KEF & Porsche Design SPACE ONE Wireless Review | Where Design Meets Acoustics

Introduction


The SPACE ONE Wireless is the culmination of work between KEF and Porsche Design. Today we are presenting an exquisite headphone that is intricate in design, whilst excelling in acoustic quality. Today, we will be taking an in-depth look into it and find out how it outshines among other premium quality headphones out there in terms of form and function.

Specifications

Includes: Headphone Case, Magnet-Clasped Accessory Pouch,
Charging Cable, Airplane Adapter, Audio Jack Cable


MODEL
SPACE ONE WIRELESS
Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
DRIVER (HEADPHONE)
40mm
FREQUENCY RANGE
20 - 20kHz
MAXIMUM OUTPUT
12mW
BLUETOOTH
4.1 with Qualcomm® aptX
BLUETOOTH RANGE
10m
BLUETOOTH FREQUENCY
2.402GHz - 2.48GHz
BLUETOOTH POWER
Class 2
SENSITIVITY
94dB
IMPEDANCE
16Ohm
POWER INPUT
DC 5V 600mA
BATTERY TYPE
Li-ion rechargeable battery 850mAh
BATTERY CHARGING TIME
30hrs (BT on + ANC on)
40hrs (BT on + ANC off)
110hrs (ANC on + BT off)
DIMENSIONS
(H X W X D) 195 x 170 x 82mm
WEIGHT
330g
UNIT MEASUREMENT
Piece
PRICE
£349 (Approx. SGD$640)

Form - Design

The form of the SPACE ONE Wireless is brilliant and elegant. Just from an overview look at the headphones itself, and you can see Porsche Design's meticulous design at work. The simple color scheme of silver and black is simple, but exudes an exquisite look and feel. This make the SPACE ONE look like something you will see on a business professional. The Noise Cancelling microphone is cleverly well-hidden under the yoke so as to not ruin the overall aesthetic of the headphones. The entire structure of it is also fingerprint-proof to maintain its lustre throughout use.

The SPACE ONE Wireless can be a fashion statement all on its own

The controls available on the headphones are well-compacted onto the right ear pad, which blends itself well to the overall look of the headphones with its metallic black finish. The buttons are well-defined and are shaped differently, such that you can identify them with just one slide across the right ear pad. One small complain I would have is that the toggle to switch between noise-cancelling and ambient mode is alongside its power. This can cause switching from noise-cancelling mode to ambient mode to be a challenge, which many a times would lead to turning off the headphones instead.

Compact & well camouflaged controls

Switching between modes can be a problem at times.

But overall aesthetic aside, the headphones is also built with the user in mind. The structure of the headphones is compact with foldable cups to allow easy storage. The headband and ear pads are sweat proof. It is also comfortable to wear, with the ear pads altering itself to the shape of your ear when you wear it with its memory foam. This allows the headphones to fit firmly on your head without the entire structure clasping onto your head tightly.

Function - Acoustics

Clarity is the name of the game for the SPACE ONE Wireless Headphones. Its Bluetooth Qualcomm aptX delivers high quality HP audio through Bluetooth, while the Qualcomm cVc Noise Cancellation Technology suppresses unwanted noise to bring about maximum clarity. All this is further accentuated with KEF's own Active Noise Cancelling that isolates the ear well from outside noise, feeling much like a vacuum, bringing out the vibrancy of the audio.

Sound quality is superb and is comparable to its larger-sized competitors. Each tone is crisp and distinct. You can also easily tell each instrument apart from one another, all the while blending well to bring about a vibrant audio experience that is not too overbearing. Its drivers also bring about tight and punchy bass, while carrying rich and solid mids all round. All in all, it is a solid pick for people who enjoy clarity in music above all else.



Conclusion



In conclusion, SPACE ONE Wireless is an amazing pair of headphones that excels in both form and function. It is price around SGD$640.00, which is steep, but what you would get is a well-designed set of headphones with superb sound quality and Active Noise Cancelling. All of which is also packaged in a compact and sturdy shell. If you are looking for a premium headphone to go with your smart suit, SPACE ONE Wireless is one you can consider.

Factor
Description
Score
Innovation
+ Ingenious Design Choices to create a sleek and fashionable headphone

8/10
Design
+ Exquisite Look & Feel
+ Compact – Collapsible Design with small frame
+ Designed with users in mind – Sturdy & Comfortable to Wear

10/10
Value
Comes with a suite of accessories, all packaged together in a sturdy case.
- SGD$640 is a premium price for noise-cancelling headphones.

5/10
Performance
+ Crisp Tone
+ Tight Bass
+ Rich Mids
+ Active Noise-Cancelling accentuates the audio quality that the Headphones aim to bring out instead of being there just cause.
8/10
Final Score
7.75/10



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