"For nearly two decades the team here at EarWerkz has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing for the hearing aid and custom in-ear monitor industry. Investor-less we formed this company with a unified vision to engineer the absolute best in-ear products that'll deliver the most astonishing & accurate audio reproduction possible."
It's no secret that the professionals in the music industry have been using custom-in ear monitors (CIEM) to professionally master, mix, and perform with. They're custom tuned very precisely and boast multiple balanced armature drivers that work in concert to consistently deliver razor sharp clarity and imaging. It's high fidelity audio resolution in its purest form and it's the only way to experience the true-to-recording sound.
So what's stopping other manufacturers from using these awesome little sound transducers? First off it's mighty costly. "R&D" funds are better off invested on celebrity endorsements, extravagant designs, elaborate packaging, and other forms of miscellaneous marketing. Often times you'll be told that a [insert MM size here] dynamic speaker can perform on levels equal or above that of a multiple balanced armature driver configuration. Negative.
Second, they're quite complex. Choosing the right marriage of components is only half the battle. Being able to tune them in harmony takes extensive knowledge and experience. Here at EarWerkz we ONLY use premium Knowles balanced armature drivers in all of our products. We understand the technology thoroughly and know what amazing things they're capable of. We've mastered the science of tuning them.
Supra [Soo-Pruh] - “Over, above, beyond, or greater than”
Transcend into the the next generation of in-ear monitors, the EarWerkz Supra. The handcrafted universal fit in-ear monitor (IEM) that takes everything back to the basics and revolutionizes it with our masterful signature tuning and the latest in Micro-Acoustics technology.
After receiving a significant amount of praise from the music and audiophile industry we decided to take our #1 selling CIEM, the "EP-2", to the next level by making it available in a unique universal variation. For this project we needed to ensure that the sound, fit, and quality was nearly one in the same. The end result was shocking. The Supra was superior. Rigged with the same technology and internals we tweaked the original tune and were able to produce an even higher resolution than the critically acclaimed EP-2.
The Supra's are every bit as custom as their ear-mold-impression required counterpart, except they don't require a trip to the audiologist. Just slide the appropriate size Comply foam tip over the acoustic tube and plug it into your ears.
The core of the Supra resides in the three most fundamental things that we believe are in a phenomenal in-ear monitor: the Fit, Finish, and Sound.
"The fit is really, really excellent. Yesterday, I wore them for about 4–5 hours without removing them and I didn’t notice the slightest bit of uncomfort. They almost fit like a CIEM, and they actually isolate better. It’s amazing, really." - SnazzyLabs
The most challenging aspect of Project Supra was the fit. The design had to be purposeful, comfortable, and have finesse. We went through a countless number of designs before we finally found our break through, the "Half Shell". Studying the ear anatomy carefully we designed the Supra shell in the shape of the concha. The Supra contours to the bowl-like shape and secures tightly via a sound tube that extends into your ear canal and seals air-tight with a noise isolating Comply T-400 foam tip.
Just like our two existing CIEM lines, the Pro and Hero, we wanted to give you the ability to customize. We are offering two different fit variations of the Supra as well as custom color selection. It's all about comfort and personal preference here. You have a choice of a EarWerkz Pro Series style fitment which is an "Over-the-ear" design with a detachable 2-pin cable or the more discrete Hero Series style which boasts a hardwired, cable that points straight down from the face plate.
Not feeling the Black face plate on the Red shell? You have a choice of 12 different colors for the shell and 3 different colors for the face plate.
Shell Color Options (Translucent): Blue, Emerald Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Clear, Beige, Magenta, Smoke, Orange, Turquoise, or Yellow.
Face Plate Options: Clear, Gloss Black, Matte Black
12/2/14 Added Matte Black Face Plate
Just like all of our custom in-ear monitors, every Supra will be 100% handcrafted from scratch right here in Georgia, USA.
Each set undergoes an extremely laborious process that takes days before completion. Starting from mere liquid we pore the medical grade, hypoallergenic acrylic into the colloid caste to form it's shape. The liquid filled caste then goes through several stages of UV and nitrogen treatment to cure.
Once solid several phases of manual trimming and detailing follow until we achieve our signature ultra smooth, glossy, flawless finish that can only be achieved by decades of experience behind the industrial tools that we utilize here in our shell lab.
"There is not a single bubble in sight, the colors are superbly contrasted, and polishing (and believe me, they’re polished) looks absolutely gorgeous. They look far more expensive than their price tag." - SnazzyLabs
Internally, the guys at the engineering lab are just as scrupulous. Each balanced armature driver undergoes tight inspections and thorough testing to ensure quality. If the driver meets our criteria it is then electrically insulated by our unique conformal coating that permanently shields it from moisture, contaminants, and corroding. Copper wires are measured accurately then cut precisely to avoid any unnecessary clutter.
Obsessed with attention to details we then organize every wire individually by tunneling each one through clear electromagnetic interference shield tubing to maximize consistency and performance. Afterwards everything is hand soldered in perfect symmetry.
"The Supra was engineered to deliver the most remarkable audio reproduction in its class."
From the raw materials to the electrical components, everything and we mean everything about the Supra was engineered to deliver the absolute best sound possible in it's class. Dominate on stage or at home. The Supra's can be used as reference monitors for mixing, mastering, and performing or they can be used as high-fidelity in-ear monitors for your everyday applications.
Boasting dual precision balanced armature drivers stacked in a double parallel configuration the Supra delivers mind blowing phase coherency and clarity via a 2-way, passive crossover.
Highs are detailed and extended. Mids are crystal clear & engaging. The bass will carry the song but never overpower it. It's all about balance.
"I’d recommend it over CIEMs in this same price range like the prestigious UE–4 PRO and the JH5 Pro. The Supra really are that good. EarWerkz is going to hit it big with Supra and send competitors back to the drawing board." - SnazzyLabs
Driver Configuration: Single High, Single Low. 2-Way, Passive Crossover Network.
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 18 kHz
Impedance: 23 ohms @ 1 kHz
Sensitivity: 126 dB @ 1 kHz
Noise Isolation: 28 dB, +/-2 dB
Input Connector: 1/8" (3.5 mm) Gold Plated
Starting from the 3.5mm jack are four cables that that plug straight into the in-ear monitors via a custom "splitter-less" bifurcation where the quad twisted wires are divided into two 15 inch twisted pairs.
Each cable is made with high quality silver plated tinsel wire construction with a PVC jacket. The tinsel wire provides the maximum amount of flexibility and a very low shape memory. All components are custom over-molded to make these cables reliable and very durable.
When we were designing the Supra the fit and noise isolation was one of the most important aspects. We turned to the leaders in the industry for the perfect, noise isolating foam tips, Comply. The Supra utilizes the T-400 for maximum comfort and performance.
Each Supra will come with a set of Small, Medium, and Large tips.
It all started when audiophile guru Shawn, a.k.a. ShotgunShane of CYMBACAVUM, came by the EarWerkz laboratory to listen and review our line of custom in-ear products. After auditioning all nine models in demo form one consistently stood out to him, our dual precision balanced armature driver equipped model known as the "EP-2".
"I raved repeatedly to the EarWerkz staff how superb the EP-2 tuning was. Clarity and transparency are simply fantastic, besting other universals and customs costing much more, and overall tonality was spot on. The EP-2 is pound for pound one of the best earphones I’ve heard." - CYMBACAVUM
We couldn't have had a bigger grin on our faces. This was the model that started it all. The one that we spent countless nights tuning and perfecting. The one that inspired our entire line of custom in-ear monitors. Hearing praise from one of the audiophile experts in the industry was confirmation that we were heading in the right direction.
"EarWerkz custom in-ear monitors for those that want ultra-high levels of detail." - TheHeadphoneList
As time went on we consistently received the same type of praise from the industry. Artists, engineers, producers, performers, hardcore audiophiles, they all loved it. The EP-2 shortly became our best seller. We wanted to bring this to the people, the everyday listener. We felt that every ear should have the chance to experience this level of high audio resolution.
That's when the idea of a universal fitting variation of the EP-2 clicked. It needed to fit and sound exactly like that of it's custom counter part. Locked away in the lab, team EarWerkz started on what became Project Supra.
Risks and challenges
We've poured our heart and soul into this complex project. Years of research and development went into the mastering of the sound signature. What felt like forever was the development of the Supra's design. Through a lot of hard work and faith we were able to make it a reality.
We didn't want to sell you on a dream or a vision. We needed to know that we had a fully functioning production model that performed on the same levels as it's custom counterpart.
No shortcuts were taken and while it wasn't the easiest or the most cost efficient way it was the right way. If you'll believe in us and join the movement we'll use the capital to invest it into:
Materials - There's a lot of raw material required when building each set of these in-ear monitors. Buying it in bulk will save us time and money. Not everything is available to us immediately and some of it takes weeks before arriving to the EarWerkz lab.
Components - These are the essential pieces in the Supra. All of the technological components that make the magic happen.
Retail Packaging - The Supra is a work of art. A shining example of everything that we are here at EarWerkz. We've invested all of our time and capital into making the Supra and now we could use a little help to wrap it up in a more presentable package for you.
You believing in us will allow EarWerkz to continue to be built in the USA. We love what we do and would never want anyone else manufacturing these. That's when quality gets out of hand. We're old school. The old fashioned, handmade way is the only way we know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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