Koss UR40 Collapsible Over-Ear Headphones


New Head-Fier
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight design
Immersive Soundstage
Cons: Build Quality?


There are definitely reasons to dislike the cheap plastic build of the UR40s, but I believe that in this case the benefits far outweigh the costs. Because of the material used, the UR40s are uncannily light for a pair of over-ears. Unlike many other cans in this price range ($30-40), they don't overly clamp on your ears or tear out your hair. In terms of durability, they fare well. I've tossed these around quite a few times, and the only damage on them I've been able to find is that one of the metal grills has detached from the outer cup and can now be pushed forward. As far as I can tell, this doesn't affect the headphone in any notable way.


These headphones are very easy to drive.

The staging on the UR40s isn't exceptionally wide, but it is lush. I find myself lost in the music I'm listening to when I use these, especially when it blends with the UR40s' warm tuning.

Tuning / Detail
The UR40s are tuned fairly warm, but while the bass takes the lead in these cans, I've never found that it clogs up the music. These have the expected amount of imaging and detail of hi-fi cans in their price range (good).


Pros: Soundstage, punchy bass, mids, comfortable, lightweight
Cons: separation and detail could be better, grainy highs, short lead
These are underrated on headfi, I find them to have an airy wide soundstage with a warm bassy sound signature. They have a warm midrange, 70's jazz with electric piano sounds wonderful.  Treble is not that smooth but is just right in the mix, extension is good.  You cannot pin-point instruments with accuracy though due to the sound not being very detailed and focused although it is very adequate for the price paid.  I will be selling my Philips shp8500 because the Koss have a warmer midrange and airier soundstage.  I think they have a unique sound of their own due to the midrange tone.  The bass is quite punchy and was a pleasant surprise when I first heard them, although sub bass is nothing to shout about.
"The mids are elevated between 1khz and 3khz and that brings a warm sound"
What? Warm mids are caused by elevation in 150-800 Hz.
Oh, right, yeah that sounds possible, I will edit my review!


New Head-Fier
Pros: Good sound, Good bass, Good value
Cons: Cable, Build quality and design

Audio quality & value

Performs very well for its price. The bass is good and extends fairly low. Some rattling might occur if you crank it up quite a bit, though. For the price the audio quality is definitely not bad.
If you hook them up to a good source and watch a movie they can achieve quite the soundstage as well.

Comfort & design

They are reasonably comfortable and very light-weight, though after a few to several hours the ears may start to get a bit sore due to not enough space between the ear and speaker. For an over-ear design they are a bit small and people with big ears can expect more of a supra-aural design as they are likely to not fully encompass your ears.The fake leather padding will make your ears sweaty on hot days and it will crack and fall off after a few years of usage. The headband is made up of some sort of mesh, which is quite nice and comfortable. Overall in terms of build quality they feel cheap, but I have had them for ~8 years and they still work. Due to their open design they will also act as a pair of bassless speakers if you like and they are therefore pretty useless out in public which sort of makes their portable style not very useful.
The cable is short (1 m) which might be good when using portable devices but not for home/PC use. It also began to be quite a hassle after a few months as it began to curl and twist around. As can be seen in pictures, the cable splits into two as it enters both cans at the bottom (dual entry design); creating a loop where its very easy to get stuck with your hand in and accidentally pull the cable and the headphones down and possibly damaging them.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

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