Massdrop x Koss KSC75X On-Ear Headphones
Massdrop x Koss KSC75X On-Ear Headphones
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Working out, staying in, or getting out of town—the lightweight, sport-friendly KSC75X headphones will keep the music going every step of the way. A revision of the company’s KSC75 model, this collaboration has the same clip-on, on-ear style, now with a custom midnight blue colorway and a one-touch remote for controlling tracks and taking calls Read More
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Kakaworu
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Jan 23, 2019
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Zeos said buy it so I bought myself 3 pairs of them. Going into mod immediately. This is the result. I made replacement grills based on Sony’s design. And I built a new wire cover with MMCX connector mod.
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Sound wise. I cannot tell the difference because i do’t really train my ear well. Just enjoy the music and love DIY things. They sound great for the price. Don’t let the price and odd looking fool you.
Jan 23, 2019
lucky13820
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Jun 27, 2019
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I just found your file on Thingiverse. Thanks for sharing it. Although, I am not sure if I should do it or not, I am not good at soldering.
Jun 27, 2019
OgCHAM
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Jul 9, 2019
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how did you do that?
Jul 9, 2019
jdeoxys
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Dec 8, 2018
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Worth owning even if you own thousand+ dollar headphones. The sound quality destroys most <$100 headphones and even then I'd take the KSC75 over many headphones I've tried under $500. The comfort fills a unique niche - you can wear these while laying on your side in bed. There really are only two problems with the sound. The first is the drivers being so cheap do have mismatch throughout the whole frequency range, though it's not easy to notice if you're not paying attention. The second is that there are a couple of notches in the upper midrange which do kill a little bit of detail. By no means is it a problem at this price point but it prevents the KSC75X from being a "perfect" headphone. I'd be very happy if they made a $300 version with an all metal construction, maybe a slightly larger driver that fixes the midrange notches and a 1dB driver matching process.
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Dec 8, 2018
Rayndalf
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Dec 9, 2018
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I know Audio Technica makes (or at least made) a line of premium clip ons. I have a pair of EM7Xs and I love the form factor, but I paid ~$60 for them but suspect that the KSC75s demolish them in terms of sound quality (larger driver derived from the already legendary porta pros vs smaller drivers being used in what amounts to a line of Asian fashion headphones). That said the EM7Xs have a cable sturdy enough to hold their own weight (so you can look like that one guy from Persona?) and are basically indestructable (except that plug I guess) but the added weight can be slightly annoying.
Dec 9, 2018
jaohary
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Jul 24, 2019
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Not Five Stars
Because they deserve a version with a detachable MMCX connector. Please Massdrop/Koss consider this. Actually, all your other best selling headphones deserves this. These headphones are really good. They sound amazing, and they fit well. No pressure and nit heavy on the ears. If they bother you? Pop the headphones out of the piece that hangs on your ears where there is a wire inside the plastic and start bending them until they get comfortable to you, then pop the headphones back on. Need better pads? Maybe get something like Yaxi pads. These are not good for their price, these are way better than their dollar value.
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Jul 24, 2019
AbsolutZeroGI
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Jun 21, 2019
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Not bad for $17
I bought these with a very specific use case in mind. I wanted them for when I did yard work and house cleaning for things like music and podcasts. I have a pair of Sennheiser 558s and 58X Jubilees for my sit down and listen sessions. I also bought these in particular because there is no headband and it seemed like they'll be quite a bit cooler than my over ears and it is summer after all. It turns out these did keep my ears cooler than my over ears when doing activity. I know earbuds are best for this but I don't like earbuds (or IEMs) because they always feel uncomfortable in my ears, so I went with these instead. For its price, I think it'd be disingenuous to try and compare them to higher end headphones. They don't sound nearly as good, but they're honestly outstanding for the price. Pros 1. Microphone on the cable is a nice touch. 2. Cooler and less intrusive than my over ear cans when doing things like washing dishes or cleaning dog poop out of my yard in 85F weather. 3. $17 makes these basically expendable. 4. The sound quality is quite good for how cheap they are. 5. Low power requirements make them great for smartphone (or other non amped platform) use. 6. The clips let the driver enclosure hinge move a little bit for better comfort. 7. The clips can be bent for better fit. Cons 1. The cables in these are super thin and look cheap. 2. The driver enclosure is thin plastic. It's very clear where the corners were cut to get it to this price. Just glad it wasn't in the sound quality department. 3. Mic is just so-so. 4. The clips are adjustable with a bit of bending, but with how thin the cable and enclosure plastic is, I'm worried I'm gonna break these things if I adjust too much. Neutral points 1. The headphones don't form a seal around your head and the fit will never be tight and exact. Thus, the sound is more treble heavy. Some may like it, some may not. 2. I, like many other commenters, would've paid extra for a pair with removable and replaceable cables. 3. These look goofy when you wear them lol. My gf thought I looked ridiculous. I don't mind, though. 4. Comfort is a bit of a mixed bag. The fabric ear cups cushion well and there is no short term discomfort. However, these things sit on your ears and it does start to annoy after a while. Oh well, don't expect to wear these for 12 hours a day lol. Sound quality: Highs The highs are there and definitely more noticeable than other elements. However, I am sensitive to treble and these in no way bother me so to say they are treble heavy is a bit of a misnomer. I suspect because of the on-ear nature and the inexact fit, the lack of a seal lowers the midrange and bass while leaving the treble alone. High hats are clear, but never overbearing and I have no problems with them other than the ones that come with listening on a pair of headphones with no seal and an inexact fit. Mids The mids are perfunctory and not overly inspiring. Still, they are clean and clear in all the tracks I listened to. Voices in particular came through quite well, especially female vocalists. Guitar solos and violins also do well. The lower midrange is a bit shallow but, again, no seal and inexact fit will do that. Bass The bass is, well, the result of having no seal and an inexact fit lol. You can hear bass notes just fine but you'll never feel them like you would with a good set of over ear headphones. The more instruments there are in the mix, the more difficult it is to hear the bass as the sound muddied a bit. However, for rock music, electronica, metal, rap/hip-hop, etc, it sounds fine as long as you don't mind not FEELING the thump. Soundstage The Soundstage is also perfunctory. I noticed that if you press the drivers to your ears, it lowers the Soundstage but increases the bass and lower midrange substantially. I suspect that my on-ear setup isn't properly configured so that's something I gotta keep messing with. However, because of the very nature of these headphones, you're not going to get anything intimate and close nor are you going to get anything super airy. It sounds like you're wearing headphones that are merely resting in your ears rather than attaching themselves to your head like you get with traditional headphones. Clarity The clarity is surprisingly good with these headphones. Like most cheap headphones, they struggle with large musical productions like symphonies, big band music, etc. The sound starts to gobble together a bit the more complexity you add. However, for them being clip-on, on-ear headphones with a $17 price tag, I am impressed with how clear everything sounds. It's just not gonna win any awards for it. Conclusion These are not going to melt your brain, nor do they punch up with headphones that cost 10 times as much as they do. Of course, I did not expect this and thus, what I got did exceed my expectations. These are excellent for what they do and excellent for what they cost. I would recommend them to people with the caveat that they understand that these are $17, clip-on, on-ear headphones with no seal and an inexact fit.
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Jun 21, 2019
Koolkatt58
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Aug 11, 2019
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Hertxz
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Jul 18, 2019
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Best thing since the re-popularization of minecraft
Holy cow these things are the best thing in the world! I got them for $7 due to a coupon sent to me by massdrop, and these are totally worth the money. These things do miracles, just spend the money on them, you won't regret it, I swear you won't.
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Jul 18, 2019
Sunmoon
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Jan 13, 2019
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I have the original Koss KSC75. When I saw this drop, I thought why not getting it as a backup since I love the original one so much. Also, I was curious to see if there is any difference between the two. To my surprise, they are very different. When I was first listening to the KSC75X, I immediately noticed that the sound volume is not as loud as the original (about 15% quieter). It also has less bass, and there seems to be a bit boost on the higher-mids to lower-high frequencies. I am not sure if it's because of the thinner cable used in the Massdrop model, as the driver should be exactly the same. As a result, the overall sound is thinner than the original.  Regarding the build quality, even though the Massdrop version looks more contemporary, the rubber used on the ear hook feels slightly rougher, and the cable is much thinner than the original. Because of that, I think the original KSC75 would last longer than the Massdrop version.  Overall I think I like the original one better. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the Massdrop version, and it is amazingly good in terms of sound quality and offer exceptional value for the money; however, I just personally prefer the original's sound signature better. It has the uniqueness in it where I could not find in the KSC75X, even though it's lower-mids can be a bit booming. If you need a mic and can't stand the old design of the original, or simply prefer less bass, get the KSC75X; otherwise, I'd choose the original. You can get one at about the same price. I thought some of us might be interested to know the differences between the two, hope this helps.
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Jan 13, 2019
Earthmoon
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Apr 13, 2019
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I using 6 month sound great but wire loss connection and change new  cable Teflon Silver OCC Wire 6N Cable and plug And sound more clear
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Apr 13, 2019
ErenTeker
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Mar 25, 2019
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Very short lifespan. If you make them with mmcx connectors, I will definitely recommend them to everyone.
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Mar 25, 2019
ErenTeker
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Jan 30, 2020
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okay, a quick update, my headphones are now not working, first the plastic covering the mic fell of then it was very fragile after that, fast forward a week and now its not working because it is exposed in the mic and now my phone doesn't see the headphone, while my computer sees it but only gives a sound like a very old radio when i listen to something.
Jan 30, 2020
terry8471
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Apr 19, 2019
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The sound is amazing but the cable is terrible. I only use it at home, hoping that it will last longer. I don't understand why KOSS still hasn't updated it with a better cable design, given how many people are complaining about it. Like many others, I'd gladly pay twice or even thrice for the same sound quality with a better cable, preferably a changeable one.
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Apr 19, 2019
KronosX3T
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Aug 12, 2019
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Zeos was right
Do you have 17 extra dollars? Well you don't anymore.
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Aug 12, 2019
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