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These 3D Printed Bespoke Headphones, Made With Precious Metals, Can Set You Back $40,000

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Image 223The CEO of V-MODA, Val Kolton, says his company is now offering over-ear and on-ear headphones which are personalized, 3D printed products you customize yourself. Made from raw metals such as stainless steel or precious metals like 14k white gold and platinum, the company calls them the “World’s First 3D Printed Custom Metal” headphones and shields.

These personalized headphones are designed to be a fusion of jewel-grade 3D printing and consumer electronics.

“Not merely game changing,” Kolton says,”trailblazing.”

He says the designs were inspired and sculpted in V-MODA’s design studio in Milan, and the 3D shields are made in New York City in a variety of “exotic and luxurious materials.”

Val Kolton

Val Kolton

Kolton says the company arose from his interest in technology, music, and design. The idea for V-MODA came to him after he spent a summer in Ibiza experiencing the “world’s greatest DJs and clubs, and the unique vibe of the White Isle.”

Kolton and designer Joseph Bucknall created the first V-MODA products which they called, “hearwear,” and now the company also offers these bespoke headphones and a list of accessories like cushions and laser-engraved panels they call “shields.”

To create these new items, users choose a palette, select their choice of material, and then any one of five different design selections which include laurel leaves or monograms and others.

The most expensive line, the precious metals like sterling silver and white gold, run from anywhere between $900 and $40,000, but given that you can emboss the shields with any design free, you might think it’s a worthwhile purchase.

You do get a lifetime warranty with the purchase, so there’s that anyway.6-V-MODA_home_screen_3D_M-100_XS_white_marble The raw bronze or raw brass versions of the product go for a considerably more modest $180 to $330 in the on-ear model, and $350 to $500 for the over-ear headphones.

If your budget doesn’t allow for the high-dollar options, you could always consider fiber versions in one of nine colors. Those versions will set you back only $40 for the on-ear, and $50 for the over-ear headphone shields.

If you’re in the middling budget category, you can have yours in stainless steel for $100 or $150 for the two versions.

V-MODA also offers a 60-Day Test Drive Guarantee, a 2-Year V-MODA Premier Warranty, and, with the V-MODA Immortal Life Program, purchasers get 50% off on the replacement of their headphones for a lifetime.

You can check out all the options for this latest 3D printed offerings from V-MODA on their website, and be sure to check out their FAQ for some of the fine print.

Will you buy a set of these customized headphones from V-MODA. What do you think of the idea of personalizing various common products with 3D printed covers and shields? Let us know in the 3D Printed High End Headphones forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below from V-MODA.

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