When it comes to most crowdfunded campaigns, backers hope that their pledges successfully produce and ship the product(s) designed by the creators. But everyone once in a great while, you'll find a project that is tailor-made to the requests of consumers. Trinity Audio Engineering has just launched a fresh Kickstarter campaign to create high-end in-ear monitors (IEMs) for active individuals, all because of the collective comments and feedback during its previous success.
The Trinity Audio Helio and Atlas IEMs are crafted from CNC-machined aluminum, complete with interchangeable filters. While each of these versions will feature 8-mm dynamic drivers for sound, the high-end Atlas will also combine the company's custom-tuned balanced armature driver for a hybrid output.
In order for headphones or IEMs to be good for exercise- or sports-related activities, they have to be sweat-proof. The Trinity Audio Helio and Atlas IEMs will feature a full-body nano-coating to protect against moisture and corrosion. And since users also wanted versatility, Trinity Audio plans to include a trio of detachable cables with each. Two cables are intended for sports – a short one for armband use and a longer one with an in-line remote – while the third is the company's multi-braid cable design.
Just as with Trinity Audio's Delta and Techne IEMs, the Helio and Atlas are to include a full set of tuning filters for custom sound. But instead of having three filters to choose from, the Helio and Atlas will come with five, color-coded sound signatures: enhanced bass, v-shape, neutral, neutral with a bass bump, and treble. Combined with an array of ear tips, users will be able to achieve a perfect fit with custom sound.
Trinity Audio has successfully prototyped the Helio and Atlas IEMs, so the campaign is raising funds to take these designs to the next level. So far, three percent of the US$92,972 has been met, and there are 30 days remaining for the funding phase. Pledges start at $108 for the Helio and $155 for the Atlas IEMs. If funding and production goes as planned, users can expect rewards to start shipping sometime this December.
After everything they learned from their first Kickstarter project, the folks at Trinity Audio Engineering are aiming for a faster and more efficient delivery system this time around.