Michelle, the fifth universal in-ear monitor in the Siren Series line, is born from Jerry Harvey's over 20 years of experience in designing Custom IEM's that have become the choice of the biggest touring artists in the world. These are the very people who create the music that we all listen to every day.
The Michelle features Jerry Harvey Audio's patented FreqPhase technology, three specially designed balanced armature drivers for full dynamic range, newly designed ergonomically shaped 3D printed shells, and silver tinsel cable. The result is the Michelle Universal In-Ear Monitor, another great collaboration between Jerry Harvey Audio and Astell & Kern. These two renowned companies continue to lead the industry, and now bring their highest end performance to a unprecedented affordable price for music lovers all over the world.
Three years ago, Jerry Harvey Audio and Astell & Kern joined forces and together created some of the most highly reviewed high-end universal IEM's in the world: the Layla and Roxanne. The Michelle represents another collaboration to provide a more affordable version for all music lovers. Performance at this high a level has never before been available at such an affordable price.
The fifth in the Siren Series, the Michelle derives its name from the Guns N' Roses song 'My Michelle'. 'My Michelle' was featured in Guns N Roses debut studio album, 'Appetite for Destruction', in dedication to the lead guitarist Slash's friend Michelle Young. Michelle had always wanted someone to write a song that contained her story.
The Siren Series
Jerry Harvey Audio has developed a whole new Balanced Armature Driver to offer reference quality IEMs for mastering and mixing works. The high-range drivers are designed to deliver everything with minimum distortion, and the ultimate mid driver offers perfect, flat sound from 10Hz to 5kHz. The bass driver was designed for an even steeper low-pass effect with no distortion.
FreqPhase Time | Phase Waveguide
Most multiple driver IEM's suffer from phase and timing issues. Low, Mid, and High drivers all have different impulse times. The higher it is, the faster the impulse time of the BA driver. The lower it is, the slower the response speed. This causes improper arrival times and phase shifts.
The Michelle applies Jerry Harvey Audio's patented "FreqPhase" technology, which uses precisely cut tube lengths for each driver to minimize the phase shift of each frequency. This allows for the High, Mid, and Low drivers to be aligned to 1/100ms for the most ideal phase curve. It ensures the correct time alignment and phase of all drivers, resulting in the most accurate music reproduction in the industry.
3-Way, 3-BA Drivers
Michelle’s balanced armature driver boasts a much smaller size and amazing efficiency compared to conventional dynamic drivers. Enjoy the full range of sonic details, thanks to the sophisticated three balanced amateur driver design, fused with FreqPhase technology.
Ergonomic Shell Design with 3D Printing Technology
A proper "seal" is essential to the performance of any universal IEM. The design of the "Michelle" represents an exhaustive research and development project on the ergonomics of IEM fit. The new state-of-the-art 3D printed shell gives the Michelle an advanced fit that represents a significant breakthrough on IEM shell shape and the angle of the nozzle, resulting in unprecedented comfort and acoustic seal. The Michelle's performance now shares the performance characteristics of IEMs costing 3 times as much.
Silver Tinsel Cable with Detachable 2-Pin Connector
The cable used in the Michelle is not common copper. Instead, it is a copper cable plated with silver. The cable is manufactured by first compressing the silver plated copper wire, which is then flattened and rolled into a steady interval that is then used to wrap around the Kevlar. This newly developed cable has astounding tensile strength and delivers the full dynamic range of music.
There are two different types of cables provided - a 3.5mm unbalanced and 2.5mm balanced cable. Conventional straight cables do not handle the frequent bending of cables and often short out. The intertwined cable disperses the stress to the cable and offers better resilience. It's also easier to wear around the outer ears as the cable shape can be easily adjusted for the best fit.
Most Universal IEMs at this price point are mass manufactured to keep cost down. Instead A&K chose to use the very same methods they use to build custom IEMs costing 4 times as much as the Michelle. Everything is measured out to the smallest detail from the first step to the last one. This method takes a bit longer than mass manufacturing, but the extra care results in a hand-crafted masterpiece produced by expertly skilled technicians.
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