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Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
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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.
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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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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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On-Ear Headphones From an Audio Legend

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. An instant hit for its portable, on-ear design and warm, smooth, detailed sound, it’s still considered one of the best values in entry-level headphones to this day. And now, it’s getting an update in the Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X: more modern and more durable, with the same light, take-me-anywhere build backed by Koss’s lifetime warranty.

Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

Light, Lockable & Smartphone Friendly

Weighing in at just 2 ounces, these headphones are great for anyone who wants the convenience of earbuds but doesn’t like the feeling of wearing something in their ears. Plus, they can fold in several different configurations and lock for secure, compact carry in the included pouch. Engineered for durability, the Porta Pro X has a thicker cable with strain relief on the connector and a more robust “Y” split—common points of failure on the Porta Pro. And since this new model is meant to pair with a smartphone, something the original never was, it features a noise-cancelling inline microphone that won’t compromise the audio performance. The single-button control lets you skip tracks, make calls, and activate voice commands. Meanwhile, the sleek, subdued midnight-blue colorway lets you tune in without standing out.

Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

Additional Details

The Porta Pro X’s adjustable temporal pads relieve pressure on the ears to keep you comfortable, while its lightweight, open-air cushions allow you to stay aware of your surroundings without affecting sound quality. Finally, the oxygen-free copper voice coils and dynamic elements provide a wide frequency response with rich bass.

Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones
Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

The Original American Headphone Company

If we were to write a history of audio companies in the US, Koss would land on the first page. Not only did the Milwaukee, Wisconsin–based company make the world’s first stereo headphone, the SP/3, in 1958, it’s also responsible for the first self-energizing electrostatic headphone, the first dynamic headphone to deliver all 10 audible octaves, a standard-setting infrared wireless headphone, and a series of memorable, zeitgeisty ads to go along with them. Over the years, Koss headphones have made it onto Air Force One, into the Smithsonian, and onto the heads of such music icons as Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett, and Pete Fountain. Founder John C. Koss was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2000. Made in collaboration with his son, John Koss Jr., the Porta Pro X represents a continuation of this tradition of innovation, all for the love of music.

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Specs

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  • Construction: Plastic in exclusive midnight blue
  • Frequency response: 15 Hz–25 kHz
  • Impedance: 60 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB/mW
  • Cable: 4 ft (1.2 m) with noise-cancelling inline microphone
  • Connector: ⅛ in (3.5 mm) TRS
  • Weight: 2 oz (57 g)

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We get it. Sometimes what you ordered just doesn’t work out. If that’s the case for you, don’t fret! All customers (both US and international) may return this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.

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Estimated ship date is Oct 4, 2022 PT.

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After every mid to (relatively) high end in-ear monitors over years (including short-circuited SE530s and Westone W4s), I finally found my perfect running headphones. I'll skip the sound quality. ...Read More
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What is the difference between these and the KSC75s?
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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...Read More
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