Fender's New In-Ear Headphones Can Cost As Much As A Guitar

Fender's New In-Ear Headphones Can Cost as Much as a Guitar

The guitar manufacturer Fender has launched its first ever range of in-ear headphones — sorry, Pro In-Ear Monitors — and they cost up to $US500 ($715) a pair. There are five models to choose from, which range from $US100 ($143) to $US500 ($715) in price. They're made by a brand called Aurisonics that Fender has recently acquired, and some of the new models are actually updated versions of existing products.

The cheapest set come with a semi-transparent grey casing, and are said to be suited to being "driven by a smartphone, making them ideal for offstage listening". The more expensive models are cased in colourful metal frames, 3D-printed into a shape that was created by scanning thousands of ears. Fender claims that they fit "95 per cent of ears like an expensive custom-moulded monitor", making them suitable "for long playing sessions".

The guts of each of the headphones varies with price, so it's worth investigating the range to find out which ones might be most suitable. Or you could buy a new guitar — your call.

[Fender via The Verge]



    I don't have a big enough arm for the wank off motion I need to reply to this.

      That is very normal pricing for in-ears.

        To put it in perspective, I have $250 ear plugs. There are ear-plugs with monitoring headphones in them.

          They are EARPHONES: Small speakers you jam into your ears

          Why should they cost more than a new Oculus

          Last edited 23/01/16 2:46 pm

            I understand that, I used headphones as I felt that word would make more sense to the layman than saying transducers. Guess I was wrong ;) I'l try again: I, and many other musicians, will happily spend $250 on ear plugs. All they do is stop sound getting into your ears. It's not a big stretch to jump that up another $500 for a good set of in-ears, especially when you've already spent upward of $1k on the system to run them (not including the $10k you spend on the rest of the PA). It's not rare for a band that make their entire living on music (usually playing covers in the real word) to easily bring $20k worth of stuff to a show each night. Think of it like a plumber buying a really high-end plunger or something, I don't know. These aren't marketed at you ;)

    don't know the Aurisonics they took over but that's in the ball park for in ear monitors, about $100 more than my Shure SE535 unit (that's just the ear pieces without wireless unit)

    Hmm fender being over priced... Not surprising at all.

    Cables for $700, you may as well punch yourselves in the balls.

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