KSC 35/50 vs. the giants
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I have heard the KSC-35s (and sometimes the KSC-50s) referred to as "giant killers," in the sense of a cheap phone that can hold its own in a more expensive crowd. So I was wondering which giants, specifically, you would say these phones kill? Which ones do they wound? Which ones do they make sweat a little? And which ones end up grinding the KSC's bones to make their bread?
 
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I'm not sure if they can kill any of the standard head-fi giants but it is presumed by me that they smoke consumer crap. IMHO, they don't best even the SR60's so Grado itself is out. I have heard the HD600's and they don't touch them, the Ety's? Heh...don't make me laugh. I have heard some MDR600's which sounded crappy next to the 35's but that is just me.
 
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I think that what they kill is the over-priced, underperforming stuff in their own range and significantly above. They also beat anything priced lower. I think the good stuff at higher prices beats the Koss's, as it should. For relative value, these phones are excellent, but on an absolute scale I don't think they threaten any of the top performers at higher prices.

Sometimes when a good performer comes along at a low price, I think people hype it a bit too much. Shortcomings are more forgiveable at a cheap price, but they are still there.

I got both the Koss KSC-50's and Senn 497's at good prices, $15 and $35, respectively. At these prices I think they're both great value, with the Senn's being a bit better value. Just IMO though.
 
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HI: When I plug my portapros into my Max Out META42 they sound as good as my 580s not plug into my amp
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Dont mean to get off headphone topic but the portapros are the same drivers as the koss-35
 
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I personally like the KSC-35 a *lot* better than the KSC-50.

While not "giant killers" in terms of being better than the great headphones out there, they are certainly one of the best buys in audio. $20-$30 for headphones that not only sound better than all the crud out there, but also scale incredibly well -- the KSC-35 sound better the better the source and amp (an attribute usually found only in much more expensive cans).

I personally like them better than the SR60. They each have their advantages in terms of sound, but the comfort of the KSC-35 put them ahead
 
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