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Koss The Plug Stereo
20 Reviews
rating  3.35 of 5
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by naw03khs a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for The Plug, not the Sparkplug replacement.

Out of the package these leave a little to be desired. The foam needs to be shaped for effecive noise cancelling, and treble is very lacking. There is certainly a lot of bass since it is a canal style earbud. The bass is not boomy mind you, just a little muddy. With a few adjustments to the equilizer they become much better.
To improve the quality of these headphones is very easy. The first thing everyone should do is buy some plain earplugs and replace the standard ones with them. The noise reduction is leaps and bounds better afterwards. The next thing I did was cover the vent holes in the back of them with a small patch of tape. This really helped to clear up the muddyness of the bass and clarify the highs a little. I still have some mods I want to try on them, but as for now I am pleased.
The best part about these is the fact that it is very easy to taylor the sound to exactly what you want. Just do a little research on the internet to find some of the mods that people have done.

Overall, without modification, they are a 4 maybe, but with the possibility for changes, they earn a 5 in my book. Zero fatigue while listening. I almost prefer listening to these over my NC-11's... almost.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Circuit city



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RPMS a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I bought these to go under my helmet and provide music for long motorcycle rides. They work well, if you allow for their idiosyncracies. They work best with portables which have a graphic equalizer. Just using "pop" or "rock" settings isn't enough - to get halfway decent sound you need to pump up the treble all the way and reduce the midbass as much as possible. You can get a pretty good sound this way with good isolation and incredible bass response. If your portable doesn't have at least five bands of equalization, I wouldn't expect to be too happy with these earphones. I compared them with my $70 Shure EC2's, and although the midrange and treble are nowhere near as good, the bass is much bouncier in the Koss phones.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Frys



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by kermitfrog a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Complete JUNK!! These are the worst exscuse for a product ever. The foam does not compress properly which makes it virtually impossible to insert the buds. The sound is awful when you insert it. The slightest movement will cause the buds to fall out. The plastic piece that fits inside of the foam was sharp and cut my inner ear while trying to insert. DO NOT BUY!!!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dick a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought "ThePlug" from KOSS in 2001 and
use them with Minidisks and portable CD-
players from Sony and Sharp. My
measurements proved that Sony minidisks
(I measured several) has much less max.
output compared to Sharp or, in that
matter, some other portable, battery
powered equipment. In addition to that,
when being outside in the noise of the
environment, you need some more volume.

That is one reason why I bought the
KOSS.Their impedance is lower than the
usual earplugs (16 ohm versus 32 or
higher). This causes equipment to be able
to (potentially) push more audio power
into the headphones (depends on the
internal output impedance).

The 2nd reason is that Koss has a high
efficiency (112 dB SPL/1mW) which
helps the volume as well.

One of the main drawbacks of "in ear"
plugs is the absolute lack of the lower
frequencies (compare it to some regular
headphones of reasonable quality as a
test). That is why practically all
portable players have a "bass boost"
switch somewhere.The long earbud design
which places the end of the KOSS deeper
into your ear channel helps a lot in
theory. But in practice it fails
completely if the rest of your earchannel
is not "sealed off" of the rest of the
world. Therephore they deliver the
special earcushion material you also put
in your ear. Problem solved. But only if
you shape them to your ear ! So take some
time to do this. Koss includes some extra
pairs of these earcushion. That's
thinking ahead !
I had some Sony earplugs which also had
some way of leading the sound deeper
into your ear by means of an extention of
the earplug, just as KOSS. But they were
made of rubber which doesn't seal off
your ear. Result: they don't fit as tight
(they tend to fall out from at least from
my ears from time to time) and loss of
bass response.

Concerning the quality of the sound:
Great, low distorsion, really wide
frequency response. No influence of
surrounding environment (of course). They
can't beat normal headphones (my
Sennheiser Reference)sound quality or
comfort when wearing them but they are
better then most other types and
obviously you wouldn't like to be on the
road walking and jogging with some big
normal headphones.

The materials used are also of high
quality. Gold plated jackplug, light, but
sturdy cord.

I am very content with them.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Correct, Rotterdam,H



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bill a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I really like the Plugs for a low cost set of phones. A lot of the problems mentioned in other reviews would be eliminated if the reviewers would have taken ten seconds to read the insertion instructions.
I also modified my plugs internals to sound much better as well (they're very modifiable). I took the shells apart and covered the vent holes with a small square of the fuzzy half of some industrial velcro. They seal the vents and provide some added damping to the bass while reducing the enclosure volume to make the highs a little tighter. I also removed the glue blocking the vent in the back of the driver's magnet which allows the drivers to 'breathe' a little better.
The modded phones are extremely sensitive, they're loud enough with the volume on my Ondio MP3 set to zero!!!
I've played everything from sparse vocal recordings to hip hop music through them and they do a decent job reproducing the entire audio spectrum while blocking out background noise. I do some recording with my Ondio and the discreet isolation provided by the Plugs are great for making sure my levels are good.
They're not a set of Grados or high-end Sennheisers but then, you can't put those phones in your shirt pocket.
For a total investment of $25, these bad boys are tough to beat. You just have to get a little used to stuffing things in your ears.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy




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