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Last of the Koss PC Speakers

Not long ago, telling people your primary music player was a computer would make you a target of scorn, derision, and rotting fruit. Koss was one of the names who made PC audio respectable. Now that they're strictly about headphones, this might be your last chance to Kossify your desktop.
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inkycatz


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It's 11pm, and you need to blast out the neighbor's TV. What game do you play through these?

I'm just hanging out, really.

slappywhite2001


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inkycatz wrote:It's 11pm, and you need to blast out the neighbor's TV. What game do you play through these?



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I do enjoy a good grilled cheese sandwich.

customizedsolutions


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Soooo, the speakers at the very bottom were available in 1989-1990. I had that set. Koss must have gone into my childhood bedroom, swiped them out of the closet, spiffed them up a bit, and put them back on the market. Wild.

courtneymcg


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I bought three pairs of the Koss SX/30 2-Piece Amplified Computer Speakers for our office. Just over a month later and two of them have already had the Amp go out on them.

I wouldn't recommend at ALL. Maybe I got a bad set, but I am at a third of mine failing and the final set haven't been put to use yet.

Avarik


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So like, do they sound like anything special? Or is it just novelty because they look retro?

deadeye37


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Avarik wrote:So like, do they sound like anything special? Or is it just novelty because they look retro?



Judging from the price, probably not. In fact, they probably found these at one of those computer recycler shops. Probably next to the 56k modems.

I think I had a pair of those beige & gray speakers hooked up to my old 486 turbo back in the day.

Aquila76


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I like how the HD-6's have that vintage UV discoloration already.

My goal is to replace my soul with coffee and become immortal.

johnt007871


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These can use batteries so they would work for MP3's. Surprised you didn't list them as such.

tapps


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note that not ALL of these options come with the required AC power adapter. actually, the more expensive, grey ones don't have the power adapter, but the $5 black speakers do.

that's all.

mnuahs


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deadeye37 wrote:Judging from the price, probably not. In fact, they probably found these at one of those computer recycler shops. Probably next to the 56k modems.

I think I had a pair of those beige & gray speakers hooked up to my old 486 turbo back in the day.



Actually, I purchased a pair of the HD-30s back when I had my 486DX2. They worked nicely with my ISA sound card from Creative Labs.. Oddly enough they still work, although the volume knob is a bit worn now. I use them with my Sansa Clip as an alarm clock in the morning.

So yes, these speakers look retro for a reason. They really are that old. I'm fairly certain the HD/6 ones are even older than that.

As for how they sound, the HD-30s aren't bad, they're nothing earth shattering but the do work. I'm tempted to get another pair, but the $5 shipping on something that could actually be that old is somewhat off putting.

luke975


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I think the headline for this sale says it all. these are the very last of the koss speakers.

I always did like yardsales.

thedoc007


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Caveat emptor: I only purchased a Koss product once...it came with a one year warranty, and at 12 months and 18 days it totally failed. They are cheap for a reason.

shopperinsc


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Will they work for an MP3 player? Do they plug into a headphone jack?

jamilkb


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Is the nifty ink pen included?? Because that would TOTALLY seal the deal for me...TOTALLY!

achoren


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All great speakers and Koss is a reputable company. But really, the bottom pair I had nearly 20 years ago! I'm not sure if calling these 'vintage' or even 'retro' can make these attractive to buy though!

jawagas


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Oh man, this is the saddest little woot event.

luke975


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thing is i would buy these. if they were new. Don't want someone elses problems

I always did like yardsales.

bsirvio


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Koss' website:

What is the difference between Koss Corporation and Koss Electronics?

Koss Electronics manufactures consumer electronics products such as home theaters, DVD players, portable media players (mp3), table top stereo systems and boom boxes. Koss Electronics manufactures these products and that company is no longer in existence. We hope this will provide the distinction between our products and Koss Electronics' products, and please remember we are here to serve you and provide you with any support we can.

The script is the same, but these are not actual Koss stereophone products. Caveat.

Zorque


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Bought a set of the HD/6 speakers (for three times the price) from a tech.woot event a few weeks ago. If you don't position the AC plugs in the speakers just right, the left speaker will belch out the most annoying static possible.

shabazz18


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I would seriously like to know the story behind these. I mean, the HD6 set is so old they're yellowing. I've owned both those and the SA35 with a 386 and 486 pc respectivly. I think the mention of lifetime Koss warranty is kinda funny as these things are already several lifetimes old.

Broken0007


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Would these be compatible with my Commodore 64?

beladog


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inkycatz wrote:It's 11pm, and you need to blast out the neighbor's TV. What game do you play through these?



Pantera!


I just updated my Bluetooth headset so I will be donating my old one to the inside of the left one of these. $5 bucks and an hour of freedom in the shop for a sweet sounding blutooth speaker set! Fantastic

ThunderThighs


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Broken0007 wrote:Would these be compatible with my Commodore 64?



The new one?



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shabazz18


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Look what I just found in my garage!! A pair of still working SA/30s! Not on this sale but I can attest to the fact that 15+ year old Koss speakers do still work. Even when held together with duct tape. And they do work without batteries/power, just not very loud.


hatawa2


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courtneymcg wrote:I bought three pairs of the Koss SX/30 2-Piece Amplified Computer Speakers for our office. Just over a month later and two of them have already had the Amp go out on them.

I wouldn't recommend at ALL. Maybe I got a bad set, but I am at a third of mine failing and the final set haven't been put to use yet.



These are not meant for blasting music thorough the office; only generate the soft sounds of windows......

hatawa2


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In for three pairs of the SX50/AC's. Plan to finally utilize the surround sound feature that came with my motherboard.

zybergoat


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I just received my SX50s in the mail today - fastest Woot shipment EVER! - and I am very impressed. For refurbs, they look brand-spankin' new.

As for the sound, these are impressive - even at higher volumes, I'm not hearing much distortion.

For the $10 investment, this is a FAR better deal than what the same would have cost me at Walmart or Target, plus with fewer options (no front headphone/mic jacks, bass/treble boosts, or variable volume control).

I've been burned by Koss stuff before (cheap headphones that sully the brand name), but for $5 speakers, these are phenomenal. I would be fine taking these out on the patio for an outdoor party hooked up to my phone or iPod.

The only surprise - besides the more than acceptable sound quality - is the size of them. Much larger than I anticipated, which actually is a good thing; larger drivers to allow for better sound.

argon3


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Not workin'....what ya gonna do?

Addenda: Looked up the manual at the Koss website (no manual with the speakers) and it says to use a 6 volt transformer and NOT the 9 volt as is printed below the power jack on the speaker itself. Found a 6 volt transformer and NOW they work. Bit of a disconnect between the rating on the speaker and what it should be, eh, Koss...

jimdwoot


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Broken0007 wrote:Would these be compatible with my Commodore 64?



They work great on my Apple IIe and my Heathkit H89!