Fashion and tech have converged once again and this time they have taken the shape of a hipster-beanie meets headphones accessory. Aerial 7′s Sound Disk Beanie Perisher Grey is the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy their music while keeping warm during the winter. Designed to be the go-to-cap for those that love winter sports, the average Joe will really dig the beanie as well. Its ultra-stretchy material is perfect for women and men alike too.
The Sound Disk feature is what makes this Aerial7 hat accessory stand out. While the quality of the material is certainly inline with similar beanies, the Sound Disk feature is really what makes it pop. The sound disks are round shaped speakers that can be slipped into the hat. Basically they are headphones without the frills of a head band or ear cup. Once you position them over your ears, or anywhere in the beanie that is comfortable for you, you plug the cable into your Smartphone and your beanie is awakened with the thumping of your tunes. You can even answer or make calls with the built-in microphone.
While the beanie is certainly comfy to wear, the sound disks certainly heightened my senses. It was as if there was a party playing on my head. The sensation was a bit weird until I got used to it. The sound quality coming out of the sound disks is also certainly impressive for little speakers that don’t physically hug your ears. I did find however that the disks slip very often as you walk, which causes you to stop and re-adjust just them just as often. However, if you dont stop to adjust the fit over your ears, you allow much more outside noise in which degrades the performance of the sound disks.
The Aerial7 Sound Disk Beanie is truly a fun ingenuous concept. It is a high quality, and stylish accessory for your head that just about anyone can wear. The inclusion of the Sound Disk might seem a bit gimmicky at first, but it actually works very well in practical use. Even the quality of the sound produced by the Beanie is surprisingly decent. I was expecting something very subpar and weak, but overall it is a very satisfying audio experience. However, I would prefer if the disks didn’t shift so much as you wear the hat for lond periods of time. Perhaps in the next try, Aerial7 can include snaps or velcro to keep them in place better. That said, it’s worth noting that you also won’t get anymore distracted wearing the hat, then you would by wearing normal in-ear or over-ear headphones. The Sound Disk Beanie Perisher Grey retails for $60 and also comes in various colors.
The Good: Quality materials and stylish beanie that looks good both on men and women alike. Keeps your head warm. Sound Disks are shockingly decent sounding. An out of the box idea that actually works – I’m in!
The Bad: Sound disks shift away from your ears while walking, which degrades the sound quality.