German mic and headphone royalty Sennheiser brought two brand-new sets of in-ear monitors to NAMM 2019 – the IE 400 Pro and IE 500 Pro. With them, Senn parted ways with the typical multi-transducer design in favor or successfully miniaturizing a single broadband driver. This, according to the manufacturer, results in a very natural, ultra-low distortion sound which hasn’t been possible before.
The monitors also take advantage of Sennheiser’s TrueResponse tech to deliver full-range frequency response while the compact 4mm driver makes for a secure, comfortable fit. Another important achievement is the newly developed twin-chamber absorber which follows the ear canal, reducing resonant peaks that mask higher frequencies and cause hearing fatigue. Meanwhile, the transducers are soft and flexible to enable larger excursion for a more apparent, lively sound. All in all, these in-ears seem really cool, and I’m not one not to trust Sennheiser’s word when it comes to audio. I’d love to hear them in person and compare them with my Shures.
Price and availability
The IE 400 Pro & IE 500 Pro are available now, in Clear and Smoky Black colors. Prices start at GBP 289 for the IE 400 Pro and GBP 499 for the IE 500 Pro. What do you get for the additional money? Detachable twisted-pair cable, 6Hz-20kHz frequency response, and a more professional, all around road-ready design and build quality. More information about the in-ears is currently available at various Sennheiser dealers’ websites.