For years now, I’ve been singing the praises of Koss Porta Pro headphones whenever anyone asks me which headphones they should by. Really, for the price, absolutely nothing beats them: they are rugged, extremely comfortable, and sound better than headphones that cost twice as much, all by-products of a classic, time-tested design that has kept mobile audiophiles pleased for decades now, and which Koss stands behind with a lifetime warranty.
The only problem with the Porta Pros is that their design is so classic, so time-tested that it doesn’t feature one of the major necessities of a good pair of on-the-town headphones of the last few years: an in-line mic and remote for answering calls on your iPhone. So hooray! Guess what the Porta Pro KTC (Koss Touch Control) fix?
For die-hard Porta Pro men like me, that’s actually pretty exciting in its own right: my iPhone only becomes untethered from my Porta Pros most days when I have to answer a phone call, so this is a huge feature for me. But if you don’t like the Porta Pros’ admittedly retro aesthetic, Koss is also announcing the IL-200, a set of iPhone-compatible ear buds that come with an in-line remote and unique interlocking system that allows the buds to snap together for storage when not in use.
Both headphones should launch this Spring, but sadly, prices aren’t available. The regular Porta Pros have an MSRP of about $50, so I’d expect to pay $10 more for the Porta Pro KTCs.