Kygo Spins Another Artist-Branded Headphone — the A11/800 Noise-Canceling

Kygo Spins Another Artist-Branded Headphone — the A11/800 Noise-Canceling

Is there still gas in artist-branded headphones?  DJ and producer Kygo is now re-entering the extremely crowded field.

The Kygo A11/800 noise-canceling headphones are designed to keep all distractions at bay, though course, this has been done before.  The noise-canceling function the headphones can be adjusted using the Kygo Sound App.

“I’m super excited about these noise-canceling headphones,” Kygo said.  “They’re brilliant for blocking out any unwanted distractions when I’m traveling on tour.”

Kygo A11/800 Noise-Canceling Headphone Features

  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 40 hours play-time in Bluetooth mode
  • 19 hours play-time in the noise-canceling mode
  • Supports aptX and AAC sound quality
  • HD voice during phone calls
  • NFC pairing
  • Proximity sensor for play/pause
  • High-quality memory foam ear cushions
  • Touch Control Panel
  • Foldable
  • Travel Case

The Kygo A11/800 noise-canceling headphones will retail for $349, putting them squarely in competition with Beats.  And, for that matter, more than a dozen serious options for music fans.  The crowded field also includes stiff competition from AirPods, which are now taking over the portable audio landscape.

Exactly how Kygo is going to differentiate is a bit unclear, but here we go.  Pre-orders the A11/800s are currently available at Kygo Life’s website, and will be available on Amazon soon.

Right now, the headphones are available in white and black, though previous headset models do feature additional colors.

The A11/800 is the most premium headset introduced by Kygo Life yet. The touch control panel and active noise canceling technology place it in competition with Beats and Microst’s Surface headphones, but no support for AptX with low-latency is killer.

Regular Bluetooth devices experience about 250ms in delay, while aptX enabled devices see about 170ms in delay. That’s a significant reduction, but it’s nothing compared to aptX low-latency delay only 40ms. These headphones will be fine for listening to music, but not so much for playing games where actions must sync up to sound.