Identify a pair of earphones based on far too little information
August 30, 2011 6:41 AM Subscribe
What were the brand and model of the earphones I left in a muddy field three months ago?
posted by metaBugs to technology (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is one of those limited information, pattern recognition questions that AskMe seems to be spookily good at.
Around six months ago, I bought what turned out to be the best in-ear earphones I've ever used. Three months after that, they dropped out of my rucksack when I was hiking. Despite handling them every day for months and being certain that the brand/company name was marked on each earbud, I have absolutely no memory of what company they're from, what the specific model is called or where I bought them from.* Please help me identify them, so I can buy another pair.
Here's what I can remember about them:
----The cord/cable was in a finely woven fabric cladding, not the usual rubbery coating. It was the same diameter that you'd usually expect (~2mm?) but felt slightly less flexible and was noticeably less "sticky", so it was much less prone to getting tangled in pockets.
----This cladding around the wires was dark with a couple of lighter strands woven in (black and white? Black and pale brown?), which gave it a flecked appearance.
----The earbuds were "in-ear" style. The body of the earbud was black plastic, with a brand/company logo visible on the end that points away from the head.
----The parts of the earbuds that actually go into the ear were not the usual sillicone half-sphere things. Instead, they were blunted cones made of the same squishy foam that normal noise-blocking earplugs are made of, with a hole down the middle to transmit the sound. Presumably because of this, they blocked external sound much better than any others I've tried. These foam in-ear sections were black.
----They may well have had good bass response as a selling point, but I'm not certain about this.
I bought them in a physical shop, somewhere in London, most likely one of the independent electronics shops at the north end of Tottenham Court Road. I probably paid in the region of £25-£40 for them.
Does anyone know what headphones I'm talking about? Alternatively, can anyone suggest a decent pair of in-ear 'phones with the key features of (a) fabric-wrapped wires and (b) foam (or other brilliant) noise isolating sections?
*"Reg, as he insisted on being called, had a memory that he himself had once compared to the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly in that it was colorful, flitted prettily hither and thither, and was now, alas, almost completely extinct." - Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams