Reviewed: Fender In Ear Monitor Range
Someone over at Fender HQ clearly has a bee in his or her bonnet. The most universally acknowledged instrument maker on the planet has released several new lines of products in the last six months to a year, all of which harbor allusions to an underlying theme; one of absolute professionalism. Leo’s descendants shelved their Standard and Blacktop series of guitars and basses a few months ago in favour of the new American Professional range, which offers a cleaned up, no nonsense rendering of their most unanimously sought after builds. Last issue I reviewed the P Bass from this line and was struck by how distinctly sturdy and work-ready it felt in my hands. All of their attention lately seems aimed at the modern working musician whose needs do not include many bells and whistles. Aside from the instruments themselves, Fender’s next logical step is to offer some of the most stage friendly designs they’ve ever come up with: the FXA, CXA and DXA series of in-ear monitors.
AUDIOFLY AF1120 SIX DRIVER IN-EAR MONITORS
Many of you may not have even heard of Audiofly, I can put my hand up and say that until about a year ago when a pair of their headphones landed on my desk, I too hadn’t head of this Australian headphone company. But, you will all need to watch out for them in the future as they are set to change the way in which many of you listen to music. Audiofly is a company that was developed by musicians looking to design, create and manufacture headphones for musicians like themselves, so they have a special way of looking at a pair of ear buds.
Audio-Technica ATH-E50 In-Ear Monitor Headphones
Last month I road-tested the Audio-Technica ATH-E40s, and I have to say I rather enjoyed listening to them. So, it was with enthusiasm that I took possession of the next model up in the range to hear the difference. As I write this, I’m plugged in with the Audio-Technica ATH-E50 Professional In-Ear Monitor Headphones, and I am impressed with what I am hearing. So, rather than going through the motions again and writing much of the same thing, I think I should focus on what you’re going to get out of stepping up to these ear-buds to begin with.
Audio-Technica ATH-E40 In-Ear Monitor Headphones
There has certainly been an increase in the use of wireless in-ear monitoring on stages just about everywhere in recent years. Improvements in technology have finally made it a more affordable option and there is little doubt to the improvement of audio quality the performer is offered compared to traditional fold back speaker setups. Enter the Audio-Technica ATH-E40 professional in-ear monitoring headphones, the latest offering from AT that delivers the goods in a number of ways.
Audiofly AF180 In Ear Monitors
Portable devices and tablets have continued the push for the public music consumer purchasing headphones. People are listening to music everywhere these days and the quality, features and range of cans has grown immensely. This development and in turn choice has also ltered into the case of musicians on stage with regards to in ear monitoring. What was a complete luxury for many years is now quite the reality for players from all levels of gigs. The ease of use, quality and availability means IEMs can be every part of a pub band setup and not just for the big touring act. Whilst there is a tonne of over- seas manufacturers, one Australian brand Audio y has been strongly ying the ag with a solid range of headphones for the last few years.
AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-R70X MONITOR HEADPHONES
Audio-Technica have gone all out with this year’s new releases of headphones with a number of well-deserved upgrades to classic models. Further to this, the presentation of the ATH-R70x sees their return to the world of openback reference headphones. This is one area of headphones that a lot of manufacturers tend to steer away from as it generally has a limited range of uses. After all, the open-back design not only allows environmental noise to enter your listening space, it also allows the music you are listening to escape into the environment. Not ideal when you are sitting on a crowded train listing to One Direction at loud volume. Expect a few odd looks when you take these out into the real world.
SONY MDR-7510 STUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES
For years, Sony has led the way in the audio game, proving to be pivotal pioneers in the headphone market. Recently we’ve seen a huge increase in demand and production of quality studio monitor headphones, which has lead to new companies entering the competition. The Sony MDR-7500 series were designed with one particular goal in mind – creating headphones that were the only option for both studio and broadcast monitoring; capable of working with for a range of audio mixing applications. As a videographer and editor, I was pleased to have a pair of Sony MDR-7510 Headphones appear at my desk this morning, and couldn't wait to put the hype to test!
AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-IM01 IN-EAR MONITORS
It is becoming more common these days to see artists on all stage sizes wearing in-ear monitors rather than relying on foldback wedges to meet their needs. Because of this, we have been fortunate to have a great range of in-ear headphones available to choose from. One brand that I hadn't really considered with in-ear buds until this review was Audio-Technica, something I found has been to my own detriment.