I’ve been using the Houdt Tsunami headphones that are currently available at iFix, either in store on online. They sit very comfortably over my ears, and not too tight that my ears eventually ache from wearing it for too long. The downside to that though, is that it’s not noise cancelling; which I don’t mind since I work from home. I’m enjoying the quality of sound on it, well the metal playlist on Deezer sounds good right now!


I’ve previously used a Houdt wooden cover on an iPhone 5 and received a lot of compliments, so I’m guessing wooden accessories have a quite an appeal. The Houdt Tsunami headphones are no different. They definitely stand out from regular headphones, and even more so because of the stylish stand to show it off in, which is available separately.


For those of you interested in the tech specs:
Speaker size: 50mm
Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Sensitivity: 107+/-3dB (1KHz, 1mW)
Rated input power: 30mW
Cable: 2.0m Nylon cable
Plug: 3.5mm gold plated & 6.3mm adaptor


iFix recently bundled these two products together for a R999 but alas it’s sold out. The Tsunami headphones are available at a cost of R1499, and the stand at R699. The good news is that I’m giving away a set to one lucky Wired to the Web reader!


All you have to do to stand in line to win the wooden Houdt Tsunami headphones + stand is share your most embarrassing story of you singing along while wearing headphones in the comments section below.

1. Only one entry per person.
2. The competition will run from Monday, 11 April – Friday, 15 April (closes at midday).
3. I will pick a winner based on the funniest story; or if all are good, do a random draw.
4. The competition is open to anyone living in South Africa (prize will be couriered next week).
5. Don’t be shy to share you story 🙂


WINNER: Congratulations @davegreenway! Thank you to everyone who entered!

About the Author

Always online... except when I'm offline.

Related Posts

As you know, I’m my own boss and work from a home office, which I’ve recently revamped with a fresh...

I’m obsessed with phone covers. I can’t go into a Typo and not buy a cheap cover. My classic...

Cadbury South Africa have released a new ad for its Bubbly chocolates, but along with the ad, they...

  1. davegreenway 11/04/2016 at 12:41 Reply

    Everyone always thinks that they’re going to mumble the lyrics to a song on a bus and have it play out much like the endearing scene in Pitch Perfect where all of your friends join in the chorus and we all giggle at how amazing we are… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=939a74JXM2Q

    But alas my experience was hardly the same… I was on a bus with a group of my peers from various countries at an overseas conference travelling from a lecture to a tour of a facility, I was tired from my flight and the previous day’s hectic lineup of speakers, when my brain decided that singing along to the Taylor Swift song playing on my phone was a great idea :/

    Oh and my singing is not nearly as good as that of The Bellas nor can I hit the same notes as my homegurl T-Swizz… my brain also decided that volume control was not necessary in this confined space and gave me the all okay to belt out a serious chunk of Shake it Off starting with some very white gurl style rapping… obvs (https://youtu.be/nfWlot6h_JM?t=2m29s)

    Needless to say the incentive to mock me mercilessly for the rest of the conference was far greater than anyone’s desire to join in

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/04/2016 at 12:53 Reply

      LOL!!! ? T-Swizzle is out of bounds! Thanks for sharing Dave!

    • Nafisa Akabor 18/04/2016 at 08:21 Reply

      Congratulations Dave! You are the winner of the Tsunami Headphones + stand! I’ll be in touch today about arranging to get your prize to you this week. Or you can drop me a mail on inbox@nafisa.co.za 🙂

      • davegreenway 18/04/2016 at 09:48 Reply


        Thanks so much 🙂

  2. Gregory S. Balchin 11/04/2016 at 13:03 Reply

    Right, here goes.

    My friends and colleagues – hopefully not reading this – don’t know it, but I’m a huge fan of Taylor “Legs for Days” Swift. Have been ever since her days of not-quite-singalong country songs. Her latest album, filled to the brim with pop ditties, has really solidified her position in my seriously-I’m-not-being-creepy books.

    Anyway, so this one day I’m just sitting minding my own businesses when “Shake It Off” starts playing. I started subtly bobbing my head to the beat to the intro beat, and mouthing the lyrics. “I stay out till late / Got nothin’ in my brain / That’s what people saayyyy / hmmm mmmm”.

    It was all going well and innocently until the last four words of the chorus: “Shake it off! Shake it off!”

    That’s the part where my brain disconnected but my mouth didn’t get the signal. I’d inadvertently blurted out those two lines in a not-so-empty office.

    Ok, it wasn’t loud. And I figured the two people near me would understand. But they were discussing how to deal with loss of a pet and the one whose goldfish had just died didn’t take kindly to my suggestion.

  3. Roxanne Chutthergoon 11/04/2016 at 13:42 Reply

    Well, I am a Madonna fan…annnnd my embarrassing story takes me back to campus days when I used to sit in lectures and have my earphones on in the boring one’s – soooo anyways, I was in Ethics and the lecturer was discussing some philosophies and I was like, tiem for some Madonna, and I put on my headset and had Madonna on low volume until my jam came on – Like a Virgin and I totally forgot that I was still in class and boom, I started singing along. Needless to say, my lecturer was not impressed (even though I handle high notes quite well). It was all the more embarrassing cos I was suddenly declaring Like a Virgin, touched for the very first time and the students around me burst out laughing. The cherry on top of it all was that I got kicked out of class – I must say I did go out like a diva and can actually use the title: PreMadonna lol! Well, I never showed up at that lecturer’s class for the remainder of the semester – good thing it was a self study theory module, so I still passed, and with an A too 😉

  4. Seshni 11/04/2016 at 14:07 Reply

    Let’s take it back to 1998 when we all thought we were all so cool with our Sony Walkmans (and cheap Chinese knock-offs).

    I was walking down the road to my friend’s place and headphones plugged in. At this time it was a mix tape with songs recorded off the radio.

    #NowPlaying: Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You

    Don’t judge. With the headphones now up to full volume, I didn’t realise I will singing along with all my heart – “I knew I loved youuu before I met you, I have been wait-ing all my liiiiiife” . Trying to hit all the notes. Little did I notice, a (cute) boy from my school was walking behind me all along. I had no idea how to play it cool, so I RAN.

    Let’s just say I’m now a little paranoid about using my headphones at full blast, and cringe every time I hear Darren Hayes voice.

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/04/2016 at 17:45 Reply

      I listened to them too in my youth! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kat 12/04/2016 at 11:22 Reply

    I have a habit of listening to a playlist of corny and old school songs while I am working on my computer in the office. It is an open plan office so there are quite a few others working around me and my boss is always in and out.
    I am a child of the 90s so needless to say the Spice girls features quite high on my old school playlist and I simply can’t get enough of their hit song Wannabe.
    So this one particular day I sat down to do some work and plugged my earphones into my phone, put them in my ears and clicked play on my playlist and as usual turned the volume WAY UP. I started jamming along to Wannabe as I worked, singing quietly (so not to disturb the office), humming softly, playing a bit of air drums and getting into it.
    As I looked up from my laptop I noticed people around me smiling, staring and what looked like laughing (I couldn’t hear them as the music was loud) and so I straightened up and stopped jamming out. However, the looks did not stop, so I took my earphones out to ask them what they were laughing at….
    It was then that I realised that I had not plugged my earphones into my phone properly and the Spice Girls song had been blasting LOUDLY throughout the office!!
    Needless to say I was mortified and my colleagues were laughing hysterically at me. They had all been so amused and were waiting for me to realise that they could all hear! What’s worse is that my boss heard all about it at a work lunch and I have yet to live down this embarrassing event! I am known as Spice girl!
    Luckily now I am able to laugh at the situation. LOL!

  6. Mr. Grey 13/04/2016 at 13:40 Reply

    Never ever buy cheapie ear plugs which would sometimes play sound through the buds as well as the phone’s speakers. When you’re in a library at exam time singing along to DuHast… people tend to judge.

    • Nafisa Akabor 13/04/2016 at 15:37 Reply

      Yeah, Rammstein isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.. especially not at a library! ? Thanks for sharing Hamish!

  7. Katie 14/04/2016 at 10:38 Reply

    After Matric I took a gap year and a few friends and I got jobs at a ski resort in the US. One of my many jobs during that year required me to clean rooms in one of the resort hotels (it sucked, lol). I had to clean hotels rooms that had been vacated to get them ready for the next guests checking in. Basically I had a few hours (between 11am-3pm) when the rooms were empty in which to work my way through the allotted rooms and had to make sure they were all done by the time new guests were allowed to check in and get their room keys.

    As I needed some motivation and distraction I took my ipod with me and sang and danced along to my favourite tunes while I cleaned.

    On one of the days I was running late and had a short time to get through the last few rooms before 3pm hit and I had to be out. I was cleaning the last room and blasting Rhianna’s UMBRELLA through my earphones and singing my lungs out (UM-brella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh-eh) when I turned around and saw a man and woman in the room staring at me with open mouths. I scrambled to remove my earphones and compose myself. Turns out I had lost track of time and the guests had checked in to the hotel and found a strange woman singing Rhianna in their room. They tried not to laugh and told me they would come back in 20 minutes when I was done. I was completely horrified and tried to avoid them for the rest of their stay, but sadly whenever I ran into them they gave me a knowing smile. LOL

    Winning these Houdt headphones would be AMAZING :))

  8. Muneer 14/04/2016 at 11:07 Reply

    The best part about headphones is thinking that you can rap along to Eminem out LOUD – the song The Way I AM! (no i wasn’t a rebel just a fresh faced grade 8 high school kid)

    Maybe around your friends when you spit some sick lines could do your rep wonders, but in my case screaming countless profanities is definitely going to land you in hot water. This is exactly what happened to me – for one got my phone taken away, got a massive tongue lashing, stink eye for a while and a review of my newly met school friends (thats where I got the song from via BLUETOOTH).

    The worst part about it, is that my birthday is early in the year so arranging those “high school friend get together parties” my parents pretty much interrogated some of my new friends and their parents – so I basically sold out my entire new circle of friends.

    Needless to say from that day Eminem gets played softly and lyrics are bleeped out if and when I do decide to spit to lines! I even went to the Eminem concert and bleeped my lines when I was rapping along.

    The SCARS will forever be there!

  9. Patricia Bev 14/04/2016 at 19:39 Reply

    My husband had to go to the bank and I was not in the mood to face the shopping mall so I decided to stay in the car. He parked in the
    underground parking so I didn’t have to sit in a hot car and went into the mall. I expected I might have to wait a while so I had my earphones with me and plugged them into my phone so I could listen to a podcast.

    After a while I got bored and put some music on. I am someone who loves to sing along, but I am quite self conscious as I don’t have the best voice. Hehehe. My car window was down so I checked to see if there was anyone in the parking bay next to me. Luckily it was empty so I proceeded to rock out and sing alone to Bon Jovi (gotta love them right?!)

    A couple of songs played and I was really enjoying myself, when I caught an object in the corner of my eye. Turns out that a car had
    pulled into the parking bay next to me and I hadn’t noticed! There were three guys in the car had heard my singing and were all chuckling! Let’s just say I closed my window and sunk down in my seat so fast! My hubby had a good laugh at my expense when I told him!

  10. Kazz 14/04/2016 at 21:00 Reply

    I was 16 years old and home alone one afternoon in my bedroom with my headphones on, which were plugged into my discman (oh the memories). I have always fancied myself a bit of a singer and I was pretending to be Celine Dion and singing along to “All by Myself” complete with hand gestures and facial expressions. I didn’t realise that my brother and his best friend had come home early and as I was belting the song to myself in the mirror I caught sight of them! They heard (and saw) everything! What’s worse is that I had a raging crush on my brother’s friend at the time! I wanted the ground to swallow me up!

Leave a Reply