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Hed Kandi Discothéque On-Ear Headphones




Been seeing a lot of branded headphones coming into the Philippines lately (and we’ve been testing a bunch of them in the past months) and one of the newer and more recognizable brand is Hed Kandi.

Originally started out as a record label, I guess it made sense for Hed Kandi to venture into the headphone market.

We picked this Hed Kandi Discothéque from the local distributor to test out.

The Discothéque is a simple on-ear headphones with a stainless-steel frame for a head-band coupled with soft leather-like pads (on-ear headphones are categorized as supra-aural headphones).

Another twister strip of stainless-steel protrudes from the side, holding the ear cups and allowing the bands to be extended according to the size of your head. The accordion-type cord (more commonly referred to as curly cables) provides good cable-management yet offers the extra cable length when needed (the Discothéque maxes out at 1.5).

The ear-pads are soft and comfortable although I fear that thin piece of polymer film that covers the pads might easily get torn off by accident.

The head-band is strangely very tight, not just because I have a fairly-sized head, but because the steel frame is not very tractable so the pressure of the pads against the ears becomes significant over time. I just think the head-bands can be very tiring to use over prolonged periods of time.

Sound quality is impressive — clear and crisp in the low and mids, not tinny on the high end and has really solid bass. For the most part, I think it’ the bass that gave this headphone really good marks.

The ear pad does a fairly good job at isolating ambient noise but not by much (and because it’s a supra-aural headphones, it really depends on the size and shape of your ear lobes).

Hed Kandi Discothéque technical specifications:
Driver diameter: 40mm
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Impedence: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 108dB
Max input power: 100mW

The Discothéque retails for about Php1,190 in local stores (like Astrovision, Mobile 1, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, PowerMac and iStudio among others), a very decent price-point if I may say so.

They come in a variety of funky colors as well and it’s pretty obvious that this model is targeted towards the more trendy or fashion-conscious crowd. I just feel you’d end up putting it around your neck than around head because of that somewhat uncomfortable head band. Too bad because we really liked the sound quality of this unit.

In any case, we’d love to give this Hed Kandi Discothéque to one of our readers. Here’s what you need to do to score this unit.

In 160 characters or less, complete this line:

“I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up … “. Include this link at the end — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

Post it on your Twitter, Plurk, Google+, FB or Tumbler and leave a comment here with the link to you entry. We’ll pick the random winner on Monday.

Disclosure: Digits Trading, the official distributor of Hed Kandi in the Philippines, supplied us with this unit for review and allowed us to keep it or give it away to readers. They’re also an advertiser on this blog for the next 12 months so you should see their banner ads by end of the month.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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176 Responses

  1. Monchee says:

    I really want this soooo bad!

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’ve given up on my beats solos. so many imitations! Time to set a new trend! :D

    G+ – https://plus.google.com/108083282100171176518/posts/d7Y7EYGdXuD
    Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/monchee/status/105640258296745985
    Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/monchyuson/posts/10150288544027192
    Tumblr – http://tumblr.com/xlz48zqq5k

  2. tipler says:

    good job catching the grammar mistake early on

  3. drew says:

    sh*****t… i like to have this one..

  4. Bon says:

    Hi. I left a comment on your article on Google+. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks! :)

  5. nixmanabat says:

    if i will be blessed with this,,it will be my first over ear headphones! please see my entry @

    http://www.facebook.com/stig04

    unfortunately cant post on google+ right now,,service unavailable :( goodluck to all of us guys!:)

  6. roiji says:

    http://twitter.com/roiji/status/105854126419750912

    I’d give up my Beats Studio for this…
    Nakakasawa na Beats…

  7. Josephine Bahala says:

    I am definitely joining\! here is my entry: http://twitter.com/#!/ren_joy/status/105859627752759298

  8. The appearance and style is convincing.

  9. late technology says:

    may kirf? oem or class a? which sounds better? which is more expensive? which is closer to original in terms of sound quality?

  10. Eduard says:

    Here’s my entry..=)

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/110522751945350793667/posts/GrC8ZAeLiz5

    Hope my Philips headphone may rest in peace..=)

  11. val says:

    Eto po ang entry ko Sir Abe:

    http://twitter.com/#!/vgzylun/status/105865040527228928

    Sana manalo ako, hehe :)

  12. Ken De Mesa says:

    Here’s my post!! Please read it :)

    https://plus.google.com/114859119434422527333/posts

  13. Jill says:

    Goodbye my china china earphones! ;)
    http://www.gplus.to/rockette

  14. Rolly Go says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my fuzzy P150 headphone

  15. Rolly Go says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my fuzzy P150 headphone

    http://www.gplus.to/rollybgo

  16. vince says:

    after the horror I felt when I saw the price of some of the headphones you reviewed, this one is much more affordable

  17. hellokeithy says:

    My “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up … “, entry. ^___^

    Twiiter: http://twitter.com/#!/hellokeithy/status/106176448905232384

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=155317394551332&id=100000645540305

  18. Omar Parian Adam says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up http://www.facebook.com/momochan100188/posts/249235505107978.”

  19. Lhon says:

    Sa akin na yang headphone na yan!! (crossfingers!)

  20. Lhon says:

    Sa akin na yang headphone na yan!! (crossfingers!)

    https://twitter.com/#!/r11_27

  21. JosephLou says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up … “. Include this link at the end — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.”

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/cjsk1l

  22. april rose martizano says:

    HERE’S MY ENTRY ! yey.(crossfingers!)

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000260991077

  23. Rowel says:

    here’s the link.. a facebook status.. :D
    http://www.facebook.com/sec0nd2n0ne

  24. suzette says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up MY LIFE TO HAVE THAT“. —http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

    http://twitter.com/#!/setmartizano

  25. Jomar Sadie says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my apple headphones!

  26. Reisa Maas says:

    Reisa Maas-http://www.facebook.com/reisamaas

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up our home theatre for it because it’s still like having a home theatre and being able to bring it everywhere!“ — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi

  27. Sadz says:

    http://twitter.com/#!/creamhearts
    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my tv!

  28. Royce says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my w700i Walkman Phone :) “.

  29. vic rodriguez says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up our dogs
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000031263841

  30. joy says:

    What would i give up just to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque –> http://bit.ly/n0LhVN :D

    (https://twitter.com/#!/ligayateus/status/107706921485737984)

  31. marianne says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up living=)“. — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000495303179

  32. Dreff says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my facebook for a week for it. http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi

    http://www.facebook.com/dreff.aguilar

  33. markiii says:

    https://twitter.com/#!/SuperMarkiii

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up watching my fave TV series! haha http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

  34. I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my school report card — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

  35. I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up ALICE IN WONDERLAND PLAYING CARDS — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

  36. Lor says:

    Hope I’m not too late

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up 1 week of internet surfing “ http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/114486128266980414341/posts/bugzsTBAsTe

  37. Joining!

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up my phone texting habit and listen more into music ! http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi

    shared at fb:
    https://www.facebook.com/shermaine7/posts/161717530574034

    twitter:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Sherfriends/status/108170029320777729

    tumbler:
    http://sherfriends.tumblr.com/post/9544599246

  38. Allen Gail Lucanas says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up this friggin’ MAXELL Headset of mine! hahaha “ — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi

    http://www.facebook.com/aLucanas/posts/2269638187729?ref=notif&notif_t=like

  39. Sherwin Ramos says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up Creative speakers!“. Include this link at the end — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

    https://www.facebook.com/sheramf/posts/157769807639713

    Thanks!

  40. nueljose says:

    My entry: :)

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up using public transportation and will walk to and from school for a week!

    https://www.facebook.com/psychiatricnurse/posts/106354179470540

  41. http://twitter.com/#!/mikolalo/status/108176950077554688

    Here is mine! I hope I get to win this because the last time I joined the cherry mobile contest, I got to the top 10 but lost.

  42. Inri says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up eating lunch and dinner!

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592336633

  43. Eric says:

    I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up going online for a day.

    http://www.plurk.com/p/ds0rik

  44. Vincent Rivera says:

    “I’d love to have that Hed Kandi Discothéque! I’d give up opening Facebook and Google+ for a week ” — http://yugatech.ph/143hedkandi.

    https://www.facebook.com/binsent.ribera?sk=wall

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