Zip-up earbuds aim to ease tangle woes

The unique Zipbud earphones from Digital Group Audio incorporate a zipper that makes up the Y-cable descending from the left and right earpieces.

Zipbuds
Digital Group Audio

In my many years reviewing portable headphones, I can honestly say I've never seen anything quite like Digital Group Audio's (DGA) Zipbuds. These unique earphones incorporate a zipper that makes up the Y-cable descending from the left and right earpieces.

The idea behind the design is the prevent the incessant tangling that seems to be inherent to earbuds. It actually makes quite a bit of sense: think about trying to tie a strand of zipper into a knot. Probably not the simplest of feats.

More than that, the zipper is actually kind of stylish in the looks department, and I think that the design would blend nicely with clothing, looking simply like a zipper up the front of a sweatshirt. Also, the reinforcement offered by the plastic teeth probably offers some enhanced durability. The fabric-coated cable that makes up the very top and bottom of the cord should withstand extreme temps better than plastic.

The Zipbuds come in five color options--black on black, black with blue, black with pink, pink with white, and blue with white--and are currently available for $39.99 exclusively at the product Web site.

About the author

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.

     

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