These things just keep sounding better and better (no, I don't have them, I mean user impressions of them).
I just might have to get a pair.
I received my Fischer Audio FA-003 yesterday. The one thing that I noticed was the poor packaging, it came in a cardboard shipping box lined with bubble wrap, no real retail packaging to speak of. Inside was the headphones, cable, spare pads (which is a nice touch), and a small blue instruction folder and warranty card. The headphones themselves are very light and nicely made, they remind me of a closed Sennheiser HD600 in appearance. The initial listen was pleasant, but sounded a bit audiophilish versus musical. The bass was good, although I'm not used to having an abundance of bass, as I've been doing a lot of listening on my audio technica AD2000 which could definitely use a bit more of what the FA-003 has in the bass department. I've been letting them burn in and listening over the past day and they are sounding better as in more musically coherent. I'm still getting used the them, but I can see why a lot of people really enjoy them. They don't sound like a low end headphone, but rather a good middle tier headphone, on par with the K701, DT880, HD650, etc.
For the money, I think these are a very good bargain.
Ok, I now have about 70-80 hours on my FA-003 and the harshness and grain in the treble is pretty much all gone. The highs are now clear and refined, neither recessed nor emphasized - very neutral. The bass and treble are also very neutral . At low listening levels, I find the bass a little lacking, but at normal volumes the amount is just right. I am getting a little annoyed with the build - the hinges that hold the cups tend to creak a bit and the overall plasticy construction gives an impression of a rather weakly built product. Of course, only time will tell how durable these cans really are.
Is there enough room inside the earpads for large ears? Compared to say the DT770/880//990 pads?
How is the clamping force/pressure of the earcups on your head?
Yes. There should be plenty of room. The clamping force is minimal. It's a very comfy headphone for me. YMMV.
Shines! I was listening to some Copland on them last night and I had a big smile on my face. The imaging and positioning of the full orchestra is fantastic. On well mastered recordings, it sure is a real treat...especially when those timpani drums hit. Delicate pieces by Satie or Mozart are also fantastic. Stravinsky, Bach, Beethoven and Copland sound majestic at times.
So...what does all that mean? It means the FA-003's kick serious butt with well mastered classical music. Not only that....they kick butt with all other genres as long as the music is well mastered. Crap in...crap out. Majestic Awesomeness in....Majestic Awesomeness out.
I am thinking about getting these headphones but I was wondering if an amp would be necessary? If so what would you guys recommend for a cheap amp? I'll be using the headphones from my laptop.
I have tried using the FA-003 out of my portable Sony player and you need to crank up the volume a bit more than portable headphones, but otherwise works fine. They do sound better with a better source and amp.
I have been burning these headphones in for about 100 hours now and they do sound very good. I like that they have a very balanced presentation. They are closed and do not leak any sound, which is great. The pads are very comfortable.
Isolation is amazing. I took it to a meet and one member was listening to metal at a level of 83db and we though he wasn't listening to anything. It's very impressive.
They are actually the same in all aspects except for the housing. IMHO, the FA-002's are no slouch but the FA-003 sounds much better. Ironically, the FA-003 are closed yet have an open can sound. The FA-002 are open but have a closed can sound. It really comes down to preference. I think the better choice is the FA-003 because of the isolation and the natural sound signature.