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post #121 of 234

great success i cant wait to get mines. did any1 get it from bugden audio?

post #122 of 234
Originally Posted by diodiel View Post

did any1 get it from bugden audio?

 

I purchased mine from Ethan about 4 months ago.. transaction was a breeze, and shipping was quick.  Think I got mine in about a week or so.

post #123 of 234

I just purchased it last week from Bugden, had it processed this weekend, and awaiting its arrival biggrin.gif

post #124 of 234

dang! cant wait for your impression! which one did you get? i just order the brown one yesterday ;\ one more week of waiting! 

 

has anyone else have a problem with the bass lacking?


Edited by diodiel - 3/30/11 at 8:59am
post #125 of 234

I bought the black one actually. It got here earlier last week.

 

Hm...I wouldn't say the bass is lacking. I find it to be fun, but still fairly balanced. I have a Brown one as well bought from other members, and the only difference is a bit tighter bass from the burn in

post #126 of 234

too exciting to read through your review, go straight to here and wanna know that FA004 design is on-ear or cover the whole year?

 

of course i am talking about size of normal Asian ear.

 

 

post #127 of 234

I have gigantic ears and they cover most of it. So it's safe to say they'll cover the whole ear for most people


 

post #128 of 234

did you try any like AKG518LE? Denon D1100? or JVC M750?

 

how to compare the size of these to FA004?

 

or

 

actually, anyone find teh FA005 in the market?

how much and how is the sound?

post #129 of 234

awww man i just bought TMA-1s instead cuz i wanted the fa004 brown one but it was sold out... i hope i dont regret it.. i wish i could try those on one day.. anyone from chicago?

post #130 of 234

some said that brown one with straight cable and black one has the black one is it true?

 

 

post #131 of 234

sorry, black one has coiled i meant

post #132 of 234

Only difference wink.gif

FA004.jpg

 

 

 

post #133 of 234

which one is most similar to fa004? enigma,eterna or silver?

post #134 of 234

I removed the 004's earpads today to discover that there is a small layer of foam covering the drivers.  Many other phones discussed around HeadFi have this same layer of foam covering the driver.. and from what I read & experienced.. the foam essentially dampens some of the higher frequencies to give cans a smoother signature (at the expense of losing midrange & treble clarity).. check out the JVC RX700 mods threads if you aren't familiar with this.

 

NOTE, the 004's foam is glued around the circumference so it would be quite tough to reverse this mod once the foam is removed.  Since it's glued, getting the foam off in one piece is nearly impossible as you'll end up with bits and pieces of the foam edge.  Of course you could pick up this foam at any craft store to replace it.

 

Anyways, as your resident 004 modding-guinea pig, I tore the foam off to see how the sound changed.. and was VERY pleasantly surprised.. and love these cans more than ever now!  For those who haven't heard the 004, it's got a wonderfully detailed, musical sound that's balanced, smooth & engaging.. albeit with a slight, but noticeable midbass hump to give it a relaxing warmth.  Removing the foam tamed this midbass hump with such perfect precision!  Now the bass sounds much more linear and retains all it's punch.  In fact, the bass as a whole sounds better since it's texturing & overall detail is much easier to hear and appreciate.  As a result of the midbass falling back in line, the midrange and treble came forward to reveal more of their excellent detail and timbre.  I'd characterize the stock 004 as a fairly warm-leaning, balanced phone.. w/o the foam, they remain balanced (warm, but much less so) w/ a more airy, forward midrange and a detailed, crisp treble with sparkle.

 

If you liked the 004 but wanted more bite from the midrange and treble w/o sacrificing it's inherently warm signature.  This mod would be PERFECT for you. While the midrange and treble come forward and gave the phones a more aggressive touch, the 004 still retain their signature smoothness and there is no sibilance.  The mod doesn't create a night & day difference, but it's noticeable (especially in the midrange) enough for me to get jazzed about!

 

I find it hard to characterize these phones now cause it's really a perfect blend of smoothness and aggressiveness.. which I really appreciate!  I'm gushing here a bit cause I feel like I've reached the holy grail for getting the perfect sound from these phones, no joke.. there is really quite nothing more I want to change from these phones now in term of sound & signature.

 

Since I own some of the other heralded FA phones, I'll describe the modded 004's sound using them: take the Silver Bullet's airy, bass presentation (texture and tighten it a little) & it's slightly warm, atmospheric sound signature.. add the DBA's crisp (forward but balanced) midrange & treble sparkle (make it a little more airy & add decay) and you've got what I would approximate as the foam modded FA-004.

 

I hope others try this out and post their impressions.  After this mod, these have skyrocketed up my list of fav phones.  If you found the 003 too neutral and wanted a slightly warmer overall signature, if you loved the DBA's forward but balanced midrange/treble presentation (but wanted more bass).. this 004 could very well fit your niche.. they're plenty musical and the fact they sound great unamped is a real attention grabber, IMO.  Another FA phone flying under the radar that deserve more attention!


Edited by FlySweep - 5/2/11 at 1:28am
post #135 of 234
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

I removed the 004's earpads today to discover that there is a small layer of foam covering the drivers.  Many other phones discussed around HeadFi have this same layer of foam covering the driver.. and from what I read & experienced.. the foam essentially dampens some of the higher frequencies to give cans a smoother signature (at the expense of losing midrange & treble clarity).. check out the JVC RX700 mods threads if you aren't familiar with this.

 

I hope others try this out and post their impressions.  After this mod, these have skyrocketed up my list of fav phones.  If you found the 003 too neutral and wanted a slightly warmer overall signature, if you loved the DBA's forward but balanced midrange/treble presentation (but wanted more bass).. this 004 could very well fit your niche.. they're plenty musical and the fact they sound great unamped is a real attention grabber, IMO.  Another FA phone flying under the radar that deserve more attention!


Keep in mind that a layer of foam also acts as a dust barrier to protect the driver.  There's a reason most manufacturers put something there.

 

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