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KossPortaPro Stereo Headphones
 
4.7

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (93)
  • Comfortable (91)
  • Great sound (88)
  • Good value (87)
  • Compact (81)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portable devices (77)
  • Music (67)
  • Travel (61)
  • With my computer (58)
  • 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 (20), Travel (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (69)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cheap but Quality

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sound, but....

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...Read complete review

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.

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3.0

Is ok for the price But...

By Cristian

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

Is ok for the price,  But... Hi frequencies  mmm sound like with a HPF filter ... and the cable is just ok ... again for the price is not bad at all...

 
5.0

Highly recommend.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

Great sound, lightweight.

 
5.0

Classic with amazing sound quality

By Alon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

Excellent Sound. Classic. Compact. Affordable. I already purchased one, this was a gift I was happy to buy and give.

 
5.0

Supremely Durable, and they sound fantastic to boot

By Knux

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Function over Form, Long-distance Longboarder, PC & Console Gamer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones:

    These headphones have survived being a part of my daily ensemble for 7 months, which is unrivaled by a factor of 2. On top of that, they show no wear aside from minor deformation in the cheaply and easily replaceable foam earpads. This despite my throwing them across a room to demonstrate their robustness, which I've done 4 times.

    I don't wear glasses, but all my friends that do say that these headphones are fantastic, as the gap in the cushioning accommodates glasses and makes it so that it's comfortable to wear glasses and headphones at the same time. This report has been backed by 3 friends and a sibling.

    They are so lightweight that it is difficult to believe. 60 grams, or 2.12 oz to my fellow Americans. That's half as much as the average baseball cap. They probably cause less neck strain than my ponytail.

    The adjustability on these things is the best I've seen. They can shrink down to accommodate the heads of infants, or expand for the largest heads I've tried to put them on. They even adjust to the contour of your ears.

    They are Super Comfortable. I once misplaced them for 5 minutes before realizing that I was wearing them. That is how light they are, and how little pressure they exert on your head when you fit them correctly. Despite this, they stay in place well enough to go running while wearing them.

    The styling is not for everybody, but then again what styling is truly universal. Their aesthetic was ignored when they were designed, but they still look good due to the fact that extreme functionality has inherent form.

    The sound quality is utterly unmatched in the $50 or less price range, even outclassing one of the many $500 headphones my friends have let me try. Fair warning, they do not contain sound at all, and they do not occlude ambient noise in any way. They can, however, overpower ambient noise with ease.

    Fair warning, the cord is only 5 feet long. This makes them more durable and mitigates a frequent cause of headphone failure.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

       
      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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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
         
        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
           
          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
             
            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
             
            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

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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
             
            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
                 
                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
                 
                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

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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
                   
                  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
                     
                    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
                     
                    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
                       
                      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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