Spider Headphones

Photo: John Atkinson

John Atkinson and I met with Ronny Tsai, president of a new company called Spider International, makers of cables, headphones, and accessories. Here I am listening to a little bit of Kanye West’s “Heartless” through Spider’s Blow Out in-ear headphones ($89), due to be available in January 2011. I had just completed a direct comparison between the Blow Outs and Monster’s Beats by Dr. Dre Diddybeats in-ears ($179.95), and though I heard more bass through the Diddybeats, the bass through the Spiders may have been just a touch tighter. I’m not sure, though; I would need to listen more. More impressive were Spider’s Real Voice in-ear headphones ($129) which offered well-extended highs and were very comfortable to wear. Spider also plans to release a noise-cancelling model in April 2011, priced at $99.

Tsai explained that he’s got two designers working with him, one with a background in headphones and one with a background in cables. The company is striving to produce components that can outperform mass market brands, but at lower price points. They are targeting the 25-45 year old listener who is interested in quality, but who also wants a good-looking, affordable product. Spider components are manufactured in Taiwan.

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Ward's picture

Do these have a web site? I had trouble tracking one down.

Jamey Warren's picture

Send Tsai to the HeadRoom table in the CanJam room. I gotta hear these.

andy_c's picture

How do these compare to Heartbeats by Lady Gaga?

Stephen Mejias's picture

Ward: Here it is, sorry: http://www.spidercable.com/. I'll also link the entry.Jamey: Ronny Tsai was only here for one day (yesterday) and spent about three hours at CanJam listening to different products.

Ward's picture

Thanks Stephen!

Nick's picture

"They are targeting the 25-45 year old listener who is interested in quality, but who also wants a good-looking, affordable product." - If only I could hear that more often from the hi-fi industry.

Jamey Warren's picture

Thanks for the coverage Stephen! I'll check out the website.

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