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Lewie James WintersBy Lewie James Winters
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Lewie James WintersBy Lewie James Winters
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About

HW Audio specialise in hand crafting custom in ear monitors for musicians and audiophiles

At HW Audio we have taken the scans of hundreds of ear impressions to develop our new ultimate fit universal range of in ear monitors! Due to the design, standard methods of manufacturing such as injection moulding were impossible. Instead we have chosen to 3D print the shells that house the same balanced armature drivers as our custom in ear monitors for professional musicians.

Custom IEMs (in-ear monitors) have long been the choice of professional musicians and on-stage artists as they are aesthetically discreet with a comfortable bespoke fit. They also provide the best possible audio reproduction whilst isolating effectively up to 26db of outside noise.

However, there are two concerns raised from audio experts about the continued use of IEMs by anyone – particularly musicians & audiophiles, as they spend such a lot of time exposed to loud sound anyway. 

The first is occlusion effect, the sealing up of an organ that would otherwise be open. For singers, or anyone who speaks on-stage, this creates a hollow sound as you hear the speech vibrate through you rather than you would normally. The second issue is the possibility of the seal in the ears creating a build-up of pneumatic air pressure that could, if left unchecked long term, result in hearing fatigue and even hearing loss.

Thankfully, we have developed the solution to this issue with a unique piece of kit within our custom & universal IEMs: meet the GOVNOR Valve. A tiny piece of super simple British engineering, the GOVNOR isolates the poor sound you would normally hear on stage or out and about without compromising the frequency response of the in ear monitors by creating vents.

Originally designed by James Watt in 1788 to allow the pressure build up to work in favour with proportional control, the original centrifugal governor regulated the admission of steam into the cylinders of a steam engine to maintain a consistent performance. It’s all very British, and a stroke of simple genius, so we included our own variation of it in our IEMs. 

The GOVNOR Valve allows the pressure to build up to a non-harmful level and then releases it as it needs to, keeping the sound quality within the monitors to studio quality and protecting your ears at the same time. It’s a really efficient piece of kit and a beautifully simple solution to what could otherwise be a damaging pressure build-up. 

Risks and challenges

Currently our custom in ear monitors are handcrafted by our technicians using a reverse moulding technique which limits us to only being able to manufacture about 25 sets of in ear monitors per day, due to this process we require the physical ear impressions to make the IEM's.

Once this project is complete we will be 3D printing all of our universal and custom in ears in house and will also be able to take scans of impressions rather than the actual moulds, this will allow us to manufacture on a much larger worldwide scale and also greatly reduce human error in the process to make the product much more reliable.

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    A Big Thank You From HW Audio :)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! You will be receiving a picture by email of the Hear Wave team with a thank you message :)

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    Keep up to date with HW Audio

    Help support our journey and you will be kept in to loop over email on the progress of this project and updates on all things ears.

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    Be part of the HW Audio team with your very own T-shirt to show that you were an original backer of the HW Audio project.

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    Support British Innovation

    By pledging you will be supporting our plan to create apprentice employment opportunities and just like James Watt; help HW Audio become a leader in great British design and manufacturing. In return we will send you a hand-written thank you card from Founder Lewie Winters.

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    Become A Pro Backer

    BE JUST LIKE THE PRO's
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    Receive a set of universal iE3.U triple driver in-ear monitors.
    Our triple driver in-ear monitors set up consists of 3 armature drivers with a passive 3 way crossover network to separate the high, low and mid frequencies, avoiding the clash of mix mashed audio signals in your ear!
    The iE3.U features the new GOVNOR valve, a check pressure valve able to release harmful pneumatic pressure whilst maintaining an excellent seal.

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    A chance at 4 drivers!

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    The iE4.U is our 4 driver universal in-ear monitor with increased low end frequency range and a passive 3 way crossover network for zero distortion.

    The iE4.U features the new GOVNOR valve, a check pressure valve able to release harmful pneumatic pressure whilst maintaining an excellent seal.

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    Lets get to the customs!

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    Our flagship iE3.A custom in ear monitors have an excellent frequency response offering amazing reference & clarity. Our triple driver In Ears set up consists of 3 armature drivers with a passive 3 way crossover network to separate the high, low and mid frequencies, avoiding the clash of mix mashed audio signals in your ear!

    The iE3.A comes in a range of colours and will be 3D printed to feature the new GOVNOR valve. An added bonus for the musician on tour is that durability and lifespan is greatly enhanced with the acrylic shells and detachable cables, replacements are easy to obtain when out on the road.

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    A set of 6's!

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    The iE6.U Series is the universal in-ear monitor that will tick all the boxes for musicians, sound engineers and even audiophiles. These IEMs feature 6 separate balanced armature drivers with a 3-way crossover finely tuned for a warm and impressive bass response and well mastered crystal clear highs capable of reproducing recording quality audio without the need to adjust the EQ.

    The iE6.U features the new GOVNOR valve, a check pressure valve able to release harmful pneumatic pressure whilst maintaining an excellent seal.

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    4 Driver Custom In Ear Monitors

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    The iE4.A is our 4 driver custom in-ear monitors with increased low end frequency range, passive 3 way crossover network for zero distortion.

    Our quad drivers will be housed within a custom 3D printed acrylic shell and include our new GOVNOR valve.

    This all-round in-ear monitor will suit the needs of recording artists, sound engineers and professional performing musicians as well as dedicated audiophiles.

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    6 driver custom fit in ear monitors

    The iE6.A is the custom in-ear monitor 3D printed shells and custom faceplates, these IEMs feature 6 separate balanced armature drivers with a 3-way crossover finely tuned for a warm and impressive bass response and well mastered crystal clear highs capable of reproducing recording quality audio without the need to adjust the EQ.

    Our balanced armatures are housed within a fully customisable 3D printed acrylic shell to give you perfect fit noise isolating IEM's with detachable cables and GOVNOR valve.

    (impressions will need to be posted to our HQ)

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    A day with the HW Team

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    Bring a friend and spend an afternoon with the team. You will each get the opportunity to design your own set of iE4.A custom in ear monitors, custom mix your own colours and see how we do things here at our HQ ;)

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    The Band Box

    Save **£895**
    This is a great opportunity for any group of people or band looking to transition into custom in ear monitors!

    This offer will give 5 people a set of iE3.A custom in ear monitors.

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