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These earphones look a little bit disturbing at first and the thought of putting them into my ears was one that I didn't not relish in to begin with. But I took the plunge and did it. Unlike most in ear earphones instead of ear buds the Koos 'plugs' use a pair of sort of foamy, marshmallowy like well.. plugs!
They do the job of plugging up your ears thats for sure. With them in most sounds are severely dulled and silenced leaving you to listen to your music almost uninterrupted by the outide world.
My first impression was that the earphones gaves a very bassy sound, too bassy in my opinion, an unusual area in which earphones struggle usually being too tinny. Other than that quality was fine. I was listening to music at much lower volumes because of the plugging of my ears and I'm sure with these my ears are less likely to become damaged. Another thing I noticed after a lengthy period of listening was that my ears became quite hot and the plugs felt tight and uncomfortable so I had to take them out a few time to give my ears a bit of a 'breather'.
I soon adjusted to the bassy quality of the earphones and I do use these earphones as a backup pair. They are good earphones, great for the price but the uber bass and discomfort prevents me from wanting to use these earphones all of the time.
I love these head phones, i found these on amazon.co.uk for the bargin price of about £4.95 i think (it was a while back) and the reviews where good. so i thought i'd give them ago at that price.
Brilliant... The squishy in ear memory fome ear pieces where a bit long, so i cut them down with a blade and bingo, great fit. the sound really was amazing, for drum and bass and hip hop the lows were low and the highs sharpe! however the only problem i had was the first set i had broke easliy as putting them in and out of pockets and bags took there toll, so i got another set and same great sound but the same fate took these one's to, but to be fair i dont really look after them to well a so i got another pair and therr still go strong.
great product good price and would not say there fragile at all just me misstreatning the,
Ive been using these headphones for a few moths now in combination with my zune MP3 player. They offer great value for money, I purchased mine from Amazon for just £9.95. Watch out when purchasing from Amazon Marketplace or ebay as many fake headphones are sold there and offer poor quality.
The sound quality of by the headphone is great and the headphones fit perfectly in to your ear due to there foam construction that allows you to compress them and then let them expand in your ear creating a perfect. The headphones also come with two different size foam attachments so that children can use the headphones. The headphones offer good fidelity and allows you to hear to most subtle change of sound. Also the bass of the headphones is very good and does a good job of recreating drums/percussion instruments a feature which many in ear headphones struggle on.
Another great advantage of the in foam plugs is that they completely block out ambient noise and i have used them on a plane and still been able to easily hear the music i am listening to. This allows me to lower the volume on my MP3 player by a long way protecting my hearing. (Lowered from about 10/20 to 6/20 a substantial reduction).
However the foam pads are prone to falling off especially in my pocket and i have nearly lost them on several occasions so i have glued them to plug. This has not changed sound quality and seems like a ideal fix.
In conclusion i would recommend the Koss Plugs to anyone who wants a good headphone for a low price. However avoid eBay and Amazon Marketplace to avoid being stung with fakes.
I'm just going to give a brief opinion here because the other reviews for this product as so technically accomplished.
These Koss plug earphones have become one of my favourite gadgets. I bought mine for around £8 on eBay. I had always been looking for performance earbud headphones as I like high sound quality but I don't really have the funds to spend on the high -end gearb. At around the time I bought these I was eginning to notice that the high-end design for earbud headphones all seemed to be based on sound isolating earplugs (Shure, Etymotic etc).
I was pleased to see these come on sale as they seemed to utilize the same design but unlike any of the other plugs, were extremely cheap. The design is simple... the plugs use a normal earphone transducer (ie the speaker) in an enclosure that is terminated not by the usual grille as with normal earbuds: that sits in your ear (and usually doesnt stay there for long of their own accord), but by a small tube that ports the sound out at a point that will be about 10 millimeters further into your ear than a normal earbud headphone. This tube is then surrounded by a foam earplug that should fulfil the usual function of an earplug... and block all the external sound from outside of your ear. The principle therefore is that your inner ear becomes an undisturbed medium for the transfer of the pressure the transducers produce... and loss in sound quality from transducer to eardrum should therefore be minimized.
The effect is impressive. The noise from the outside world is suppressed, perhaps by about 70%.. and all that remains is the channel for sound. I assume the transucer is of high quality, because it communicates the low frequency bass signals unlike any earbud headphone (the design also facilitates this). The treble is not as sharp as with other headphones... but the sound remains detailed and punchy... suitable for any type of music. They will also sound better as they are used more. The overall impression is of a high fidelity, smooth and warm sound.
The plugs can be listened to at very low volumes... and I would recommend this as an advantage that should be carefully exploited... I can only imagine that the pressure being transferred to your eardrum by these plugs could be more damaging than usual earbuds... which already carry a potential risk if they are abused. The bass that is achieved with these plugs adds alot of depth to the sound... but I think would be a little bit oppressive if you were thinking of stomping out to some dance beats at full volume.
I wouldn't say that the risk is high. The high-end versions of earplug phones are carefully marketed to be fitted by ear specialists anyway... so I would not imagine that if used safely the design
would be inherently dangerous. (And just for legal purposes: earplug headphones are not to my factual knowledge any more dangerous than earbud headphones. The above is based on my own opinion. It is not stated as a fact.)
The only drawback with the phones is that the foam plugs provided need to be selected so that they will both fit into your ear canal and stay in... and also fill the space within your ear. The phones do not sound good at all if they are not fully inserted to create the essential seal in your ear. Different shaped plugs are provided. Luckily I found that the standard conical plugs fitted.
Hope that helps
These Koss earphones are amazing, they isolate outside noise simply by using earplugs which insert into the ear canal and seal out any unwanted noise, as well as preventing any sound from leaking out. This means that you can listen to music at lower volumes and still be able to here it clearly. They block out the majority of noise around you, so you wont hear a baby crying on the train but you wont hear the announcer either!
Before I got these headphones the only way I could clearly hear my music in loud environments such as busses was to turn the volume right up, which is obviously not good for the ears or the distortion it causes. Now though I rarely turn the volume up to half way and usually less than that. Fellow travellers are also no longer disturbed by tinny beats emanating from my earphones!
The only problem with these headphones is that all of the 4 sets of foam plugs supplied were too large for my ears and I also found that the foam expanded too quickly after being squeezed and so combined with the overlarge size they were difficult to fit. However this was a simple problem to fix with a cheap pair of earplugs which just need to have a small hole made through them to slide them onto the actual earphone tube solved the problem admirably, and now with the cheap and easy alteration I find them incredibly comfortable and easy to fit plus there is the added bonus that they dont fall out of your ears.
I have had my Koss The Plug earphones for just over 7 months and they have survived being stuffed in my bag/pocket very well with no loosening of the wires or any problems with sound quality. They have stood up well to everyday use but do not come with a carry case which is the one addition which would have been nice.
I got my earphones from ebay for £8 but they generally sell for around £15
This is the info from the packet:
Frequency Response: 10-20,000 Hz
Impedance: 16 ohms
Weight: 0.25 ounces w/o cord
Sensitivity: 112 dB SPL/1mW
Distortion: Less than 0.3 percent
Cord: Straight, Dual Entry, 4 feet Plug: 3.5 mm
I really would recommend these earphones, with the minor ear cushion adjustment they provide a comfortable fit and give really good quality sound with excellent value for money. The price range varies but as with everything its best to shop around to find the best price.
Personal stereos are quite often far from personal. If you spent an hour on the train next to the guy with techno music thumping out of his earphones, you'll know what I mean. I have just discovered The Plug and hope all my fellow travellers will do the same soon !
Unlike some personal stereo earphones, The Plug doesn't leak sound and annoy anyone else. However, it works both ways. These earphones will block out even the loudest background noise, leaving you to enjoy your music without being disturbed by the man on the next seat with the chesty cough, or worse still - the guy with the techno music blaring on his personal stereo !
Sound quality is excellent. Not only will you enjoy good reproduction of bass, unusual on personal stereo earphones, you will find that you are able to keep the volume control lower and thus avoid sound distortion.
Before buying The Plug, I read a number of reviews and fear that it has had a bad press. To achieve great sound and isolation from the outside world, Koss have designed The Plug to fit directly into the ear canal. Sounds painful, doesn't it ? Don't worry, cushioned rubber ear pads make this design comfortable. Basically, before you place them in your ear, you scrunch up the ear pads. Once inside, they expand to fit your ear and provide the seal that aids the quality sound. Some reviewers have reported discomfort, but I find them comfortable enough. The other major advantage of The Plug's design is that they stay in your ear.
One word of warning - the sound isolation provided by The Plug really is effective, so watch out for traffic as you probably won't hear it coming !
UPDATE - Well I thought I would provide a quick update on The Plug. I have now completely used up the spare ear pads and have had a great deal of trouble finding replacements. I visited the difficult to navigate Koss website and eventually found that the "Lifetime Guarentee" does not cover ear pads and replacements can be ordered from Koss in the USA for $15 plus postage. Whilst I still think they are great earphones, I decided that it would probably be cheaper to buy a new set from a UK supplier. Luckily, I found a supplier of foam earplugs (intended for motorcyclists !) which provide a cheap and adequate alternative (£5.00 for a box of 50) to the official Koss ones.
To summarise, The Plug is excellent - shame that Koss don't support it very well
UPDATE:- I tried to use the lifetime warranty from Koss to replace the faulty channel in my earphones. The US Koss site directed me to a partner in the UK who, despite several emails, didn't reply. When I forwarded the emails to Koss US, I was just referred back to the non responsive UK partner. Since then, I have discovered the Sony EX10LP, cheaper and of superior quality. Sorry Koss, but lack of customer support has put me off your products and I can no longer recommend "The Plug"