Two Speakers And The Truth
HWM Singapore|October 2018

Dale Lott, VP Product development, Fender Audio

Marcus Wong

What’s the process of designing a headphone like for you?

In the past, I tried to make what I liked and over time people started liking what I liked. Now it’s different. The market is changing constantly and with so many in the headphone space, there’s a need to be competitive. But even as we add drivers and things, I still have an underlying sound that I go for, that’s more like a live concert sound. It’s not an audiophile sound but more of the sound you get when you go to a large concert and you’ve got the bass thumping. It invigorates you and makes you happy.

Music comes to life, and that’s what I’m trying to do when I design something. With every new prototype, the one song I always play is Toto’s Gift of Faith. I’ll listen to that and if my blood starts rushing, the hairs start standing on the back of my neck, and I start breathing hard, then I’ll know - this one’s pretty good. You don’t get that unless it’s right; it’s like a Zen moment!

Multiple drivers in in-ear headphones seem to be a trend. Is this the best approach?

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