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Reviewed on Mar 04, 2016

Koss QZPro
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
5.3
Mixed Usage
5.9
Critical Listening
5.0
Commute/Travel
5.7
Sports/Fitness
5.0
Office
5.2
TV
5.2
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Koss QZPro are flawed headphones that fail at delivering decent audio reproduction or adequate noise isolation. They are not comfortable, there are no satisfactory audio controls and the all-plastic build feels cheap and susceptible to breaking.

Test Results
Design 5.6
Sound 5.9
Isolation 5.1
Microphone 0
Active Features 7.2
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Does not leak much sound.
Cons
  • Unbalanced and poor audio reproduction.
  • All plastic build quality feels cheap.
  • Poor noise cancellation.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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5.6

Design

The Koss Quiet Zone QZ-Pro have a lot of flaws in their design and are uncomfortable. The cable is non detachable and does not provide in-line controls except a volume slider which is dissapointing. The build quality is too stiff and feels cheap, especially the sliding mechanism, which is just awkward and frustrating to use.

Style

The QZ-Pro look a little cheap. The two-tone color scheme is esthetically pleasing but the low-grade plastic and odd hinge reduces their appeal significantly. The matte, silver ear cups are circular and coated with a soft black padding. The headband is lightly padded but oddly shaped due to the hinge and may be a turn off for some.

5.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.64 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.44 lbs

The Koss QZ-Pro are not very comfortable. The headband and earcup design is a little cumbersome and stiff and does not extend very well for larger heads. The ear cups, although decently padded, oddly do not provide a good seal, leaving gaps that feel uncomfortable and let sound leak in and out.

5.0 Controls
Ease of use : Poor
Feedback : Poor
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

Button layout is very limited on the QZ Pros, with just one switch to activate the noise canceling. It's simple but looks and feels a little cheap. The audio cable, which is not detachable or interchangeable, only has a volume slider, which is disappointing.

N/A Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : N/A
6.0 Portability
L : 4.72 "
W : 6.30 "
H : 3.35 "
Volume : 99.66 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The QZPro are somewhat portable. They have a unique folding mechanism that allows them to collapse into a compact format. However, they are one the larger side for over-ear headphones and will still take up quite a bit of space in a bag. They won't fit in a pocket and are too cumbersome to carry around on your person. They also do not come with a case or carrying pouch, which is disappointing.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
6.0 Build Quality

Build quality is just passable. The QZ Pro look and feel cheap. The joints are made of dense plastic that feels moderately solid but also makes the hinges stiff. The headband, however, does not feel very solid and once on, adjusting the ear cups is very cumbersome. The sliding mechanism to extend the headband does not feel durable and does not extend very far. The padding on the ear cups and the headband is soft but looks susceptible to wear and tear.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 4.07 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
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5.9

Sound

The Koss QZPro are a poor sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a sub-par bass, a disappointing mid-range, and a poor treble. Additionally, their bass lacks thump and is excessively boomy, their mid-range is overemphasized and muddy, and their treble lacks presence and brightness. Their soundstage and distortion results are also mediocre. On the plus side, their performance is quite consistent from person to person.

5.5 Bass
Std. Err.
:
6.41 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
40.58 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-4.84 dB
Mid-Bass
:
7.13 dB
High-Bass
:
8.08 dB
5.6 Mid
Std. Err.
:
5.87 dB
Low-Mid
:
7.26 dB
Mid-Mid
:
5.5 dB
High-Mid
:
3.13 dB
3.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
7.56 dB
Low-Treble
:
-9.46 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-5.31 dB
High-Treble
:
-5.75 dB
8.4 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.31 dB
8.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.43
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.19
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.66
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.81
7.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.74 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
5.37 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.48 dB
Openness
:
6.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.8
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.27 dB
6.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
51.181
Weighted THD @ 100
:
76.224
5.1

Isolation

The QZ Pro have disappointingly weak noise isolation performance. The active noise cancelling just generates a hiss that does nothing to block ambient noise from disturbing your listening experience. The poor isolation is not recommended for use in anything but a quiet environment. The placement of the earcups will make an imperfect seal certain heads. On the upside, they do prevent a fair amount of sound leakage if the fit is right.

3.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-10.4 dB
Bass
:
-0.16 dB
Mid
:
-7.38 dB
Treble
:
-24.21 dB
Self-Noise
:
24.64 dB

Poor isolation overall. The passive isolation is decent, but starts relatively late - at around 800Hz - and only providing -30db (the minimum acceptable value) at 10Khz. The active noise-cancelling performance is even worse, starting to work above 100Hz and barely crossing 10dB of reduction at 400Hz.

7.5 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
36.74 dB

Very good leakage performance. If they fit well and you get a good seal, listening at moderate volumes will not bother the people around you.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
7.2

Active Features

The QZPro only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless features or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, the AAA cell delivers up to 40 hours of continuous playback.

8.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Battery Life
:
40 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No

The Quiet Zone Pro can last up to 40 hours of continuous playtime at average volumes. This gives them an above-average battery life and means you won't have to change the triple AAA battery as often, which is great for long flights or road trips. Unfortunately, they do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer but can continue playing audio even when the battery is completely drained.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

4.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  • Koss Quiet Zone Pro Headphones
  • Airline adapter
  • Manual

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5.3 Mixed Usage
The QZ-Pro are not good everyday headphones. They don't isolate well. They have a poor sound quality, and they're bulky and cumbersome, heavy and leaky for casual use.
5.9 Critical Listening
Not good for critical listening. They have a bass-heavy sound quality and their closed back design limits their soundstage.
5.0 Commute/Travel
Not suitable for commuting. They're noise isolation is weak and does not block enough ambient noise fo busy commutes.
5.7 Sports/Fitness
Not designed for sports. They have a poor control scheme and they're bulky and unstable.
5.0 Office
Not good for office for office use. They have a poor control scheme, they're not too comfortable and poorly isolate listeners. On the upside, they don leak too much
5.2 TV
Average for home theater use. They have no latency since they're wired but have a mediocre-at best sound that may not be ideal for watching movies. Unfortunately, they also have a short audio cable, so they won't be the ideal headphones to comfortably watch movies with from you couch.

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