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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

For those of you that are interested, the Final Audio Design website is now available in English - in addition to the original Japanese:

 

http://www.final-audio-design-e.com/products/

 

The English site is not complete - it's missing some pages available in the Japanese section, notably the after-sales service page. Still, it makes interesting reading. I suppose they will eventually update the site to include all pages. Anyway, am glad to see the English version - reading it in Japanese via Google Translate used to drive me crazy :) 

post #2 of 33

Alright we can finally put an end to this. The patented BA is a vented BA that benefits from the venting in the shell, getting similar results to a MA. 

post #3 of 33

Thanks firoze!

 

@Inks I was about to say the same, but you beat me to it.

 

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post #4 of 33
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^^ Inks, you are right, the BA is vented. The patent, however, seems to apply to the "BAM mechanism" (the green blob in the picture).

post #5 of 33

The patent pending BAM mechanism is both the green blob and the way the BA transducer is vented. 

post #6 of 33
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Could be. Whatever the BAM mechanism is though, the BA-SS is one superlative earphone!

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It is the most revealing iem I've heard that's for sure, I hadn't heard anything like it. 

post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 
When you say revealing, do you mean that in a good or bad way? What is your overall opinion of them?
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My listening session was brief but it was revealing to the point of negativity. It's hard to explain but it was too much to the point of disliking it somewhat, I couldn't tell what it was until I was told about how revealing it was. Maybe mental burn-in would've made it more pleasing but these are just my brief impressions. 

post #10 of 33
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Pity you could not listen to them at length. With this IEM, it's vital to get an absolutely correct fit. By fit, I don't mean just good isolation, but the depth and angle they fit into your ear. I've had them for two weeks now and am just getting to grips with them. A few times when I have managed to get a completely proper fit, they have sounded truly stunning - a vast 180° 3D soundstage with both delicacy and power. Then they don't sound peaky in the treble or too revealing at all - they sound just right. In fact they are very enjoyable with low-bitrate files too. Quite an extraordinary earphone, I must say!

post #11 of 33
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^ Actually it's not the detail or the soundstage that makes these IEM's special, rather it's their sheer musicality - music just flows from them, they sound so fluid, so at ease. They bring out the emotion of the music better than any other IEM I have heard.

post #12 of 33

IME the FI-BA-SS are at the same time highly musical and analytical IEMs. With well recorded material they sound absolutely fabulous, but I know no other phones that reveal mp3 artefacts or bad mastering in a similarly unforgiving manner. Same goes for a less-than-perfect fit, when other IEMs would just sound a bit brighter or slightly sibilant, the FI-BA-SS can become unbearably aggressive.

 

I'm still regarding them as the best IEMs I've heard (though the EX1000 are close, albeit with a very different signature) and they can be extremely rewarding when all requirements (source/material/fit) are met, but forgiveness is not a virtue with these phones.

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Just now read your fine review of the EX1000. Dunno how I missed that one! Wish I had known of them earlier, would have taken a listen when I was in Tokyo. Anyway, have you had a chance to compare them to the BA-SS side-by-side?

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They did sound great with a Steven Hoffman mastered Jazz album I tried (In ALAC) but very different to what I'm used at, I had mixed feelings. My fit seemed okay, it passed my fit test.  I always tend to get a really good seal with those type of shells but still can't say anything definitive in terms of the whole sonic presentation because it was a brief session.    

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Originally Posted by firoze View Post

Just now read your fine review of the EX1000. Dunno how I missed that one! Wish I had known of them earlier, would have taken a listen when I was in Tokyo. Anyway, have you had a chance to compare them to the BA-SS side-by-side?


Yes, it would have been nice to hear your impressions, also because I've come across some pretty contradicting opinions. But supposedly you'll get a chance to audition them sometime soon, will you? I haven't yet A/Bed them with the FI-BA-SS, but it's safe to say that they're much closer to the 1601 FADs than to their BA line. The 1601 sound is pretty uniquely colored though and the Sonys are more neutral and less mid-centric. But they have a truely special quality to their sound, at least in to my ears. I've bought quite a few (too many!) new IEMs during the last year, FX700, FI-BA-A1 and SB, e-Q5, GR10 and haven't been disappointed by any of them. Yet none of these managed to thrill me like the EX1000 and made me write a review within the first week, just to get the word out. smile_phones.gif

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