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\u2019s be realistic: Earbuds leave a lot to be desired as a form factor. Which is where the team at Roam comes in with Ropes.\r\nBuild A Better Earbud\r\nFirst of all, they\u2019re connected on wires that more closely resemble a rope necklace than any sort of cable sheathing you\u2019ve 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\u2019s earbuds just hang off your neck, in a far more convenient way. And that\u2019s not all you\u2019ll find built into the sleek, discreet design.\r\nDiscreet Functions\r\nFirst of all, it\u2019s got a microphone built into what at first looks like a little enhancement on the side; it\u2019s 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\u2019re hearing.\r\nAudio Equality\r\n\r\n\r\nIf that weren\u2019t 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\u2019s rather luxurious for listening to your music\u2026 well, it is, and you\u2019ll pay accordingly. A set of Ropes will run you $300, although admittedly, you get so much control over what you\u2019re listening to that it\u2019s worth it. And, hey, you\u2019ll never have to worry about your headphones falling out of your ears. That\u2019s worth $100 right there.