Pros These very inexpensive open-air style headphones (the design allows sound to enter and exit the ear cup, creating a more transparent listening environment) are the closest thing you'll find to an audiofile type Headphone experience for less than $50.
Cons All plastic, somewhat flimsy design must be handled carefully, short cable connected to both left and right cups is a pain but not a deal-breaker.
Summary If you have a hankering to experience an open-back headphone but don't want to shell out the big bucks for Sennheiser or Grado cans then you can't beat these inexpensive Koss UR40s. I bought mine a few years back while on tour after a pair of Sonys crapped out and was very much surprised at the audio quality of these cheapos. I find myself using them more often then my expensive closed-back sets (I own a recording studio). I even check my mixes with them! As a result of getting these, I'll probably invest in a higher quality open-back pair eventually like a Sennheiser or Grado, but for now these guys are sounding pretty darn good. Highly recommended for the price.
Pros good sound
Cons 4 out of 3 little rubbers broke long time ago. They were holding mesh onto a body. It will cost over 1/4 of price to ship it to the manufacturer plus necessary trip to the post office and wait for 3 weeks. I would not get them again.
Pros Amazingly crisp treble. Good bass. Light. Open feeling.
Cons Feels like my eardrums got attacked with a cheese grater. They have no weight. They apply no force and slide around. If they're not centered, they don't sound right. They don't stay in place either. Sound leak?
Summary These are really amazing headphones. They sound amazingly clean and are quite cheap. I got them free from a friend because they needed to be rewired (which I did with some dollar store headphones)sound leak isn't really an issue. You'd only hear it in normal situations if you're listening for it. Then again, I'm used to people playing ipod earbuds so loudly you can hear them from +5 feet away.
Rewiring them was easy. They're really light and feel like they should be really comfortable because they apply almost no pressure...but something's just not quite right.
These sound great, then after 2 minutes, I felt a little queasy. After 5 minutes, I had a headache. After 20 minutes, I threw them across the room, gave them back to my friend for free and yelled , "OH GOD THESE THINGS SUCK" really loudly on my bus.
They're really good headphones ruined by the fact that it takes under 2 minutes to get listening fatigued. This makes them HORRIBLE headphones. They have pretty good spacilization and clarity, but its TOO real. I took them off and felt deafened because I no longer felt the overly defined treble in my ears.
No. *grabs skullcrushers while multiple audiophiles cringe in fear*
Updated on Feb 21, 2010
These do sound pretty good around your neck though. Just turn them up all the way and you get pretty good stereo separation!