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Koss Ur40 Collapsible Over-ear Headphones by Review Summary ,  Jul 25, 2015

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Koss Ur40 Collapsible Over-ear Headphones
Report Date: 12/17/2015
Based on 207 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 5.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Weight4.7   average
Cushion4.6   above average
Fit4.6   above average
Level4.6   above average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Comfortable4.5   average
Treble4.5   above average
Listening4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Music4.0   average
Speaker3.8   above average
Volume3.8   average
Design3.5   below average
Noise3.5   below average
Cable3.1   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"The cable feeling flimsy and is way too short."
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"Overall, there is only one complaint I can think of with this and it is the cord length."
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"With a 4 foot cord do not expect to be able to move around while using them unless you have them connected to your smartphone or or mp3 type player that you can put in your pocket."
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"Both times they broke, it was because I was leaning over, inadvertently catching the cord under my foot, and then sat back up, and something broke interior-wise."
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"Unfortunately, I managed to close my font door on the cord through my own stupidity, then proceeded to tug on it like an idiot until it severed, hence requiring me to buy a replacement pair, which is, to an extent, beside the point, but not quite."
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"However, the cord is very flimsy, so don't use it where it's likely to get snagged."
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"The cord is about 4 feet long, which is the perfect length for using them with my desktop computer."
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"The cable is still in perfect shape."
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"The cord is shorter(maybe a meter or so long), which is perfect for my purposes and doesn't get in the way."
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"The only - is the short cord......... Light weight is a key Feature + Good Balanced Sound."
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"In SummaryPros:- Amazing comfort level- Great sound quality- Great design- Excellent priceCons:- Cord length is a bit small- There is an amount of sound leakageNeedless to say, I highly, highly recommend the Koss UR40."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"BUT, I realized that not only do they sound great, they are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time."
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"And even an Audiophile would be hard pressed to find fault in the comfort of these cans."
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"I've worn other headphones that have me fidgeting with them in an attempt to find comfort after 30 mins, and worn others that flat out hurt my ears."
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"I was immediately pretty happy with the balanced sound as well how lightweight and comfortable they were for $30, but the thing I was disapointed by most was the fact they are indeed open headphones."
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"Perhaps mine were defective but I rather think that they simply are a pathetic attempt at making a comfortable Circumaural headphone."
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"Not only are these very comfortable... but I love the sound."
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"They feel a little cheap but excellent sound quality and very comfortable."
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"These headphones are light, comfortable, and sound very good."
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"Had an older non-collapsible pair that a Radioshack employee convinced me to buy because of the superior sound and comfort."
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"If you don't mind having to store this in a special pocket of your backpack or placing them in a bad, they are still pretty portable and comfortable to wear in cold or hot weather."
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"When I found out they were made by Koss and were still available, I ordered these right away, Not disappointed a bit, still the same outstanding sound and comfort I remember."
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Cushion

Cushion:
"Regular headphone bands are painful, and padded ones, only slightly less so (usually I find the cushion to be stiff, uncomfortable, and only a source of added pressure, but the unique mesh really gives the sensation that you're not wearing them at all."
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"The frame is very light weight and the cushion around the speaker is padded well so I can wear them for hours at a time."
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"I feel comfortable with the cushion shape and quality."
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"The headphones are comfortable and light weight but the fake leather cushions may make the area around your ears hot and sweaty."
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"Very satisfied with these headphones, are very light weight and a full cushion comfort."
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"Closed, ear cushions for maximum isolation & deep bassTitanium element for impressive bass and treble clarityClosed, ear cushions for maximum isolation & deep bassTitanium element for impressive bass and treble clarity"
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Design

Design:
"Negatives:-Even with the collapsible design, it's a little hard to store these without them getting caught on stuff or smushed in your bag."
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"For those morons who don't understand or appreciate the open design... That's the only way to get that great stero imaging and yes, you can hear the room around you so you won't yell when you talk or be an isolated freak."
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"People here are complaining about the sound leakage from these, but that's due to their open design, which is what makes these so much better than most small 'phones at this price."
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"I am not by any means an audiophile, so perhaps it was my fault for not understanding how open open-back designs really were, but I find myself yearning for my cheap, nameless brand headphones even though they would hurt my ears after a few hours of listening."
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"These headphones are light weight and very comfortable, so I can wear them for 8-10 hours a day without too much fatigueThe only downside of the hear through design is that quite a bit of the sound leaks out."
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"The lightweight and good bass makes these a good pick for computer gaming IMHO; but if you have a noisy machine beware - the open design lets all outside sound through."
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"If you want to coddle them, they are probably good, but I would have expected a set that folds up and is designed to be portable to be sturdier."
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"Quiet listening is probably a good idea with these anyway, since the open design leaks quite alot of sound."
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"After searching through numerous headphone options, I ultimately chose the Koss UR40 based primarily on price, brand name, and because I thought the headphone design looked really good."
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"Some other reviewers seem to disagree, but I also really like the design as it looks sleek and the headband actually looks really neat."
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"Well, it seems the design is good in more than just looks."
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Fit

Fit:
"The fit is not that good either."
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"Pros:-The fit is super comfortable."
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"These fit comfortably over my head and ears, no pressure."
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"Fits over my ears perfectly and has a clean sound from the speakers."
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"Very lightweight & fits well over ears."
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"These earphones fit my head wonderfully because they do not exert uncomfortable pressure on my heads and the earphones fit very very comfortable on my ears."
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Level

Level:
"Though, that hasn't shown to be much of a problem with mine, as moderate volume levels are good enough for my ears."
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"You can feel the deepest bass levels in clear, grand vibrations that maintain unmuddled middles (so you can still hear what the bass is playing even when there is heavy, deep electronic bass).-The highs are really crisp and clear."
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"I rather think the lower register, down to around 60hz, is the best thing about them, as all these headphones appear to be good for is listening at lower volume levels, but still getting good bass."
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"They did work well for retrogaming, again at low volume levels."
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"In the newer model I purchased, they managed to cut down on audio leakage when you are listening to music at reasonable levels."
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"I've used quite a few headphones in the past and the only other headphones I can remember coming close to this level of comfort is the Sennheiser HD555.To get to the point, I really do like the Koss UR40 primarily because of how comfortable it is combined with a very good sound quality."
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Light

Light:
"Light weight and nice sound."
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"These headphones are light, comfortable, and sound very good."
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"The only reason I gave it two stars is that it is light weight and comfortable."
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"Too small and I loose them or brake them and such, but this is pretty light weight and they work well, they even have a mic for phone calls"
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"These are very light and I find them very comfortable for over the ear headphones."
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Listening

Listening:
"I think if I accidentally sat on them, I would be buying more headphones (or superglue).One complaint: even when listening at low volumes, the music can be clearly heard by those not wearing the headphones."
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"Now, open headphones allow for true audio quality blah blah but as a high schooler let me tell you they aren't very good for listening to music in class, I went back to my zune premium headphones for classroom use."
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"That being said, I love these for using at home(MUCH better than using uncomfortable ear buds or crappy integrated laptop speakers when listening to music on my laptop), but still I was hoping for something I could use on the go more easily."
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"I have actually been running at the track and listening with great pleasure to my music when I think was that instrument there all the time?"
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"I rather think the lower register, down to around 60hz, is the best thing about them, as all these headphones appear to be good for is listening at lower volume levels, but still getting good bass."
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"Quiet listening is probably a good idea with these anyway, since the open design leaks quite alot of sound."
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"I own high end phones for serious listening, but this is a nice low-priced alternative."
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"In the newer model I purchased, they managed to cut down on audio leakage when you are listening to music at reasonable levels."
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Music

Music:
"Pros: light, inexpensive, lifetime warranty, good mids and highs, comfortable for over an hour, open air design allows you to hear sounds in your immediate surroundings, bass is probably good for classical or any natural acoustic musicCons: dual entry cord, bass is not emphasized and therefore sounds weak on modern electronic music, open air design allows you to hear sounds in your immediate surroundings, not comfortable for more than 1 1 2 hours of usecomfort - 8price - 9mid and high sound - 8bass volume - 4ease of putting on and taking off - 9UPDATE: After using these for a few months, everything I wrote before still stands."
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"You can still hear external sound so they are not recommended for those who prefer total isolated music."
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"I think if I accidentally sat on them, I would be buying more headphones (or superglue).One complaint: even when listening at low volumes, the music can be clearly heard by those not wearing the headphones."
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"Now, open headphones allow for true audio quality blah blah but as a high schooler let me tell you they aren't very good for listening to music in class, I went back to my zune premium headphones for classroom use."
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"That being said, I love these for using at home(MUCH better than using uncomfortable ear buds or crappy integrated laptop speakers when listening to music on my laptop), but still I was hoping for something I could use on the go more easily."
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"I am not an audiophile, but I do enjoy my music coming out smooth."
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"I have actually been running at the track and listening with great pleasure to my music when I think was that instrument there all the time?"
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"I think they sound good but are not bass heavy enough for my music listening tastes."
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"I would have to say that these are nice, affordable, good quality listening, headphones for those who like to hear their music clear but don't want to spend a whole lot on headphones."
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"In the newer model I purchased, they managed to cut down on audio leakage when you are listening to music at reasonable levels."
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"They do an alright job at muffling noise but don't expect to ride the lawn mower and hear all of your music without damaging your ears."
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Noise

Noise:
"The sound quality is not as nice as I was hoping and they are far from noise cancelling."
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"i am disappointed though with the fact that they aren't noise canceling."
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"They aren't that great for major noise cancellation but unless you are planning on being at a construction site they do fairly well at cancelling voices or tv."
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"People next to me in the train do not really hear that annoying noise that some headsets make when the music is real load."
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"I would not recommend these for use in a airplane train because of the noise leakage issue, but around the house they are just perfect."
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"The lightweight and good bass makes these a good pick for computer gaming IMHO; but if you have a noisy machine beware - the open design lets all outside sound through."
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"Love the grating on the sides for hearing outside noise, the net on top for more comfortable headwear."
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"I'm not an audiophile but the sound quality sounds clear and they do help to block out some outside noise when being used."
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"These do do a good job at separating outside noises from your tunes, which I'm glad of since my house tends to be loud."
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"As other reviewers have said, the over-the-ear doesn't factor into much in terms of sealing out distracting noise, but they are more comfortable than other headphones I had that put too much pressure on my ears."
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"CONS: Bad sound sealing; the music leaks and ambient noise travels effortlessly through the mesh sides."
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Portable

Portable:
"If you like portable headphones with a very clairvoyant sound quality these are perfect, and portable."
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"If you don't mind having to store this in a special pocket of your backpack or placing them in a bad, they are still pretty portable and comfortable to wear in cold or hot weather."
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"If you want to coddle them, they are probably good, but I would have expected a set that folds up and is designed to be portable to be sturdier."
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"It would be nice since these are designed for portable use if they could fold up smaller than they do."
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Price

Price:
"Pros: light, inexpensive, lifetime warranty, good mids and highs, comfortable for over an hour, open air design allows you to hear sounds in your immediate surroundings, bass is probably good for classical or any natural acoustic musicCons: dual entry cord, bass is not emphasized and therefore sounds weak on modern electronic music, open air design allows you to hear sounds in your immediate surroundings, not comfortable for more than 1 1 2 hours of usecomfort - 8price - 9mid and high sound - 8bass volume - 4ease of putting on and taking off - 9UPDATE: After using these for a few months, everything I wrote before still stands."
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"It allows sounds from the environment to leak in though, might be bad for some (I like it because I feel safer when outdoors, indoors my room is relatively quiet so no issue).Excellent performance for the price range! "
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"In this price range they are hard to beat, especially with a life time warrenty."
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"The only downside would be that they feel a little cheap and look like they belong on a martian's dome."
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"Maybe not the best but the price is fair for them."
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"They were convincingly dark in sound signature, and while the bass was powerful for the price, it was bordering on unpleasant."
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"Great quality for the price! "
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"very good quality for such price."
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"These are excellent headphones, especially for the price."
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"Good sound for the price! "
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"Decent sound quality for today's prices...although, I remember 7 years back paying $20 for Sylvania headphones that are still working to this day,,, and that produce better digital sound than my son's recently purchased Beats at $200...To wit,, I'd actually compare these Koss headphones to the Beats; and say the Beats are not that much better...Beats are def."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality is not the best I have heard but it is suffice and compact enough to travel with."
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"The sound quality is not as nice as I was hoping and they are far from noise cancelling."
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"I'm almost completely deaf, so I am not a particularly good judge of sound quality."
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"Out of the headphones I've listened to, I would recommend these over the Sennheiser PX100 (the sound on the UR40 just seems fuller (ifrom ts circumaural design) and more fun, and the Sennheisers cost more than the UR40), Sennheiser HD202 (good sound quality, but terribly boring to listen to, and very uncomfortable), and Panasonic RP-HT21 (Honestly, I didn't know how tinny the sound from the Panasonics really were before listening to the UR40).I dare you to find headphones with a better ratio of comfort, sound, soundstage, and durability than these headphones under $50."
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"The deal breaker for me is the flimsy construction quality, despite a lifetime warranty."
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"There is a compromise; sound is less than actual studio quality, but ambient sound is largely blocked, making up for loss of range."
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"Pros:* Decent sound quality* Lightweight (maybe even too much)* CollapsibleCons:* Flimsy and easily broken"
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"Great quality for the price! "
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"very good quality for such price."
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"The sound quality is great! "
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"Decent sound quality for today's prices...although, I remember 7 years back paying $20 for Sylvania headphones that are still working to this day,,, and that produce better digital sound than my son's recently purchased Beats at $200...To wit,, I'd actually compare these Koss headphones to the Beats; and say the Beats are not that much better...Beats are def."
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Response

Response:
"It gives as good of a bass response as my dead Senn HD202 did and the treble response is great."
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"Bass response is great, and I haven't been able to make the drivers clip, even during pretty loud listening."
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"The frequency response is fantastic and these sound every bit as good as a $200 pair I tried."
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"It gives as good of a bass response as my dead Senn HD202 did and the treble response is great."
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"Now the bass response from these headphones is good for pretty much every kind of listener."
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"I still like the sound, despite that, and it does have exceptional bass response."
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Sound

Sound:
"You won't believe how great this sounds!"
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"They sound as good as I expected for a $30 headphone, but the hinge are so flimsy I can't expect they'd last long at all."
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"Beware, however, that the sound also goes beyond your own ears."
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"Incredibly flimsy cableNote: Get-what-you-pay-for sound"
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"Sound is good and they fold up very well, but the build is very flimsy."
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"Pros: light, inexpensive, lifetime warranty, good mids and highs, comfortable for over an hour, open air design allows you to hear sounds in your immediate surroundings, bass is probably good for classical or any natural acoustic musicCons: dual entry cord, bass is not emphasized and therefore sounds weak on modern electronic music, open air design allows you to hear sounds in your immediate surroundings, not comfortable for more than 1 1 2 hours of usecomfort - 8price - 9mid and high sound - 8bass volume - 4ease of putting on and taking off - 9UPDATE: After using these for a few months, everything I wrote before still stands."
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"Pros:* Decent sound quality* Lightweight (maybe even too much)* CollapsibleCons:* Flimsy and easily broken"
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"Bass sounds fantastic!"
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"The sound quality is great! "
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"They sound as good as I expected for a $30 headphone, but the hinge are so flimsy I can't expect they'd last long at all."
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"Good sound for the price! "
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I'm listening to the Final Fantasy X Original Soundtrack at the moment, and I know the game didn't sound this good through my TV speakers!"
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"That being said, I love these for using at home(MUCH better than using uncomfortable ear buds or crappy integrated laptop speakers when listening to music on my laptop), but still I was hoping for something I could use on the go more easily."
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"The cushion on the cups squishes down so much that the center (speaker area) is in contact with, and presses painfully on, the bones of the ear (as per Rosella Streett's review)."
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"One of the speakers comes unclipped now, but can easily be reclipped into the headband."
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"Fits over my ears perfectly and has a clean sound from the speakers."
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"The frame is very light weight and the cushion around the speaker is padded well so I can wear them for hours at a time."
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"The speakers deliver respectable basses while giving a nice and crisp deliverance of the trebles."
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"The speakers were still working perfectly."
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Treble

Treble:
"It gives as good of a bass response as my dead Senn HD202 did and the treble response is great."
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"The treble is not great, but it's not bad either, and the headphones are really comfortable."
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"Good bass, good midrange and good treble."
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"In my opinion these $30 Koss UR40 sound better than those sets costing more than $200.The bass is stronger on these and the treble clear and clean."
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"The speakers deliver respectable basses while giving a nice and crisp deliverance of the trebles."
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"Admittedly, it does seem to lean more towards bass than treble (which is a bit unfortunate as I do find treble more important), but overall, the quality is more than good, and all my music sound as good as it ever did."
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"It gives as good of a bass response as my dead Senn HD202 did and the treble response is great."
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Value

Value:
"The sound will make you more than happy to have to deal with their bulk, and the price tag will really reveal it's value when you can still plug them in and enjoy them five years later."
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"Surprisingly good value for the money -- they work well in the gym and are durable would recommend nothing fancy but they work"
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"I generally find Koss headphones a great sonic value."
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"If price is an object and you love value, then you could not do better than a pair of these at around $25 or so."
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"IMO, the Koss UR 40 are the best value in audio headphones"
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Volume

Volume:
"I think if I accidentally sat on them, I would be buying more headphones (or superglue).One complaint: even when listening at low volumes, the music can be clearly heard by those not wearing the headphones."
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"And if she's watching TV, I can still hear it quite clearly even with my volume turned up to the point of being painful."
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"Though, that hasn't shown to be much of a problem with mine, as moderate volume levels are good enough for my ears."
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"In addition, a person sitting next to the listener could hear noise from the headphones even when the music source was at medium volume, which would make them inappropriate (or at least inconsiderate) for a long plane trip."
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"This is why my sone requested circumaural headphones in the first place--he hates the feel of earbuds and the need to turn up the volume to block ambient noise."
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"Really the only thing lacking is a volume control on the set, and honestly I love these things so much I don't care."
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"Good sound quality, not as much volume required."
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"I rather think the lower register, down to around 60hz, is the best thing about them, as all these headphones appear to be good for is listening at lower volume levels, but still getting good bass."
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"They did work well for retrogaming, again at low volume levels."
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"It really hits pretty hard even at the lowest volumes."
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Weight

Weight:
"Pros:* Decent sound quality* Lightweight (maybe even too much)* CollapsibleCons:* Flimsy and easily broken"
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"I was immediately pretty happy with the balanced sound as well how lightweight and comfortable they were for $30, but the thing I was disapointed by most was the fact they are indeed open headphones."
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"Pros:* Decent sound quality* Lightweight (maybe even too much)* CollapsibleCons:* Flimsy and easily broken"
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"Light weight and nice sound."
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"The only reason I gave it two stars is that it is light weight and comfortable."
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"Too small and I loose them or brake them and such, but this is pretty light weight and they work well, they even have a mic for phone calls"
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"Very clear and lightweight."
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