Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have teamed up with Onkyo to launch a pair of headphones specfically designed for listening to the band's music. The ED-PH0N3S have been designed to provide fans of Iron Maiden, rock and heavy
metal the ultimate way to hear their music, with the clarity and full acoustic range required by Maiden bassist, founder member and co-producer Steve Harris.
The official Japanese launch event took place on Tuesday at the Astro Hall in Harajuku, Tokyo and saw the launch of a special companion Maiden Audio smartphone app for both iOS and Android users. The app, which is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store, includes exclusive Iron Maiden custom EQ settings.
The Maiden Audio partnership was announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Over the months that followed, Maiden's Steve Harris worked with Onkyo's Mark Cheffins and their Japanese engineers, and the resulting ED-PH0N3S are customised to Steve's exacting sonic requirements delivering the ultimate audio experience when listening to Iron Maiden or any rock and metal music.
Steve explains how the alliance came about: "My main objective was for a balance that wasn't just top and bottom heavy with hardly any midrange like a lot of headphones these days that are basically designed for dance music. I wanted a good balance across the widest bandwidth incorporating a lot more midrange frequencies, something I strongly feel is vital to appreciate the complexities of our music and rock/metal in general. A friend at Onkyo suggested I get in touch with the company to create a design that could meet my specifications. We started collaborating and have been working on them ever since, endlessly evaluating frequencies and modifying drive units, materials, cables and connectors until we achieved my ideal balance. I am now really happy with the final result!”
The ED-PH0N3S headphones are available now exclusively from Richer Sounds in the UK with a suggested retail price of £199. Click here
for more info.
Driver Type: Dynamic (Titanium coated diaphragm)
Driver Size: 40 mm
Frequency Response: 10Hz – 27kHz
Max Input Power: 800mW
Pressure Level: 105dB/mW Nominal
Cable Length: 160cm (63 inch)
Plug Type: 3.5mm
Supplied Adapter: 6.35mm (1/4 inch)