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Get a pair of Remyx LED illuminated earphones for $25

No April foolin' -- these nifty 'phones can light up in sync with the music that's playing. Plus: two free utilities!

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Future Illuminations

Like most mammals, I like shiny, flashy things. And things that glow. If they can flash and glow at the same time, so much the better.

Today only, and while supplies last, Ellumiglow has the Future Illuminations Remyx LED sound-synchronized earphones for $25 shipped. That's after applying coupon code nojoke -- because this ain't no April Fool -- at checkout. The regular price is $50, and the best price I've seen elsewhere is $40.

Available in your choice of red, green or blue, the Remyx LED looks like a fairly ordinary set of earphones, complete with an inline microphone and play/pause button for hands-free calls and music control, respectively.

However, when the lights get low, things get cool: the entire cord glows in the aforementioned color. And if you toggle Sound Active mode, the LEDs will pulse in response to the music that's playing.

Beyond that, there's not a ton of information to be had about these (from either Ellumiglow or Future Illuminations' own product page). I do know the Remyx relies on a rechargeable battery (good for about 5 hours, according to the company), one that charges via an included micro-USB cable.

What's not clear is whether you get more than one set of silicone tips or, more important, whether the sound is any good. I've found exactly one review (on Future Illuminations' site), and it's from a user. (On the plus side, it's five stars.)

To me, this looks like a really cool product, something sure to be prized by anyone under 25 -- and probably most folks over. Can't say I'd spend $40-50 on it, but $25 out the door? Awfully tempting. And certainly a great gift. Your thoughts?

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