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Published on November 22nd, 2016 | by Greg


Thinksound On2: On-Ears That Grab The Eyes

When you think of materials in the gadgets that surround us, the immediate inclination is to think of plastic, various metal alloys, maybe glass. Screens and laptops, routers and receivers certainly require all of the above, and it’s hard to imagine too many of those items adding, say, stone or paper to the list. But not all of our gear is quite so technical as to require a complete absence of the natural world, and some of our favorite pieces find ways to make use of wood and leather and fabric in striking ways.

The Thinksound On2 On-Ear Monitors are a sequel to a well-regarded pair of headphones, newly updated in a few key ways. Built for audiophiles, they manage to be easy on the wallet too. First and foremost, the wooden earcups are quite attractive, a bit less glossy than the originals, nicely-colored and glowing. They look fantastic on your head, with a dark plastic used for the headband and the elements that need flexibility. Unlike most competitors in this class and despite their fairly hefty weight, the On2s were portable enough for easy travel thanks to their convenient folding, and come with a cute carrying pouch.

Boasting 40mm drivers, each ear has memory foam padding and is pretty comfortable- a bit more firm than plush, but durable. We loved the cables Thinksound included- Kevlar reinforced, fabric-covered, tangle-resistant- and there are two of them in the package. One is a traditional straight audio-only cable, and the other offers a microphone and single-button controls for use with Android or iOS smartphones. Now, there’s no Bluetooth wireless or active noise-cancellation, but the passive isolation is decent.

The On2′s sound signature is fairly neutral, befitting the term monitors, with a somewhat tight soundstage. The tone is a little tilted towards warm and there is plenty of bass, with a wide enough range to handle opera and rock alike. Clear and engaging, they never lacked for power or detail. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $199 for the Thinksound On2s, or add a bit more for the very cool custom-painted versions from artist B. Cartier.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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