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Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

Massdrop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

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Will the inline controls work for all smartphones? (I have a samsung s8)
Hello, is the pouch in genuine leather or synthetic fabric? Thanks
HenryCookie
Synthetic
I have some B&O H4 headphones and these are honestly right up there.... sound is a bit muffled on these but the bass and compact style are what set them apart. Definitely worth the buy.
I had an old version of these from Massdrop and they were great. This new edition has a mic/play+stop functionality, but it's a bit rubbish with my iPhoneSE. It constantly engages Siri, or turns of the music, or skips the track randomly, or fast-forwards when I put my phone in my pocket. The sound is great and they're comfortable, but pretty unusable sadly.
How would these be for a Nintendo Switch?
sleepnaught
What are you trying to figure out? How these sound with the power from the switch? How these fit in general? My roommate has a switch and I own the porta pros so I can test it sometime
sleepnaught
i use them for my switch and got nothing to complain about, very satisfied :)
Hi, all, My Massdrop Porta Pros arrived last week and were DOA/broken. (The remote doesn't work.) Who is responsible for the replacement: Koss or Massdrop?
mho.ohm
If you just received them I would contact MD customer service. I had a problem with a new pair of headphones purchased on MD and they took care of me.
I've had Porta Pros since way back when they came in those blister packs with the slide-out cardboard backing, this will be my third pair. I don't need them, but figured a pair with a mic would be useful for my phone and gaming, and it's always nice to have a few pairs so you can leave some at work or in your bag. In the ~20-25 years I've used them, I've only ever had to send a pair back once, and it was because I sat on them. Koss Canada had a new pair out to me in no time for just the cost of S&H -- mailing them back was cheap because they're so light and you can pop them into a bubble mailer. They may seem flimsy, but they're pretty durable unless you're particularly hard on gear. The foam pads do wear out, but they're cheap and easy to replace (I've always got spares on hand), which also encourages trying out things like cutting a quarter-sized hole in them, which opens the sound up a touch. I've ordered some Yaxi pads to give them a try, too. Really looking forward to putting some miles on these.
Any idea how these compare with phone use to like blue parrot, specifically designed for truckers because of the noise canceling design? Wanna give as a gift but I've tried buying other brands and there's always some issue. Help, anyone?
Gezusgmz2
These do not cancel outside noises (like what the Bose QC series does). The wire is fairly short, 4 feet. I haven't used the microphone on these at all really. They are comfortable and do not get in the way of glasses
how long does it normally take for these things to get shipped?
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Ahhh makes sense. No problem. Have a good one.
Watch out for the ones from China, most are fakes
Sitting here listening to my original Porta Pro's from Koss, purchased a year or so ago. Warmer treble than I prefer, but easy to brighten up with EQ (I use Onkyo's HF Player app on my iPhone, which lets you set different EQ curves for different headphones; treble is now nice and sparkly!). Bass is more than on my usual desktop go-to headphones, my beloved AKG M50x. I'm enjoying that. These have a very pleasant sound and good imaging; the drumset on "O Tannenbaum," from the Vince Guaraldi Trio's, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" album was so realistic (sans EQ) that I almost forgot I was wearing headphones--so can I complain about reduced treble? Well, yeah--EQ is still good. I also like getting the mic on this drop ("mic drop," heh), though I might not use it very much, and for 30 bucks, this deal is hard to beat. Add me to this drop!
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Might make a nice drop someday...either one or both.
riccardo99
Best kept secret haha, they're like a much better hd650, a more intimate t1 (or close to).
Wait did the drop price just drop :D
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Thanks erickong, I know haha! There was a dude asking me how much the original price was, but deleted his comment after I replied. Guess I'll delete mine too :)
phoenixsong
Oh. Awkward
These served me really well traveling overseas- no complaints about their sound/portability/durability! But... is anyone else having a problem where the inline control seems overly sensitive to triggering? Bending the wire a certain way seems to cause them to short out and pause or skip the track playing. And with these plugged in I can't "lock" my device to prevent accidental interference. :/
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My understanding is that with shipping costs it's really not worth it in the long run. I'm hoping that by manually customizing the product I can avoid having to replace them or pay for shipping costs multiple times in the next few years. Also, soldering is fun! :)
MonnoM
So you wanna solder yours too? Noice mate. What are you gonna do? Make disconnects, cause I am tempted for the meme (and mostly for varying cable lengths). I've also been thinking of perhaps finding a way to channel the wire from R to L side without it getting in the way or restricting the foldability of the PP chassis, and go single-side entry because honestly I prefer single entry on anything other than desktop cans.
I used to have the Koss Porta Pro Junior headphones. They sounded fantastic for the money, but the thin plastic breaks easily at the hinges.
I received mine yesterday and been listening for hours. I hear an imbalance between my left and right ears even I position it properly in my ears. If I position it improperly to find the balance then its fine. Is it only or anyone else here have this problem ? Or maybe a problem in the headphones itself ?
These sound very surprisingly good, but I feel like the cable could have been one foot longer.
Awesome except unfortunately I was greeted with a €19 import fee upon delivery (to the Netherlands).
I was turned onto Koss via the KPH30i and they have become my go-to mobile headphones for radio and podcasts. I like the way Porta Pros sound for mobile listening, but I found that they caused discomfort on the ear after 20-30 min of wear. The stock pads for the KPH30i seem thicker than the Porta Pro (but I have not measured).
I ordered ear pad replacements for the Porta Pro from Yaxi Pads, for $12 with free shipping to the US from Japan. They are a worthwhile upgrade, IMO, they distribute the pressure and buffer the contact points between my ear and the speaker. I'm sure the additional padding affects the sound in some way, but listen-ability for me comes from being able to wear them comfortably first.
And yes, they also come in black!
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Scroll to bottom of page... https://www.yaxi.jp/product-gallery/porta-pro/ Available in Black, Orange, Yellow, Red, and Blue...
VRacer111
Okay I put Yaxi Pads on them today, took quite a while to get here. Sound about the same and I'm too lazy to swap pads on them again and really listen it through, just not worth the time haha. But they do sound great and the comfort is ridiculously better, worth it alone. Not a terrible purchase for something I like to use on travel. Thanks
Next time please consider using the upgraded cloth covered cable.
I might not have ever tried the Porta Pros if not for the $20 Massdrop KPH30i. Those started my obsession with Koss. Now I have four pairs of Koss on-ears 🙃
I did a video comparing three of 'em, including the Porta Pro. The PPs are the warmest of the three, most bass, but still pretty solid mids and highs. It's a more laid-back listen than the energetic KSC75, with the KPH30i landing somewhere between them.
My only complaint with the Porta Pro is the handband that won't keep its size adjustment. I won't complain about the looks of the headphone, I think it looks awesome and it's a great conversation starter. Fun to put these on someone's head and surprise them with the sound out of something that looks clearly 40 years old.
Is Lifetime Warranty possible in Poland (this country have official distribution)?
First saw the Porta Pros when headphone shopping in Shinjuku a long while back. Didn’t think much of it because of it‘s looks. So I thought, what the hell, and had a listen...
Rest is history.
Aren't these cheaper on Amazon? or is there a difference with the x?
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JakeSully
They're not always cheaper on Amazon; keep that in mind. The nice thing is you can buy these that come with a bit better cable, and go on Amazon and get the hard case, almost for the retail price of the regular one that comes with an inline mic, which is usually $59.99.
Here, add $37.99 for the Porta Pro X to about $14.99 for the hard case on Amazon and you got yourself a sweet deal.
JakeSully
This the Koss version of the MD PPX. https://smile.amazon.com/Koss-Microphone-Remote-Headphones-Collapsible/dp/B0763T9Y4Q/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1537721263&sr=8-8&keywords=porta+pro It's also available on the Koss site for the same price ($59.99). So the MD PPX is like a $22 savings.
I really like these - the sound, the size and weight, and even the look. The only issue I have is that my ears hurt quite a bit where the pads touch after about 30 min. of listening. I think it might just be the pads, because I use the KPH30i for hours at a time without any pain or discomfort.
Anyone try any replacement pads?
i hope these are coming back. i've been wanting my partner to have higher fi headphones than what she owns and these might just work with her hearing equipment.
thequing
Sure you know they're back, and they drop all the time.
I just received my pair Porta Pro made possible Massdrop, i really blown away with the soundstage and quality of the sound.
Happy and glad to part of this community
Thanks Massdrop
Found this article on another forum. I believe the article was written around 1984 when the PP's were first released. Though some of my fellow PP fans might be interested.
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This is much better than original.
Will the mic work with language program apps, where you have to speak as part of the testing and training?
Does it have a bit of noise cancelling? I wonder to buy it because it does all I want (good sound, lightweight, foldable) but I don't want people to ear my music, and I would to cancel exterior noise too. :/ do you recommend it even tough? I guess we can't use it in car or flight?
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sound quality is amazing. one of the best bang for your buck headphones. there is not too much bass. for the price, quality, novelty this is an easy buy
erickong
Thanks for your answer. I was wondering about buying the AKG Y50 or The Porta pro, but Maybe I'll take the step and try this one. I hope is not too old against all those '' modern'' headphones. :)
Verrryyy nice headset, I use it mainly at work, and it simply delivers. Really light and comfortable, it packs a solid bass, for either hip hop, smooth jazz or heavy metal!
Definitely recommend this buy! There's a warranty and all!
Your other headphones will be jealous ;)
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Well for Sennheiser I *was* referring to the folding compact PX-100 II, but it seems it's since been replaced with a new lineup that so far might not be quite as good. The Grado SR60e (made in Brooklyn NY!) is the other one, which is not as portable but has a similar long history of afforable performance, looks that haven't changed in 25 years, and moddability. They're twice as much as PortaPros ($80), but you're also getting twice as much headphone. For another $20 you get another $20 worth of headphone from the SR80e. Don't get them from Amazon though, you only want to get Grados through an authorized retailer in order to get the warranty.
waffle911
Thanks so much, those Grados have a tight look...