Koss P9 In-Ear Headphones with Volume Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Behind The Head, Side Firing Design
- In Line Volume Control
- Side Firing Design Aims Earbuds Sideways Into Ear Canal, Enhancing Sound Quality
- Eliminates The Need For Conventional Headbands
- Lightweight & Comfortable For Long Listening
- Frequency response 40-20,000 Hz
- Electro Dynamic Element
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Koss P9 Vertical Ear-Clip Headphones With Volume Control
The Koss P9 In-Ear Headphones with Volume Control features a convenient volume control feature that can be easily adjusted on the fly. Lightweight with a comfortable behind-the-head design, these headphones are made to be worn for long periods of time and are perfect for listeners on the go.
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The Koss P9 so far has worked out pretty good. In the beginning they seemed a little tight and uncomfortable but that was remedied by just moving the neck band a little higher up. This also allowed the band to fit under the back of both type caps which helped keep the ear buds in place.
That said, I can see how the people who wanted these for rapid-motion physical activity could have a problem. The band is not adjustable so I can see how it would definitely slip doing certain impact exercises.
The two things I like the most with the P9 are the sound and the in-line volume control. I found the sound to be evenly balanced in both ears and clear and the in-line volume control a god-send. I have a lot of music on my MP3 player and each has it's own characteristics as to volume based on both how the song was originally recorded and how clean my sync's were. To that end, being able to adjust each song's volume on the fly is great.
The other nice thing about the volume control is that it is good sized and grips easy plus it works with a "wheel-type" control rather than a "slide" type. I have a pair with the latter and it is a pain trying to hit the "sweet spot" between being able to hear your song and blowing your eardrums out.
Overall, and for my purposes, I like the Koss P9 and would buy another pair. I only give it a 4 star because an adjustable neck band would make all the difference in this being truly multifunctional.
The sound was fine. Please remember, these cost less $10. They didn't adjust anywhere. They didn't come with any super snazzy sound perks. They did a great job, they wouldn't fall out of your ears, the over the ear piece probably won't even be too much of a bother on most people (as they weren't even noticeable to me), the inline volume control was a nice added benefit, and honestly, i thought they were at least 90% completely comfortable, even after wearing them for 10+ hours a day in the office.
I tend to collect lower end headphones, and why not. So, I do have a unique perspective on them (or so I say, mostly to flatter myself).
These, compared to other vertical designs, are good. The sound is better than most. Not quite as good as the Sony h.EAR line, but those would never stay in my ears and when dangling they are literally tangle hooks. These p9's are simple, one piece, and very smartly the cord only comes up to one ear.
The volume adjustment makes them nice for Tv and computer use. Also, if you ever listen while using a splitter, make sure the other person is wearing the cans (or whatever more power consumptiony headphones) so you can cut your volume. My wife wears cans when watching TV, so when I just MUST watch some witty Sonic commercial, I just plug myself in.
They aren't perfect. I'd like to also try the Sennheiser vertical over the head cheapos as well as the Sony folding ones. They did come in very handy when my scroll wheel on my Rio Carbon was broken (only volume control on the thing).
For reference, my everyday buds are Sony ED21LPs, which I highly reccomend for all purpose use as they wont fall out, and can be stored in a very small area. Heck, I even use the stupid pouch that comes with them.
But, yeah, knowing the weaknesses of the p9, if you think you'd like it, then you'll love it.
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This is hard to find for reasonable price.