I stopped into a Best Buy this afternoon and heard the Bose SoundWear Companion Wearable Speaker. It puts a high quality 2 inch speaker with a Bose “wave guide” (I am guessing it’s really a transmission line) in a neckpiece. Sound is near field. It really does sound like the few near field setups I have tried. Not sure how much it would bother other people, but it has, at modest to moderate volumes a pretty decent sound. It also doesn’t feel like headphones, and might even work in that state just before sleep.
Has anybody had any experience with them? I am not sure when and where I would actually use them, but the seem like they should have some use somewhere. Three hundred American dollars.