MP3s and computer speakers have led us to compressed audio files and crappy sounding music. Some people have had enough, which explains the high resolution streaming trend. But hi res streaming isn’t worth shit if you don’t have high quality headphones or high end audio equipment.
So what if you don’t have or can’t afford fancy audio equipment, how else can you “feel the music”? You could try the $99 Woojer…
Woojer is a thick matchbox-sized woofer that translates bass into vibrations. Clip the device onto your shirt or pants, choose your vibration setting, and feel the beat. The company says the product was designed by a concert engineer, and that it simulates the feeling of live music by sending vibrations through the skeleton and nervous system to the brain.
The company also says the device can help hearing impaired listeners that can’t hear lower frequencies.
The Woojer experience predictably falls short of a live concert experience, but it is cool to feel the low end of the music as you hear it. The device definitely enhances the music.
For example, it makes the new Braids track sound even more powerful and immediate.
I don’t think Woojer is going to widely catch on, as it’s a little too complicated. An aux cable connects the Woojer to whatever device your music is on and headphones plug into the Woojer. I found it kind of annoying to have two wires hanging down when listening to music. I also had problems with the first aux cable the company provided, it made my headphones cut out. The replacement cable the company provided worked just fine.
The company recommends clipping the device onto your shirt or pants. I prefer to clip it to the front of my shirt so the vibrations hit my sternum. The device only weighs 0.16 pounds but it stretches out my shirts when I clip it on, which is a problem.
Woojer has around 4 hours of battery life, and I’ve found that amount to be very suitable. The device is charged via micro USB.
There’s also an optional bass boosting equalizer Woojer app for iOS (and soon Android). I didn’t need the app, as much of the music I listen to already has heavy bass.
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