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L-Acoustics, JH Audio Team for Contour XO IEMs

L-Acoustics has introduced its new Contour XO in-ear monitor, created in conjunction with JH Audio.

l-acoustics Contour XO
Contour XO is a 10-driver balanced armature IEM with 3-way crossover delivering the signature sound of live music in a compact footprint

Marcoussis, France (November 2, 2020)—L-Acoustics has introduced its new limited-edition premium in-ear audio solution, Contour XO in-ear monitor, created in conjunction with JH Audio. The result of collaboration between both companies’ R&D teams, the Contour XO aims to produce L-Acoustics’ sonic signature frequency contour in a 10-driver in-ear monitor.

The newly designed universal in-ear monitors sport 10 balanced armature drivers and three-way crossover in a quad low, dual mid, and quad high configuration. Contour XO offers control of the low end with bass adjustment of up to 15 dB above flat response. The IEMs included JH Audio Soundrive technology built in to handle extreme dynamics, as well as features like Freqphase, aiming to provide precision timing across the frequency spectrum.

Intended for use on stage, at the mixing desk, in the studio or for personal use, the Contour XO will also support the upcoming release of new L-ISA binaural object-based mixing software tools.

Guillaume Le Nost, L-Acoustics executive director of Creative Technologies, noted, “Object-based mixing to achieve natural, spatialized audio is the future of sound. The success of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology has led us to seek ways to further streamline the production process. L-ISA binaural software tools are scheduled to be released in early 2021. We are pleased to offer early access to this L-ISA binaural software package to first adopters of Contour XO.”

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L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil stated, “The first time I tried the prototype, I put on my favorite playlist, and it took me 20 seconds to love them. There’s a very generous, deep low-end contour, and a high-end extension that I’ve never heard on an IEM before. The sound is natural and powerful! We recently launched sound systems for private use via our new division, L-Acoustics Creations, allowing music lovers to ‘bring the concert home.’ This IEM extends that lifestyle philosophy further still with the concept of L-Acoustics sound wearables to bring the concert with you, anywhere.”

JH Audio founder Jerry Harvey added, “I’ve been trying to make my in-ears sound like an L-Acoustics PA for years. It wasn’t until their team challenged us that we got as close as we could. The L-Acoustics R&D team has been great to work with.”

Available at the L-Acoustics eStore, the Contour XO universal fit model is priced at €1,620 (roughly $1,884 US), while the custom fit Contour XO are available for an additional €340 (roughly $2,280 US).

L-Acoustics • www.l-acoustics.com

L-Acoustics Creations • www.l-acoustics-creations.com

JH Audio • www.jhaudio.com

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