LSTN is out to change the way you hear music. But, more importantly, LSTN is helping some people to hear anything, often for the very first time. The brand launched last year with the goal of creating headphones that look great, sound great and -- as we'll see -- help you feel great. The first two goals are relatively straightforward. For example, design-wise, the use of reclaimed wood (cherry, ebony and beech) not only gives them a nice natural look, it also means every pair is unique. It's LSTN's recent work in Uganda and Kenya that should take care of that third goal, however. LSTN works closely with the Starkey Foundation so that every pair of headphones sold helps restore someone's hearing. This weekend sees the conclusion of the most recent excursion, which saw over 5,000 people across the two countries receive help with their hearing through donation of hearing aids. This brings the running total of recipients (previous trips have helped people in Peru, and right here in the US) to 15,000. LSTN's just made making the decision to help someone out (and yourself) even easier, too, with the addition of a zebra wood model to the flagship Troubador range (as seen above).
As for the headphones themselves, despite the charitable connection, the Troubador mode still costs a reasonable $150. The reclaimed wood we mentioned, gloss finish and embossed LSTN logo on the earcups definitely gives them an undoubted cool-factor. They're super comfortable too. What about the sound? We're pleased to say that this part clearly wasn't an afterthought. The Troubadors are well balanced with not too much boosting on the low-end (as is often the case with style-conscious headphones), providing a sound quality that exceeds its price-point.