After twenty-five years in production, and five years of absence of ownership, the Koss PortaPro headphones still kick ass. I’ve encountered no headphone in their price range that unseats them from their highest of pedestals. The Sennheiser PX100s come very close with superior comfort and a more streamlined design but simply don’t have the same passion in their reproduction of music.
Before I had my Sennheiser HD600s, my Grado SR60s, any of my Shure, UltimateEars, EtymoticResearch or Klipsch headphones, I had these Koss PortaPros, until their untimely loss while moving from California, back to Missouri.
My new set arrived today with only a change in packaging from when I bought mine my junior year in high school. There’s a sort of comfort in that, just as the Klipsch Heresy speakers I have still sold today have changed very little since mine came off the assembly line around 1984.
If you are in the market for a sub $100 on-the-ear, open-air headphone, this is the one I’d recommend. I got mine from Amazon.com with free shipping for under $35. It’s a steal and it feels oh so good to have them back.
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