Tuesday’s Tech of the Week: Headphones Edition
If you’re like us, music is an utterly essential part of daily life. Your headphones help create a cocoon of sound to make you as productive as possible. Sometimes you listen to classical tunes, sometimes a pop song is just what you need to beat the afternoon lull, and sometimes you leave them on without any music to drown out those bits and pieces of white noise.
1. Beats by Dr. Dre Studio ($280): You’ve likely seen these and maybe even tried them, and here they are again. Folks who love deep, heavy bass swear by these cans. The studio version includes advanced driver design for precise audio clarity, includes a high powered digital amp for playing all kinds of music without any distortion, and this set includes an iSonitalk cable for chatting on the phone.
3. Urban Ears Plattan Headphones ($40-$60): We’ve featured these a couple times before, mostly because they’re so colorful! These headphones include a microphone and smartphone-friendly remote, a fabric cord (no tangles!), and they fold down to fit in any purse or backpack.
4. Sleep Phones ($30): Love falling asleep to the sounds of Beach House, Bon Iver, or Justin Bieber? Cozy up with a pair of Sleep Phones! They’re much comfier than a big set of headphones or earbuds, and are way better than the soundtrack of your significant other snoring. ;) Also great for air travel.
5. Zik Parrot (TBD): Designed by Philippe Starck, these headphones go above and beyond the call of duty. They’re more like a totally tricked out audio gadget for your head. The earpads are made with memory foam, so they fit you like a glove. On the left cup, you’ll find a presence sensor which automatically pauses and starts when you take your headphones off and put them back on. It’s got a jawbone sensor in order to optimize sound quality when you’re using them for a phone call. And all volume and track controls are done by simply swiping on either cup. Incredible. No official word on the price yet but we’re hearing something in the area of 500 bucks.
6. Zipbuds Tangle-Free ($20): A zipper on a pair of headphones? These neon green darlings zip up to ensure for a tangle-free headphones experience. Reviews tell us that the zipper can be noisy if you’re wearing them on a run, but they’re great for more static use.
8. Yurbuds Sport Earphones ($43): Made with high performance athletes in mind, Yurbuds are made with a patented lock that promises they won’t fall out or hurt even when you’re sweating profusely and running your little heart out. They come with a clip for clipping on, the ear bud covers come in two sizes and are washable, and there’s a remote with mic and volume control on the cord. Reviews are mixed, but we definitely want to give these a try.
9. Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset ($130): About a dozen of our Twitter friends agree, the Bose MIE2i headphones are pretty tough to beat. The StayHear tips provide stability during exercise or other activities, and make it super easy to take calls and get directions while on the go. These have been designed with Apple products in mind, allowing you to take calls with one-touch ease. And, since these are by Bose, you can bet the sound is of the highest quality.
10. Shure SE215-K Earphones ($135): A bundle of 2 items, the Shure earphone set includes sound isolating earphones as well as an adapter cable with remote plus mic. Designed specifically for isolating sound, these earbuds are perfect for noisy offices or city streets.
11. Comply Foam Tips ($15 for 3 pairs): Already have earbuds with awesome sound quality but not a lot of comfort? Try slapping on a pair of Comply foam tips! They’re designed ergonomically with super soft memory foam to fit any pair of ears, large or small.
12. FiiO E6 Headphone Amplifier ($24): Another way to improve headphones you’ve already got is to add some oomph with an amp. The E6 is designed to improve the sound quality and volume of any portable audio source, from iPhones to laptops and everything in between. It increases battery life, is charged via USB, and lets two sets of headphones or speakers plug in at once. Definitely a gadget for audiophiles.
13. OrigAudio Custom Headphones ($70): Perhaps you want to design your own headphones? OrigAudio lets you do just that, with original photos, drawings, images, or choose from their awesome gallery of headphone designs.
14. Crocheted Headphones ($28): Want a little more style and comfort with your headphones? Check out these gorgeous crocheted headphones on Uncommon Goods. They’re definitely inspiring for a DIY project.
15. DIY Audio Ear Muffs: Speaking of DIY projects, if you happen to be somewhere cold this summer, you should definitely be rocking a pair of our DIY Audio Ear Muffs. Simply grab a pair of earbuds, ear muffs, needle and thread, and you’re good to go.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)