Zipbuds has unveiled its 26:Bluetooth, sweat and waterproof sport earbuds, ‘specifically created to solve the common frustrations in sport headphones’. Designed to enhance the user experience, the new ‘26’ earbuds aim to ‘perfect the balance of sound quality, performance, style and durability, using a built-in subwoofer, 144 unique fit combinations and industry-leading battery life’.
Zipbuds’ 26 Bluetooth sport wireless earbuds are now available for US$199.
To develop 26, Zipbuds conducted a rigorous assessment to identify pain points in earbud options currently on the market. According to the company, without exception, the common complaints included comfort and fit, durability, sound quality, battery life and style. The Zipbuds research team then ‘gathered leading experts in sound engineering, ergonomics and fashion to combine and condense their expertise into a lightweight, stylish, sports performance earbud that solves each of these problems’.
Sound and style
26 allows users to ‘push harder and go farther, allowing athletes to focus on the long run or extensive sweat session ahead of them, instead of worrying if their earbuds can keep up’. A precision-tuned, Hybrid Driver System isolates high and mid-range frequencies, with a built-in subwoofer to balance the lows. This results in ‘concert-style, audiophile-grade sound, in a small, stylish package’. Styled by top fashion influencers, 26’s discreet, low profile aesthetic aim to make it ideal for the gym, train commute, or any other activity that relies on music and uninterrupted connectivity.
To balance design with comfort and stability, Zipbuds enlisted audiologists and ear anatomy experts, resulting in customized, low-profile ergonomic earbud housings that do not require ear hooks or bulky neckbands. With a reported 144 diverse ways to find a perfect fit, 26 comes with two assorted styles of in-ear stabilizers that work in combination with silicone and memory foam ear tips to maximize noise isolation and mould to the natural curve of any ear.
Boasting a 15-hour active battery life with 400 hours on standby, the new earbuds have a claimed 30% more battery life than industry leaders. 26 also comes equipped with QuickCharge technology to provide one hour of playtime for every five minutes charged. ‘A magnetic clip-on battery delivers extra juice for any situation.’
Sweat-proof, waterproof and durable, 26 is coated with a proprietary hydrophobic solution and contains ultrasonic welding that can withstand water intrusion when briefly submerged in up to 3 feet of water. According to Zipbuds, this keeps the music going during the most extreme workouts, from unexpected rain out on a run or tipping over while paddleboarding to competing in sweat-drenching obstacle course races, or even jumping into the shower straight from the gym. Military-grade Kevlar provides an added level of durability and protection for everyday use.
Connectivity and functionality
Equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 and a custom-designed Bluetooth antenna, 26 provides an ‘uninterrupted, skip-free music experience’. Using multi-function capabilities, users can connect to multiple devices at once while a noise-isolating microphone and intuitive 3-button remote enable taking phone calls while controlling media playback.
“Put simply, we’re passionate about what we do. We grew tired of hearing of athletes and everyday music lovers complaining about the functionality of sport earbuds and settling for less than the best. We wanted to do something special and shake up the industry,” explained Robin DeFay, CEO of Zipbuds.
“We started by talking to earbud users and took what we learned to experts from around the world to develop a truly unique product. In bringing 26 to life we were relentless in optimizing the user experience while refusing to sacrifice fashion for function. These sport earbuds are a game-changer and we’re beyond proud to introduce them to the world.”