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. The Koss PortaPro emerged in 1984 and famous for it’s retro look unique design and perfect upper tear fidelity. You cannot ague with it’s ability to pump up tons of bass and it’s suitable to cross all genres of music with excellent clarity. Although the Koss PortaPro is not specifically designed for sound isolation, the over-the-ear design does an excellent job of blocking out ambient noise without leaking the music to everyone but taking these headphones out onto a noisy area will be annoying as they don’t attenuate any noise.
The design hasn’t been change internally and externally since it was introduced 29 years ago making it a rather dated but lovable retro look. These headphones are surprisingly comfortable, the overlapping metal bands providing a solid grip on the head while the two foam pads above the ear cups keep any pressure on the skull and not on the ears. Combined with the lightweight materials, this makes the Koss PortaPro the sort of headphones you can just about to forget that you’re wearing.Some people may dislike the 80’s aesthetic but it works for me giving it a classic look. Still, it’s not the design that made the Koss PortaPro name but the sound.
What’s in the box?
Despite the fact that the Koss PortaPro are made of light plastic and metal band, I don’t get the feeling it will suffer much if they’re dropped. The metal band is collapsible, ultra lightweight and fold-able to enhance it’s portability.
The sound is direct, meaty and powerful with bass to spare, yet there’s surprisingly amount of detail in the mids and the highs. The Koss PortaPro blew me away with the range and ability to maintain quality at a high volume. I almost forget just how wonderful it is almost every time as it hits my ears – Heaven! With it’s price range under P2,500, the Koss PortaPro are the headphones to beat.
*** Lovers of loud music should be reassured that the Koss PortaPro can hang with the best of them up until about 115.73 dB which is more than the typical iPod can output.Still, if you manage to max out the volume, I caution you to keep your sessions to a minimum as damaging your hearing is a very real possibility. ***
With it’s unbeatable value, I cannot ask much more on my Koss PortaPro. Although it rips my hair once in a while which is for me is the only cons, the pros are comfortable, lightweight, extremely portable and can give a great gutsy sound-stage. Overall, I would be a criminal not to recommend them.