July 16, 2005 With the trend towards exotic metals and composites in our consumer electronics products, JVC made an interesting move this week when it released its new HP-DX1000 wooden headphones onto the Japanese market.
Priced at JPY 105,000 yen (US$1000 to you), the headphones reportedly produce exquisite rich sound thanks to their natural wooden housings and a special driver unit that is directly mounted onto the wood using the company’s proprietary "Direct Mount Construction."
To complete the package, you can purchase a matching wooden stand for your headphones at JPY 26,000 yen (US$250). It’s all frightfully expensive we agree, but the headphones offer a frequency response from 4Hz to 30kHz which is probably better than your ears.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
All articles by Mike Hanlon