Woodworkers have had a field day with the design of various consumer electronics products, with sylvan finishes in everything fromand to and . Even has gone with the grain in her signature line of USB drives.
But wood in earbuds? It hardly seems worth the trouble for JVC's new HP-FX500 ear buds, which Slippery Brick says are made with birch, as well as hybrid drivers that include a "dampening gel" to improve stability and noise cancellation. Then again, this is a company that's known for its unconventional use of lumber in its audio equipment--so unconventional, in fact, that it even makes loudspeaker cones out of wood that's been , as fellow Craver Michael Kanellos found first-hand on his last trip to Japan.
There's no word whether these earbuds have been so fortunate.