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About this project

01. CONCEPT

INSPIRED BY NATURAL WOOD

Some of the most beautiful sounds come from wooden instruments. From guitars to pianos and everything in between, these instruments have been captivating us for centuries. Wood contains sound properties that are unrivalled in comparison to plastics or other composite materials. Furthermore, wood grain is as unique as a fingerprint, making each pair of Konohazuk headphones one of a kind.

02. KONOHAZUK H3

The first in the planned series of Konohazuk headphones, that offer the highest Japanese quality with a limited impact on the environment. We are taking headphone design to the next level through using modern hand crafting techniques, natural and earth-friendly materials, and placing an emphasis on delivering high-quality audio with a crisp and clear sound.

MUSIC THROUGH WOOD

Development in woodworking technology has produced a variety of musical products, such as percussion and string instruments. Additionally, many audio speakers and acoustic panels in concert halls are made of wood. From a scientific perspective, it has been found that the reverberation and attenuation rates of sound within wood are suitable for the listeners.

The H3's body is made of Japanese beech wood, which enhances musical sounds. This not only adds value to the H3, but also sets it apart from other headphones, making it special and unique.

JAPANESE CRAFTMANSHIP

The wood that makes up the H3 originates in Japan's Iwate Prefecture. The flexible headband is constructed from thin sheets of wooden veneer that are gently applied in a curved shaped in order to fit any head size. Every ear-cup is carved precisely on a CNC (computer numerical control) machine, hand finished and polished. Memory foam ear pads covered in soft PU leather and stitched fabric provide extra comfort for wearers.

ACOUSTIC SOUND QUALITY

The H3 has an enhanced 40mm speaker driver, finely hand tuned in order to create a balanced, natural sound. The ear cups offer effortless noise isolation, and minimise any ambient noise. Beautifully constructed with a look that is sleek and simple, with natural properties and characteristics, these headphones are guaranteed to provide an audio quality that will create a pleasant listening experience for any user.

COMFORT WHILE LISTENING

In order to achieve a comfortable fit, we have developed a unique joint mechanism to flexibly adapt to various head sizes. The headband, made of moulded plywood, is able to withstand a sufficient amount of lateral pressure. It adjusts to your head gradually while you are wearing the headphones. And the soft ear pads ensure your ears will not tire, even after long periods of listening.

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MINIMAL DESIGN

These are not simply a pair of headphones, but a bespoke product crafted from natural materials - minimally designed, environmentally friendly, and finely constructed in such a way that will guarantee listeners will enjoy them every time.

 TO USE LONG TERM

The headphones are packaged in an original wooden box to avoid scratches, dust and humidity. In addition, there's a two-year guarantee. If your H3 breaks or encounters a fault within two years of the shipping date, we will repair them for free up to a maximum of two times (excluding initial failure). Intentional damage is not covered by the warranty.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Type: Closed-back dynamic
  • Earpad: On-ear, PU leather
  • Plug: Street-type, 3.5mm
  • Cord length: 1.2m
  • Weight: 145g
  • Driver: 40mm
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Power Handling capacity: 1000mW(IEC)
  • Estimated release date: Autumn 2016
  • Estimated RRP: $349 USD
  • Supporter’s estimated delivery date: Summer 2016
  • Kickstarter price: $219 USD (early bird $179 USD)

03. SUSTAINABILITY

Deforestation and forest ageing is a major global issue. We use trees from sustainable sources instead of plastic and other environmentally damaging materials. What's more, for each pair of headphones sold we will make a donation to moretrees in their global initiatives, supporting reforestation and forest maintenance.

04. ABOUT KONOHAZUK

Konohazuk LLC is a Japanese audio brand, established by Yuki IIDA & Yuka Matsuzaki in 2015. Yuki is an award winning product designer, who has also produced original wooden instruments through the brand Beating since 2010. 

Beating:

Konohazuk Design:

05. H3 DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Konohazuk / Founder, R&D 

Yuki IIDA is the creative director, driving the development of Konohazuk. He is a former Pioneer audio expert and award winning Japanese designer. Yuki Matsuzaki is in charge of the accounting activity for the company. Yuki and Yuka have a strong passion for music as well as for spending time enjoying nature.

 Yamakoshi Woodcraft / Plywood moulding of Headbands

 Takeyama Woodworking Plant / CNC of Housings

 Mutsumikako / Moulding of Joint system

 Azden / Sound Engineering, Assembly 

 Special Thanks To

Kenji Fujita (Fujita Woodcraft Studio), Toshiyuki Sonoda (Roze), Shigeichiro Takeuchi, Takeshi Mukouyama, Tacchuo, Nao Yhoshida, Robert, Mari, Kibidango, T/F/D, Rustydare, Owlcraft, Homei, Pioneer, Fujitsu Design

 06. PROJECT TIMELINE

 07. REWARDS

Pledge $5 or more

Your name in lights! We really want to thank you for your contribution, and will do so by adding your name to our backer list - available on our website.

Pledge $25 or more

You'll receive an exclusive branded wooden coaster, created from the same production process as our headphones.

Estimated delivery: Sep 2016

Pledge $35 or more

We'll send you a limited edition Konohazuk teeshirt in the size of your choice.

Estimated delivery: Sep 2016

 Pledge $159 or more / SAVE $190 (Limited 20)

Super early bird offer - save $190! One pair of H3 headphones in original wooden packaging, covered by our 2x2 guarantee.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2016

Pledge $189 or more / SAVE $160 (Limited 100)

Early bird offer - save $160! One pair of H3 headphones in original wooden packaging, covered by our 2x2 guarantee.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2016

Pledge $219 or more / SAVE $130

Exclusive Kickstarter price! One pair of H3 headphones in original wooden packaging, covered by our 2x2 guarantee.

Estimated delivery: Sep 2016

Pledge $249 or more /  WITH LEATHER CORD HOLDER (Limited 50)

We'll throw in a limited edition Konohazuk cord holder, created by our friends at Rustydare. In addition to one pair of H3 headphones in original wooden packaging, covered by our 2x2 guarantee.

Estimated delivery: Sep 2016

Pledge $299 or more / WITH CUSTOMISED LOGO (Limited 10)

Customise your headphones! One pair of H3 headphones in original wooden packaging, covered by our 2x2 guarantee, and laser printed with your own personal logo.

Estimated delivery: Sep 2016

 <Leather Cord Holder produced by Rustydare>

 <Laser printed Logo Customizing >

 08. SOCIAL

Please support and help us spread the word.

Official Website  http://www.konohazuk.com/index_en.html

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/konohazuk/

Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/konohazuk/

Youtube  https://youtu.be/ABV8UrmYI4Q

Risks and challenges

We have already finalised the product design, and now we are testing and fine tuning the sound. Konohazuk H3 is almost ready for mass production. We have a preliminary agreement with partners including two woodcraft studios, the moulding manufacturer and the professional audio device creators - they all have many years of experience.

That said, there is always a small chance that unexpected changes or issues may arise during execution, resulting in delays or cancellation. In the event of cancellation, we’ll fully refund your pledge.

Delays or cancellation may arise from:

A change in specifications (requested by the operator), or execution by the factory which causes a significant cost increase.

Feasibility of local product approval requirements or local import regulations.

The event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or tsunami.

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