Taking a simple approach towards sporty earbuds, Icon headphones look like a headband with ear buds attached to them. But don’t be fooled, these earphones are designed to withstand the most intense workouts while sounding good.
Meet Icon Headphones, Changing The Shape of Sound
Tired of big bulky headphones, Audio Visual constructed Icon so wearers could freely listen to their music while on-the-go. Icon weighs in at only 30 grams and works to reduce that annoying clamping force that bigger headphones usually cause while still keeping the headphones in place. The ergonomic shape is created in part by carbon fiber rods that keep the buds parallel along your face while allowing the upper region of the headband to flex and fit to your head. As Audio Visual promises, the “carbon fiber reinforcements… are entirely functional… they keep the buds in the perfect position in your ear canal.” That being said, this secure alignment should also improve sound isolation. Touch sensors have also been enabled along the sides of the band making it easier for users to play and pause their music as well as take calls.
Fashioned for an active lifestyle, Icon headphones are water resistant, featuring a highly specialized filter on the acoustic tube that prevents water from entering the headset as well as a silicon sealant on the interior housing. At this time, Icon is pending review for an IPX7 waterproof rating. Audio Visual promises they’ll update their campaign page as soon as this happens.
The in-ear buds feature a hybrid combination of both dynamic and balanced armature drivers for superior sound quality. The neodymium dynamic driver targets low and mid range frequencies while the balanced armature driver better resonates higher range frequencies which should provide clear and detailed audio across the entire range of 20-20,000 Hertz. The headphones also feature aptX technology to ensure a clear communication and a crystal clear listening experience.
When it comes to battery life, you can expect a full 8 hours of music playback. If interested in grabbing a pair of Icon headphones, head over to Kickstarter and pledge $98 USD. Icon headphones will ship in March 2017.