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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 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:
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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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:
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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.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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