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Do You Hear What I Hear?

"Turn it up!" "I can't—that's as high as it goes." Sound familiar?

The iPad may provide us with a crisp, high-quality view of our favorite flicks and shows, and while its sleek screen and lightweight body make it ideal for lounging, the audio unfortunately takes a back seat to the visuals. When docked, placed on a table, or nestled in our laps to share a screening with friends, the iPad's rear-facing speaker system aims the audio away from the viewers, and as a result, those in front of the screen are left straining to hear the juicy dialogue while those in the room are blasted with unwanted spoilers.

With this problem on his mind and a coffee in his hand, Brooklyn-based designer Evan Clabots' innocent fiddling with his cup's lid and his iPad serendipitously resulted in an acoustic epiphany that led to the creation of the Amplifiear. Using a shape reminiscent of a flattened gramophone, this plug- and battery-free sound projector simply clips onto the corner of any iPad to reflect and project the sound emitted from the speaker forward, towards the user. In addition to adding an asymmetrical pop of personality to your monochrome iPad, this simple, ear-shaped sound projector can increase your iPad's volume up to 10 dB, making it ideal for those viewings with friends that are made all the better with audience commentary and out-of-control giggles. Made in the USA.

Comes with three different EVA foam pads that are made to fit iPads and cases of varying thicknesses. Made of 100% recyclable ABS plastic. Unbleached paperboard packaging obtained from certified sustainable tree farms. Plastic cover used in packaging made of 100% recyclable PETE.

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Community Voted
Item ID
21527
Made from
abs plastic, ABS plastic
Measurements
4.5" L x 4.5" W
Notes
Care instructions: clean with a damp cloth.

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THE AMPLIFIEAR
 
4.0

(based on 1 review)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works as promised!

By 

from Kailua-Kona, HI

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sleek Design
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about THE AMPLIFIEAR:

    Simple solution to an annoying problem of hearing the ipad.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    Q and A

    When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

    303votes, 29 comments

    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

    The Amplifiear may be small, but it helps your iPad produce big sound. Does this design have your vote?

    Katja
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Brilliant!!!

    amy
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I like how simple this is, but the price would have to be pretty low to purchase (for me anyway)

    Rochelle
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I don't have an iPad.

    Jan

    Perfect ... and some day maybe I'll have an iPad.

    Janet
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Excellent. Hope it would be priced very reasonably since we could do it ourselves with a coffee cup lid.

    Sue
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Totally need this

    Dieter
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I don't like this type of an iPad......

    Amy
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    A simple solution to a vexing issue...love it!

    Megan
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Depending on the price these could be really cool.

    Pamela
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    no

    Allison
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Neat idea!

    shirley
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    the whole world doesnt need to hear what you are listening too. how bout you just enjoy it in a quiet place

    Katie
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I always cup my hand around my speaker on my I pad this seems promising

    KEVIN
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    WHY NOT ADD AN EXTERNAL SPEAKER? MUCH EASIER!

    Eric
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    simple concept, would be fun to have one.

    veronica
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I can see the potential. Good be a good buy depending on the price

    Bobbi
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    It's going to depend on price, but the concept is great!

    gf
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    there are so many speakers out there already

    VIRGINIA
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I don't have an ipad

    red
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    keep $$ in line and you'll have a sellout and your loyal customers gratitude

    Jamie
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    you can cut a solo cup and do the same thing. . . Wouldn't spend money on that.

    Emily
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    If the price is reasonable then I could see it being a fun gag gift, haha.

    Julia
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    pretty neat, be great if it was easy to carry along with a case - I would have a problem trying to keep it together with my ipad.

    Lynn
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Cool and Innovative . . .

    Nancy
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Looks like a unique gift idea...that is if it's affordably priced. Doesn't sound like it would be that costly to make so the price should be reasonable???

    Katie
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Price would have to be low enough

    Lisa
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I love this idea. So simple. But it would have to be significantly less expensive than investing in a good set of speakers.

    Shawnie
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    This means I'll have to share more, bummer!

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