online: kalkul 3d-printed earphones

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it's undeniable that 3d printing has boosted innovation within the realm of design, creating a whole new generation of sophisticated products. in the latter category falls the kalkul 1.1, a 3d-printed wired earphone created by kalkul, a young tokyo-based company specialized in making high-end personal technology products as this video aptly demonstrates. the nifty product is its​ ​first​ ​foray​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​audio​ ​solutions,​ ​and pairs ​an​ ​advanced​ noise canceling​ ​a strong memory foam with an innovative 3d-printed sound canal, enabling a uniquely immersive acoustic experience. the enclosure of kalkul 1.1 is made of nylon 11, a high-performance plastic with a denim-like touch. it's designed and manufactured in the japanese capital, using an on-demand industrial procedure with a zero-waste philosophy. catering to a demographic of obsessive audiophiles, the kalkul 1.1 is fine-tuned for modern music production with a very high bandwidth of detailed frequencies.

mind you, being able to reproduce the details intended by the sound is a known engineering challenge that only very expensive professional speaker technology and careful tuning can usually achieve. the speaker configuration precisely renders complex highs into space, while maintaining rich lows with a large headroom. the foundation is a dual balanced armature driver professional audio technology rooted in hearing aid technology, with precision at the forefront. this enables a longer high volume experience with less discomfort while efficiently reducing the risk of harming the ear. kalkul sourced top of the range speakers, cables and connectors, then built around them with the freedom of complex design thanks in part to 3d-printing. the kalkul 1.1 earphones come packaged in industry-standard esd bags that contribute to a reduced waste, and are exclusively available online for usd 248 – that's eur 210 or jpy 27,800 in equivalent currencies – with free worldwide shipping.

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