A latest submitting with the Federal Communications Fee means that audio gear maker Koss is engaged on a Bluetooth model of its long-popular Porta Professional headphones.

The documentation, recognized as “L76-PORTA-PRO-BT,” was submitted to the FCC and made out there on December 20, so it seems to be prefer it has been out within the open for a couple of months. However the submitting contains quite a lot of exterior and inside images of a tool that vastly resembles the present Porta Professional headphone. A consumer handbook included within the submitting refers back to the gadget because the “Koss Porta Professional Wi-fi,” suggesting that would be the headphone’s official identify.

The prevailing Porta Professional is without doubt one of the most enduring and well-liked headphones on the earth. It has been on sale since 1984, however through the years it has gained a form of cult standing for offering wealthy sound high quality at a low value. Whereas its foam ear pads and skinny steel headband nonetheless appear like one thing out of the ’80s, it continues to be really helpful amongst headphone fans as a very good starter pair for would-be audiophiles.

The applying right here is registered by the Koss Company and seems on the FCC’s web site subsequent to data for varied different Koss merchandise that later turned actuality. Paperwork throughout the PORTA-PRO-BT displays listing say the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based firm examined the headphones with “Shenzhen LCS Compliance Testing Laboratory Ltd.,” which seems to be prefer it carried out compliance testing for a number of different tech corporations earlier than. One other Koss FCC software from final December, recognized as “L76-BT190I,” lists the corporate as working with Shenzhen LCS on a product that seems to have change into the just lately launched Koss BT190i train headphones. All that is to say that, whereas any FCC submitting must be considered with skepticism, there are indicators to recommend this one is professional.

That stated, the submitting’s existence would not assure that the headphone shall be launched, extra that it has been labored on and thought of for a launch in some unspecified time in the future. Koss didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark from Ars.

Enlarge / The wired Koss Porta Professional, which requires the three.5mm headphone jack.


The headphone detailed within the submitting would not seem to deviate considerably from the unique Porta Professional. It retains the identical retro design as earlier than however provides a small cable that wraps across the again of the neck and holds the Bluetooth radio, rechargeable battery, and playback controls in two separate modules. The gadget listed has a 220mAh battery and makes use of Bluetooth four.1. The submitted consumer handbook says the gadget could have a one-year restricted guarantee; immediately’s Porta Professional has a restricted lifetime guarantee through which Koss will restore a broken pair at any time for a small price.

Koss’ FCC software was famous by Reddit customers earlier within the 12 months. A separate thread on the “r/headphones” subreddit pointed to an inventory for a “Koss Porta Professional Wi-fi” on Norwegian e-commerce web site Komplett.

It is unclear how a lot the Porta Professional Wi-fi will value if it does hit the market. At the moment, the Porta Professional goes for $40 on Amazon, with a four.5 score after greater than three,400 consumer evaluations.

Koss has gotten loads of mileage out of the Porta Professional through the years, releasing a 25th anniversary version of the headphone in 2010, a revised mannequin with iOS and Android controls in 2012, and new colorways in 2016, amongst different updates.

However with increasingly more smartphones ditching the three.5mm headphone jack and pushing Bluetooth as the brand new regular, Koss seems able to adapt its most iconic headphone for a wi-fi world.


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