Get to know the Koss Porta Pros, a set of bargain headphones that provide good audio in a portable package.
25 September 2012
Conclusion: Considering their price point, it’s really hard to ask much more of the Koss Porta Pros. Not only are they extremely portable, but they’re comfortable, and have good audio for about $50, and that is one heck of a bargain if you’re looking for entry-level headphones. There are tradeoffs, however, especially if you use your smartphone to listen to music. There is no remote or microphone, they aren’t that durable, and they don’t attenuate basically any noise.
Summary: Thanks to their ancient (by electronics standards) pedigree, some headphones critics overlook the Koss PortaPro in favor of newer designs. However, we found comprehensive coverage of the PortaPro at CNET, Head-Fi and HeadRoom. And Amazon.com and AudioReview.com customers have been praising the PortaPro headphones highly for over 10 years.
Pros: Great sound for the price, Collapsible, Includes carrying pouch, jack adapter
Excerpt: In a perfect world, things come full-circle. From the redesigned, retro-styled Mustang and Camaro to vinyl albums, products can go out of style only to come roaring back. Such is the case with the Porta Pro headphones. Well, sorta the case, anyway. See, Koss first produced the Porta Pros in 1984… and changed them. While some internals may have been upgraded through the years, these uber-retro headphones look the same on the outside as they did in 1984.
Pros: Amazing sound for the price., Retro Style.
Cons: Too expensive compared to the regular Porta Pros., Retro Style.
Excerpt: Flash back to 1984. Prince still went by Prince and was ruling the music charts. Ralph put the macho in Macchio by laying the hurt on Cobra Kai. A former hollywood actor was just reaching the middle of his tenure in the oval office. And Koss introduced what would become one of the most iconic sets of headphones on the market — the Porta Pro.
Excerpt: There was a time when many people serious about their music disdained headphones. Those cans of yore were uncomfortable, didn't reproduce music as well as loudspeakers, and couldn't be worn unless they were clamped on your head while you sat staring at your receiver and the etchings on your walls. Today's lightweight, portable 'phones have changed that disdain into addiction for many folks.
Summary: Несмотря на явное отсутствие конкурентов, покупка Porta Pro KTC имеет смысл только в том случае, если вы тяготеете к «классике» в дизайне. По звуку в них нет ничего выдающегося, да и для Apple’овской техники они «тяжеловаты». Однако есть в Porta Pro какая-то магия и шарм. Я не знаю, каковы цифры продаж – но, видимо, они достаточны, чтобы из года в год на полках магазинов присутствовала именно эта модель, а не какая-то другая.