Soundstage is very wide and imaging is amazing. Not quite. FiiO FH7 Review IN the BOX FIT I don’t know if my ears were just made for these buds, but the FH7 is one of the best fitting IEM’s I’ve ever tried. The FiiO FA7 is superior in terms of female vocal presentation if you use the LZ A6 with the Red, Purple and Gold filters, but inferior compared to the LZ A6 with the Pink filters combination. Advertiser Disclosure. Without the treble on, the timbre is too soft for me with overly rounded instrumental notes and vocals. The scoring that appears on this site is determined by the site operator in its sole discretion, and should NOT be relied upon for accuracy purposes. Sure, the mute relay pop was a little duller with the higher impedance switch on but switching back and forth did not bring a huge change because it is already quite quiet for hiss to begin with. However, its improved airiness is easily noticeable and you do get a very light shimmer in the upper treble that was not there on the FA7. $449.99. Each termination on the stock cable has a clear ring for the left and red for the right to make it dead easy to connect each channel properly. It also has a longer nozzle compared to the FH5 which does help a lot with tip selection. Excellent build quality, extremely comfortable, very detailed exceptional sound quality. However, the FA9 has another trick up its sleeve. 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The drivers in the FH5 are also different, using the older single ED30262 for the mids and a dual driver TWFK-31082 for the highs. The FH7 has some fantastic dynamic bass texture and punch right at the lowest level. With the FH5 you get some treble presence but it is more lower-treble focused and slightly faded in comparison. Rarely have I come across an IEM that fits my ears as well as the FH7. The FH5 uses a 1.2m mono-crystalline silver-plated braided copper wire with a TPU that makes it a little stiffer and offering less dynamic range than the 8-core LC-3.5C on the FA9. Impedance or resistance is an inherent feature in switching designs that can either release or restrict aspects of the frequency response, hence the variation. In fact, Company/product listings on this page DO NOT imply endorsement by the site operator. The frequency split is the dynamic driver for the lows, a single larger mid-range BA for the mids, and a dual driver for the lower and upper treble. Combine that with a neutral source such as FiiO’s own M15 or the M11 Pro it has a far more articulate but drier quality to its presentation and less bloom creeping into those dipped lower-mids. Female vocals in particular with bass and treble boost on sound forward and nicely balanced. Consistent with the Infinity Sound pitch, FiiO has made the F9 detachable with a choice of 2 cables, balanced and single ended 2.5mm and 3.5mm. The remaining 4 signatures are more focused on delivering enhanced treble or bass to mids and would be more based on your own listening preferences. It still has some legacy traits with that warmish sound but everything is now tighter, more extended or airier, and definitely more resolving. The company has stated it is a driver used in high-end models but rarely do high-end companies achieve the same level of transparency as FiiO in listing their drivers. Not too long ago, I received the new FiiO M11 Portable Music Player along with the new FiiO FH7 IEMs and the new FiiO LC-4.4D 4.4mm to MMCX high-purity Monocrystalline Silver Litz IEM cable. While both use an all-BA 4-way crossover design their driver counts and types are different. In all instances, the impedance selector will also reduce or increase current demand, and thus volume levels will adjust accordingly. (Note: This comparion credit to Soundnews, if you would like to read the full review, just click the following button) FH7 vs FA7. Fiio FA9 vs Fiio FH7; Product Comparison: Fiio FA9 vs Fiio FH7. The sensitivity of the FH5 is fixed at 19Ω and 112dB SPL compared to the variable 16-32Ω and 11dB SPL of the FA7. FiiO LC-2.5D 2.5mm High-Purity Monocrystalline Silver Litz MMCX Replacement Cable for Shure SE215 SE315 SE535 JVC/FiiO FH5 FA7 FH7 4.4 out of 5 stars 163 $99.99 Some particular instruments sound lifeless and thin compared to the FH7. I have noted, however, some companies have stated they have changed their midrange driver to a new Knowles variant so it could be the same one. FiiO does not specifically mention the crossover in detail for the FH7 so we presume 3 or 4-way much like the FA9. They are, to extract the most intricate detail possible, and to provide an unfettered fun factor. The FA9’s mids are smoother, more refined and when the low-end is not pumping out wave after wave of EDM energy it also sounds way more complex or holographic compared to the FH5. The longer nozzle of the FA9 works better for me with the current set of tips than the FH7 nozzle. The vocal tips are still my number one for depth and seal whilst the SpinFits felt a bit too soft in my left ear and kept breaking the seal, even on the largest size. On a side note, logically if treble boost is S1 up, the bass boost should have been S2 up also. It is relatively safe though you can tease more forwardness out with the treble boost on. The FA9 is an impressive upgrade on the FA7, no doubt about that. FH7 is the king of the hybrids in FiiO’s stable, and has been a regular recommendation for a good IEM in the $500 region. That is due to the new switchable sound signature of the FA9 which is a first for FiiO. I have always said that options that create choice make for a more nuanced preference selection rather than a take or leave it scenario. The treble isn't too high (which I have that problem with the S8Z) and sounds good. That means imaging cues are much easier to pick out compared to the FA7. Note, this review follows our new scoring guidelines for 2020 which you can read up on here. Nicely enough, they fit perfectly. FiiO has been gradually moving upwards with their IEM ambitions. FiiO FA9 là chiếc tai nghe thể hiện tham vọng của Fiio trong thị trường tai nghe in-ear universal cao cấp với 6 drivers, nhiều tùy biến, và đặc biệt hơn, Fiio FA9 cho phép người dùng điều chỉnh từ trở kháng cho đến bass/treble thông qua hệ thống dip switch mới. The FA9 is a 6-driver all BA creation but all dual drivers with a 4-way crossover, 2 for the lows, 2 for the mids, and 2 for the highs. For rock and percussion orientated work, I would suggest throwing on the treble boost to bring the treble forward a bit more to counter the even-harmonic bias on the low-end. The bass of both IEM’s is fast and controlled, while the FH7 has the upper hand in terms of detail. I have to admit the FH7 dynamic driver low-end is the more impressive low-end performer of the two. It is also a lot colder in your ear and isolates a bit less due to the bass port vent and well, aluminum is never quite as tight as resin contoured shells. VS FIIO FA9 (500$) The FA9 is the new flagship multi BA earphones from FIIO, it use 6 Knowles drivers and a tuneable switch. Best sound ever? FiiO are now fully wedded to MMCX and it is the new round bore connector system as opposed to the older flat brass plates. The M11 Pro would likely be a better candidate for pairing with the FA9 alongside the M15 if you are intending to up the bass quantity as they are more resolving through the mids and treble. Disclaimer: The FiiO FA9 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. FiiO’s FH7 too shines a bacon, I mean beacon, for others to follow in this price range. There are a couple of important differences and ones which mark out the FA9 as the better all-round performer to the FA7. The aesthetic on the FA9 is also a bit more dazzling with the diamond-cut silver finish whereas the FA7 opts for a slightly simpler design behind a ruby red polished resin finish. It is honestly quite perfect, even compared to customs the ability to peer right into the mechanics of the FA9 is uncanny. It still shares some common traits with its smaller sibling such as DLP 3D printed clear acrylic shell and aggressive custom universal shaping. Construction is resin plastic, and housing is smaller and lighter, so it’s more comfortable than FH7. To me the FH7 has better extension in treble as well, especially with green nozzles. I would suggest keeping the treble boost option on for the FA9 and the bass boost off if you enjoy the FH7 level of contrast but want something slightly more natural through the mids. This delivers a higher level of contrast and reduces the warmth and softness creeping into the midrange performance. It sounds big, pretty impressive for a dual BA driver though you can definitely tell it is a BA driver with its lack of air pressure coming at you in waves at the sub-bass level. Boy, I was blown away by the sudden clarity of those. I would love to see balanced as stock with an adaptor in the box for 4.4mm or 3.5mm. When I was reviewing the FA7 I had the feeling of “almost there”, “almost perfect”, everything would start with “almost”, they were really nice, outstanding even on some parts but not extraordinary, they still had some quirks. FA9 will hope to be the usurper. I find detaching and attaching the cable a little more assured on the FH7 as a result. In fact, my colleagues have raved about the FiiO fit since the release of the FA7. This site is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to its visitors. Separation and clarity drop a shade also but that can be nullified a little by keeping the bass boost off and treble boost on. Though slightly smaller, it is tougher and heavier than the FA7. The cable is light with virtually no memory retention and handles much better than the FH5 stock cable despite the FH5 cable seemingly a little smaller. 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