A little while back I wrote about how OtterBox was branching out from protective cases into charging accessories. Well, now it's getting into the headphone arena with a little help from Decibullz, which makes DIY custom moldable earphones.
The new OtterBox headphones go on sale December 13; both are in-ear models: The OtterBox Bluetooth Earphones ($100) and OtterBox Wired Earphones ($50). No word yet on international pricing but I'll add it as soon as I get it.
We have a pair of Decibullz headphones in the office now and I can say these OtterBox models aren't simply rebranded versions. While the moldable eartips are the same (you heat them up in boiling water and then fit them to your ears) the OtterBox headphones seemingly have a more rugged design, with metal housings and connectors, as well tangle-resistant braided nylon cords.
According to OtterBox, the sound is the company's own and the eartips adhere magnetically, allowing you to wear them more securely around your neck when not in use.
We're getting samples shortly and I'll update this preview with more hands-on impressions later this week. We'll also confirm battery life numbers. The specs say the headphones are rated for 3.5 hours of "play time," which is pretty short. Decibullz headphones also have short battery life, so the two headphones may share similar guts.
Here are the OtterBox Bluetooth Earphones' key features.