IBC 2018: Sennheiser launches new PRO headphones series
Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching a brand-new series of professional in-ears, beginning with the IE 40 PRO entry model which will be available towards the end of this month. The IE 40 PRO ensures impeccable audio reproduction with warmth, great detail, and natural clarity, thus improving the artist’s focus and performance control even in difficult stage situations. This meticulous audio performance is complemented by a well thought-out mechanical design that includes a patent-pending, break-proof cable ducting. In early 2019, the IE 40 PRO will be joined by the IE 400 PRO and the top-of-the-range IE 500 PRO.
“The IE 40 PRO is the first and most accessible in a new series of fantastic sounding dynamic in-ear phones,” says Jannik Schentek, Product Manager Professional Audio at Sennheiser. “In the field test phase, the IE 40 PRO’s sound reproduction astounded the engineers and bands that tried the prototypes. They were delighted with the clear and natural reproduction, which enabled them to better connect with every member of the band and to critically monitor their performance.”
Among the early testers was Paul Di Leo, who plays bass with German superstar Nena. Paul tried the IE 40 PRO on stage during his current tour with Nena: “I’ve been a huge fan of Sennheiser for years and use their products on tour because they are truly reliable. And for me, that’s the most important thing on stage performing. Worry-free equals priceless! I’ve just had the opportunity to test the Sennheiser IE 40 PRO in-ear monitors live on stage. They delivered the Sennheiser quality I always expect. The IE 40s sound clear and punchy for both vocals and instruments – I highly recommend them onstage as well as off stage!”
Natural, detailed audio reduces acoustical stress
At the heart of the IE 40 PRO is a high-quality Sennheiser driver, which delivers a naturally warm and powerful sound with great clarity. Distortion is at a very low level with 0.1% at 1kHz and 94dB. The bass and lower mids can not only be heard but also felt — a delight for bass players, guitarists, and drummers. Powerful Neodymium magnets provide the necessary punch with an SPL of up to 115dB. This clear and natural sound has the added benefit of reducing acoustic stress for the user, who will be able to set the monitors at a lower level.
Patent-pending mechanical design
This meticulous audio performance is complemented by a clever mechanical design which includes a patent-pending cable ducting that reduces the risk of cable breaks. The connector is accommodated inside the ear mould, where it sits protected against the wear and tear that occurs during heavy use.
To protect users against excessive stage sound, the IE 40 PRO are able to reduce ambient sound by up to 26dB. This is achieved by a choice of included silicone ear tips (S, M, L) and a special ear tip made from memory foam, which expands to perfectly fit the ear canal. As the length of the human ear canal varies, the earphones’ ‘sound tunnel’ has two rest positions to attach the ear tips to. Thus ensuring perfect sealing has the added benefit of providing powerful bass reproduction.
The IE 40 PRO will be available in black and transparent versions from the end of September. It comes complete with a soft storage pouch, a cleaning tool and silicone ear tips in three sizes (S, M, L) and a pair of memory foam ear tips in size M.