Molly Cotter

Ironbuds: Modular and Repairable Earbuds That Dare to Be Broken

by , 08/18/11

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If you’re sick of constantly replacing your iPod headphones with even cheaper ones that will probably break before you even pull them out of the box, there’s now a brand new product that just may be the long-term listening solution you’ve been looking for. Audio designer Thomas Young has invented Ironbuds: a quality-made, modular set of earbuds that are not only durable, but repairable!


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The buds are made with detachable backs, gold plated sockets and plugs, and nylon braided cable surrounding its wire. All are equipped with audiophile quality speakers and are available in four different levels that are not only replaceable, but upgradeable. Users can purchase standard, deluxe, audiophile, and iPhone/Android kits at prices ranging from $21 to $47.

Using Kickstarter as a funding platform, Young has already raised $46,000 for this project — quadrupling his target amount. He hopes to not only reduce e-waste, but encourage customers to invest in a quality product they can trust and hold onto for longer than a playlist.

+ Ironbuds

Via Treehugger

Lead Image: Dano

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  1. msyin August 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Great, building products that have a built in repair ability so that we can move away from the trow away society we turned into with ever increasingly cheaper products that we now understand were actually very expensive for us all in the long run. Hope he sells lots and that other designers will get into this type of thinking. When things break we should be able to not only fix them but have things made to last.

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