Funny thing happened today at the cafe. As I was writing in my journal, listening to some Miles Davis, another customer tapped me on the shoulder to talk. I initially thought he wanted to take the spare chair at my table, but turns out he had noticed my Koss Porta Pro headphones and wondered where I'd bought them.
Turns out he once had a pair like mine, but (I assume) they were either lost or broken. I probably should have asked, in retrospect. Anyway, he'd replaced them with some new ear-clip style Koss phones, but had been unhappy with them.
We had a nice little discussion about Porta Pros, and where to find some (I suggested a Google search for "Koss Porta Pro") and how we both preferred over the ear headphones to ear buds. I thought it was quite cool that he approached me about this... I was now in the Porta Pro Club. ;-)
Now, you might think it strange for someone to approach me like this to ask about headphones. But really it wasn't... to me it seemed quite natural, knowing how much I love my Koss headphones. In fact, whenever I travel or bring music to the cafe, my Porta Pros are always along for the ride.
Why am I such a fan of these headphones? Well, first off they sound superb. The wide dynamic range and excellent bass response make them a great phone for any type of music. Secondly, they can be folded up into a relatively small package for travel. Lastly, they're open, over the ear phones, which allows me to hear my surroundings, making them much safer for walking.
Porta Pros aren't cheap (about $50 a pair) but are well worth it for their quality and lifetime warranty, which I exercised once years ago for an intermittent jack. The two I have were actually gifts from Koss, given to me while I did design work during my days at the print design firm. But if I lost both phones today, I'd be happy to spend the money to buy a new pair because they sound so good and work so well.
Bottom line is, if you're unhappy with your current phones or are considering a change, check out Koss Porta Pros. Once you hear your music through them, I bet you'll fall in love with them too.