A new pair of headphones from Koss came in for review the other day, and the design didn't surprise me in the least – especially since the last pair I reviewed was still fresh in my memory. There’s also this thing about how every new headphone looks much like the old, but even so I could guess it’s a Koss product from afar.
This one comes with a behind-the-neck form factor that I feel doesn’t work for everyone. You will appreciate the light weight though. Nevertheless, it’s still your poor ears that have to bear all the stress.
Another problem is with the fit. There are no grooves for adjustment, so if it fits it’s nice, and if it doesn’t, well, that's just too bad! The problem is it didn’t fit snugly enough in my ear canals to make the bass effective. Every time I tried them the left earphone slipped out, wasting a lot of sound that would otherwise have flowed inside the canal.
I like the fact that there’s a volume control dial, which I feel should be included in every pair of earphone or headphones available in the market. The cable is about a meter long; which is enough to reach out your jeans pocket or bag.
The performance didn't quite live up to my initial expectations. The bass was rather flat, and totally lacked dynamics. This I say after I took the effort required to keep the earphone in place for a good feedback. The highs were a bit too accentuated for my taste, so much so that they interfered with the overall sound. A sharp overtone was supplemented every time the drummer from Herbie Hancock’s ‘Sly’ hit the crash. The mids probably were the only saving grace, though I must also admit there’s a lot of hollowness.
The pair costs Rs 720, but even at this low price it's not worth it. If you aren’t too fussy about in-ear design you might want to give the Cresyn earphones a try.
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