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post #16 of 24
I choose ksc75. Cheap, awesome sounding and lightweight are a winner to me. Not that hd280 sounds bad, just in comparison between the two, only isolation will be held by hd280. You need an amp to drive hd280 to it's fully sounding capability, heavy, looks like a geek if used in public xD lol, sound flat (not a bad thing just some might find it lifeless, good for recording or editing). As for ksc75, it's more fun to listen to, no isolation of any, looks cool imho :P, annoyingly cheap to be sound this good, etc.
post #17 of 24
KSC75, price is right
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
i hate the hd280s. one of the few headphones that immediately was sent back to the store after the first listen. perhaps i did not give it a chance, but i think they're awful.
This is probably the main reason why some give the HD280 a bad rap. It requires extensive burn in to begin to show its magic, and for me it seemed to improve with use. Plus, from what I've read it improves with better amplification. Headroom.com rates it quite favorably, but then I suspect they burned it in and amped it.

@ OP:
I've used the HD280 and KSC75, very different sounding, form factors, and functions. The problem with trying to "upgrade" her current IEMs is you would have to overcome her personal preferences, which appear to be unknown. There are several things that ultimately could lead her to preferring her current IEMs to either of these arguably better sounding options. In particular is its form factor; she may prefer IEMs to either of these, regardless of any other factors. Personal preference is not about the perception of sound quality by others. A better understanding of her personal preferences would be key to best introducing her to better sound.

However, if needing to buy one of these, I suspect she would prefer the KSC75, light, fun, and perhaps you could put a headband on it for her.
post #19 of 24
I purchased the 280s for a work assignment -- listening to badly recorded, irreplaceable q and a recordings. They were great for that. I credit them for letting me make out muffled voices that were otherwise unhearable.

For music? Not recommended (sorry, 280 fans.) There are plenty of phones that sound and fit better.

Including the Koss 75s!
I gave my girlfriend a pair and she says music and movies on her portable dvd player sound fantastic.

Hope this helps.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Hatmann View Post
For music? Not recommended (sorry, 280 fans.) There are plenty of phones that sound and fit better.
Actually for the price, there are many headphones that sound worse and far fewer headphones that most would say sounds better. As far as fit is concerned, it is quite adjustable but needs to be stretched out to relieve its tight grip. The HD280 are niche headphones, for specific needs, that many headphones in this price range don't begin to compare.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by 1Time View Post
Actually for the price, there are many headphones that sound worse and far fewer headphones that most would say sounds better. As far as fit is concerned, it is quite adjustable but needs to be stretched out to relieve its tight grip. The HD280 are niche headphones, for specific needs, that many headphones in this price range don't begin to compare.
Absolutely agree that the 280 is a "niche" product; for me, that would not include music. YMMV.

Same with the fit. I used it daily at work for weeks at a time and no amount of stretching would make it comfortable.

That said, it helped make my project a success. So I keep it in a drawer for when it's needed next.
post #22 of 24
the 280's seem to be hit or miss, whereas everyone has at least reasonably good things about the KSC75.

or you could just do what I do and roll a dice.
post #23 of 24
KSC75's are classic...
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Hatmann View Post
Absolutely agree that the 280 is a "niche" product; for me, that would not include music. YMMV.

Same with the fit. I used it daily at work for weeks at a time and no amount of stretching would make it comfortable.

That said, it helped make my project a success. So I keep it in a drawer for when it's needed next.
I used mine for over a year in an office setting, and it helped to keep it stretched over something when stored.
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