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Griffin debuts EarThumps earphones

imageGriffin Technology today announced its EarThumps in-ear earphones. The EarThumps are available in black or white, offer neodymium dynamic micro-drivers, and come with three different-sized silicone inserts and a nylon zippered carrying case. “EarThumps deliver clean transparent atmospheric highs, and deep, low bass,” says Griffin. “EarThumps increase your iPod listening experience by an order of magnitude, and come in either Status Symbol White or Undercover Black to match the newer iPods.” The EarThumps sell for $20.

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1

Since these are soooo cheap I bought a set to try before spending the 200 bucks on an established set.  If anyone has used them please comment here.

Posted by aadadams on December 2, 2005 at 8:47 AM (PDT)

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Anyone heard these of know that they are any good. I have a black iPod and these would look sweet if they sound good. I have a pair of etymotic ER6i but I prefer a bit more bass, even though the clarity on those things are great. These also don’t look like they’d be as much of a hassle to put in and take out. At $20 they might be crap quality though. :(

Posted by Stephen on December 2, 2005 at 8:54 AM (PDT)

3

hey, tell me how you like them when you get them. Just post on here.

Posted by Stephen on December 2, 2005 at 8:55 AM (PDT)

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I will definately post my comments. I used e2c’s for a while but abandoned them for the bass of the EX71’s.  I like the Sony’s, but am growing tired of the wire orientation between the buds.  I hope someone beats me to the punch on posting a detailed review, but I will post my comments anyway.  BTW: I received my receipt from Griffin and it says that they could ship as late as Tuesday due to a lag in their weekend order processing.

Posted by aadadams on December 2, 2005 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

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yes please someone give their imput.  I’m curious about plug orientation, how the wires are oriented when worn (behind the neck or in front), and sound quality.  As long as they are better than the pack ins im happy!

Posted by joe blow on December 2, 2005 at 9:51 AM (PDT)

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They should have sent iLounge a pair to review before debuting them. Of course, I’m sure we’ll see a review soon. I hope.

Posted by DeaPeaJay on December 2, 2005 at 10:00 AM (PDT)

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Hey ipod fans!

I need your advice, I am going to get new earphones for my new 5G ipod and i need some advice.
I have been using these headphones from Philips since the first 4th gen ipod and i was using them for 2 years now. And I have been very happy with them:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000CCMTJ/026-4626249-6058861

So since i bought then new video ipod i need good earphones.
Are these above as good as the Philips ones?
i need good sound quality and GOOD BASE.

And around 20-30 pounds (10-60$$)

Anyone can help me!?

Thank you very much!!


If anyone can give me advice of any good earphones (in ear) I will be very delited!!!!!!


Cheers

Posted by arsenijxx7 on December 2, 2005 at 10:11 AM (PDT)

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“I have been using these headphones from Philips since the first 4th gen ipod and i was using them for 2 years now.”

The 4th Generation iPod came out in the middle of 2004, so how can you have used them for 2 years since the first 4th Generation iPod?

Posted by skw on December 2, 2005 at 10:21 AM (PDT)

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it came out just before christmas 2003 and now it is almost 2006-huh?

if not, why i have “2003” written on the back of my old ipod.

thank you for noticing my mistake-like you never make them.

Posted by arsenijxx7 on December 2, 2005 at 10:33 AM (PDT)

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It came out mid-2004.  I got mine the first week it was out, two weeks before a trip out of the country, so I remember it well.  I don’t know why your iPod would say 2003 - mine says 2004.  Sounds like you should have a 3G iPod, but that isn’t an easy mistake to make.

I’m expecting these earphones to be mediocre, but who knows?

Posted by Esquilax on December 2, 2005 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

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yes your probebly wright it is 3rd gen with the 4 buttons below the screen.

thx

Posted by arsenijxx7 on December 2, 2005 at 1:55 PM (PDT)

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An order of magnitude for 20 bucks.  Right.

Posted by gjrhine on December 2, 2005 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

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I would be also glad to hear of a review, from Ilounge or aadadams, please. We’re all pulling for you.
I’m just lookin for nice black earbuds that only surpass the stock Apple Earbuds. I don’t like the White Buds that everyone notices.

Posted by joemader on December 2, 2005 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

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WELL, Guess what, I received an email just moments ago that said my order was delayed due to the item being backordered.  WTF.  If I ever get them I will post up. :(

Posted by aadadams on December 2, 2005 at 6:24 PM (PDT)

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“They should have sent iLounge a pair to review before debuting them.”

There’s probably a reason they did not send a review pair.  No $20 phones are EVER going to deliver what they are promising.

Posted by stark23x on December 2, 2005 at 9:18 PM (PDT)

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I’m deciding between these and these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000095SB6/ref=pd_bbs_null_3/104-8751390-4945547?v=glance&n=172282
which, btw stark, are 20 bucks right now and do deliver what they promise.

Posted by catboy17 on December 2, 2005 at 10:23 PM (PDT)

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$20 headphones can sound surprisingly good. One of the things I think this website misleads people on is headphone/earbud/earphone choices through their favoring of reviewing higher ended toys combined with ye old placebo effect as somebody goes beyond the call of duty to justify their $200+ spending on a single pair of phones.

While I’m sure it’s fun to get to write off (or even receive free) a pair of high end Shures, it gives a skewed impression to the audience.

I say this as someone who is now using $20 Philips SHC420s and loving them for their sound quality. They are comparable (not equal, but comparable) to my Grado SR60s for accuracy and SQ and available at Target for a single Andrew Jackson. I was really shocked at how good they were as they were just a desperation purchase after my 3rd set of Sennheiser PX100 failed in the right channel after the wire broke in the same place.

I wish iLounge would spend a lot more time reviewing accessories for their value to the widest audience instead of fostering the notion that we should all be saving our money to buy overpriced earphones that do sound better, but not the magnitudes better their cost differential implies. There are good, inexpensive head and earphones out there and there should be more effort to highlight them.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on December 2, 2005 at 10:39 PM (PDT)

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We’ll have a pair shortly for review.

Regarding “reviewing accessories for their value:” you’d have to either be blind or willfully ignoring the massive number of reviews on this site that emphasize - to the dismay of manufacturers - the value aspects of products we review. Do a search on the site for the word “value” and see how many times it comes up in our reviews. It’s a critical aspect of what we do, and one we take more seriously than just about any other site you’ll find.

Trust me when I say that it’s really not “fun” any more to get accessories. We are collectively way, way past that point, and have been for a while. This premise might be understandable for a person on their third set of headphones or second set of speakers. But we have literally tested and reviewed over 700 different accessories at this point, fifty or more of almost any different kind you can think of, with a number more that are tested and not reviewed. There is no thrill in that process, or in whipping out five different speaker systems to write a comparative review of the latest Bose Sounddock wannabe. It is not always “fun” to do technical comparisons of products. Listening for pleasure is enjoyment, listening for flaws is a job.

The real questions you should ask yourself are these: given the fact that we have access to every iPod and most accessories that have ever been released for it, why do we review (and praise) low-end accessories at all? Why do we break down our headphone section of our Buyers’ Guide into categories based on price to allow readers to decide what works best for their pocketbooks? Why did Etymotic’s ER-6is receive our top headphone of the year award instead of the spectacular AKG k701s that cost $250 more? The answer is simple. We pick the things that we honestly think (after spending hundreds of hours in a year testing things) are the best picks for our readers, items that we would recommend to our closest friends - and have.

We make every effort to highlight the best things we come across in a given year. But there are limits to what we can do. When there is a stack of 75 new products waiting for our reviews, we are not going to run out and buy a pair of Philips SHC420s from Target just to see how they stack up against other random pairs of headphones. We have comments threads and forums so that people can endlessly debate the merits of such issues if they so desire, but we cannot afford to spend what little free time we have chasing after these things.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on December 3, 2005 at 12:30 AM (PDT)

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Jeremy, thanks for commenting, but you are largely ignoring my point. I understand you have limited time, funds, etc. However, *what* is your purpose in the reviews? If it’s to entertain yourselves, hey, I fully understand, but if it’s to actually serve the public, you’re failing in my opinion.

Maybe you’re not interested in seeing how the Philips SHC420s stack up, but that’s why you’re failing. The majority of your readership is going to be buying whatever it is that Target and Wal-Mart have, not what they can go on line and order from Audiocubes. From a service p.o.v., it is what you can pick up at Bestbuy, Radioshack, Wal-Mart, Target etc. that should be your primary focus, not what overpriced, gimmicky white fashion statement some boutique phone manufacturer is making. Ultimate Ears may sound great, Shures may be the king of reference earphones, but it’s not representative of what’s out there, and it’s not representative of what most people will be choosing from when they go to upgrade the packins.

People rightly decry the performance and comfort of Apple’s packins, but based on your reviews there are only two earbud designs under $30 we should be considering: Sennheiser MX500s the Design Annex iBeat Illuminating Headphones and the Senns are the only one available. And for in-ears, there’s only one model actually still available (The EZ Ears SX50s and online only). Headphones get a single mention (and most likely also only available online).

So, while you can do whatever you want with this site, a set of reviews that found good products available cheap and in brick and mortar stores is going to serve your readership by several orders of magnitude above what your review of the the $900 Ultimate Ears UE-10 Pro Earphones ever will.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on December 3, 2005 at 7:56 AM (PDT)

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I have to agree with Code because im live in australia and most of headphones you have reviewed here are not avilable in australia. I think most people would not want to have best sound quality, but over price. They rathere go for the brand they can buy at most electronic store like Sony, Philips, Panasonic, and those earphone have sound quality more than enough for most people, and not too expesive for them.

btw, this earphone is looking good, look forword too see the full review.

Posted by Kap on December 3, 2005 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

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