Fender in-ear monitor range coming soon

fender in-ear monitorMore famed for its Strats, Teles, Jazz and Precisions, now comes the Fender in-ear monitor range.

The American guitar cobbler is unleashing its first ever range of pro in-ear monitors (IEMs). I say “pro” as these aren’t meant to be straight replacements for those free earbuds you get with your iPhone – some Fender in-ear monitors could hit you up for around 500 bucks a pair.

Seems natural that Fender should be releasing some ear pleasers so soon after I reviewed the Gibson Trainer headphones.

There will be five models available at launch – their catchy names are DXA1, FXA2, FXA5, FXA6, and FXA7) and pricing will kick off at $100 a pop.

The entry level DXA1 come in a semi-transparent grey shell and are apparently for listening to music from a smartphone while “offstage”. Hmmm….

The more expensive Fender in-ear monitor models feature metal frames in various colours and have been 3D-printed into a specific shape that’s based on thousands of scanned ears – so they’ll fit “95 percent of ears like an expensive custom-molded monitor”.

fender in-ear monitor rangeFender’s recently-acquired Aurisonics is the brand making them out of Nashville and, in fact, some of the new models are retooled versions of existing products.

Every model features custom designed drivers and unique internals. Select models, for instance, have something called Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array for a “full frequency response with substantial bass”.

It’s worth heading over to Fender’s site to explore each of the IEMs yourself.

Needless to say, I have yet to shove any of these in my head yet so I can’t say whether I’d put them in the Mex, Jap or Yank Fender range.