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HD Wood Headphones

Ready to Rock

In the audio world, there’s no substitute for the sound that real wood offers — and now you can get those benefits on the go.

Unlike standard-issue plastic earbuds, thinksound’s in-ear headphones are made with real lychee wood, which creates a rich, crisp tone and a more natural resonance. But superior acoustics isn’t the only priority for Aaron Fournier, who founded thinksound. The company’s motto is “clear sound with a clearer conscience,” and they take it seriously. thinksound chooses its woods from renewable sources
and uses PVC-free cables. For packaging, the company opts for recycled materials with as little plastic as possible.

It’s a labor of love for Aaron, a bass player and longtime audio engineer. “I have always been tinkering with audio, and I was buying stereo equipment since I was delivering newspapers at about 10 years old,” he says.

thinksound’s rain headphones (9 mm) are geared for general audiophiles and all-around listening, while the slightly larger ts01 headphones (10 mm) are tuned for more bass and a heavier thump. For those seeking the best sound, the newer ts02 (8mm) series has a smaller speaker which produces a high quality output. All models work with iPhones, iPods, MP3 players, CD and DVD players, and personal computers. thinksound thought a lot about fit, too. Each pair comes with four sizes of flexible silicon ear inserts, so you can get the best sound. Choose the inserts that fit most securely, and you’ll be ready to rock.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Aaron
    Aaron

    My name is Aaron Fournier and I am owner and head geek of thinksound headphones. When not making headphones I like to hike, camp, play music and be with my family. Our headphones are as eco-friendly as possible. Everything in our design is carefully thought out for the best acoustics with the smallest footprint possible.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/27/2010 12:42 PM

    The only thought I ever gave to the design of ear buds was whether or not they were going to fall out of my ears while exercising. I assumed that the sound that each could produce was similar across all designs. Now that I see these, it makes sense that the experience can be improved upon and it also makes sense that I'd want to make my favorite songs sound the best that they can! Great product Aaron! I love your involvement in the manufacturing process, that truly shows your commitment to the quality of your product.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/27/2010 1:05 PM

    This tweet proves that the quality of these ear buds might warrant a hefty price tag. Lucky for us that thinksound's price isn't hefty at all. Rather, they offer an affordable way to amplify a great experience while listening to music.

    --"@apsinkus Great headphones on @DailyGrommet. I checked them out yesterday & thought they were $100+ (but they're much cheaper)."



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  • IReviewIt
    IReviewIt
    4/27/2010 3:47 PM

    Hey,

    Great concept but why manufacture in China? Aren't there any manufacturing options right here in the United States? I'm trying to purchase items made in the United States instead of buying good made via jobs outsourced to China (or Vietnam, or India, or Portugal, etc.).

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/27/2010 4:07 PM

    @IReviewit, if there were manufacturing options in the US we would use them. We are researching using as many US and local options as possible but they just available in this economy. We are researching doing as many things in the US as possible but there just aren't any manufacturing resources there.

    On the other side of things, I did personally live in Asia for many years and I know my sources very well. I personally oversee production, development and inspections. If things are done responsibly then great products do come out of other places. The problems are some companies don't put much effort into their overseas business. Thanks!

  • Bryce E. Gilley
    Bryce E. Gilley
    11/12/2010 10:09 AM

    @Aaron - thinksound: Mr. Fournier, I like the idea you have come up with with the earphones made of wood. I agree with the concept about the wood producing a much better sound. Some of the old wooden speakers that you rarely find any more produce some of the best sound. I would very much like to sample your product. It does sound intriguing. Now while I understand that you've lived in Asia, and have developed contacts in Asia, I believe that the USA is more than capable of manufacturing any product out there on the market. We have some of the greatest technology in the world, right here in this country. I can't knock any company for wanting to produce their product with as little overhead as possible, and foreign labor has been proven to be the cheapest labor. It's about cost, and I respect that, but just say that if it's the case.

    My hometown, a small town, has all but lost it's once world known furniture manufacturing business, and it was mostly because it's cheaper to produce abroad. Respectfully, I just like things to be called as they are. Every business owner has the right to produce their product where ever they like. I wish your company the greatest success. Be Blessed Mr. Fournier.

    Respectfully,

    B.E. Gilley

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    11/14/2010 11:12 PM

    @Bryce E. Gilley:

    I completely respect your comment. I would like to explain in a little more detail about manufacturing. While the USA is capable of manufacturing this product there are no facilities to manufacture them. The problem now is all resources have been outsourced so much in the past that the machines, technology, etc just isn't here. If thinksound does continue to grow we will certainly look to moving some operations here but at the moment we cannot. I do love the USA and I am doing my best to help my local economy as well but it is just not possible to manufacture them in the USA right now.

    I hope we can grow to the point where we can purchase our own manufacturing facility in the USA but I can only try to change one thing at a time. Right now we are working on changing how people manufacture to make them more green. We are doing this in the manufacturing capital of the world. The USA knows quite a bit about green manufacturing and I think it is a great idea to start this process in Asia where there is still much more need for knowledge.

    While we both do want to help out the USA we have to look at it from another perspective. I do have 'connections' in Asia as you stated but it goes beyond that. The world is getting smaller and smaller every moment and if we can make a difference where most of the work is done then it will better the world as a whole. I have family in Asia and my wife is from Asia so manufacturing there and having a business here makes perfect sense to me. Its a small world and I enjoy the entire thing as a planet and not just the one country I was born and live in. I will continue to support and try my best to help out the country that I love and live in but I am also trying to change products that are made and sold around the world.

    Best regards,

    Aaron Fournier

    President and CEO

    thinksound.com

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/27/2010 4:13 PM

    Katherine, I also want to note that our headphones are great for working out. I use them every day at the gym and they never fall out. The included cable clip helps keep the cable from getting tangled as well.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/27/2010 4:24 PM

    @IReviewIt - we feature products that are manufactured throughout the world and agree with Aaron that great things can come from a variety of locations and create positive impacts for the people and places involved when the company cares enough to do things responsibly. We do love Made in the USA items as well and have dedicated a category to them. You can see those products here: Made in the USA products Unfortunately, with so much manufacturing done overseas, often it is not possible for a company to manufacture domestically.

    Aaron - thanks for noting that about your ear buds ability to stay put in the ear even when you're active!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    4/28/2010 11:50 AM

    Aaron said something to me during our video shoot that did not make the cut...but it should have. He said, "Great speakers are made of wood, not plastic. Earbuds should be too."

  • IreviewIt
    IreviewIt
    4/28/2010 2:11 PM

    Katherine, I'm glad that you have a Made In The USA product section. I have found it extremely frustrating to watch so many industries outsource so many production opportunities overseas and I hope I'm leading an ever-growing and ever-increasingly vocal group of Americans who really want to buy American-made products. I hope that you and your site will continue to source and showcase companies that make things locally and employ Americans. If you do, I certainly will laud and support your efforts!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/28/2010 3:48 PM

    @IreviewIt - we are always encouraging our community to submit Grommet ideas to us. When you come across a product and company that is making fabulous products in the US, let us know! You can submit products to [email protected]

    How are your gym socks? The reason I ask is that the story of Zkano socks is one of my favorite made in the USA stories. Click here to see what Zkano's founder is doing to support the causes she believes in. (Made in the USA and Environmentally Friendly)

  • Yvonne Moss
    Yvonne Moss
    5/19/2010 12:41 PM

    I have a question. 90% of all ear buds are too large for my small ear. Would you consider making smaller ones for people like me?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/19/2010 12:50 PM

    @Yvonne - great suggestion! I will forward it on to Aaron. I would imagine that everyone's ears are slightly different sizes and shapes that it must be hard to come up with sizing for this product!

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    5/19/2010 3:20 PM

    Yvonne,

    Our earphones are very small already. Our small fittings are some of the smallest on the market. If you want to purchase some we can make arrangements for you to be able to return them to us if they don't fit. We have 4 different sized fittings included with our headphones. If you want feel free to email me at [email protected] and we can discuss this. If ours do not work for you I can point you in other directions but they will probably be more expensive.

    Thanks!

  • Karen
    Karen
    5/28/2010 10:47 AM

    These are awesome! I bought a pair right after they were featured and absolutely love them. I had no idea what I was missing with my mass market ear buds. The balance is great, and the bass is amazing. Thank you for this sensory nirvana!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/28/2010 11:04 AM

    @Karen - we're so pleased that you are enjoying these! Thank you for stopping back to share your experience with us. We're glad Aaron had the vision that our musical experience could be so much better and set out to make it happen!

  • Kenny
    Kenny
    6/11/2010 7:24 PM

    Hey, Aaron! They sounded great right out of the box, and now sound even better now that they've been broken in. The bass is much smoother now and has found its place in the mix.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 8:13 PM

    @Kenny - that's great! I will make sure that Aaron sees your compliment.

  • bonnie
    bonnie
    8/2/2010 6:01 PM

    Why are the smaller, 'Rain' ear phones $20 more than than the larger, 'ts01' earphones?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    8/2/2010 10:24 PM

    @bonnie

    The rain headphones are more expensive because they are superior in sound. The smaller 9mm driver is more expensive and difficult to make than the 10mm driver on the rain. They are also more comfortable.

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

    best regards,

    Aaron Fournier

    president and ceo

    thinksound

  • Lee
    Lee
    8/27/2010 11:22 AM

    Will it work with my Droid X?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/27/2010 2:27 PM

    @Lee - yes, it looks like the Droid X uses a 3.5mm audio jack so you should be fine!

  • Tana
    Tana
    11/29/2010 11:09 AM

    Oh my!!! These are amazing! I wanted to get them when they first showed up on Daily Grommet but I couldn't convince myself that any earbuds could be worth $70...I was wrong.

    The sound quality is unlike any earbud I've ever used and they are so comfortable I can wear them all day without any discomfort. My music sounds so...full! They even come with four different sized ear fittings. I can't say enough about how great these sound and feel. I will definitely be buying some as Christmas gifts for my favorite people. Thanks thinksound and Daily Grommet!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/29/2010 11:51 AM

    @Tana: We are thrilled that you are blown away by these ear buds!! Thank you for stopping back to share your firsthand experience.

  • Kathy R
    Kathy R
    6/27/2011 7:37 PM

    My hubby is an audiophile, so the thinksound ear buds are a perfect little gift for him. He likes the comfort and, more importantly, he likes the sound quality of the "rain" ear buds. He is very pleased with them. Thank you Daily Grommet for offering this great product.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2011 11:48 PM

    @Kathy R: We are thrilled that you were able to find a gift that suited your audiophile husband so well. Thanks for letting us know how much he appreciates his thinksound earbuds.

  • Karen
    Karen
    12/29/2011 1:29 PM

    Quick question - do these have the little clicker so they'll work with the ipod shuffle?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/5/2012 2:53 PM

    @Karen: They don't have any special adapters.

  •  JC
    JC
    5/10/2012 10:47 AM

    Are these waterproof at all so you can exercise with them?

    JC

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/11/2012 2:27 PM

    @ JC: Good question. This is what Aaron has to share: The headphones are sweat resistant as we do a 96 hour salt spray test and extreme temperature test. I personally use them everyday at the gym. Mine have also gone through the wash many times. We hope that you'll enjoy yours as much as we do!

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    11/13/2012 11:44 AM

    Hi! I am interested in purchasing these for myself for my little hikes but wondered if it would come with a mic so that I can take incoming calls? Thanks (^_^)v

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    11/13/2012 11:45 AM

    sorry no worries just scrolled the screen down and saw the mic thank you!!! (^_^)v

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