Sure-Ears In-Ear Monitors sport smaller drivers for fuller sound
By Paul Ridden
February 13, 2013
California's Wi Digital Systems has launched a new Sure-Ears series of in-ear monitors (IEM) geared toward musicians, including a Micro-In-Ears model that features a smaller driver design for a claimed fuller sound with deep bass and crisp highs.
Announced at the Winter NAMM Show last month, the 5.5-mm proprietary precision balanced Neodymium driver of the Sure-Ears Micro-In-Ears IEMs has been positioned down into the ear canal tube, rather than sitting outside the ear in the all-brass housing. The company says that this placement ensures superior sound, in addition to allowing for a significant reduction in form factor for greater comfort during extended periods of use.
The Micro-In-Ears monitors have an input sensitivity of 91 dB at 1 kHz and efficiency of 95 dB at 1 kHz/1 mW, a frequency response of 20 Hz - 20 kHz, noise isolation of -26 dB and 16 ohms impedance (±15 percent). They feature a 48-inch (121.9-cm) tangle- and kink-resistant dual-line cable with adjustable metal-reinforced ear loops, and a 3.5-mm gold-plated audio jack angled at 45 degrees.
The Micro-In-Ear (WI-SEMI5) IEMs carry a suggested retail price of US$149.
We've not been given an awful lot of information about the LifeStyle (WI-SELS) monitors. All we can tell you is that the cable can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or become part of the performer's outfit – this flavor will cost you $159.
At the top of the cost tree are the Bass & Drums IEMs, with larger 10-mm permanent magnet dynamic drivers within the brass outer housing for, as you might expect from the name, an improved bass response. These monitors have the same frequency response, noise isolation and impedance (though at ±10 percent) specs as the Micro-In-Ear units, but offer an input sensitivity of 97 dB at 1 kHz and efficiency of 102 dB at 1 kHz/1 mW.
The Bass & Drums (WI-SEBD10) monitors are priced at $189.
Although reported to be available now, at the time of writing none of the new IEMs have made it onto Wi Digital's website.
Source: Wi Digital
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