I think it’s only fair that I start off this review by saying how much I love these Manhattan headphones from KitSound. Out of all of the ones that I have reviewed, these are my absolute favourite!
First up, the packaging. As with all of their products, KitSound know how to make their packaging stand out, but not in a bad way. The front of the box has an image of the headphones, as well as a few tidbits of information regarding play time and call-handling. The sides of the box gives some information in regards to where the name of the headphones came from, and the back of the box lists the features and specifications for the products, as well as the contents of the box.
Speaking of the box contents… The headset is well packaged between two cardboard inserts that offer a high level of protection during storage and transit. Pulling these pieces apart, the headset is there for you to see in all its glory, and it is a very glorious sight! Also provided is a USB to Micro USB cable, a Micro USB to 3.5mm jack cable, and a user manual.
The headset itself feels great in the hand. The fully adjustable headband is padded, but not too much, whereas the rotatable earcups have a nice amount of padding. The earcups are fitted to the headband using a silver metal fastener, which is also used to adjust the size of the headband. The cables that feed through the headband are a braided material rather than the rubber material that you find on other headphones – a really nice change as there is no chance of stretching and damaging the cable. The earcups both sport the KitSound brand logo on the outside and the bottom of the left earcup has the Bluetooth On/Off switch, the Micro USB port, Forward/Back button which also couple as the Volume + & – buttons, the Microphone and the LED indicator.
Setting up these headphones to use with my phone was rather straightforward. Because they are wireless and include Bluetooth 2.1, they are compatible with most devices out there right now. I set them up firstly with my HTC One and I had them working within 30 seconds. It was just as quick setting them up with the iPhone as well. If I did run into any issues, the user manual provides steps to get things paired. Getting used to the controls on the earcup took a little longer, but once I had got used to which way I had to press the button to change song/volume level, everything as fine.
Comfort wise, I cannot fault these headphones. They are light enough to sit on my head and over my ears for hours of use with no discomfort from both the headband or the earcups. The sound quality is pretty amazing, too. I have used a few high priced pairs of earphones and the Manhattan’s are way up there with those. There is a decent amount of bass, the music doesn’t sound tinny, and no matter what genre of music I tried them with, the music sounded as it should have. Call quality is top notch too, both incoming and outgoing sound.
The battery life on these headphones is impressive – 18 hours of play time, 30 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours standby time! Charging the headphones’ Lithium Polymer battery is as easy as hooking up the Micro USB cable to the port on the left earcup and the USB to a power source and you’re away. The other thing that I love about the Manhattan’s is that if you are caught out with a low battery, you can simply hook up the Micro USB to 3.5mm jack cable and use them as wired headphones!
If you haven’t been able to tell already, I am in love with these headphones. They have impressed me no-end since I started using them and I look forward to using them on a regular basis. If you ask me, these are well worth the £34.99 price-tag, and more. I HIGHLY recommend these to anybody looking for a decent pair of headphones at a decent price and with them being available in a range of colours, there is sure to be something to suit everyone!