Just as you thought you have seen it all in terms of audio gadgets, here comes LG and JBL with their newest hearables meant to be worn around the neck. That’s right, during the latest Consumer Electronics Show, LG and JBL introduced the Tone Studio and Soundgear, respectively, which you can probably call ‘neckphones’ instead of headphones. And while it may sound just a little bit wild, it’s really not quite as loud-looking as the Sennheiser Surrounder Pro which came out it 1997 or as fancy as The Bone Fone from 1979.
LG’s Tone Studio may not be such a bad idea
While it may seem like a ridiculous idea to wear a headband-looking thing hanging on your neck for a sound trip, the Tone Studio is supposed to do provide a great audio experience. It has four speakers: the two at bottom lets out the bass sounds, while the two at the top takes care of delivering the highs and mids. The bottom two speakers also vibrate, which gives a personal surround sound experience to the user. This feature would be loved my movie-enthusiasts and gamers as it adds up to the whole movie or gaming experience. When connected to phones, the Tone Studio vibrates to notify you of incoming calls or messages.
If you still don’t want to walk around with a headband on your neck while blasting out music, you can opt to put out the tethered earbuds for a more discreet and personal listening. Being ear-free, you would expect other people to hear what your listening to, and while that may be true, the sounds are still a lot fainter to those around you than you might expect. Also, they provide an immersive audio experience. You won’t be distracted much by your surroundings once you put on the Tone Studio.
LG Tone Studio
JBL’s Soundgear provides good audio experience without closing you off from surrounding
Just like LG’s Tone Studio, JBL’s Soundgear is also both hands-free and ear-free, but will still give you an intimate sound experience. The Soundgear could also be used on tablets, cellphones, virtual reality gaming, and other gadgets. Being ear-free, you could go about your usual task without feeling detached from your surroundings. This ‘neckphone’ is built with a dual-microphone conferencing system. It also has an echo and noise cancelling technology that ensures clarity of conversation when using it for phone calls. It also features Wireless Bluetooth Streaming and can connect up to two smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth. Its battery can last for up to 6 hours after a full charge, which is good enough and won’t really get you reaching for the charger so often. And though it may seem bothersome to be wearing a gadget around the neck, the JBL Soundgear is actually built for versatility and comfort. It’s lightweight and designed sleekly and shaped ergonomically to lean gently on the shoulders.
If it still bothers you to be fashionably different, you can opt to try these new babies at home and see how much you’d like the feel of them. Who knows? It may catch on quickly and wearing them outside just won’t feel so odd anymore.