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Koss SB40 Computer Headset with Microphone by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Koss SB40 Computer Headset with Microphone
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 58 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 8.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Price4.6   above average
Quality4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Microphone3.4   below average


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"It is very comfortable to wear, the audio is clear and loud."
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"The sound quality and comfort level are great, but the volume slider switch is a complete piece of crap."
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"I will admit that the headphones are very comfortable and the sound quality was good when I first received them."
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"I use the headset with my Amateur Radio station,(VK3AX) it is exremely comfortable (not a problem while wearing glasses the pads are comfortable and resilient."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I guess I'll keep it because I don't have another decent set of stereo headphones, but the microphone is just a useless appendage."
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"i read about people having complaints about the mic, but its low input can be corrected and wasnt a dealbreaker in my situation as i rarely use the mic."
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"Sound is decent, Mic is terrible."
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"The microphone quality is terrible."
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"I'm worried this will cause wear on the wiring and I may put some epoxy around it to secure it tightly.8) I had read that the mic was inadequate in that the volume of the speaker's voice came over at very low volume."
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"It was packed less tightly because the mic casing was slightly broken from my prying and held together with less pressure by the single small screw."
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"Very comfortable for prolonged usage (sling style head band)2.Extra long cord3.Deep Bass (I was impressed) and crisp highs (not tinny at all)4.Microphone is accurate and doesn't pick up a bunch of background noise5.About the cheapest decent sounding gaming headset you will buyCon's1.They don't look cool (but who cares)2.No mute switch (but most games on steam are push to talk or have a mute option in them)3.Not USB powered, uses the old headphone and microphone jack (which is okay but takes some tweaking, will explain below)Since this is not USB powered, there is an extra step required of you after you plug these in."
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"You can ALSO do this through the Steam settings menu and I recommend that you ALSO at least go to that menu as well and tweak your mic settings there before playing any game."
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"Other reviewers said that they were able to improve the sound by disassembling the microphone element and removing some foam inside."
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"Sound is decent, Mic is terrible."
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"The dynamic microphone has good sensitivity and performs best when well away from the mouth (which reduces the proximity effect of too much low frequency coupling).The headset cable is rugged & well anchored to the RH side likewise, the mic cable is well anchored to the LH earpiece; the Mic boom is not too stiff in adjustment, but stays in place over hours of use."
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Price

Price:
"For the price these are really great there almost as loud as my old broken headset that cost double the price of these."
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"In summary, the quality was great on everything except the cheap, noisy in-line volume slider."
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"Only headset ive found around this price that fits with such comfort."
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"I do like the headset, very comfortable, the price is right, but if the mike doesn't work, it's of little use to me."
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"Still looking for a set of headphones with a decent mic at this price range, I am currently using a 10.00 desk mic, which works but a bit of a pain."
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"I think the difference was the pillowy cushioned earmuffs and the non agressive headgear made for the most comfortable headset experience of this price range."
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Quality

Quality:
"They don't have the best sound quality on the market, but what you can expect from such a bargain headset?"
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"The microphone quality is terrible."
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"Only downside is the microphone, very poor quality, I'd recommend getting a zalman mic to go along with it or some kind of mic attachment."
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"In summary, the quality was great on everything except the cheap, noisy in-line volume slider."
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"The sound quality and comfort level are great, but the volume slider switch is a complete piece of crap."
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"Excellent sound quality."
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"Good quality and still comfy for hours of game play."
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"I will admit that the headphones are very comfortable and the sound quality was good when I first received them."
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Sound

Sound:
"They don't have the best sound quality on the market, but what you can expect from such a bargain headset?"
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"Sound is decent, Mic is terrible."
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"The other games do pipe in some directional sound, but the directional sound is not very accurate."
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"I have chewed on the microphone, and kicked the headset with no damage, and when I actually broke a headset after years of mistreatment the break was fixable with duct tape with no loss of sound fidelity, and no loss of comfort."
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"Uncomfortable, below average microphone, decent sound...Bass and treble is decent, but nothing extraordinary."
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"Very comfortable for prolonged usage (sling style head band)2.Extra long cord3.Deep Bass (I was impressed) and crisp highs (not tinny at all)4.Microphone is accurate and doesn't pick up a bunch of background noise5.About the cheapest decent sounding gaming headset you will buyCon's1.They don't look cool (but who cares)2.No mute switch (but most games on steam are push to talk or have a mute option in them)3.Not USB powered, uses the old headphone and microphone jack (which is okay but takes some tweaking, will explain below)Since this is not USB powered, there is an extra step required of you after you plug these in."
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"Other reviewers said that they were able to improve the sound by disassembling the microphone element and removing some foam inside."
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"Awesome sound and shut OUT the outside well."
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"The sound quality and comfort level are great, but the volume slider switch is a complete piece of crap."
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"Excellent sound quality."
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Volume

Volume:
"If you turn up the volume on the recording to compensate for the low volume you get excessive hiss."
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"I would recommend these The only drawback is the lack of a volume control."
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"I'm worried this will cause wear on the wiring and I may put some epoxy around it to secure it tightly.8) I had read that the mic was inadequate in that the volume of the speaker's voice came over at very low volume."
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"Now my voice volume is normal if not good."
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"The sound quality and comfort level are great, but the volume slider switch is a complete piece of crap."
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"I would recommend these The only drawback is the lack of a volume control."
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"Acoustic signal level is very good (meaning that you do not have to turn up the volume (gain) control which indicates that the earpiece transducers (speakers) have good sensitivity."
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"Even though they're huge, their pretty comfortable and they've got decent volume."
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"Acoustically, the phones have good sensitivity, able to achieve ear-splitting volume levels from my SB Live before noticeable distortion."
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