I decided to buy another pair of headphones as my current set-up doesn’t satisfy my needs.
I currently have a pair of Marshall Major II, the worst problem of which (sadly) isn’t the sound but the fact that they are extremely uncomfortable. I also have a pair of Tin T2’s that don’t fit me that well, but if I’m lucky I can get a good seal out of them.
However I can’t decide between the KSC75’s and the Monoprice Retros. My main needs are good sound (for the price) and for them to be very comfortable. I don’t care about portability or looks. I know that the sound profile of each is totally different from the other’s but that doesn’t bother me as I don’t have a strong preference. The price of those 2 is similar but I’m planning on buying earpads for either of these, Yaxi’s or Brainwavz.
If you have tried or know something more about those 2, or maybe have another better option, I’d like to hear your opinion. I have to mention that I’m in Europe so my options are more limited, keeping in mind the budget.
You can also consider the KPH30i and Porta Pro for cheap comfort with decent sound.
KSC75 can arguably be the most comfortable/non-intrustive because they use ear hooks instead of a headband. However, there are some people that just don’t like the hooks (think glasses but a bit more cumbersome) and they do slightly tug at your ears because, well, they still have a weight.
Porta Pro has temple cushions, so it spreads pressure among the top of your head, your temples, and your ears. 3 ear-pressure adjustments as well. With Yaxis, I set it to middle - for me, light puts too much pressure on the temple over long periods of time and firm is on the clampy side. In addition the metal, thin headband can be a bit annoying. I found the Porta Pro quite uncomfortable when I tried because of the unique way it spreads pressure, but now that I’ve had them for over 2 months, I can easily wear them all day without fatigue if I wanted.
I haven’t tried the KPH30i with Yaxis, but the silicone headband is top notch. The KTXPRO1 has a similar headband, and that is its only saving grace for comfort. Some people say the stock earpads cause discomfort for long-term usage, but I haven’t heard such complaints with Yaxis. Better headband than the Porta Pro and less clamp - imo KPH30i is the most comfortable of the Koss I’ve mentioned
In any case, if you buy a Koss, definitely get Yaxis. Stock pads are smaller than ear dimensions, but Yaxis can nearly cover the entire ear and thus spread pressure evenly. It’s like having two fluffy marshmallows on your ears.
Thank you for your response. Unfortunately the KPH30i are not available anywhere for a logical price, so if I have to go with Koss I’m limited to the other two. Do you think Yaxis are worth the 19$ each pair if I buy through Amazon or the 39$ for 5 pairs buying directly from Japan?
Might want to check into some different tips for the Tin’s that fit better. The quantity, and yes quality of low end that comes from Modern Retros for the price staggers me. With Brainwavz XL, obscene comfort. But, I’d call it a deep-V profile. Yaxis made my KPH30i comfortable, but on-ear is on-ear — not the most comfortable style for me. I’ve always been skeptical of the clip-ons for me, not sure if buying a band is possible for you. I just can’t imagine if comfort is the top priority that it’s the champ.
Some folks hate the Modern Retro, but at its price and listening to the right genre, it puts a smile on me face. A pad swap really helps comfort, sonics also. Not hard to power.
Knowing what you like to listen to, prioritize and power these with would be helpful.
Is Phillips SHP9500 possible where you are for budget?
i love my modern retro’s. they are very fun. not critical or precise really at all. but damn you get clean, fun, and engaging sound for the price. the setup for under 50$ US with the pad swap is unbeatable.
and they are very comfortable.
edit: if you have very large ears like me, get the xxl pads instead of the xl pads from brainwaves
also check out some of the Anker offerings. they have some very good offerings below 30$ that often go on sale for under 20$. no one ever talks about anker, but they really have solid audio for cheap audio.
So, a little update. After a month of waiting, my KSC75s finally arrived. I settled on them as the clip on style really appealed to me. For the price I really couldn’t ask for more. The sound is amazing, and with some EQing the bass is very decent.
My only issue is the cable, but I can live with it. I plan to rewire them down the road but for the time being, I’m more than satisfied.