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Is KSC-75 still king?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody,

 

A few years ago when I was active in these forums, I remember there being a general consensus about the Koss KSC-75 being the best low-cost portable headphones to be found. My iPod earbuds recently broke and I'm looking exactly for that: an inexpensive (20-30 EUR), practical pair of headphones to use straight out of my iPod - no amp, no nothing. So I was just wondering if there's a new king or if the KSC75 continue to be the best choice when it comes to inexpensive headphones.

 

Thanks a lot,

 

Santiago

post #2 of 9

http://www.head-fi.org/t/638757/koss-ksc75s-dont-forget-about-this-giant-killer-in-all-the-hype

post #3 of 9

I don't know what you can get in France compared to the USA, but there have been a good number of low cost "giant killers" that have appeared in the past couple of years.  Philips SHE-3580/90 series are my favorite -- great balanced sound with clear highs and good sub-bass that doesn't bleed into the mids.

 

You would need to browse this forum for a while to see what other folks have found, but in answer to your OP, yes, the KSC-75 is still a great earphone, if you want an open, on-the-ear phone.  I have mine mounted on a cheap head band instead of the clumsy stock earclips.

post #4 of 9

It's the best portable and best valued headphone I''ve ever tried. I prefer it over my Grado SR60i in some situations.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the response. It seems like it's going to be the KSC 75 then. How do you go about the headband mod, is it an easy thing to do? I remember there was a popular KSC75 mod among head-fiers, but I don't quite remember if it was meant to improve the sound or just make them more comfortable to wear. Is there any place where I can find info about that?

 

Thanks

post #6 of 9

Sound leakage and lack of isolation is a serious disadvantage for the ksc-75 as a portable headphone for many people.

 

For fun sounding inexpensive grado-esque headphones that are easily powered by an ipod, they are hard to beat.


Edited by Eisenhower - 6/21/13 at 9:11am
post #7 of 9

The headphone mod is extraordinarily simple. You either get the parts express, portapro, or sportapro headphones, snap out the drivers on them and snap in the ksc75s. They fit perfectly. 

 

It is not meant to change sound quality but I have found that it does from pushing them tighter against your head. To my ears it increases bass but muddies up the sound a bit.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for the responses guys, very helpful as always. I just received my new pair of KSC75s in the mail; they're fantastic.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by kmhaynes View Post
 

I don't know what you can get in France compared to the USA, but there have been a good number of low cost "giant killers" that have appeared in the past couple of years.  Philips SHE-3580/90 series are my favorite -- great balanced sound with clear highs and good sub-bass that doesn't bleed into the mids.

 

You would need to browse this forum for a while to see what other folks have found, but in answer to your OP, yes, the KSC-75 is still a great earphone, if you want an open, on-the-ear phone.  I have mine mounted on a cheap head band instead of the clumsy stock earclips.

I wanna get some KSC75s and some Portas, mount the Porta drivers into the UR40 housing, and mount the KSC75 drivers onto the Portas' headband.

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