ore in a sea of evidence that personal listening is becoming a preoccupation of traditional high-end audio manufacturers is MartinLogan's introduction of its first pair of in-ear monitors (IEMs), the Mikros 70 ($149.95), which is said to have the "sonic clarity and detail of our legendary electrostatic speakers." Completely designed in-house, the Mikros 70 features a body constructed from solid aluminum and sealed with metallic end caps that isolate against ambient noise. A 90-degree gold-plated connector, tangle-reducing cable slider, and rubberized cord increase usability, while the cord damps and isolates against noise transmitted through contact and movement.
Each pair of Mikros 70 IEMs includes three sizes of bulb tips and two sizes of flange tips to ensure comfort and a tight fit that is said to isolate up to 97.8% of ambient noise and provide "deep, extended bass."
The remote/microphone works with a variety of smart phones, digital media players and similar devices with a standard 3.5mm four-conductor jack, controlling volume, play/pause, track selection and voice. It also allows transition between listening to music and phone calls on compatible Apple devices. Included with each set of Mikros 70s is a compact carrying pouch.
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