Behold, these are my new Koss Porta Pro headphones. I can happily report they are living up to the many positive reviews I trawled through in my search for some new listening gear. Good news.
Now that the elements have burned in after a week or so of listening, these retro ear treasures are sounding awesome. I’m not for a second saying they’re as good as a high spec set of studio cans, but for the money I spent, these are offering serious bang for my buck.
With an open back design, sound is free to move across the headphones, creating a light and open environment for listening. Despite this airy feeling, the headphones capture plenty of detail across the full audio range; the bass is (most definitely) pounding and the mid tones are balanced with a sweet high end, resulting in a natural sound reproduction that is both rich and colourful.
The design of the Porta Pro hasn’t changed since it’s introduction in 1984, which in itself proves the success and popularity of these headphones, if it works… As a fan of retro gear these first caught my eye on people’s ears a few years ago, however, they were proving to be rather elusive as it was only this summer that I discovered it was Koss behind the design.
Anyway, the metal headband adjusts smoothly, they fold up nicely and have a hidden clip to keep them tidy, which as a geeky engineer are design details I appreciate. The foam movable ear pads and additional Comfort Zone pads that sit above your ears make these super comfortable and secure. Combine this with the lightweight build means they don’t boil your ears like some other headphones.
I still need to invest in some closed back, isolating headphones for the studio - I have my eye on some Sennheisers - but for a portable option these are serving me well so far (I still need to test them in the gym). The style may not be for everyone, but I’d recommend these for anyone looking to upgrade from the buds you get with your iPod, they suck, and when you realise the high fidelity you’ve been depriving your ears of you’ll kick yourself, hard, before sitting back and enjoying your favourite beats the way they’re supposed to sound.