Travel goods for today: Ear buds, phones and bands
by Kathy Witt
“Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!”
As much as we love traveling, many of us hate the accompanying noise. And traveling comes with lots of noise: announcements blasting nonstop over the speakers inside the airport terminal; overhead bins slamming down one after another from one end of the plane to the other; the ceaseless roaring of an airplane’s engines. It’s enough to transform even the most even-tempered traveler into a grinchy globetrotter.
There is a solution; in fact, a number of them in the form of noise-blocking ear buds, earphones and headbands.
Block out the cacophony and stress of travel without earbuds digging into your ears or a tangled cord in the way. AcousticSheep’s award-winning SleepPhones Effortless ($149.95) are Bluetooth-enabled headphones inside a soft headband, complete with induction charging technology for a completely wireless experience.
Extremely comfortable, these headphones are ideal for use while traveling, as well as in bed, listening to audio books or simply relaxing. Features include built-in volume and play/pause controls; superior sound quality with eco-friendly, lead-free electronics; and removable speakers in a hypoallergenic, machine-washable headband.
And the headband is possibly the best part. Made of a proprietary, breathable fabric called SheepCloud that is oh-so soft to the touch, this luxurious crown hugs the head in a warm embrace that doesn’t constrict or block airflow. It comes in seven color options, including Quiet Lavender.
Pumping out powerful sound and crisp tones are the Altec Lansing True Evo Wireless In-Ear Headphones ($99.99). Pair with your Bluetooth-enabled device and settle back for up to four hours of personal playlist nirvana on a single charge of the rechargeable battery.
The in-ear design fits snugly and securely, directing music into your ears for full-on, bass-rich audio. A built-in microphone lets users go hands-free for chatting, especially useful for conference calls where notetaking is essential.
These headphones come tucked within a portable, packable charging case and include a micro-USB charging cable, three pairs of ear caps for customized comfort for all-day wear, a charging mat and carrying pouch. Offered in black, the headphones are available at Best Buy.
Lightweight, packable and affordable, the EMOTION earphones ($49) are SOUL Electronics’ lightest truly wireless product to date. The buds are designed for everyday/anywhere listening and deliver SOUL’s signature sound quality through Bluetooth technology. They’re even comfortable during workouts, thanks to a sweat-proof design.
The earbuds include an auto-pairing function, syncing with smartphones via their Bluetooth and offer a built-in microphone for incoming calls and up to six hours of total playtime. The specs? They have two powerful 6mm dynamic neodymium drivers that deliver balanced deep low bass and clear mids and highs. They also come in four graduated sizes of ear tip options so listeners can be assured of enjoying superb sound quality in customizable comfort.
The earphones come with a sleek little storage case that doubles as a portable charging box. Available in black and white, they are exclusively available from Amazon.com.
Take the Grinch out of traveling with SleepPhones Effortless, Bluetooth®-enabled headphones that are tucked inside a soft headband.
Altec Lansing True Evo Wireless In-Ear Headphones
SOUL’s EMOTION earbuds feature the lightweight, portable design customary to SOUL’s truly wireless headphones.
Photo: SOUL Electronics