Koss Porta Pro Review
Get to know the Koss Porta Pros, a set of bargain headphones that provide good audio in a portable package.
Get to know the Koss Porta Pros, a set of bargain headphones that provide good audio in a portable package, but not much else. At their price point, it’s hard to ask much more of them, but taking these headphones out onto a noisy area will be annoying as they don’t attenuate any noise.
Comfort Design & Features
There’s not a ton to protect the speaker element, but there typically isn’t with headphones at this price point. To the uninitiated, the backs of the Koss Porta Pros look downright bizarre, but they have their own sort of 80’s charm to them, complete with near-useless switches and an odd chrome angular design. Not only is the metal band collapsible, but it is also ultra light and foldable to enhance its portability. Connecting all this to your device is a 3.93 feet long, thin cable.
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.
Considering the price point, not too bad
Most audiophiles will stick their noses up at the Koss Porta Pro's audio quality. Towards the upper mid and high end of the sound spectrum these headphones stray outside of our ideal limits. However, it produces the majority of sounds with an even hand. At under $50, it's hard to not say that these cans are cost-effective.
That's not to say that the Porta Pro doesn't have its fatal flaws. Possibly the largest is its inability to attenuate sound. Despite their billing as cans made for going outdoors, the Koss Porta Pros don’t attenuate much noise at all. You should be able to hear everything that goes on around you virtually unimpeded: cars will be loud, coworkers will continue to be annoying, and crying babies will make your ears bleed. On-ear headphones typically leak a bunch of noise, and the Koss Porta Pros take this to a whole new level of annoying if you listen to your tunes loudly, as well.
You'll be able to listen to your tunes quite loudly, should you wish it. Be reassured that the Koss Porta Pros can hang with the best of them up until about 115.73dB before reaching a 3% level of distortion, which is more than your typical iPod can output.
Great audio for the price.
Considering their price point, it’s really hard to ask much more of the Koss Porta Pros. Not only are they extremely portable, but they’re comfortable, and have good audio for about $50, and that is one heck of a bargain if you’re looking for entry-level headphones.
There are tradeoffs, however, especially if you use your smartphone to listen to music. There is no remote or microphone, they aren’t that durable, and they don’t attenuate basically any noise. Still though, they do fit their intended role as affordable, portable audio quality, and that alone is laudable.
If you’re hurting for cash, or you just don’t want to spend a lot to get a lot, the Koss Porta Pros are a good way to get decent headphones for a low price, as long as you’re okay with their known limitations. If you’re in the market for comfort, portability, and entry-level price, the Koss Porta Pros fit the bill famously.
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