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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones for $50

    Posted
    Harrison116
    • Featured Reviews

    Value for Price: 8/5---- These headphones could cost $80 and I think they would still be worth it. Sound Quality: 10/5---- I own a pair of Bose On-Ear Headphones and I think the sound quality is right around the same as the Portapro, tho this isn't a sound isolating pair, but I believe Koss does sell a pair with noise canceling. The clarity these maintain even with its great bass is quite amazing. Comfort: 6/5---- I could wear these all day! They are very light and hold to your head even while active, like when I am running. They also have 3 comfort settings, so you're sure to find one that suits you. Durability: 5/5---- I own two pairs of Koss Portapro Headphones; the original blue and silver ones which I bought on sale for $30, and the black pair, which I bought at Best Buy for $50. My original blue and silver ones got beat up quite a bit because I would just throw it in my bag and let all my school books hit around. They are still in great condition except for the bottom of the cord near the plug which is bent and when bent a certain way, will stop playing the music. The black Portapros I have have a completely new cable, which is a cloth/thread cable rather than the usual plastic/rubbery cable. The cloth/thread cable is much better. Its more flexible and does not tangle easily. Its a great improvement over the standard type of cable. I have yet to really use the included case just because its a bit of a hassle getting the headphones in and out of it. Conclusion: Buy these headphones if you are looking to get a new pair, and even if you aren't, get them. Every time I show these to a friend, they look skeptical, and I tell them they won't believe the quality and comfort, and every time they listen to their music they just start smiling, then they ask me where to get them. Bottom line, buy these right now and I know you won't be disappointed. To make this review as accurate as it can be, I have been listening to my music with my Koss Portapros while writing this whole thing. I am still amazed at how great they sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wowzers

    Posted
    Zeebo101
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    I had a Koss pair waaaaaaaaaay back in the days when our founding fathers were jamming it up with Walkman and boom-boxes. They were some amazing head phones. But just with every pair of head phones I have ever had, My evil, crazy mustache wearing, sealing candy from a baby, older brother would "borrow" them for "a little bit" ... and they would "magically" appear months latter broken :*/ I hate the fact that most headphones now are these cheap overpriced 2mm circles that you SHOVE in your ear and they expect you to keep them in their for 5 hour a day and glorify that they have killer bass. Yeah the do have BASS but guess what NO EVERY BLOODY SONG IS JUST ABOUT BASS!!! So I saw these headphones and I was like what the heck I'll give them a try... Remember the part of the Ratatouille where Anton Ego tries the ratatouille and then he has that mini seizure/flashback because he just tasted the most amazing thing in his life... YEAH THAT WHAT THESE HEADPHONES DID TO ME. These Headphone are wicked. They have such amazing sound and the balance b/w bass and Hi notes is just mind-blowing. I was keeping it real with some Journey and I was noticing sounds in the album that I never heard before with any other headphone. They way Live albums sound with these headphone make you FEEL that your there. You can hear people coughing, scream, hell even breath, sometimes, with the Nirvana MTV unplugged album. All in all these headphones are just Amazing and you should buy a pair and if you think these guys are not good... well you should get your ears check... for lameness. These headphone are just so fantastical that sometimes I don't even think I'm even worthy to own these Bad Boys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still Awesome After a Quarter Century

    Posted
    HulkSmashNow

    Being a member of Head-Fi.org, AnythingButiPod.com, and DAPReview.net's forums, I've long known of the weird-looking, but supposedly great-sounding Koss PortaPro Stereophones. At an Irving, Texas Best Buy, I was perusing the MP3 player section, when I found a pair of PortaPros on display hooked up to an Archos 5. They were different looking from the PortaPros I'd seen online, with their total black coloring (as opposed to the original version's black and blue color scheme), and the short, cloth-covered cable. Putting the PortaPros on, I listened to a track from the Archos 5 and was really blown away by how great they sounded. But, fifty bucks for headphones? The most I'd ever paid for 'phones was just under thirty dollars for my JVC Air Cushions, and I really felt guilty about that. Yet, what the heck! The PortaPros do, indeed, sound great. They are bassy, but vocals do sound nice and clear. Accustomed to sound-isolating IEMs, the PortaPros are somewhat open, but when you listen to music through them, and hear how good said music sounds through these 'phones, you'll probably forget about that. You can fold up the PortaPros when not in use, and you do get a nice leather-like pouch to store them in, so that's definitely a nice bonus. And the PortaPros' "ComfortZone" feature provides a nice way to somewhat customize the 'phones fit for long periods of listening. Now, I do recommend the PortaPros, either bought at Best Buy, or the cheaper, earlier version found anywhere online. Yes, fifty bucks for headphones is expensive...they cost me as much as my 4GB Sansa Clip+, but I think they're worth it, and if you combine the PortaPros with a Clip+, you will experience something pretty close to audio nirvana.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding value for the money!!

    Posted
    GS455STAGE2
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I am hearing impaired and wear a cochlear implant, so listening to music is more difficult for me because I can't use just any headphone with my MP3 player on my phone. I tried Sony XB40EX earbuds and they weren't loud enough or bassy enough. I tried Sennheiser HD-515 over the ear headphones and same result. On my computer the Sennheisers were plenty loud and the Sonys were okay, but not as good. On my MP3 player, the Sonys were better than the Sennheisers by a wide margin, but neither one was working for me. I started reading reviews for every kind of headphone and then I saw CNET.com's Top 5 headphone list. I'm talking about the best headphone in each of 5 categories: full-sized, open ear, in the ear, etc and the Koss Porta Pro were CNET's top headphone in the Portable Headphone class AND an Editor's Choice as well! I ordered an all black pair that Best Buy is selling for $30 that is a big improvement upon the original teal blue/black model from 1984. Just got them this week and all I can say is the positive reviews of these headphones are totally justified and now I can see why they have been around for 26 years! The all black model I have is very similar to the 25th Anniversary model with a cloth cord instead of plastic, black steel headband instead of stainless, straight plug instead of angled, and all black instead of the funky '80s teal blue & black combo. I can actually hear EVERYTHING on my MP3 player with these and I tried them with my computer. My ears were totally blown away by the bass and loudness when at maximum volume. All sound was clear and understandable, same on my MP3 player as well. These Koss Porta Pros are living proof that the best sounding headphones for the money DO NOT need to cost a fortune. Once Best Buy's warehouse runs out of these, there will be no more! Stores do not carry these, so they have to be ordered online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phones, but a little different than pictured

    Posted
    ChristopherL4253

    I'm going to compare these to the plain Porta's that you can buy pretty much everywhere for about 30 bucks. These are an upgrade in a few senses. As far as aesthetics go everything that was light blue or silver is now a matte black. These headphones are not as pictured above. the silver ring is actually black with a small ring of silver around it. The cord is an upgrade to a braided cloth which certainly seems more durable. However, it isn't checkered like the picture shows its just black, which was a bit of a letdown for me. These also have the same cord length as the original porta's. Also note that the headband is painted black which seems a good upgrade to me because its comes out of adjustment less easily now and is less likely to pinch hairs, but trust me, it still will. Overall great headphones and i would suggest them over the plain portapros for a few reasons. but, if you like the aesthetics of the originals i'd say go with them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Killer Sound, Great Product

    Posted
    krypticeye

    I am listening on them right now...They blast awesome sound, I turned them up on all levels to test the limits and when the vibration without distortion was too much too take (I have never had headphones rumble so much that my head vibrated and there was NO distortion at that point)... I then turned it up more to see where it distorted... well beyond any human listening level... the clarity in uppermost human range is pristine. If you need to listen to music so loud that these headphones distort, you are either deaf or insane. These are great headphones, took a few to get used to the grip of the overhead band (I had gotten used to the behind the head configurations), but once you get used to the adjustable lock down of this unit, you can dial it in... then bop, thrash, or jump without dislodging them. They have a secondary pad and the overhead has a simulated spring loaded contraction that locks it down nicely on your head. While the tension is strong, it is distributed well so it doesn't feel clamped to your head , just fitted. I thrash sometimes to my music (old Metal Dog) and have yet to dislodge this bad boy! For the money (and even if it was more) it can't be beat in my opinion. Truly a great buy for the $30.00.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent sound and low weight

    Posted
    eddh

    have had two pair of these (broke first pair after a couple drops, not headphones' fault). Sound is excellent: full bass without distortion at normal volumes (anything up to earsplitting or super bass boost), very good high end, and excellent tonal balance. Fairly comfortable fit (do not get the sportapros, which lack the adjustable pressure pads). I have not found better sound for the money. They are also very light. Foam pads wear and are hard to find replacements for (forget about getting them from Koss--the prices and shipping are ridiculous for pieces of foam, but I have adapted some from Radioshack when I could find them there). Forget the foam for activities wherein sweat or water is involved--they are sponges. But for critical or casual listening to music under normal conditions you should like these very much indeed. I wear mine hiking and until I sweat they are fine--stay in place, etc. I cannot vouch for them while jogging. The open air design keeps the ears cool but of course there is no blocking of external noise (making them safer for wearing during chores, cycling, etc--any time you need to hear hazards approching).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best sound at the price point.

    Posted
    InTheKnow
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I have two sets of Koss PortaPro headphones because I like redundancy when I find a product I really like. I had the right speaker of one pair blow out because I wasn't watching the volume levels while I was playing an older PC game. The noise that blew the speaker actually hurt my ears; these headphones easily handle allot of volume. Koss offers a no-questions-asked LIFETIME warranty, and I had my replacement set within two weeks. Now, I have a big head, but these are extremely comfortable on-the-ear headphones. They are not noise isolating, however they sound better than almost every Skullcandy headphone I have ever tried (the old FMJ sounded good, but the '10 model seems to have lost quality). The PortaPro's give you piercing highs, clear mids and thumping bass sound better than many sets that cost twice as much. When I want noise isolation and higher quality for sound editing, I pop in my $150 Shure in-the-ear phones; but every time I do I miss the comfort of the PortaPros.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No need to adjust your screen, this is real.

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Francis created this account so that you may benefit from further consideration of the Koss PortaPro headphones. He calls these headphones The Alchemist; turning music to gold. To all who understand, you are about to be told. The most accomplished, starting in 1984, to this day. Like Rakim, these will surpass even Beats by Dre. A believer speaking on what this is, not marketing hype. Real as MF DOOM and Godfather Don, underground type. Bass kicks and snares delivered crisp with snap, You will know KRS returned with the boom bap, Call them the Midnight Marauders, black and maraud your ears, The nectar produced by these headphones may reduce you to tears. With lifetime warranty for the years. -Francis *BB photo of 25th anniversary edition PortaPros not an accurate depiction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Remarkable sound with these headphones

    Posted
    theo99

    Remarkable quality sound for this size of headphones. I checked out many brands and models (small over-the-ear type) and Koss Portapro showed the best specs: 15Hz - 25kHz frequency response. Quality sound is all I can say. A small minus for them is the extra effort you'll have to use while putting them on and taking them off. It requires both your hands and this is due to the design of the metal overhead part of the headphones. You can't just slide them back on your neck with one hand. But the metal overhead structure does a very good job from another prospective and is happens to be the important one: listening to the music. Koss Portapro are light, very comfortable and don't put pressure on your ears. The cloth-covered cord and the stereo plug that comes with the kit add an extra value to this product. And the sound is great! Deep bass and everything. I definitely would recommend this product to people who value the quality of the sound and want to hear everything the musicians had wanted to say with their performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional sound for the price.

    Posted
    skyhitikiguy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    These headphones are difficult to top for the price. Lightweight and fairly comfortable for extended listening thanks to the somewhat clunky looking, but effective, pads above the earphones that adjust to relieve the pressure against your ears. Great sound, although a little heavy on the bass for me, they do a fine job of reproducing the full range of music for all the genres I listen to and deliver outstanding dialog fidelity when I use them with the television at night while my wife is trying to sleep. Although they roll into a ball instead of collapsing flat, they're okay for throwing into your backpack for traveling. They bag supplied for transport is totally inadequate, however. The cloth-covered cord appears to add some durability to the weakest part of this style of headphones. You can achieve superior sound for more money, but at around $35.00, I haven't found better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Koss Portapro Stereo Headphones disappoint

    Posted
    Bennay53

    When I read the reviews, I was excited about buying these headphones. Everybody online said that they were the best. Then I went out and bought them. Man, was I disappointed. When I put them on, I was expecting a lot more than what I got. I had to turn my ipod volume all the way up to hear it clearly, but then the driver of my car complained because he could hear it just as much as I could. I compared them to my 10 dollar earbuds and the earbuds were able to actually direct more sound to my ear. The only thing that may be good about these is that they make bass sound good. I would take my cheap earbuds over these any day. The metal band hurt my head after only a few minutes and they didn't extend all they way to my ears. I cannot see why people recommend these. Just save your money and buy something better. I returned these the same day I bought them. It's not worth it. Just spend a little more and buy some headphones that will last.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Sound for your money!

    Posted
    vivekjain

    With $30 bucks this is the best sound quality available. I compared many headphones with this price range and this is the best available for sound. Sound quality is surprisingly superb with deep bass. This has changed my watching experience with movies on my laptop. Sounds frequency range in between 15 and 25000Hz and no headphone available in market for this price is near. Sometime hair stuck between two metal bands as they slide over each other. ComfortZone setting is really not that useful. So as far as comfort is concern it is not best though good enough. Seems durable enough, my 4 year daughter has dropped it couple of time and it's working same. Anyways they are providing lifetime warranty on it which is unbeatable. I would recommend this to those who are looking for excellent sound quality and durability within this price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good investment

    Posted
    tib2k3

    Ive been looking into a pair of cans that would be affordable and sound good. I've heard of koss before, but wrote them off as cheap until I began doing research. First off there are plenty of companies out there that make quality cans such as sennheiser, shure and audio technica to name a few. After reading reviews from people who actually used these particular headphones I had to try them for myself. I would have to say these are much better in sound quality than the pair of sennheiser hd212 pros I also own. The portapros are able to play a wide range of frequencies without sounding small which is something that the 212pros from sennheiser have a problem with. I'm also using a cowon mp3 player not an ipod. The particular mp3 player has an eq with frequencies that can be tweaked according to the user. The portapros are a must buy, definitely recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best electronic value item i've ever purchased.

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I went to Best Buy to buy the Klipsch Image S4 but they were sold out so I decided to pick up the PortaPro's instead and it was just a stroke of luck. I've read reviews both here and on cnet and these things are worth every penny. Beware you might have to look on the bottom shelf at your local Best Buy and dust off the package because of their "asthetic appeal" but don't be fooled, these things are awesome. For the price, if you're looking for something new and fun, these will satisfy you entirely. I've tried and bought nearly every pair of headphones under $200 and taken back 90% of them because they were simply not worth the money but I will definitely keep these. When they say these are comparable with those 3 times the price, they are not lying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Now I'm Mad!!!!

    Posted
    Anonymous

    The reason I'm mad is that I wasted over $220 on Bose headphones when I could have had these babies!!! I like the retro look of these headphones. My favorite part is the "rope" cord. Both of my Bose headphones (Over-ear and ear bud) had the "rubber" cord which broke. The sound quality of these headphones are amazing. Definitely the same, if not better, than Bose over-ear. Everything's there; highs, lows, bass, treb. The headband sometimes catches the hair when adjusting while wearing(Solution: Adjust when not wearing!). Other than that, these headphones are perfect. I'll put them to the real test when I start mowing again. It's no wonder these headphones haven't changed since 1984. If they ain't broke, don't fix 'em! Well...if they do break then just use the Koss lifetime warranty!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unmatched sound quality for the price

    Posted
    HunterfromTN
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    These headphones were recommended to me by a friend and after I listened to them, I knew I had to have them. While I could have easily shelled out 150 dollars or more for a more comfortable, stylish and perhaps better sounding pair of headphones, for 30 bucks you just can't beat the Koss Portapro. The one downside is that they are a little uncomfortable at times but definitely not unbearable and after a while, you do forget you have them on. If you have longer hair, be careful when adjusting the size as your hair will get caught up in them and it doesn't feel too great. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to get great sound quality at a very affordable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sick Headphones

    Posted
    BrianTQuach

    I got these for $30 here on Best Buy and they're amazing. I heard so many good things about these headphones, so I had to try them out. I never bought Koss ones before because I had only seen them in Wal-Marts and thought they weren't that good. But then I saw the Koss website, so I knew their headphones were legit. The highs and lows are great, the bass is banging and they're easily the most comfortable headphones I've ever used. I'm senior in high school and 4 of my teammates have borrowed these before games. They're impressed by the bass and the non-distortion when they crank up the volume. All I got to say is, get these headphones!!! Best $30 you'll ever use!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Look cheap; sound very expensive

    Posted
    Soundog
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I am a longtime audiophile with several big sound systems including Klipschorns ($8000 speakers) which, while originally designed over 50 years ago, are still IMHO the most natural high definition speakers available today. Interestingly about the same time Koss designed the Portapros which somehow I overlooked until recently. I have owned a number of headphones including some costing over $300. None surpass the high definition of these headphones from " the golden age of audio". And they are guaranteed for life, although long-time users report great durability. Looks like their only fault is the hair problem ...Well worth a few pulled hairs!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Homely but awesome

    Posted
    rcn317

    For the price, these have to be the best value ever. They sound on par with the Bose open ear headphones, but cost less than one third the price. Surprisingly, they also fit very well and are very light. I bought these with a $100 pair of Sonys to compare. There was absolutely no comparison. The Sonys went back immediately. These are also much better than my $80 Klipsch ear buds. Incredible sound. Imagine how many of these Koss could sell if they updated the style, but kept the audio quality. Until that happens, I strongly suggest you emphasize substance over style and treat yourself to an outstanding pair of headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend