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Kicker HP-301 review

These on-ear headphones are a secure fit, but there are better-sounding alternatives for similar cash Tested at £35.00

Our Verdict

Lots to admire here but, sadly, not that much where sound is concerned


  • Secure fit
  • look good
  • fold up small


  • They sound insubstantial

Taken from their packaging, the Kicker HP-301s don't look like they're going to fit a grown-up head, but the thin, bendy headband proves plenty long enough for even the fatheaded among us.

It doesn't exert much pressure on the earpieces themselves, though, which can feel as if they're resting uncertainly on the ears.

But they stay secure, and the extreme springiness of the band means they fold up very small when they're not in use.

Lack of sonic organisation

In use, though, they don't stand out from the herd. Field Music's You Can Decide sounds insubstantial, with a top-end clatter that doesn't compensate for a lack of low-end body.

There are better-sounding alternatives for similar money.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameKicker
Product TypeHeadphone
ManufacturerStillwater Designs
Manufacturer Part Number09HP301
Product NameKicker HP-301
Product ModelHP301

Technical Information

Sound ModeStereo
Minimum Frequency Response24 Hz
Connector PlatingNickel Plated
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Impedance32 Ohm
Cable Length13.10 cm
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz


Earpiece DesignBehind-the-neck
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size30 mm

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorSemi-open
Weight Approximate20.1 g


Host InterfaceMini-phone