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KossPortaPro Stereo Headphones
 
4.7

(based on 110 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (92)
  • Comfortable (90)
  • Great sound (87)
  • Good value (86)
  • Compact (80)

Cons

  • Cord too short (13)
  • Too much ambient noise (13)
  • Flimsy construction (12)
  • Unattractive design (11)

Best Uses

  • Portable devices (76)
  • Music (66)
  • Travel (60)
  • With my computer (57)
  • Home audio (46)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (61), Business (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (44), Gear head (28), Traveler (24), School (16), Teenagers (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (19), Travel (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68)

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

Nice, But I Prefer Koss's KTXPRO1

By Ableton Yes

from Pittsburgh, PA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Somewhat Hyped Sound

Best Uses

    Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

    I like open ear headphones for recording and mixing audio and prefer the audio to be reasonably flat.
    Like most headphones considered to be more high end,
    the treble and bass on these are somewhat hyped. Nice for listening, but not as good for making decisions. My favorite of all the open ear phones I've tried (and I've tried a lot) is Koss's KTXPRO1.
    And surprisingly they're one of the cheapest.

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    5.0

    Classic

    By alon

    from Tel-Aviv, Israel

    About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music
      • Portable Devices
      • Traveling
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

      Beautiful sound, classic piece, light weight and easy to carry.
      Good price, excellent value for money.

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

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      5.0

      It's the bass

      By snippy whipps

      from Arcata, CA

      About Me Gear Head, Professional Bassist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not Stealthy Retro Look

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

      Use to track and playback my acoustic/electric basses, when recording. Also great for practicing while watching TV (go Warriors!) Seriously, the best part about these headphones is how light they are, how easy it is to hear other things around you when you need to, and the sound of the bass. Designed to be bass heavy so you can wear them loosely and still get a full sound. My favorite headphones of ALL TIME. Also, LIFETIME GUARANTEE IS FOR REAL. (the only problem is after a few years of falling asleep in front of the TV, you can strain the connection at the earpiece.) I've sent back two different pairs of them in the last TWENTY YEARS. (bought my first in 1996) Best price, in this case, is the best product. Buy them. You will not regret it... :-)

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Impressive!

      By The PG

      from US, Earth

      About Me Frequent Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

        These are for recreational use, like from a laptop, cell, or iPod. They appear flimsy, and you might think you wasted your money when you first get them out of the box, but you would be wrong. They are solid and I am sure they will last a long time. The sound is big and full, with crisp highs and solid lows. I would even feel comfortable making a first draft mix on these, if I was in a pinch. Some people talk about getting your hair stuck in them, but that hasn't happened to me yet. They fold up small and I have no problem finding space for them in my bag. I don't usually listen to music during my workouts, so I did not include their performance in my review. Definitely worth the price - impressive for a pair of headphones that have remained unchanged since 1984!

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

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        5.0

        Retro Audio

        By Rick

        from Tallmadge, OH

        About Me Retiree

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portable Devices
          • Working Out

          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

          The Koss Porta Pro has been around for years. With the contemporary look of today's offering, th Porta Pro has a real retro look. The sound quality is reasonable, and commensurate with the relatively inexpensive price. There are better sounding headphones, for higher prices, but for listening to music on a phone or iPod, these are adequate.

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

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          5.0

          Comfortable & Portable

          By thisispatrick

          from New York, NY

          About Me Frequent Traveler

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Unattractive Design

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

          A coworker recommended these headphones to me. At the time I was looking for something portable and unobtrusive to use for my daily commute. He had these headphones and suggested that I try them on. It was very comfortable, and using the comfortZone function you can adjust the pressure these headphones exert on your head. I immediately ordered one for myself and have been using it every day.

          It may feel a bit flimsy, but holds up perfectly fine through typical daily use and abuse. The sound quality for high and mids is superb; however, the bass is a bit light for me. Other than that, these headphones are open so you'll be able to hear whatever's around you. I also use these daily at the office and haven't had any coworkers complain about them being too loud or disruptive. As for how they look, it's completely up to personal preference. At this price range and with the performance and portability it provides, these headphones are a great buy.

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

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          5.0

          AWESONE

          By Len

          from Phila., PA USA

          About Me Olden Music Man

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • dual cords

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

          Open Ear Goodness, at a great price too!!!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Amazing sound, amazing value

          By RichSound

          from Atlanta Area

          About Me Audiophile, Care Not About Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • cord could be longer
          • Not Used For Style Points

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Traveling
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

          I had originally bought a pair of these about 6 years ago and they'd served well. I have always loved the amazing sound quality - full, clear, crisp - just what you'd expect from Koss. The only thing I needed to do to them was replace the foam earpads last year. (Replacement earpads can be had cheap over the internet.)

          But a few weeks ago I damaged the cord and thus needed to get a new set. So I was delighted to see the price at B&H for a replacement. And again, I'm just delighted with the feel, the sound, and the value for these on-ear phones. I use them almost exclusively connected to my phone for music, and conversations. Sometimes I use them connected to the computer for music.

          Just for kicks, having recently bought a pair of Sennheiser HD558 over-ears - I compared the sound of the two things on the same song (Al DiMeola's "Shaking the Spirits") played from 256 kbps MP3 on my phone. The only notable sound difference was that the Sennheisers created a much wider soundstage, which is what they're designed to do. But overall frequency range, clarity, bass power -- no significant difference.

          That's how truly good sounding these phones are! Tremendous value, and highly recommended. I LOVE them. They're perfect for home, office, or travel. But only good on aircraft if you're in the front, since they're On-Ear and don't have noise cancelling. But if your device goes up pretty loud and you're forward of the engines, they're fine.

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

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          5.0

          Awesome Store

          By Goose - Translators USA, LLC

          from New Braunfels, TX

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

              I visited the store when I was in New York.
              Thank God they were there. I needed a bunch of equipment and they had everything I needed for an amazing price

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

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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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