See, now, come on man. Now you’re just being semantical and cherry picking statements so you can argue on the internet. Let’s review a few facts.
First of all, my review is 15 months old. The reviews on which I based my buying decision were fewer than 100 at that time, from 2018. The vast majority of the people you are asserting that I am insulting with my original review, their reviews came well after mine. That leaves plenty of room for the idea or possibility that KOSS improved any possible defects in the meantime. Just like many online commodities are originally made to a high-quality standard, and then the quality goes downhill after they garner several hundred positive reviews and cheapen the product, cut costs, or hire sloppy workers to meet demand. Defects may even appear year to year, or even month-to-month in a bad batch, leading to lower reviews. It can go either direction; crappy products can survive mediocre reviews with good customer service and they can revise and improve.
At that time, there were plenty of honest reviews in the middling ranges, and to my recollection I read no review that remotely compared them to Sennheiser‘s or Bose or Sony or anything of quality/expense in a favorable manner. What sold me were the several comparisons to the more expensive KOSS porta-pros, which I had used and found quite acceptable, even great in many aspects.
Several made clear not to expect greatness, but for the cost of essentially disposable/lose-able throwaways, it was a great deal. I was in a hurry, and my main criteria was a decent set with inline controller and mic (we’ll overlook that the Drop was weeks late, and I had to buy something else in the interim), which at that time were even more difficult to find of any quality in a decent, inexpensive headset that weren’t earbuds.
Which brings me to your semantics; you’re being willfully obtuse in trying to make this an audio engineering technical lesson; you and I both know that this product was specifically designed for use with portable devices, nearly all of which adhere to a reasonable technical standard and variance such that no additional specs-matching or considerations are generally required by the average consumer.
This product incorporates an in-line mic and controller design that was driven by the popularity of the original controllable iPod, then iPhone, iPad and MBP (Android was dragged kicking and screaming to use the controller standard because iPhone was the 800 pound gorilla driving sales of more-expensive accessories, but they got there); the point being, this means that this product should match well and work to its best possible level with everyday devices, of which mine were at that time, and still are.
so please quit pretending that we need to agree about or quibble about ohms and impedance matching; these should sound just as good on my Apple products as they do on someone else’s Android, game boy, or whatever; sans garbage phones that use crappy DACs to save money. And, no, I’m not saying Apple uses the best possible integrated DAC, either.
at the time I joined this drop, if I recall correctly, the average rating was more like a high 3, maybe a 4; it certainly wasn’t a 5, and for $22, I didn’t expect it to be. I just expected it to be at least as good as KOSS Porta Pro. No worse, no better. Those were the reviews I relied on.
and, yes, we’re neither kids; we all know that bot-shilling is a real thing, but do you honestly think that’s happening here? Do you really think bots create accounts here for the sole purpose of endorsing my negative reviews on a $22 headset? If it’s even happening at all on this site, it’s happening for the 4s and 5s; Drop isn’t like Amazon and Walmart where competition feels like it has to cheat to damage its competitors.
and you know which 5 star reviews I ignore? The ones which do compare these with far better headsets, and use flowery audiophile-snob-ese language with no qualifiers regarding the cost, comfort, fit, or durability. Reviews that discuss esoteric trivialities, that don’t express the kinds of music they are boasting about are of no value to me.
take a look at the top dozen reviews here, that carry the most endorsements; they each, for the most part, place numerous qualifiers that align, in large part, with what I originally said; but they aren’t as bothered by it. More than a few set reasonable expectations for $22. Many still gave it 4 and 5 stars, but elucidated the imperfections, balanced against the sheer cost. I can accept those; I write those kinds of reviews myself. You can have a $20 5-star product meant to do the exact job as a $200 product, but there is nearly always a good reason(s) for the difference that can be articulately justified.
So here’s what I’m doing to address your affront at my honest review of this shit pair of KOSS: first, I’m going to ask a few people who spend their day with headphones listening to music as I do, to compare and rate them over the next several days. I’m not going to say a word beyond “Hey, check these out; I got them for a great price and I’m interested to know if you like them as much as I do.” (All while practicing safety and hygiene, of course.) Second, I’m ordering the same pair for $30 on Prime, and though it will likely take several days, I will do an honest comparison, and if they somehow reveal my existing pair is defective or subpar in even the slightest way, I’ll update my review to reflect both my, and my solicited opinions. if they really are awesome, I’ll spend money on Yaxi Pads or other, figure out how to make them more comfortable, and put them into regular use.
fair enough? Until then, my original review stands; and I don’t believe for a moment anyone was the least offended by it. Baffled? In Disagreement?Dismissive? Sure. We each hold our own opinions and have our own tastes.