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Updated January 10, 2024·

The JLab Go Work Wireless are a more contemporary option with features such as wireless connectivity, a microphone boom for clear calls, and good comfort scores which make them suitable for long working sessions. They also have built-in controls, a slightly better build quality, and are suitable for exercise and air travel. However, their more closed design and lower soundstage score make them less ideal for an immersive music or video experience. On the other hand, the Koss Porta Pro headphones have an open design which generally offers a wider soundstage and richer experience for music and videos. They are foldable, offering better portability, but lack modern conveniences like wireless connectivity and a microphone. They are typically less expensive, and while they may not match the JLab in terms of call quality or features for exercise, they have a legacy in good sound quality for their price range. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JLab Go Work Wireless
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the Koss Porta Pro
  • Very good for music
  • Good for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

5.8
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
8.2
The Koss Porta Pro is very good for music, while the JLab Go Work Wireless is poor.

Gaming

5.3
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
6.4
The Koss Porta Pro is only fair for gaming, while the JLab Go Work Wireless is poor.

Phone Calls

6.3
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
4.3
The JLab Go Work Wireless is only fair for phone calls, while the Koss Porta Pro is poor.

TV and Video

5.5
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
7.6
The Koss Porta Pro is good for TV and video, while the JLab Go Work Wireless is poor.

Noise Reduction

4.6
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
2.5
The JLab Go Work Wireless and Koss Porta Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the JLab Go Work Wireless is somewhat better.

Battery

47.0 Hours
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
N/A
The JLab Go Work Wireless has 47 hours of battery life. The Koss Porta Pro does not have a battery.

Cost

$45
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
$40
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The JLab Go Work Wireless has a price of $45 and the Koss Porta Pro costs $40.

Build Quality

9.0
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
6.0
The JLab Go Work Wireless has excellent build quality, while the Koss Porta Pro has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.6
Go Work Wireless
Porta Pro
6.8
The Koss Porta Pro and JLab Go Work Wireless are both only fair for podcasts and audiobooks.

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How the JLab Go Work Wireless and the Koss Porta Pro compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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JLab Go Work WirelessKoss Porta Pro
JLab Go Work WirelessKoss Porta Pro

GENERAL

Price
$45
$40
Brand
JLabKoss
Release Date
May 1, 2021January 1, 1984
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
5.8/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
6.4/104.3/10
Gaming Score
5.3/106.4/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/107.7/10
Exercise Score
6.3/104.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
47 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
NoN/A
Charging time
2 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
4.6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Android App
NoN/A
iOS App
NoN/A
Mic Quality
9/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/106/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
170 Grams63.5 Grams
Microphone style
BoomN/A
Waterproof Rating
00

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JLab Go Work Wireless

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Headphone Check

Maike Paeßens | 2021
"If you are going to criticise the JLab Go Work, it would be for the cables, which are to some extent too short for their intended use, and for its rather harsh treble reproduction above moderate volume levels in music mode. However, the call quality during telephone calls and video conferences in voice mode via wireless and via cable is impeccable. This handy Bluetooth headset also scores points with its excellent battery life and support for multipoint connections."

Koss Porta Pro

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Headphones.com

Sebastian Taboada | February 2022
"It’s clear to see why these have been such a popular choice amongst listeners for nearly four decades. It’s a charming pair of headphones that delivers a truly enjoyable listening experience and one that I think punches well above its weight."

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About Koss

Koss is an American headphone manufacturer established in 1953. In 1958, they created the first set of stereophones, that is headphones with stereo sound, and in 1984 they released the world-famous Porta Pro, a set of on-ear headphones that has remained essentially unchanged for more than 30 years and that is still made, sold and loved by many audio enthusiasts around the world today.

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