The Koss QZ900 are comfortable mid-tier heaphones that deliver decent noise isolation and passable but bass-heavy audio reproduction. However, the all-plastic build and lack of adequate in-line controls make them feel cheap and less durable.
- Lightweight and comfortable.
- Great seal, leaks very little sound.
- Poor in-line control options.
- All plastic build, feels cheap.
- Bass-heavy audio reproduction.
The QZ900 are a comfortable set of headphones that feel a little cheap and provide very little control over your audio. Button layout is virtually non-existent, only offering volume controls and the all-plastic design does not seem sturdy or durable. On the upside, the well-padded earcups are soft and comfortable, although they might be a little small for larger ears.
The QZ900 look surprisingly good, if a little cheap because of the all-plastic esthetic. The two-tone silver and black ear cups are oval and cushioned with a soft, black padding. The headband is also coated with black padding and the frame is a dense black plastic which works with the overall esthetic but looks cheap.
The QZ900s are surprisingly comfortable. The plush, well-padded ear cups mold well around the ears and the headband does not apply too much pressure. The all-plastic design also keeps them light, which adds to the comfort. The ear cups are a little small, however, so depending on the ear size, they might not be as comfortable for everyone.
Button layout is simple but inefficient at giving you any sense of control over your music. There's one noise cancelling switch on the the right ear cup, which is easy to use, but the provided in-line audio cable has only volume controls and no play/stop button, which is disappointing.
The Koss QZ900 have a more compact frame than some the over-ear headphones, which makes them, moderately portable. They will fit in relatively small bags or handbags. However, their earcups do not lay flat or fold up to take less space. They're too cumbersome to carry around on your person and will not fit into any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.
Comes with a soft case that will protect the headphones from scratches and minor falls. However, it will not shield the headphones from water damage, and the fabric that covers the case feels a bit loose and susceptible to wear and tear.
The plastic build quality does not seem the most durable and feels a little cheap. The ear cups and headband are well padded and the headphones don't creak as much as you would expect an all-plastic design to. However, the lack of any metal joints or frame affects the sturdiness and the overall build quality of the QZ900.
The QZ900 overpower bass in their audio reproduction, which results in mediocre-sounding headphones. Clarity in the mids is low and distortion is of concern at moderate-to-high volumes. Fans of bass-heavy music may appreciate the audio profile more than others, as long as they don't mind the slightly muddy vocals and instruments.
Decent, yet overly hyped performance. The response is very well extended and relatively flat, but it's over-emphasized by about 7dB over the entire bass range. The resulting sound is deep and punchy, but introduces boominess, muddiness, and tonal imbalance to the bass audio reproduction.
Very good overall performance. The slight high-mid bump at 2KHz adds a bit of a honky and nasally quality to the sound.
Poor performance. The entire treble range is under-emphasized, which combined with the hyped bass results in a muffled and lifeless sound.
High harmonic distortion, even at lower volumes. At 90dB SPL, distortion hovers around 1% for a good while, and at 100dB rises up to 5%.
The QZ900 are decent noise cancelling headphones. The earcups are well-padded and deliver a good seal that leaks very little sound, and the active noise cancelling does a decent job of nullifying ambient noise. They won't cancel all the ambient noise from your daily commute but they work well enough to not disappoint under noisy conditions.
Great passive noise isolation starting at 500Hz and up to 6KHz, where it reaches -40dB of attenuation. The active noise-cancelling however, is not as effective. Adding just over 10dB of reduction from 40Hz to 200Hz.
Very good leakage performance, considering these are over-ear headphones. You shouldn't worry about leakage when listening to these headphones at moderate volumes.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Koss Quiet Zone 900 Headphones
- Audio cable
- Carrying case