Griffin Technologies has just released some new eye- and ear-pleasing earbud-type earphones that come with a slice of eco-friendliness, too. The outer housing of the WoodTones Earbuds is made from bits of exotic scrapwoods rescued from the workshop floors of furniture and cabinet makers, which is said to add volume without distortion or coloring while also bringing mid-range frequencies to the fore and delivering even, solid bass.
The left-over bits of responsibly harvested wood used to house the 8mm matched neodymium magnet microdrivers of Griffin's WoodTones buds might otherwise have been burned or thrown into a landfill. The reclaimed scraps are machine turned and hand polished to a smooth satin finish. Each set will be utterly unique, and Griffin says that the acoustic qualities of the wooden casing accentuate vocals and bass of the source audio, improving volume so that listeners can turn down the player without loss of clarity.
The WoodTones Earbuds have a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, 103 dB sensitivity (± 3 dB) and 16 ohms impedance at ± 15 percent. The 3.5mm headphone jack on the end of the 4 feet (1.21 meters) of TPE-jacketed cable is gold-plated, the package includes three sizes of silicone ear cushions, and everything can be stowed away in a drawstring carrying pouch made of natural hemp fiber when not in use.
They're available now for US$29.99.