The humble earbud has come a long way. Thanks to Apple, a stunning number of people have little white cords dangling out of their ears. But let’s be realistic: Earbuds leave a lot to be desired as a form factor. Which is where the team at Roam comes in with Ropes.

Build A Better Earbud

First of all, they’re connected on wires that more closely resemble a rope necklace than any sort of cable sheathing you’ve seen in your life, hence the name. More to the point, they hang around your neck instead of off your minijack or wrapped around your iPod. Instead of having to keep on in your ear or risk losing them completely, Roam’s earbuds just hang off your neck, in a far more convenient way. And that’s not all you’ll find built into the sleek, discreet design.

Discreet Functions

First of all, it’s got a microphone built into what at first looks like a little enhancement on the side; it’s got three buttons and can handle all the verbal abuse you want to put it through. Secondly, the pendant at the bottom contains both all the electronics you need for a proper listen, with digital signal processing and noise equalization, and a splitter so someone else can plug their earphones into your Ropes and hear what you’re hearing.

Audio Equality


If that weren’t enough, Ropes feature a useful equalizer apps so you can get your music configured exactly the way you want it. If this all sounds like it’s rather luxurious for listening to your music… well, it is, and you’ll pay accordingly. A set of Ropes will run you $300, although admittedly, you get so much control over what you’re listening to that it’s worth it. And, hey, you’ll never have to worry about your headphones falling out of your ears. That’s worth $100 right there.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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