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Koss Porta Pros headphone review

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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Build

I never know where to start on these reviews, but I'll start it from the top.

The headband is 2 thin strips of aluminum.

It would have been nice to incorporate a cover so tiny hairs don't get cought, as pulling hairs out of your scalp hurts, a lot.

I would have also liked to see some notches so it stays the size you want it as I have to hold the headband where I want as I put them on,

 

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There is a small metal clip so when folded up you can clip it and make it even smaller.

The earpads are just a little thick for being put in a pocket when folded up, but they still remain pretty small. They do come with a small pouch that they fit in when folded.

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For some reason someone thought these little tabs were a great idea.

it goes from light to firm and only adjusts the angle of the earcups. They don't clip in, and it gets reset to firm if you fold up the earcups.

I might consider using them if they locked in a position, but it doesn't seem to change much anyway so I just leave it at firm.

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Sound

Innerfidelity graphs here

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/KossPortaPro.pdf

 

 

BASS, WOW, you like bass get these, there's tons of it.

Fortunately they don't just out shake all the mids and treble, but they are recessed in comparison.

They still remain to sound composed and fairly linear(not neutral flat, but I feel they lack severe dips/peaks) even having as much bass as they do.

 

My Ideal phone would have lower bass and much more treble, but at $35 for something portable, I can't complain.

 

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Final Thoughts

Not a perfect headphone, but they only cost $35

If they were my main headphone, I think I would have still been happy with them if they cost twice what I paid.


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Good review although I really don't like the look of these still can't complain for the price

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Nice review! Other than loosing a hair each  time you take them off, like you mantioned i think this is about as much "bang for the buck" as you can get. Girlfriend using them as we speak,(advantage of longer hair seems to be that it doesn't get caught in the headband  :) Not my primays, but I've recommended them to  several freinds who also seem very pleased.

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My dad actually loves these headphones and seems to think of these as the best he's ever tried so far, he has quite a lot of bass in his music and I think that's what he's come to love in headphones :P I'l get him to listen to my Sennheiser HD202s when they arrive and see what he thinks but tbh these headphones are amazing, I used them for about 4 months and they are extremely comfortable and their openness gives such a natural sound :P tbh I agree that if I had payed double (or payed at all xD) I would have been quite happy for these, the build quality is quite bad though I must say as they snapped after I dropped my bag about 30cm off the ground which was the end of them :P I got a second pair though which I proceeded to lose :( oh and I forgot, they leak like crazy, DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT USE THEM FOR PRON!


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more phone pics with LED strip lighting, yay

 

Build

I never know where to start on these reviews, but I'll start it from the top.

The headband is 2 thin strips of aluminum.

It would have been nice to incorporate a cover so tiny hairs don't get cought, as pulling hairs out of your scalp hurts, a lot.

I would have also liked to see some notches so it stays the size you want it as I have to hold the headband where I want as I put them on,

 

 

There is a small metal clip so when folded up you can clip it and make it even smaller.

The earpads are just a little thick for being put in a pocket when folded up, but they still remain pretty small. They do come with a small pouch that they fit in when folded.

 

 

For some reason someone thought these little tabs were a great idea.

it goes from light to firm and only adjusts the angle of the earcups. They don't clip in, and it gets reset to firm if you fold up the earcups.

I might consider using them if they locked in a position, but it doesn't seem to change much anyway so I just leave it at firm.

 

Sound

Innerfidelity graphs here

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/KossPortaPro.pdf

 

BASS, WOW, you like bass get these, there's tons of it.

Fortunately they don't just out shake all the mids and treble, but they are recessed in comparison.

They still remain to sound composed and fairly linear(not neutral flat, but I feel they lack severe dips/peaks) even having as much bass as they do.

 

My Ideal phone would have lower bass and much more treble, but at $35 for something portable, I can't complain.

 

Final Thoughts

Not a perfect headphone, but they only cost $35

If they were my main headphone, I think I would have still been happy with them if they cost twice what I paid.

 

Nice to see these still getting reviewed after what.... 20+ years of production? What they lack in "regular" design they make up for in sheer portability and bass-end sound, even if the mids and highs are a wee bit muddled. Biggest feature? Assisting cancer research supporters donate their hair - one strand at a time.


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Good review although I really don't like the look of these still can't complain for the price

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nice review, but i cant stand on ear heaphones..


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My biggest problem with Koss headphones is not the sound, but the braces that hold the elements on to your ears. Even when put in "firm" setting it does not do the elements in the ear peaces justice. If they only had tacked on a couple of more bucks to make the braces more robust I wouldn't think twice about buying them as a gift, which was an option at Christmas. Better braces, turn down the "Bass-Boost" and I think the Koss line would be considerably better.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

How would you compare these to your 8323s?

I have some comparisons in my monoprice review.

link can be found in my sig.


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Reviews: Meelec CC51P - Monoprice 8323 - Koss Porta Pros  - Shure SRH-440 - Shure SRH-550DJShure SRH-840 - Hifiman He-500 - iBasso D4 - o2 Amplifier  -  SkeletonDac

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Found the loss of hair by far the biggeat problem with theese headphones, other than that it's awesome sound, considering the price. 

A solution to this would be to grow longer hair, my gf uses the porta pros, after I upgraded to Senn 380Pros, and I haven't heard her complain once on this issue, nor have I noticed any bald spots =P

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