Know “Calm” Headphones

Front End Conclusion:

A video review and unboxing is coming soon.

Long and short of it, do these headphones warrant the price? For me, the answer is yes. For the $250 price tag you get features that are more commonly found in $300+ selections. Also worth noting, there are often several discount codes available to get anywhere from 10%-20% off. The sound quality is not stellar, but it’s certainly not bad, and not enough to detract from the positives.

What’s in the box?

Opening up the box upon arrival is a treat. The packaging is user friendly, comes with a nice tissue paper wrapping the included travel bag with the headphones already packaged in the bag. Below that are the usual inclusions for a set of wireless Bluetooth headphones: the USB-C charging cable and a 3.5mm aux cable. What’s not typically included in a set of headphones is the branded sticky notes. While they may seem gimmicky, given the company name “Know,” I do actually make use of the notes and are a nice addition.

Review

Headphones are like watches. Often times, the micro-brand can surprise you with it’s quality and price, especially when compared to the larger names in the game. This is where Know comes in. Know is a micro-brand headphone company with two options, in-ear-buds, like airpods, and over the ear ANC headphones.

The Know Calm headphones is the latter of the options. Per their listing, the headphones feature:

  • Controllable ‘Hush’ Active Noise Cancelling
  • Ambient Transparency mode
  • Touch Controls
  • Wireless Charging
  • Crystal Clear Sound w/ MindShine

We’ll touch on these claims in order

The ANC is superb. Granted, I’m not a headphone snob, I don’t have too much to compare it to. But I write in the morning with my two husky’s rough playing(which sound something like two grizzly’s fighting for a salmon), and switching the ANC on cancels them out entirely. There are three options for the ANC, Off, Low, and High. To be honest, I wouldn’t bother with off or Low, as the high does what it’s supposed to, and in the event you do need to hear someone or something, you can activate the ambient transparency mode.

Ambient transparency mode is basically a passthrough mode. Cup your hand over the right ear cup for 2 seconds, and it will nullify the ANC, and activate a tiny mic on the right ear cup that allows you to hear anything around you. The quality of the mic is passable, it’s not quite natural, but you can hear just plenty. To turn it off, hold the right ear cup again for 2 seconds, and you’re back to ignoring everyone as God intended.

Touch controls are just that, touch controls. On the right ear cup, swiping up will bring the volume up slightly. Swiping down will bring the volume down slightly. According to the volume meter on my laptop, it moves the volume up or down by 7 ticks, on a scale of 100. Swiping either left or right will skip a track, or go back a track, and tapping the headphone will pause/play the music. There are only two buttons on the surface of the headphones, the power button and the noise cancelling.

A slightly unique feature on this set which is often found on higher end headphones is the wireless charging. While not as fast as the USB-C charging, the Know Calm headphones do support Qi charging simply by placing the left ear cup face down on a Qi charger.

Last but not least, the sound quality. I’ll be honest, I’m not an audiophile. I’ve spent the past few years being an on-again-off-again musician, but my exposure to audiophile grade headphones is limited. The sound quality on the headphones is passable. It’s certainly not bad by any means, but I don’t imagine it would pass the audiophiles test. Know use a technology they call MindShine, which they state produces the sound in a way that is more physically comfortable. What that means? I’m not sure. The headphones are comfortable enough to wear for several hours at a time without issue.

So, I gave a verdict at the top, and I will reiterate that verdict now. Is it worth the $250? Absolutely. They’re slightly more budget friendly and are very comparable to the top of the line in terms of features.

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As always, I hope you enjoyed this review. Stay safe, and stay productive.

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