"We found the On1 headphones engaging, immersive, full of detail… they’ll bathe you in the glory of gorgeous sound. We could listen to these headphones all day. And we have." Digital Trends Editor's Choice Award Winner
"While many like thinksound's Eco focus in their products, I care only about how they sound. The thinksound On1 headphones present accurate sound to rival the best in the price range. This is an easy recommendation for those that are looking for on-ear headphones."
The On1 headphone is "well worth it’s price… they are far more accurate, engaging and “audiophile” than some of the more fashion conscious meme driven cans on the shelves in today’s market."
"The On1 are, first and foremost, beautifully constructed, with a look that is grown up and self-assured and an audio quality to match."
"Since I started testing the On1, I have been impressed with the sound and stage that they deliver. Mids and highs are strong and present. Bass is just slightly colored to give slight emphasis on the low-end; this is a coloring that I prefer from closed, sealed headphones. Instrumentation in certain Radiohead tracks I tested are nothing short of impressive."
"Thinksound ms01 monitor series [are] my new favorites …there is no distortion on the ms01s. None. Even at max volume."
"..a clear yet layered sound that lets you drift off into your own world." ms01 RATED 4.5 out 5 Mice!
“Though I'll probably always be attracted to the many varieties of headphones available, I know I need only one and it'll come from Thinksound.”
“The thinksound ts02 has more bass than the Scout and A151, but it's so well controlled it didn't muddy the overall sound. On his "Driving Rain" album, Paul McCartney's Hofner bass was rendered with real precision, so every note's attack and pitch was never in doubt. I don't usually like overly heavy bass, but I have to admit the ts02's very generous bottom octaves were a guilty pleasure. Bass lovers take note, the ts02 should be on your short list!”
"…there's one thing that can't be denied about these buds, and that's how great they sound. The wood housing, gold plated plug, and tight seal inside your ear all combine to deliver deep bass and well-rounded overall tones… the quality and fidelity of these buds makes them worth the price tag."
"With extended listening, the most prominent feature [of the ms01] is the degree of detail. Listening to symphonic music, I could hear the background clatter of musicians bumping about, which was indistinct on my regular headphones."
"This is an insightful pair of headphones, with impressive clarity and detail. They’re rather well balanced, tipping ever so slightly towards a crisp high end."
"The first time I tried the ms01 buds out, the music I'd been listening to for months before came through in a whole new way, at a whole new level of warmth and depth. These buds are without a doubt the finest set of in-ear earphones I've experienced thus far."
"Comfortable and great-sounding headphones have the effect of making you want to listen more, more, and then some more. Time recedes, phone calls and Internet messages are ignored, and your family members and roommates become increasingly annoyed with your obsessive listening. You have been warned: On1 headphones will take you to that place in life..."
"Once we did hit play, we were instantly sold. The ts02 earphones offer a deep, involving sound that punches several levels above its pricepoint… Their sound is wide and open - with performance that is more akin to a pair of over-ear headphones."
“Thinksound rains hold their own against any other earphone, up to and including the Shure SE115s, and that for any price, you're not going to find a set of earphones more attractive, or immediately distinctive.”
"…the ms01 sounded great, and the stereo imaging was open, not stuck inside my head like it is on some in-ear headphones…The ms01 was more dynamically alive."
“Accurate musical reproduction is the raison d’etre of studio monitors and that’s where the On1 really excel… I had a particularly great experience when listening to complex layered songs, where you could pick out synth lines that lesser headphones would lose in the mix.”
“These headphones compare very favorably to my high end studio models, in many cases better, and they have a conscience. Every little bit helps and there is no sacrifice here. Speaking of no waste – you can check out craigslist for all of my old ones!!! Ha!”
- Chris Adler – 3x Grammy Nominated Musician and Drummer for Lamb of God
“I tested the thinksound rain in-ear headphones next to other in-ear headphones made by big electronic and audio companies. The rain has amazing high and low frequency response and plenty of volume. I listened to mp3 files, m4a files and AIFF files on my iPod. The thinksound rain is an amazing value for high quality sound reproduction for a reasonable price.”
""It's a great feeling walking around NYC cranking a new record i just finished on my thinksound headphones! Sounds great!"
Josh Wilbur – Grammy winning record producer and engineer
"About that sound: I found it immediately engaging, with fine resolution of detail, easy highs, clear mids, and a bold, robust bass. Happily, this was not the bloated, overripe bass I heard with the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, but a much better controlled and more musical variety."
"Clean, Green and sonically supreme, the thinksound ts02+mic are the ideal Android accessory for those who demand more from their mobile music."
"What we like about the Thinksound MS01 is how well it adapts to portable devices; while shining well when plugged into a dedicated amplifier. On the iPhone, users will instantly appreciate how balanced the bass response from the 8mm aluminum driver is. They call it "acoustically enhanced" sound which translates into better resolution and oomph on listen."
"…the sound reproduction is nice and warm and gives a decent amount of bass without being overpowering."
"These earphones really grew on us over the time we were using them. The sound is clean, crisp with plenty of range to it. Mid and high are very well represented, and there's just enough bass for most people too… for pop, electronic music and rock, they're ideal."
"We liked the ms01's bass response immediately. Unlike so many of the in-ear headphones we've listened to recently that advertise "powerful bass" only to deliver disproportionately loud low-end across a huge cut of the frequency range, there's nothing forced or artificial about the ms01. These earphones managed to dig deep, yet stay fast and musical as they rendered excellent tonality."
"Music sounds fantastic and true. Musicians and anyone who plays music will have an appreciation for the accurate reproduction of sounds. Listening to an acoustical artist like Beirut, where most songs feature a myriad of instruments, is a heavenly experience."
"Indeed, the detail is so fine that when we listened to the 3rd movement of Brahms' Trio No 1 while wearing these earphones we could actually hear the pianist pressing and releasing the footpedal, accompanied by the sound of the hammers lifting off the strings. No other high-quality earbuds we tried could match that feat."
"High's and mid's are as rich as you can imagine. We listened to "We Are The People" by Empire of the Sun and could hear guitar strums and the vocals clearer than we ever experienced before… Layers of music are dissected like a knife through warm butter and we couldn't be more satisfied."
"What these buds do best is sound: they're nothing short of the richest and most accurate-sounding earbuds I've ever had, short of custom-fit models at three or four times the price."
“The ts02s bring a nice, warm richness to anything you play through them. Particularly on the bass end. These are earphones practically begging to have serious bass run through them.”
“I tried a pair of Rain headphones from Thinksound and found that the wood earbuds do deliver a balanced, natural resonance that is lacking in many headphones for portable audio players.”
“The ts02+mic is a great headset with a beautiful design, a warm and relaxed sound, a great microphone, and a unique emphasis on envrionmentalism." RATED 4 out 5 Mice!
“Progressive audio-tech company thinksound presents the first earbud headphones that filter out both ambient noise and guilt over the size of your carbon footprint. These stylish, high-definition babies are made from real wood (renewable resources, naturally). But the most natural component is the sound itself: speaker-like acoustic resonance right in your ears.”
"I'm more than happy to recommend the Thinksound ts02 earbuds… They offer excellent sound reproduction at approximately a fifth of the cost of the Westone 3s. Even better, ts02 are a guilt-free purchase as they are eco-friendly having been manufactured with sustainable and recyclable materials."
“The voices were rich and full; they gave me chills. I'm listening to Colin Hay's Going Somewhere as I write this. It's just his voice and an acoustic guitar, and it seems like he's standing right behind me as he sings."
"…the thinksound ts02 performs above the fold: vocals are clearly heard through the music and on the all important bass end, the ts02 shines very well."
“I have nothing but good things to say about the ts02+mic. In fact, I’d put these up there with my Solo HD Beats by Dre… Seriously, this wood thing they’ve got going on is truly a work of art."
“The thinksound ts02+mic earphones offer an environmentally-friendly design that is both lightweight and comfortable, and the all-wood earpieces deliver lovely, natural sound and deep, resonating bass.”
“The ts02s have very deep, powerful bass that is the loudest in the spectrum, but it still find itself in the background and not intruding upon anything. The bass is beautifully textured with lots of impact… These cables don’t tangle at all, haven’t had them tangle once on me yet, which is astonishing to say the least! These cables are built to perfection."
“We all want to do our part to help the environment. I get that. But let’s be perfectly honest. Most of the time we’re not willing to sacrifice quality to do so. With thinksound’s ts01 Sport you don’t have to. What you get is a great sounding headphone, that looks good and is super comfortable in your ear… If that’s not a Win/Win then I don’t know what is."
“What was most impressive about the Rain headphones, and was clearly inherited by the ts02+mic model, is the immense soundstage these headphones seem to produce… You feel like the music originating from the center of your head whilst coming from in front of you as well as the sides at the same time. It sucks you into the music much more as it essentially envelopes you in great quality sound." RATED 5 out 5!
“There is no sonic slippage for going eco here — we loved the audio, indeed these are our favourite in-ear designs for a long time, quite an achievement given that the price includes an inline mike so they double as a hands-free extension for your phone.”
“Thinksound has a solid winner on their hands with the ts02+mic ear buds. Audio enthusiasts should find these ear buds sound great with most, if not all music genres; imaging and a warm midrange really make the ts02+mic stand out.” Rated 8/10!
"To get a lively engaging earphone that doesn't leave you worn out or need plenty of breaks is a rare thing. I think the team at Thinksound was smart enough to go easy on the uppers to achieve that."
“If you want the absolute best in sound quality and noise isolation… look no further than Thinksound’s ts02 8mm headphones.”
“They made the San Francisco Bay Area Transit and CALTrain actually enjoyable. On the phone in the car, they were clear and filtered out a lot of the road noise. While exercising on my indoor cycling trainer, the fit was comfortable and the inserts didn’t slide out of my ear once I got a little sweaty… I also listened to a variety to music genres from Rock, Jazz, Pop (no Justin Beiber) and Classical and was very satisfied with the how well they were balanced across the frequency spectrum.” ts02+mic rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars!
“I found the ts02+mic headphones to be great. The multiple ear fittings make finding a comfortable fit easy, and the sound is really nice… I think you’ll be impressed with the design as much as I was – and you’ll most definitely be impressed by the sound quality.”
“Made from real wood from renewable sources, the environmental considerations don’t stop at the bud. They also use PVC-free cables, minimal plastics, bleach-free recycled packaging materials… I know what you’re thinking — yeah, that’s nice and all but what about the sound? Thinksound headphones were created by an audio engineer and a creative director who worked at a large audio company, so there’s no shortage of crisp, clear tunes.”
“The ts02+mic has more over the previous ts01 than just the addition of on-board controls, as the already crisp audio sees improvement with the new generation... if you place a premium on the kind of natural-sounding audio from wooden earbuds, then the ts02+mic earbuds are worth consideration. As I said, they’re the best-sounding wooden earbuds I’ve tested to date.” RATED 4/5!
“Music sounds natural, nicely balanced, and reasonably detailed without being clinical— we’d call the sound signature “nice,” and we liked hearing tracks from the first moment we put TS02’s comfortable rubber tips into our ears.”
“At 8mm the ts02+mic is a smaller earbud than some of the competitive products I’ve tried but that doesn’t mean it’s missing the mark when it comes to sound. The ts02+mic fits comfortably and its high-definition driver pumps out warm sound that is as clean as the artist who made it probably intended.”
“Audio reproduction is excellent with deep bass stealing the show, build quality is great with renewable materials used while the in-line microphone works like a charm.” ts02+mic awarded the Editors Real Deal Choice Award
“Thinksound is a brand that is near and dear to our hearts at Chip Chick. The fact that they produce the most eco-friendly headphones and place a large emphasis on reducing environmental impact in design and packaging, is just a bonus for us. We actually love them because they sound awesome!”
“thinksound takes the term eco-friendly and applies it to its products in every way possible. From the PVC-free cables to bleach-free and recycled material-based packing, to the wood and cotton from renewable sources, the rain and ts01 in-ear headphones are environmentally-conscious.”
“A game-changer looms on the horizon; if you can’t hear it, perhaps you need to replace those standard-issue plastic iPod earbuds… The hi-def Rain model that the Phoenix test-drove proved to be not just crisp, but downright orchestral-sounding.”
“If you want quality and a nice aesthetic, thinksound has made some earphones just for you.”
“We swear that thinksound made an earphone just for us. It’s the perfect balance as far as we are concerned. A tad bit bass-heavy, but still one of the smoothest earphones on the market… if you pass these up – you should just be banned from music. Oh yeah, they look super cool as well.”
“As a brand conceived with the environment in mind, thinksound’s line of earphones aims to make an impact with a different and sustainable approach. Their quest to balance outstanding earphone performance with the environment results in the use of sustainable wood materials, PVC-free cables and packaging created from recyclable materials.”
“The sound quality alone is something special but Thinksound’s commitment to producing not only great sounding but environmentally friendly products is unmatched in the industry.”
“Sound wise, the ts02 have excellent sound quality, and produce a rich, and warm sound, which is clear and crisp, and overall the sound quality is very good.”
“My Thinksound Rain earphones are amazing. Being a professional acoustic guitarist, I know full well the tonal enhancement real wood can offer. Now, Thinksound has brought the advantages of real wood to earphones, and yes, there is a difference. And with the extra silicone ear inserts, you can get a perfect fit to optimize the sound. And the price is ridiculously low for such a high quality earphone. They are my constant companion on the road.”
- Bob Minner – acoustic guitarist for Tim McGraw
“Nice to see a company with humility and lets the product do all the selling. I found them to be better than another pair of buds that I bought for the same price as these …great sound quality and sonic depth.”
“Made with sustainable wood materials, the music will resonate straight from Mother Nature herself. The sound is less digital and more natural than your typical metal or plastic earbuds…”
“And most electrical cables are insulated with PVC, one of the most toxic plastics. thinksound headphones are unique. The cables are PVC-free, and the housing is made from wood and aluminum instead of plastic. In fact, these headphones probably contain the least amount of plastic on the market. Even the ear inserts are made from silicone instead of petroleum-based plastic.”
“Not only are thinksound rain headphones far superior to their mainstream counterparts, they are also sustainably designed and eco-friendly.”
“…wood construction not only gives them an amazingly distinctive look, but also creates unparalleled acoustics with the clearest, warmest possible resonance.”
“thinksound rain headphones sound very good, the sound is clear and crisp and clean…”
“You know when the music feels like it’s right inside your head? That’s what these do.”
“thinksound's headphones use wood from renewable sources, come packaged in recycled materials, and bring on the beats through PVC-free cables. As importantly, they look damn cool and stand out from those ubiquitous white ear buds.”
“Unlike standard-issue plastic earbuds, thinksound’s in-ear headphones are made with real wood, which creates a rich, crisp tone and a more natural resonance.”
“When you buy the rains, you buy into the product as a whole: the commitment to design, commitment to quality, commitment to sound and commitment to the environment; for the record – buying in is a good idea. The total package you receive from thinksound is unlike anything else on the market...”
“On bass-heavy songs like "Silent Shout", by the Knife, the TS01 conveys the deep resonance of the synth kick drum with grace, and never distorts, even at maximum volume.”
“Go green while upgrading your lousy pack-in earphones with thinksound rain & ts01 headphones. Both pairs of headphones feature wooden bodies sourced from renewable sources, and come in recycled, bleach-free packaging with a cotton carrying pouch that's sewn from renewable sources. Oh, and they sound good too...”
“Eco-junkies and fans of high quality audio will be very pleased with the thinksound ts01 phones. They sound great, have a good build quality and best of all, they have a limited impact on the environment. Priced at $75, we feel that the ts01’s can compete with the best-known brands in this space.”
“Looking for some eco-friendly accessories to supplement your iPod or PMP? ThinkSound offers incredible sounding headphones, such as Rain and TS01 created with the smallest carbon-footprint possible.”
“Wooden earbuds are in something of a category unto themselves, as the audio they produce sounds a little less digital and a little more natural than what you’d get from standard earbuds made of metal or plastic... if you’ve ever heard a wooden stereo system and liked what you heard, the same principle applies here.” 4 out of 5 Stars
“Their recently launched ts01 line certainly sounds incredible, and judging by the packaging and components, it certainly seems to be designed with the greenest intentions… Music is natural sounding and the bass is great.”
“I believe for the price you're going to have a very hard time finding any pair of ear buds out there in this range that will beat these. You'll even have a hard time finding pairs that cost twice as much that are better than these truly.”
“Looks and eco-friendliness aside the bottom line with both of the thinksound headphones is they sound great... I found the sound quality matched that of some of the more expensive headphones I own.”
- Gear Diary
“The earpieces of the thinksound ts01 headphones are impressively small, but what's really great is the array of eartips... Plus, you can feel good about your purchase since all the materials making up the earphones are repurposed and fully recyclable.”
“Popping some wood or bamboo on an electronic accessory is certainly not an automatic recipe for a greener, more earth-friendly product. But budding audio company thinksound has gone several steps beyond "that natural look" with its first two entries into the headphone market.”
“...when I heard about thinksound, I got excited. I have been hearing lots of good things about them: aside from giving excellent sound, they are eco-friendly!”
“Most heaphones nowadays are super mid scooped so you can't hear what's going on in the music... With these I can actually hear and enjoy the subtleties of the records I love.”
Josh Wilbur – Grammy winning record producer and engineer
“ts01 earphones offered a more natural sound during testing, with a bit more resonance than you might experience from plastic or metal 'buds.”
“…rich, boomy, natural sounding headphones. I love them.”