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Disentangle from the cumbersome earbud cord; add new functionality to your digital lifestyle. New from Timbuk2 founder, Rob Honeycutt.
1,543 backers pledged $144,463 to help bring this project to life.

First round earbuds

Posted by Elroy Project (Creator)

My buddy Joe is on it and working.  Check out these first iterations.

Note:  Cord and jack not shown in these illustrations.

Let us know what you think.


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    1. Matthew Fiori on

      Would be interesting to see the idea on the top with a perfectly flat back and the logo on the side that will be facing out when the buds are in your it an engineering necessity to have the dimpled receptacle on the device or is that just a sort of stability thing?

    2. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Gabriel... Unfortunately, not at this point. The minimum order quantity from the factory for a custom earbud design is 3000 units. This is actually a very small quantity in terms of a order for earbuds for a factory. As we continue to grow the business we will add more earbud options in terms of colors, styles and sound quality.

    3. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Steve... Right now we need to choose our first earbud design for the Kickstarter rewards. After that, as this business grows, we'll be bring a lot of new styles to market. But that's going to take some time.

    4. Evans Vogas on

      Option 1 for me

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      Steve Emmerich on

      Are you only going to do in ear or are you going to do some earbud ones as well?

    6. Tmbrwlf on

      Option 1 please!

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      Cloudpunch on

      Option 1 (keep them low profile - better under a hat, less likely to get caught on stuff while docked), comply tips, R/L indications, & Bruce Couch's recommendation!

    8. Shar M on

      I think the 1st option is better - might be more secure in getting them in my ears. But agree with what many people have stated; L/R indications would be great!

    9. Gift of Gab on

      So are we going to to be able to choose what colored earbud and cord we get?

    10. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Jessica... The earbuds will actually be interchangeable in the way they mount to the Elroy. So, it might be handy to have a small indication of which is left and right.

    11. Jessica Moss on

      Am I the only one who assumed that the left earbud would go on the left side and the right one on the right side if you are wearing it with the steel clip facing you? If you are looking at the Elroy with the faceplate facing you the left earbud is on the right and the right earbud is on the left.

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      Matthew Kushnick on

      I really like the first one!

    13. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Bruce and Quy... Both really excellent suggestions!

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      Stuart Glaser on

      I prefer #1, but I'd like it even better if you could easily distinguish left from right, both visibly and by feel.

    15. Dan Stiffler on

      I like the second option -- the one with the more triangular piece that fastens to the Elroy base. My fingers are more on the large size and think I'll be able to grasp onto them with greater ease.

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      Murad Ahmed on

      Sorry going to have to reserve judgement until seen mockup with wires attached....

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      Erick Hernandez on

      I like the first option

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      Bruce Couch on

      My fear is that the cord placement will make it difficult to fit into my ear with either option. I have the Klipsch x10i right now and from the tip of the comply foam to wear the ear bud exits my ear is close to an inch. I prefer option 1, but feel like the driver/eartip portion of the earphone could be rotated up 45 degrees so the cable points out of the ear.

    19. Joshua Aiken on

      I am strongly in favor of the first option at this point.

      Tally so far:
      Option 1 - 22
      Option 2 - 2

    20. Marie-Andree Poisson

      Option 1 for me. Earphones parts are visually more coherent with the main unit.

    21. Daniel Yu on

      I like the styling of option 1. I would like to add that if the size of the earbuds in the design affects the size of the driver and sound quality, I would recommend to build better sounding earphones in sacrifice to the slenderness of the earbud design.

    22. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Ben... I'll get Joe to add an indication of where the cords would exit the earbud on the next round.

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      Benjamin Sacks on

      definitely the key is comfort. without seeing the cables its hard to say which would fit my ear better, despite general consensus looking at my other earbuds and again depending where the cables come out, option 2 looks like a nicer fit...

    24. Gift of Gab on

      Option #1 definitely. Also I know that we get to choose the color and style of the housing/faceplate, but(similar to Caleb's Q) do we also get to choose what color earbud?

    25. Jessica Moss on

      I'm so glad the majority chose option one!

    26. Jason on

      I agree with the general consensus. Definitely option 1 looks more secure and comfortable.

    27. Caleb Goldstein-Miller on

      Looks great. I'm wondering what colors it will be available in

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      Mohamed Elmosaly on

      The first one looks better and also more stable as others pointed out.

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      T. Bruce Redrico on

      They both look good, but the first one (top) looks more stable.

    30. Steven Schoenberger on

      Top one definitely looks better. In terms of a cord wrapping mechanism, that would be awesome if possible. Even just a notch somewhere to wrap the excess around for storage. Keep up the great work.

    31. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      William... Definitely have the Comply tips on the radar. I just need to go out and buy a set before we finish the design to make sure they fit.

    32. William Barnes on

      Option 1 for me as well. And a follow-up to something that someone else mentioned some updates back and that is the option of using Comply foam tips. Anymore thoughts on that? Really like the fit and the seal and think it would be great to have that as an option.

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      Option 2 looks better

    34. Bill Bliss on

      The top one looks more stable, but perhaps that's just an illusion. The bottom one looks more streamlined, though, I must admit. Still, I'd go with the top one (option 1).

    35. Andrew P Heffron on

      Top one looks better, but bottom one might actually be easier to grip when docking/removing. Maybe if the post on the top one was a tiny bit longer.

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      Chris Wallace on

      Option 1 please, option 2 looks a bit flimsy.

    37. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Luke... Please note that they're not cordless. It's just that we haven't added the cord into the drawings yet. Still early phase here.

      I'm glad to see broad agreement on #1. That was my pick too.

    38. Andy Bao on

      Any cord-wrapping smarts/mechanism included will be nice.
      Something like the flip-open ears of the macbook power supplies.

    39. Suzanne Schiller on

      I agree that the top one looks most practical. I also wear my buds under hats and helmets and option two may be too uncomfortable.

    40. Andrew Kettenis on

      Definitely the 1st one :)

    41. Matthew Voshell on

      Yea I would choose the first one as well but whatever one has a better weight distribution would be best

    42. Markus Reimer

      Option 1, please.

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      Luke H on

      I like the idea of cutting the cord but I don't think that is what I am seeing here. If these will be truly cordless then I would buy 5

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      Chris Metropolis on

      Definitely first one: lowest profile possible, please! I wear my buds under tight hats, etc. and the smaller the better. Thanks!

    45. Jason Page on

      Option 1 looks imminently more practical to me. Also, include multiple sized earbud tips please.

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      Jayson Jacobs on

      the first one! looks like the little tab (inscribed with the logo) would sit in the ear nicely to hold the earbud in place.

    47. Zain Diaz on

      I really like the way the second picture shows the earphones but it looks like Picture #1 looks more secure. I would prefer the first picture because of the security of the earphones.

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      I like the first one at the top better.