Published on October 5th, 2015 | by Greg0
Koss Pro4S Studio Headphones: Straightforward And Well-Priced
Choosing the right pair of headphones is likely to become a whole lot more difficult in the next few months, as just about every company releases updates and new models for the holiday season. We checked out the initial prototypes at CES and caught the hype over the last few months as some of the initial wave of products hit store shelves over the summer. And the bottom line is that you should probably wait just a little bit before settling on your new set, and the first question you’ll want to ask is about how you’ll be using them.
If you want a fairly neutral pair that are closed-back, allowing you to appreciate the music- and you don’t mind letting go of a microphone or in-line controls- then you might not need to look much further. The Koss Pro4S Studio Headphones aren’t particularly sexy, and they don’t include any Bluetooth wireless functionality. But they also don’t try to be more than they are, or throw too much in, and the price is definitely right. Plus, where many other studio sets are supremely bulky, these weigh in at a svelte seven ounces.
Koss is pushing these as “specifically crafted for professionals”, tuned for reference use, which means that they might come across as a little flat if you’re looking for the bass-forward, EQ-adjusted sets that are common. But in the studio, producers want to listen to the music, not the equipment, and accuracy is key. As is comfort, actually, and these are pretty solid- they come with a coiled cable like pro gear should and memory foam earcups that you can wear for hours without strain. You’ll practically forget that they are there. They don’t light up, and won’t cancel out noise- but if you are serious about these, then you definitely don’t need any of those other features.
One handy addition that we did appreciate was the ability to connect the cable to either the left or right side earcup- and the cable detaches, so if you need to replace it, you can swap it out easily. And you can flip or swivel the earcups when you want to listen to your surroundings, and the Pro4S even fold for decent portability and storage. Just don’t expect to take calls with your mobile device or use them as a headset. There are certainly more powerful pairs out there- we’ve always loved beyerdynamic and Sennheiser- but the Koss Pro4S are hard to beat at this price. Available now, online and in stores, for under $200.