Known widely for their premium manufactured guitars, Fender is taking on a new endeavor in the world of audio production with their first line of Fender in-ear monitors – for everyone.
New Release: Fender In-Ear Monitors
Starting as low as $99, Fender has launched in-ear monitors for the everyday consumer, audiophiles, and musicians. The five makes of the in-ear monitor series are modeled after in-ear studio buds for recording artists.
Looking to create a top-notch audio experience comparable to their instruments, Fender acquired audio company Aurosonics. The small Nashville-based company specializes in well-crafted ear pieces that don’t require a personalized mold. Fender’s acquisition of Aurosonics took place before production commenced in order to keep everything in-house.
“At Fender, we’re makers and craftsmen,” said Jim Ninesling, Fender’s VP of amplifiers and pro audio, to Engadget. “We kept this very close to home. Our best guitars are made in California and these in-ear monitors are made in Nashville by our own employees. This is a core value that we wanted to stick to as we got into this business.”
The $99 DXA1 holds titanium micro drivers that reach a frequency response between 14 – 22kHz in a low-profile slimline shell designed to fit 95 percent of ears comfortably. The remaining models (FXA2, 5, 6, 7) use a 3-D printed DHT shell to do the same thing. Their special encasing was created from scans of thousands of ears, which enabled Fender to draft a model capable of pleasing almost all ears. The latter four makes all use dual balanced armature drivers and ship with a detachable silver plated, low-oxygen cable. Fender promises the MMCX cable reduces signal loss. The $200 FXA2 reaches a frequency response between 6Hz – 23kHz. The $300 FXA5 delivers a range between 19Hz – 21kHZ. The $400 FAX6 resonates a frequency response between 6Hz – 22KHz while the $500 FXA7 spans a range from 6Hz – 24kHz.
At this time we haven’t gotten our hands on these gems as of yet, but The Verge and Engadget has, writing the pros as nothing short of incredible, in regards to the FAX6. “The bass is punchy, the highs are crisp, and the mids are pleasant” and “you can hear every sound a song has to offer.” While pointing out the price, especially for a wired ear-bud, is a bit steep.
The size was also an issue, with The Verge stating, ” The FXA6s are big. Bigger than typical consumer headphones and big enough that you never forget you’re wearing them.” For convenience sake, these earbuds also lack an in-line mic and controller. However, Fender promises additional accessories will be able for purchase in the future.
Are you sold yet? If so, Fender in-ear monitors are already available for order online.