Wearable speakers: Is this the future?

Wearable speakers James P. DeVellis
A lot of manufacturers have been trying to perfect earphone and headphone technology in terms of wearability, comfort, audio quality, and price point. But in terms of private listening, manufacturers are looking into a new audio experience for consumers. Wearable speakers are still considered niche products, but more manufacturers are coming up with their version. James P. DeVellis.

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Wearable speakers were first made to augment television audio. The most common design for wearable speakers is the neck pillow type. These speakers have upward-firing speakers that blast music directly into a person’s ears. This makes for a unique audio experience. For the person wearing the unit, it may sound very loud. But a few meters away from the unit and the audio is hardly heard. James P. DeVellis.

The only way to describe how they work is by imagining having a pair of small Bluetooth speakers attached to your shoulders aiming at your ears. The sensation is totally new given the location of the audio source. James P. DeVellis

This piece of technology is great for listening to music at home or at the office if you have a room to yourself. Never will you miss a knock on the door or a phone ringing. It’s also good for a bit of outdoor activities such as biking or walking.

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They are mostly built with robust components that can last a long time but are also comfortable to wear. This easily replaces headphones which can cause certain ear pain after extended use. Some designs are also small enough that they fit in nicely with a shirt or even a hoodie. James P. DeVellis.

Some brands who have come up with great wearable speakers include JBL, Bose, Sony, and LG. The prices vary from somewhat affordable at over $100 to $300. However, $300 can already get you a good pair of Bluetooth headphones so be sure to check if a wearable is indeed what you need. James P. DeVellis