IRON MAIDEN and the award-winning Japanese electronics company Onkyo Corporation have announced the launch of their unique on-ear headphones available from December 4.
The ED-PH0N3S have been specially 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.
ED-PH0N3S are available exclusively through quality audio retail chain Richer Sounds in the U.K., and online across Europe from MaidenAudio.com.
An eight-minute video clip in which Harris talks about ED-PH0N3S can be seen below.
The official Japanese launch event is taking place at the Astro Hall in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 8, with availability in many other countries worldwide to follow in 2016. The companion Maiden Audio smartphone app will be available for download in the Apple store and Google Play store from December 4. This app is available for both iOS and Android and includes exclusive IRON MAIDEN custom EQ settings.
The Maiden Audio partnership was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Over the following months, Steve Harris worked directly with Mark Cheffins, artist relations and technical consultant at Onkyo and their Japanese engineers. 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: “I knew that I would need some really good headphones to use for playback of the mixes of ‘The Book Of Souls’, our new MAIDEN studio album. I’d actually started looking into this about eighteen months prior to when we started recording because I’d been struggling to find a design which came even remotely close to what I felt was an acceptable sonic standard for rock/metal. My main objective was for a balance that wasn’t just top and bottom heavy with hardly any mid range 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 mid range 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!”