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Subject: RE: Koss Porta pros... WARNING
From: Michael T. Kupietz, wearing a pointy hat (reginald_at_kupietz.com)
Date: 2004-07-04


At 8:09 AM +0100 7/4/04, rinty wrote:
>Certainly the plastic housing pressing directly onto the wire isn't
>likely to contribute to the longevity of the headphones.

I got out the screwdriver and soldering iron and took mine apart
completely... it wasn't even the wire, the driver had given out somehow. It
was funny, the bass kept cutting in and out but the mids & treble didn't
seem to be affected.

At 3:25 AM -0400 7/4/04, Fred Maxwell wrote:
>I know that Koss specs them the same, but how do you know that it is really
>the same driver?

Dunno, just read that in several places... supposedly the KSC-35, KSC-50,
portapros & sportapros are all the same driver. I think I first saw it in a
TiDBiTs article. Google for "tidbits koss" and I'm sure you'll find it.

>Regardless of that, they have a lifetime warranty:

Yeah, actually in my eagerness to try and have a working set of headphones
before my vacation tomorrow I imagine I voided the warrantee... it now
looks obviously re-soldered, there's screwdriver gouges on the plastic,
etc. When I get back from vacation I'll write them and see if I can get
them to replace it anyway.

Warrantee or no, this is a pain, though. It took them 4 weeks to ship my
first pair.

On another note, they did have a lovely low end, although overall I didn't
even really think they sounded *that* good. The bass response is
exceptional but the sound quality isn't, especially in the mids to highs -
vocals and electric guitars come out slightly wimpy and indistinct, unless
you EQ the hell out of them. They just have sort of a slick but somewhat
indistinct sound, the definition just isn't there in the mids & highs. (The
reason I actually liked the tiny, cheap P4 earbuds is that even though they
had much crappier frequency response, the stereo imaging was crisp and
spacious and the sound was detailed.) I suppose for classical music the 35s
would be ok, though.

I guess I'm too demanding, maybe I'm beginning to understand why people
spend hundreds on good phones. Oy, just what I need, another expensive
hobby.

mike

-- 
The great thing is, over the internet, nobody knows I'm a dog.
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