When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer and swim faster than usual—often without realizing it.
— Scientific American

Music has an amazing power to motivate. The more scientists research the relationship between music and the human psyche, the more they realize this power. Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University in London, one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of exercise music, writes that music acts as a "legal performance enhancing drug" allowing the "user" to increase their enjoyment of exercise as well as allowing them to push their endurance to new levels. In response to the increasing body of evidence linking physical performance and music, USA Track & Field, the national governing body for distance racing, decided in 2013 to ban athletes from listening to music while competing for awards or money because it gave some athletes too great of an advantage. LIFE seeks to harness and maximize that advantage.


The Science behind LIFE Headphones

We experience the effect music has on our workout every time we exercise with LIFE Headphones and we agree with David Freeburg of Minneapolis Running when he says that LIFE Headphones are "the best headphones I have ever worn for running" because of their unique fit and clear sound. Read the full review here. 

LIFE Headphones are distinct from any other activewear headphones offered in the market today because they bring high fidelity music to audiophiles with active lifestyles. We have achieved this distinction by changing the way we think about headphones to combine wisdom from the hearing aid industry and audiophile grade sound technology tuned to reduce listener fatigue and promote the performance enhancing characteristics of music.


ERGONOMICS

Adapted from the Hearing Industry

 

Our product development team is comprised of audiologists, sound engineers, and mechanical engineers with backgrounds ranging from the hearing aid industry to music production. This diverse set of experiences and skills is the secret behind the innovation and effectiveness of the LIFE Headphone.

The shape of the LIFE Headphone is based on a patent designed and held by members of our development team. Created to incorporate ergonomic sciences from the hearing aid industry, the LIFE Headphone's unique shape is designed to naturally follow the inherent curves and crevices of the human ear's cartilage so that it can be worn continuously without falling out or causing discomfort. As a result, LIFE Headphones maintain their secure fit and comfortability during any activity, including sleep and vigorous exercise.

Every human ear is different in size and shape, (read more about the anatomy of the ear here) but most share common features, many of which are harnessed by the LIFE Headphone to provide a uniquely secure and comfortable fit. Depending on your ears characteristics, LIFE Headphones will anchor itself using any number of the following four parts of your ear :

1) Our form fitting cord hooks over the top of your ear, directing cord tension so that the earpiece is pulled into your ear rather than out.

2) The tail of the earpiece hooks into the fold of your helix, providing an upper anchor.

3) The slim, ergonomic body of the earpiece fits entirely in the concha of most ears, holding it close to your head so that the LIFE Headphone can be worn under hats and helmets or while sleeping on your side.

4) The earpiece inserts into your ear canal, creating an airtight seal that provides a lower anchor and locks in bass frequency sound waves.

I wear these headphones when I run or bike and the sound and fit are amazing!
— Tyler Burkum, two time Grammy award winner, songwriter and guitarist

TUNED FOR ATHLETES

Reduced Fatigue, Enhanced Performance

 

We believe that sound quality and fidelity are of the utmost importance if you want to fully take advantage of the performance enhancing power of music. We are audiophiles at heart and have put an immense amount of care and design into fulfilling our promise to provide you with the pinnacle of audio performance during your workouts and adventures. That's why our headphones contain the same microdriver technology that musicians wear when they perform on stage. Click here to read more about the sound technology in our headphones.

The LIFE Headphone's tuning is reflected in the frequency response chart shown above. Frequency (measured in Hertz or Hz) correlates to the pitch of a sound and is reflected on the X-axis. Frequency response magnitude, or what we perceive as loudness, lies along the Y-axis and is measured in decibels (dB). Low frequencies, which we call bass, live on the left side of the graph, towards the zero value on the X-axis. Mid range sounds live in the middle of the X-axis and high range sounds, or treble, are on the far right side of the X-axis.

The LIFE Sound Signature

Notice the shape of the graph. See how the "high ground" exists mostly on the left (bass) with a slight butte on the right? This is the LIFE Acoustics distinct sound signature. It manifests itself to the ear by presenting a warm sound that emphasizes the bass and treble while rolling off the mid range.

This signature is ideal for athletic use because it emphasizes the parts of your music that motivate exercise (the low end,  the bass, kick drum, what makes you groove).

Listener Fatigue

Ever noticed that in order to hear your music at the same level of clarity and volume, you have to turn the volume up after listening for an extended period of time? That's because the brain adapts to hearing consistent loud sounds and begins to reduce the volume at which you perceive these sounds. Our natural response is to turn up the volume on our music device, often to dangerous levels.

A combination of LIFE's warm sound signature (which emphasizes the "warm" sounds, i.e. lows and low mids, and backs off the upper mids and low trebles, which tend to cause fatigue) and sound isolation provided by an ear filling design and medical grade silicon tips allow you to listen for longer, at lower volume levels, with less fatigue than other sports headphones on the market.

“The LIFE earphone, for the right set of ears, is an ideal workout companion. Its warm response and very good isolation allow it to be worn for long periods of time without listener fatigue, and won’t distract you from your workout either.”
— -Mr. T, chief editor, CYMBACAVUM.com