When it comes to headphones, the choice in front of people is as varied as the people themselves. Most of the time, when you’re looking for a pair, you already know the brand and the type you want to buy. But, what if I told you that there are products that go a step beyond just listening to music or being an audiophile?
There is a world of different and unique products that people do not know about. Let us walk through a few of them here:
Single-sided: You might think people wouldn’t need items like these, but here is what’s interesting, there are brands that specialize in making a pair of cans for those who have unilateral or single sided deafness, and for people who would like to opt for a single sided listening experience in the studio or while exercising. Brands such as Numark and Yuni build highly specialised products for the same. Numark’s Redphone is ergonomically designed with just one can and a cushioned DJ stick allowing DJs and people with unilateral deafness to function with utmost mobility. They come with 50mm drivers that give you great sound at all frequency levels.
Yuni claims to be the manufacturer of the world’s first headphones for people who have unilateral deafness and those who prefer single sided monitoring in the studio. It comes with two separate speakers placed within them and uses the ear’s natural talent of localizing music, therefore, with the help of the two speakers, you can identify the origin of the sound even if you are listening to it just from one ear.
Bedphones: A concept created by mechanical engineer Eric Dubs, Bedphones have been specifically designed to be worn in bed. Dubs addressed the problems of people who have the habit of watching shows on their laptop while sitting in bed, but nothing seemed to be comfortable. Until, he developed Bedphones: which are extremely comfortable and can be worn while lying down. They give you good sound and come with a pouch which makes them travel ready. Also, the inline microphone allows for uninterrupted conversations.
Sleepphones: Designed to be worn in bed, they are a tad different from the Bedphones.The Sleepphones were designed by a family physician to help his patients sleep peacefully without the use of any medication or drugs. They have thin speakers that are placed under sleek and stretchy bands and are soft and comfortable enough to be worn in bed while sleeping. It comes with a plug-in cord that helps you plug it into your music player. Also, they come with noise cancellation which can block out ambient noises such as snoring, noises from outside your house, etc. It’s a great idea to carry them while on a long flight.
Molami Twine: Molami is a brand that is known for creating stylish designs for women. The Twine looks like a fashionable headband made with chiffon, silk and satin detailing. However, on a closer look, one realizes that because of its open design and the two speakers, it provides precise music and stereo quality sound. It’s very stylish and the usage of great textiles makes this item comfortable and convenient.
Semi-Circle Earphones: These earphones are currently at their conceptual stage. They have been designed to be wirelessly connected to your MP3 or smartphone while allowing ambient noise to filter in for situational awareness while you workout. They are shaped in a semi-circular manner, to be placed just above your ear so that they are kept open. It’s hard to predict its potential because it’s still in the conceptualization stage
Bone Conduction: They are created such that rather than being placed inside, the sound produced uses your skull bone to travel through and reach your ear. It’s a great innovation that not many people are aware of. Created to fundamentally avoid deafness, these headsets actually use your bone to supply music to you and the sound produced it just as good. You could try using the Panasonic RP-HGS 10, that uses this technology. Also, they use the output of your MP3 player or your smartphone to reproduce music for you.
Bragi’s Dash Earphones: These wireless earphones make most people very curious. The distinct, ergonomic design, an internal memory of 4GB, and the fact that they are two separate earphones that you have to place in your ears; is what makes them a real winner. Also, they are extremely smart as they can keep track of your body vitals and are great for sports purposes. The handsfree Bluetooth connection allows you to connect freely to your smartphone, and if need be, enjoy phone calls too.
It doesn’t get better than this, does it?
JAYS q-Jays: A new product recently launched by Jays; are the q-Jays, which are currently the world’s smallest earphones with exchangeable and detachable cords. What makes them very exclusive is that they are made of stainless steel and have two speakers inside each earphone, giving you outstandingly powerful music in a tiny package. The detachable cables provide extra customization options. You can choose the module you’d like to listen with; for instance, iOS, Android, Audio or Windows. The design is very modern and innovative. The q-Jays come in a stainless steel build, that has a classy matte-finish and is anti-finger print, making them your favorite earphones of the year.
These were few of the most unusual headphones that are present in the market. Have you heard of others?