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Griffin debuts EarThumps earphones

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, December 2, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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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“This is turning into iLounge’s biggest wise-#### contest. Congratulations.” - Jay

True, please ban the troll. If he doesn’t like the free info/reviews here then he can go somewhere else.

Jeremey, please try to compare these headphones to the popular Sony EX71SL and maybe some Shure E2Cs. Please also comment on the quality of the wires as my EX71SL’s have become “naked” in 3 months.

I’m pretty sure you’ll hit the points on sound quality, bass, and comfort. Looking forward to it.

Thanks!

Posted by Galileo on December 4, 2005 at 4:37 PM (PDT)

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“Jeremey, please try to compare these headphones to the popular Sony EX71SL and maybe some Shure E2Cs. Please also comment on the quality of the wires as my EX71SL’s have become “naked? in 3 months.

I’m pretty sure you’ll hit the points on sound quality, bass, and comfort. Looking forward to it.”

Yes please comment on the cord length, how they compare to the sonys, behind the ears (hopefully not).

Posted by Joe blow on December 4, 2005 at 5:50 PM (PDT)

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I have found the ilounge reviews to be extremely on target and reliable. (Go Jeremy!) When/if you do the review on the EarThumps, please comment on how well they “isolate”. 

I have an old set of ER6i that are nearing the end of their life. I’d love to replace them with a cheap set - provided they are comfortable and they block most airplane noise. I’m an older guy (55)who travels a lot, and because of my age, I cann’t hear well enough to distinguish high end quality from the cheap end.  But I know when outside noises interfere!  And then there is comfort: are they soft and cushy or hard like rocks?

One more thing: You guys squealing about being abused are sooo wrong.  The very fact that your posts are still online reveals that this site is a benevelent dictatorship, and that is as good as it gets!

Posted by Jerry Rose on December 4, 2005 at 9:04 PM (PDT)

44

Agreed,
and I must admit, iLounge.com
has become my #1 visited site online,
as well as my favorite.

Posted by Jay on December 5, 2005 at 12:06 AM (PDT)

45

So… I still have no idea if these headphones suck or not. Not to be off topic or anything…

Posted by alch3mslt on December 5, 2005 at 12:45 AM (PDT)

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Fast comments: burn-in didn’t change anything. These are very comfortable, sleek phones with a decided (and not especially controlled) bass bias. If you’re looking for something that resembles XtremeMac’s FS1 visually, but sells for a lot less and sounds like it, this is a potential option. But they’re not top pick sort of stuff; the treble is weak.

They isolate quite well. Plug is small and compatible; cords are standard front of neck style. More to come.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on December 5, 2005 at 1:30 AM (PDT)

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Thanks.. for the review. I will stick with my factory earbuds then.

Greatly appreciated. Great site by the way.

Posted by alch3mlst on December 5, 2005 at 4:06 PM (PDT)

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DOes this mean the earphones sound like the apple pack ins while using griffin earjams? or do these sound a bit like sony’s ex71s?

I have the white sony’s with the white leather neck strap, and they do sound nice…. but at times a bit shrill and… well its not fun hanging an ipod mini on your neck…

Posted by Raf on December 5, 2005 at 9:53 PM (PDT)

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I went by Griffin this evening to pick up a pair of EarThumps since I have a friend who works there. They look nice and they come with a nice carrying case. The plug look kind of cheap to me though. But they do isolate pretty well.

Overall though, the sound is kind of weak to me. I have to wait until I get to work tomorrow to compare them to the factory earbuds with EarJams. But as far as I can tell, the EarJams sound better. Treble is a little too tinny and not much bass & midrange.

Posted by KevinO on December 12, 2005 at 9:13 PM (PDT)

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