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KOSS PortaPro headphones review
Koss PortaProis one of the best over ear headphone under $50 due to the sound quality and impressive design.
Koss: company profile
Koss is well known and respectful company among musicians and studio professionals. Koss high quality headphones are in the list of the best headbuds and the best in ear headphones. Koss headphones compete with such brands as Sennheiser and AKG. There are 16 lines of headphone models manufactured by Koss for professional and home use. KOSS is paying a lot of attention to its consumer segment. The company developed an extensive line of headphones for portable devices. At least two models of Koss headphones “The Plug” and Porta Pro became a legend in the consumers’ world. There were a multiple factors of such success but the main of them are still the same: best quality sound for a small amount of money. The cost of Koss PortaPro is less than $50. “The Plig” is even cheaper. Koss PortaPro could be taken as an etalon in the list of the best over ear headphones under $50 price category.
Koss PortaPro design
The first model of Koss PortaPro was introduced back in 1984. Surprisingly since that time the design of Koss PortaPro headphones did not change much.
Koss PortaPro over ear headphones are a medium sized. They made in a folding form factor with a metal headband that consists of two thin metal plates moving freely in relation to each other. Koss PortaPro speakers are able to change their angle relative to the headband providing additional comfort in wearing headphones. Convenient size adjustment allows a very compact fold of the headphones for transportation.
The headphones have a standard 3.5mm mini jack plug type and comes bundled with an adapter for 6.3mm professional format .
Koss PortaPto headphones are made from durable plastic that has a sufficient strength to serve for several years. All parts of the head[hones are stamped and assembled accurately. Hinges and guides solidly fixed at their locations.
Headphone ear pads and special lining are made of black foam. Black, blue and silver colors are used in Koss PortaPro headphones. Such colors generally fits into almost any style of dress. Though it might be not a good idea to wear them with a business suit. Overall design of headphone is considered quite successful. They look surprisingly modern especially taking into account silver color parts and a metal headband.
Headphone cord has a length of 1.2 meters and a fairly large thickness. High thickness means greater reliability. Unfortunately, by virtue of design features, a separate wire is supplied to each of the headphones , unlike many current models , where the main wire is fed to one of the earphone and the second signal transmitted on the headband .
Porta Pro is reliable and durable headphones that can withstand intensive daily usage for at least a couple years .
Koss PortaPro sound quality
The popularity of Porta Pro is based not only on perfect design and a relatively low price. The main factor of popularity is the sound quality. Koss PortaPro headphones provide one of the best sound quality in the class. However do not expect too much from $50 headphones. Indeed, Koss PortaPro headphones reproduce excellent basses. In this matter Koss PortaPro are comparable with the best models of Panasonic Shockwave. There is no problem with high and medium frequency sounds while at a medium volume level. Vocals and cymbals in rock ‘n roll songs sound very incendiary. However at high volume levels the sound quality of high and medium frequencies becomes worse while listening to music with a player with a powerful amplifier such as Apple iPod.
By the way there is a special Koss PortaPro model for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod – Koss Porta Pro KTC. KTC stands for Koss Touch Control: remote and microphone control features made for iPod, iPhone, and iPod.
Koss PortaPro: Technical Specs
Impedance: 60 ohms
Sensitivity: 101 dB / mW
Frequency: 15 Hz – 25 kHz
Cord Length: 1.2 m
Plug: 3.5 mm, 6.3 mm adapter included
Koss PortaPro: Impressions and summary
Koss PortaPro models are legendary headphones with famous classic design. Koss PortaPro headphones sound is great at a medium volume level. No matter what you are listening loud and dynamic electronic music, rock or hip -hop Koss PortaPro headphones provide superior quality and does not cost an arm and leg.
Xbox Onegaming console sales are starting tomorrow a week after successful start of sales of the main competitor – Sony PlayStation 4. The most of analysts were not able to recognize the winner of competition. So the Big Game is not over. It just started and there are two candidates for the grand price.
PlayStation 4 sales are impressive. Sony was able to sell over a million units on the first day of sales Microsoft start sales of Xbox One a week after, i.e. this Friday , November 22 and also expect high volume of sales.
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Technical Specs comparison
There is not much difference between Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One in terms of technical specifications.
Xbox One is powered by eight cores APU 1.75 GHz processor with Radeon graphics. The console comes with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD and Blue-Ray drive. Connectivity of the console is supported by USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Xbox One comes with the wireless and Kinect 2.0 controllers.
PlayStation 4 has all the same but eight-core processor with AMD Jaguar processor. In addition the console comes with new wireless controller DualShock4 equipped by touchpad, gyroscope, accelerometer and backlight.
Xbox One or PlayStation 4: What console to buy?
Choosing between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is entirely subjective. Technical specification of Xbox ne and PlayStation 4 is almost the same. From one side PS4 has more powerful graphics but Xbox has Kinect sensor. Both platforms are strong in their own way. There is no clear winner of the Big Game.
If you are going to buy a console on Christmas then buy the one that offers the most of your favorite games. Also please take into account that PlayStation 4 positioning as a gaming machine in a contrast with Xbox One that is an entertainment system equally suitable for gaming and for watching your favorite TV shows.
PlayStation 4 review
Last Friday Sony started sales of PlayStation 4 gaming console. The previous version of the console has been released about 7 years ago and was extremely popular.
PlayStation 4 Hardware specs
PlayStation 4 is powered by modern eight-core AMD Jaguar processor with Radeon graphics customized for specific needs of the console. PS4 equipped by 8 GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and Blu-Ray drive. Connectivity of the console is powered by HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Sony PlayStation 4 comes with DualShock 4 Wireless Controller equipped by touchpad , gyroscope, accelerometer and light.
PlayStation 4 reviews by experts
The console got many positive reviews from technical experts. The most exiting features of new Sony PlayStation console are superior quality graphics and brand new controller. Per opinion of several experts DualShock 4 is the best of controllers developed by Sony. It is very convenient. Despite the unusual location of the touch pad to get used to the controller is surprisingly easy.
There are also significant improvement in the console interface as well as service responsible for the delivery of digital content and integration with the PlayStation Network.
The main disadvantage of the console is insufficient number of currently available games. But Sony and partners are working on this issue. They are currently developing over 180 games for PS4.
What users say about PlayStation 4?
Some of the Play Station 4 buyers were complaining on defect console they’ve got. There was a problem while turning on the console. The only visual effect of the turning on of the console was flashing blue lights on the panel but there were no TV signal. Sony technical support was not able to help such customers.
Sony responded to such complaints promptly. The president of Sony Worldwide Studios Syuhey Yoshida said that the percentage of defective PS4 consoles is very low. There were a few isolated incidents.
PlayStation 4 Games
Along with the console Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. presented PlayStation 4 games. The company has announced a total of 15 games, which include «Battlefield 4», «Call of Duty: Ghosts», «Need for Speed: Rivals», «Assassins Creed: Black Flag». Some of these games are already available. Others will be released before the end of the year.
There are other 180 games designed for the PlayStation 4. All of them are currently on development stage. Some of them are adapted versions of popular games that were released on other gaming platforms. Unfortunately Play station 3 games are not compatible with the new console amd may not run on Sony, PlayStation 4.
PlayStation 4 competitors
Microsoft Xbox One is the main competitor of PlayStation. The release date of the new Xbox One console is November 22nd.
PlayStation 4 price and availability
The official price of PlayStation 4 is $399.
PlayStation 3 came out seven years ago. The start of official sales of the new console has caused excitement among gamers. As a result people began to line up in front of electronic stores early in the morning on last Friday. Before the official sales the average price on the console on eBay auction was around $10 000 with the maximum as high as 25 000.
Sales of PlayStation 4 gaming console in North America exceeded 1 million units in the first day. This is the best start for a gaming platform in history.
Sony hopes to sell about 3 million consoles by the end of the calendar year.
IdeaTab Miix2: the smallest Lenovo Windows tablet
Lenovo recently introduced the new IdeaTab Miix2 tablet running under Windows operating system. This is the smallest Windows tablet ever produced by the company. Sales of IdeaTab Miix 2 started in late October.
IdeaTab Miix2: Technical details
IdeaTab Miix 2 comes with 8- inch touchscreen IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels . Device is powered by 4 -core processor Intel Bay Trail processor and runs under the new operating system Windows 8.1. IdeaTab Miix 2 is equipped by 2 GB of RAM and has 32GB of built-in storage Models with 64 and 128 GB of internal storage are also available. In addition IdeaTab Miix2 comes with the slot for microSD cards. Such feature allows significantly expand the storage available for user convenience .
IdeaTab Miix2 has 2 built-in cameras: 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 5 megapixels main rear camera. According to the manufacturer the battery of the tablet provides about 7 hours of continuous operation.
IdeaTab Miix2 is a thin and lightweight device. The shell thickness of the device is about 8 millimeters, and the weight does not exceed 350 grams.
The tablet is offered with a variety of accessories including stylus and cover priced separately. IdeaTab Miix2 comes with per-installed Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition, making it perfect for light productive tasks and Web browsing. Because of the compact size, light weigh and latest Windows operating system with Microsoft Office the tablet could be very helpful for students and frequent travelers. The price of the gadgets seems to be reasonable. IdeaTab Miix2 has a good chance to compete with top Android tablets and iPad mini.
IdeaTab Miix2: Price and availability
IdeaTab Miix2 price is $299. Tablet is not yet released. However the release is expecting in a couple of weeks. Pre-orders are currently offered by some of online stores such as Amazon.
Sales of the newest full-size Apple iPad Air tablet started on Friday, November 1st. The new apple tablet is thinner and lighter than the previous model of iPad. There are also some improvements on design, processor, battery and cameras.
iPad Air Price
The price range for the newest Apple iPad tablet is between $499 to $929 depending on their internal memory capacity as well as networking capabilities.
The cost of Wi-Fi only iPad Air with 16GB of internal memory starts from $499. The price tag starts from $629 on models equipped by additional cellular module.
iPad Air Technical Details
Apple introduced iPad Air the newest generation of iPad last week. It is a fifth generation of Apple full size 9.7- inch tablet.
iPad Air Design
The design of iPad 5 is similar to the one iPad-mini has. The frame around the screen of the table become thinner changing the gadget look to more compact. Glass touch screen of the previous iPad model was replaced by GF2 film based touch screen. As a results of the innovation the body of 5th generation of Apple tablet become thinner 7.5 mm vs 9.4 mm and the overall weight decrease from 652g to 453g
iPad Air colors
Newest iPad will be available in white, silver and dark gray colors. Currently there is no plans to release iPad Air in golden color as it was with iPhone 5S.
iPad Air processor and display
The new device come with famous 9.7 inches high resolution Retina display. New A7 64-biy processor was designed keeping the new iPad generation in mind and therefore we could expect superior graphics performance of the gadget. A7 processor was introduced with iPhone 5S. However it did not have a chance to demonstrate the full power due to the screen size limitations of iPone 5S.
iPad Air Battery
According to Apple the battery life of iPad Air is about 10 hours. Those who already had worked with the new gadget noted the power of batteries. The most of experts claiming that the gadget could work 12 to 13 hours with enabled Wi-Fi.
iPad Air Camera
iPad Air come with improved 5 megapixel iSight camera.
iPad Air other details
The tablet is available with the various range of internal storage starting from 16GB and up to 128 GB.
iPad Air Accessories
IPad Air tablets were just released for the sale but there are tons of accessories already available for them. Here are two of them that are ranked #1 on Amazon Best Sellers list. They are :
- MoKo Apple iPad Air Case – Slim-Fit Case with Stand for 5th Generation of Apple Tablets
- Apple iPad Air (Apple iPad 5) Screen Protector
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