I wrote Aaron Fournier, president and CEO of Thinksound and asked if there were any new products in the works. Here's the answer I got:
Thanks for asking [Kunlun]. We are going to develop a balanced armature headphone in the next year or so but we don’t have any solid dates yet. If you are really into audio I do suggest that you check out our ts02 headphone that will come out in the next couple months. I can personally say its one of the best sounding audio products I have ever designed or worked on. It is an 8mm driver and the design is really nice looking. More ergonomic than our current models. It will retail for about 89.99 without a mic and 99.99 with a mic. Don’t expect it to be sold for less at different retailers like our current models as we will have a pretty strict pricing policy on this model. We are shooting for an August 1st release date but that could change slightly
After that, I followed up by asking further about the future BA-driver earphone and about the sound signature of the coming dynamic TS02.
Here's Aaron's response:
Please xcuse me if this is a little short as I am at my daughters tball game on my blackberry. I don't mind at all if you share these answers with other head fi folks.
1). We are probably going to stick with a single BAT design but this is still in the works and could change. I don't think that it will make it in 2010 but probably in 2011. A BAT design is chosen because the sound is near perfect (used in most hearing aids) and I think it will be a perfect match for our wooden design.
2). The ts02 will not replace the rain. The ts02 will be an addition to the line. The sound actually takes the good parts of the Rain and improves on them. The problem in the past with dynamic driver designs is that the mids are always recessed too much. We have developed a driver with much more accurate mids and a better bass response as well as more accurate highs. Its just an overall improvement across the board. I think every user will appreciate the sound signature and its one of the best soudning signatures I have ever done.
3). Feel free to share these responses. I do take pride in being interactive with customers and the audio community as I feel it helps improve a company. Please note we have also changed the packaging slightly with the ts02. We are eliminating all wire ties, the window on the package will be slightly bigger but stamped as recyclable, and the inner pack will actually be a molded paper design as well that is easy to recycle.
I think that the ts02 sound will compete and beat headphones at a much higher price range. Feel free to let me know if you have any more comments or questions.
President an CEO
So, by the end of the summer there will be a new balanced dynamic iem with better bass, mids and highs than the already well-regarded rain for under $100 and there is a mic option. And a future wood-housed BA-driven earphone!
Edited by Kunlun - 6/19/10 at 9:15am