Nio Challenges Traditional IEM Designs by Boasting Eight Precision Balanced Armature Drivers & One Dynamic Driver, Providing the Absolute Best Listening Experience Possible
VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug. 16, 2021 – 64 Audio, the leader in custom and universal fit in-ear monitors, is proud to announce that Nio, 64 Audio’s audiophile-grade, universal-fit, hybrid high-driver in-ear monitor, has been announced as a finalist for the 37th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement for Headphone/Earpiece Technology. Presented at The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.
“Nio is our first high driver-count hybrid, and for it to be names as a TEC Award Finalist is truly an honor,” explained Vitaliy Belonozhko, 64 Audio founder and chief sound designer. “This universal-fit earphone features a 9mm dynamic driver and eight balanced armature drivers, creating a sound signature characterized by extended lows and a rich three-dimensional soundstage. Nio’s smooth treble and natural warmth will provide hours of enjoyable listening for all genres of music. Nio includes a host of our exclusive technologies, including tia™, apex®, and LID™ that challenge traditional in-ear monitor designs to give you the absolute best listening experience.”
The announcement follows a four-month call for entries of standout technical and creative products and projects that have made a significant impact on modern sound and music. A panel of respected industry voters from pro audio publications as well as members of professional music, technical, and creative organizations, along with select NAMM members carefully evaluated each entry before selecting Nio as finalist.
Nio’s ergonomic shell is machined out of a solid piece of aluminum and finished with a striking blue abalone faceplate. The eight precision balanced armature drivers and one dynamic driver include one high, one high-mid, six mid, and one dynamic low.
Additional specifications include:
- Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity: 105db dB/mW
- Impedance: 6Ω @1kHz
- Crossover: Integrated 4-way passive
- Isolation: -10db w/ mX module; -15dB w/ m15 module; -20dB w/ m20 module
64 Audio’s Air Pressure Exchange (apex) is a pneumatically interactive vent that releases air pressure in a sealed ear canal. This venting alleviates listener fatigue and opens the soundstage. Apex comes in two variations, m15 and m20, depending on the model purchased. All of 64 Audio’s current IEMs feature apex technology (tia Trió™, Fourté™, and Fourté Noir models contain an internal version of the apex module to preserve the tia™ acoustic chambers). Unlike competitor venting solutions, apex preserves the bass frequencies and produces a more open soundstage, which helps the listener distinguish individual instruments. Ultimately, artists are better able to follow their mixes and execute the best performance possible. The apex module is also engineered with features to prevent vent-clogging and wind noise. Its compact and durable construction is virtually maintenance-free, designed for the most demanding users.
tiaTM is a technology exclusive to 64 Audio that works by eliminating sound-altering tubes and dampers. Sound produced by the tia system is able to disperse freely and effortlessly, yielding an incredibly smooth and musical frequency response. Two major elements of the tia system include the tia high driver and the tia single bore design.
LID™ is a technology exclusive to 64 Audio that ensures a consistent frequency response regardless of the source, making it perfect for musicians plugging into a variety of equipment.
From studio to stage to sophisticated home audio environments, 64 Audio has created the industry’s most innovative universal and custom-built in-ear monitors available to date. The company was founded in 2010 by Vitaliy Belonozhko, a sound engineer who has been working with musicians and production companies for nearly two decades. He discovered the advantages of IEMs over traditional floor “wedges” and recognized that a better solution to in-ear monitoring was needed. Today, 64 Audio supplies products worldwide to some of the best-known musicians, singers, and engineers in the world, as well as discerning audiophiles who demand nothing but the best sound reproduction from their systems. With new and unrivaled technologies such as apex®, LID™, tia™ and 3D-Fit™, 64 Audio excels in challenging traditional earphone designs to bring-to-market unique and innovative audio products.
For more information on 64 Audio, please visit www.64audio.com.
The NAMM TEC Awards will be held on January 22, 2022 in Anaheim, California at The NAMM Show, the global online gathering which unites the musical instrument, pro audio and entertainment technology industry. Learn more about the TEC Awards at www.tecawards.org.
About The TEC AWARDS
Presented annually by NAMM during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 28 Technical and Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and ground breaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit www.tecawards.org
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,400 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation‘s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About 64 Audio
64 Audio was founded by Vitaliy Belonozhko, a sound engineer who has been working with musicians and production companies for nearly two decades. He discovered the advantages of IEMs over traditional floor “wedges” and recognized that a better solution to in-ear monitoring was needed. Today, with a staff of over 70 people and a team of some of the best minds, 64 Audio has become the most innovative in-ear monitor manufacturer in the industry, supplying products worldwide and to some of the best-known bands and engineers in the world. With new and unrivaled technologies such as apex®, LID™, tia™, and 3D-Fit™, 64 Audio excels in challenging traditional earphone designs to bring-to-market unique and innovative audio products.
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