Before we get into this review, you can view our testing process guidelines by heading here. It outlines how we test the headphones, and what we typically look for.

The Specifics

Who: Damson is a York-based "collection of visionaries, creatives, engineers and perfectionists with a shared obsession with creating the world’s very best electronics products."

The product: Damson Headspace headphones, which feature hiss-free noise-cancelling.

What comes in the packaging: Micro USB charging cable, 3.5mm aux cable, and a carry case.

What are they selling us: Ultra-comfort ear cups, XD 'hiss-free' noise-cancelling technology, clear audio with rich bass, up to 16-hours of playback on a single charge, and the ability to connect two devices at once.

The Design

Damson Headspace

There's a definite 'corporate' vibe to the way these headphones look, and that's totally fine - think of a more muted version of something Plantronics would put out, and you'd be in the right ballpark. I think it comes down to silver and black colourway which, to its defence, is a pretty standard setup for headphones, it just doesn't inspire.

The best part of the design, for me, is the no-frills approach to the volume/track buttons on the right ear, and the Damson logo on the left. This level of minimalism is extended to the case and cables that come in the packaging.

Look, the Headspace isn't going to win any design awards, but they're also not going to have people stare at you in disgust. Many people, including myself, would consider that a victory.

The Build

The most surprising thing about the Headspace headphones is how great they feel in your hands. There's a reassuring weight to them, which thankfully doesn't translate to how they feel strapped to your head (more on that in the 'Comfort' section below). Part of me wishes the quality of silver finish was higher, but at the price point, I was left pleased.

Construction-wise, they don't feel cheap at all. I get the impression that you could really put these through the ringer without much damage - case or no case.

The Comfort

Damson Headspace

As mentioned in the 'Build' section above, when I took the headphones out of the box, I was taken aback by how weighted they were in the ears - something which put the fear in me.

Most headphones of this substance would start to feel really uncomfortable after a couple of hours use, but somehow the Headspace manages to fade away into the background. They're not quite on the same level of Bose, but given they're about a third of the price of the Quiet Comfort, it's hard to find many faults in this section.

The Sound

Damson Headspace

In terms of "hiss-free noise-cancelling", Damson aren't lying. They're also not lying on the 16 hours of playback front, as they seem to last an extraordinary amount of time of a single charge. However, what I would like to call them up on slightly is the 'clean audio with rich bass' claim.

90% of our testing playlist sounds good - especially 'A Change Is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke - but at times it feels like you're missing out on 10% of the impact you'd want in the truly epic moments of a song. It handles the terrifying bass drop in 'The Hills' by The Weeknd with ease, yet somehow you won't feel shaken to the core, or like you need to starting writing your will, ya know?

In terms of being 'clean', outside of the slightly submerged soundstage, they got that spot on. You're not going to hear the finer details that true audiophile headphones might expose, but you're never going to worry about clipping or loss of quality, and that's pretty damn impressive.

If you're considering getting into the noise-cancellation game, then you'll be more than happy with what Damson has created here. No headphones will kill all background noise, but you'll be surprised by just how loud the world is once you start toggling the on/off switch on the Headpspace - something I had a lot of fun doing while walking through Regent's Park recently.

Is It Worth The Money

Looking at typical price points, £50 is what most people would consider a lot to spend on headphones, especially given so many people are happy with whatever came packaged their smartphone. For audiophiles, the figure jumps up to around £200. But what about the middle ground? Well, from experience, it tends to be a minefield of companies cynically releasing products that give little to either camp. Thankfully, Damson are giving you more than enough to justify the jump - whether that's up or down.

You can purchase these headphones by heading here. They retail for £129.99.