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Koss SB-45 Communication Stereophones

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SB45
  • Connection Type: Cable
  • Design Type: Over-the-head
  • Sound Mode: Stereo Output
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Special Features Noise-Cancelling-Feature Headphone/microphone combo for DJs and broadcasters Volume Control Microphone
Fit Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear
Dimensions 0 inches x 8 inches x 0 inches 4 inches x 7.5 inches x 7 inches 4.92 inches x 10.43 inches x 8.27 inches 3.8 inches x 10.2 inches x 7.4 inches
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Ideal for PC voice applications interactive gaming and speech recognitionDelivers high sensitivity and reduced distortion for premium sound at all volume levelsDelivers a full-range of sound that brings favorite games to lifeNoise canceling microphone eliminates excessive background noiseOxygen-free copper voice coils for improved signal transmission and conductionSoft leatherette ear cushions envelope ears without creating pressure for long lasting fortFrequency response of 18-20000HzAdjustable headband folds up for pact storageLifetime warrantyIncludes 8' cord with two 3.5mm plugs for PC use

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Style: SB45
  • Item Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00081A2CW
  • Item model number: sb45
  • National Stock Number: 5965-01-564-2860
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 5, 2005

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160 of 165 people found the following review helpful By J.P Poorman on January 17, 2007
Style Name: SB45 Verified Purchase
I got my pair recently as an upgrade to the previous model by Koss(SB-40). This is a significant improvement for the microphone over the previous model, sound is roughly similar. I could not find a better headset for voice and sound. I tried blasting the headphones and recording via voice, it sounded as though there was no sound in the background. As for sound, sound quality is amazing for the price of the headset, their is almost a noise canceling effect on sound. Koss also has a lifetime warranty if anything happens to the set.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By D. Neal on February 4, 2009
Style Name: SB45
This is the headset I've been looking for. I work from home and frequently use VoIP clients such as Skype, Live Messenger, Tokbox, and ooVoo. I have bought and tried a ridiculous number of headsets over the last few years. I usually listen to music while I work, and all other headsets I have tried fall pitifully short in sound quality. So, I would end up using one headset for calls and then immediately switch to another pair of headphones for listening to music. I have a pair of Koss PortaPro headphones that sound great, so I decided to try the Koss SB-45. I am so glad I did. The headphones sound great, it's comfortable enough to wear all day, and the microphone picks up extremely well. I couldn't be happier.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Veritas513 VINE VOICE on September 13, 2008
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I play many online games and use voice programs like Skype and Ventrillo. I also have my entire music collection digitized on my computer and often use my headphones to listen to my music using Windows Media Player. I had been using flimsy Logitech headsets for years and had gotten used to duct taping them together when the cheap plastic broke and putting up with the discomfort that came from wearing them for extended periods of time. I finally got fed up and tried Koss on a friend's recommendation and have been extremely happy with this headset. This headset has great audio and is extremely comfortable even after wearing them for periods greater than an hour. The are well constructed and extremely easy to use. I highly recommend these for gamers, audiophiles or simply someone who wants a good prodcut at a fair price.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amber M. Anderson VINE VOICE on April 1, 2011
Style Name: SB45 Verified Purchase
I bought this for my boyfriend for his birthday... a few comments from him and me:

1) The noise canceling is fantastic. I can pretty much yell at him and he won't hear me. (This is also kinda hilarious when he's playing Left 4 Dead...I can tap him on the shoulder and he jumps about 3 feet)

2) The sound is excellent. I listened to it myself. A lot better than the $40 logitech pair I bought myself.

3) He's been wearing them about 2-4 hours a day since getting them...he complained the first day they felt a bit tight, but no comfort complaints since.

4) The mic sticks out pretty far from the face. He was worried about that at first, but everyone seems to hear him so no more concerns there.

5) They're huge. They don't look it in the picture but they're very large. Like the size of headphones you'd find at a gun range or for use on private aircraft. Not terribly heavy though, considering.

6) There isn't a volume adjust on the cord. This didn't occur to me, but it was pretty much the first thing he noticed out of the box.

All in all he seems happy...so I'm glad I chose these.

Update 3/11/2013 - they're still getting daily use by him for hours a day and still working as well as they did new. No durability issues to date, nor has he felt any need to replace/upgrade them.

Update: 11/19/2013 - they died this week. As with most complaints, it was the mic that went. Still, they have probably a few thousand hours of use on them and lasted over 2.5 years. For $30 I'm going to leave the 4 star rating alone and say that they were still money well spent, at least in our case.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Dale L. Anderson on July 29, 2012
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I got this headset because it is big and comfortable even with a hat on and also picks up very little background noise
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By B. Sowul on November 6, 2008
Style Name: SB45 Verified Purchase
The Koss SB-45 Communication Stereophones are sold for a very modest price. The lightweight comfort matched by its "sturdy-enough-build" make these stereophones surprisingly delightful. Not to mention the sound is beyond clear for the price range, and the bass mysteriously clever.

Comfort: 5
Price: 5
Microphone sound 4.5
Speaker sound: 5
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gendou Knepper on May 2, 2012
Style Name: SB45 Verified Purchase
I bought these for my wife to replace an older Yapster headset. She wanted it for playing games and for voice communication.

I had read the reviews on various inexpensive headsets, and these definitely seemed to be the best bang for the buck.
When they arrived, they were a little tight, but the sound quality was pretty good and she seemed to like them. So we were satisfied, at least for the time being.
A month or so after we got them, however, a screw in the right earpiece came undone, loosening the entire thing. I screwed it back in, and we went on about our day. Unfortunately, the screw continued to loosen itself, but we would screw it back in at each interval.

Tonight, my wife came in with the headset in two pieces. The screw had popped completely out while it was on her head and it had come apart right then and there.
Unfortunately, it is now well out of Amazon's 30-day return window, and Koss charges enough for warranty repairs to make it not worth our while to return a $25 headset - especially if we would get a similarly shoddy piece of workmanship back.

I rarely, if ever, rate anything a single star. But this time, I feel the single star is warranted, as the headset lasted less than three months. At that price, they're more expensive than my Logitech G930 Wireless Headset (which cost $100 but are over a year old and going strong). Overall, I'm disappointed more than angry, and determined not to give Koss any further business.
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