Published on Friday, 18 December 2015 22:04
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Whenever i have to go someplace without my car whether that's on foot or by using public transportation i always carry a set of earphones with me since listening to music both relaxes me and tends to make time pass by faster. Through the years I’ve tried using a few compact headphone sets but no matter how small in the end they just can't compete with a good set of earphones, at least not in terms of comfort. Unfortunately compared to even just a decade ago earphones have changed quite a bit and so nowadays people need to go through an endless number of models from a large number of manufacturers and with various features (regular earphones, earphones designed for running and sports, rugged earphones, surround earphones, etc.) in order to find the right one for them (at least the really demanding consumers do). Today we will be looking at one of the latest earphone sets to hit the market the rain2 by our friends over at Thinksound.
Thinksound™ was founded by Aaron Fournier and Mike Tunney, who met while working for Tivoli Audio. At Tivoli Audio, Aaron was an audio engineer, and Mike was the creative director. The duo then collaborated on the launch of Sapphire Audio, where Aaron had the opportunity to work with industry legend Cary Christie (cofounder of Infinity and founder of Artison). Following that, Aaron was a Project Leader at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine. His experience in reviewing and testing audio equipment is vital to the strict quality control process at thinksound. After serving as Director of Engineering and Chief Sound Engineer at V-MODA, where he voiced and helped design some of the best-selling headphones on the market, Aaron re-teamed with Mike and began developing what would eventually become the first two products offered by thinksound, rain and ts01 in-ear headphones. With the firm belief that our products should be designed and manufactured responsibly, without sacrificing quality or price, thinksound was launched. Clear sound with a clearer conscience is what we believe in.
Although i never had the chance to get my hands on the original rain earphones according to Thinksound the rain2 features upgraded acoustics for more accurate sound reproduction. The strange part is that although the original rain earphones used 9mm high-definition drivers featuring a frequency response of 20Hz–20kHz with 96dB sensitivity and 16Ohm impedance the smaller 8mm ones used in the rain2 feature a wider frequency response of 18Hz–20kHz with 96dB sensitivity and 16Ohm impedance. However almost everything else remains the same since both the rain and the rain2 feature wooden housings, passive noise-cancellation, Kevlar-reinforced tangle-resistant 1.2m long cables, gold plated 3.5mm and support for Comply foam tips. Since we don't have the original rain in our hands a direct comparison is not really possible but that aside we can still check and see just how good the rain2 are in general.