A friendship bracelet for your audio books
When I learned that Tweedz was looking for bloggers to review their tangle-free headphones I thought we would be a good fit for one another. The Tweedz tag line is “Passion for music. Passion for travel” and while I don’t listen to much music when I travel, I am an Audible book marathon listener. I asked Drew B. at Tweedz what he thought and he sent me a pair to review. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about them. I received no money for this review but I did get to keep the headphones.
When I opened the package containing my Tweedz tangle free headphones, the difference was immediately noticeable. Not only were they bright and eye-catching (I asked for neon yellow) the wires were covered in a tight web of soft braided floss. Earnest Hemingway famously declared, “there is no friend as loyal as a book.” I agree. and Tweedz look and feel like a friendship bracelet for your audiobooks. They are Available from Amazon for about $35, and are in the same price range as many other specialty earbuds. To give them a good test, I took them with me on my trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
Wear them to listen to audio books
I can’t speak to the musical sound quality but my audio books and podcasts came though clean and clear. Moreover the soft ear buds were comfortable. Since I often listen to audio books for hours at a time, I sometimes have trouble with earbuds that are too firm. They make my ears sore. The Tweedz included three different sizes of ear pieces in the package and the middle-sized ones fit me snug and secure but were still soft enough to be comfortable. Literature is my constant companion when I travel. My tweedz helped me listen to Tennessee Williams while sipping chicory coffee and eating beignets at Café Du Monde. You know… it’s entirely possible that Tennessee Williams had coffee and beignets here too!
New Orleans is my favorite American City. So many artists and performers have called it home. If you want to experience New Orleans through their eyes, try the Go Nola Guide to New Orleans app. It includes several guided tours narrated by famous New Orleans natives. I used it with my Tweeds and it was like walking along the Mississippi with John Goodman right beside me.
Now, walking with headphones in can mark you as a potential target of theft or robbery. If you look distracted or oblivious to your surroundings, it might look easy to sneak up on you. To avoid this, I hide my headphones by wearing them upside down, curling the cord over my ear, and snugging the slide up the back of my neck to my nape. My hair hides the cord running down the inside of my collar to my iPhone which I tuck in my pocket. With standard ear buds, the rubbery cord grips at my hair, skin, or clothes. This can be annoying, chafing or even result in tugging a bud out of my ear. I didn’t have this problem at all with Tweeds tangle free headphones. The cord was supple and pliable but the slide held fast. The braided floss covering the cord slipped easily and freely over my skin and clothing and didn’t grip annoyingly at my hair at all. They were, by far, the best earbuds I have ever used in this (admittedly) unusual way. Tweeds wins for low-profile public listening by a mile (or in my case, a by a 3 mile narrated walking tour).
What would a trip to New Orleans be without some ghost hunting? I spent a lot of time at CC’s community cafe in the French Quarter. I wore the Tweeds all afternoon listening to the digital recordings I made in the haunted Bourbon Orleans Hotel ballroom. I was listening for electronic voice phenomena (EVP) that might be evidence of spiritual activity or the attempts of ghosts to communicate. Carefully listening for subtle and faint variations in the recording requires headphones that are sensitive to a full sound spectrum. I was able to hear a ghost tell me his name and eavesdrop on what might have been a conversation between inmates of the Cabildo!
If they only had a mic
And now we come to my one problem with Tweedz. They don’t have a microphone. I planned on only taking the Tweedz and no other headphones but that was not to be. I had to take the pair of standard, hard plastic earbuds that came with my iPhone. I am famous for packing light. I don’t like to have to pack multiple versions of the same item but that’s exactly what I had to do with my headphones. I had to unplug the Tweeds and pull one earbud out to talk on the phone. I had to switch to my Apple earphones to record voice memos. It got to be pretty cumbersome to communicate, blog, and work when my best headphones didn’t have a mic. As much as I love them, in the future, my tweeds might be relegated to being used just with my Kindle. I have the read-to-me version that also plays audio books. It’s one of the few devices I just read or listen to without speaking to. As great as the Tweedz are (and they are impressive!) without a mic, they just can’t keep up with my passion for travel.
Thank you Drew B. for the Tweedz tangle-free headphones in exchange for a sincere and honest review of my experience using them. Seriously, add a mic to these things so I don’t have to pack a second pair of earbuds for making Skype calls or talking on my iPhone. If you do, Tweedz will be the only earbuds I’ll ever pack.