Product Peek: Soundwrap Headphones

August 13, 2014
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Byron's sure to be hunched over a laptop after the checkers are flown, caught in his own little version of heaven. Whether on dirt, street or a combination of both, MotoUSA's newest addition knows the only thing better than actually riding is telling the story of how things went down.

Kyle Rawson started his company, Syphon Sound, after picking-up snowboarding and hating all-day ear-bud discomfort. Around the same time he also learned about new audio technology that allowed for the creation of ultra-thin, flexible speakers that still produce quality sound. Some designing, testing, Kickstarter campaigning and collaboration brought the Soundwrap to life, a 1/10” thick headphone alternative to traditional over-the-ear speakers and ear-buds.

Sound is delivered via two Electrostatic Flexible Loudspeakers, which are housed in a sweat-proof sleeve. The sleeve portion wraps around the head in whatever configuration works best for the user, in the case of a motorcyclist for example, it can be secured inside the helmet to wrap around the back of the head. Velcro backing keeps Soundwrap securely in place.

The system connects to a Bluetooth box that can be synced to your favorite Bluetooth-enabled device. MP3 and other music players without Bluetooth can be connected to the box using a standard cord. There’s a quick-connect/disconnect port which connects the Soundwrap to the Bluetooth box, ensuring helmet removal is unencumbered by a tangle of cords. According to the Syphon Sound website at the writing of this article, Soundwrap is still in the pre-order stage, with an expected ship date of November 1, 2014. MSRP is listed at $179.00. 

Rawson made the video below to better explain how Soundwrap works. It looks like a cool product and we’ll be sure to post a full review once we’ve had the chance to put it through its paces, so stay tuned.


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