Fender Joins the Pro Earphone Fray

Fender, the guitar company, has launched its first ever range of professional in-ear audio monitors.

Fender purchased Aurisonics in 2015, a major manufacturer of in-ear monitors and has updated their line of products. There are five models to choose from, which range from $100 to $500. All are manufactured in Nashville.

The low-end DXA1 in-ear monitor uses a custom 8.5mm titanium micro driver. This driver generates treble and deep bass from 14Hz to 22kHz. Highly sensitive, these monitors generate 116dB at 1mW for clear, distortion-free audio reproduction and the 16-ohm +/-10% at 1kHz impedance, which means they can be driven by a smartphone.

The 18dB noise reduction rating eliminates interference from ambient noise while simultaneously protecting the user’s hearing from the strong transients that can occur in a live environment.

Housed in a durable low-profile slimline shell, these in-ear monitors fit 95 percent of ears. A detachable MMCXi silver-plated low-oxygen cable offers low signal loss along with square connectors that are easy to grip, even when exposed to moisture. All models include a deluxe carrying case, SureSeal tips assortment for the perfect fit, a cleaning tool and cable.

At the high end is the FXA7 in-ear monitor with a patented Hybrid-Dynamic and Balanced Armature (HDBA) Array. A pair of tweeters is specifically designed to match a custom 9.25mm precision rare-earth driver and groove-tuned port — all working without a crossover.

Fender said this configuration generates transparent audio with punchy bass, rich mids and crisp high end with a frequency response from 6Hz-24kHz. Highly sensitive, these monitors generate 110dB at 1mW for clear, distortion-free audio with plenty of headroom.

Ideal for almost any listening situation with 16-ohm +/-10% at 1kHz impedance, they can be driven by a smartphone for a premium listening experience. They eliminate up to 22dB of ambient noise.

The 3D-printed Digital Hybrid Technology (DHT) shell is derived by scanning thousands of ears to create a hybrid custom/universal fit. The DHT shell fits 95 percent of ears like an expensive custom-molded monitor—when combined with the cushion-like comfort of the SureSeal tips.

All models will be available in March.

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