Is it the wood that makes it good? Griffin launches WoodTones over-the-ear headphones

Griffin WoodTones

Griffin has announced availability for the company’s first over-the-ear headphone product called WoodTones, which uses hand-tooled wood for the ear cups as part of its unique design.

The wood is polished for a smooth finish and is made from Beech, Sapele and Walnut trees. Those are all woods used to make real instruments, like drums, and were chosen for their tendency to enhance frequencies in the vocal and bass ranges. The WoodTones have large, 50mm moving coil neodymium driver that promise to deliver solid sound quality. Bass is said to benefit by sounding richer without distortion, and vocals are meant to benefit from the wood construction as well. The company also believes the wood helps with volume, so that you don’t have to raise it as much to get the same level of sound.

As for comfort, Griffin is confident these will be among the best, with the added benefit of being lightweight and offering noise isolation. The detachable 3.5mm cable has a built-in mic for hands-free calls and interacting with Apple’s Siri, along with playback controls. The ear cups fold flat for easier storage, but it doesn’t look like they come with a case to protect them further.

The headphones are available now at Griffin’s website for $100, and retailers are expected to be carrying them, too.