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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.