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Designed by audiologists for the active audiophile: headphones from a social business.
High Fidelity In-Ear Headphones Designed for Athletes
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116 backers pledged $18,881 to help bring this project to life.

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LIFE Headphones: Better Fit, Better Sound, Higher Purpose

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LIFE headphones were designed by audiologists for people who have active lifestyles and care about how their music sounds. They combine an innovative, patented shape and top of the line audio components to give you the ultimate listening experience whether you are on a run, an airplane, or laying in bed.

- Mr. T, IEM blogger and headphone reviewer for CYMBACAVUM.com
- Mr. T, IEM blogger and headphone reviewer for CYMBACAVUM.com

We wanted LIFE to do more than just enhance your relationship with music, so we paired it with a purpose: to change the lives of deaf children living in poverty by giving them solar powered hearing aids. This campaign will help us launch our first product, the LIFE headphone, graduating our company from a startup to a full fledged social business!

So far! More to come. Click for links.
So far! More to come. Click for links.

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David Freeburg, avid runner and blogger for MinneapolisRunning.com
David Freeburg, avid runner and blogger for MinneapolisRunning.com
                              

Using a patented design shaped like the crevices in your ear, LIFE anchors itself comfortably for long term active use. Four parts of your ear are harnessed to varying degrees, based on the size and shape of your ear, to hold your LIFE in place:

1 - The Top of your ear holds the custom shaped cord end and directs cord tension so that the earpiece is pulled forwards rather than out.

2 - The Helix hooks around the tail of the earpiece and keeps it from twisting

3 - The Crevice hugs the body of the earpiece and holds it close to your head

4 - The Canal holds the ear bud firmly

The LIFE headphone nearly replaces the need for a custom earpiece and fits so securely and comfortably that it is perfect for use in all activities, even running, dancing, or lifting weights.

-Dave Ford, audiophile and LIFE beta tester
-Dave Ford, audiophile and LIFE beta tester

LIFE headphones do what other headphones don't:

Most headphones aren't capable of producing your music's nuances. 

LIFE's sound technology is normally reserved for the in-ear monitors professional musicians wear on stage. We believe everyone with ears to hear should listen to their music at its best. So, each of our earpieces contains two balanced armature drivers, one dedicated and tuned as a tweeter and one as a woofer. The drivers are fed your music through a device called a crossover that separates the high and low sounds in your music allowing the earphone to produce both spectrums of sound to you in perfect cohesion.

Most headphones are tuned to highlight the bass. 

The music you listen to was mixed to perfection, the way the artist intended it. Why mess with perfection? LIFE earphones are precision tuned to present music organically as it was recorded and mixed. Your dance music will be bassy. Your classical will be crisp and even. Your rock will be balanced and smooth. 

 Most headphones, especially in ear monitors similar to the LIFE headphone, present poor stereo imaging and an inaccurate soundstage.

 LIFE's sensitive audio technology, curved construction, and sound isolation combine to create a listening experience that transports you into an authentic sonic environment, giving extra dimension to your music.

-Keanex, headphone reviewer and blogger, Reddit and Headfi.com
-Keanex, headphone reviewer and blogger, Reddit and Headfi.com

As a social business, LIFE Acoustics is on a mission to help the 100,000+ deaf children living in poverty. Without hearing aids, many of these children can't hear well enough to go to school, much less enjoy the simple pleasures of music or the sound of birds singing. By partnering with organizations like Ayúdame a Escuchar (Help Me Hear), we want to give hearing to as many deaf children living in poverty as we can.

Through our relationship with Help Me Hear, we have learned that many charitable organizations who donate hearing aids ignore the fact that the recipients of those hearing aids often cannot afford to buy the batteries needed to continue to power them.

Our solution to this problem lies in harnessing the sun to charge the batteries hearing aids run on. We can give children a long term, environmentally sustainable solution to their hearing impairment by sourcing solar chargers from an award winning social business called Solar Ears and donating them along with hearing aids to deaf children living in poverty.

To learn more about our social mission, visit our website.

  • Extreme Sound Isolation: LIFE protects the sensitivity of your ears
  • Sweat and Weather Resistant: LIFE thrives no matter your lifestyle
  • Ultra Durable, Replaceable Cord: in case your dog gets hungry

Final product will ship with LIFE engraved on the hook.
Final product will ship with LIFE engraved on the hook.

 The LIFE Headphones package will ship with:

  • Compact, protective clamshell carrying case
  • Premium molded silicone tips: S, M, and L
  • Cleaning tool
  • Welcome packet with instructions and warranty info
   

Because we are a social business, kickstarter is a perfect tool for launching our first product. Crowdfunding allows us to stay focused on our mission (without having to answer to outside investors) and at the same time promote awareness and gain supporters for our cause.

We currently have a fully tuned and beautiful product that we would love to ship out to you and the ability to produce it on a small scale. 

We will use our kickstarter funding to fully bring the LIFE headphone to market so we can start helping children hear!

The funding will specifically go towards:

  • Promoting our product
  • Optimizing our supply chain
  • Setting up a production line capable of greater quantities
  • Designing and producing packaging

Risks and challenges

Right now our headphones are HANDMADE in Minnesota, USA! If our campaign is wildly successful, it could be difficult to meet our delivery goal of October 2015. However, we are smart and will plan ahead! The wheels of production will start turning as soon as we meet our funding goal. Also, if need be we will hire more assembly specialists to speed up the process.

Packing so much delicate technology into a tiny package can be finicky. But each pair of LIFE headphones will be quality tested twice against our standard of perfection, once by an assembly specialist and again by the founders of LIFE Acoustics themselves. We also have an amazing warranty and return policy in the case of a freak accident causing your LIFE headphones to break: We will fix any manufacturing related issues that arise during the first year for free. If at any time you should accidentally break your LIFE headphones, we will replace them for a flat fee of $100, no questions asked!

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    LIFE LOVES YOU : Thanks for helping us give LIFE to music! After the campaign, we'll post a personalized thank you on our website, just for you, AND you'll get updates on our projects progress!

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    LIFE T-SHIRT : Get a LIFE headphones t-shirt in the size of your choice, a circle of LIFE decal, and $50 LIFE Acoustics store credit.

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    EXCLUSIVE DJ MIX : LIFE t-shirt, LIFE decal, an exclusive DJ mix designed specifically to show off the LIFE headphones by one of LIFE's founders (Cooper aka DJ Cold Cuts), AND a $100 store credit.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    Give LIFE to your MUSIC: Get the LIFE headphones for $50+ off retail! Includes exclusive DJ mix designed to show off the LIFE headphones.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get the LIFE headphones for $50+ off retail AND an exclusive limited edition rewards bundle featuring some of our favorite Minneapolis based companies including: a 1lb bag of coffee selected by LIFE from Brotherhood Brew, LIFE's exclusive cocktail bitters from Bittercube, and a fashion accessory designed by our friend the fashion mogul Parcs and Parker!

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    Pledge $375 or more About $375

    DOUBLE LIFE : Get two pairs of LIFE headphones for $125 off retail! Includes exclusive DJ mix designed to show off the LIFE headphones.

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    PHILANTHROPIST CUSTOMIZATION: Design and name your own line of LIFE headphones. You get two pairs for yourself as well as sponsoring your line of headphones as a limited edition purchase through our store. We will donate 10% of the sales of every pair sold to a charity of your choice.
    ***This is a great way to promote your company or charity! Imagine having your own, personalized line of headphones!***

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Funding period

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