Flexound HUMU - speaker cushion (with test summary)

The Flexound HUMU is an "Augmented Audio Cushion", ie a loudspeaker cushion that is supposed to create an immersive audio experience. The speaker cushion should be less suitable for music and more for films, series and video games. In a flex and HUMU test by 9to5Mac the gadget did pretty well for leisurely media enjoyment. Therefore, I would like to briefly introduce it to you here, briefly summarize the test report and include customer reviews from the Amazon site. 

The Flexound HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion is a speaker cushion for films, series and games. Here I have put together test experiences and customer reviews.

The Flexound HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion is a speaker cushion for films, series and games. Here I have put together test experiences and customer reviews.

What is Flex and HUMU?

The Flexound HUMU pillow was designed as high-fi equipment that provides the user with a unique sound through sound and vibration. It should be ideal for games, series and films as well as for use without disturbing the other people in the room (see reviews below). Thanks to the patented Flexound® Xperience technology, the high-fi experience should only be transferred to those who have placed their heads and therefore their ears on the pillow. Everyone else can devote themselves to other things or sleep without being disturbed - as shown in the following trailer of the crowdfunding campaign for the product:

Technical data: Flexound HUMU data sheet

  • Manufacturer: Flexound
  • Product: HUMU
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 14,5 cm x 48 cm x 27 cm
  • Outer material: Soft microfiber made of 50% polyurethane and 50% nylon 
  • Weight: 1,5 kg
  • Audio frequencies for sound and vibration: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Runtime: 8 hours
  • Charging time: 3 hours
  • Battery: Lithium polymer with 3,7 V and 5,5 W.
  • Charging via: micro USB cable (included)
  • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP and a range of up to 10 m
  • Cable connection: 3,5 mm jack
  • Certification: CCC, CE, FCC
  • Scope of delivery: HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion, micro-USB charging cable and operating instructions
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If you lie comfortably on the speaker cushion, then the sound and vibration should have a really immersive effect. You can find impressions of a HUMU review below.

If you lie comfortably on the speaker cushion, then the sound and vibration should have a really immersive effect. You can find impressions of a HUMU review below.

Flexound HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion - Test experiences by Ben Lovejoy

As already mentioned at the beginning, there are already some professional Flex and HUMU test reports. One of these tests (see link in the introduction) shows that the pillow is very comfortable. In addition, it should be in the higher average of comparable music headphones, but score significantly better, especially with multimedia experiences such as film, series and video game experiences. Compared to headphones and professional loudspeaker systems for entire rooms, B&W, Sonos and the Apple HomePod - i.e. high-end products - are named as better alternatives.

Used for the main purpose, i.e. the multimedia sound experience, the real strengths should show themselves, which come closer to a cinema experience than to a television. Even if - or maybe especially BECAUSE - the enjoyment of audio quality is limited to one person, it is so immersive. Action scenes, people running, helicopter rotors and explosions are listed as vivid examples of wonderful sound experiences. This suggests that more sociable and gentler, but impressive audio scenarios from film and television also come across well.

According to test and review author Ben Lovejoy, the real market is gaming. While playing a car racing game on his iPad, he felt like he was right in the scenery displayed. For the Flexound HUMU test, he also downloaded other action games and can certify an improvement in the user experience for these too when the loudspeaker cushion is used. If you like to lounge on the couch and play on the PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch, the Flex and HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion could certainly be something for you.

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Flexound HUMU - Amazon customer reviews

The Flexound HUMU has been around for some time to buy from Amazon. You can currently find 9 customer reviews on the product page, most of which show 5 stars and 4 stars. Some also have 3 stars, there are none with 2 or one star. Information as of August 8, 2018. The following points can be identified from the individual reviews of Amazon customers:

  • The sound should be very clear, at higher volume the vibration is noticeably used as bass support
  • Other people in the room are only not disturbed when the volume is low to medium; Loud music, films or games can be heard by them
  • The stereo channels (left and right) seem to be "swapped" - or the customers are using the speaker cushion the wrong way round
  • It is conditionally good to well suited for music - but that is communicated in advance
  • Optimal sound is obtained when the patient is lying down “correctly” - so the best lying position has to be tried out at the beginning

A matching quote from the product page:

To enjoy the gentle vibrations of the sound waves and the soundscape that are best generated by Flexound HUMU, place HUMU behind your neck and shoulders, lean back on a comfortable sofa or bed, select the content and relax.

Loudspeaker cushions for multimedia experiences
The Flexound HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion is a cushion and audio device in one. It reproduces sounds and vibrations in a frequency spectrum from 20 Hz to 20.000 Hz and can be played via Bluetooth or jack cable. Recommended for Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, VR, games, audiobooks, sports broadcasts, and more.
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