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Koss KTXPRO1 Headband Headphones - Silver/Blue Reviews
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Koss KTXPRO1 Headband Headphones - Silver/Blue

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Pass go, collect another $20, and buy a better pair of headphones

Jun 27, 2003
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Pros:very lightweight

Cons:cheap, no noise cancelation at all

The Bottom Line: Save up another $20 and buying a good pair of headphones, I can't think of a situation in which these would make sense to purchase...theres better options for cheap headphones.


I need to start with a small preface, I love sound, I’m obsessed with it, and I listen to sound all day and all night on all different speakers and TV’s and car systems. Due to my audiophile nature it is very possible there are things that would bother me in a set of speakers that most people wouldn’t notice, or care about.

If you just bought a new CD player, you’ve already spent between $40-$150, and you deserve headphones to go with that purchase, because the headphones you just got with that CD player are very poor quality. These are not those headphones.

The Koss KTX PRO1 is not, per sae, a BAD headset, so much as you can do so much better if you just save up another $10-$20. For their price range, these are a pretty good pair of headphones; the problem is their price range. You simply will not find high quality headphones (at least by my own personal high standards) for under $25. Koss is a good brand name, and they’ve tried here to do the best they can, but I personally couldn’t and wouldn’t listen to these for a long period of time.

Real world example: I took these home one day because I was looking for a really cheap pair of headphones to take on vacation with me (usually I use a pair of $200 headphones that I’ve had for 6 years and that I love dearly, I would never risk them getting lost or damaged on a vacation.) and I grabbed these because I hadn’t heard them before and Koss is generally a good name. I was wearing them around the house while I prepared to walk my dog and I wasn’t blown away, but they were okay, then I went on my customary three mile daily dog walk, and the big problem became clear. They do not cancel out ambient noise at all. I heard every car, every lawn mower, every person talking on their cell phone, as if I wasn’t wearing headphones at all. In my book noise cancellation is critical to a portable headphone because if I’m wearing headphones it means that I am trying to keep the sound in and the world out to some degree. Now granted, I want to hear if a nuclear bomb goes off, or if there is a siren, but I don’t want to hear every note of every barking dog in the neighborhood.

Now, onto the analytical portion!

There are two key areas to consider when purchasing a set of headphones.

Sound Quality
To most people, this is the most important element for obvious reasons. These offer a fairly decent quality of sound for the money, but once again, far better to save up another $20 and buy a real pair of headphones.

The bass is okay. It’s really nothing special. At low volumes it even approaches good bass, but if you turn the volume up significantly (as you will inevitably to hear them) it gets very fake and stringy.

The mid range notes are acceptable, but again, nothing amazing. At this price, this should be the strongest part of a headset, and it is, but again this just barely reaches what I would consider acceptable for a regular set of portable headphones.

The highs are fairly decent, but once again they suffer from high volumes and the higher notes, although at low volumes they are acceptable.

To give a more analytical view of the poor quality sound dampening, these are considered to be, “open” headphones. Very, very, open. They are annoying two directions, first, they let all of the worlds sound in, and second, they let all of your sound out. What I mean by this is if you were studying next to somebody in a library they would be able to hear, easily, depending on your volume level, the same thing you’re listening to and be quite annoyed.

Aesthetic
In a portable headphone, such as these are designed to be, the aesthetic can be almost as important as the sound. These are as good as I would expect for cheap plastic headphones. They’re not very rugged and will most likely break under even a moderate amount of pressure. They don’t fold or compress for transport in any way so they’re bulky to carry, especially because you can’t just shove them in a backpack in case they get crushed.

In terms of comfort they’re very lightweight, it hardly feels like your wearing them, but that comes with the terrible price I have been discussing this whole time about noise cancellation. The headband is simple plastic and would be annoying to somebody with a buzz cut or baldhead as they tend to induce sweating. The earpieces don’t swing hardly at all, so if they don’t fit your head, too bad basically.

Physically they look like a standard cheap pair of headphones.

Bottom Line

**note, these are related to price, EG, it’s not sound quality related to the best sound in the world, it’s sound quality related to the other things in this price range.**

Price:B
Sound Quality:B
Portability:C
Comfort:A-
Overall:B-


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