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It isn’t that FiiO has never finished an IEM before. Relatively, the current ones are getting to be actually good, noteworthy and beyond the generic “Chifi” terminology that always you could have seen thrown round of late.
The F5 and F9 collection IEMs have been really displaying potential with out too much danger. Fairly in style in markets where $50-99 is a large enough danger but in the primary markets still a ‘toe in water’ type entry.
Nevertheless, with the launch of the FH5 last yr and lately the FA7, FiiO actually appears to mean enterprise, but business FiiO type. What does a ‘FiiO style’ imply? It means worth, not all the time low cost, however getting lots for the asking worth.
On this case, it’s their flagship 5-driver hybrid common monitor, the FH7 priced at $449.99 and yup, it might properly be a ‘bang for the buck’ king sub $500 because the worth is off the hook!
The FH7 uses a mixture of 5 drivers in a hybrid construct. FiiO has been moderately transparent on their web site as to what precisely they’re using contained in the FH7 for these specific drivers. For the dynamic driver, they have opted to make use of a reasonably hefty beryllium-coated 13.6mm dynamic driver and for the BA drivers, FiiO has opted for a mix of a single Knowles DFK and twin balanced armature driver SWFK-31736.
Word this can be a coated or plated driver and never a pure beryllium variant akin to you’d find on the Periodic Audio Be single dynamic monitor. Additionally, FiiO does not point out their crossover know-how within the spec sheet in large detail so I am presuming this can be a 3-way passive crossover build with grouping utilizing the dynamic driver for the lows, a midrange twin driver DFK for the mids and the dual driver SWFK-31736 as tweeters or for the highs.
FiiO additionally makes mention of their tube know-how particularly optimized for the bigger beryllium dynamic driver, S.TURBO V2.zero. From what I’m being informed, these are particularly elongated acoustically design bores or tubes to reinforce the extent of element within the low-end response of the FH7’s dynamic driver.
There additionally appears to be a play for strain aid features to the design which is one thing I’m deeply in favor of to guard your hearing. Whilst not as complicated as the apex™ modules from 64 Audio or ADEL, what FiiO have carried out is to insert a twin bass port venting system both front and rear of the primary physique to take out a bit of of that strain build-up from sound waves (pneumatic strain).
Anyone using these on a aircraft may simply benefit from the consequences of that when the cabin strain modifications. I are likely to take 64 Audio apex screens on flights for that very purpose.
Finally, the tried and tested filter magic that lots of corporations wish to dabble with at times. FiiO has launched an integrated threaded nozzle filter system and thrown in 3 filters for bass, reference and treble adjustments to your tuning preferences with the FH7.
In case you are acquainted with the general design and shape of the FH5, then the FH7 is somewhat comparable. That isn’t to say they are the exact same, the FH7 does have some modifications. Nevertheless, from afar the shared aesthetic is tough to miss. The size also look marginally deeper and wider on the FH7 compared to the FH5, presumably to fit into the additional BA drivers and the larger dynamic driver.
Like the FH5, the FH7 is designed with a robust reference to water ripple or wave impact. Nevertheless, this time, the ripple is horizontal relatively than vertical on the faceplate. It also seems to be more full or continuous to me and never as boxy because the FH5 ripple design.
The two particular design modifications middle on the MMCX connector form and ending and the nozzle design. The FH7 nozzle is marginally longer with a silvery chrome finish as well as design to accommodate the new filter system.
The MMCX connectors at the moment are on an elongated external stem as opposed to being embedded into the primary body of the shell on the FH5. I think the area requirement internally with the extra girth of the driving force build might have necessitated the MMCX being moved further out of the shell. Nevertheless, it additionally pushes the cable away from urgent on the outer ear which can be more snug for some.
All 3 elements of the FH7 shells are machined from a CNC aluminum-magnesium alloy simply as you will discover on the FH5. The physique and face plate are given the identical sandblasted and anodized titanium end as the FH5. Nevertheless, the firming is a black tone relatively than grey so you’ll be able to simply differentiate between the 2. Only the divider plate, nozzle and MMCX connectors differ in the end of the FH7.
The divider plate has a gold shade that acts as a design accent distinction to the black monotone finish of the FH7 physique. The MMCX connectors nonetheless have that small blue and pink outer ring of the FH5 with duplicate colored rings on the cable connectors for straightforward matching.
As with the FH5, FiiO is sticking with the MMCX connector system but the 1.2m cable itself seems prefer it has had a little bit of an upgrade. Not the wire inside though which remains a Litz Monocrystalline SPC. Nevertheless, it appears we’ve got gone up to an 8 core 152 strand geometry, a provider braided translucent jacket finish and a much flashier silvery aesthetic than the darker stiffer TPU coated FH5 inventory cable.
This can be a mild cable with nearly no reminiscence retention and handles a lot better than the FH5 stock cable despite the FH5 cable seemingly a bit smaller. Additionally it is lifeless quiet for microphonics and the memory hooks appear extra plaint than before.
The cable is terminated with an anodized right-angle Three.5mm TRSS jack with wonderful pressure aid. The lightweight and small y-split barrel are equally completed with a removable chin cinch. On a physical degree, I am fairly impressed with this cable however like the FH5 cable, it doesn’t come terminated with a balanced TRRS jack. I might like to see balanced as stock with an adaptor in the field for four.4mm or Three.5mm.
Comfort & Fit
Coming from the FH5, the FH7 has an identical quasi “custom universal” shaping to its aluminum physique for a comfier match in the outer ear. Nevertheless, the match is simply marginally better for a few causes. The primary is the slightly longer nozzle allows for a deeper insertion of the FH7 into the ear canal leading to a greater seal with comparable ideas tested.
The second is the MMCX stem on the FH7. The flush FH5 becoming seems to tug the cable a bit of extra into the ear and presses towards it extra, at the least for me. With the FH7 stem, (and barely taller body) the cable feels further away from the ear providing a more snug expertise.
The quality and variety of ideas provided by FiiO for the FH7 are wonderful. Extra in order that, just like the FH5, they’re all labeled when it comes to what they concentrate on for the single-bore silicone ideas reminiscent of balanced, vocal and bass.
The bass ideas I can’t touch upon an excessive amount of since even the most important one I had hassle getting an incredible seal. I am not 100% positive I used to be getting as a lot low-end power as I had anticipated. I did get more bass than the vocal ideas however the vocal ideas turned out to be my most popular between these two for the extent of seal and comfort they provided. Nevertheless, the presentation from the vocal ideas was a bit off within the treble timbre sounding a bit peaky at occasions.
You additionally get a couple of memory foam medium sized ideas which almost all the time thicken the timbre, weight the low-end and loosen up the treble. There’s also a single set of bi-flange in there that come fairly close to the level of seal the foams supply and are only a bit higher for consolation. Nevertheless, the tonal response from the FH7 using the bi-flange ideas sounded too bass mild and shiny for my tastes.
The final set is a set of SpinFits s/m/l which, whilst not providing a variety of seal, do supply a distinct musical excessive distinction presentation in comparison with the more muted balanced ideas for instance. I tended to make use of these along with the foams and balanced single-bore silicone ideas for the majority of my testing.
One thing to notice is the level of isolation is impaired barely by the twin venting. That is regular really for any vented IEM. You’ll be able to enhance it with the reminiscence foam ideas provided which supply the very best degree of isolation out of all the information however it is nonetheless not quite as much as par with all BA Builds such as the FA7, (which additionally has a extra aggressive customized universal design).
FiiO has provided a set of filters with the FH7, Three pairs in complete, all neatly arranged and packed inside a suppository small black branded metallic tube. Every pair is shade and designated as follows:
- Purple – Dynamic bass emphasis
- Black – Balanced or Reference
- Inexperienced – Detailed treble emphasis
You’ll be able to examine on web page 2 for our sound impressions of each but for now, they are lifeless easy when it comes to software. Simply slip off the tip, unscrew the top of the nozzle and take off filter and change for a unique one then put the tip again on. Takes all of about 1 minute. On your reference, the black filters are fitted on the FH7 out of the box.
Accessories & Packaging
Superior packaging and plenty of accessories, however then it’s FiiO they usually do that very properly certainly with their greater end product choices. The retail packaging is very similar to the FH5 with a black understated outer and a twin foam tray organizer inside.
The highest degree is laid out the same because the FH5 with the drivers and cable. Nevertheless, there’s a further insert for the filter metallic tube and a small printed label explaining what every one is.
Beneath, on layer two, you get the expansive foam tip tray. Under the tray, there’s additionally a new sort of case from FiiO and a step away from the older plastic arduous case seen on the FH5 and FA7. This can be a fairly deep faux-leather oval blue case with plenty of area for the cable and drivers. There’s also slightly mesh on the lid to holds some ideas and the filters.
Beyond that, you get the smaller softer zip pouch for pocketability. This is identical cushioned delicate pouch you get with the FH5 and FH7. You additionally get a cleaning brush and a small magnetic IEM cable organizer clip in an off-white colour.
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