Fender Builds Bodacious DX And FX Series Ear Buds With Chops Like A Stratocaster
The headphones were designed in Nashville, Tennessee — which also happens to be where they’re hand-assembled. With the exception of the budget DXA1, the rest of the members in the headphone family feature 3D-printed DHT (Digital Hybrid Technology) housings that the company suggests will fit 95 percent of ears.
For those that want the Fender name, but don’t want to dole out a lot dinero, you could settle for the DXA1, which features 8.5mm drivers, 14Hz-22kHz frequency response, and 116dB @1mW sensitivity. These also look more like traditional earbuds (think Shure) and come with a detachable MMCX cable.
Throw another $100 into the mix, and you’ll step up to the FXA2, which gets you custom 9.25mm rare-earth drivers with a Groove-tuned port, 3D printed shell, 6Hz-23kHz frequency response and 112dB @1mW sensitivity. The specs one-upmanship continues through the $299 FXA5 and $399 FXA6, but the real centerpiece of this collection is no doubt the FXA7.
The FXA7 also features custom 9.25mm rare-earth drivers with a Groove-tuned base port, but tosses in a zero-crossover design and dual Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array (HDBA) tweeters. Frequency response is listed at 6Hz-24kHz and you’ll find distortion-free audio thanks to 110dB @1mW sensitivity. And when you throw in the 3D-printed housing with the secure-fit tips, ambient noise is reduced by up to 22dB, which allows you to better focus on the music that you’re belting out. But of course, this hand-assembled craftsmanship is going to set you back $499.
Granted, Fender’s lineup of IEMs is not going to fit as perfectly as custom-made headphones like musicians use on stage, but they’re probably about the closest you’re going to find in an “off-the-shelf” solution. And with a name like Fender, you can bet that these are quality pieces through and through from the bargain basement DXA1 on up to the FXA7.