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Are Koss headphones really so breakable?

post #1 of 17
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Today I discovered that Koss' headquarters and store is in Milwaukee, WI. about 1/2 hour away from me. So I started reading about their headphones and their lifetime warranty, thinking it would make sense to find a good Koss headphone to buy. While reading numerous reviews on Amazon, there were a lot of people stating their headphones broke due to poor quality, plastic parts, etc. Is the Koss quality that bad?
post #2 of 17
I own three Koss headphones, two that I actually use: KSC75 & 35. None of them have ever broken on me, where the plastic actually cracked. On one of the 75's the clip came flying off when the cord got caught on a tree branch. Which is actually a better outcome than the cord being ripped out. I just popped the clip back on and the phones are still usable to this day.

Rick
post #3 of 17
their only good product is the ksc35/75. The rest is crap.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by jgonino View Post
their only good product is the ksc35/75. The rest is crap.
you are forgetting about the A130/A250 and the esp950.

the esp950 would be an UNCONTESTED steal if they offered it with a stax plug, and without their AWFUL amp-box. for refference, i doubt the amp box ads much to the price of the headphones....
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by jgonino View Post
their only good product is the ksc35/75. The rest is crap.
newb

A130, A250, PortaPro, SportaPro, KSC-55/50, KTX-Pro1, are all headphones that are generally above standard consumer level SQ. Build quality is what it is. The most expensive portable headphone they have is only $30, right?
post #6 of 17
ooo my bad did forget those. I was thinking in a REALISTIC price range for myself. :-)
post #7 of 17
I've got the KCS 55s, the 75s, the Plug, and a UR20 in the house. The 55s, the Plug, and the UR20s are the teen's headphones, he's broken the UR20s, I need to send those back, he did it by binding the headphones with the cord, not wrapping, binding. I explained the error of his ways and he hasn't had a problem with the 55s. That said, I've seen the dropped, snagged, and stuffed many times. The Plug is also holding up well, he uses those during lawn mowing. The cord is the weak point on most headphones, Koss is no different.
post #8 of 17
my ksc35s are pretty fragile...i baby them because i know they are hard to get a hold of now that they are no longer made (or sold?). they are very light and feel like they can break even with a little pressure on them. the ksc75s look like they are a bit more sturdy - i shall find out today when i go pick up a pair at radioshack!
post #9 of 17
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R80

I'm interested in the Koss R80 for $34. Does anyone here have them? If so, how do you like the sound, bass, comfort? Thanks.
post #10 of 17
They offer one of the best warranty hands down, so what is your concern, if they break they will replace it, and period, break them 100 time and you will get 100 replacements, for life...
post #11 of 17
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Koss

I guess my main concern is the inconvenience factor. Plus I'd have to pay $12 to ship both ways each time they broke, or drive 1 hour round trip. And if there's anything better for about the same amount of money. There's the Audio Technica M20 for $29, and M30 for $49.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by jgonino View Post
their only good product is the ksc35/75. The rest is crap.
Well... you're entitled to your opinion. Personally I find the porta/sporta, UR40, Pro35A and A250 very good too. The UR40 and A250 are the best of the bunch IMHO.

Actually from a durability standpoint, I strongly disagree... the KSC75 ear-hooks can pop off if you are not careful with them. The A250 is pretty fragile though IMHO. While the 35A and UR40 are decent.
post #13 of 17
my KSC75s literally take a beating (specifically the wiring). so far they're holding up great and maybe someday my soldering iron won't be so lonely ...
post #14 of 17
My 75 has been stepped on, and the wires have been viciously tugged so hard that the clips popped off my ears multiple times, and yet they are still going strong.
post #15 of 17
I've had a number of Koss phones from 1977 on and none have broke. Come to think of it, I've never had a set of phones fail on me. I have broken a few by being careless but not any Koss ones.
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