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Guitar maker Fender launches new in-ear headphones

By Liu Hongzuo - on 22 Jan 2016, 11:31am

Guitar maker Fender launches new in-ear headphones

Fender DXA1 Pro (left) and Fender-FXA7 Pro (right).

Love your rock and blues? Fender knows that and they’ve decided to come to us with a new range of in-ear monitors. The FXA range by the highly popular guitar makers introduces five different models of headphones, starting at the affordable Fender DXA1 Pro is going at US$99 (S$ 141.89), while the top of the line Fender FXA7 Pro retails at US$499 (S$ 715.17).

Fender FXA 2 Pro.

Instead of starting from scratch, Fender acquired boutique American headphone maker Aurisonics to develop these in-ear monitors. Some of these Fender-branded versions are actually improved versions of existing Aurisonics in-ear headphones, but they are nonetheless designed for professional musicians and serious audiophiles.

Fender FXA5 Pro.

Each pair now features titanium drivers — which is music to our ears— and the higher-end models are 3D-printed using "Digital Hybrid Technology," a process through which Fender says thousands of ears were scanned to get headphones that fit 95 percent of people "like an expensive custom-molded monitor." The entry-level Fender DXA1 Pro features a custom 8.5mm titanium micro dynamic driver, while the premium Fender FXA7 Pro uses a HDBA (Hybrid Dynamic & Balanced Armature) Array paired with a custom 9.25mm dynamic driver, with mechanical tuning and porting.

Fender FXA6 Pro.

Fender isn’t the first guitar brand to delve into the audio playback market. There’s also Gibson, makers of the Les Paul guitars who worked with Onkyo in 2012, bringing us the Les Paul headphones in 2015’s CES. If you’re still wondering why Fender sounds so familiar to you, it’s worth noting that their Stratocaster and Telecaster guitar models were instrumental in shaping rock and blues music since the 50s.

Source: Fender via The Verge, Head-Fi