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OneSense Headphones Block Out Light, Tell Onlookers To Go Away

By David Ponce

It’s more of an art piece and a statement than an actual product, but the OneSense headphones from Joe Doucet are striking enough to be worth a mention. The serve not only as a music-listening instrument, but they cover the eyes as well in an attempt to completely isolate you from the outside world. The spikes you see are meant to be a message to anyone passing by to leave you alone.

“One Sense not only obscures environmental sight and sound from encroaching on the wearer, but utilises the color red and a display of spikes, drawn from nature’s symbols for warning and defence, to alert others not to intrude.”

It’s a statement on the state of our society, where we are constantly bombarded by the technology we ironically seek out ourselves, but from which we end up needing respite. Of course, you don’t really need a fancy red, spiked set of headphones to accomplish this. A DIY version of the OneSense would involve simple earbuds, an eye band and a clown costume. People will leave you alone, believe us.

If you want to see the headphones for yourself however, they’ll be on display at MeetMyProject in Milan from April 17th to the 21st, 2012.

[ Joe Doucet ] VIA [ MoCoLoCo ]

Monster Puts Some Color In The Dr. Dre Beats Over-Ear Headphones

By David Ponce

There really isn’t much to say about this product other than there’s now some color on them. They’re the same over-ear Studio Beats that have been on the market for some time now, only more colored and in limited edition.

Like you see on the picture.

Maybe Monster wanted to cash in on Colorware’s business?

We wouldn’t post about this usually, but yours truly owns a pair and wishes he’d had that option way back then. For what it’s worth and in this author’s opinion, the audio line of earphones and headphones is the only Monster product that doesn’t suck.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Ecko Zip Earbuds Make Those Zipper Cord Headphone Concepts A Reality

Ecko Zip Earbuds (Image courtesy Ecko)
By Andrew Liszewski

The downside is that you’ll be walking around with something that’s clearly Ecko branded, but the company’s new Zip earbuds feature a design that could outweigh that. In the past we’ve brought you concept headphone designs that feature a ‘zip-up’ cord so they don’t get hopelessly tangled when not in use. However, because they were just a concept, you could never actually own a pair.

But Ecko’s new ‘Zip’ earbuds not only feature a zipper cord design, complete with rows of teeth and a zipper pull, but you’ll actually be able to buy them in the near future for just $29.99 in a small sampling of colors. I’m going to assume the low, low price speaks for the quality of the sound you’ll get out of them. But maybe for some of you the convenience of not having to play the Christmas lights game with your headphones when you want to listen to music is a far higher priority.

[ Engadget – Ecko Zip earbuds pump tunes through a functioning zipper, let you drop your fly in public ]

Razer’s Tiamat Headset Packs 10 Drivers

By David Ponce

We’ve talked about Razer a bunch of times over the years. They make gaming accessories that are generally well received. Now they’re coming out with an alleged “world’s first” 10-driver circumaural 7.1 gaming headset (5 drivers per ear). They’re not going the usual route of virtual surround but rather true surround with precise control over each audio channel. There’s a separate controller through which you can customize levels to your liking and a precise, unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone.

Of course when it comes to audio equipment the proof is in the pudding and the Tiamat won’t hit shelves until Q4 of this year for $180. At that price, it better be some really good pudding.

[ Razer’s Tiamat ] VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]

Custom Birch Plywood Headphones

Custom Birch Plywood Headphones (Image courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

I find the stuff being sold on Etsy to be pretty hit and miss. But the few times I come across a ‘hit’ it makes me wish I spent more time perusing what was available for sale there. These beautiful custom birch plywood headphones, created by Nico Monterosso, not only manage to make plywood look sexy, but they also make my black plastic over-the-ear cans look downright cheap.

They’re custom made so you actually have your choice of fabric finish on the outside of the earcups, and since they’re not adjustable you can even specify your head size if the standard 45cm from ear lobe to ear lobe measurement won’t accommodate you. Unfortunately there’s no pricing info since they appear to already be sold, which makes me kick myself again for not paying closer attention to Etsy in the past. But given they’re custom made and all, maybe not knowing the price is a good thing.

[ Etsy – Custom Birch Plywood Headphones ] VIA [ Fancy ]

AKG K3003

AKG K3003 (Images courtesy AKG)
By Andrew Liszewski

Walk into the booth at pretty much any recording studio on the planet and you’ll find a pair of AKG over-the-ear headphones sitting on the script stand. While not the most expensive headphones you can buy, they’re extremely well respected in the music industry, and the company has now decided that they want a piece of the consumer market as well. Except that they’re maybe not going about it the right way.

While you can find more high-end and expensive earbuds from the likes of Monster for ~$200, the AKG K3003’s will set you back close to $1,200. (€1000) In their defense I have no doubts the earbuds sound great, and from what I can tell they use a triple driver system to provide a frequency range of 10Hz to 30kHz. They also feature a brushed stainless steel housing for added durability, a matching inline remote and microphone and a reinforced steel ‘Y’ connector where the cable splits apart for each ear. But I suspect they’ll be attracting the deep-pocketed audiophile market before the general consumer, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

[ AKG K3003 ] VIA [ Headphiles ]

HoodieBuddie Now Does T-Shirts, Despite Their Name

HoodieBuddie T-Shirts (Images courtesy HoodieBuddie)
By Andrew Liszewski

The last time we checked in with HoodieBuddie they were staying true to their name with a line of hoodies that featured headphones built into the drawstrings. It certainly helped deal with the often annoying headphone cable that’s become the bane of a lot of our existences, except when the temperatures outside get too warm to wear a hoodie. For those times the company now sells a line of t-shirts featuring a pair of earbuds sticking out of the collar.

Like with the HoodieBuddie, the HBTees include a handy pocket, on the side this time, where you can connect and stash your MP3 player. And the shirts are just as machine washable as the company’s hoodies, headphones included. You’ll just need to hang dry them since the extremely hot temperatures of a dryer will presumably melt those electronicy bits. And at $20 a pop, available in 8 different styles and colors, they’re not terribly expensive either.

[ HoodieBuddie T-Shirts ] VIA [ Cool Material ]

Piano Forte X-VII Series Headphones

Piano Forte X-VII Series Headphones (Image courtesy Final Audio Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking to upgrade the less than amazing white earbuds that came with your iPhone or iPod with something that costs in the neighborhood of 10X the price of your device, a Japanese company called Final Audio Design will happily take your money. In exchange for ~$2,700 (on the high end) you’ll have your pick of one of the four different earbud types in their Piano Forte X-VII series. Besides a massive 16mm driver which is going to produce an impressive amount of sound, the Piano Forte earbuds are actually made from milled metals, designed to mimic the performance and sound of a horn shaped loudspeaker.

You have your choice of copper with gold or ion plating (the X-G & X-CC models) stainless steel with a polished finish (the IX) or brass with gold plating (the VIII) with each producing slightly different sound characteristics based on your personal acoustical tastes. While I’m not sure how comfortable it would be to stick metal buds in my ears on a cold Winter’s day, according to the Final Audio Design website it’s a better alternative to soft silicon pads which can “introduce tiny vibrations that distort sound.” I have no doubt these earbuds sound great, but I’m finding it hard to believe they could ever sound amazing enough to justify their asking price.

[ Piano Forte X-VII Series Headphones ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Elecom’s New Otokurage Earbuds Apparently Inspired By Jellyfish (Because That’s Exactly What I Want To Stick In My Ears)

Elecom Otokurage Earbuds (Images courtesy designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

Designed by Japanese studio nendo, Elecom’s new upcoming line of Otokurage earbuds were apparently inspired by the translucent, blobby appearance of jellyfish. In fact, Otokurage is a combination of the words ‘oto’ which means sound, and ‘kurage’ which, not surprisingly, means jellyfish. The silicon ear caps, which are available in a variety of colors, were enlarged to completely envelope the earbuds, so that all you see is the headphone cord sticking out. And to further the image of a jellyfish lazily floating through the water, the Otokurage earbuds are packaged in miniature plastic water bottles, sans the water. Available by the end of this month, presumably only in Japan though.

[ Elecom Otokurage Earbuds ] VIA [ designboom ]