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Has anyone bought new headphones for $15 or less that they preferred to the KSC75?

I have, and it's the JBL 410 (JBL410) Reference headphones. I recently bought two of them on eBay from two different sellers, each for around $13.50 shipped. It's currently being auctioned by some other seller for $15 shipped. The JBL410 is like the AKG K26P. This is an incredible bargain for anyone wanting easy to drive, good sounding, closed headphones, and it would be perfect for airline travel or for not bothering someone nearby.

I listened to the KSC75 for 4 days with and without an amp, and then today I returned it to Radio Shack. I found it fun to listen to, fatiguing after a while, forward in presentation, lacking in deep bass, dominated by its mids, and peaky in the higher frequencies. The KSC75 is also quite comfortable with its clip design, but if I had kept it, I would have modded it with a cheap headband. I also had fun trying various reversible mods with it, none of which I ultimately preferred.

The JBL410 is closed, has deeper bass, is easier to drive, is more refined and smoother sounding, has a little more distant presentation, is easier to listen to, does a good job of preventing sound from leaking, but it does not keep external noises from being heard well. It is very adjustable for comfort, but it will slide off my head if I lean over. So I recommend it only for sitting or walking upright. I also have had fun trying various reversible mods with it, one of which I am still working on.

Just had to post about the JBL410 in case anyone's looking for a good deal.
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Has anyone bought new headphones for $15 or less that they preferred to the KSC75?

I have, and it's the JBL 410 (JBL410) Reference headphones. I recently bought two of them on eBay from two different sellers, each for around $13.50 shipped. It's currently being auctioned by some other seller for $15 shipped. The JBL410 is like the AKG K26P. This is an incredible bargain for anyone wanting easy to drive, good sounding, closed headphones, and it would be perfect for airline travel or for not bothering someone nearby.

I listened to the KSC75 for 4 days with and without an amp, and then today I returned it to Radio Shack. I found it fun to listen to, fatiguing after a while, forward in presentation, lacking in deep bass, dominated by its mids, and peaky in the higher frequencies. The KSC75 is also quite comfortable with its clip design, but if I had kept it, I would have modded it with a cheap headband. I also had fun trying various reversible mods with it, none of which I ultimately preferred.

The JBL410 is closed, has deeper bass, is easier to drive, is more refined and smoother sounding, has a little more distant presentation, is easier to listen to, does a good job of preventing sound from leaking, but it does not keep external noises from being heard well. It is very adjustable for comfort, but it will slide off my head if I lean over. So I recommend it only for sitting or walking upright. I also have had fun trying various reversible mods with it, one of which I am still working on.

Just had to post about the JBL410 in case anyone's looking for a good deal.
Wow, those sound great! I only recently joined and only own a Koss Ksc75 and Sennheiser HD201 currently. I like the ksc's sound, but I do agree that they sound fatiguing after a while. I also find the clip design comfortable, but don't really want to carry these things around with me. I bought the 201's to use for long study sessions at the library and what now. I'm not too happy about the sound and was looking to step up. Being a student, price is very important. I was looking at the Akg k81, but would these suit me just as well? (Also, my source will be my iPod touch.)

Thanks.
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I recently bought two of them on eBay from two different sellers, each for around $13.50 shipped.
Lucky you, these babies are selling here (Apple Store) for cool $119.00 (AU).
Talk about rip-off!

Apple Store (Australia) - JBL Reference 410 Headphones (Black)

Cheers
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The The AKG K26P is selling on Amazon for about $60 shipped. Check out all those positive reviews on Amazon for the K26P, and the JBL 410 is arguably more comfortable due to its padded headband. The MSRP for the JBL 410 is about $80, and Amazon is selling it for $42 shipped.

I posted this in another thread, "I found that I preferred it to the KSC75 and PX100 in a direct comparison. I also have owned the HD280 and SR80, and I prefer the JBL410 to those too. I mostly listen to classic rock and bass heavy electronica at loud volumes, and classical and jazz at normal volumes. I can see others preferring any of these headphones over the others. The JBL410 just works better than the others from my PC and for my taste."
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I was looking at the Akg k81, but would these suit me just as well? (Also, my source will be my iPod touch.)
From what I understand from reading online, the AKG K81 would be a step up from the JBL410. I suggest researching the AKG K81 if interested in it. If you want to save some money, go for the JBL 410. What's the worst that could happen? You turn right around and sell it used for $20, and then buy the AKG K81? I'm actually quite pleased with my JBL410, especially at higher volumes with electronica and classic rock. But I also am pleased with it at lower volumes with classical and jazz. Oh, and it does DVD movies right too.
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From what I understand from reading online, the AKG K81 would be a step up from the JBL410. I suggest researching the AKG K81 if interested in it. If you want to save some money, go for the JBL 410. What's the worst that could happen? You turn right around and sell it used for $20, and then buy the AKG K81? I'm actually quite pleased with my JBL410, especially at higher volumes with electronica and classic rock. But I also am pleased with it at lower volumes with classical and jazz. Oh, and it does DVD movies right too.
Alright, thanks. The JBL's look really comfortable and I think I'm gonna buy a pair this weekend. And you bring up a good point, I could always sell it back right away or save it for a gift or something. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

Edit- I see them for $40 new on amazon, but around $20-30 on ebay. Would ebay be my best bet? And what's the max I should buy them for?

Thanks for your thoughtful advice and help. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Alright, thanks. The JBL's look really comfortable and I think I'm gonna buy a pair this weekend. And you bring up a good point, I could always sell it back right away or save it for a gift or something. I'm looking forward to trying them out.
I rate the comfort of the JBL410 at 8/10, but again, it's comfort is highly customizable simply by stretching it out you can have it as tight or loose fitting as you want. So a 9/10 comfort rating is do-able. It looks like it could fit small children to very large adult heads.
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Edit- I see them for $40 new on amazon, but around $20-30 on ebay. Would ebay be my best bet? And what's the max I should buy them for?
Looks like all of the $15 auctions have dried up. You could be patient and see if any more show, but the certain best buy right now is that $19.99 buy it now auction. I suggest buying now because there's no telling if the price will go below $20 again.
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Thanks for your thoughtful advice and help. Have a wonderful weekend!
You're welcome... you too.
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