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Review: thinksound ts02+mic headphones

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When you are in the technology business, you get the opportunity to check out a lot of really cool products, but it’s not that often that you find one that is also doing its best to make the world a better place.  Now before you start dropping, “Shut it treehugger!” comments, hear me out.  Just a few days ago, the guys at thinksound said they would be sending over a pair of their ts02+mic headphones that were supposed to be Android-friendly.  I really had no idea what to expect.   The minute I opened the package though, I instantly got it.  Quality materials. Incredible sound. Small eco-footprint.

Packaging

The packaging was simple yet stylish and they weren’t about to let me get into it without noticing that it was made from recycled materials.  In fact, there are at least 4 references to it being eco-friendly.  Aside from that though, it’s on par with some of the sleekest and most eye appealing I’ve seen, which includes stuff from the big dogs in the tech industry.

In the box, you get a set of headphones, four different ear fittings, a clip, and sweet little cotton pouch to carry it all in.

Material Quality

This might sound odd to some, but thinksound actually uses real wood for their headphones which they say creates a more “natural resonance” and obviously facilitates the eco-friendly angle.  All I know, is the cherry and silver model they sent is the most beautiful set of headphones I’ve seen in a while.  Simplicity is a good thing when it comes to sound products, plus, anything is better than all white.  And I should also point out that they use PVC-free cables.

Sound Quality

Ahh the most important piece to a headphone review, “How do they sound?”  While I’m no official audio guru, I have nothing but good things to say about the ts02+mic version that I was given.  In fact, I’d put these up there with my Solo HD Beats by Dre.  “But Kellex, nothing tops Beats!”  Seriously, this wood thing they’ve got going on is truly a work of art.  While I’m normally an over-ear headphone guy when at home, I can tell you that these will most definitely be my new gym earbuds thanks to some impressive clarity.  Plus, the mic works perfectly with any Android phone and after going through at least a few calls today with it, I had not one complaint from the person on the other line.

If you are looking to get a new set of headphones, but also want to know that they came from a company who seems to care about your well-being rather than flash and celebrity names, then add thinksound to your list of companies to check out.  The ts02+mic that I have runs $89.99. @thinksound.

  • http://twitter.com/RDFDixou RDF Dixou

    I quite happy to found a review of headphones who works fine with Android phones.
    Does someone know other ?
    Thks

  • Aaron Fournier

    Nezhac,

    Thanks for replying with your concerns. I want to address them each so you understand what we are trying to do here. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel here with our headphones but we are trying to show that people can be a little more responsible in HOW they manufacture.

    1. Using wood does cut down tress but if you get it from a responsible source then they replant those exact tress. This is what we do.
    2. using less plastic means using less petroleum based products. That speaks for itself.
    3. We do not use any certification. After much research we found that most of these companies are used basically for greenwashing techniques. We have our sources with certain certifications but these certifying ‘companies’ want to charge us to use their logo and to re-certify us. We will not pay to use any logo on our products no matter who or what it is.

    I do understand that some people are hesitant when reading about green products and so am I. I get very angry when I see companies using the green angle when I know there really isnt much to their products at all. We are trying to educate and make great audio products. If you don’t want to buy our products that is your decision. Our company is an AUDIO company and we are trying to make a difference by showing people that they can make greener products. I have been to many factories over the years and I can tell you most do not care how are what they produce as long as the end result is making money. Our designs focus on making our AUDIO products as green as we possibly can.

    We do not misrepresent any of our claims. We actually have gotten more complaints about people who say they will not buy our product because it is green and they think that means its of sub-par quality. I have been in this business for many years and trying to improve manufacturing is something I strongly believe in. I suggest before jumping to conclusions about us that you contact the company before a post war begins. I am more than willing to talk about our company with anyone. We have had numerous college projects done about us and I always work with students to show them how to make a better more friendly company.

    Best regards,
    Aaron Fournier
    President and CEO
    thinksound.com
    [email protected]

  • Nezhac

    First off, I’m a loyal droid life reader, I’ve been following for a long time, and would like to thank those who keep the site going.
    Secondly, there’s one particular thing that strikes me that no one seems to have mentioned in the comments:
    “uses real wood for their headphones… and obviously facilitates the eco-friendly angle”
    say what???
    to get real wood you must: chop down trees, okay… so I went to the thinksound site:
    “We… choose our wood from renewable sources”
    what does that even mean? yes, if you cut a twig off a tree it grows back, if you level a forest it grows back after a long time too. Furthermore, there is no certification from any organization on thinksound’s site to vouch for their eco-friendliness. WWF? Rainforest Alliance? Anything? well no, just have to trust them as to their source of wood.
    Bottom line: think twice, not that these peopl are automatically cruel but they have an incentive to misrepresent information to sell more product (as does every single company in the world)

    • Aaron Fournier

      Please see my above post.
      Thanks
      Aaron Fournier
      president and CEO
      thinksound

  • DBK

    Have any of you complainers even looked at the website? They have less expensive models as well. They even have…..*gasp*…..$45 ones. So quite yer bichen (that’s how I spell it, capiche?).

  • Jawshua

    Ehhh I’ll spend a little extra and get the Bose. All this eco-friendly crap is just a ruse to make money. If they didn’t send you a free pair we never would have heard of them on here.

    You know what is even more stupid and evil is these websites selling carbon something or other where you offset your carbon blah blah blah. It’s just like in the old west, with those charlattans selling magical tonics. I remember Al Gore talking about giving money to that website only to come to find out he owned the company… how nobel.

    Damn hippies… see I didn’t call you a tree-hugger.

    I recycle, beyond that the rest of these money schemes can steal other peoples money.

    • Aaron Fournier

      There are a lot of companies out there who do try to take advantage of people on this issue and it is sad. I am not naming anyone specifically but it really is shameful. We are not claiming to save the world but who are hoping to lead by example that a beautiful, high quality product can be made a little more efficiently. There are way too many companies basically putting makeup on a pig and wasting resources. There are also a lot of companies spend more money on the package than the actual product itself.

      Call me a hippie, a tree-hugger or whatever you like but you will not find a single tie-died shirt in my closet. I am just a regular American who is trying to run a business with a little more responsibility than some others that don’t feel like making a little extra effort.

      Again, if you don’t like our product then don’t buy it. We are not forcing anyone but our reviews speak for themselves and the only people who seem to speak negatively are people who don’t have the facts on our actual company and background. Feel free to visit our site and read about my background and let me know if you don’t think I have the experience to make high end audio equipment.

      Aaron Fournier
      president/ceo/engineer
      thinksound.com
      .

    • Metman

      Wait, you dislike buying things due to marketing, so you are going Bose instead?  Talk about ironic…

  • richlost

    OOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I bought 2 pairs of Thinksound headsets at Marshalls in Revere MA for $14 each, maybe they were a discontinued model.
    I thought that they sounded pretty good, and the mic sounded good to the folks on the other end of my calls, but I couldn’t get used to the less than optimal cable setup, instead of a “Y” configuration, the cable with the mic went straight to the right ear and the cable for the left ear came off of the right side, so if the cable got pulled, instead of pulling on both ears, it just pulled on the right and would make it fall out.

  • Anonymous

    They look nice, but I prefer over the ear headphones. Also I make it a point to avoid eco-friendly products.

  • Aaron Fournier

    Hello everyone,

    I see a lot of people here who are commenting that we are a gimmick company and that our prices are too high. I wanted to respond directly by saying I have been in this business for a long time. I decided to start thinksound so I could control how things were made. I was tired of marketing and others controlling the design of a product when I knew it could be improved acoustically or have a greener design. We are making our products as green as possible while making a great sounding product as well.

    Our reviews show that we compete with the most popular name brands at much higher price points and I can say that we have extremely happy customers. I think some people need to realize that not all headphones are going to be 49.99 and that these headphones may not be for them.

    We are a very acoustically and green focused company and it can be shown by my personal history. I hold a bachelors degree in audio engineering and I have worked on many high end audio products. We are a New Hampshire based company and I spend a ton of my time outdoors and to say that we are using ‘green’ as a gimmick is just an incorrect statement.

    This product was designed with droid users in mind. I wanted something cross-platform as I don’t use the iph*ne. The ts02+mic works with many smart phones and the controls function well. The controls work with blackberry as well.

    I am open to any questions, comments, criticisms, and concerns so feel free to ask anything you would like and I will answer as best as possible. I can also be reached at my email at [email protected]

    Best regards,
    Aaron Fournier
    president/ceo/engineer
    thinksound

    • Keithsmnr

      How about a special sale or coupon for droid life readers? Honestly the only thing holding me back is the price.

      • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

        Same here. These earbuds looks great and sounds like they sound great, as well, but not so great is the price. But like Aaron mentioned, not all earphones are inexpensive. I guess if you want the best, you gotta pay top dollar.

    • Jawshua

      Yeah and like I said, anything “green” is just hippy charlattan crap in disguise. You know what? Everyone should watch Penn and Teller’s episode on “green” matters, they put together the best example of how ridiculous it is and how people just get caught up in the trend and are totally misinformed.

      But all of you who want to pay extra go right ahead.

      • Calculatorwatch

        You seem to be making the assumption that it’s impossible to make something better for the environment without sacrificing quality or making it way more expensive. Do you think it’s really all that advantageous to use PVC in the cables or that cardboard packaging is really more expensive than that annoying plastic crap? I mean yes the whole “green” thing is little more than a marketing scheme but that doesn’t mean the headphones are any worse than any other $90 pair. Dismissing everything that claims to be good for the environment is just as lazy and misinformed buying all the green stuff without questioning it.

      • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

        Go right ahead and destroy Earth, then. THEN we’ll see who is laughing last.

      • Aaron Fournier

        Jawshua,
        You are free to believe whatever you want but the fact is we are a high end and high quality audio company. We are just doing our best to do it with a little more efficiency and less waste than others. To think that this is a pure marketing gimmick is just an incorrect assumption. Our prices are actually lower than the companies we are compete against and no one is saying we are priced higher than anyone we compete against.

        We do our best not to ‘greenwash’ people as well. We were even asked at a trade show last year to be placed in their “green” area but when we found out they wanted extra money for it we knew that they were using it for a marketing gimmick and we personally opted out and displayed with the rest of the audio companies.

        Why is it whenever someone tries to change the way things are done for the better everyone automatically assumes that people are up to no good?

        You may also want to check some facts. Why would you take facts from someone who graduated from clown college instead of an actual engineer? I am a fan of Penn and Teller but you can’t seriously think that everything they say reflects all of society.

        I am not trying to start a post war but I am trying to clear things up about our company and present facts. If you have any questions I am 100% open to talking to you directly and you can even email me. I will be 100% open and up front on everything we do.

        Best regards,
        Aaron Fournier
        president/ceo/engineer
        thinksound ,.

    • Jawshua

      Yeah and like I said, anything “green” is just hippy charlattan crap in disguise. You know what? Everyone should watch Penn and Teller’s episode on “green” matters, they put together the best example of how ridiculous it is and how people just get caught up in the trend and are totally misinformed.

      But all of you who want to pay extra go right ahead.

  • Maiello1989

    got a pair ultimate ears for 70$ around Christmas time very pleased

  • Droid4All

    My Skullcandy Hesh is OG Droid + iPod touch friendly. Plays/Pauses Pandora + music apps and mic for phone calls. Cost $40 less. I recommend those.

  • Anonymous

    I want wireless bluetooth headphones.

  • Anonymous
  • Uplink

    good review kellex, deff looking forward into a pair of thes

    maybe a little more info on the sound like bass and stuff…

  • Uplink

    good review kellex, deff looking forward into a pair of thes

    maybe a little more info on the sound like bass and stuff…

    • Metman

      I just bought a pair of TS02s and have a Droid I.  I have in the past owned UltimateEars SuperFi 5 Pros and also havea pair of RE0’s from head-direct.  I’ve been using the TS02s for a day now, so not too long (whether you believe in burn-in or not… meh), and don’t claim to be an audiophile, but I have decent taste.  My experience with the TS02s so far is that they are a bit mushy at the high end (symbol crashes often lack in definition, for example) and there seem to be a few areas on the low end where they could use some more punch, but the mids are quite sharp and satisfying, and most of the bass spectrum is very good.  I would say the sound quality from the TS02s is slightly below that of the RE0s, but the RE0s in my experience are cheaply made, and obviously they don’t have a mic for the phone.  Given the extra features fo the TS02s, I would say they are a fair deal at the same price as the RE0s (~$90), and given that the RE0s are concidered bty most audio people to be jsut about the best price/performance IEMs on the market, I’d say that’s pretty good marks for the TS02s.

  • Anonymous

    4 degrees this morning in VT…I’ll take the global warming packaging…did they air those in or were they delivered by donkey? :P

  • Anonymous

    4 degrees this morning in VT…I’ll take the global warming packaging…did they air those in or were they delivered by donkey? :P

  • Anonymous

    I still rock out with my Bose nc headphones, have yet to find a competitor, but these look like a nice pair of headphone for on the go when a big old piar is just too much.

  • Anonymous

    When will people realize that “eco friendly” or “low eco footprint” is just a gimmick to make and package your goods with cheap, ineffective materials and then charge a body-part sized surplus for it.

    Its all rubbish.

  • Anonymous

    Its nice to see a review on something other than a phone once in a while. My headphones are giving up so I might just get these.

  • http://twitter.com/dren_martin Josh Martin

    How about a give away now? :P

  • http://twitter.com/dren_martin Josh Martin

    How about a give away now? :P

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      You really want them after they’ve been in Kellex’ ears?

      • Anonymous

        That makes them cooler.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Right now, I’m using Sony earbuds, and they work great, but maybe, eventually when I recycle enough soda cans to gather up $89.99, I may just buy these ‘thinksound’ earbuds. Nice review, Kellex!

  • DroidzFX

    Looks good can I smoke it?

  • Anonymous

    How exactly do you make something Android friendly? I imagine it can’t be much more complicated that making sure that it has a 3.5mm plug. Not sure I could rationalize spending $90 on these when I can pick up a pair of headphones that are just as good (both in sound quality and appearance) for $20 at Best Buy.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure you decide if the controls are Android or iOS friendly. Not sure there are any headphones out there right now that support both. To my knowledge, the guys at thinksound chose Android over iOS which is pretty cool.

      • Anonymous

        The ones that came with my R2D2 worked on both.

        • Jawshua

          So did the Skull Candy one’si bought.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure you decide if the controls are Android or iOS friendly. Not sure there are any headphones out there right now that support both. To my knowledge, the guys at thinksound chose Android over iOS which is pretty cool.

    • Anonymous

      I think what you’re missing is the whole remote control on the headphones, which is what kellex is talking about. Usually, headphone controls are iOS friendly and only cause problems for android (I know from experience). These sound neat, but not $90 neat.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

    Can you read? “Android Friendly” Headphones. With most companies pumping out i*hone only headphones I’m glad this review came out.

    • Anonymous

      What is an iphone only headphone? Does it come with a person that quickly removes them if used with a non iphone?

      • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

        http://www.jays.se/products/earphones/a-jays-four.html. Built for iphone controls in mind. Does not work on motorola droid phones. I tested on Droid x and OG Droid. Will work on HTC nexus one though. That answer your question?

      • Anonymous

        Yes they are very fast handed

  • Jak341

    Sorry, if you think Beats are top the of line, you are deaf. Then again, I am a Sennheiser guy myself (so I may be biased).

    • Anonymous

      I just bought some Senheisers the other day to use while I work out. Lady Gaga sounds amazing.

      • Anonymous

        That’s like buying an amazing home theater setup just to watch Avatar. Ugh.

        • Anonymous

          Or like seasoning a bacon-wrapped, medium rare filet mignon with Hunt’s.

    • Anonymous

      I just bought some Senheisers the other day to use while I work out. Lady Gaga sounds amazing.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Cannot like this enough. Beats are the Monster Cable of headphones.

      • Jak341

        I don’t know if you know this, but Beat are made by Monster.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

    Awesome. I’ve been looking for some headphones with working mic for my sister. The beats are a little big when it comes to travelling around by foot.

  • http://twitter.com/summerson Cameron Summerson

    Where’s the contest so I can win a pair? C’Mon Kellex!

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was an Android site? At least pretend this is Android related and draw Andy on the box with a Sharpie!

    • Anonymous

      They are Android-friendly headphones…

      • Anonymous

        You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.

        Great review, Kellex. I’m partial to in-ear, non-bluetooth headphones with functional mics, so this might be right up my alley.

      • Anonymous

        They sound like good headphones, and I like the review, but what about them makes them Android-friendly? I didn’t see any mention of what gives it that distinction.

  • David

    I love the way you use the white background for photos looks classy haha (:

  • Greg Abbate

    For a company trying to make a name for themselves in their particular niche, they sure missed the mark with that price point. If these were $49.99 I would actually check them out

  • Anonymous

    I smell a contest!

  • Stephen D

    How’s the bass? Treble? Sound quality overall?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

    I like all the stuff you post about new products, apps, and downloads, this is why i come to this site :) So thanx . . although more than i would pay for headphones, still look awesome, how bout a contest lol :)

  • Jpeeps05

    whomp

  • Sam

    How much were you paid to write this review? This website is becoming a joke.

    • CivilDroid

      Then go somewhere else

      • Anonymous

        We know one thing is for sure, none of us get paid enough to read troll comments.

        • Anonymous

          Not that I need to, but I’d also like to point out to the troll that I only review products if I actually do like them. I get stuff on a daily basis, but most of it gets pushed aside because it’s garbage.

          • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

            Wow…another troll bites the dust.

    • Hamholla

      Then don’t come here? I really don’t understand all of this negativity and BS about how “this isn’t Droid related” or “this post is a waste of time”. If you don’t like the way these guys do it then stop coming here. There are plenty of other sites, or you could start your own (then it would be exactly what you want). Otherwise go back to your cave troll, the rest of us will keep supporting this baller site that runs on #tigersblood. This is site is WINNING