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KossPortaPro Stereo Headphones
 
4.7

(based on 101 reviews)

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    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (84)
  • Comfortable (82)
  • Great sound (81)
  • Good value (80)
  • Compact (73)

Cons

  • Cord too short (13)
  • Too much ambient noise (13)
  • Flimsy construction (12)
  • Unattractive design (10)

Best Uses

  • Portable devices (69)
  • Music (60)
  • Travel (54)
  • With my computer (51)
  • Home audio (43)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (61), Business (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (42), Gear head (26), Traveler (21), School (16), Teenagers (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (17), Travel (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow, the clarity, the base!!!!!!

I just bought an Ipod Nano 6G. The stock white apple earbuds blew. I have had other earbuds for my previous mp3 players and they blew as well. I wanted a natural sounding...Read complete review

I just bought an Ipod Nano 6G. The stock white apple earbuds blew. I have had other earbuds for my previous mp3 players and they blew as well. I wanted a natural sounding set of headphones. The over the ear headphones from Bose and Sennheiser sounded great but just were not portable enough and were also cost prohibitive for me. I bought the Klipsch Image S4 in ear buds and also sounded great but were kind of a pain to put in because if they weren't in just right, the sound was bad, could easily fall out if snagged, and were [$]. I was worried that these PortaPros would feel uncomfortable on my ears since they are an on ear design. I have a big melon on my shoulders. Def look retro but don't care much about that. The treat is in the sound; it's ear candy and a pleasure to listen to any music with these. Sound all the way up and no distortion at all while your ear drums are thumping out of your skull. What a great deal; for forty dollars you get a set of fantastic headphones that can compete with the sound of Bose QC3 for 1/5th the price and a lifetime no questions asked product warranty. I have only had them for a week, so can't speak to the durability but i'm not too worried.I find the cord plenty long enough, it's slightly longer than apple's earbuds about 4 feet. They fit comfortably on my head without putting pressure on my ears because of the temple pads and the pressure adjustment switches. After 4 hours listening, they still felt comfortable.You won't want to go back to the inferior sound of the stock earphones after you listen to music with these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

pretty legit

Use for listening to music on laptop while studying. If you want something to work out in or wear places in public where noisy not a great idea. If you want great audio quality...Read complete review

Use for listening to music on laptop while studying. If you want something to work out in or wear places in public where noisy not a great idea. If you want great audio quality in a quiet environment such as your house or they however do quite well. They are however not very ergonomic and hair gets caught. Plus side super duper cheap!

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4.0

Retro awesome. Straight outta 1984!

By Willionaire

from Austin, TX

About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound
  • Lightweight
  • Retro
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Too Much Ambient Noise

Best Uses

  • Home Audio
  • Music
  • Portable Devices
  • Relaxing
  • Traveling
  • With My Computer

Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

Great sound, great range, one of the cheapest and best headphones out there. An added bonus is that they look straight outta 1984, and that your are at the helm of mission control (because you are when you rock these phones).

A few notes:
1) If you work in a quiet office, the headphones do leak some sound and others can hear it. (at higher volumes)
2) I set my ear pressure pads to light so that they headphones don't press as firmly to me ears, this works well and haven't had a problem with comfort since.
3) The way the headphones collapse is super retro and worth showing to your friends.

  • Primary Use:
  • Listening to iPod
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

good sound, comfortable, good price

By David F

from Clinton, Whidbey Is. Wash, USA

About Me Frequent Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Great Sound
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Music
    • Traveling

    Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

    I bought these Koss headphones to use for commuting. I know they are not 'sound-cancelling' but I didn't really want that. They have good sound, good bass and I can hear much more of the details in the music than with my other Koss phones.

    My set did not come with instructions, so I had to watch a Youtube video to figure out the fold-up feature, but not really a problem.

    The only thing I wish is if these came with a volume control on the cord, so I don't have to go to my tablet to control volume.

    • Primary Use:
    • Traveling
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    I never heard more defined lows before

    By Rafael

    from Curitiba, Brazil

    About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Cord Too Short

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • Portable Devices
    • Relaxing
    • Traveling
    • With My Computer
    • Working

    Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

    This headphone has a very good bass response. Listening to In The Hall of the Mountain King, for instance, with my old headphone, I could not hear the cello very clearly and other subtleties were lost. With the PortaPro, it's almost as if I were hearing the piece live.

    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to iPod
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Very underrated...

    By Stones Fan

    from Perth, WA

    About Me Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Portable Devices
      • Traveling
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

      Having ears that resemble certain characters from The Lord of the Rings, I've long struggled to find headphones that are comfortable, with great sound, and that are affordable. These tick all three boxes - with the added bonus of portability thanks to their folding mechanism and the top quality carry case that came with them.

      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to iPod
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      excellent sound but rather fragile

      By pianoman

      from NYC

      About Me Audiophile

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Portable Devices
      • Traveling

      Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

      good sound but fragile

      • Primary Use:
      • Traveling
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Light - Sturdy - Gret Sound

      By Armand the emergeing Director

      from NYC

      About Me Video Artist Film Maker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Portable Devices
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

        I use it to monitor audio - for video recording - on a Tascom D40...easy to use...light as a feather on the skull...esepcially during the heat and humidity of a summer film shoot...also gives great, clear audio...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Sound investment

        By Adkstrider

        from Kensington, Maryland

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • Traveling
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

        A casual audio consumer, I use my Apple iTouch to listen to audio books and music. My son investigated these headphones online and reported a broad consensus that they deliver great sound, particularly relative to their price. I like them--rich bass and subtle trebles complement their full range of volume. Light weight and compactible, they travel well, but they do seem delicate. My only complaint, a minor one, is that the storage bag is too small for easy stuffing.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Dave

        from Lititz pa

        About Me Audiophile

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Relaxing
          • Traveling
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

          Sounds great. Well worth it

          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Complex sound and easy portability

          By opinionated one

          from SoCal

          About Me Frequent Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Portable Devices
            • Relaxing
            • Traveling
            • With My Computer
            • Working

            Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

            These headphones are lightweight, so easy to carry around with you. But they are hefty when it comes to sound richness. I will never deal with "earbuds" or uncomfortable over ear headphones again. The soft foam is very comfortable even for extended wear. You do get some ambient noise, but that makes it great for personal use- you can hear the smoke alarm, or phone ring, etc. :) May be too hot on the ears for workouts, but that's to be expected.
            My playlists sound so much better than even my Bose player. The only down side (maybe?) is that you can easily tune out people around you!

            • Primary Use:
            • Listening to iPod

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            5.0

            Worth It !!

            By LoveGODmore

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Gear Head

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portable Devices
              • Traveling

              Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

              Crisp and clear sound, throw back look and the headphones themselves have a manufacturers lifetime warranty how can you beat that. These are my second pair. My first pair sounded great as well then I had a speaker issue. Looked up the koss site and notice that this model headphone has a lifetime guarantee to them. sent them the original receipt and the headphones and received a brand new pair in the mail. This is my second pair because my kids decided to play hot potato with them and they were lost in the shuffle. buy them you will enjoy.

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great purchase!

              By Andre Moraes

              from Sao Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Audiophile, Sound engineer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • Traveling
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                Great headphoneLightweight, portable (comes with bag), great bass freq response.Could come with 1/4 adapter...

                • Primary Use:
                • Working out
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                The famous Porta-Pro!

                By Carlos Luz

                from Brasil

                About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Too Much Ambient Noise
                • Unattractive Design

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Traveling

                Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                The fame of this product is not for nothing. My expectations were fully answered. Deep bass and clear highs, comfortable, lightweight and practical. There are products that will meet the same or even better, but cost at least four times. In your price range is unbeatable.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                too little whiz and a lot of bang

                By gvasques

                from florianopolis, brazil

                About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • Portable Devices
                  • Relaxing
                  • Traveling
                  • With My Computer
                  • Working
                  • Working Out

                  Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                  when I bought my first pair of koss portapros in london in the early 90s, I was told it had the best frequency range and sound quality for the lowest price possible. 20 years on, having tried various sets in a NY shop, I was surprised to see that snazzier sets either didn't compare in the quality department or were way pricier. yet again I would go for what I described as the basic portapro model. but as the salesperson would mysteriously put it: 'there is nothing basic about this set of earphones.'

                  • Primary Use:
                  • Listening to iPod
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Comfortable , great headphones

                  By thekude

                  from Boise,ID

                  About Me Audiophile

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Portable Devices
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                    Needed to replace my computer headphones ..something easy on and off and of the open style...so I can hear the phone...these are just the ticket. I can wear for hours at a time and they'll play loud! Great price from B&H too!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Amazing studio quality sound

                    By Jkane

                    from Nyc

                    About Me Audiophile, College Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Bass
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction
                    • Too Much Ambient Noise
                    • Unattractive Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices

                    Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                    The sound is almost unbeliveable
                    The phones feel very cheep but they hold up.
                    I use them everywhere but the only time I don't here background noise is at home lol there Gerry open to outside noise

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Rediculous value!

                    By Obtuse

                    from St Thomas

                    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head, Professional video

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • With My Computer
                      • Working

                      Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                      Great phones sound amazing and what a price! Studio setting. Started out as back up but I use them more because they are light and don't make my ears sweat.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very good

                      By Ananda

                      from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                      About Me Audiophile

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Good Bass
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Audio
                        • Music
                        • Portable Devices
                        • Traveling
                        • With My Computer
                        • Working Out

                        Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                        I use for listen to music when i'm going to work.
                        The sound is amazing, can't find any cons.

                        • Primary Use:
                        • Listening to iPod
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Great sound, but....

                        By Lem

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Audiophile

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                          Wonderful sound, but the wire will break at the connector after a few months. I've been through three pairs of these and they all had the same fate. The wire at the connector gives way, the right channel goes out, there's nothing you can do.

                          Perfect headphones except for this fatal flaw.

                          • Primary Use:
                          • Listening to iPod
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Cheap but Quality

                          By cubezz

                          from Warsaw, PL

                          About Me Audiophile, College Student, Gear Head

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Compact
                          • Good Bass
                          • Great Sound
                          • Lightweight
                          • Very Low Price

                          Cons

                          • Some May Dislike Design
                          • Too Much Ambient Noise

                          Best Uses

                          • Music
                          • Portable Devices
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                          I have known these headphones for years, now I just bought a pair as a spare set I can give to my mom for her to watch TV, or take with me when I'm in need of portability or at risk of losing stuff (you know. Like a drinking rampage situation).

                          The sound, of course, outclasses anything in the $30-50 range. Closest comparison I have are Senn HD 238 I used to have, made with a bit of a different approach to the listening experience, but similar qualities and standard. But these are twice the cost of the Pros.

                          The Pros have a typical Koss audiophile sensation to them, with wide, in this case open, well projected tones. The spatial quality and precision of tone could be more pronounced, but I guess it could be asking too much from headphones that cheap that have also been in the market for presumably more than 20 years. In general, the Koss earphones I had the pleasure of listening, excelled at producing expressive patches of sound, perfect for any kind of popular music, exceptionally for electronic, which I'm a huge fan of. Portapro are no exception to this, music is pervaded with this special feel.

                          One advantage of this product is portability. The earpieces can be folded, and the metal band can be reduced to minimum length for mobility. Put it in the leather bag you're supplied with and your headphones are packed into a pocket-sized gadget.

                          As for comfort, the minimalistic recipe makes them one of the most lightweight accessories I've ever had - that's a big plus. Despite what they look like, they don't pinch or rub against ears or head, the metal band too is rather comfy (unless, from what I've heard, you have long hair - then it may tug at them. Earpieces have a quite delicate feeling to the ears. You can also adjust them to 3 settings (firm, balanced, light) in case they were too tight; to me, an everyday closed headphones user, the firm setting is light enough.

                          The Pros also differ from most available headphones in their outlook. The design was probably very fashionable in the 80s, when they emerged (at least from what I know), now it may seem a bit outdated, but it doesn't trouble me. For most part it's a minimalistic contrast of black plastic and pads, silver metal and blue buttons and finish of the earpieces. It may seem beautiful to some, and cheesy to others, to me it's just not outstanding but for sure characteristic. I tend to like them.

                          To summarize the above, I would definitely advise anybody to buy them for their sound. It's a good choice whether you're looking to save as much money as possible and still get great sound, or to buy a second pair for any reason, like different sound, different use, etc.

                          • Primary Use:
                          • Traveling
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very Good Headphones

                          By Heretic

                          from Bronx, NY

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Durable
                          • Good Value
                          • Great Sound
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Unattractive Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Music
                          • Portable Devices
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

                          The ONLY problem with this headphone is that if you have long hair it can snag your hair.

                          I keep my hair low so that's not an issue.

                          This headphone rocks!

                          • Primary Use:
                          • Listening to iPod
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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