Price (RRP): $159.95
Imagine if you never had to wear an earphone again and could just hear the music in your head. That doesn’t have have to be a dream, because the technology is already here, even if it’s a tad unusual.
What is it?
When you first see the Aftershockz Bluez 2S headphones, there’s a good chance you’re going ask what that very question: what is this?
That’s exactly what we did with people in the office, asking them what they thought they were.
The best answer we had returned to us was “some sort of headset for controlling computers like in ‘Minority Report’”, and we can see why that person would think that way: when you look at the Bluez and how it’s supposed to sit on your head, it does look like the sort of thing that could scan brain waves.
But it does something different.
This pair of headphones is unlike any other pair of headphones you’ve ever tried on, simply because it doesn’t look like a pair of headphones. It looks more like a headband with a couple of squares on each end.
And yet, it technically is a pair of headphones while also not being a pair of headphones.
Traditionally — generally or commonly, even — headphones rely on little tiny speakers (drivers) and space to get the sound to your ear drums, and that’s where it goes. It’s one of the reasons why doctors, audiologists, and your mum tell you not to turn the music up too loud, because if you jam too much volume into your ear canal, you have the potential to damage your hearing by damaging the little hair cells inside your ear through exposure to that noise.
Kill the cells and you kill your hearing, because there’s only so much noise we can take before it’s replaced by a humming sound, or worse: no sound whatsoever, with everyone going faint.
So there’s a good reason to keep the volume down in your earbuds, earphones, in-earphones, canalphones, and headphones of all other sorts.
Aftershockz are different, and don’t play to the same tune, even though they can play the same tunes, so to speak.
Instead of sending them music through to your eardrums via your ear canal, these are a very unique piece of technology called bone conduction which works by sending audio travelling through your skull, vibrating the cranial structure near your ear to send the audio that way to your ear canal.
Forget blocking your ears, because you wear these and the audio sinks in, while still keeping your ears clear of obstructions and letting you hear the outside world.