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San Diego, CA

  • Other
  • headphone
  • audio
  • 3d printing
  • music

We build affordable audiophile headphones in the USA using state of the art 3D printing technology.

What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?

Since I was a small child I have had a passion for music and a deep fascination for audio systems that can play it well. I studied engineering in college to design speakers and amplifiers, and worked with audio and graphics for years. As the market for headphones began to expand and new technologies like 3D printing began to emerge, I saw the opportunity to create a new breed of headphones. This has been the culmination of my life's desire to build better audio products.

How do you define success for yourself and for your business?

Our goal is to be a disruptive entrant in the headphone market, offering products that deliver extreme performance and comfort at prices below current offerings. To do this requires us to be flexible and innovative in how we produce and distribute our product. Success over the next three years will be defined by our ability to continually expand our product line and distribution while ensuring our commitment to exceptional value and performance is maintained.

How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?

We have been self-funded from the day we opened, investing as much as possible in tools and equipment to enhance our product and production capacity. Today we outsource painting of our parts, which limits us to 1 color. The Fedex grant will allow us to purchase a quality spray paint setup so that we can begin painting our product "in house," enabling us to add additional colors to our product line, and increase sales.

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