I worry when I see any product claiming to have audiophile sound. As if any company is going to advertise their new headphones with tone-deaf, mediocre sound? How about I-don’t-give-a-crap sound? Let’s just say that I start off a bit skeptical when I read claims like that, especially from a company who is a relative newcomer to the market. After some quality listening time with the new Zipbuds 26, I’m cutting them some slack. These earphones sound really good. Claim away.
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $99; two for $179 AT A GLANCE Plus Extra boom for bass hounds, especially fans of hip-hop and dance music Minus Clunky Can create a buzzing sensation when worn on a belt One more wire to deal with THE VERDICT Woojer is not for everyone, but it can add a visceral element to mobile listening that may appeal to gamers and fans of dance, hip-hop, and other bass-driven music. Can a small device that clips to your belt produce the visceral sensation of a live musical performance or the deep, pulsating bass felt in a dance club? Can it wow mobile gamers with spine-tingling bass? Kickstarter-funded Woojer (&ldquo;See Me, Feel Me,&rdquo; April 2014) aims to do just that with a &ldquo;wearable subwoofer&rdquo; that connects between your music player (or any audio source) and headphones. Technically speaking, Woojer is a polyphonic tactile transducer that converts audio frequencies below 500 hertz into low-frequency vibrations to &ldquo;make your body feel like it is exposed to high acoustic energy.&rdquo;