Watch out, Beats by Dre. There’s a new pair of stylish (and more affordable) headphones taking over. The Hybernation 5/Hybrid Headphones by KenichiBear deliver a high-quality, comfortable listening experience and not to mention, a sleek and cute design.
KenichiBear is the brainchild of 17-year-old entrepreneur Kardan Kenichi Chatmon. Chatmon started the business at the young age of 13 after his father gave him an assignment: learn how to start a business. Chatmon spent the next two years in development and has been running KenichiBear since he was 15.
“He wanted me to know everything about running a business from A to Z, and as I was learning, I decided I wanted to start my own business,” Chatmon explained.
At the time, Chatmon was passionate about video games and wanted to make a product related to the gaming industry, so he decided to look into making gaming headphones. KenichiBear’s prototype was typical gaming headphones, but after launching, Chatmon realized that not everyone was a gamer.
“Most of my sales at the time were coming from gamers, and I was missing out on a wider audience, so that’s why I came up with the idea of a hybrid headphone able to connect with any device with Bluetooth,” Chatmon explained.
Soon after this realization, Chatmon started designing the hybrid headphones and contacting manufacturers to make the best looking, feeling, and sounding headphones they could.
The Hybernation 5 / Hybrid Headphones are compatible with any Bluetooth-capable device and feature real surround sound, a special base mode for music, an adjustable and detachable noise-canceling microphone, soft ear cushions, a wide head beam design, and LED lights on each side that change the color of the logo.
The KenichiBear logo is based on a drawing from Chatmon’s childhood – a bear with x’s on its eyes. As Chatmon developed the business, he decided to hire a graphic designer to enhance the drawing to the logo we see today.
Although Chatmon’s father is the reason for starting the business, KenichiBear is 100% designed, owned, and operated by Chatmon. He is proud of what he has established with his brand in only two years and hopes to see it grow in the future.
The Hybernation 5 /Hybrid Headphones are usually $179.99, but right now, KenichiBear is offering $50 off on their website.
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