The debate over what’s the best headphone really comes down to preference. A bass-loving EDM-head might love the depth of Beats, but a indie folk listener might argue to the death for the dynamics of Sennheiser. Now, one company is acknowledging listeners’ varying tastes by designing customizable headphones specifically for different genres.
Axel Modular headphones offer loads of choices for the aesthetic of their devices, from over-ear and on-ear styles, to assorted headband inserts for different levels of comfort or style. They all click together in whatever formation you desire, but what really sets the company apart is what they call Soundscapes. These are really just the actual speakers of the headphones, but Axel has created three separate designs to highlight different styles of music.
Deep, for example, is for the person wearing Beats who likes their hip-hop and electronic jams. Pure opens the details up to get the most out of jazz and folk. Finally, Core levels the dynamic playing field to highlight the mid-range elements of pop and rock. The differences are in the structure of both the 40mm drivers and the sound chambers in which they sit. Each element has been crafted to shape the way air moves through the unit, thus allowing it to be “tuned” specifically for different musical aspects.
Axel even has a web app that uses your Spotify listening habits and algorithms created by The Echo Nest to help you determine which Soundscape is best for you. Of course, few people lock themselves into just one genre, so you can of course purchase multiple Soundscapes and change them out depending on your mood.
The project’s Kickstarter has three days to meet its $180,000 goal, and it still has $14,670 to go. However, it seems that the funding would go towards future development of the product, like different design choices and more Soundscapes. With a retail price point of $150-$180, though, getting in now at $99 is a steal.
Head to Axel’s Kickstarter page for more info and to pledge/pre-order. Below, find the pitch video, testimonials, and a few informative images.