My apple earphone rant continues…

The wonderful SiGod (until now anonymous reader but SO glad he popped his head above the parapet! I assume he’s a he….SiGod are you a he?) has put together this amazing iWarning sticker for me. It made me laugh so much that I simply had to put it up here! Please do feel free to print it off and stick to the front of your paperback novel or the back of your iPad at exactly the moment a person with annoying sound-leaking earphones sits opposite you!

Please may I add to the list of rubbish earphones those type that seem to have a huge doubly-bulbous ear part? They kind of look like a fat wasp with engorged abdomen and head? Because I have not seen a single person who has managed to actually push these earphones properly into their ears! The whole thing sits outside of the ear canal thus sending the soundwaves – yes – out into the air.

Rant over. Feel free to distribute the anti-apple flyers to your nearest and dearest – perhaps we can get one printed up all over the front page of the Metro. Chance would be a fine thing!

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  1. Moxie
    January 28, 2012 / 8:42 am

    Brilliant!! X

  2. January 28, 2012 / 12:43 pm

    I read somewhere (although cant find it when i need it) that the apple headphones are designed to leak noise to protect the ear. Something about harmful frequencies directly leaving the headphones and more ‘leaking’ if you have the volume up harmfully too loud. Obviously the frequency and duration of exposure are key to ear damage, especially with in ear headphones which force the sound directly into the ear canal. I guess if you are in a normal situation there isnt lots of background interference, however on a train (for example) there is constant background noise which forces the user to have to compensate with a higher volume? Googling, googling……

    It might be wrong, but just thought I would throw that one out there. I dont use them (or headphones much currently), but I know that some of my other pairs of headphones (not apple) had a limiter when you reached harmful db levels.

    If I find the article I’ll let you know. Can’t remember if it was legit testing or just someone having an opinion about something. :/ xx

    • Ruth
      January 28, 2012 / 5:10 pm

      @Emma thank you, yes I read that somewhere as well. The thing is that because they leak so much sound people have them on much higher volume, I hardly need the volume up on mine at all because I can hear everything perfectly! I suppose they have to trust people not to have it on ridiculously high.. xx

    • Ruth
      January 29, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      @Butterpuff I’m getting one! xx

  3. Novia
    January 31, 2012 / 4:29 am

    I always thought I couldn’t fit them in because I have tiny ears (everyone makes fun of me!) But they’re so uncomfortable–I try to run on the treadmill with them but it’s impossible, so I just got the old school ones that sorta go behind your head. I’ve heard that having the thing so close to your eardrum is really bad for you anyway…so maybe it’s a good thing?

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