Yamaha Design “Synapses” EPH-200 / EPH-100
In-ear earphones with a pure sound.
Featuring a compact body that utilizes ultra-small speaker drivers in close proximity to the wearer’s inner ear, EPH-200 / EPH-100 earphones allow sound to reach the eardrum without any interference. With a body machined from aluminum, protected from vibration, and themed on the shape of a trumpet piston valve, these earphones possess superb acoustic characteristics. (Slide 1: EPH-200 Slide 2: EPH-100)
Embossed with the Yamaha tuning forks mark, the upper surface of the cylinder has been indented just enough to feel, and features a curve with a radius of just 0.3 mm applied to the edge. Combined with the texture of the aluminum, the end result is a sensation that soon becomes familiar to the fingers. (Slide 1: EPH-200 Slide 2: EPH-100)
Although unseen by the user when worn, when held, the EPH-200 / EPH-100 earphones are like a favorite item of jewelry, gaining their identity from the very materials from which they are made.
We took the view that headphones are "wearable speakers," and approached the design of the EPH-200 / EPH-100 with the idea that such personal ornamentation is not unlike a piece of equipment. This design reflects our awareness of not just the satisfaction felt when wearing these headphones, but of the image presented when the wearer puts them on.
- Kenshiro Tanaka (EPH-100)
- Design Holon Inc.
- Takenori Ohmachi (EPH-200)
- Yamaha Design Laboratory