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Dead portapro, please help me find new headphones for my dad

  1. Braekfast
    Hello head-fi, I come to you for sage advice once again.

    I came here years ago for advice. Back then, I got reccomended the HD555 (for home use) and the Koss Portapro (for taking with me). My HD555's must be around 8-9 years old or something at this point, and they're still going strong. You all really did me a solid with that one. The Portapro's were also a big success in another way.

    I didn't end up using them all that much, hermit that I am. But my dad had a listen to them and said he quite liked the sound. So I got a pair for him as a christmas present. He uses them to watch tv late in the evening without bothering anyone. At some point one side stopped playing any sound, so I gave him my pair. Now that pair has the same problem, one side won't play any sound.

    So I want to get him some new headphones as a christmas present. He says he loves the portapro for how light and comfy it is to wear and how nice the sound is. He also describes it as 'cinematic' (probably since he uses it to watch movies a lot), which I can only guess comes from the open design. Do you have any reccomendations for similar headphones, perhaps with some better contruction?

    Thank you in advance, I know you won't let me down.

    TL;DR: Dad loves his portapros, but they broke. Wat buy?
  2. tomb
    8-9 years for a portable headphone is an awfully good track record. If he likes them, they're cheap enough to buy another pair.

    You might try sending the broken pairs to Koss, too - they may fall under their lifetime warranty.
  3. Braekfast
    Well, only the HD555's have lasted the full 8-9 years. The portapros lasted 'only' 4-ish years each. Which is still pretty dang good. Getting another pair of portapros iss my current plan B, but I wanted to look around and see if I couldn't find something that similar but perhaps more sturdy. Similar lightweight/comfy wearing with the open/'cinematic' soundstage, but maybe a bit more expensive or higher quality. I've seen the grado sr60e around, but I'm a little miffed that it costs like 80$ on US amazon, while over here I can only find them starting from 129-ish euro.

    I've heard about their lifetime warranty, but does that also apply to the EU? I've only been able to find the US website.

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