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post #91 of 2077
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Originally Posted by LFF View Post

I haven't heard the latest HD558/598 but I can give you direct comparisons with the HD600/650. wink_face.gif


Yeah I noticed.  There seems to a growing sentiment that the 598 might excel in certain areas the 600/650 which is why I ask.  I think based on how you and I hear we might fall into that camp.  I think clarity and bass response you covered.  Detail, resolution and imaging would be good if you get a chance.  TIA.

 


Edited by Anaxilus - 3/23/11 at 7:03pm
post #92 of 2077

The items that they're removing from the package to make it 500g(to ship to the US), they're not anything essential, are they?

 

Also, not trying to hijack the thread or anything, but to those who suggested the Fiio E9, I just bought mine on Ebay from a seller named nachy1818. It's priced $129 with free shipping in the US, but I offered $100 and it was accepted immediately. I don't know if he'll go any lower, but I'm certain he's going to accept $100. Hope it's not against the rules to make such a post.

post #93 of 2077
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Yeah I noticed.  There seems to a growing sentiment that the 598 might excel in certain areas the 600/650 which is why I ask.  I think based on how you and I hear we might fall into that camp.  I think clarity and bass response you covered.  Detail, resolution and imaging would be good if you get a chance.  TIA.

 


Looks like I might have to get my hands on some 598's...

 

As far as detail and resolution, I would place the FA-011's just slightly below par with the FA-003. This is strictly based on my sound signature preference as I feel the FA-003 is very accurate at retrieving detail and resolution when properly amped. The FA-011's slight emphasis on certain frequencies (bass and highs) allows it to bring up more detail and resolution, which will be inaccurate, but some people might prefer that over the accurate qualities of the FA-003's. As far as the imaging, the winner IMHO would be the FA-003 due to it's accurate imaging. The FA-011's imaging is still superb just not accurate...more like exaggerated...however, this is very pleasing to some people and can be helpful when gaming. I myself prefer an exaggerated soundstage when listening to most commercially recorded symphonic music.

 

All in all I feel the qualities of the FA-011's really comes down to what kind of sound you like. I know I am in the smaller camp that feels that neutral and accurate is better and should be more expensive than fun and musical. However, I can appreciate both and that's why I feel that if you own both the FA-003's and the FA-011's you should really be covered for anything and everything you may want to listen to at home not to mention you can achieve this by spending less than $500!! It really all boils down to what sound signature you love.

post #94 of 2077

Thanks for the response LFF.

 

How would you rate and compare the B&W P5, Fischer Audio FA-011 and the Beats by dre?

 

 I think the beats are just a fashion statement since everyone and including their mum and uncles have one and claim it is the best headphone in the world and nothing comes close to the beats headphones...

post #95 of 2077
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Originally Posted by legodt View Post

Is anybody else unnerved that Fischer is releasing high quality equipment such as their highly acclaimed Master Series alongside crappy drugstore headphones/IEMs? A business model like this is going to kill their reputation.


 



I have a few of their "drugstore" IEM's. In all honesty, it would do US consumers good to have those IEM's at their local drugstores. They are priced relatively close to gummies and other such IEM's and they sound much, much better. Why Fischer Audio hasn't burst through the US audio scene is beyond me as their offerings are fantastic, especially if you consider what you get for your money.

post #96 of 2077
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Originally Posted by iSkullz View Post

Thanks for the response LFF.

 

How would you rate and compare the B&W P5, Fischer Audio FA-011 and the Beats by dre?

 

 I think the beats are just a fashion statement since everyone and including their mum and uncles have one and claim it is the best headphone in the world and nothing comes close to the beats headphones...



I have not heard the B&W P5.

 

I think the FA-011's would murder the beats and stuff them down Dre's mouth and kill Dre in the process...

post #97 of 2077

LFF, when you say the highs are slightly emphasized, can you give an idea of how much?  Do they present themselves as bright like, say, a K701 does; or is it more of a slight bump in the upper mids to add air to the sounstage?


 

post #98 of 2077
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LFF, when you say the highs are slightly emphasized, can you give an idea of how much?  Do they present themselves as bright like, say, a K701 does; or is it more of a slight bump in the upper mids to add air to the sounstage?


 


More of a slight bump to add air.

 

post #99 of 2077

Thx LFF.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the 598 sometime.  I was very much the Senn hater for a long time despite Sennheiser being my introduction to high end headphones more than 20 years ago.  For me its been like having a long term relationship with a really hot chick you just can't stand.  Lots of ups and downs.  I'm on an upswing atm.  

 

I thought I was done w/ low priced phones but the 011 is very intriguing.  By appearances alone one would think the signatures of the 003 and 011 would be the inverse of what they are.  Fun and engaging in the closed can but neutral and accurate in the open one.  Fischer is very interesting.


Edited by Anaxilus - 3/23/11 at 9:08pm
post #100 of 2077

Thanks for the quick response.  If these have less sibilance issues than the K701 and offer resolution on par with an HD650 for this price then I'm very interested in a pair, as I'm sure many other people will be too as the word spreads.


 

post #101 of 2077
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I have not heard the B&W P5.

 

I think the FA-011's would murder the beats and stuff them down Dre's mouth and kill Dre in the process...


LMAO, that just made me hold my stomach laughing... I heard the B&W P5 at the Apple Store and it sounded good (even though i don't know what sounds good, because i'm new to this whole headphones business.. lol) but the price tag made me think twice and look around for other alternatives.

 

Hopefully when I get my FA-011's I will be glad with my purchase. beyersmile.png

post #102 of 2077
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Originally Posted by legodt View Post

Is anybody else unnerved that Fischer is releasing high quality equipment such as their highly acclaimed Master Series alongside crappy drugstore headphones/IEMs? A business model like this is going to kill their reputation.


 



It hasn't hurt Sennheiser :P They just have products for different groups. I find that a better idea than specializing in one particular group.

post #103 of 2077
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It hasn't hurt Sennheiser :P They just have products for different groups. I find that a better idea than specializing in one particular group.


Yeah, that's just business.  Some of their cheap IEMs do sound good btw like the SBs.  You can't keep making high-end heapdhones if you go out of business.  The only reason Ferrari ever sold a car to someone not a race car driver was to fund his racing team.  Even then, after awhile Fiat had to save its ass.

 


Edited by Anaxilus - 3/23/11 at 10:09pm
post #104 of 2077

Hahaha, I just did something totally crazy. I bought the FA-011 and HA-02 combo from them :)

post #105 of 2077

 

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The items that they're removing from the package to make it 500g(to ship to the US), they're not anything essential, are they?

 

Also, not trying to hijack the thread or anything, but to those who suggested the Fiio E9, I just bought mine on Ebay from a seller named nachy1818. It's priced $129 with free shipping in the US, but I offered $100 and it was accepted immediately. I don't know if he'll go any lower, but I'm certain he's going to accept $100. Hope it's not against the rules to make such a post.

 

They didn't have that notice when I ordered, so a bit disgruntled that they are taking them out. 

However, I believe those are easily replaceable for about $3 bucks plus shipping at monoprice and probably are equivalent or better, so shouldn't be a huge deal.  But still bit annoying.

 

For reference or if you need to "replace" the missing items:

 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021808&p_id=5588&seq=1&format=2

 

and

 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10429&cs_id=1042903&p_id=7169&seq=1&format=2

 


 

 

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Originally Posted by Szadzik View Post

Hahaha, I just did something totally crazy. I bought the FA-011 and HA-02 combo from them :)

 


Haha, cool.  I was tempted to do the same and was mighty curious about the HA-02 amp, since their portamp was pretty well received around here, and I never got to try it out since it's always out of stock.

 

You have got to put up a review/thoughts of that HA-02 sucker once you get it.  Most curious how it sounds, albeit, I'm guessing pretty good.

 

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