issue that is only there when they use a heaset with a inline control box. As when you switch to a cable with no inline controls the issue is fixed. Wish it included a second cable without it. But becasue of the way the mic is intagrated with the cable it would most likely raise the price of the unit too much. Assuming the mic is about the same quiclity as the base GMR it wouldnt even be worth it and hopfully a vmoda boom pro will work as a replacement mic/cable. But that raises what your paying so the value aspect may no longer be as good. Still would love to check it out.
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May 14, 2019
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