The GoodEar Pollution Timbre earbuds offer a unique design with earpieces encased in wood rather than plastic or metal. They sound more open than most other earphones, and provide deep, natural bass. One version comes with an in-line mic for use with the iPhone or other music phones.
The BadThe reverberation within the wood sometimes lends a muffled quality to the bass, and not all genres of music sound good. The version with the mic does not work properly with the iPod Touch or Nano.
The Bottom LineThe Ear Pollution Timbre earphones are a great option for people who want excellent audio quality for a low price, but iPod owners should be wary of the mic version.
Editors' note: The Timbre earphones without the mic have been updated to reflect a slightly higher score because they do not suffer from the cut-out and static issues that the persisted with some MP3 players when using the version with the mic.
Speakers made for home audio setups are encased in cabinets constructed of a variety of materials, but many high-end models stick to solid-wood enclosures. The argument is that this particular natural material offers superior acoustics, so it comes as no surprise that we're beginning to see more and more earphones incorporating wood into the earpieces. iFrogz provides one example with its Ear Pollution Timbre earbuds, an inexpensive pair that provides very natural-sounding audio and ear-vibrating bass.
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.