Six Colors
Six Colors

by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Report: Koss Porta Pro Wireless en route?

Usually interest in FCC filings is limited to things like new Apple products, but in this case, I chanced upon a story from Ars Technica’s Jeff Dunn indicating that Koss may have submitted a filing with the government agency for a Bluetooth version of its classic Porta Pro headphones.

But the reason this piqued my interest is because the Koss Porta Pro have been my daily wear headphones for years now. (I’m on my second or possibly third pair.) In-ear headphones have never been my jam, and I don’t like wearing my noise-canceling Bose QC-35s outdoors–they’re too bulky, for one thing, and I don’t like wearing them in inclement weather.

However, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated using the Porta Pros with the last few iPhones, thanks to Apple’s discontinuing of the headphone jack. I’ve relied on the Lightning-to-headphone dongle that Apple includes with recent iPhones, but if I could get the same fit and audio quality with a pair of Bluetooth headphones, well, I’m all in.

That said, I will be sad to move away from headphones that don’t have to be recharged and use what is perhaps the last remaining standard interface port. But that’s the way the wind is blowing.

—Linked by Dan Moren

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