Kitsound have launched their new ‘District’ wireless bluetooth noise cancelling headphones and they sent us over a pair to try out.
In the box you’ll find these over-ear headphones themselves and a paper leaflet that’s (novelty) actually big enough to read 🙂 There’s an audio cable included for airplane or flat battery duty along with a micro USB charge cable that you can plug in directly to the headphones (what no USB-C?). Finally, there’s a Qi wireless charging pad in the box as well.
The big USP of this District model is its ability to juice up using that included wireless charging pad. Never mind Qi, the balancing cups in the charge position look like a Yoga position for headphones.
Just set them on top of the pad and the built-in Lithium polymer battery charges from flat in around 2.5 hours, which provides up to 20 hours of listening time. The charging pad can also be used for your smartphone or anything else that’s compatible with the Qi standard. Helpfully that also means these headphones should charge on all those coffee shop and Ikea wireless pads too.
The large, plush ear cups of the ‘District’ model envelop your ears entirely (even mine) and provide a good level of noise attenuation even before you switch on the ANC. They have quite a firm clamping force, but not uncomfortable. The soft fabric covering the headband and the ratchet style adjusters means I’m able to wear them for hours without any discomfort.
The earcups fold for transporting and there’s a welcomely large L and R on the inside of each one so there’s no faffing about trying to find out which way round to put them on – other brands, why do you make me search for a tiny black on black marking?
The onboard Bluetooth v4.2 has a quoted range of up to 10 metres and I can easily walk a couple of rooms away and stay listening. There’s a built-in microphone for taking calls too.
The headphones turn and on off by holding down the centre button on the right hand side. In addition you turn the ANC on and off using a separate 2 position switch. You can have the headphones disconnected, but the ANC still switched on (the down position). I found that I forgot to turn this off a couple of times and came back to flat headphones. I’ve got the hang of turning both off now though, so no biggy.
You’ll hear a high pitched beep when max volume is reached and a lower one for minimum volume, with around 15 steps between. 5 quick beeps in succession signal a low battery state.
I used some of my go-to tracks to try them out, like ‘The Veldt’ from deadmau5 and Royksopp’s ‘Monument’. The 40mm drivers have a published frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz. While they don’t go just as loud as my Sennheiser’s, the bass is certainly enjoyable with the enhanced lows that provide that warm sound I always crave.
Turning on the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) pulls the sound in a little closer, helping to remove some of the droning ambient noise in the room. I found this useful when I was using them to watch Netflix on my laptop in the same room as a TV playing in the background.
After several weeks of use, my over-riding impression of these headphones is the way they surround your ears completely, bringing you into a more intimate world of sound.
The latest wireless headphones from Kitsound (Model KSDISBK) sound great too.
They are comfortable, affordable and with their wireless charging they are convenient as well. They’re a welcome addition to our approved headphones list and fit neatly into that £100 budget bracket.