Gadget of the Week: EarHero Earphones

by Keith Nelson, Jr.

Stealth. Covert. Undetectable. – That is not the byline of the next Daniel-Craig saves-the-world movie, but company EarHero’s description of their EarHero earphones. Founded by clinical audiologist/inventor Matt Murphy, EarHero’s slim shape (4.3 x 5.6 x 2.8 mm) prevents it from blocking listeners’ ear canals but still allowing “whisper level sounds” to be heard. Why would anyone purchase noise-cancellation earphones purposefully designed to allow outside sounds in while listening to music? Earhero believes joggers, bike riders, as well as walk-and-texters would purchase it to fully enjoy an isolating audio experience while being aware of their surroundings (read: an oncoming pick up truck). With over 1,000 people going to the emergency room each year due to using their cell phone while walking, EarHero’s ergonomic features address a growing concern.

The design is as user-conscious as the functionality with its lightweight (<0.27 grams) and translucent wires being fairly unnoticeable to anyone, including the person wearing the earphones. That would pose a problem if EarHero’s earphones were not also equipped with a retention lock which keeps the speakers in line preventing ear irritation or fatigue from continuous use. With a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and compact carrying case, EarHero’s earphones ensure a truly undisruptive, portable music experience.

At $149, EarHero’s earphones are more expensive than the Beats by Dre’s now-$86 iBeats with ControlTalk In-Ear Headphones yet much cheaper than the Shure SE425 earphones priced at $299. Given the ergonomic design and revolutionary noise cancellation techniques, the EarHero earphones’ price makes it attractive to both serious listeners looking to save $100 on blocking out the world and the common man looking to be able to run with ACDC blasting and not worry about oncoming (foot) traffic. The EarHeroPro and EarHeroProSport are the models out currently at EarHero’s official website. Just plug in, live life and watch out.

Watch a demonstration video on EarHeroPro’s earphones:

Keith Nelson Jr. is a music appreciator bordering on elitist trying to connect all the dots. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a B.A. in English & Textual Studies. Tweet at him at @JusAire.