Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
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In the 1950s, when rock ‘n’ roll was sweeping the nation but headphones were still largely reserved for communication purposes, Koss came along and changed everything by making the first stereo headphones designed specifically for personal music consumption. Since then, the company has continued to bring listeners closer to the music they love, and among their most popular releases was 1984’s Porta Pro ... Read More

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Jun 27, 2019
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Hi @OCBob, just wanted to say I have read ALL 1000+ comments in this thread (I'm a lil crazy) and I have really enjoyed your contributions and insight. You've mentioned a few times you've been collecting Porta Pro special editions over the years, I was just wondering if you had some sort of list of the different ones you own? Google has been pretty unhelpful when trying to see what special editions have ever been released, all I've been able to confirm is the beige and black/gold ones that are currently being sold, this Massdrop version, a 25th Anniversary version, and apparently a bright lime green version that seemed to be exclusive to Europe? I've become really fascinated with the Porta Pros and the history of Koss in general, any additional insight on this topic from you (or anyone who happens to also read this) would be really appreciated. Thanks!
Jun 27, 2019
OCBob
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Jun 27, 2019
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Thanks for your kind words. The beige and the black/gold with the analog volume control were the most recent editions of the SE models. I also have an all red and all white pair that were released years ago. Amazon has an exclusive all black pair and last year Koss was selling a variety of white models with colored rings and center caps in different colors that I believe were from the Asian markets. I have a real pair of the 25th Anniversary model (lots of fakes on eBay). I have the MD model (I've purchased a lot of those to give away) and the Koss version that comes in the classic color scheme. I have the apple KTC model. I have a classic model that's been warrantied quite a few times. When first released Porta Pros came with a button at the cord split that would mute the volume if I remember correctly. I'd love a pair of those, but I could never find one. My first pair I bought in the eighties didn't have that feature. I also picked up the new bluetooth version. There are a lot of versions on eBay, but I don't trust that they're not genuine. I think I saw that green version online but I don't have it. I have a lot of pairs, but I couldn't count how many I've given away over the years to family/friends or customers/engineers who I've dealt with at my job. On top of all that I own lots of other Koss headphones as well.
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Jun 27, 2019
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Jun 27, 2019
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Very interesting, thanks a bunch for the reply! I only noticed the lime green because it was featured in an official Koss video on their Youtube channel, prior to that I'd never seen or heard of it. I've seen the reds too but always thought they were knock offs! The whites with colored accent options sound cool too, but that's probably too flashy for me lol. I also think it would be cool to find a pair of the Porta Pro Juniors, though like many of the other models I'd be worried about not getting an authentic one buying from somewhere like eBay. I think I got hooked on the whole history aspect of these headphones when I first saw the Koss Sound Partner, and how its pretty groundbreaking design led to the Porta Pro which has now been unchanged for decades. It's fascinating. I imagine an original Sound Partner is probably one of the Holy Grails of headphone collectors. Anyway, thanks again!
Jun 27, 2019
Gallardo
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Jun 26, 2019
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What's the difference between massdrop version vs the original? I can buy from Amazon the original for $32
Jun 26, 2019
Boardumb
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Jun 27, 2019
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These feature an in-line microphone and remote, slightly thicker and more durable cables, a straight 3.5mm jack compared to the angled of the original, and an all-black color way that's exclusive to Massdrop. Not taking color into account the analog to this version on Amazon would be this, which sells for $60: https://www.amazon.com/Koss-Microphone-Remote-Headphones-Collapsible/dp/B0763T9Y4Q?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_2529745011 (The Porta Pro KTC is also a similar option for about $10 less at $50). Of course the OG Porta Pros are just fine especially if you like the color and don't need a mic/remote, but for an extra $6 I love all the additional features of the Massdrop version (and the color!).
Jun 27, 2019
Gallardo
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Jun 27, 2019
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Thank You!
Jun 27, 2019
derhp
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Jun 8, 2019
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would these be recommended for a flight? I already have some m50x and some Mee audio m6 pro, would these be substantially different to warrant a purchase? I generally don't like the m6 because I can't get them to seal.
Jun 8, 2019
phoenixsong
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Jun 9, 2019
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I don't think these will seal well at all, based on the pads and the semi-open back design
Jun 9, 2019
Aberforth
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May 28, 2019
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Here we go, the order form said 2 day shipping would ship tomorrow, but the email says it will ship "by Thursday the 30th". If I'd known that I wouldn't have requested 2 day shipping.
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May 28, 2019
Aberforth
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May 30, 2019
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So far so good, it's still today and there's now a tracking number. Thank you Drop team!
May 30, 2019
UntouchedWagons
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May 17, 2019
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How do I leave a review? Also, can I return these? I find the sound quality to be kinda poor and these headphones are uncomfortable to wear
May 17, 2019
davenerican
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May 30, 2019
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Hi! Not sure if you have returned these yet, but I just wanted to let you know about a quick comfort fix. Yaxi portapro earpads really improve the comfort and sound of these headphones. Here is a link in case you are interested: https://theheadphonelist.com/yaxi-ear-pads-for-koss-porta-pro-review/
May 30, 2019
HecsBox
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Jun 23, 2019
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+1 on the Yaxi pads...way more comfortable and supportive than stock. Even with these, though, I found the clamping pressure too annoying, so I removed the earpieces and put the KSC75X ear hooks on them. Now I get the better cable than the KSC75X, plus a looser, more comfortable fit, which, to my ears, makes them sound somewhere between the stock Porta Pro X and KSC75X.
Jun 23, 2019
J_MZ_T
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May 13, 2019
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I'm aware amazon has a few additional and exclusive colour alternatives (and would like to know if they are legit...) , but I would love to see massdrop release some more colourways of their own. A lime green or mustard yellow would be nice?
May 13, 2019
J_MZ_T
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May 27, 2019
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ah that would explain it. Do you think they would still have the same sound and quality of a standard set of Koss PP's?
May 27, 2019
erickong
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May 27, 2019
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No idea. Assumptions are bad
May 27, 2019
casualsuede
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May 7, 2019
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make sure this is the colorway you want and are willing to pay a 15% premium over the regular unit, which sells for 33ish dollars on Amazon.com.
May 7, 2019
BrotherO4
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May 17, 2019
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those 33$ version are made with the cheaper mic/cable. to get the same porta pros with this cable set is normally around 50 to 60$.
May 17, 2019
Mono_Indeed
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Apr 8, 2019
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Would be cool to see a drop with some thicker pads available. The Yaxi pads from Japan are inexpensive and have improved comfort quite a bit.
Apr 8, 2019
TRXSH
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Mar 20, 2019
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Ive been using turtle beach and skull candy headphones for many years and decided I wanted to get into some higher end audio and saw these were a great budget option to get started with. Ive seen people praise these things and others hate them. I know they have been around forever and im almost scared of massdrop items cause they had to sacrifice something to drop the price.... Im currently using an old Galaxy s5 for listening to music. Will these work well, or fail like others have said?
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Mar 20, 2019
TRXSH
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Apr 2, 2019
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Thanks! I picked up a pair after your comment and I can say im very pleased. I do have an issue with the right side not being as loud after a friend of mine thought they were just cheap dollar store pair and decided to throw them (i guess i should keep him away from my other audio stuff too) and im yet to call Koss about the warranty. Overall will definitely recommend them :)
Apr 2, 2019
OCBob
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Apr 5, 2019
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Massdrop doesn't sacrifice where it matters, and in the case of these PPX's the deal is excellent and the savings is realized through volume. The version of this headphone sold by Koss on Amazon and their own website goes for $60. I own both and can tell you there is no difference in the build or the sound. I've used PPs for 3 decades now and they can last a long time if you take care of them. I personally have only had a couple pairs actually fail on me in that time (though I have damaged/broken my share over the years). If they fail or you break them you can mail them to Koss with a check for $9, a note on what's broke, and your return address and they'll send you a new pair.
Apr 5, 2019
RadicalElation
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Mar 8, 2019
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I had a pair of the non-Massdrop variety a few years back and they were one of my favorite pairs of headphones of all time. I took them everywhere, no matter what I was doing. One day while hopping a fence, they slipped off mid-air and I ended up stomping on them when I hit the ground. I meant to send them in, but moved shortly after and lost my busted set. So I finally got these as a new set from Massdrop, and I'm severely disappointed. They don't sound how I remember. They're muffled, and when too many lower sources are coming in, it all gets muddled together. I loved the original ones I had, they were plenty bass-y, but with clarity. These just aren't clear at all, they sound incredibly cheap, and I don't remember my old ones being so terrible. Did I just get a bum pair? Or has the sound quality dropped in recent years?
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Mar 8, 2019
Wariofart
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Apr 13, 2019
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Any update on your replacement headphones?
Apr 13, 2019
RadicalElation
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Apr 13, 2019
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I honestly can't say whether I was having problems with the original pair or not, or if it's just my ears. What I had noticed I was suddenly not noticing when comparing before shipping the first pair back, though either way the sound was still underwhelming compared to what I remember from those years ago. So, my girlfriend is using them now, though she claimed to have noticed the muddled issue as well, and then not when comparing between the two. Maybe in those years not having PortaPros anymore I hyped them up before finally replacing them, maybe there's genuinely a difference between the Massdrop X variety and the originals, or maybe my ears are either worse or just more picky as I've had better headphones since. I just don't know. What I do know is Massdrop is awesome and I'm grateful for their prompt, courteous, and understanding support, especially when I completely spaced they had already sent the return label, causing a larger than necessary delay in my returning the first pair back to them.
Apr 13, 2019
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