Going green and buying electronics usually don’t mesh very well. Thinksound set out to create great sounding headphones that were also friendly to the environment too. Not an easy task to say the least, but one the company took very seriously.
Thinksound‘s lineup currently consists of two eco-friendly headphones. The company was kind enough to send me both to review.
Does being “green” mean you have to sacrifice sound quality?
Click on through to find out, but here’s a hint, in a word, nope….
The minimalistic box is made from 100% recycled materials. Even the interior package is made from recycled materials, no plastic blister pack here. Smaller boxes mean less waste to dispose of.
Each set of headphones includes a cotton carrying pouch. It’s also sewn from renewable sources.
Thinksound is currently offering two models.
The(M.S.R.P. $74.99) (packaging see above) is a 10mm headphone that relies on passive noise isolation. Passive noise isolation are when headphones are designed so the earpieces fit snugly into your ears. No sound can escape to bother the people around you and no background noise can get in either.
The Thunder series is available in two color varieties, Black Chocolate or Silver Cherry. I was sent the Silver Cherry version. The Black Chocolate features a darker wood and black covers.
The headphones feature an all wood housing with aluminum baffle. The wood housing helps create better sound quality. The Thunder weigh in at 10.3 grams and offers crisp highs, balanced mids and are tuned for enhanced bass.
The Rain is also offered in two color varieties, Black Chocolate or Silver Cherry. This time I had the chance to review the Black Chocolate version.
Both models offer a tangle free cord that measures 50″ and is made from an ultra light weight, PVC free material.
And both use the standard 3.5mm headset jack which mean they’ll work with iPhone and iPods as well as most other MP3 devices, CD & DVD players, the PSP as well as computers.
The 3.5mm plug is gold plated which results in even better sound quality.
Each set of headphones includes four sized flexible silicon ear inserts for a secure fit (s/m/l/xl) as well as a cord clip which you may attach to secure your cord when in use. The clips help to reduce cable noise, especially during rigorous activity.
Adjusting the headphones to best fit your ear is perhaps the most important step to insuring you get the most out of the headphones. You want to make sure you get the best seal possible between the headphones and your ear. This results in the best possible sound.
Looks and eco-friendliness aside the bottom line with both of the Thinksound headphones is they sound great. After fitting the headphones to my ear size (I found he XL covers worked best) I was able to create a perfect seal between my ears and the outside world.
I found the sound quality matched that of some of the more expensive headphones I own. I got a decent amount of bass from both. They are however smaller than most and probably best suited for people with small ears.
There seems to be a movement against listening to music at ultra-loud volume levels, and probably with just cause. Because you’re able to create such a good seal with the Thinksound products you can actually listen to your audio at a lower volume level than you might normally.
Enter ‘sweet’ upon checkout of the Thinksound online store you will receive 20% off until valentines day.
M.S.R.P. – $79.99 – $99.99
What I like – eco-friendly, look great, adjustable ear covers, sound very good.
What I don’t like – might be small for those with large ears.