The year is 1962, and a special little trailer by the name of #6437, the Airstream Flying Cloud, came into being. From its humble roots as a women’s dressing room in California, to becoming the Wandering Buddha recording studio in Missoula, it now finds itself in Bozeman and fulfilling it’s true calling: to serve as a path to audio enlightenment; in the form of a mobile headphone store.
Yes, we said it: Mobile Headphone Store!
But first, back to our story.
Meet #6437; The Airstream Flying Cloud Land Yacht
#6437 comes to us with many stories of it’s own that we will never know. What we do know is that in the mid 2000’s it was used as a dressing room for a photographer who did pinup photos of women at antique car shows. Then, she was purchased in Salinas CA in 2010 and embarked on a road trip, camping out in Big Sur, and traveling through blizzards on Monida Pass toward Montana. She settled in Missoula, where she underwent an extensive remodel from a guest room and dressing room into a recording studio. It was then that she was christened, the Wandering Buddha. Films were edited, music was made, and life was good for Wandering Buddha. Then in May 2015, HeadRoom became the new proud owners of #6437, and here is where her new adventure begins.
Okay, so you already know us. We know headphones, we love headphones, we get the best headphones for your ears. period. We’ve been doing this forever on headphone.com, and last year we opened a retail store in downtown Bozeman (a bustling college town of 50,000). The success of our store confirmed our suspicions: You don’t need to be in the middle of 10 million people to sell headphones. Pretty much everywhere, people want good headphones, and they want to listen and try headphones before buying them (duh!). And, people want to buy headphones and audio gear from someone with knowledge and trustworthiness (duh, again!).
But it isn’t fair that Bozeman gets all the headphone fun; we need to share the love. And with today's mobile culture embracing things like chocolate pop-up stores and food trucks selling gourmet sushi and latte stations on bicycles, why not a mobile headphone store?
#6437, meet HeadRoom. HeadRoom, meet #6437.
It was a bright spring day in Missoula, Montana when HeadRoom's CEO Jamey saw his long-time dream of an Airstream full of headphones finally begin to come to fruition. Here she sat: #6437 was a tad on the older side and perhaps a little road-worn -- but a jewel nonetheless. We have big plans for our little Flying Cloud.
We’re covering the inside with listening stations, and bringing along an assortment of only the best of the best headphones. A headphone expert is always on board, and folks will be stoked to buy from a small business and 20+ year leader in the headphone industry.
It’s Time for Everyone to Know What Good Headphones Sound Like.
Our mission is to bring good audio to the masses; whether it’s grandmothers with opera or truckers with country or 13 year olds with Miley, we all deserve good audio. The Wandering Buddha will help everyone find their path to audio enlightenment. We just can’t wait for all those looks of drop-jawed astonishment when the grandmothers and truckers and 13 year olds hear great headphone audio for the first time.
We’ll be starting out in our own neck of the woods- at music festivals, sporting events, and parties. We’ll be experimenting with college campuses, conferences and art shows. You never know where we might show up; but what you will know is this: people’s ears are in for a treat, and we can't wait to help them get it right between their ears.
What do you think, is the world ready for a Mobile Headphone Store? Do you have an idea of where our Wandering Buddha could help unsuspecting listeners find their path to headphone audio enlightenment? Let us know, and we hope to see you on the road.
And in the meantime, follow our journey on Instagram!
(Thank you to Pam Voth at pamvoth.net for her generous contribution of several photos published in this article.)
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First, we have to thank all the participants for their outstanding entries into our #MyHeadRoom contest. Thank you all for your hard efforts in describing what HeadRoom means to you.
We received a variety of submissions including stories, poems and images. Below you'll find a few snippets from our winners.
You can see all the #MyHeadRoom entries here:
#MyHeadRoom Page 1
It's about our experience with our Muse. The Headroom Airhead is our way to enjoy listening at the same time, two at a time of course.
Shure SE846 going to Jake R. - We loved his story of a troubled student turned focused by headphones. We wonder what an amazing pair of headphones would do for his studies. We'll find out!
Shure SE535 LTD going to Mark B who says,
"Headphones (with a decent source full of quality content) can turn hell...into heaven!"
Shure SE425 going to Ethan P. -
"Ritualistically now I listen to CDs on my couch with a 21 year old CD player. I close my eyes and lay back, letting go of all the nonsense. This is my sanctuary. This is my journey to the present."
Shure SE315 going to John F. as it sounds like this guy really needs a good pair of noise isolating in-ear headphones.
What do headphones mean to me? Try public transportation in the morning. From taking the NJ Transit bus and the PATH to New York City, my morning commute is filled with background noise. The only serenity I have is in my ear buds. While the headphones I have don't block the noise or go very loud, they provide me with the peace I need, to conquer the day. With this prize, it would make mornings that much better!
#MyHeadRoom make my day!
Shure SRH1540 headphones going to Walton N. for thinking about somebody else first. We hope he might give them to his buddy but we understand if he keeps them and passes along his older headphones. Here's a summary of his entry:
A friend of mine rang me up the other day, said it was time to replace the old Jays “in-ear” phones I purchased for him from Headroom. He had had them, obviously, for several years and just wanted something new and updated, wasn't sure what to purchase...My buddy is still trying to make up his mind and I am confident he will make the right one for him....I can only wish him the same success I enjoy daily.
Shure SRH840 going to Max W. - We're hoping this brings Max a little bit of much needed sanctuary.
We decided to add a bonus to the giveaway, Shure SRH440's going to Lindenwold Middle School for their student submission.
Winners will also be contacted via email to make sure we have your correct shipping address.
Over-ear headphones are great way to get in the zone for studying and relaxation, and offer great sound quality at reasonable prices. We recommend closed headphones that will block moderate noise and prevent others from hearing your music. These picks will sound great right out of a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and will sound even better out of a dedicated headphone amp.
The Beats Studio and Beats Solo 2 are two obvious choices as a great student headphone. We've recently picked up the Beats line, and after some auditions we must say-- Beats has really stepped up their game in terms of sound quality and build. Most students are going to love their rich, full sound and sophisticated looks with slick features like in-line mics, long battery life and bullet-proof carrying case. The Skullcandy Aviators are another obvious choice for the student, and the best sounding Skullcandy in the line-up in our opinion. With an extremely elegant retro styling and surprisingly refined sound, the Aviators are also mic'd for smartphones and ready to jam your favorite playlist. Sennheiser's Momentum and Momentum on-ear headphones are perhaps the superlative of portable headphones, offering truly stellar sound, gorgeous styling and color options, all backed by Sennheiser's industry-leading reputation and German engineering prowess. Finally, Shure's excellent SRH440 headphones, at under $100, are an affordable option for those still wanting a refined sound with craftsmanship ready to take a beating on the road or in a backpack. (Or, for the budding audiophile, check the killer package special, Shure SRH 440 headphones and Fiio E11 headphone amp package combo.)
In-ear headphones are perfect for the student who needs lots of isolation so they can focus on the task at hand. They are also great for traveling and indoor exercise, and many models are headsets for easy smartphone compatibility.The Shure SE215 is our top recommended earphone under $100, thanks to it's accurate and refined sound, detachable cables, and Shure ergonomics known for being some of the most comfortable and highest isolating in the industry. The Etymotic MC3 also offers excellent isolation, rock solid durability, iPhone-ready mic, and Etymotic's renowned crisp detail in a very affordable ($69) package. Finally, the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 perform with surprisingly solid sound for under $30, redesigned ergonomics that provide a great fit, and microphone for smartphones. All this for under 30?!, these are pretty much a no-brainer for anyone!
Good news if you're interested in the convenience of wireless listening: options keep getting better and better sounding at reasonable pricing. Here we have several bluetooth options, ready for instant and easy connection to your smartphone, tablet or computer. Recently added to our line up is Outdoor Technology, a fun and innovative brand out of Colorado with a nice array of wireless products. We like the Privates; cool looking with durable construction, these wireless headphones are only $99 and sound great right out of the box. The Jaybird Bluebuds X are the option of choice for those looking at wireless workouts; these wireless in-ear style phones are made for blood sweat and tears during the rigours of your exercise routine... the question is, are you? Finally, for the cats meeeooow of wireless, the Beats Studio Wireless really are a treat. Most folks won't be able to tell any difference in sound quality between these and their wireless counterparts, and they earned high marks here in the office for fit and overall operation.
Make your favorite music part of the equation with some new headphones. Besides, you're doing your ears a favor by throwing away the $5 cheapies and making (even a small) investment in quality, clarity, and comfort. Just like everything else, your ears won't last forever, so take care of them for the long haul, long after the days of Greek parties, all nighters (studying of course), and collegiate adventures has ended. Have fun everyone, and study hard!
The long awaited Fostex TH500RP headphones are set to arrive at HeadRoom in a few short weeks.
Fostex have long since used RP (Regular Phase) diaphragm technology in their acclaimed professional studio headphones such as the T50RP.
The new TH500RP model now combines this RP technology with the design philosophy and flair of the TH900, resulting in a set premium headphones which deliver a simply stunning high resolution sound, with sparkling highs, rich mid tones and high quality lows.View full article →
Here in Montana, we have it pretty good, but “summer” is usually anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months, starting maybe in early May or maybe late June, and ending maybe in late June or maybe early October. There’s an abundance of fun things to do, just look below at some our staffers whoop it up in the great outdoors. There are lots of family and friends coming to town to enjoy the MontanaLife, and all kinds of festivals and concerts and holidays, plus weddings, family reunions, and parties. But there’s really only 9 or 10 bonafide “summer weekends” that can be reliably assumed to only have a 50% chance of major thunderstorms and 10% chance of snow. So while summer in Montana is pretty epic, it’s short. Things can get pretty hectic. Downright stressful, even annoying.
That’s why we all need at least one of the headphones on this page. Because wherever you are and whenever you might get a spare moment, there’s nothing like a little musical escape to unwind. Maybe it’s your way of getting through that 4 hour layover in Cleveland, that all-day neighborhood clean up day, or even one of those 3-birthday-parties-on-a-Sunday-afternoon days.
Got noise? Slip into your cocoon with a pair of small, discreet in-ear headphones from Etymotic Research. Etymotic is proven as one of the top isolating earphones in the industry by creating a tight seal, allowing them to block more ambient noise. This, while delivering wonderfully accurate and detailed resolution, models mic’d for smartphones, and a nice array of accessories.
Despite it’s ridiculously long model number, this headphone is something to remember. As one of the best noise cancelling headphones out there and pleasingly under $200, these headphones have generous battery life, mic’d for smartphone use, and sturdy carrying case. It’s no wonder we’ve always recommended the ANC7B’s, and our customer reviews tell the same story.
Yes, you can have noise cancelling and bluetooth wireless all in one, and it can be good, with the Phiaton Chord MS-530. Our favorite noise cancelling headphone since it’s release a couple years back, it was recently also highly praised in a review by Tyll Hertsens of Inner Fidelity, saying: “It's price/performance ratio is simply outstanding. If you need something like this, this is the one to get."
Here's Jamey, HeadRoom's CEO, with his upright bass doing what he loves best, playing music in the great outdoors, here in the beautiful Paradise Valley.
Ben (aka Headphone Samurai) plays a huge festival every year called Rockin' the Rivers in Cardwell, Montana on the banks of the Jefferson River... and he knows how to put on a show!
Susan loves to enjoy a little peace and quiet on Hyalite Reservoir outside of Bozeman.
Ivy doing some fishing, floating, and enjoying a beautiful summer day on the Yellowstone River.
Sennheiser really surprised us back in April with a sale on their world famous premiere products. The Sennheiser HD800 headphones and the amazing HDVD800 headphone amp/DAC were offered as a package at a substantial savings. Well here we are again and Sennheiser has decided to offer this amazing special once again through the month of June!
Even better, we're throwing in a CH800s 4 pin XLR headphone cable for balanced drive listening. In our opinion this cable upgrade is not an if but a "must" -- we say go big or go home. After all, you're listening to one of the world's BEST headphone systems ever known to man -- and the added spacial quality, overall tonal balance and sonic realism that can only be achieved with balanced drive is the icing on the cake.
Save over $849 on this amazing package, but hurry, stock is limited and we don't anticipate this to be offered up again.