Astell & Kern UW100 review: No noise cancelling, no problem

Astell & Kern's first ever earbuds have a fun hexagonal look to them. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Their case has a similar vibe, and charges wirelessly or via USB-C. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The sound performance is simply stunning, partly thanks to the earbuds' built-in DAC. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
There's no active noise cancelling, which some people will miss, but that means no compromise on audio performance. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Battery life stands at six hours on a charge, and the earbuds are nice and light. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
We think these are a hugely impressive first effort that sound as good as any earbuds out there - provided you're in a moderately quiet environment (image credit: Pocket-lint)