Conclusion: While the Kunai may not win any awards, we found ourselves impressed with this little headset. Style, versatility, and a sound that well exceeds the price point all add up to a winning combination, in our book. We had to knock the score down a few points due to the ground hum we experienced while connected to the PS3. But even if the Kunai were only used for music listening, at $40, they’d still be a bargain.
Pros: Excellent balance, Clear tone and timbre, Ergonomic design, Music and gaming compliant, Extremely affordable
Cons: Ground hum when amplified, Lack of depth, Analog connection requires purchase of analog PS3 cable
Conclusion: The Kunai is a solid piece of hardware with an identity crisis. Is it meant to be portable or is it intended for stationary use? There are better options available in each of those categories individually, but very few that satisfy the demands of both as the Kunai does. It is a great solution for those looking to consolidate their audio accessories, at least when it comes to Sony’s gaming products.
Excerpt: In ancient Japan, the kunai was originally conceived as a common farming tool. Over time, it became synonymous with the Ninja, who developed it to be used as a multi-functional martial arts weapon for both inflicting injury and scaling walls – presumably as a prerequisite for inflicting further injury. A highly stylised symbol of Japanese culture – reflected in everything from museums to Manga – the kunai is evocative of ingenuity, functionality and adaptability.