Monitor engineer Conor Dillon relies on Sensaphonics 2MAX


Cites Sensaphonics audio accuracy, comfort, fit and isolation as keys to providing consistent sound across multiple artists.

For a young monitor engineer working with several touring artists, one of the keys to success is having a trustworthy pair of IEMs. A 28-year old hailing from Ireland, Conor Dillon is currently on the road with ex-Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, and has also mixed monitors for recent tours by OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) and FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks). It was during the FFS tour last year that Conor has found his reference standard for in-ears: Sensaphonics 2MAX.

“I had been wearing customs the past few years, a top brand, and I thought they sounded fine,” says Conor. “But the fit was a bit awful, with very little isolation. So I did some research and asked around the industry for what to try next. It was clear that Sensaphonics was a company I needed to check out. I ended up talking with their audiologist, Heather Malyuk. She came down to our gig in Chicago with some products to try out and compare. I was blown away by the overall sound of the 2MAX, even the generic sample without custom molds. I just said straightaway, ‘Take my money. I want this product now.’ And I’m so glad I did.”

One thing that surprised Conor was the rich, studio quality sound that the 2MAX delivers. “I must admit, I was skeptical of what a dual-driver could deliver, because the first thing most people do is to brag about how many drivers they have,” he says. “But the 2MAX is actually fuller and richer than the sound I was getting. It’s flat and accurate like a studio reference sound.”


That accuracy is important to Conor Dillon, who experiences a range of mixing situations from tour to tour. “Most bands I work use a mixture of wedges and in-ears, some generic and some custom. The 2MAX gives me that neutral reference I need to mix them all accurately,” he says.




The other Sensaphonics difference that Conor Dillon appreciates is the isolation and comfort he gets from having silicone earpieces. “The soft silicone molds totally make a huge difference,” he says. “They are so isolating compared to my old ones, which let all sorts of outside sound in. With 2MAX, I can be right behind the PA stack and not have it affect me at all. Or I could be on a loud stage and walk around doing my line checks. People need to grab and shake me to talk because I can’t hear them. Which is something I love about them.”

Conor Dillon noticed one more advantage as soon as he tried on his 2MAX. “The comfort level is amazing. The ear canal portion of the earpiece goes in so much further than with acrylic earpieces that at first, I was concerned,” he recalls. “But that’s how they’re designed, so they keep sealed for great bass response. The silicone bends with your ear canal, so you can’t even feel them. Once they’re in, it’s like you’re not even wearing them.”


Another area of Sensaphonics expertise that Conor appreciates is hearing health. “This is a company that really cares about their customers,” he says. “From the way they design their products to their advice and knowledge, everything at Sensaphonics is about getting great sound while preserving your hearing. As a monitor engineer, I know that without my hearing, I’m done. So I really appreciate that.”


It comes as no surprise that Conor Dillon sings the praises of Sensaphonics to everyone he works with. “It’s just a much better approach to in-ear monitoring,” he says. “The 2MAX proves that a properly designed and fitted dual-driver sounds every bit as good, or better, than the IEMs with a bunch of drivers and multiple crossovers. And they don’t cost nearly as much. I recommend them to everyone I talk to. It’s really a no-brainer.”










センサフォニクスの専門性のその他の分野でコナーが感謝しているのは、聴覚の健康です。「この会社は消費者をすごく気にかけている。」彼は言います。「商品を設計する仕方や助言や知識に至るまで、センサフォニクスの全ては聴覚を保護しながら素晴らしい音を提供する事なんだ。モニター技師として、聴覚を無くせば俺は終わりだよ。 だからすごく感謝している。」

コナー・ディロンが一緒に働く全ての人々にセンサフォニクスを賞賛して回っている事は不思議ではありません。「まさしくイヤモニへのずっとより良いアプローチなんだ。」 彼は言います。「2MAXは、たくさんドライバーが詰め込まれていたり、多くのクロスオーバーのあるイヤモニよりも、的確に設計されていてフィット感のある二つのドライバーのイヤモニの方が音がより良いという事を証明しているよ。それからほとんど同じくらいしかお金もかからないしね。俺は話す人全てに推薦しているよ。考える必要がないほど明白だね。」





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