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post #106 of 234

sorry to ask but did you have a comparison between fa-003 and fa-004? thanks!!
 

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They work wonderful unamped. I use them unamped with my Clip+ all of the time.

 

I have also used them for gaming and they are superb for that. For longer gaming times, I prefer the extra comfort of the FA-003 though.

 



 

post #107 of 234

"hd25-1 ii are no match? that sounds like a very interesting can ^^" I have never heard the hd25 , they should be superior cans.

Then again it depends on the source.

Analitical cans tend in my experience to be more source sensitive , these sounded nice on my laptop´s soundcard.

They are quite far from monitor grade imho , they dont pick up as much hiss as the m50.

post #108 of 234

oh but in your opinion, fa-004 is better than ath-m50? do they have the same signature?

 

cause i didnt like the hd25-1 ii, i wanted something less harsh than hd25-1 for portability :) im really liking the fa-004 after you said its much better than m50, because i think fa-004's design is more portable than the m50 already


 

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"hd25-1 ii are no match? that sounds like a very interesting can ^^" I have never heard the hd25 , they should be superior cans.

Then again it depends on the source.

Analitical cans tend in my experience to be more source sensitive , these sounded nice on my laptop´s soundcard.

They are quite far from monitor grade imho , they dont pick up as much hiss as the m50.



 

post #109 of 234

FA-004 w/ a 75ohm impedence adapter is AWESOME.  The slight mid-bass hump gets tamed, and the already wonderfully rendered mids/highs come more forward.  Running off my iPhone, it's simply perfect now.


Edited by FlySweep - 3/9/11 at 7:01pm
post #110 of 234


oh whats that 75ohms adapter?

 

you just ran it unamped?

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FA-004 w/ a 75ohm impedence adapter is AWESOME.  The slight mid-bass hump gets tamed, and the already wonderfully rendered mids/highs come more forward.  Running off my iPhone, it's simply perfect now.



 

post #111 of 234

HERE.  Commonly referred to as an Ety P to S adapter.. it adds impedance to your phones.. useful for some low impedance cans/IEMs (like the 004).. it makes the phones harder to drive but in many cases, the phones sound better.. what it did to my PR401 (which was already awesome to begin with) was astonishing.. those are my go to IEMs now besides the DBA & Silver Bullet.. I'm completely obsessed with the PR401 right now.

 

The 004's mid bass hump smooths out after about 100 hours, but the bass overall can get a little loose depending on your files/source at times.. it's still very airy and smooth, but poor sources can reveal a slight lack of control.. the adapter tightens this up nicely and brings forward the lovely mids/treble.


Edited by FlySweep - 3/9/11 at 7:26pm
post #112 of 234


great success! i wanna get one now... i dont get budgen audio tho.. theyre saying that its not in stock right now?

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HERE.



Edit: http://cgi.ebay.com/Etymotic-ER4P-ER4S-3-5MM-plug-resistor-adaptor-/280627105435?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4156adce9b#ht_1594wt_1141 is this legit too? cuz its lyk 8$ cheaper


Edited by diodiel - 3/10/11 at 11:18pm
post #113 of 234

 

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oh but in your opinion, fa-004 is better than ath-m50? do they have the same signature?

Their sound siganture is quite diferent

imho the fa 004 are better in every departement compared to the m50 , mids, higs , soundstage

airyness, except in the bass departement.

But the m50s are overkill imho.

post #114 of 234


weeee nice do you know where i can buy these? its hard to find them... =\ haha im gettin fa-003 too i dont know im liking only their product besides shures

what do you mean by overkill?

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Originally Posted by NewVegasBaby View Post

 

Their sound siganture is quite diferent

imho the fa 004 are better in every departement compared to the m50 , mids, higs , soundstage

airyness, except in the bass departement.

But the m50s are overkill imho.



 

post #115 of 234
Any more reviews?

edit: what headphone is the 004's Bass is comparable to? more than 003s or around m50s?
Edited by diodiel - 3/13/11 at 7:02pm
post #116 of 234

As the post above, I would like to know how does the headphone 's bass compared with headphones in the same price range (SR60/80,Shure 440, or others). Thanks,

post #117 of 234

I don't have the m50 (I've heard them though) but do have the Alessandro MS1i (step up from the SR80i) & FA-003..

 

VS the m50 : As NewVegasBaby said above, the 004 trumps the m50 in every category except for bass QUANTITY (which isn't a bad thing considering the m50 can have a overly-dominating bass presence).  The m50 also needs an amp for it to really shine.. I think it's adequate unamped but nothing more.

 

VS the MS1i : the 004 has a much wider soundstage (so it's better suited for electronic music, etc.) and matches it in detail.  The MS1i has the typical Grado sound sig (mid forward, aggressive, small soundstage, average-below average bass quantity, suited well for rock) but smoothed over a bit.  Instrument separation is on par if not better than the MS1i.. bass quality & quantity is better on the 004.

 

VS the 003 : The 003 is a definite step up in all areas, timbre, accuracy, detail, transparency.. but the 003 also aims for a different sound signature where neutrality is paramount.  The 004 is quite a neutral can too, just with a slightly spiced up mid bass.  It isn't really fair to compare the 003 to the 004 cause the 003 costs almost three times as much.  Comparing the bass, the 004 certainly has a larger quantity bass but the 003 takes the cake when it comes to bass texture, detail, and layering (as it should).  The 004 is no slouch though as you get very very good quality bass from the 004.  For it's price, it's unbeatable.  FA (aptly) markets the 004 as the headphone for an "audiophile-on-a-budget."  I owned the 004 before the 003 and as I said above, I consider them to be very complementary cans if you enjoy the FA sound.

 

So.. the 004 has more bass QUANTITY than the 003 but less than the m50.  I'm a big big fan of the 003, I love the quality & quantity of bass in the 003.. but the 004 is very satisfying bass-wise if you're looking for a fun alternative & want more bass than the 003 offers, but don't want bass that's bloated and dominates the sound signature.. this is coming from a hip hop/downtempo/electronica listener who likes his bass.

 

I mentioned earlier that I added a P-S adapter to attenuate the 004's mid bass hump a bit and it worked out very very well.. I'm not sure if the adapter did something or if it was just a matter of burning it in more, but I used last night w/o/ the adapter and it has improved quite a bit in terms of becoming balanced.  The mid bass hump tightened CONSIDERABLY.. it still extends deep and has a nice thick bass presence, but the entire bass response is much better behaved.  The mids & highs are now more prominent, have fantastic instrument separation and detail.. it sounds strikingly similar to the 003 now, albeit with a slightly more "fun" sound sig and more bass quantity.  For the first hundred hours or so, they lean on the warmer side of neutral, with thick bass (which can become uncontrolled at time depending on the source and quality of files).  As a result of the warmer sound, the mids & highs get pushed back slightly.  The thing is, the highs & mids have excellent detail & quality so I knew the potential for them to come out was there once the mid bass recessed a bit.. and sure enough after 150+ hours.. they did and now the phone has really bloomed!  The bass is still plenty deep and has great presence, but it's become much tighter and let's those wonderful Fischer Audio mids & treble breathe more.. you'll really appreciate the presentation of these phones once the mid bass gets in line after significant burn-in.

 

I've got about 170 hours on these phones now so perhaps they just require quite a bit of burn in.  I listen to the 004 on a nightly basis so I'm quite familiar and adjusted to it's sound.. it underwent something drastic these last few days & I'm very very very much enjoying it.  I was actually considering jumping on the 011 ASAP just to see what a refined 004 would sound like as LFF said it essentially improves on it on all fronts.. I'm happy to say I'm going to hold off for a little while now since the 004 has reached what I would think it's potential now.  Also, it's very easily driven unamped so it's an excellent portable phone, opposed to the 001 which require an amp (portable or otherwise) to sound best.

 

So, I definitely recommend getting the 004 over those other cans and let them burn in EXTENSIVELY.. I think you'll be quite happy.  The 004 sound GREAT unamped (unlike the m50) & has a sound sig thats suited to a wider range of genres than the SR80i.  It has quite a good soundstage for being a closed can too.


Edited by FlySweep - 3/23/11 at 11:39am
post #118 of 234

wow great review sir! btw, have you tried any of ultrasones? or any other common cans for consumers?

hows listening to rock with fa-004?
 

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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

I don't have the m50 (I've heard them though) but do have the Alessandro MS1i (step up from the SR80i) & FA-003..

 

VS the m50 : As NewVegasBaby said above, the 004 trumps the m50 in every category except for bass QUANTITY (which isn't a bad thing considering the m50 can have a overly-dominating bass presence).  The m50 also needs an amp for it to really shine.. I think it's adequate unamped but nothing more.

 

VS the MS1i : the 004 has a much wider soundstage (so it's better suited for electronic music, etc.) and matches it in detail.  The MS1i has the typical Grado sound sig (mid forward, aggressive, small soundstage, average-below average bass quantity, suited well for rock) but smoothed over a bit.  Instrument separation is on par if not better than the MS1i.. bass quality & quantity is better on the 004.

 

VS the 003 : The 003 is a definite step up in all areas, timbre, accuracy, detail, transparency.. but the 003 also aims for a different sound signature where neutrality is paramount.  The 004 is quite a neutral can too, just with a slightly spiced up mid bass.  It isn't really fair to compare the 003 to the 004 cause the 003 costs almost three times as much.  Comparing the bass, the 004 certainly has a larger quantity bass but the 003 takes the cake when it comes to bass texture, detail, and layering (as it should).  The 004 is no slouch though as you get very very good quality bass from the 004.  For it's price, it's unbeatable.  FA (aptly) markets the 004 as the headphone for an "audiophile-on-a-budget."  I owned the 004 before the 003 and as I said above, I consider them to be very complementary cans if you enjoy the FA sound.

 

So.. the 004 has more bass QUANTITY than the 003 but less than the m50.  I'm a big big fan of the 003, I love the quality & quantity of bass in the 003.. but the 004 is very satisfying bass-wise if you're looking for a fun alternative & want more bass than the 003 offers, but don't want bass that's bloated and dominates the sound signature.. this is coming from a hip hop/downtempo/electronica listener who likes his bass.

 

I mentioned earlier that I added a P-S adapter to attenuate the 004's mid bass hump a bit and it worked out very very well.. I'm not sure if the adapter did something or if it was just a matter of burning it in more, but I used last night w/o/ the adapter and it has improved quite a bit in terms of becoming balanced.  The mid bass hump tightened CONSIDERABLY.. it still extends deep and has a nice thick bass presence, but the entire bass response is much better behaved.  The mids & highs are now more prominent, have fantastic instrument separation and detail.. it sounds strikingly similar to the 003 now, albeit with a slightly more "fun" sound sig and more bass quantity.  For the first hundred hours or so, they lean on the warmer side of neutral, with thick bass (which can become uncontrolled at time depending on the source and quality of files).  As a result of the warmer sound, the mids & highs get pushed back slightly.  The thing is, the highs & mids have excellent detail & quality so I knew the potential for them to come out was there once the mid bass recessed a bit.. and sure enough after 150+ hours.. they did and now the phone has really bloomed!  The bass is still plenty deep and has great presence, but it's become much tighter and let's those wonderful Fischer Audio mids & treble breathe more.. you'll really appreciate the presentation of these phones once the mid bass gets in line after significant burn-in.

 

I've got about 170 hours on these phones now so perhaps they just require quite a bit of burn in.  I listen to the 004 on a nightly basis so I'm quite familiar and adjusted to it's sound.. it underwent something drastic these last few days & I'm very very very much enjoying it.  I was actually considering jumping on the 011 ASAP just to see what a refined 004 would sound like as LFF said it essentially improves on it on all fronts.. I'm happy to say I'm going to hold off for a little while now since the 004 has reached what I would think it's potential now.  Also, it's very easily driven unamped so it's an excellent portable phone, opposed to the 001 which require an amp (portable or otherwise) to sound best.

 

So, I definitely recommend getting the 004 over those other cans and let them burn in EXTENSIVELY.. I think you'll be quite happy.  The 004 sound GREAT unamped (unlike the m50) & has a sound sig thats suited to a wider range of genres than the SR80i.  It has quite a good soundstage for being a closed can too.



 


Edited by diodiel - 3/25/11 at 11:07am
post #119 of 234

hook me up guys if you know some1 selling fa-004 i have a link on the classifieds atm, i hope theyre better than crossfades and aviators tho.. those are the only ones i tried cuz of applestore


 

post #120 of 234
004's rock. I think I prefer them over all others I have or heard so far!


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