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How To Identify Fake Koss Porta Pro Headphones

My 12 Steps to Identify a Fake Koss Porta Pro:


1. Genuine Koss Porta Pro back cardboard design does not have illustrations...

where as the back cardboard design of the fake Koss Porta Pro has 3 illustrations.

Genuine Koss Porta Pro on the left, fake Koss Porta Pro on the right. See anything different yet?

2. Genuine Koss Porta Pro has richer color contrast on the packaging...

where as the color of the packaging of the Fake Koss Porta Pro appears duller.

3. Genuine Koss Porta Pro has "listen to music on your iPhone*" on the lower front packaging...

where as the Fake Koss Porta Pro does not.

4. Genuine Koss Porta Pro has black sponges...

where as the Fake Koss Porta Pro has dark blue colored sponges.

Genuine Koss Porta Pro

Fake Koss Porta Pro, notice the bluish ear piece sponge.

5. Genuine Koss Porta Pro has sharp and high quality printed comfortZone label...

where as the Fake Koss Porta Pro has rough and low quality printed comfortZone label.

Genuine Koss Porta Pro has matching colored sponges...

where as Fake Koss Porta Pro does not.

Genuine Koss Porta Pro

Fake Koss Porta Pro, notice the bluish ear sponges.

Another closer look at the back cardboard packaging of the Genuine Koss Porta Pro which does not have any illustrations in the specification info table.

Closeup on the cardboard packaging of the Fake Koss Porta Pro with the 3 illustrations in the specification info table.

6. Dotted cutout lines on the Genuine Koss Porta Pro are just below the "Koss-Europe: CH-6855" letterings on the cardboard packaging where as...

the dotted cutout lines on the Fake Koss Porta Pro are above the "Koss-Europe: CH-6855" letterings on the cardboard packaging.

7. The Genuine Koss Porta Pro has an illustration of a mini jack and some info regard it just below the specification info table where as...

the Fake Koss Porta Pro does not.

Side by side comparison of the Koss Porta Pro carry pouch, Genuine Koss Porta Pro pouch on the left, Fake Koss Porta Pro pouch on the right.

8. Genuine Koss Porta Pro's carry pouch has smooth background at the "KOSS" label where as...

the Fake Koss Porta Pro's carry pouch has slightly textured background at the "KOSS" label.

Side by side comparison of the jack adapter: genuine on the left, fake on the right.

9. The jack adapter of the Genuine Koss Porta Pro is made of high quality material with clear and shiny golden finish where as...

the jack adapter of the Fake Koss Porta Pro is made of inferior material with slight discoloration and rough finishing.

Side by side comparison of Koss Porta Pros: genuine on the left, fake on the right.

10. There is a white sticker label on the cord of the Genuine Koss Porta Pro near the mini jack where as...

the Fake Koss Porta Pro does not have any sticker on its cord.

11. The inner side of the plastic ear piece frame is molded with the number "1" in a circle for the Genuine Koss Porta Pro where as...

the Fake Koss Porta Pro has the number "4" instead.

Side by side closeup comparison of the ear piece sponge of the 2 Koss Porta Pros, Genuine on the left, Fake on the right. I think this picture successfully captures the difference in color between the Genuine Koss Porta Pro and the Fake Koss Porta Pro.

Close up comparison of the comfortZone label, Genuine Koss Porta Pro on the left, Fake Koss Porta Pro on the right.

12. The Genuine Koss Porta Pro has a sharp and high quality imprint on each of the headphones where as...

the Fake Koss Porta Pro has a rough and low quality imprint. Do note on the misaligned letter "O" on the fake.

At first glance, it might be hard to distinguish between the Genuine and Fake Koss Porta Pro.

But if you follow the 12 Steps of Identifying a Fake Koss Porta Pro you will not be tricked into buying one in the future. Better learn from my mistake than from making your own.

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dlm1 said...

Hi, thank you for this. Obviously I just bought a fake from amazon...

jacq said...

just bought a pair of reds on ebay-they were fakes-at least four words spelled wrong in the warranty small print. called KOSS and sent pics. they verified them as fakes. they will attempt to prosecute these sellers.

AaronDuckFish said...

I just bought a pair off of ebay which I now see are fakes. They came from China.

Two more "features" on the fakes:

1. When you try to adjust the size, they do not slide easily and smoothly as do the real KOSS headsets.

2. They stink. The chemical plastic offgassing is pretty intense on these headsets.

I'll be contacting the seller, eBay, and KOSS on this one. I'm disappointed that eBay has such poor controls for these sorts of things, it's not the first time I've had similar problems with them. Oh well, Meg Whitman certainly didn't make her billions by being honest!

jamazio said...
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jamazio said...

I also ordered a fake pair off amazon, but it was with a second party seller. The sound sucked. I own a genuine pair, and they're amazing. Another thing to note on the fakes is that the firm/light switch DOES NOT WORK. I may expect this off ebay, but not amazon. I have since returned them, and am somewhat dubious about ordering a back up pair. I even ordered some for a friend for Christmas to be sent to his house, they best not be fake!

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Roman said...

Thanks for your interesting post.
I've checked my Koss headset right now and it seems to be genuine as far as I can determine this.
Where did actually you get the jack adapter? It wasn't included in the package I received.
I ordered it by Amazon directly.

jochem said...

Bought a real pair of portapro's, the number pressed on the left earpiece is "2"
On the right it is "4"
But these are genuine Portapro's, so that's not really a way to see if they're fake or not. Other than that i'd like to thank you for this how-to

Bartosz K. said...

Someone stole your photos:
http://nieoryginalny.pl/jak-rozpoznac-podrobki-sluchawek-koss-porta-pro/

Regards from Poland
Vigilant

Zangetsu said...

Thank goodness someone stole your photos!!! YOURS ARE GONE USELESS POST NOW!!! PLZ FIX MEEMREMRERPH!!!

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