Technology has just made bus journeys worse over the years. First came the tinny tsh tsh tsh leaking from a pair of headphones, then we had to endure phones with speakers built in, letting everyone in on the owner's choice of terrible r'n'b. And now your stint on the number 57 could be about to become a lot worse, thanks to a hybrid of the two.
Though we suppose annoying a busload of passengers wasn't the intention behind the Zumreed X2, a pair of headphones that double as a set of portable speakers. A flick of the switch is all it takes to flit from headphones to speakers, and the drivers on the outside of the ear cups start doing their thing. Hey presto -- everyone can hear.
You can rotate the ear cups to stand up the headphones on a desk or other flat surface, providing an effective sound source for your gathering. You'll need to charge up the cans to use them as speakers, which you do via USB. A full 1-hour charge will provide 4 hours' play time -- long enough for most bus journeys. If you just want to use them as headphones, you won't need to charge.
They look a little plasticky from the pictures, but they're nice and colourful, and come with gold-plated 3.5mm and 6.3mm stereo plugs. There's no word on the padding on the ear cups, but it looks like leather to us.