Tree-hugger Audiophiles Take Note: Thinksound Debuts Their First Wooden Cans, The On1


All of Thinksound’s earphones encompass three basic principles: They’re made of wood; they’re given the sort of pro-green marketing and manufacturing attention that would satisfy even the most spirited hippy; and they offer big, warm sound for a relatively small price.

But aside from its requisite earthy wooden elements and green cred, Thinksound’s new supra-aural On1 studio monitors is taking the small company into uncharted territory.

To be sure, we haven’t tried the new set; but the fact that Thinksound has designated the On1 as studio monitors means they’ll almost certainly sound more balanced than the ts02+mic canalphones we tried a few years back. Another big departure is the On1’s $300 pricetag — about triple what the company’s canalphones go for.

Included in that price is all the good stuff you’d expect: 40mm drivers in handcrafted wood housings, two sets of Kevlar-reinforced cables (one with mic and playback control) and memory foam earpads.

In an attempt to highlight the On1’s ability to withstand abuse, here’s a brief clip featuring Thinksound CEO Aaron Fournier abusing a pair. Hopefully you won’t have reason to throw a set against a wall.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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