Listen Up: Crowdfunding-Success Wearhaus Arc Headphones Hits Kickstarter to Raise $50,000

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The digital age has completely reshaped how music is shared, but headphones have not kept pace – until now. Wearhaus, a hardware startup founded by two 21-year-old UC Berkeley dropouts, is catapulting this classic piece of hardware into the 21st century with their brand new headphones, the Wearhaus Arc.

WearhausWearhaus previously launched a crowdfunding campaign on its own website to raise $75,000 for its first batch of the Arc, now the startup is seeking to score $50,000 during their time on the crowdfunding giant’s platform. 

“Throughout the development process, our users played a huge part in telling us what they really want in their headphones,”  CEO of Wearhaus, Richie Zeng, explained. Beyond comfort and audio quality, the company found that listening to music is fundamentally far more social and more personal than headphones currently allow for. “Just like your musical taste, the headphones you wear should be an expression of your style and personality.”

Wearhaus listened to their community: Arc is a truly social piece of hardware, the first pair of headphones that allow you to sync and listen with multiple nearby friends. Integral to the Arc’s unique look is a luminescent ring that you can personalize to any color in the spectrum.
Key features of the Arc include the following:
  • Wearhaus 340mm dual diaphragm drivers
  • Smooth 20Hx to 20kHz frequency response
  • Passive noise isolation
  • Built-in microphone
  • 30m syncing range
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX Codec
  • 16 hours individual playback – 10 hours while sharing
  • Leather ear cushions with memory foam cushioning
  • USB charging and 3.5mm aux cable
Social listening is controlled through either the companion mobile app or simple touch gestures on the ear cup. The app displays all nearby Wearhaus users and their current song- simply tap on a name to tune in. As an intuitive visual cue, all headphones sync to the same color when listening together. Privacy settings are also available: users can choose to listen alone, share only with friends, or stream openly to everyone around them.

Since its launch on Wednesday (November 12th), Wearhaus’ Arc campaign has raised over $40,000 from nearly 230 backers. It is set to close on December 12th.

 


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