The Bushmills x Grado Labs Headphones. Cans Made From Whiskey Barrels.

I like whiskey, music, and design. When you combine all three, it’s love. Grado is producing a line of headphones made from Bushmills whiskey barrels. The limited edition headphones are hand crafted, feature vented backs, leather headbands and ear cups.

Designed by Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie, these aren’t light on tech specs. They feature dynamic operating transducers with a frequency response of 16hz to 26kHz spl at 1mW – 98dB nominal impedance – 32 ohms driver match – .05dB.



These Bluetooth Cans Look Great.

When you think of headphones, the phrase “sexy design” is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Thanks to Harman Kardon, that might change. This is one sexy looking pair of Bluetooth headphones. Sleek retro styled over the ear cans, made with supple leather, and brushed stainless steel. Seriously, these look great. The tech specs on them aren’t bad either. 40 hours of wirless playback, full spectrum sound with a dynamic range of 16Hz to 20kHz from a 40mm driver. Harman Kardon has always delivered great design, and solid audio quality. They are a bit spendy but these look like a winner to me.




Panasonic Headphone Packaging is Music to My Ears.

German agency Scholz & Friends has designed a new packaging system for Panasonic RP-HJE 130 headphones. Using a simple visual metaphor created by the product itself, the packaging and product combine to create a wonderful  a music note. A simple gray line of text punctuates what these headphones are made for. “Made For Music”. The Panasonic name is positioned directly below the note in bold black type. Visually this simple design is simply stunning. It is the kind of packaging that stands out in a sea of boxes on a shelf, and the design of the headphones as a musical note is just brilliant. I’d love to see a series of these that are made up of different notes, so they could be positioned on the store shelf to read like a stanza of music.