Experience music on your BlackBerry like never before with the RF3 LIVE Natural Wood Stereo Earbuds

By Zach Gilbert on 12 May 2012 03:58 pm EDT
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If someone ever tried to tell me, that the use of wood in headphones was a brilliant idea I would have probably laughed in their face. Typically wood is in large speaker cabinets, and metal or plastic is used in headphones. I recently had a chance to try out the RF3 LIVE Natural Wood Stereo headphones, and I’m definitely shocked. The sound quality is unique and actually quite pleasant. Continue reading to see how wood makes for a good pair of headphones.

Features:

  • Earbuds made from natural wood, paired with noise isolating rubber ear tips capture the essence of sound
  • AirCom2 technology provides you with a unique audio delivery process utilizing an airtube to produce "live" sound with no interference
  • Microphone specially designed for clear communication and features a squeeze on/off button
  • Eco-Friendly Packing

Design

Normally the design wouldn’t be a main focus in a review for headphones. But theses are a little different seeing that the RF3 LIVE Earbuds do not have the speaker in the bud itself. Moving away from the norm, the creators have placed the speakers down, and below your neck. How does the audio get to your ears you ask? Well they actually travel up plastic tubing and then into your ears. I found that this offered a different sound than the typical headphone, which was quite a nice change.

Comfort

Finding earbuds that suits your ears specifically is an almost impossible task; unless you get a custom molded set that is. When I personally look for a pair of earbuds, I typically look for the ones that offer superior sound, but also offer a lot of options for bud sizes. The RF3 LIVE earbuds offer 4 bud sizes including the ones that are placed on the earbuds at the factory. With the selection offered you should be able to find a pair that fits and that will offer maximum comfort.

One thing I did notice with these headphones, was when I took them with me during a bike ride or a run the speaker placement became a little nuisance. Because they placed the speakers below the neckline, they tend to bounce around if you’re using them for anything other than lounge listening. To wrap up the comfort section, I would say that they offer a comfortable music experience at home, but the comfort ends if you decide to use these earbuds for active sports.

Sound Quality

I touched on this a little bit in the design section, but let me go into a little more detail on my thoughts of the sound quality from the RF3 LIVE earbuds. Like I stated before, these ear buds take on a new concept with the placement of the speakers and have them placed around the neck with the audio traveling up a tube and then into your ears. I found that this type of design offered a more earthy sound to my music. Also, I found that the bass reproduction was a little interesting. These earbuds do not produce the ear-pounding bass that some others may but you still get the sense of it, and its addition to your music. It’s interesting because it is not the same experience compared your normal headphones and earbuds, it’s almost hard to explain, and a feature you need to experience for your self. What I will say is, if you’re one of those people who love to crank the bass then these are not for you.

Added features

Being headphones designed for use with mobile devices it would have been a little odd if they didn’t include any way to control your music, but don’t fret they did. Just below the speakers (remember, the ones below the neckline) you’ll find a little black box that is attached to the earbuds wires. This little box allows you to answer/end a call, mute a call, shuffle between songs, and enable voice dialing. So even when you’re too busy, you’ll be able to control what you’re listening to or answer a phone call.

Pros

The RF3 LIVE earbuds feature a unique wood design that also gives them an interesting sound. The music almost comes to life as the audio transfers from the speakers, up the audio tubes, and into your ears. The noise cancelation earbuds offer you an optimal listening environment for the times when you can’t control the outside volume.

Cons

Due to the placement of the speakers on these particular earbuds I found them impractical for use in many outdoor activities like running or riding a bike.

Conclusion

If you love listening to music for the quality, and don’t want to bother with headphones that say they have the loudest bass around the RF3 LIVE earbuds may just be what you’re looking for. With the unique speaker and audio tube design the RF3 LIVE earbuds offer a rich earthy sound to your music, eliminating the need for excessive bass. The manufacturer has also included enough earbuds allowing you to find the best fit for your ear. All in all I highly recommend checking out the RF3 LIVE Earbuds. They can be found in ShopCrackBerry.com for $59.99 $34.95.

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18 comments

anthogag

The title states Natural Wood. Which part is wood?

The tube is plastic, the ear piece is plastic.

mssca

I think the box is wood.

beatsandlife

Electronics endorsing a youtube "singer"? No, thanks!

erhan8

My wife bought me these for Xmas and I love them. They are all wood except for the wires and tubes. The sound is amazing with great bass regardless of the review. He also forgot to mention that the technology reduces exposure to radiation and hearing issues associated with proximity to the speakers in most headphones or earbuds. When taking a call through them the sound is very clear. Overall, I think that they are possibly the best set I've ever owned.

Exercising with them is difficult but a clip is included. I usually wear them between shirts at the gym which keeps them from moving around too much.

jonathon.94

Headphones use Electromagnetism to produce sound, not radiation. That is, unless school has taught me wrong (not surprising)

erhan8

Yeah if u think through it you'll realize that you can take calls through them thus reducing the radiation exposure from the phone. Figured I'd have to explain that one to some self appointed genius.

kupfernigk

You wrote " the technology reduces exposure to radiation". If you had written "Using headphones..." it would make sense. But you wrote it in the context of having headphones with the transducers remote from the ear. It doesn't.

By the way, engineers aren't "self-appointed geniuses". We have universities to teach us stuff, and companies to give us jobs.

erhan8

Then u should understand that magnetic fields sometimes emit radiation. EMR? So you could have stated that although EM can produce radiation, the power and frequency in this case aren't strong enough to produce it. Especially when there are no charged electrons in the far-field.

kupfernigk

No, you are quite right. Radiation from a headphone is insignificant, though a Bluetooth headset does produce a tiny amount. As for ear damage, that is also rubbish. 110dB at the eardrum is 110dB whether it is produced by an in-ear or a remote source. So the GP post is audiophile pseudo-science. Anybody want to buy some cable with the copper atoms all lined up to make the electrons flow more freely?

Wood can be quite a good material for transducer enclosures, though. The main problem would be consistency; it is a very variable natural material.

erhan8

Agreed the consistency of wood makes it difficult to keep production consistent. But wood is used in the construction of some of the finest instruments in the world. My cousin has a set of acoustic drums made of various exotic woods and the sound is unbelievable. Seems as RF3 did their math, because they sound great.

Iag48st

Does anyone know where I can get headphones with the L-Shape input a la Beats in ear headphones?? I hate the way headphones stick out to the side of the Bold 9900; very difficult to take out of pockets.

Skeevecr

If you are after some quality earbuds then probably the best place to look is shure.com, I have used theirs for years and can highly recommend them.

erhan8

Sure get Shure if you want to spend 70-100 bucks on earbuds.

El Platanero

I have my fly jaybirds. Sound is great and they are bluetooth. The wire goes around the back of your neck. I would love a pair of wired ones but I like the ones that come with the phone itself.