64 Audio Launches N8 Custom In-Ear Monitor

There’s more than one Vancouver along North America’s Left Coast. The one where I live is located in what we affectionally refer to as The Great White North because of our snowy winters, the other is farther south from me in Washington State and is where IEM manufacture 64 Audio calls home.

Considering our proximity, I figured I’d ring up the company and talk with founder Vitaliy Belonozhko on the phone to ask him about the company’s latest release the N8 or “Nate” as it’s pronounced according to 64 Audio.

This proved a bit more difficult than I hoped as he's away on the road, but he did get back to me as soon as he could and here's our brief Q&A after a few days delay – Thanks Vitaliy!

Q&A

Rafe Arnott: How important is collaboration with artists to developing new designs and signature sounds for your products?

Vitaliy Belonozhko: "Although we always bounce our ideas off of artist when developing a product, the N8 was a little different, because it would bear the name of one of my favorite musicians and producers. I strongly believe in collaborations because they encourage thinking "outside of the box.""

RA: Is this type of working relationship one that not only results in key improvements to your consumer products, but to your own understanding of what makes great sound from a design and engineering standpoint?

VB: "Of course! I learn so much from musicians and music creators because they give me a different perspective. This helps me to make products that excite them and become an indispensable tool."

RA: Is working with music artists to create products, or finesse existing ones, a trend that more high-fidelity component manufacturers – be they headphone-oriented or two-channel focused – a practice that you think is something we’ll see more of moving forward in the the mainstream of hi-fi product development?

VB: "It is hard to say, but historically there have been some very good collaborations in the past. (Pono player, Tidal for example). Should collaborations with musicians be a key part to R&D in the future for the industry as a whole? I think that if its a good match between the musician and the product there should definitely be a lot of collaboration."

The new hand-built N8 will retail for $1,699 USD, utilizes a hybrid-design featuring a 9mm dynamic-driver to handle the notes between the lowest octaves, and eight midrange balanced-armature driver units for the mids and upper registers. The design also features 64 Audio technology mainstays tiaTM, apexTM and LIDTM.

Press release below

64 Audio, the leader in custom and universal fit in-ear monitors, is proud to announce its collaboration with Grammy-nominated Nathan East and the launch of the special edition N8 customizable in-ear monitor. N8 (pronounced “Nate”) is targeted towards musicians and discerning audiophiles who are looking for a sonic signature that delivers amazing clarity across all frequencies with abundant headroom available in the lower end of the audible spectrum. N8 is now available at 64audio.com and authorized retailers, with an MSRP of $1,699 USD.

“It was truly a pleasure and a privilege to work with Nathan on this project,” said Vitaliy Belonozhko, 64 Audio founder and chief sound designer. “He’s an exceptional artist with a unique style that comes through in all of his albums. It was an exciting challenge to achieve the sound signature we had targeted and it pushed us to develop something new together. That’s what this is all about…working hand-in-hand with musicians to push our very own boundaries and deliver something special to our customers.”

To achieve the necessary sound flavor, 64 Audio opted for a hybrid design utilizing a 9mm dynamic driver for the lows and eight balanced armature drivers for the midrange and highs. The result is an incredibly intimate and smooth sound with punchy lows, luscious mids, and a silky treble with an analog sensation. The N8 also features 64 Audio’s patent-pending technologies, including tiaTM, apexTM and LIDTM.

“Collaborations have been a big part of my career,” said East, a world-renowned recording artist with more than two thousand credits as a bass player alone. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many talented and creative people. That’s what gets me excited about making music. From the moment I first tried a pair of 64 Audio in-ears, I knew they were doing something special. I’m very proud of what we came up with. The N8s are the perfect complement to my touring world and definitely music to my ears.”

Some of East’s most recent notable credits include songs and albums by Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Toto, Anita Baker, Beyoncé and contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay.

Like all 64 Audio Custom IEMs, the N8 monitors are customizable and are hand-built from each uniquely shaped ear impression. They are inherently noise isolating and are designed to work with a wide range of personal audio devices as well as all hard-wired and wireless monitor systems. N8 accessories include 64 Audio personalized protective case, dehumidifier, cleaning tool, shirt clip, 48- or 64-inch detachable professional cable, m15 or m20 apex modules, round sticker, 2-year warranty.

tia, apex, and 3D FitTM 64 Audio’s patent-pending tia (Tubeless In-ear Audio) Technology does away with traditional tubes and dampers to eliminate resonances and deliver an incredibly smooth and musical frequency response. apexTM (Air Pressure Exchange) Technology is a pneumatically interactive vent that dramatically reduces listening fatigue by releasing sound pressure that is inherent in other earphone designs. 3D Fit is 64 Audio’s proprietary 3D shell printing process that results in a personalized fit not found in any other Custom IEM.

For details about the N8, please visit 64 Audio.

COMPANY INFO
64 Audio
2811 E Evergreen Blvd Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
1-503-746-8510

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