Koss Sportclip KSC75 Review

Philips SHS3200/37 EarbudsCheaply priced, cheaply constructed, and cheap sound reproduction.

The only good thing about these headphones is that they have a retro design and are cheap.

To put it lightly, these headphones are junk. They are poorly constructed, not to mention ill fitting around the ear, and their sound is heavily distorted.

These headphones may only be $20, but they are definitely not worth the investment. The design is awfully constructed as they fall off of the ears when you move. In addition, sound quality is at a bare minimum.

The Not So Sporty Sportclip KSC75s

These headphones are cheap- they are cheaply priced, cheaply constructed, and have cheap sound reproduction.

For those of us on the move, finding headphones that are travel savvy is a primary consideration when making purchases. That’s why when I saw the Sportclip KSC75’s I was ecstatic to finally find that perfect pair of headphones that would make running at the gym an enjoyable experience. Their name, “Sportclip,” implies that they will work well while participating in sport-like activities— unfortunately, that is a lie.

The Sportclip KSC75’s are cheap. At only $20, I did not expect a melodiously earth shattering experience, only that these phones would merely help me move and groove on the treadmill; however, the Sportclip KSC75’s did more to harm my workout than aid me in physical exercise. The over-the-ear design made to clip “comfortably” over my ear, according to Koss, was complete bull. The piece made to slip over the ear is not only so large it must have been developed with Dumbo in mind, it actually breaks apart when you move. That’s right, this so called comfortable clip, pops off whenever there is the slightest of movements, causing the phone to actually fall to your side and the clip to fall to the ground. In addition to the uncomfortable over the ear design, the inline volume changer, located near the stomach, has no clip. When you run or partake in any activity, the clip bounces and hits you in the stomach and chest—not exactly sporty in my opinion.  So Koss, I have a bone to pick with your new “sport clips.” Just how exactly am I supposed to play a sport, let alone move, when I have an inline volume changer jabbing me in the stomach and headphones that keep breaking apart? Talk about false advertising.

Unfortunately, what these phones lack in comfort and design is not made up for in sound quality. The distortion that these phones create makes everything sound like techno because everything sounds fuzzy. The overall tinny sound is hard to deal with and the strained highs and growly lows made me grimace as I listened to the Beatles be butchered by these cans.

Twenty dollars is a reasonable price for headphones and there are plenty of contenders in that range that are well worth the investment— these phones are just not one of them. Don’t waste your money on Koss’ Sportsh*t, err, Sportclip KSC75s.

Technical Info

Frequency Response: 15-25,000 Hertz
Impedance: 60 ohms
Sensitivity: 101 dB SPL/1mW
Distortion: <0.2%
Cord: Straight, Dual Entry, 4ft.
Cost: $19.99


  1. Bill Archibald says:

    This review is a absolutely wrongfully biased bullsh!t. These Koss headphones have by far the best frequency  response of any smaller earphones. And why do you listen to music? To hear the music, dummy. And besides delivering crisp highs and intelligible lows, they ARE comfortable and frigging STAY on the ear, unlike those crappy Sony POS's. 
    Reviews are opinions, and like sphincters, everyone has one. I could not disagree more with this review even if I were paid to do so – and maybe that is the motive of the one written. 

  2. JohnV says:

    This review is so bullshit it's not even funny. Koss KSC75 are among the best earphones you can buy under $100. With some mods (i.e. quarter mod, kramer) you can make them sound even better. These earphones have an amazing musical quality. The bass is punchy, and the mids are clear and airy. Treble has a sparkle which I feel makes the music more livelier and exciting. I don't understand this reviewer at all. The earphones are not uncomfortable. It requires some bending of the clips to fit one's ears but after that initial adjustment they stays in place nicely. When I first listened to these I thought WOW. These have amazing sound regardless of price. I have the Grado SR60, Sennheiser HD595, PX100, Sunrise Xcape, RE0, Portapros, etc… and these Koss KSC75 have are the "funnest" to listen to. They don't do everything right, but they do very little wrong in sound quality. For such a low price its amazing. The review is so far from the truth it's blasphemy.

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