07. 07. 2011
Hed Kandi ultra-thin Pure Kandi headphones
Hed Kandi is a a UK-based record label and music brand which specialises in bringing you head candy (like eye candy for your ears, right?) through a mix of house music compilations, club nights in Ibiza, bars in London and a few ranges of very lovely headphones.
To celebrate the launch of the latest Hed Kandi range designed specially for women, we were sent a pair of candy-coloured headphones to trial, The Pure Kandi Purple headphones.
I'm a little sceptical about tech products designed for women, as I often find that quality is sacrificed for a cute little emblem or a splash of pink. I don't see why we can't have something that looks good and works just as well as other ranges. But, it seems that these headphones from Hed Kandi might just have all bases covered...
Obviously the headphones are purple, but a pastel, faded purple that looks stylish without being too sickly-sweet. They have a super thin silver headband which can be easily adjusted and I was quite surprised at how it stayed in place despite being so narrow with such a shiny surface. The website says this thin band has been designed so it's suitable for any hairstyle and although I wouldn't entirely buy into that claim, it's much more hairstyle-friendly than something overly padded which creates a lot of static or the dreaded 'hat head' look.
I particularly like the fact that the cups are large enough to cover your ears and prevent most noise leakage, yet don't look ridiculously big. They're also very cushioned, so after a while you forget they're even there.
The slim band, smaller cups and light weight mean the headphones are particularly good for travelling during summer as they fold away to be super compact and look durable enough to survive a journey.
The headphones get good marks for clarity, but because they don't cover the whole ear there's a little noise leakage and they don't cancel out background sound in the same way a full-sized cup design would - obviously this is to be expected if you prefer the look of smaller cups. There are plenty of headphones on the market which tick more boxes in terms of noise cancellation, bass and clarity, but it's the combination of style, practicality and fairly good quality sound which really make the Pure Kandi headphones stand out.
The Pure Kandi headphones also come in blue/pink, black and white/coral and are available for 29.99 GBP (around $47.94 USD), but expect to pay a little more for postage if you're based in the US, as it's a brand that operates solely out of the UK. However, if you're searching for something practical that looks good and doesn't sacrifice on sound quality then it's worth having them shipped to your door!
Driver diameter: 50mm
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Max input power: 100mW
Cable length: 1.5m