So I had the blue, classic variant of Koss Porta-Pros for around 5--6 years before having cord problems that could no longer be fixed. Then just recently my friend and I have gone through a total of 5 Porta-Pros, with ALL of them apparently having problems between the 3.5 mm plug and the cord, so that one side of the headphones soon becomes mute unless the plug is twisted in a certain direction. Koss changed from a 90-degree-angled plug to a straight plug (around the same time they started having braided cables, and also these cord issues) and then back, but even my friend's newest headphones (with a 90-degree plug) soon suffered the same fate.
Now, since I don't really have soldering equipment available, I thought it's time for me to finally try other headphones. Some helpful pointers to help you know what I'm out for:
- I mostly listen to metal, but I enjoy the occasional calm instrumental with acoustic piano, strings etc.
- I really liked Porta-Pros and their capable bass and overall sound quality (especially when listening to metal)
- So far I haven't found better headphones within my budget of $60
- I'm looking for something primarily for portable use, but decent Skype/gaming usage (on computer) is a bonus
- I don't know whether I should get another pair of supra-aural headphones, or if I should give in-ear ones a try. (I don't really like circumaural ones since they're bulky and expensive.)
So far I've found the SoundMagic E30 in-ear phones, which have received favourable reviews and are within my budget. I just can't test them before purchase since I can only order them from abroad, so I'm wondering if these are something I'll be satisfied with as a metal listener who is migrating from Porta-Pros, or if I should get another pair of supra-aural headphones. (And if so, which ones?)
Thanks a ton in advance! :)
Edited by Selv - 12/21/12 at 8:03am