Overview

    Project Type: Offshore Manufacturing Setup and New Product Development

    Comfortable, well-fitted earphones are usually expensive, but even the expensive ones are not guaranteed to fit, which can cause them to fall out easily. Having your music or podcast continually interrupted by a wayward earphone is frustrating. From this stemmed our client’s idea: earphones molded to each customer – a perfect fit – at a reasonable cost. This would improve the listening experience by providing comfort while reducing ambient noise. The process is fairly simple, but it requires some DIY. The user puts on the earphones, mixes the molding, and press it over the earbuds. The mold then hardens, retaining the shape of the ear for optimal sound and comfort.

    Challenges

    While the idea seemed simple enough, and the materials were easy enough to source, the headphone design presented a challenge. The earbud case required a special design with two holes which could support the mold once dried. The difficulty lay in the tooling – an expensive process which would mean a spike in the product’s price. This put our team’s negotiation skills to the test as we haggled with our suppliers for a more reasonable outcome.

    Solutions

    After a period of careful communication with our supplier, we managed to come to agreement. The tooling was done only for the upper part of the earphone case. This allowed the product to retain its to keep its cost advantage and resulted in a high quality, customizable product that is, most importantly, affordable.

    Project Tasks

    Vendor sourcing and qualification
    Components sourcing
    Packaging and assembly
    Tooling and Molding
    Production CADs

    Technical Specifications

    Binaural headset
    In-ear custom mold
    Connectivity: Wired
    Speakers: gMM
    Output Mode: Stereo
    Impedance 32Ω
    Frequency: 20Hz – 20KHz
    Sensitivity: 100±5DB
    Mic Sensitivity: -42±5DB
    Mic Impedance: 2.2K Ω
    Stereo 3.5MM Jack
    Cord Length: 1.2M
    Noise Reduction: approximately 26DB

    About Us

    Sourcing Overseas is an all-in-one offshore manufacturing consulting and product development firm whose mission is to bring your product from ideation to launch in a seamless manner, freeing you to build a successful business. Through years of experience, we are well-equipped to offer you a sophisticated and proven service that have helped hundreds of other clients to facilitate successful product launches. Just think of us as an extension of your company, your very own expert engineering and project management team.

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