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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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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.
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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.
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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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Rowdy2026
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Sep 14, 2022
I’ve given up supporting this site via numerous purchases due to fanciful shipping costs. They are ridiculous and can only come to the conclusion Drop are gouging on postage to make up product gp…it’s scummy behaviour tbh.
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Rowdy2026Could you elaborate what part of the shipping costs concerns you? I can confirm our intention is to make zero profit on shipping costs (in today's world trying to profit on shipping would be extremely challenging as well). I can also confirm that when we look at our total shipping costs we are certainly not making any profit on that part. If something is misleading or unclear we're happy to look into it and try to find a way to make things better. Please let me know and I'll work on it.
Rowdy2026
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Sep 17, 2022
Jyri_DropCould you elaborate what part of the shipping costs concerns you? the part that try’s to charge me $25…
Sarc
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Apr 28, 2022
lol they look fugly
lee345
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Dec 24, 2021
Any idea when this will restock?
kxra
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Jan 26, 2022
Kim77
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Jul 15, 2021
I’ve just got confirmed by Koss Customer Service that KSC75X, PortaProX and KPH30i share the same audio driver.
Awristmatic
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Feb 8, 2021
Are these going to ship anytime soon? Was supposed to be Feb 2, but that was 6 days ago.... still says reserved for shipment
scottlu
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May 18, 2021
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AngieBeth
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Feb 6, 2021
Can someone point me to the YAXI earpad replacements that people keep mentioning for this set of headphones?
metalfabs
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Feb 6, 2021
TechieStew
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Mar 4, 2021
metalfabsThese pads are awesome! Got mine direct from Yaxi—Japan to Canada in only two days via Fedex! Drop should sell 'em, and maybe do a Drop version in a different color. Cheers!
808dreamin
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Jan 27, 2021
Comments about these consistently call out the mic being a problem. Do yourselves a favor - get the regular version of these. They're fantastic, light, comfortable. They're also cheaper and go on sale for $15 on Amazon from time to time!
A community member
Dec 21, 2020
just reporting my 3 years of use. still working 100%. i've replaced the stock thin earpads with Yaxi pads and wow what a difference in comfort. the stock pads were trash i shouldve replaced it from the start. i really love these headphones. the 1 thing i hate about them is the in-line mic/volume control thing. its so goddamn ugly. i would buy these again in a heartbeat if it was exactly like the classic version. edit: also want to add the right "arm" piece now turns freely. it used to never do that and could hold its position even with "light comfort" switch engaged. how can i fix a loose right "arm" swivel?
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swap_saraf
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Nov 19, 2020
One of the biggest drawback are the wires which are very thin and fragile. My hair used to get stuck every time I made an adjustment on head.
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phoenixsong
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Oct 31, 2020
Would love to see an over ear (but still light and portable and comfortable) version of these
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