Do-good headphone maker helping out deaf community

Company sets up donation policy similar to Tom’s Shoes

While we don’t necessary like to encourage our audience to check out the competition, the folks over at LSTN are doing too good of a deed to be overlooked.


For those unfamiliar with the brand, LSTN sells headphones made of reclaimed wood. The company was started by Bridget Hilton following a trip she took through the Redwood Forest. A guitar / piano player, Hilton felt that wood could enhance the acoustics of a headphone set; aesthetically speaking, she figured the material might look a bit nicer than a majority of products on the market nowadays.


By all accounts, this is a pretty straightforward small business story so far. Where it changes is when Hilton partnered up with social enterprise expert Joe Huff.

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Apple supposedly working on self-adjusting, noise-cancelling ear buds

Technology would be a little more discrete than some of the other noise-cancelling headphones on the market nowadays

As much as we love the fact that our ultraportable speakers can be taken anywhere, there are some instances where you can’t fill a room with your favorite song. The library for instance. On a plane also. These places unfortunately require the use of headphones.


One of the industry standards is Apple’s earbud set. Small, clean, and simple, they don’t cost much nor do they require any sort of maintenance. Their only downfall, when compared to other popular sets like, say, Beats by Dre, is the fact that because they’re so tiny, they do allow some side noise in.


Apple is aware of this product’s shortcoming and is apparently getting ready to do something about it, having recently filed a patent application for a pair of headphones that adjust their output based on how they fit in a person’s ears.

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Talk about your win-win: Cheap headset mocks Beats by Dre headphones, makes donations to charity with every purchase

Headgear started out as April Fool’s gag, stuck around after people started buying them

Beets by OrigAudio

Welp, you can officially file this story under “AWESOME”: The headphones you see above are called “Beets” and they’re by OrigAudio. Originally created as an April Fool’s Day device to mock the super-popular, globally-hated “Beats by Dre” headphones, “Beets” was being positioned as a fashionably unique alternative that is more affordable, more nutritious, and also supports a great cause.

The reason why they’re still around – people actually started buying them.

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Beats by Dre headphones makes world’s cutest dog look like a complete douchebag

Headphones made popular because of their obnoxious style has claimed another celebrity endorsement

Boo the Dog with Beats by Dre headphones

Dammit. Dammitdammitdammit. Beats by Dre headphones has gone and ruined another good thing.

Boo the Dog, he of world wide web fame and fortune . . .

Boo the Dog

Cute photo of Boo the Dog

. . . has officially thrown his four-paw endorsement behind the obnoxious looking headphones created by Dr. Dre.

Why would Boo do this? Who knows. Why would Beats by Dre do this? Simple—because they’re more annoying with their marketing tactics than having to see Justin Bieber stand around in his skinny jeans popping his hoodie.

Picture of Justin Bieber with hoodie

^And you thought I was just being facetious.^

Now, while we can all take comfort in the fact that the Beats team didn’t go so far as to actually create headphones to market to our K9 pals out there, they did take the time to create a Boo the Dog play list, which they posted to his Facebook page.

Shame on you gif

Without further ado . . .

morning alarm: abc … jackson 5
afternoon stroll: good day sunshine … the beatles
naptime: dream … priscilla ahn
serenade for buddy: the way i am … ingrid michaelson
serenade for human: “c” is for cookie … cookie monster

After reading this story, do yourself a favor — go find your Boombotix portable speaker, and give it a great, big hug and thank it for not being so lame.

Capturing Portable Audio’s Impact on Urban Culture

Our team recently took a trip to CES and we wanted to really capture the dynamics of San Francisco’s urban culture and share it with the world.  In the video shown below, we romped around with our portable speakers just to demonstrate all of the different places that we could have fun with a little mobile audio device. With all the noise in the city, we figure that you either have to hear it all or be HEARD.  We choose the latter.

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