Koss Porta Pro 25th Anniversary headphones review

The KOSS company, alas, has not released interesting models of headphones for a long time. It is not from a good life that one has to continue to release the same KOSS Porta Pro. On the other hand, this is a well-known model, the cost of its manufacture is low, and the retail price - about 1,500 rubles in Russia - is a tasty morsel for sellers. But this is not interesting, but how comfortable and good the headphones sound, we will consider this. Moreover, last year a “limited” series was released, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the model (produced, as you can easily count, since 1984), so this is a good reason to repeat the material covered.

Packaging and accessories

The black "dust jacket" hides a neat case made of thick cardboard and a booklet about the anniversary model. Inside the case - almost the same as in the set of a regular model - headphones, a case, an adapter for a "big" jack, the only difference is a medal with the motto of the company "Hearing is believing" ("hearing is believing"), made of metal , a funny and original accessory.

The case is tiny, but the headphones, as will be described below, fold extremely compactly, and there are no problems with their placement. You can, of course, find fault with the lack of a pocket for the player - but that's all.

Appearance and usability

It's not just that for two and a half decades the design of the model has not undergone any changes. Even now, Porta Pro do not look like a "dinosaur", and as a result of restyling, changing the blue color of the plastic cups to silver, and the silver color of the headband to black, they look good.

Open acoustic design offers advantages in stereo imaging, as we will see later, but noise isolation is not so good. A trip to the subway is a torture for the ears, the most you can count on is a comfortable walk along not the most noisy streets.

The force of pressure on the ears is adjusted using the "Comfort Zone" sliders, in fact, it is worth making the pressure harder - then the fit will be reliable, and the head will not get very tired. The foam pads on the headband are slightly pressed against the temples for additional fixation, this is a good move, they are almost not felt when the cups are pressed tightly.

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Headband adjustment is easy, the headphones can be adjusted both on the head and when they are removed - since the sliders are responsive, they do not chew the hair. The adjustment range is quite wide, in my case there were no problems with placement.

As for the identification of the left and right headphones, the situation is twofold. On the one hand, the letters L and R are embossed on black plastic, and in low light conditions it is not easy to see them, and on the other hand, the jumpers connecting the headband and the cup attachment system “look” forward when worn correctly, this is a simple rule that will help without problems to place headphones on the head.

In general, in terms of ergonomics - everything is very good, a couple of dubious moments in the design - foam rubber ear pads (they tend to rub and get dirty), and plastic hinges - they look too flimsy. However, as far as I know, replacing KOSS products under warranty is not a burdensome process, there is no need to repair the headphones, it is enough to take them to a dealer or service center.

The cable is bifurcated, each cup has a separate wire. The braid resembles fabric, looks quite reliable. The plug is miniature, straight, gold-plated.

Traditionally, testing was carried out using the Hifiman HM-801 player and the Prime Test CD1 test disk. The headphones were warmed up for 10 hours with a Tara Labs Cascade Noise disc.

The main feature of Koss Porta Pro is, perhaps, low frequencies. There are quite a lot of them, they creep into the mid-frequency segment, their intelligibility is average - but you should not expect more from entry-level over-ear headphones.

Mid frequencies are not raised, vocals are delivered quite delicately, without sibilants, relatively naturally. Legibility is average. High frequencies are muffled, transparency is low.

The stereo panorama is quite wide due to the open acoustic design, there is a slight feeling of volume, the localization of instruments is good if they play in the mid-range or high-frequency range. The bass is trying to fill the entire virtual stage for the sake of showiness.

The detail is average, the Porta Pro does not “pull” complex music, however, on electronics, acoustic music they give good results. You can listen to rap, drum and bass - headphones due to the powerful low-frequency range and a fairly high-quality midrange segment are great for these genres.

Compatibility

Due to the low sensitivity and, on the contrary, high resistance to alternating current, the headphones "did not make friends" with the iPhone 4, sometimes the amplifier power is hardly enough even at home - and on the street the situation is even worse.

If we consider the "pickiness" to the source not in terms of power, but in terms of quality - everything is in order, the iPhone did not show itself noticeably worse than the Hifiman HM-801.

Competitors

For money comparable to KOSS Porta Pro, I find it difficult to recommend a competitor, but for a couple of thousand rubles you can buy Fischer Audio Oldskool'70, these headphones are comparable in design, it is also interesting, KOSS has better ergonomics, but what about the sound? "Old school" in comparison with Porta Pro have a better study of mid frequencies, but in a direct comparison of their frequency response is perceived as forced on the midrange, the headphones are more "screaming". The bass is more restrained, the transparency is higher. In my opinion, these models are quite comparable, even if their sound signature is different - but it is worth considering both the "old school" and Porta Pro.

Output

An old horse will not spoil the furrow, as the proverb says. In the case of the KOSS Porta Pro, this is true, after 25 years, having undergone only cosmetic changes, this model remains an interesting option both in terms of sound and ergonomics. Let me remind you about the KOSS guarantee - if problems arise, the headphones will be replaced with new ones, no one will repair them, the approach resembles Logitech's policy on replacing peripherals.

For one and a half thousand rubles, in addition to a good replacement for the complete "inserts" for the player, KOSS also got a high-quality "gift" version, I liked the packaging, booklet, medal - an original approach. Fischer Audio chose a similar path in its "old schools", immediately producing high-quality packaging for this model.

KOSS Porta Pro can be scolded when compared with more expensive headphones, the appearance loses to Audio-Technica, and you can find fault with the sound without any problems. But for the asking price, it's a very good choice. A few years ago you could buy them for about a thousand rubles, or even cheaper, now for 1,100 rubles you can buy "simple" Porta Pro, with an old design. If you are a "fan" of this model, you should also take the "anniversary" version, the money, frankly, is small.

So the "braids" are worth their money. It is a pity that in 25 years the company has not come up with anything better, because competitors do not sleep.

Koss Porta Pro 25th Anniversary headphones review

The KOSS company, alas, has not released interesting models of headphones for a long time. It is not from a good life that we have to continue to release the same KOSS Porta Pro. On the other hand, this is a well-known model, the cost of its manufacture is low, and the retail price - about 1,500 rubles in Russia - is a tasty morsel for sellers. But this is not what is interesting, but how comfortable and sound the headphones are, this is what we will consider. Moreover, last year a “limited” series was released, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the model (produced, as you can easily count, since 1984), so this is a good reason to repeat the material covered.

Packaging and accessories

The black "dust jacket" hides a neat case made of thick cardboard and a booklet about the anniversary model. Inside the case - almost the same as in the set of a regular model - headphones, a case, an adapter for a "big" jack, the only difference is a medal with the motto of the company "Hearing is believing" ("hearing is believing"), made of metal , a funny and original accessory.

The case is tiny, but the headphones, as will be described below, fold extremely compactly, and there are no problems with their placement. You can, of course, find fault with the lack of a pocket for the player - but that's all.

Appearance and usability

It's not just that for two and a half decades the design of the model has not undergone any changes. Even now, Porta Pro do not look like a "dinosaur", and as a result of restyling, changing the blue color of the plastic cups to silver, and the silver color of the headband to black, they look good.

Open acoustic design offers advantages in stereo imaging, as we will see later, but noise isolation is not so good. A trip to the subway is a torture for the ears, the most you can count on is a comfortable walk along not the most noisy streets.

The force of pressure on the ears is adjusted using the "Comfort Zone" sliders, in fact, it is worth making the pressure harder - then the fit will be reliable, and the head will not get very tired. The foam pads on the headband are slightly pressed against the temples for additional fixation, this is a good move, they are almost not felt when the cups are pressed tightly.

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Headband adjustment is easy, the headphones can be adjusted both on the head and when they are removed - since the sliders are responsive, they do not chew the hair. The adjustment range is quite wide, in my case there were no problems with placement.

As for the identification of the left and right headphones, the situation is twofold. On the one hand, the letters L and R are embossed on black plastic, and in low light conditions it is not easy to see them, and on the other hand, the jumpers connecting the headband and the cup attachment system “look” forward when worn correctly, this is a simple rule that will help without problems to place headphones on the head.

In general, in terms of ergonomics - everything is very good, a couple of dubious moments in the design - foam rubber ear pads (they tend to rub and get dirty), and plastic hinges - they look too flimsy. However, as far as I know, replacing KOSS products under warranty is not a burdensome process, there is no need to repair the headphones, it is enough to take them to a dealer or service center.

The cable is bifurcated, each cup has a separate wire. The braid resembles fabric, looks quite reliable. The plug is miniature, straight, gold-plated.

Traditionally, testing was carried out using the Hifiman HM-801 player and the Prime Test CD1 test disk. The headphones were warmed up for 10 hours with a Tara Labs Cascade Noise disc.

Compatibility

Due to the low sensitivity and, on the contrary, high resistance to alternating current, the headphones "did not make friends" with the iPhone 4, sometimes the amplifier power is hardly enough even at home - and on the street the situation is even worse.

If we consider the "pickiness" to the source not in terms of power, but in terms of quality - everything is in order, the iPhone did not show itself noticeably worse than the Hifiman HM-801.

Competitors

For money comparable to KOSS Porta Pro, I find it difficult to recommend a competitor, but for a couple of thousand rubles you can buy Fischer Audio Oldskool'70, these headphones are comparable in design, it is also interesting, KOSS has better ergonomics, but what about the sound? "Old school" in comparison with Porta Pro have a better study of mid frequencies, but in a direct comparison of their frequency response is perceived as forced on the midrange, the headphones are more "screaming". The bass is more restrained, the transparency is higher. In my opinion, these models are quite comparable, even if their sound signature is different - but it is worth considering both the "old school" and Porta Pro.

Output

An old horse will not spoil the furrow, as the proverb says. In the case of the KOSS Porta Pro, this is true, after 25 years, having undergone only cosmetic changes, this model remains an interesting option both in terms of sound and ergonomics. Let me remind you about the KOSS guarantee - if problems arise, the headphones will be replaced with new ones, no one will repair them, the approach resembles Logitech's policy on replacing peripherals.

For one and a half thousand rubles, in addition to a good replacement for the complete "inserts" for the player, KOSS also got a high-quality "gift" version, I liked the packaging, booklet, medal - an original approach. Fischer Audio chose a similar path in its "old schools", immediately producing high-quality packaging for this model.

KOSS Porta Pro can be scolded when compared with more expensive headphones, the appearance loses to Audio-Technica, and you can find fault with the sound without any problems. But for the asking price, it's a very good choice. A few years ago you could buy them for about a thousand rubles, or even cheaper, now for 1,100 rubles you can buy "simple" Porta Pro, with an old design. If you are a "fan" of this model, you should also take the "anniversary" version, the money, frankly, is small.

The case is tiny, but the headphones, as will be described below, fold extremely compactly, and there are no problems with their placement. You can, of course, find fault with the lack of a pocket for the player - but that's all.

Appearance and usability

It's not just that for two and a half decades the design of the model has not undergone any changes. Even now, Porta Pro do not look like a "dinosaur", and as a result of restyling, changing the blue color of the plastic cups to silver, and the silver color of the headband to black, they look good.

Open acoustic design offers advantages in stereo imaging, as we will see later, but noise isolation is not so good. A trip to the subway is a torture for the ears, the most you can count on is a comfortable walk along not the most noisy streets.

The force of pressure on the ears is adjusted using the "Comfort Zone" sliders, in fact, it is worth making the pressure harder - then the fit will be reliable, and the head will not get very tired. The foam pads on the headband are slightly pressed against the temples for additional fixation, this is a good move, they are almost not felt when the cups are pressed tightly.

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Headband adjustment is easy, the headphones can be adjusted both on the head and when they are removed - since the sliders are responsive, they do not chew the hair. The adjustment range is quite wide, in my case there were no problems with placement.

As for the identification of the left and right headphones, the situation is twofold. On the one hand, the letters L and R are embossed on black plastic, and in low light conditions it is not easy to see them, and on the other hand, the jumpers connecting the headband and the cup attachment system “look” forward when worn correctly, this is a simple rule that will help without problems to place headphones on the head.

In general, in terms of ergonomics - everything is very good, a couple of dubious moments in the design - foam rubber ear pads (they tend to rub and get dirty), and plastic hinges - they look too flimsy. However, as far as I know, replacing KOSS products under warranty is not a burdensome process, there is no need to repair the headphones, it is enough to take them to a dealer or service center.

The cable is bifurcated, each cup has a separate wire. The braid resembles fabric, looks quite reliable. The plug is miniature, straight, gold-plated.

Traditionally, testing was carried out using the Hifiman HM-801 player and the Prime Test CD1 test disk. The headphones were warmed up for 10 hours with a Tara Labs Cascade Noise disc.

The main feature of Koss Porta Pro is, perhaps, low frequencies. There are quite a lot of them, they creep into the mid-frequency segment, their intelligibility is average - but you should not expect more from entry-level over-ear headphones.

Mid frequencies are not raised, vocals are delivered quite delicately, without sibilants, relatively naturally. Legibility is average. High frequencies are muffled, transparency is low.

The stereo panorama is quite wide due to the open acoustic design, there is a slight feeling of volume, the localization of instruments is good if they play in the mid-range or high-frequency range. The bass is trying to fill the entire virtual stage for the sake of showiness.

The detail is average, the Porta Pro does not “pull” complex music, however, on electronics, acoustic music they give good results. You can listen to rap, drum and bass - headphones due to the powerful low-frequency range and a fairly high-quality midrange segment are great for these genres.

Compatibility

Due to the low sensitivity and, on the contrary, high resistance to alternating current, the headphones "did not make friends" with the iPhone 4, sometimes the amplifier power is hardly enough even at home - and on the street the situation is even worse.

If we consider the "pickiness" to the source not in terms of power, but in terms of quality - everything is in order, the iPhone did not show itself noticeably worse than the Hifiman HM-801.

Competitors

For money comparable to KOSS Porta Pro, I find it difficult to recommend a competitor, but for a couple of thousand rubles you can buy Fischer Audio Oldskool'70, these headphones are comparable in design, it is also interesting, KOSS has better ergonomics, but what about the sound? "Old school" in comparison with Porta Pro have a better study of mid frequencies, but in a direct comparison of their frequency response is perceived as forced on the midrange, the headphones are more "screaming". The bass is more restrained, the transparency is higher. In my opinion, these models are quite comparable, even if their sound signature is different - but it is worth considering both the "old school" and Porta Pro.

Output

An old horse will not spoil the furrow, as the proverb says. In the case of the KOSS Porta Pro, this is true, after 25 years, having undergone only cosmetic changes, this model remains an interesting option both in terms of sound and ergonomics. Let me remind you about the KOSS guarantee - if problems arise, the headphones will be replaced with new ones, no one will repair them, the approach resembles Logitech's policy on replacing peripherals.

For one and a half thousand rubles, in addition to a good replacement for the complete "inserts" for the player, KOSS also got a high-quality "gift" version, I liked the packaging, booklet, medal - an original approach. Fischer Audio chose a similar path in its "old schools", immediately producing high-quality packaging for this model.

KOSS Porta Pro can be scolded when compared with more expensive headphones, the appearance loses to Audio-Technica, and you can find fault with the sound without any problems. But for the asking price, it's a very good choice. A few years ago you could buy them for about a thousand rubles, or even cheaper, now for 1,100 rubles you can buy "simple" Porta Pro, with an old design. If you are a "fan" of this model, you should also take the "anniversary" version, the money, frankly, is small.

So the "braids" are worth their money. It is a pity that in 25 years the company has not come up with anything better, because competitors do not sleep.

Koss Porta Pro 25th Anniversary headphones review

The KOSS company, alas, has not released interesting models of headphones for a long time. It is not from a good life that we have to continue to release the same KOSS Porta Pro. On the other hand, this is a well-known model, the cost of its manufacture is low, and the retail price - about 1,500 rubles in Russia - is a tasty morsel for sellers. But this is not what is interesting, but how comfortable and sound the headphones are, this is what we will consider. Moreover, last year a “limited” series was released, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the model (produced, as you can easily count, since 1984), so this is a good reason to repeat the material covered.

Packaging and accessories

The black "dust jacket" hides a neat case made of thick cardboard and a booklet about the anniversary model. Inside the case - almost the same as in the set of a regular model - headphones, a case, an adapter for a "big" jack, the only difference is a medal with the motto of the company "Hearing is believing" ("hearing is believing"), made of metal , a funny and original accessory.

The case is tiny, but the headphones, as will be described below, fold extremely compactly, and there are no problems with their placement. You can, of course, find fault with the lack of a pocket for the player - but that's all.

Appearance and usability

It's not just that for two and a half decades the design of the model has not undergone any changes. Even now, Porta Pro do not look like a "dinosaur", and as a result of restyling, changing the blue color of the plastic cups to silver, and the silver color of the headband to black, they look good.

Open acoustic design offers advantages in stereo imaging, as we will see later, but noise isolation is not so good. A trip to the subway is a torture for the ears, the most you can count on is a comfortable walk along not the most noisy streets.

The force of pressure on the ears is adjusted using the "Comfort Zone" sliders, in fact, it is worth making the pressure harder - then the fit will be reliable, and the head will not get very tired. The foam pads on the headband are slightly pressed against the temples for additional fixation, this is a good move, they are almost not felt when the cups are pressed tightly.

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Headband adjustment is easy, the headphones can be adjusted both on the head and when they are removed - since the sliders are responsive, they do not chew the hair. The adjustment range is quite wide, in my case there were no problems with placement.

As for the identification of the left and right headphones, the situation is twofold. On the one hand, the letters L and R are embossed on black plastic, and in low light conditions it is not easy to see them, and on the other hand, the jumpers connecting the headband and the cup attachment system “look” forward when worn correctly, this is a simple rule that will help without problems to place headphones on the head.

In general, in terms of ergonomics - everything is very good, a couple of dubious moments in the design - foam rubber ear pads (they tend to rub and get dirty), and plastic hinges - they look too flimsy. However, as far as I know, replacing KOSS products under warranty is not a burdensome process, there is no need to repair the headphones, it is enough to take them to a dealer or service center.

The cable is bifurcated, each cup has a separate wire. The braid resembles fabric, looks quite reliable. The plug is miniature, straight, gold-plated.

Traditionally, testing was carried out using the Hifiman HM-801 player and the Prime Test CD1 test disk. The headphones were warmed up for 10 hours with a Tara Labs Cascade Noise disc.

The main feature of Koss Porta Pro is, perhaps, low frequencies. There are quite a lot of them, they creep into the mid-frequency segment, their intelligibility is average - but you should not expect more from entry-level over-ear headphones.

Mid frequencies are not raised, vocals are delivered quite delicately, without sibilants, relatively naturally. Legibility is average. High frequencies are muffled, transparency is low.

The stereo panorama is quite wide due to the open acoustic design, there is a slight feeling of volume, the localization of instruments is good if they play in the mid-range or high-frequency range. The bass is trying to fill the entire virtual stage for the sake of showiness.

The detail is average, the Porta Pro does not “pull” complex music, however, on electronics, acoustic music they give good results. You can listen to rap, drum and bass - headphones due to the powerful low-frequency range and a fairly high-quality midrange segment are great for these genres.

Compatibility

Due to the low sensitivity and, on the contrary, high resistance to alternating current, the headphones "did not make friends" with the iPhone 4, sometimes the amplifier power is hardly enough even at home - and on the street the situation is even worse.

If we consider the "pickiness" to the source not in terms of power, but in terms of quality - everything is in order, the iPhone did not show itself noticeably worse than the Hifiman HM-801.

Competitors

For money comparable to KOSS Porta Pro, I find it difficult to recommend a competitor, but for a couple of thousand rubles you can buy Fischer Audio Oldskool'70, these headphones are comparable in design, it is also interesting, KOSS has better ergonomics, but what about the sound? "Old school" in comparison with Porta Pro have a better study of mid frequencies, but in a direct comparison of their frequency response is perceived as forced on the midrange, the headphones are more "screaming". The bass is more restrained, the transparency is higher. In my opinion, these models are quite comparable, even if their sound signature is different - but it is worth considering both the "old school" and Porta Pro.

Output

An old horse will not spoil the furrow, as the proverb says. In the case of the KOSS Porta Pro, this is true, after 25 years, having undergone only cosmetic changes, this model remains an interesting option both in terms of sound and ergonomics. Let me remind you about the KOSS guarantee - if problems arise, the headphones will be replaced with new ones, no one will repair them, the approach resembles Logitech's policy on replacing peripherals.

For one and a half thousand rubles, in addition to a good replacement for the complete "inserts" for the player, KOSS also got a high-quality "gift" version, I liked the packaging, booklet, medal - an original approach. Fischer Audio chose a similar path in its "old schools", immediately producing high-quality packaging for this model.

KOSS Porta Pro can be scolded when compared with more expensive headphones, the appearance loses to Audio-Technica, and you can find fault with the sound without any problems. But for the asking price, it's a very good choice. A few years ago you could buy them for about a thousand rubles, or even cheaper, now for 1,100 rubles you can buy "simple" Porta Pro, with an old design. If you are a "fan" of this model, you should also take the "anniversary" version, the money, frankly, is small.

So the "braids" are worth their money. It is a pity that in 25 years the company has not come up with anything better, because competitors do not sleep.