Conclusion: The Koss PortaPro headphones look like a throwback to the 1980s because they are -- they've been on the market, essentially unchanged, for 30 years. Reviewers say these inexpensive headphones deliver the best sound you can get for $50 or less.
Pros: Great sound for the price, Lightweight and comfortable, Lifetime warranty
Excerpt: First introduced in 1984, the Koss PortaPros have been a definitive staple of the portable headphones market for 25 years. They have survived through multiple model-line changes and their drivers have become the basis of the SportaPro and KSC55 street-style headphones and the KSC35/KSC50 clip-ons.
Conclusion: If you are an active person who wants good headphones at a decent price, you can’t go wrong with the Koss Porta Pros. They are more solid than they look, sound terrific, are extremely comfortable, retro in a geeky way, and are an absolute bargain.
Pros: Amazing sound for the price., Retro Style.
Cons: Too expensive compared to the regular Porta Pros., Retro Style.
Summary: So, 35.00, 40.00?
What do you get?
Very good sound, outstanding comfort,
a lifetime warranty.
It's a warm sound. Plenty of bass, not too much IMO,
significantly rolled off treble. Smooth midrange, not
overly present or recessed.
Pros: "Listenability", Warmth, Soundstage, Lack of Irritants
Cons: Treble Roll Off, "Fold" into a round rather than flat shape
Summary: What can be said about these headphones that has not already been said in the 25+ years they have been in production?
Well, my girlfriend thinks they look silly... And that for some odd reason makes me love them more.
Out of few phones I currently own, I always find myself reaching for these.
Summary: After my previous skullcandys my parents gave me as a present broke, I went to a store for electronic stuff in general and tested some headphones. The standard Porta Pro as well. The bass was cool, especially because it came out from nowhere.
Pros: light, timeless design from the eighties, very unique kind of sound signature, portable, lifelong warranty in the US, long warranty in germany.
Cons: tends to break, bass does overpower mids and highs if used at home without any mods, tend to rip out your hair or strangle you just for fun.
Summary: Porta Pros simply made the biggest difference for me when listening to music as I have switched from some low-end sony in-ear to them and suddenly when playing the same song music became more rich and colourful and instruments more noticeable soundstage improved and on top of that really nice bass...
Pros: really impresive sound quality and good soundstage, value master due to koss lifetime warranty, no need to amp them, really portable
Cons: hair ripping, can't be worn around neck, not the most comfortable to wear, cable tends to break, hair gets under the membrane, leaks music
Summary: I got a pair of Portapros last month, along with a Sansa Clip+ 4GB, these headphones sound really, really good for $40, especially with an EQ'd Clip+, and I had UR40s, which are also great bang-for-the-buck headphones, sound great, comfortable as can be, however they're not as portable as the...
Pros: Sound quality, comfort, design, aesthetics, design hasn't changed since '84, uses KSC35 drivers, just in blue instead of black.
Cons: May be considered to be dorky and ugly by the Beats, Soul, Skullcandy, and Bose crowd.
Summary: I bought my first pair of these when they first came out in about 1986 or so and have been using them for portable audio ever since. first with Aiwa Walkman tape players and now iPod Classic 160.
Pros: LIGHTWEIGHT, INEXPENSIVE, GREAT BANG FOR THE BUCK