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Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

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No business being this good
How are these headphones this good at this price point? I have $230 Bose headphones that are baby talk compared to my new Porta Pros. I was excited to get these but was skeptical about them performing as well as seemingly every Porta Pro owner is claiming. Well I can attest that they are every bit as good as everyone is saying. It is simply amazing that Koss is able to make headphones with higher quality audio than headphones 10 times their price. Highs and mids are clear. But the bass. The bass. It's so rich! I've never had headphones able to get as low as these. It's not muddy nor does it overshadow the highs and mids. It's witchcraft to be able to get that kind of bass out of drivers so small. Seriously, Koss used black magic to manufacture these. Sure there are head phones out there that are better. But they are, without a doubt, much more expensive. These are stupid good. So good. So good. To not get these headphones would be a travesty. Especially when they're only $25. If you pass these by, you'll regret it. One day, hopefully years from now, you'll be on your death bed surrounded by loved ones. Your children will ask you if you have any regrets. And you'll reply, with a tears in your eyes, that you never bought Koss Porta Pro X Headphones.
Would recommend to a friend.
A classic worth having, regardless of what else you have. Period.
I already have a pair of the [original] Koss Porta Pros. Besides that, I have the HD6XX, He400i, EMU Teaks, Focal Elex, Takstar Hi2050. I've had Sennheiser HD8DJs, M-Audio HDH50s, Pioneer DJ500s, Panasonic RP-HTF600s, American Audio HP550s, Audio Technica M50Xs. Of all these headphones, if I talk of value, nothing comes close to the Porta Pros. That is why when I saw a discount on MD and one that will ship right away, I had to go for it. The Porta Pros Xs: Are identical in almost every way - they do have a thicker, more solid cable, a more solid connector and an inline mic. Are, just as the originals, comfortable and forgettable. Have that great low-end, same as the Porta Pros. Are light and almost weightless, yet still solid for the form factor. Have a great sound-stage, better than almost any closed back cans (including hundreds of pricier ones), and competitive with many open and semi-open cans. The best thing is that the mids and not too far out and still forward, while the staging is still outside of the cans. Have a thick and meaty sound - many full sized headphones that I've had in my time didn't. Those Takstars up there don't, and they have 53mm drivers. Don't have too much sibilance. Probably the only on-ear I can or want to wear. Otherwise I wear full sized headphones. Audio fidelity OTG - this one pair of audiophile pair of headgear you can actually pretty conveniently take with you OTG. Now there are some cons too, like with everything else: Feel a bit flimsy sometimes and will need some care - but audiophiles do care for their gear anyways unlike people who don't really give a shit, and for the price, you can't really expect beryllium frames and titanium cups. Build is better than a lot other cans at this price, maybe even higher priced cans. A little dark - the highs feel a bit rolled off. Personally, that's a good thing for me as I can raise the volume without them becoming piercing up there. Not isolating. But then again, true audiophile gear has to be non-isolating as it has to be a) natural sounding, 2) airy and open, 3) have great sound-stage and so be open to deliver so. Also, people are gonna hear what you're hearing on louder volumes, so keep that contained in public, and probably keep it even lower in the office. Do I recommend these cans, and especially Drop's variant? Yes. If the prices are not too far apart (maybe $5-10 difference overall), they're worth it. Are the Porta Pros worth it, regardless? Every damn penny. It's worth having just to be astounded by how close it sounds to your $200, $500, $1000 cans. It's a keeper, regardless of what else you have. Why did I buy another one? I got $20 off my purchase. And these sure are worth a personal insurance policy in case my existing pair breaks. I don't wanna be Porta-less at any given point. If you want that casual timeout with them every now and then, and those 1000 dollar cans are a little too far for you to reach or a little trouble to put on right now, just grab those Portas on your desk. And always keep em there. That's what I do. If you wanna go portable and want an "audiophile" experience OTG with minimal investment, I can't think of anything else. Needless to say, these, to me, sound superior to any other in-ear headphone form factor gear. Ever hear of a sleeper car (Q-car); a car that has high performance and an unassuming exterior? A modded Toyota beating a Porsche in drag race? That's what these are. PS: TWO IMPORTANT TIPS FOR OWNERS: Some of you may have heard or even had this issue: the metal bands of the headphones catch you hair sometimes. Really hurtful. Solution: on top exposed side of the one of metal bands, actually between the two sliders which come together to increase the length of the band, I'm using a black vinyl sticker. This strip is where the sliders will slide to come together. You can DIY cut it so that blends in well with the band and does not appear funny. How this helps is that it adds friction to the band strap and the sliders will move with much difficulty, but that will help you have them stay out at your desired spot. For me it really helps, and when I move the cans to take them off, they don't retract so quickly, and help avoid capture any of your hair. There's the Yaxi Pads for these. Those cushions are much thicker than stock and also tame down the front-forward sound or any shouty-ness. Been using them with better comfort. I recommend them if you think they justify your wallet.
Would recommend to a friend.
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Q&A Highlights:
Can I replace the cable?
Nope, except if you solder them
What is the difference between these and the KSC75s?
KSC75 has earhooks instead of a headband. KSC75 drivers are titanium coated. The combination of looser fit and driver difference result in the KSC75 having a brighter and some would say clearer, more revealing sound signature with less sub-bass than the PortaPros.
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Sep 24, 2023
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not worth it
I decided to get a pair of these because I've always liked the aesthetic of the Koss Porta-pros and have heard good things about them. I wanted to give on-ear a shot and have something I could travel with. I listened to a few hours of variety music and gamed with them for around 10 hours. I don't know how to describe it in audiophile terms but it just sounded tinny and did not provide a full sound at all. I have longer hair and the band / plastic notches kept getting caught in it, painfully pulling out strands. These things clamp my ears so hard that I can barely wear them for 30 minutes without my ears hurting. Even when you adjust them to the "light" comfortzone setting, it doesn't help. They're flimsy and feel cheap like they're going to break with any subtle mishandling. As others have mentioned the cord is way too short and is very cheap quality. The only thing they have going for them is the retro aesthetic and the nice little black psuedo leather bag they come with. I had bought these at the beginning of April and did not receive them until the end of August when the expected ship date was May. Massdrop severly mishandled communication and I, as well as many others, were left in limbo as to when orders were to be expected and what delays plagued the production. Hopefully that all has been sorted out but if you order these, maybe be prepared for delays. All in all it was not worth the wait.
Activities:Casual Listening
Music Genres:Electronic, Metal, Rock
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Amazing bang for your buck
I had these in my cart for a long while and finally pulled the trigger on them. For the price these are fantastic. The sound quality is wonderful and the build quality is rather sturdy. I keep them in my backpack for emergencies!
Recommends this product? Yes
Jun 19, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening
Music Genres:Hip-hop, Rock
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unexpected sound quality
they sound amazing! and they look super cool! my coworkers were impressed with the sound quality
Recommends this product? Yes
Jun 12, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening
Music Genres:Electronic, Hip-hop, Rock
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Great sound for the price
Great sound just kinda weird the way they fit on your head.
Recommends this product? Yes
Jun 9, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening, Gaming, Movies & TV
Music Genres:Electronic, Hip-hop, Pop, R&B, Rock
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Still ugly, still legendary
I really love how ugly these headphones look because the sound will just make you not care about them. Another popular budget friendly pair of headphones from Koss and now, Drop.
Recommends this product? Yes
May 27, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening, Gaming, Movies & TV
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Connector just kept breaking :'(
These are great, but the quality of the cable isn't great - the connector kept breaking
Recommends this product? No
May 25, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening, Critical Listening
Music Genres:Classical, Electronic, Jazz, Metal, Rock
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Excelentes audifonos, muy buena calidad de sonido.
Recommends this product? Yes
May 19, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening
Music Genres:Electronic, Hip-hop, Pop, Rock
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God I love how these look
These headphones are so timelessly cool to me, I love wearing them out. I generally don't like taking anything other than iems for out of the house listening but this pair of headphones is the exception. The sound is pretty good, especially for the price, and I think would fill out a bit more with thinner earpads but I'm happy enough with them as they are even if they are a tad dark at times.
Recommends this product? Yes
Apr 28, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening
Music Genres:Metal, Rock
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Amazing bang for buck
You can't wear them outside cos the noise leaks, the cable is flimsy. Why did I rate it 5 star? Cos it sounds better than anything close to this price point. (Obviously expect some IEMs)
Recommends this product? Yes
Apr 25, 2023
Activities:Casual Listening
Music Genres:Electronic
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Love the porta pro
  1. I can carry them anywhere and sound good for the money
Recommends this product? Yes
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