I’m alwis on a quest for the ultimate sound but not willing to pay the ultimate price (No money lah!)
What I go for is not the best money can buy but rather the best bang for bucks (translate: cheap and good!)
That’s where Koss plays a huge role in the land of consumer headphones.
Yes, Sennheisers and if you even know AKG, Grado, or Shure.
Sure… Shure is good (pun intended) but pay till you bleed for the brand. Also, like most things, brand name is no guarantee of quality.
I owned a total of SIX Sennheiser products, only THREE had good sound and only ONE out of the three survived after one year of use.
I don’t have the moolah to spend on Grado or Shure, so no need to talk about AKG, beyerdynamic or etymotic research!
I would love to get my hands on them but remember…best bang for buck…so we’re looking for good-value-for-money. Your money and mine (i’m assuming u are as poor as me)
Me: like a college student living in a HDB flat, or in my case, a poor nutrition executive.
I got my hands on the KOSS Portapro recently after researching online for reviews. Koss is not a well-known brand on the streets in Singapore. At best, most would only know about Sennheisers. The rest are happy with Sonys, Philips, the occasional Creative or the white things sticking out of their ears connected to some white mp3 player.
If you want to make that white (Ok, i understand they come in assorted colours these days but we all are familiar with the famous iconic white player no?), if u want it to sound better, do upgrade your earbuds/cans to something like the Koss PortaPro.
When I put it on my head over my ears, turned it on…i was like…WOAH…these ARE good! 100 over reviews can’t be wrong. And of course, listening is believing…believe me…go get these…and get one of the best aural experiences your money can buy.
The highs are very clear, the mids are just nice, and the bass is tight, not overly boomy such that it will distract the listening experience. I tried it on the iPod Nano, Samsung U3, and on my Lenovo IdeaPad (using iTunes).
“First introduced in 1984, this high quality portable stereophone set performance and comfort standards for personal listening worldwide. Over the years, much to the delight of devout Porta Pro enthusiasts, we’ve preserved the original design and performance that made the Porta Pro a portable music icon. Today the Porta Pro remains the headphone of choice for the discriminating listener. Designed for those with refined musical acuity, the Porta Pro continues to be the most requested headphone at koss.com.
The Porta Pro features dynamic elements that deliver exceptionally rich, deep bass and a remarkably wide frequency response from 15-25,000 Hz to capture every nuance in your favorite movie or musical performance. Constructed from mylar, the elements are extremely rigid, minimizing mechanical distortion and ensuring exceedingly accurate sound reproduction. Neodymium iron boron rare earth magnet structures enable the Porta Pro to deliver greater volume so you can hear every note, even when competing against the sounds of a commuter train with a low-voltage MP3 or disc player. Oxygen free copper voice coils improve signal transmission and conduction for cleaner, clearer sound. Foam earcushions provide an open, hear-through sound that lets you keep in touch with your surroundings perfect to wear while running, at work, or while traveling.
Whether you’re listening at home or on the go, the Porta Pro will bring the excitement of a live performance to any recording.” – Koss USA Website
Bottomline: Expensive Sound for Cheap Price
The good: Very clear sound
It’s very comfy…can wear for hours
You will be very happy
The bad: The ‘classic retro’ look
not very available in Singapore retail stores
Cable is two-sided (I personally prefer the cable to come out from one side)
Okay, here are the boring bits…
They are made from neodynium iron boron magnets (strong magnets…this means good sound, good volume, and better handling of the frequencies)
Frequency range: 15k-25kHz
Sensitivity: 101db SPL/1mW
And oh, did I also mention Lifetime warranty, no questions asked?
Links: Koss USA
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