Hi everyone — Mike here from Ultimate Ears. I recently was lucky enough to talk shop with Eric Hruza, the Director of Pro Audio for Sonion. For those of you who are not familiar with that name, please allow me to set the stage for you. All in-ear monitors are driven by balanced armatures. And there are 2 primary companies that make all of the balanced armatures for this entire industry; Knowles and Sonion. So talking to Eric is literally like talking to Oz, The Great and Powerful. (Well, at least Oz with a better sense of humor;) But seriously, Eric knows everyone in this industry and he knows and understands all the different in-ear companies down to the minute details — more so than anyone I've ever talked to. It makes sense, he's seen this industry evolve since inception and he's helped grow most of all your favorite in-ear lines.
I've been working in this industry for almost 12 years now so you can imagine that I've been building up a few questions that needed answers. And I asked away. And Eric answered. I thought I understood this business — but it seems like the more you learn, the less you really know. So be warned. This series will blow your mind and leave you wanting more.
Eric agreed to be so candid because our industry is still is in its infancy and there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there. It was his truest hope and desire that we can all take what he says and help share it. So if and when you see anything that seems suspect to you on the boards, feel free to pass along any of these clips. Lastly — a quick note about formatting. Since I can't add the sound clips directly into this post, I've embedded the appropriate links into the headings below. I know it's a little choppy but bear with me. It's absolutely worth it. We start with the history of it all and go from there.
Edited by Mike Dias - 4/9/13 at 11:33am