You may not know the Kuba brand, but you’ve certainly seen images of the Kuba Disco on social networks, after all, its unique design easily catches attention. But what headphone is this? Founded in 2014, Kuba is a 100% national company and Disco has the proposal to be the definitive phone. We are talking about premium equipment, handmade and flexible, because all parts are replaceable. Consequently, this adopted differential helps to extend the life of the device.
This is a product that aims to meet the most demanding audience, audiophiles, in particular, who have the most sensitive and refined ear. But he is also popular among the “common consumer”. Does it make sense to pay R$696 on a Kuba Disco? Awarded by Léo Drummond, of Mind The Headphone, the Techblog had the opportunity to review Kuba Disco and I will tell you my impressions from now on.
Video review of Kuba Disco
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Design and comfort
As I mentioned in the introduction to this review, the Kuba Disco is a uniquely designed supra-ear, with plastic, wood and a material that resembles leather. In developing the project, I don’t know if they were trying to get people’s attention, but if that was the objective, the brand succeeded. First, the handset has a retro feel and feels like a classic product. The wood of the bow, available in three different finishes, promotes the Disco’s artisanal DNA and, according to the company, it is all handmade.
My impressions with the design are very positive. This is not just a headset to look good on your head; the finish appears to be durable, as well as conveying an exclusive feel that should captivate collectors and audio lovers right away. Considering that this is a premium gadget, some people might even criticize the brand for providing cushions that imitate leather, but the decision, in my opinion, was the right one, thus avoiding making the device more expensive. They even ship a kit with two synthetic suede pads.
Each shell houses the P2 connection and the cable shipped is 100% detachable. The lower part of the accessory is covered in fabric, while the upper part is basic, all rubber, very simple. It already comes with volume, play/pause and microphone buttons. I believe that many people should use the headphone indoors, but Kuba could reinforce the cable more, leaving it all in fabric, right?
In conclusion, the materials and its own design make Kuba Disco a very original and quality product. Even a big one, you can expect a comfortable headphone that doesn’t strain your ears and lets you wear it for long hours. The modular design, which allows the exchange of all parts, is another differential and the best part is that all components can be found on the company’s website.
Before talking about the sound quality, it’s good to emphasize that the Kuba Disco is an unrestricted phone. Whether on Android or iOS, the product will work smoothly on any device. I, for example, throughout this review, could use it on an Android device, on a Windows notebook, on a MacBook, on an iPad and on the iPhone 11 (but with an adapter, because the Apple owner still insists on Lightning).
I’ll cut to the chase and advance that the Kuba Disco sounds impeccable, but the experience tends to change depending on your device. What I mean is that, if your device has a good sound system, you will be able to extract more from Kuba Disco, having high quality audio. In my tests, I could feel differences from device to device, but I believe that something like this shouldn’t influence the purchase decision.
But speaking of sound performance, really, I can say that Kuba Disco has a very balanced behavior, to appreciate details, as I like to define when I analyze premium headphones. The bass is smooth and deep sounding, while the mids remain consistent and the highs are crisp and bright. Classical and dramatic music, like Team, by Hans Zimmer, sounds with rich details, without causing shrillness, even in the most congested part of the track.
Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, sheds light on the headphone’s generous performance with mids and highs. Without making too much effort, I identify the kick and cymbals for the drums, the piano, the guitar and the bass. A dancing pop, Rain On Me, by Lady Gaga, and Skateboard, Bruno Mars with Anderson. Paak, marked by highs and lows at all times, play with imposing beats and without embolism. For those who like electronics, the phone is capable of generating an immersive experience in many tracks, something I haven’t felt in other genres.
One nice thing about Kuba Disco is the manual bass controls that “tweak” the frequencies in real time. They are placed on top of the shells and can be moved forwards or backwards, so you can set the ideal intensity. It doesn’t change severely, which is good, and yet I haven’t noticed differences in all the tracks I’ve tested. Anyway, it’s good to know that the user has this feature available to customize to their liking.
I also want to draw attention to passive cancellation. The headphones are able to efficiently isolate from external noise, which again puts the product in the spotlight. The microphone, in turn, is not the device’s strength, after all, the focus here is the sound. Overall, the quality is pretty good and the only weak point is the difficulty in reducing external noise.
Kuba Disco: is it worth it?
Kuba Disco is a headphone that impressed me in the first few hours. It has an iconic design that looks good and makes it a collectible item. We’re also talking about durable equipment and the ability to replace parts helps keep it running for years. It is a national product that does not owe anything, whether in construction, sound or resources — its proposal is clear and honest.
This model from Kuba reminded me of the Sennheiser Momentum 3, one of the best headphones I’ve tried so far. The ability of both of them to play any track without any problems is really fascinating. The Disco is balanced and detailed, delivering active bass and at the same time smooth. The mids are crystal clear and don’t tangle with other nuances, while the highs remain stable and bright at all times.
Costing BRL 696 in September 2021, when the review of the equipment was published, the Kuba Disco has an intermediate price and high-end sound. It’s an unrivaled headset and very competent for audiophiles and non-audiophiles like me, but who like to appreciate every detail of a track.