Reddit Reddit reviews Koss 155954 VC20 Volume Control, Standard Packaging

We found 55 Reddit comments about Koss 155954 VC20 Volume Control, Standard Packaging. Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.

Audio Headphones
Earbud & In-Ear Headphones
Koss 155954 VC20 Volume Control, Standard Packaging
Volume control provides convenient level adjustment from headphones39" cordConnects to any 3.5mm plug90-day limited warrantyIncludes pocket/belt clip for convenient positioningCan be used with any portable music deviceConnects to any 0.125-inch headphone jackMinijack iPhone compatible plug (not gold plated)Lifetime warranty
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55 Reddit comments about Koss 155954 VC20 Volume Control, Standard Packaging:

u/e39 · 9 pointsr/RetroPie

It really depends on the level of complexity you want to get into.

Want something that will take you 4 minutes to put together? Here's what you need:

  • Official Raspberry Pi screen
  • Raspberry Pi screen and board case - There's 2 major options here. Option 1 or Option 2
  • A portable battery pack - This one is just an example, there's so many to choose from with size and weight being the biggest factors.

    Again, this is hassle-free and the quickest route to go. What you'll still need:

  • Bluetooth controller
  • Headphones

    I can go into more detail if you're interested in something like this.


    EDIT: Sounds like there's some interest, so here's my additional notes.

    First off, let me say that I do not take any credit for this idea. I was pushed-over-the-top by this Reddit post. With that said, I can add my personal experience onto things.


    About the case - Like I mentioned earlier, there's 2 major options for the case, both with pros and cons. In no particular order ...

    Option 1: LoveRPi Premium Black Case for Official Raspberry Pi 7" Touch Screen Display and Camera

  • Pro - The case is very compact. There's room to affix a small battery onto the backside of it.
  • Pro - The case comes with shortened cables (when compared to what's bundled with the Official Screen). This keeps the wire clutter down to a minimum.
  • Neutral - Upon installation, the screen needs to be flipped (sudo nano /boot/config.txt ... add "display_rotate=2" to it). This isn't a deal breaker, but it was necessary for the case's functional design.
  • Neutral - There's no easy way to have the HDMI port become the active visual output upon cable connection. There's no simple toggle for this.
  • Con - The viewing angle is very difficult at times. With most portable consoles, you adjust the screen to meet your head's angle. Although possible, it's not easy.

    Option 2: Case for the Official Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen Display - Adjustable angle

  • Pro - The case allows for 3 major viewing angles. Although it's not 100 adjustable, it's better than nothing.
  • Neutral - There's no easy way to have the HDMI port become the active visual output upon cable connection. There's no simple toggle for this.
  • Con - For 100% portable gaming users, the solution isn't fully enclosed. You can poke the ribbon cable. You can touch a GPIO pin.
  • Con - Size. It's bit bigger than the other case and there's no room to flush mount a battery pack.


    About the audio output - The 3.5mm headphone jack becomes your primary audio output. There's a way to control the volume output on the RetroPie's menu screens. Unless you have in-line volume controls on your headphones, you may need something like this..


    Personally, I went with the LoveRPi Premium Black Case, Aukey battery, a shortened power cable, and the Koss VC20 Volume control.

    I don't have pictures with me, but the setup is pretty efficient. I didn't have to solder, cut any cables, or anything crazy. Connect the bits, tuck the cables, and go.
u/duckmurderer · 6 pointsr/windowsphone

Just a little something to consider.

Turn your phone volume to 1 and use this to limit it further.

u/PurpleTittyKitty · 5 pointsr/wiiu

Here's a nifty little item that might work for you, if you have a way to use component cables instead of hdmi/dvi conversion You could just plug your headphones directly into the wii u sound output. Hopefully your headphones have a volume control, but if not you could just get one of those, too

u/drfine2 · 4 pointsr/cassetteculture

is it rotating? thinking you might have let it go to a place beyond the notch of 10 when you put the cover back on.

I got a thing I use, anyway, I'll edit with a link of an inline volume control, extremely hard to find when just clicking around amazon.

And congrats on the repair!

u/DamageIncorporated · 4 pointsr/Android

I had the same issue - wanted a lower volume at work when listening to music. I ended up buying something like this:

u/alark · 3 pointsr/raspberry_pi

Really? Good for you, I had no idea anyone would try this.

Here is the part list, the bone cost ~$100, just fyi. Here are my notes and the parts list:

Battery: $20

Raspberry Pi:$30

The power boost didn't work, the setup drew too much current, and I had to buy the 1000c. The case is build for the 500c, so I had to file the powerboost chip down a tiny bit to get it to fit. Make sure wires coming from powerboost can handle ~1A, I suggest 20-22 gauge wires.

Also, I use a volume control knob to help my volume situation:

And small ~1 inch speakers:

The LCD screen works, but you have to remove the top left voltage transformation chip and tap into the 3rd pin to get the 5 V to the rest of the screen. Also, I bought a cheaper version of the same screen.

u/Plazmunky · 3 pointsr/gamecollecting

You don't need the converter to handle your audio. If you're just connecting to speakers, convert the RCA plugs into the 3.5mm jack with a cheap, simple adapter cable. I can link you the specfic cable you need if you describe your audio setup more specifically.

If you're using headphones, you'll need a volume adjuster in addition to the cable:

Usually speakers have the 3.5mm male jack hanging off. If that's the case for you, this is the cable you need:

Speakers usually have some sort of headphone jack, use that if needed so you won't need the volume adjuster. That's only if you're plugging headphones directly into the console's plugs.

u/exobuzz · 3 pointsr/RetroPie

>To remove hiss or static or white noise when using the 3.5mm headphone jack:

> Run at the command line: sudo nano /boot/config.txt and insert at the bottom of the file: disable_audio_dither=1
turn up Retropie volume to 100% in the settings menu in the program.
> get an inline volume control:
Another option is to set audio_pwm_mode=2 in the same config - this is a new audio driver that should significantly improve the sound quality - see

with disable_audio_dither=1 or audio_pwm_mode=2 audio is fine here.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/buildapc

>I'm pretty sure you can be unimpressed by some 200$ headphones, doesn't mean every cheaper headphones are shit. There are dozens of headsets in a wide range of price and quality; but the 2 you tested convinced you that they are all shit?

No, and they're not "all shit", nor did I ever say that they're "all shit". The two digs on headsets I put in this article were followed by "xD" and ";P". I was joking.

Having said that, knowing the general business strategy of these companies, they are going to turn in inferior products.

"Easier to get on and off your head".


Anyway, if someone wants a volume control, they can get one for $7.Personally, I'm not a fan and would rather use the volume up/down from Windows on my keyboard.

A mic-mute button, okay, touche.

There aren't "plenty of things" to consider, though. Sound quality, build quality, mic quality, comfort, and the type of connection are really all that make up a headset/set of headphones.

u/warinthestars · 3 pointsr/audio

You could get a headphone amp, which will work just fine, or you can try a cheaper solution and get an inline volume control:

u/veni_vidi_vale · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/ManiacalV · 3 pointsr/gadgets

Something like this?

u/friendlysockpuppet · 2 pointsr/flying

I had the same setup and encountered the same issue with the audio level being way too hot for the recorder and coming out distorted. The solution was to get this $10 volume control cable to bring it down to the right level, and it's been working perfectly.

u/PanchoBarrancas · 2 pointsr/headphones

I see. Well, I haven't found an inline volume control for TRRS jacks. If you are willing to through the hassle the way to do it would be ditching the usb card that came with your headphones and use a splitter so you can plug them straight to your computer, and the using an inline voulme control with the audio plug for that purpose.

u/kimikaze30 · 2 pointsr/ZReviews
u/ressis74 · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/BreakfastPizzas · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Posted this question a couple of weeks back, but it got buried so I wanted to ask one more time...

I've currently got my U-Turn Orbit Plus hooked up to a Rolls VP29 Preamp and I'm trying to figure out the best way to use headphones to listen to it. The preamp has a headphone output jack which is great, but there is no way to control the volume so when I hook up my headphones it's blasting at max volume. Would something like this help with that?
I'd like to be able to use headphones without having to purchase a headphone amp or a receiver if possible. I'll probably end up getting a receiver in the future, but I was wondering if this would be a cheap way to make this work right now.

u/ClefAria · 2 pointsr/letsplay

This has served me well for years.

Koss VC20 Volume Control

u/fizekul · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

Ok, then you might want something like this:

It is an analog volume adjustment. Plug it into your Dragonfly and then plug your headphones into this. The knob will allow you to fine adjust the volume. It's basically just an adjustable resistor. It will not amplify your sound -- only reduce the volume of whatever comes into it. But it sounds like you don't want amplification, so this should work.

u/thermospore · 2 pointsr/Cd_collectors

I use a Durabrand CD-566 I bought at walmart for $15 in 2006. It sounds pretty good, however there is a catch: The designers have it spit out line level audio constantly and the volume buttons just lower the volume digitally before sending it to the DAC (therefore lowering the resolution of the audio). This seems to be some hair-brained power saving technique. The effect is that there is a TON of noise in the signal when you turn the volume down to acceptable levels for earbuds.

I worked around this by turning the volume up all the way on the player (the noise stays at the same level regardless of the volume setting) and lowering it back down with an analog pot (think this). This effectively "lowers" the noise to inaudible levels.

Batteries (two AAs) last quite long. I have been going for at least 5 hours now and no low battery notification yet.

Sorry for wall of text

Edit: it's pretty durable too; I've dropped it a couple times onto hard floors while it was running and it still works

u/shadyinternets · 2 pointsr/LogitechG

cheapest way is probably just an inline volume control, which should do what your old headset did

u/chronotopia · 2 pointsr/gaming

If you've got a standard 3.5mm pair of headphones, you can just buy an extension cable with volume adjust.

Something like this

There is almost certainly a way to do it through software, but it's probably difficult and might not even work with your stream.

Also: you might try /r/techsupport

Where/how are you streaming?

u/dont_judge_me_monkey · 1 pointr/audio

can a volume attenuator increase volume or only lower it, say this for exmaple? vs an amp

u/AlexKnolly · 1 pointr/motorcycles

This is the one I used. I glued it to the back of my phone mount and the dial was small and I couldn't feel it that well, but since the control itself was fixed to the phone mount it was easy to turn the dial.

u/fixed_1978 · 1 pointr/relationship_advice

I do something similar with my phone, but leave it on the night stand screen side down. I sleep on my side and use these comfy earbuds just put in one ear in at a time (which ever ear is not on the pillow). I also found this volume limiter, which allows me to set the volume lower than the minimum level of the phone. Finally, I use sleep timer apps to stop what I am listening to after 30 minutes or so.

u/NorseSock · 1 pointr/ZReviews

You could buy an inline volume control for the headphones if you want to go the cheap route.

u/jperryss · 1 pointr/crtgaming

If you use just an RCA to minijack cable as others have mentioned, you're going to be getting 100% volume on your headphones with no way to control it. You'll need either a headphone amp or an in-line volume control along with the cable. Something like this will work.

u/Seideew · 1 pointr/PS4

how about an adapter? i might be getting something like this once i look into it more
this way you can use whatever earbuds you want!

u/Raptor007 · 1 pointr/VintageApple

Yeah, unfortunately it seems to be hard-coded to maximize the system volume when it starts, and it stays that way. You could connect your headphones through something with volume control, either an audio receiver or something like this.

u/zosis · 1 pointr/techsupport

I don't see any issue here? Your headphones don't require a lot of power to get loud and the computer can output more than enough. Just leave the volume down low enough to be comfortable?

If you really need a solution, you can get cables which will reduce the volume going through them.

u/sik-sik-siks · 1 pointr/audio

Something like this would do the job.

u/thatgermanperson · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

What do you mean by "to be able to control audio output using a knob". Do you mean volume? For that you could also get something like this to put in between your PC and headphones or speakers...


>Audioengine D1 Premium 24-bit DAC

>Audioengine D1 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) allows you to bypass your computer's soundcard or headphone output and send audio through USB or optical. D1 is the perfect digital interface between your computer and music system and will improve the sound of ALL your music.


>The D1 accepts inputs from both USB and optical and has outputs for any audio system or headphones. The D1 DAC is the perfect way to get great-sounding music not only from your computer but also from your TV, Apple TV, DVD/BluRay player or CD player. And since it's powered by USB, D1 is also a high-quality portable computer headphone amplifier.

>Designed for the Computer Audiophile

>D1 will process digital audio at any bit depth up to 24 bits and any sample rate to 192KHz. With it's high signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion the D1 delivers sound quality generally heard only in more expensive DACs. The high-performance headphone output was designed for a wide range of headphones and will satisfy even the most demanding headphone enthusiasts.

>Easy Setup

>Setup is easy and no special software is needed, making D1 a true plug-and-play solution. The D1 outputs connect to any audio system or powered speakers, such as the Audioengine A5+ or A2. Power for the D1 is provided via the USB bus so there is no external power supply to connect.

Well it's supposed to be a high quality external soundcard (can't tell if their claim is true). It supports up to 10k Ohms headphones, whereas on-board sound cards usually struggle with 200 Ohms.

u/VoiceOfTruthiness · 1 pointr/techsupport

Okay, I just looked at the product. It's a cheap piece of crap. It's marketed as a 7.1 sound card when it only has a connection for headphones (definitely 2.0 sound). I think you are out of luck.

I think an inline volume control is the only solution to your problem. Perhaps something like this?:

I have no experience with this product. It is just the first one I saw that seemed to do the trick and was low cost to boot.

u/manirelli · 1 pointr/buildapc

why not just toss one of these on there?

You most likely won't be able to do front panel with having a sound card in the system

u/losdelfuego · 1 pointr/RetroPie

From (The "disable audio dither" worked for me):

To remove hiss or static or white noise when using the 3.5mm headphone jack:

-Run at the command line: sudo nano /boot/config.txt and insert at the bottom of the file: disable_audio_dither=1

-turn up Retropie volume to 100% in the settings menu in the program.

-get an inline volume control:

-Another option is to set audio_pwm_mode=2 in the same config - this is a new audio driver that should significantly improve the sound quality - see

u/sandalscout · 1 pointr/motorcycles

I use these:

with this:

I recall I payed about $35 shipped from Canada for the speakers. They took several adjustments to get them were I could hear them and not pinch my ears, but they work fine. The amplifier was needed, in my case, but you might not need/want it.

I mounted one of these on the outside of the tank bag to control volume easily:

I'm planning on replacing this wired/power combo (I power the amp via an SAE/Cig lighter/USB Charger in my tank bag) with a Syphon Soundwrap in October, this will allow me to ditch 4 components and 4 cables.

Current setup works fine, new setup should be even better.

u/jprice111 · 1 pointr/techsupport

Oh I misunderstood, the only thing I can think of is something like this

u/FreewarePirate · 1 pointr/PS3

Do you still have your composite cable that came with your PS3?

You can use something like this (a female RCA to female 3.5mm headphone adapter) on the audio end of your cable. This will allow you to do one of the following:

  1. hook up any stereo computer speakers, they will usually have a headphone jack.
  2. if you don't want speakers at all and just want to only use headphones, you can hook your headphones directly in to that. If your headphones don't have volume control, you can get something like this (inline volume control) so you can control volume.
u/7tacoguys · 1 pointr/snowboarding

I got these, tore the headset and ear pieces apart to get only the wires and speaker, threw the speaker in my Red Mutiny helmet, routed the wire out and plugged into a volume control extension and keep that dangling out of my pocket. Works like a charm. The extension is a cheap piece of shit, so I'll have to replace it every season, but considering it's only $5, it's not bad. Sound quality is pretty good, but will never beat riding with Bose IE2 like I used to (I prefer the convenience and comfort of having speakers in my helmet as compared to having separate ear buds).

I think there's a tutorial online somewhere on how to properly deconstruct these headphones.

u/32Xsaturn · 1 pointr/Gamecube

You could always get something like this

I use that with everything I listen to through headphones, and have never had any problems that weren't my own fault. Not only will it let you control the volume, but it will also work as kind of an extension cable.

u/Se7enLC · 1 pointr/MotoX

Inline volume on headphones is universal. It doesn't care if it's Android, iOS, or a Sony Walkman from 1985.

Something like this should work fine:

Edit: the thing you linked to is some kind of weird proprietary use of the buttons. Just using a normal analog volume dial will do what you want for a fraction of the cost and complexity. And you will likely be able to find earphones that have a built in knob, too.

u/Not_A_Red_Stapler · 1 pointr/headphones

Good question...

I have three headphones with volume dials.

The first is Koss KTXPRO1, found here on Amazon.

The second is the Altec Lansing im716:,2817,1897753,00.asp

And the third is a pair of Ultimate Ears headphones, which are my favorite. But I don't know what the model is.

I also have something similar to this for earphones that don't have an inline dial.

u/flyingwok · 1 pointr/Fitness

I rock a pair of Monoprice 108320 Enhanced Bass Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earphones. I pair them up with some Comply T-400 foam tips. This gives them a more secure fit and improves the noise isolation. That said, the noise isolation isn't 100%, which is fine for me because I use them while running outside, but YMMV.

While running they stay in well, sound pretty good and I route the wires over and around the back of my ears to keep them out of the way. The cable does have a problem with microphonics (rustling sound through the earbuds) if it rubs against stuff, but I haven't noticed it while running. I route the cable under my shirt to a waist belt with my music player to keep it out of the way which I think also reduces the microphonics.

They're not the greatest earphones but they only cost $10 so are ultimately disposable if they get damaged. For $10 they sound pretty great. They're no match for more prosumer/audiophile gear, but with all the sweat flying around I prefer to stick with something cheaper. Speaking of sweat, I sweat a lot while running and they've held up well so far without issues.

Also, if in-line volume control is needed, you can also pair it (or any other earphone) with this: Koss VC20 Volume Control

u/WishIHadAComputer · 1 pointr/buildapc

To answer your other two questions, The Audio Technica AT2020 is undoubtably one of the best USB mics available. PewDiePie used one for a long time in his videos.

I'm not sure about the volume control, but you can try something like this. I mean, you can't really go wrong with $8.

u/robertmeta · 1 pointr/headphones (inline volume control should also fix the issue)

u/criose · 1 pointr/headphones

An inline volume control like this could help. It acts as a voltage divider and routes some of the signal that would go to each driver to ground instead.

u/sk9592 · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've never heard of motherboard audio volume being so loud that even 10% was too much. Are you sure the volume slide is actually doing anything?

If this really is an issue, I would try much cheaper solutions first before investing in a sound card.

Try out something like this in line volume control to further reduce the volume:

u/darkstar3333 · 1 pointr/pcgaming
u/GothamCountySheriff · 0 pointsr/vinyl

This (or something similar) may be useful:

Unless your problem is the output is too quiet, in which case you need a headphone amp.

u/floodbit · 0 pointsr/headphones

After googling around a little voila:

That one was the first one I found so maybe there's more, but it's a start eh ?