Koss KSC75

Koss KSC75

Koss KSC75

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BEST RATING
Music:
4.5
MUSIC: Very Good8.3/10
CALLS: Poor4.8/10
GAMING: Fair6.4/10
TV: Good7.7/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.5/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Poor4.0/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor2.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Poor5.6/10

The Koss KSC75 are clip-on headphones with an open enclosure type, meaning they provide a more natural sound and wider soundstage which can be good for music and TV but may leak sound and let ambient noise in. They're not wireless, so you won't have to charge them, but you'll deal with a cable, which is 1.3 meters long. They're recommended for a budget, and their dynamic drivers offer very good overall sound quality. However, they lack features such as a microphone, detachable cable, and are not sweat or dustproof, which makes them less ideal for activities like exercise. They're not optimized for gaming due to potential latency issues. Their portability is poor and they fail to isolate noise well, making them less suitable for noisy environments or air travel. They come with ear hooks for a secure fit but their build quality and comfort are rated as poor. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Good soundstage and imaging
  • Comfortable for extended wear
  • Lightweight and portable
Cons
  • Poor microphone quality
  • Low build quality
  • No wireless connectivity
  • Minimal noise isolation

Ratings by Category

Music:
4.5
The Koss KSC75 earphones provide a very good overall sound quality with an open enclosure type which enhances the soundstage and imaging, offering a more natural and spacious listening experience. However, they are wired with no support for lossless codecs or virtual surround, which prioritizes a straightforward, high-fidelity audio performance over wireless convenience or simulated surround effects.
TV & Video:
4.3
The Koss KSC75 clip-on headphones are suitable for watching TV and videos due to their wired connection that ensures low latency, which means audio will be in sync with the video. Additionally, their very good overall sound quality and good soundstage/imaging score contribute to a clear and engaging listening experience, while their light weight and comfortable design allow for longer viewing sessions without discomfort.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.2
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Gaming:
3.5
The Koss KSC75 has a "Good" soundstage, which may provide decent spatial awareness for gaming, but they have "Poor" mic quality, making communication in multiplayer settings challenging. Additionally, being wired, they don't introduce latency issues, but the lack of a microphone for online play is a significant tradeoff for gamers.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$20
Brand
Koss
Release Date
January 1, 2005
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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8.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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4.9/10
Gaming Score
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6.5/10
TV and Video Score
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7.7/10
Exercise Score
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4.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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2.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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5.7/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Weight
45.3 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0
Dustproof Rating
0

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Crinacle | June 2022
"Let’s not insult the KSC75 by saying that it’s simply good for the price… because it’s far more than that. It basically has a monopoly at its asking price, and could still give modern budget headphones a run for their money 15 years after its release. The KSC75 is the world’s best not-headphone."

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