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Koss Sporta Pro Headband Headphones - Black
(53 Epinions reviews)
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Deceptively solid no frills headphones worth every penny
May 20, 2011
Review by igglue
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:For the price, this sound can't be beat.
Cons:Appears flimsy. Only time will tell but for price, I can't complain.
The Bottom Line: If you need a set of headphones, skip the rest and buy this headphones.
While walking through Urban Outfitters, I saw this headphone (in a classic box) on the clearance area for $10 so I just had to pick couple of them up.
Recommend this product?
I have various headphones but recently I have been using noise cancelation headphones from Bose and Audio Technica as my primary headphones to get rid of noise.
Recent changes in technology has really reduced audio quality by using compression that introduces sound loss. While we all thought going from vinyl to CD was bad enough, MP3 was even more disturbing. I remembered bringing my portable MD player with recording off of vinyl and played on same speakers and everyone though "WOW!". Sony's ATRAC (Known as MD) was a superior solution but ultimately cheaper CDs won out. Recently I have not been encouraged to listen to music as sound quality is really bad. Also, I've been banned to use my stereo as my wife says it's 'too loud' as you need certain level to drive high powered stereo. (That's with my volume only being 1/4 of the way.). That's getting resolved in the new house with sound proofed walls. (Another story)
My Portapro came in a yellowish box (it's urban outfitters, who used to sell gas masks in NYC across Tisch school from my memories of college years).You open the box and inside is a piece of headphone with a relatively short 4ft cord and that's it. My version (originally $50, marked down to $10) had no case, no amp adapter, no extension. When I first picked up the headphone, it felt flimsy and I questioned whether it was originally worth $50 pondering "Did I just buy crap?". Then I put the music on and I thought wow.
At first, this headphone felt like it was leaning too much towards the base. In reality, it was just a well balanced headphone and my ears have gotten rusty. Solid mids, firm base and good treble. Headphone is comfortable but this is an open ear model. (You can hear everything around you). The drive (piece that actually makes the sound) is very efficient so you will need to reduce the volume to 1/2 what you are used to. Sound isn't too tight (flat) or overly spacy (like Bose Noise Cancellation). It's accurate and bright but not artificially spacy either.
Once I discovered this lovely piece of equipment, I had to crack open Jacqueline du Pré playing Elgar Cello Concerto and this is solid. Moving to Yes, Van Halen, and other rock bands and finally to more modern like Kate Perry and Rihanna. I wouldn't dare listen to classic with other headphones as they will simply muddle it.
In term of long term cost:
Cushions are replaceable and it's only $7 or so for 3 pairs, which is really nice as cushions wear out. (I just replaced my Bose cushions after 4 years as they were starting to shred apart). Most people don't get this but if you have a solid piece of headphones, replacing cushions is a key. Cord is a woven material so it should last through few years.
Crystal clear, wide range, solid listening piece and the amazing price of $10. (Probably closer to $30 normally) This headphone will compete with headphone like Grado and top of the line Sennheisers and most people won't be able to tell the difference beyond certain point and this is probably about the limit for most. (Unless you were musically trained to tune instruments).
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