A bass lover’s ear bud, the FiiO F9

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The FiiO F9 is available in gray an pink


The FiiO F9 in-ear headphone’s sound is not by any stretch correct or impartial, and it will not please persnickety audiophiles, however there is no denying the F9’s sound is deliriously massive and juicy. 

Bass is daring, highs are a bit of too sharp, however stereo imaging is vast open. The FiiO F9 sells for $99 and £109 on Amazon, and it is AU$139 in Australia.

Construct high quality and design actually are first fee, frankly the most effective I’ve seen for the cash. The F9 is a three-driver design with a single 9.2mm dynamic driver, plus two balanced armature drivers in every ear piece. Impedance is rated at 28 ohms. 

It additionally comes with two replaceable 1.2-meter cables, one fitted with a regular three.5mm plug with an inline mic and controls, the opposite cable has a particular 2.5mm “balanced” plug to be used with some fashions of Astell & Kern transportable music gamers. The F9 comes with a snazzy waterproof carry case.

I introduced out a set of Remaining Audio Design E3000 in-ears for a spherical of comparisons, and albeit I a lot most popular the sound of the E3000. It is a extra correct, smoother-sounding headphone. And at $55, £49 or AU$99, it is much more reasonably priced. True, the F9 feels extra sturdy, and it is extra comfy, however the E3000 is a a lot, a lot clearer sounding gadget.

With music from “Stay From The Artist’s Den, Vol. 1” the F9’s outstanding bass and heat midrange took heart stage with music from Ani DiFranco, Jakob Dylan, The Maintain Regular, and so forth. That made for a nice expertise. However the subsequent album, the Pixies’ “Head Provider,” sounded bloated with fatiguing highs.

It is actually not the form of headphone that shines with all genres, the F9 would not be my first alternative for classical and acoustic jazz, or any recordings with pitched-up treble — they sounded harsh with the F9, the E3000 is a smoother various. The F9 was a pleasure to take heed to with well-recorded music, the sound was positively vivid, vigorous, and enjoyable. The bass was terrific, and there was plenty of it, nevertheless it was well-behaved and tuneful.

All of my listening checks up up to now had been with my iPhone 6S, however I additionally tried the F9 with its balanced cable plugged into my Astell & Kern Kann transportable music participant. The F9’s sound perked up a bit with the higher participant, nevertheless it’s nonetheless too brilliant for my tastes.

All I am saying right here is in case you do not like brilliant or overly bassy headphones the FiiO F9 will not be a ultimate. That stated, after I parked my audiophile sensibilities I principally loved the F9. As at all times sound high quality is a matter of what you are in search of.

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