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Kickstarter Headphone - Grain Audio, any thoughts?

post #1 of 85
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I just did a quick search through the forum and haven't seen any posts of this kickstarter projects.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2096575920/grain-audio-play-loud

 

One of their rewards is an over-ear closed(?) headphone, apparently using proprietary components and walnut cups.

Looks similar in design and material to aiaiai TMA-1.

More details on their website:

http://grainaudio.com/collections/headphones/products/oehp-over-ear-headphones

 

So during their kickstarter campaign, you can pick these up at a discounted price ($150 vs $200) plus free international shipping.

 

Any thought anyone? Might pledge for one.

 

Ironically, I would have been more compelled to pledge for one had it been more expensive, say $300, because you know... marketing... it would imply they are using higher grade components even if they actually didnt :) $150 for a wood-cupped headphone sounds like they are skimping on stuff. Though, I'm sure headphones costing $1000 actually only cost fractions of their build-material costs. 

post #2 of 85

Hmm, looks quite interesting. The wood looks quite nice. I find it interesting that they have almost no technical specifications about the headphones (impedance, sensitivity, diver size...)

Does look like something to keep an eye on.

post #3 of 85

At least they are not making rapper endorsed headphones, and the overall design with is nice..looks solid.

 

I'll send them an email asking for the technical specs.  

post #4 of 85

Look like the wooden version of Muramasa biggrin.gif

post #5 of 85

One of my nitpicks is always comfort... these do not look comfortable...

post #6 of 85

Shameless plug. 

 

http://kck.st/UKCiqU

 

We are also on Kickstarter! Not for headphones though...

post #7 of 85
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

Hmm, looks quite interesting. The wood looks quite nice. I find it interesting that they have almost no technical specifications about the headphones (impedance, sensitivity, diver size...)

Does look like something to keep an eye on.

Specs for headphones can be found in their comments section.

 

Cans:

Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Sound pressure: TBD

2x40mm neodymium + CCAW voice coil

 

IEM

Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Sound pressure: TBD

2x8mm neodymium + CCAW voice coil

 

[EDIT] Error in details. Noted by AHorseNamedJeff


Edited by Verloren - 4/8/13 at 7:48am
post #8 of 85

cans > 2 8mm drivers

IEMs > 2 40mm drivers

 

somethings not right here...

post #9 of 85
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

One of my nitpicks is always comfort... these do not look comfortable...


Ditto.

post #10 of 85
Thread Starter 
Apparently, the cups are the same material (moulded polyurethane) as the headband padding. So perhaps its squishy. But the picture kinda makes it look like its injection moulded plastic...
post #11 of 85
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Originally Posted by ekxon View Post

Ironically, I would have been more compelled to pledge for one had it been more expensive, say $300, because you know... marketing... it would imply they are using higher grade components even if they actually didnt :) $150 for a wood-cupped headphone sounds like they are skimping on stuff. Though, I'm sure headphones costing $1000 actually only cost fractions of their build-material costs. 

 

Koss makes the KSC75 etc. that cost $20 and sound pretty decent. That leaves $130 for the tiny bit of wood that's needed for the cups (or wherever it goes in there).

 

For $130 you could make the cups out of pure silver.

post #12 of 85

They look cool, the over ears look like woodied TMA-1 Studios though, which isn't a bad thing. 

 

 


Those passives though.....

*drool*

post #13 of 85

Grainy audio. lol

post #14 of 85

The grey rubber color looks hideous to me.  

post #15 of 85
Thread Starter 

TMA-1 also uses dark polyurethane and looks pretty good in real life, so perhaps the grey isn't as toy-ish as it looks in the picture.

But I wonder how comfortable it will be for people with glasses...

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