Porta Proby Koss

  • Porta Pro
  • Porta Pro
  • Porta Pro
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
85%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The bass notes are rich and thick with detailed resolution in the mids and highs.
  • With their carrying pouch and collapsible design, these lightweight, plastic on-ear headphones make great travel companions.
  • Porta Pro gives you excellent value for the money.

CONS

  • The retro vibe might not suit your tastes.
  • The headband is adjustable through sliding pieces that can get caught in your hair.
  • Although otherwise suited to use in the gym, these headphones leak sound. What's more, they are neither sweat- nor water-resistant.
A true classic, the Koss Porta Pro has been shipping in its current form since 1984. Koss must be doing something right with these on-ear earphones, which combine a retro-looking, easily collapsible design with some of the best audio you're likely to find in the budget category. After folding into a compact ball, the headphones can be clipped together. A funky feature called the Comfort Zone offers three mechanical settings for adjusting the tension of the earpiece against your head. An even less costly version of the product, dubbed the Sporta Pro, leaves out the Comfort Zone.
NamePorta ProGrindHi-Fi Over-the-Ear HeadphonesHD 280 ProSRH144
ManufacturerKossSkullcandyMonopriceSennheiserShure
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List Price$50$60$25$100$40
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The high end is something special in these headphones. The highs are kind of toned down and not very bright, but in a surprisingly positive …

The high end is something special in these headphones. The highs are kind of toned down and not very bright, but in a surprisingly positive way. The decision Koss have made about the high end of the PortaPros enables me – the listener – to be able to listen to music for longer periods of time without any hearing fatigue.

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Koss hit a home run with the PortaPros. Love or hate the design, there's no denying the sound quality here: they're the ideal companion for …

Koss hit a home run with the PortaPros. Love or hate the design, there's no denying the sound quality here: they're the ideal companion for mobile audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts.

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First introduced in 1984, the Koss Porta Pro has become a bit of a bargain-basement legend in the audiophile community. The design hasn't be…

First introduced in 1984, the Koss Porta Pro has become a bit of a bargain-basement legend in the audiophile community. The design hasn't been altered in those 24 odd years, giving the Porta Pro a rather dated but lovable look, but it's a case of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' These are surprisingly comfortable headphones, the overlapping metal bands providing a solid grip on your head while the two foam pads above the ear-cups keep any pressure on your skull and not your ears.

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The physical design of these cans is quite unusual, and telling in that it was designed long before the wealth of headphones we see today. T…

The physical design of these cans is quite unusual, and telling in that it was designed long before the wealth of headphones we see today. They are very obviously the result of innovation across the board, and developed without the context of an array of competitive products. Quite unique.

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From typeface to pad shape, it’s got this 1990s this-is-what-2030-will-look-like prophetic thing going on. Especially today, it will turn he…

From typeface to pad shape, it’s got this 1990s this-is-what-2030-will-look-like prophetic thing going on. Especially today, it will turn heads. Probably hipster heads.

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While much has changed in the last 26 years, especially in the world of technology, Koss' PortaPro headphones have stubbornly stood the test…

While much has changed in the last 26 years, especially in the world of technology, Koss' PortaPro headphones have stubbornly stood the test of time. First introduced in 1984, the PortaPros are still on sale today with a design that has remained essentially unchanged. Koss has apparently sold quite a lot of 'em over the years, too—enough to inspire a special edition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their initial release.

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The reason most budget headphones have light, plasticine foam is because it’s soft to the touch, and lighter cans can get away with it becau…

The reason most budget headphones have light, plasticine foam is because it’s soft to the touch, and lighter cans can get away with it because it helps them to be very comfortable. That’s what you get with the Koss Porta Pros: a super light set of headphones that softly cradle your head. It’s very easy to forget you’re wearing them.

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These are Cult of Mac’s favorite headphones. You should buy them. Preferably now.

These are Cult of Mac’s favorite headphones. You should buy them. Preferably now.

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To top it all off, Koss offers a no-questions-asked life-time warranty. If anything happens, you just send‘em in, pay for shipping and you g…

To top it all off, Koss offers a no-questions-asked life-time warranty. If anything happens, you just send‘em in, pay for shipping and you get a new pair! All of this together makes the Porta Pro an easy recommendation for anyone who is new to audio or needs an open headphone for use on the go ...

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