We first heard about the ZipBuds last year at CES 2010. Then news broke that they were soon to be released via their Facebook page. Well, guess what? They finally showed up at my door yesterday.
The ZipBuds are all that they’ve been marketed to be. Sound wise they’re pretty solid, though I haven’t spent that much time with them to truly determine their dynamic range or overall sound quality. The zipper works pretty flawlessly (designed to keep the cord from tangling), though one caveat that we’ve already discovered in the design, which includes a rather large rubber nub at the base of the zipper itself, is that it adds so much weight that the headphones pull down, away from your head. Fortunately, DGA included a pair of ear hooks in the box to help offset this, though they say its targeted at those who’d like to be active with the buds and the jury, as in me, is still out on how effective the hooks are since they’re not typical earbud fair.
It’s worth noting that the zipper only runs the along the left/right headphone cords and doesn’t run the entire length; there is about 4-inches of non-zipper cord, which is good a thing from a weight and hair standpoint.
We’re gonna continue to play with the ZipBuds over the next week and we’ll get back to you with a full review. Again, the sound quality is pretty solid, but the weight of the zipper might be nail in the coffin for these headphones.