: New cans!

12-03-09, 04:52 AM
Koss Portapros -- I love them! Super comfy, adjustable tension, and high quality plastic. They also fold into a little black pouch. They've been in production since 1986 and this particular set has the same teal blue switches and silver metal trim rings as the original. The ones sold at Best Buy come in all black. It also came with an adapter to plug into full size jacks.

They haven't been fully burned in yet, so if it gets better than this, I can't wait.

As far as sound, the highs aren't exquisitely detailed like a big set of Grados or Sennheisers and the bass is powerful but not as deep. However, for $32 (buy.com) they're just amazing. I'd have paid as much as $80 for these if I had to.

I tried a set of Klipsch Image X5s I got from Ultimate Electronics (I paid $99, marked down from $249, resold them for $159), and these are vastly superior with a wide soundstage and an open, airy feel. [The X5s are in-ear IEMs, so its not an apples to apples comparison.] I also tried a set of Shure SE420s, and those IEMs were again vastly inferior to these cheap 23 year-old [in design] headphones.

I almost bought these Sennheisers for $100.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Se...lp=15 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sennheiser+-+On-Ear+Headphones/9265243.p?id=1218071606864&skuId=9265243&st=sennheiser&cp=2&lp=15)
They sound similar to my Portapros in lows and mids but have sweeter and much more precise highs.

I still need to get another pair of Grados for home use as the SR-80s that I gave to a friend have gone missing. The only Grado dealer in St Louis is going out of business and has a set of SR-125s for $160. I'd like to see if I can negotiate them down further.

Eric Kahn
12-03-09, 04:44 PM
I have Sony MDR-V6 headphones

12-03-09, 05:00 PM
Interesting you should post this. I recently found my favourite set of headphones for sale on eBay and they are now on their way to my house. While researching them I came across the KOSS Portapros too and I was amazed to find out they are still in production!

The set I bought on eBay are a set of Koss HV/X from 1980. My dad still has his set that he bought new back then and I keep "borrowing" them and he keeps taking them back. I know there are technically better sounding and more detailed headphones out there, but these old things really do still sound awesome. The main reason we both still use them though is the power. You can push them way beyond where most modern headphones will go and they still sound amazing. This is probably due to modern safety rules regarding ear damage. The great thing about buying awesome headphones from the 70s and 80s is that they are junk to most people and can be had for next to nothing! My ears probably don't like me for using these things too much (The pic is the RadioShack clone re-brand that is virtually identical):

12-03-09, 10:43 PM
I tried out Sennheisers once, loved them! Dunno if I could justify spending $100 on headphones though.

DopeStar 156
12-04-09, 01:45 AM
Skullcandy, baby. DJ's best friend....

12-04-09, 07:35 AM
Deceptive thread title tits

12-04-09, 08:40 AM
Deceptive thread title tits


This was my thought too. I expected to see that Jesda had new pectoralis implants. :sneaky:


12-04-09, 06:21 PM
When I hovered my cursor over the thread, I saw Portapros. I figured cans meant porta-potties...

12-08-09, 03:17 PM
When I hovered my cursor over the thread, I saw Portapros. I figured cans meant porta-potties...
Same here. Knowing Jesda, what else could it be?