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Koss KPH30i Headphones

Koss KPH30i Headphones

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These things are so good that I'm getting a grey pair and selling my Beyerdynamic T51i
Since massdrop seems to ship form different countries. Where will these be shipped from for EU customers?? Shipped from EU this is a real cool deal, if not then the import fees & taxes makes it not worth it.
So I just got mine right now and the sound is quite lacking of nice mids and highs, do these headphones need to break in to sound good?
tropish
you might need some sort of amplification. Plugged directly into an older PC computer they're pretty underwhelming; plugged into my PC's fiio e-10 they sound great. Plugged into my wife's iphone 6s they're underwhelming, plugged into my iPhone 8 they hit the mids nicely while still retaining top end clarity. I don't know what the modern equivalent is, but I've had a fiio e-6 for years that I use at work and honestly my work iMac connected to the fiio e-6 amplifier makes them sound pretty amazing.
I was turned onto Koss via the KPH30i and they have become my go-to mobile headphones for radio and podcasts. Nothing beats the lightness, comfort, and of course sound quality, especially for podcasts and radio. I prefer these to the Porta Pro due to long-term comfort on the ear.
Anyone from Canada order these? Did you get hit with import fees?
I am a speaker guy. I p icked this up to listen when I have to limit volume for family reasons.. I am very pleased. Decent sound quality, very open wide sound, seem pretty neutral in reproduction. Comfortable enough. At this price point, very happy
$7 shipping seems a bit much for a $20 product.
Bradum
Yeah, I hear ya'...the saving realized isn't a no-brainer, 'hurry & grab them' type of price.
This was my first ever drop 😢 Little did I know what I was getting into.
I did a video comparing KPH30i to the other Koss budget phones. I know Porta Pro and KSC75 get more love -- and they deserve it -- but IMO the KPH30i is the best overall package. Great sound with present mids, thumpy bass, and a soundstage I can't get out of IEMs costing 5x what these cost. And the form factor beats the other Koss 'phones, IMHO.
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Waiting for them to become a common recommendation like the Porta Pro and KSC75...
mrsallee
I agree. I own both, and I prefer the KPH30i.
I literally just bought these a couple days ago, Massdrop... Oh well, they were well worth the price at $29.
Volicarebear
Its like $7 for shipping on here anyways so you would have only saved a few bucks.
Is there a larger adapter plug for using these with an amp? My headphone amp only has the larger plugin.
trog69
Well if you want to use it with an amp, your mic on the inline will not work. Also there are always 1/8 to 1/4 adapters to work with your amp that you can buy separately on amazon or something or maybe another headphone you bought in the past.
trog69
Amp for $30 headphones? Gosh you must be out of your mind. These probably won't benefit much from amps.
Well, it's about time! I can finally see the red and blue ear cups..."red" for my red ear and "blue" for my blue ear. Thank you Koss!
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You're joking, right?
HollowState
https://www.koss.com/review/product/list/id/851/category/43/
A tribute to the vintage. There is a marking inside the headband to show left and right
I have to use the Treble Booster EQ preset whenever I listen to these headphones. Also, the rubber (or is it silicone?) on the headband is a dust / dirt / debris magnet. Thankfully it's removable. Still a decent pair of headphones for $20 though.
So what are these like compared to the PortaPro's?
LX_Emergency
To my ears, VERY similar sound. I'd say the KPH30i is a little less forward in the mids, has a touch less bass, very similar highs, but not quite as open sounding. It's a great sounding headphone, and it's $20. If you could somehow make them feel the same on a persons head a lot of people probably wouldn't even be able to tell the difference between the two. I think the PP is a bit more resolving, and KPH is a bit smoother. Kind of like an HD600 vs an HD650, but the difference isn't nearly as stark (it's really quite minimal). Comfort is excellent, cable/remote/mic is the same as the MD Porta Pro X. They aren't collapsible, and you don't get a storage bag. Also, I've only been able to find replacement earpads on the Koss site and they're $5 a pair (Black and Blue available) compared to 3 pairs of PP pads from Amazon for $5-$7. You get the same lifetime warranty, but as long as MD carries them it almost makes sense to grab a new pair if you do break them. I ordered one of each color.
OCBob
Thanks. I think I'll pass on them. They don't really fill a niche that I don't already have filled in my stuff.
Thanks for adding the other colors choices!
I want to see a Drop for this Sennheisser, the HD 414. .http://www.tonepublications.com/old-school/sennheiser-hd-414-and-424/
carlosmante
I'd love a pair of those! I may have gone for this https://www.koss.com/retro-rummage/hv-1a but they're out of stock. I had a similar model in the late 70's or early 80's.
carlosmante
How about the 424? That would be my preference.
When was the last time this dropped? The portapro is almost constantly selling, but I haven't seen these in a while.
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xXSwiftPandaXx
Just dropped!
xXSwiftPandaXx
The Portapro is an "In Stock" item for Massdrop. So Yeah, constantly selling.
Wow, for $8 more we could have gotten this in a few days rather then a whole month.
Savagesauce
It does irritate me slightly lol
Savagesauce
Finally got mine yesterday. They are super awesome. They feel comfortable to wear, sound amazing, and I saved a few bucks.
So, I was looking at the picture of this thing and I was it just made me curious about something: Does anybody else think these headphones looks like they were designed to be used with an original Gameboy and Pokemon Red or Blue versions?
Tonepoet
Koss has a great retro aesthetic
Do the white and grey come with the upgraded massdrop exclusives found on the tan?
dwane5
There are no Massdrop-specific features for the KPH30i, just the colorway. All KPH30is have the cable microphone + strain relief.
dwane5
Yes. The only differences are in the colorway. I have the grey, white, and the MD version.
Can it come with a a lightning port or does it only come with analog?
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SebassBigjail
There are adapters one can get. See fiio or hidizs, etc
SebassBigjail
This is a joke right?
Yes!! Different colors! I might buy two just to match an outfit XD
Anyone here have use the KPH30i with the Nintendo Switch
willywill
I haven't but I don't think it would be a problem.
These look absolutely hideous...good lord.
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hurrdurr
How. Dare. You.
hurrdurr
I like the way they look actually.
I did a video review of these https://youtu.be/G-sNmkC8aWg
My order is stuck in 'active' transactions, despite the fact that I got them from the last drop over a week ago, so I can't post this in the review section.
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Hepcathopper
So... These are good so you can get a head start on the guy who's gonna jump you in a dark alley. Very helpful. Awesome review
Hepcathopper
The pads are NOT glued on. They are hooked on the same kind of pointy pins like the Porta Pro system, but they're harder to remove because the pins stick up into the the rear driver housing: no glue involved. You can buy replacements here: https://www.koss.com/accessories/cushions/kph30ik-ear-cushion There are also blue ones available for the white/blue version.
I broke mine on accident. Watching Netflix in bed and they snapped in 2
Worth doing a warranty repair?
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Yeah, maybe some day. $5 convince fee :D!
SpiritOne
Now you have two of them. That is an even better deal! :)
Easy to get earpads?
cibckwong
They are available on the Koss site.
https://www.koss.com/accessories/cushions/kph30ik-ear-cushion
They have the blue ones too.
are they good for gaming?
EasyOrange
Not really. If you want a good / cheap pair of headphones to game with. Try the Philips shp9500s, you can get them for around $50
erickong
The Sennheiser HD 6XX is good for gaming too
Soundwise, these are good for the money. and the microphone is fine - but they offer zero isolation. Bear this in mind if you are planning to use them on public transport or in noisy environments. I bought these for the bus, and they don't work for that - no passive noise reduction at all. I have found they are not listenable on a noisy street either. In retrospect I probably should have realised that from the design. Switched to shure 215s with comply tips for commuting - instant privacy! On the flip side - these are good if you need to maintain situational awareness. Anyway - price / performance ratio is great, but if you are planning on using them out and about, be aware that the passive noise reduction is negligible.
redbook
For future reference, when a set of headphones is described as open ear or open back, that means that they provide no isolation. You’ll be able to hear sounds around you, and people around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. Not a great choice for listening on the bus, in an open office, on a plane, etc, unless you want to annoy the people around you.
reywood
If the volume isnt on 10 it would be ok. There is a happy medium. The benefit of not having to remove them from ears if someone strikes up a conversation
ouch my ears
HumanBeing
Huh
treal512
he can't hear you, his ears
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Not sure. Maybe it's the lighting. Still the best color option for me.
Looks pretty dark for beige to my eyes. Looks to be somewhere between flat dark earth and beige.