64 Audio has announced the debut of Nio, new universal-fit in-ear monitors that incorporating eight balanced-armature drivers — one high, one high-mid, six mid — joined by a dynamic low driver.
“Nio is our first high driver-count hybrid,” explains Vitaliy Belonozhko, 64 Audio founder and chief sound designer. “This universal-fit earphone features a 9 mm 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.”
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.
• Frequency response: 10 Hz – 20 kHz
• Sensitivity: 105 dB (dB/mW)
• Impedance: 6 ohms @ 1 kHz
• Crossover: Integrated 4-way, passive
• Isolation: -10 dB with mX module; -15 dB with m15 module; -20 dB with m20 module
Also included is a 64 Audio personalized protective case; dehumidifier; cleaning tool; shirt clip; TrueFidelity eartips (S,M,L); silicone eartips (S,M,L); 48-inch detachable premium cable; m20 apex modules; m15 apex modules; mx apex modules; round 64 Audio sticker; product manual.
64 Audio’s Air Pressure Exchange (apex) is a pneumatically interactive vent that releases air pressure in a sealed ear canal. This venting is designed to alleviate listener fatigue and open the soundstage. Apex comes in two variations, m15 and m20, depending on the model purchased.
All of 64 Audio’s current IEMs offer apex technology (tia Trió, Fourté, and Fourté Noir models contain an internal version of the apex module to preserve the tia acoustic chambers). apexis designed to preserve the bass frequencies and produces a more open soundstage in order to help artists distinguish individual instruments. The apex module is also engineered with features to prevent vent-clogging and wind noise.
tia is a technology exclusive to 64 Audio that works by eliminating sound-altering tubes and dampers. Sound produced by the tia system is designed to be able to disperse freely, yielding a 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 also technology exclusive to 64 Audio that is designed to ensure a consistent frequency response regardless of the source.
Now available, Nio has an MSRP of $1,699.