About this project
In 2009 we started building clip-on portable speakers because we wanted to create an alternative to headphones for hearing music on the fly. We realized that being able to hear the world around you while hearing your music had tremendous value. In 2013 we launched our 3rd generation product, the Boombot REX here on Kickstarter. From that moment, we realized there was a huge market of users that were looking for a portable audio solution like what we were building. We started with just over a thousand units on Kickstarter. Three years later we had sold over 250,000 units globally.... but our creativity was not satisfied.
A lot of people asked us if we were ever going to make headphones. It seemed like a natural product line expansion. The problem was that it did not fit with our original brand roots in being an alternative to headphones. It wasn't until Lief was on a heli-ski trip in Canada when he looked at flight headsets and thought about how cool it would be if we could hear the world around us without sacrificing our ability to communicate.
That's when we came up with the foundation for HYBRID Audio. The basic concept was to put additional external microphones onto the headphones. With the push of a button, users could engage those external microphones and pull in ambient audio without interrupting their music.
HYBRID Audio provides users with SAFETY, AWARENESS, and VERSATILITY
The MASTER is our top-of-the-line offering intended for those that demand professional level sound and the finest in material selection. This model comes equipped with 50mm drivers, alloy hinges, and dual HYBRID Audio mics for the clearest listening experience.
The MIDI offers studio-quality sound in a comfortable lightweight polycarbonate package. This model is driven by 40mm drivers and features a single dedicated mic for HYBRID Audio.
For those that need pocket sized power, the MICRO provides the fuel for more active users. Featuring our patented SKYHOOK fastening system, this model is perfect for athletes, outdoors, or those that just want the convenience of earbuds.
A lot of people think that wireless audio means a sacrifice in fidelity. We dared to think otherwise in tuning these headphones to provide near lossless audio fidelity. The tune was done by our acoustic engineer with over 20 years of experience in high-end audio systems and some of the industry leading headphones. These are his masterpiece. The instrument isolation is unmatched. The low end is crisp and precise. Where some competitors looked to just crank more bass, we strove to create a much more balanced sound that embellishes the full spectrum.
This is a frequency response curve for the different models. As you can see, we have a much more level response similar to what you might find in studio quality headphones.
Boombotix products are designed for rigorous use behind the mixer, on-the-go, at work, and travel. The ease of using a Bluetooth on ear or over ear headphone is supreme to the obsolete wired counterparts. We did not make any compromises on design leveraging A2DP and AVRCP protocols do deliver a rich stereo sound.
The range is 100 feet on the MASTER and 300 feet on the MIDI, absolutely crushing the competition. The construction of the headphones is like any other Boombotix product; They are designed for robust strength in both indoor and outdoor environments. The construction is a mix of polycarbonate and ABS components, with a crush proof headband. The earmuffs are precisely stitched leather pads with enough rigidity for sound isolation, but enough softness for comfort. Our MICRO earbuds also include several different adapter parts to accommodate the shape of any ear. We have been testing the headphones for months, and we are extremely proud of what we've put together.
Risks and challenges
Our team has already done the bulk of product development and numerous rounds of prototyping. HYBRID Audio is a new technology that requires additional refinement, but we feel pretty strong about where we have come to date. We hope to bring additional refinements to that feature throughout the next several months. The fitment of the in-ear MICRO model has proved to be challenging given all the various ear sizes/types that we have to accommodate. We hope to continue refining our interchangeable part selection on that model to mitigate some of these challenges.
Since our last big Kickstarter project, we've improved our ability to execute on delivering a really high quality device right out of the box. This isn't a project sketched on the back of the napkin. It's a near finished product that just needs your support to bring it across the finish line.
Logistics can always be a challenge with new products. We've already completed a number of required certifications to transport the product via air and ocean. Barring any unforeseen customs delays, we do not see that being an issue in hitting our delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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