Earbuds Use Tubes Instead Of Wired To Deliver Sound To Your Brain [MWC 2013]




RadBlocker might sound like some lame anti-skateboarding device from the 1980s, but it is in fact an Israeli company dedicated to keeping your brains unscrambled. And nestled amongst its RF-denying belt holsters (for Dad!) and laptop trays is this amazing pair of headphones: Echo Tubez.

Echo Tubez, which could itself be a 1980s skateboarding term, are unusual in that they have no wires. Or rather, no wires anywhere near your ears. Instead, the speakers are in the lump of plastic at the y-junction where the actual cable ends, and the sound is (literally!) piped into your ears through rubber tubes. Think doctor’s stethoscope, only without the hanky-panky connotations of decades of bad soft porn movies.

The Echo Tubez also come with some ear hooks, extra rubber tips and are equipped with an inline remote (no mic or volume, though).

So how do they sound. Loud and clear, but a little cathedral-y – that is, you feel a little distant from the spoken word, if not from music. They’re also very light. Putting the speakers in the y-join means that you can take almost all the weight of the headset with the built-in clip, leaving the tubes to float up to your ears.

In short: if you want to go jogging in a thunderstorm (and don’t), then at least when your iPhone gets struck by lightning, the killing charge won’t be delivered directly to your brain.


  • DonPope

    These are the kind of headphones airlines used to have many years ago. They were crap.

  • RyanTV

    “Earbuds Use Tubes Instead Of Wired To Deliver Sound To Your Brain [MWC 2013]”

    Edit: Wires instead of Wired. You guys continue to astonish me with your lack of simple proofreading.

  • aardman

    Oh hilarious,! “Amazing” hollow tube headphones. As DonPope mentioned below, this was standard airline crapquipment about 20-30 years ago. What will they think of next, two way pipes so you can send and receive sound?