Koss makes the PortaPros which are my all time favorite headphones. I wanted a pair of ear phones to use while I mow the lawn. I got these and was satisfied. These make a good seal and are relatively comfortable--they can be worn for a few hours without discomfort.
The bass response is strong and dives very deep (almost as low as a human can hear) and stays steady while doing it. The lowmid-mids are fair, maybe could be a bit stronger if anything. The high-mids could be a bit more balanced, but overall still pleasing. The treble is exceptional too, leaning on the crisp side versus smooth side. Channel separation and imaging is average. Clarity is average to slightly above average. These opinions are scaled to compare to all sets regardless of price. My only true complaint is that the cord is thin. This has never been a problem, but a thicker cord would have a positive effect on product quality/feel. In comparison to the JVC Marshmallows, these have a similar low end characteristic, but the mid-highs are smoother (the JVCs have a spike at 6k-9k). I recommend both, but these Koss before the JVC. Overall great value. The vast majority of people would be pleased, if not impressed.
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