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Turn up the volume to eleven with Ears for Surface

Ears for Surface

Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are great machines for getting things done. They're equally as good at entertainment. Movies, television shows and games look great on the 1080p resolution spread across the 10.6-inch display found on both machines. Here's a project on Kickstarter that's going to increase your listening experience when watching video or playing games. Want some Ears for your Surface?

Ears for Surface is a new project on Kickstarter that aims to add 10dB of loudness to your listening experience. The Ears are small pieces of silicone that slip onto the corners of the Surface. They work by directing and focusing the sound from the speakers forward, towards you.

Ears for Surface

These little pieces of silicone are designed to work with the Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Right now the early bird pricing of $5 to get a paid on Kickstarter has sold out. You can pledge $10 to get a pair of Ears for Surface if you want. There are of course pricing tiers that increase in the amount you need to contribute, but you get extra perks as you move up the ladder.

Ears for Surface come in a variety of colors and even include the colors to match your Type or Touch Cover. You've got cyan, magenta, orange, white, purple, black and green to choose from.

Anyone thinking of picking up Ears for Surface? While they certainly won't beat a pair of wireless speakers or headphones, they could be a very good way to increase the volume for your kids without damanging their ears. Anyways, let us know what you think!

Source: Kickstarter Via: @maryjofoley

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Turn up the volume to eleven with Ears for Surface

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They could do a lot of different "ears". Cat ears, fox ears, etc. Certain people would go nuts for those things.

Now that's a great idea. I have a young daughter and I could picture her and her friends with what you suggested. Cats ears, heck even actual Mickey Mouse ears.

I've always found it very satisfactory, it's not like I'm watching a movie from 10 feet away. And you get more of a true stereo effect.

Well when its silent around me for instance when the dogs aren't playing I can hear it. But when there's background noise sometimes it can still be difficult for me to hear. I do have a monster Bluetooth speaker but I only use it about half the time. It does work great though.

Yea me too, not always now since MS boosted the volume but the early days did quite a bit. Now I'm mostly hooked up to Bluetooth speakers. Funny, I cupped so often back then and never thought of making something like this.

The device overall looks much more lovely and expensive (even though that's true literally, I don't mean that. I mean gorgeous expensive) than the 2520, to me, at least.

As as much as I love Surface 2, I think that iPad does the best music playback among tablets.

Thank you so much for this, Sam. I've backed this and I was worried that they weren't going to reach enough money to make it.

No problemo. We saw the link after Mary Jo posted it. Looked like a cool project that could use a bit more publicity. Not for me, but we knew at least a handful of people would like it.

You can make your own out of pretty much anything.  I made some out of thin cardboard that just slides over the top.  Took me less than 5 minutes.

But, still a good idea. :)

 

 

 

Your apprentice? Oh you have no idea who I am. You will bow before me a suckle from my teets of wisdom little one.

Yes there is a single version of this for iPad. It is rounded though and called the Amplifiear.

I don't understand why they made it in two pieces. Why not a single piece, or two that are attached somehow. Kids, as mentioned in the example use case are bound to lose these things.

Finally! No more cupping the speakers towards me just to hear in quiet places... Hope this works on the Surface 1 though.

Glad to hear. I know our core audience won't need these since they already have and prefer headsets/speakers. But this is a good solution for kids!

This may turn out to be a niche item and may never really take off, but since we backed the campaign, we'll at least own a couple of pairs. My kids are still just a wee bit too young for headphones and as much as I love kidstv123 blaring out the audio system, this would be a more tolerable? solution. :). Not to mention, have you ever tried to Skype grandparents with two screaming kids? These will help immensely

Cheap, practical and useful. I must have these! Not to mention, I find my Surface 2's speaker to be not so loud. At least it's louder than my old iPad 2.

Not to dump on this great idea, there's a speaker enhancement called "loudness equalisation" that drastically increases the sound volume.

Still doesn't do the trick, same with bass boost, visualization and the other one I can't remember right now. my biggest gripe with the whole Surface lineup is the atrocious speaker quality.

I backed it. Its a great idea. And they'll ship from Holland, MI! That's just an hour away from me. I could go pick them up if they'd let me. :)

If you search low volume Surface 2 you will find the Surface 2 is plagued with sound problems. Also many Surface 2's get a clicking sound at 100. I have Surface RT and Surface 2 and Surface RT is much louder and better. The Surface 2 sound has improved over time with updates but search low volume Surface 2 Skype and you'll find Skype calls are nearly impossible to hear through the speakers so even though music and videos are ok now you can't hear audio in Skype calls. I've contacted MS and they suggested to swap it. I did. Same problem. I contacted MS again and they said contact support which I'm yet to do. Its a great device but the low sound does spoil it. Will be buying some of these ears to hopefully fix it.

Because that would mean a change to the actual device, which would require another purchase for the consumer. The company producing these is offering an inexpensive solution to those that already own a Surface.

A complete redesign of the Surface as a solution would be like someone owning a PC without WiFi, going out and buying a brand new computer for hundreds of dollars to fix the "issue" instead of just purchasing a $20 USB WiFi adapter.

Curious, why do devices like the Surface, and ESPECIALLY the iPad, have the speakers booming away from you? You either have to cuff your hands around the speaker to fix it or get one of these...

Wow those accessories look fun, inexpensive and practical. I believe this is useful, even though I'd not use it.

There are a few designs out there for 3D printers that do this same thing.

Only thing with doing the 3D printing route would be to make sure and use some sort of felt on the inside of them so it does not scratch your display.

I'm still thinking of getting a set of these to help back the guy. Just wish he would have stayed with an American manufacturer though.

Looks nice but will it work with the Freedom Case some of us are gonna be getting pretty soon? Don't wanna be taking the case off to put those on. Maybe it won't be so bad?

I had to back this!... i hate the sound on my surface.  Only the music app seems to play volume louder while everything else is pretty weak. Getting tired of cupping the corners on my surface while watching Metrotube.

Funny. I had a post on these forums a while back detailing what side-panel slide-out flaps should be added to the next Surface. Glad to see someone run with the idea, if in fact my post and others feedback sparked the innovation. Keep it up. If you have a coffee table book or even a piece of folded cardboard to place behind your Surface, it's amazing what a difference it makes. And yes, I'm one of the apparently many who have figured out the "cupped hands" trick. And yes... The very need for this product and those work-arounds should make the Surface design team cringe enough to give us forward-facing side-facing, AND rear facing "smart speakers" with Dolby surround sound for Surface 3. They should use the camera and such to be "smart", but we should be able to change the sound mode to forward-only, etc with a simple setting or gesture. Run with that. Please. :D