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Fully customized sound. Crisp highs. Deep lows. Killer design. And a full 30 day money back guarantee!!
Fully customized sound. Crisp highs. Deep lows. Killer design. And a full 30 day money back guarantee!!
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The Torque family is really about two things: 1) Customization and 2) Freaking awesome sound. If you care about getting the highest headphone performance for the exact song your listening to, then Torque is for you. We're the most acoustically customizable headphone brand in the world! Don't believe us? Read our REVIEWS!

Money Back Guarantee!

And just to make sure you love what you hear, we're offering a 30 day money back guarantee on all of our products!! That way, you can listen to the sound first and try it out before being locked in to your purchase. We know sound quality is important to you, and we stand behind our products.

Stretch Goals!

By popular demand, we came up with a brilliant stretch goal idea! These high performance concert earplugs powered by downbeats will save your ears from harm at concerts! Help us reach $50k and we'll be including these earplugs (MSRP $14) to any pledge over $70!

We use top quality components and drivers for our great sound, but what really makes us different is how customizable your sound really is. With the TorqueValet for our earbuds and our unique Modi:Fi system for our headphones, you can pick the exact right sound for whatever genre of music you're listening to that day.

This Kickstarter we're launching THREE separate headphones!

The t402v is our flagship on ear/over ear headphone.

The t096z is our top of the line earbud with 6 different customization settings

The t103z is our customizable earbud perfect for high quality sound on a budget.

Features of t402v & t096z
Features of t402v & t096z

The new Torque headphones (t096z and t402v) use high quality Bio-Cell diaphragm drivers. The process to use this material is extremely complicated and costly, but Bio-Cell drivers are unparalleled in acoustic performance with a higher velocity and a near ridiculous dynamic range. Once you hear t096z and t402v headphones with this new proprietary driver, you’ll agree that’s it’s worth every penny.

Our 40mm bio-cell speaker has lower mass but up to 5 times stiffer than the typical headphones, making a really crisp, high quality sound. Combine this with a real suspension along its edge and we create something a really spectacular. Most other headphones just don't spend the money on this extra quality, and you'll notice the difference.

Why we need your support

As you can tell, we're pretty far in to our development phase. Our manufacturing partner believes in our concept. So much so that they've helped us with the investment of the high tooling cost, but we need your help to raise funds so we can secure all the long lead time components and prepare for mass production!

                         
       

Reviewed.com Scored 9.5 out of 10! "The Torque t096z is better than 98% of the headphones we tested. It is better than 98% of the headphones we have tested under$400. It is better than 100% of the in-ear headphones we have tested. This graph shows the Torque t096z's score compared to other headphones we tested."

Sound+Vision magazine “We music lovers deserve to have stuff like this.” 

Supercompressor “Torque’s new cans let you address your nitpicky listening preferences via an on-ear and over-ear headphone option, and four choices of bass.”

TheWirecutter “Torques are the newest kids on the block and worth keeping an eye on.”

Engadget “From one pair of valves to the next, the difference was immediately apparent and the units were quite easy to swap out when needed.” 

MTV “It’s rare that we refer to earphones as “fancy,” but that’s exactly what the Torque t103zs are.”   

Check out the t402v video below!

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We spared no expense in building these headphones to be super comfortable and incredibly clear. The crisp sound and rich bass with 8 customizable settings for your listening needs proudly makes the t402v's our flagship product.

Look how easy it is to optimize your music!
Look how easy it is to optimize your music!

Customized Sound for On & Over Ear Headphones:

With the t402v's, the customization comes from the orientation of the ear pad itself through our patent pending modi:fi technology. So with four settings per ear pad and on ear and over ear options included in the box, that means you have 8 ways to perfectly customize your sound!

Reinforced spring steel headband

LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE

We wanted to do something special for Kickstarter. So we're launching the EXCLUSIVE White Out t402v especially for our backers. This product will never be available in retail stores. So pick it up here only while you can.

 Check out the t096z video below!

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The t096z is the T-Rex of earbuds. The top of the food chain. The Boss. Phenomenal bio-cell speaker drivers for incredible sound. Maximum comfort. Six types of ear tips included to fit any ear plus an organizer (nobody else has this)!

Look how easy it is to optimize your music!
Look how easy it is to optimize your music!

TorqueValves provides the ultimate in sound customization

Keep it organized with the TorqueValet
Keep it organized with the TorqueValet

 Unparalleled Ear Tip Organization

Includes 5 super soft silicone ear tips + StabilizerRing
Includes 5 super soft silicone ear tips + StabilizerRing

Do typical in-ear headphones keep falling off? It's super annoying, right? The t096z includes this soft silicone StabilizerRing to keep you rocking out while you dance around!

Award winning t103z in ear headphone at an exclusive Kickstarter price. Good deals on high quality headphones are hard to come by. If our flagship headphones are slightly out of your reach, you should definitely grab this deal! Great quality sound, highly customizable, at an affordable price.

Includes CNC machined aluminum TorqueValet
Includes CNC machined aluminum TorqueValet
                                                                              

Torque has been in development for over two years to create something really special and we're proud of how much progress we've made. We're sure you'll love and appreciate the extra care and time we took to develop them.

Final Engineering Design - 2015
Final Engineering Design - 2015
Design Refinement - 2014
Design Refinement - 2014
Inital Concepts - 2013
Inital Concepts - 2013

 Timeline

  • June 2015 - Kickstarter Launches
  • July 2015 - Kickstarter funded (Woohoo!!)
  • August 2015 - Tooling refinement / order components
  • September 2015 - Production
  • October 2015 - Product ships to Kickstarter Backers

Fast Fulfillment. 

We've partnered up with a warehouse/fulfillment center in Los Angeles, CA that's easily capable of fulling our Kickstarter needs for fast delivery as soon as we get the headphones in stock. Once packed up, we'll notify you of the tracking information. 

And for our international pledges, we just want to be clear that the added fees are not for profit but to cover most of the VAT's and delivery costs from FedEx. In many cases we've studied, the added fees won't cover all of it but we wanted to keep things reasonable so you can enjoy our headphones world wide. 

And as a final note, on behalf of our small team at Torque, I want to thank you. Not just for backing this project specifically, but for being here. Just by reading this text it shows you're the kind of person who supports innovation and entrepreneurs. Because of evangelists like you, thousands of projects have been given a chance to come to life and thousands of people have been given the opportunity to pursue their passions... a truly special gift. So for that, just for being the type of person who supports the dreamers, for giving us and others the chance to make our inspirations come to life, whether you pledge for us or not, you have our most sincere gratitude. And we thank you.

Sincerely, Yasu Yamamoto | co-founder of Torque

Risks and challenges

From the start, we wanted to be unique. Unique in how we think about headphones because we, like you, are unique. What you listen to and how you listen to music is very personal. And we wanted to explore how to create an atmosphere that takes it to the next level by optimizing how you listen.

While we were wildly successful with our first headphone, we needed a family of products to be taken serious. And how do you improve on such a great product? It took us over 2 years but we're happy to say, we did it!

We're in our final stage of testing the headphones. We've passed all compliance tests for EU, approved by Apple for MFI, and even wrapped up the packaging design.

While we're polishing up the tools and making some final adjustments, we need to start preparing for production. -And this is where we need your help. With your pledges, we can procure the long lead time components so we can get production going and get these amazing headphones in your hands, the music lovers.

At this point, we feel very confident in our schedule. But we want everyone to understand that we may still run in to hiccups while we're in production. The factory we've partnered with is letting us control every aspect of the manufacturing process down to who does what task and how, allowing us a strict quality control.

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    Thank you for your support! We'll give you a special thanks on our social media and you'll receive exclusive updates on the progress with Torque.

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    EARLY BIRD KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T103Z IN EAR HEADPHONES (MSRP $180!)

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t103z Customizable Headphones with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 4 pairs of silicone ear tips
    * 3 pairs of Torque Valve
    * 1 Torque Valet for Valve Organization
    * 1 Protective case

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    EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER T103Z IN EAR HEADPHONES (MSRP $180!)

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t103z customizable headphones with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 4 pairs of silicone ear tips
    * 3 pairs of Torque Valve
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL T096Z IN EAR HEADPHONES:

    The t096z's are our top of the line in ear headphone. With 6 customizable valves and bio-cell speaker drivers, these are truly the most customizable and best sounding in ear headphones in the world. Will retail for $330 (a $155 savings!)

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t096z customizable headphones with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 5 pairs of silicone ear tips
    * 1 pair of Comply Performance Foam tips
    * 6 pairs of TorqueValves
    * 2 TorqueValet for Valve Organization
    * 1 Protective case

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL T096Z IN EAR HEADPHONES:

    The t096z's are our top of the line in ear headphone. With 6 customizable valves and bio-cell speaker drivers, these are truly the most customizable and best sounding in ear headphones in the world. Will retail for $330 (a $105 savings!)

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t096z customizable headphones with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 5 pairs of silicone ear tips
    * 1 pair of Comply Performance Foam tips
    * 6 pairs of TorqueValves
    * 2 TorqueValet for Valve Organization
    * 1 Protective case

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL T402V ON EAR/OVER EAR HEADPHONES:

    Customize your headphone for an 'on ear' OR 'over ear" experience and customize your bass output based on your ear pad orientation. No other headphone in the world has so many customizable features to get the premium sound you want for the exact music you're listening to. These will retail for $400 (a $150 savings!)

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t402v customizable headphones
    * 1 detachable cable with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 1 pair of on-ear pads
    * 1 pair of over-ear pads
    * 1 Spare ear pad bag
    * 1 Protective case

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL T402V ON EAR/OVER EAR HEADPHONES:

    Customize your headphone for an 'on ear' OR 'over ear" experience and customize your bass output based on your ear pad orientation. No other headphone in the world has so many customizable features to get the premium sound you want for the exact music you're listening to. These will retail for $400 (a $100 savings!)

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t402v customizable headphones
    * 1 detachable cable with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 1 pair of on-ear pads
    * 1 pair of over-ear pads
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    t402v & t103z Combo Pack! Get one t402v and one t103z. This combo pack is perfect for you if you're looking for a quality in ear AND over/on ear solution.

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION WHITEOUT T402V ON EAR/OVER EAR HEADPHONES:

    Customize your headphone for an 'on ear' OR 'over ear" experience and customize your bass output based on your ear pad orientation. No other headphone in the world has so many customizable features to get the premium sound you want for the exact music you're listening to. These are a Kickstarter exclusive product and will never be available in retail.

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t402v customizable headphones in WHITE
    * 1 detachable cable with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 1 pair of white on-ear pads
    * 1 pair of white over-ear pads
    * 1 Spare ear pad bag
    * 1 Protective case

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL T096Z IN EAR HEADPHONES MULTI PACK:

    Two is Better than one! GET TWO t096z earbuds at our incredible Kickstarter price. Looking for more than two? Add $200 for each beyond the second. Limit 5 per Customer.

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t096z customizable headphones with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 5 pairs of silicone ear tips
    * 1 pair of Comply Performance Foam tips
    * 6 pairs of TorqueValves
    * 2 TorqueValet for Valve Organization
    * 1 Protective case

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    EARLY BIRD COMBO T402V + T096Z FLAGSHIP PACK:

    The ultimate audio experience with BOTH of our flagship headphones. If purchased individually, MSRP would be $730. That's a savings of over $300!!!

    With all of the customization, this is like getting 14 headphones in 1 pledge!

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
    * t402v on/over ear headphones
    * t096z in-ear headphones

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL T402V + T096Z FLAGSHIP COMBO PACK:

    The ultimate audio experience with BOTH of our flagship headphones. If purchased individually, MSRP would be $730. That's a savings of $230!!!

    With all of the customization, this is like getting 14 headphones in 1 pledge!

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
    * t402v on/over ear headphones
    * t096z in-ear headphones

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL T402V ON EAR/OVER EAR HEADPHONES MULTI PACK:

    Two is Better than one! GET TWO t402v headphones at our incredible Kickstarter price. Looking for more than two? Add $275 for each beyond the second. Limit 5 per Customer.

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

    * t402v customizable headphones
    * 1 detachable cable with in-line Remote/Mic
    * 1 pair of on-ear pads
    * 1 pair of over-ear pads
    * 1 Spare ear pad bag
    * 1 Protective case

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    MEET THE TEAM!

    Get TWO Torque headphones of your choice and spend an hour on Skype with the co-founder to discuss product development and the future of the business.

    Free shipping!

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    THE EXECUTIVE TREATMENT!

    Get TWO Torque headphones of your choice, air fare for two from the continental U.S., plus 2 nights at the swanky Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to meet the co-founder in person and discuss product development and the future of the business. And on top of that, he'll personally give you a tour of Los Angeles.

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