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A closer look at the Oculus Rift Earphones

These $49 earbuds can screw right onto an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, replacing the original built-in headphones.

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Sean Hollister
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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Oculus Rift Earphones

For $49, £49 or $59 in Australia (converts to roughly AU$80), the Oculus Rift Earphones will let you replace the standard built-in headphones on your Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with purpose-built earbuds.

That doesn't mean it's a worthy upgrade, though.

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Oculus Rift Earphones

Normally, the Oculus Rift looks like this, with built-in adjustable on-ear headphones on either side. They slide up and down, left and right, on rails and also pivot to reach your ears.

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Here's what the headset will look like with the new earbuds attached.

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Here's a close-up of one of the original headphones. They sound pretty good for built-in audio.

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Here's what we'll be replacing them with: the Oculus Rift Earphones.

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Oculus Rift Earphones

See that top piece, with the metal screw? It matches up to these copper contacts and screw hole underneath your existing earcup.

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Just take a screwdriver, a coin (a US dime works fine) or even your thumbnail and use it to unscrew this piece on the other side. Replace the old earpiece with the new one, then repeat on the other side, and you're done!

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Did I mention there's a screwdriver that comes in the box? It's that black plastic rod at the bottom, hidden underneath the tray that held the earbuds to start.

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One last look at an Oculus Rift Earpiece. Zoom in, and you can even see the little grate in front of the driver.

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