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KOSS Black Pathfinder Black 3.5mm Connector In-Ear Earphone
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Love These Earbuds 06/26/2013

This review is from: KOSS Black Pathfinder Black 3.5mm Connector In-Ear Earphone

Pros: comfortable, great sound

best sound quality of Sony, Klipsch, S0L Republic, equal to or better than Bose.

Buy these.

Cons: packaging, cord material

Other Thoughts: I had a pair of Koss earbuds for several years until a wire finally began to short out. In a quest to replace them, I thought I would try something new because I assumed that earbud technology had come a long way and I just wanted to try something different.

I bought Sony. The sound quality was awful compared to what I was used to. So, I decided to try a pair of Klipsch earbuds from Newegg. You can't go wrong with Klipsch can you? In fact, you can. Those were the worst earbuds I tried. You can find my review on them on Newegg.

Next I decided to try Bose earbuds and Koss headphones (you know, the kind that clamp on your head) that I purchased locally. The Koss sounded great, but I wear these many hours per week because I use them to block out background noise at work. I couldn't deal with that clamping all day and the heat build up. Also, ever seen "hat head"? Well, I got "headphone head". The Bose sounded fine. They weren't real comfortable. And, they had one major flaw for me, they didn't block out background noise. That was a deal killer for me.

Next, on the recommendation of a friend, I tried S0L Republic. Mistake. They fit horribly and didn't sound good at all. They suffered the same critical flaw that the Klipsch suffered from, too. The sound from bumping or rubbing the cord travels straight to the ear drum.

So, I went back to wearing the Sony's, and compared to all of these other purchase, I decided that they didn't sound "that bad". Never the less, I ordered the Koss earbuds from Newegg (the ones I am reviewing today). After wearing the Sony earbuds while waiting for the Koss to come in, I started thinking that I should have just stuck with the Sony's. They really aren't "that bad". The Sony's are light and comfortable. They just lack great sound quality.

Finally, the Koss arrived. I am trying them for the first time as I type this review. Well, now I understand why the Sony's sounded so poor when I first tried them. The Koss blow them away. Of all of the earbuds that I have tried, the Koss have the best sound and are the most comfortable.

The only thing that I like more about the Sony earbuds is the material that the cord is made from. The material that the Koss is made from seems to be more like the Klipsch, which I don't like (find that review on Newegg). But, the Koss seem to be more immune to the problem, possibly because the foam pieces that fit in the ear do not transmit the sound generated when bumping or rubbing the cord. Or, maybe the material is slightly different and less susceptible to transmitting noise.

The bottom line is that these headphones have the richest fullest range of sound that I have experienced. If I'm not mistaken, they sound better than the first pair of Koss that I owned and was looking to replace.

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Klipsch White IMAGE S4-WHITE 3.5mm Connector In Ear Headphone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Okay sound.

Cons: The cords create sound when rubbed or bumped against any object such as clothing and chairs. This sound transfers along the cords to your ears. Even subtle movements such as the expansion of my chest from breathing creates noise that is much louder than the audio from my phone.

The problem is the material that the cords are made from. It is so noisy that I'm finding the longer I use these ear buds, the less I can stand to use them.

I hope this review makes sense. It's hard to differentiate between audio that comes from the speakers and the mechanical sound that travels along the wire as a vibration.

Other Thoughts: I will likely have to find a different pair of headphones. The only way I can stand to use these anymore is to sit motionless.

Sorry. I have always loved Klipsch. But, I hate my headphones.

I'm giving them 2 stars because they sound okay.

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Klipsch White IMAGE S4-WHITE 3.5mm Connector In Ear Headphone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: They are comfortable. They sound okay.

Cons: I've observed one flaw. The wire insulation is made of a nice rubbery material that gives the cords a nice feel to touch and hold. It feels like high quality material. Unfortunately, when the wires are bumped or rubbed against clothing and other obstacles, it seems to transfer sound to headphones. It's kinda hard to explain. But, unless I'm sitting perfectly still, I get unwanted noise from the wires rubbing my shirt. This is not electrical interference. It's a physical rubbing. Oh well. Maybe you get my point.

Other Thoughts: I read some reviews that said these headphones have good bass. I don't hear it. They don't have a tinny sound either. It's just that they sound average to me. I'm probably not the best judge of sound quality. But, my old Koss headphones seemed to have more bass and my cheap Sony headphones seem to have about the same overall sound quality. I own Klipsch floor speakers for my house. I'm a fan of Klipsch. I'm not dissatisfied with the headphones, per se. I just wish the cords were insulated with a less noisy material. The odd thing is that if I had to guess, Klipsch paid extra for this insulation because it feels like higher quality. It just seems to be a poor choice for headphones.

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Date Joined: 02/19/06

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