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post #1081 of 3933
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post #1082 of 3933

I have Adagio V. It sounds on the bright side and treble focus, not so details on the low mid. The bad is the fitting for my ears, the stainless steel housing is solid but heavy, my ears are pain after half an hour of wearing it. So I decided to sell it off frown.gif

 

Last month I have a chance to audition the FI-BA-SS, the 1st word came to my mind was 'WOW', superb clarity, separation and the vocals just feel alive. It paired straight from Hippo Biscuit (without amp), tried with iphone4s (direct from headphone jack) it sounds average.

post #1083 of 3933

The Heaven VI becomes even more remarkable to me the more I spend time with them. 

 

They are the single head/earphone I carry with me at all times. I'm not comfortable taking the FI-BA-SS out on the go quite yet. I don't need that level of detail in the office. The Heaven VI is more similar to the FI-BA-SS than not. It's more colored sounding, has a thicker sound - which can be quite enjoyable since the FI-BA-SS is the most transparent and detailed earphone I have ever heard by a long shot. The VI is still wonderfully detailed and textured, almost as much as the SS. 

 

What's spectacular about the VI is it's remarkably realistic timbre and tone compared to others. It makes my ES5 sound like a thick foggy mess with violin and piano. Compared to the very transparent Signature Pro, it's not quite as realistic, but it's much more musical. Final Audio, with the VI found the perfect balance of naturalness while still being engaging and musical. 

 

Playing with the tips changed the sound for me. I use the small type "B" tips. Whereas with Shure, Westone, Comply I usually am medium or large. So I encourage you to play with the different tips despite your preconceptions about your size. The wider openings on the type B helped calm down that lively high-mid energy, interestingly enough. 

 

I believe the VI is a tremendous value. Only problems are the microphonics. I solve that easily by passing the wire over the ear when I want to. I have no issues with comfort. 

 

Edit: I cannot fail to mention the spectacular cohesion to the sound as a result of the single armature. And Imaging is far above average for an IEM - especially multi-BA's. 


Edited by SoundFreaq - 2/12/13 at 11:34am
post #1084 of 3933

Yeah, the imagining on the Heaven VI is really stunning.

post #1085 of 3933
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

The Heaven VI becomes even more remarkable to me the more I spend time with them. 

They are the single head/earphone I carry with me at all times. I'm not comfortable taking the FI-BA-SS out on the go quite yet. I don't need that level of detail in the office. The Heaven VI is more similar to the FI-BA-SS than not. It's more colored sounding, has a thicker sound - which can be quite enjoyable since the FI-BA-SS is the most transparent and detailed earphone I have ever heard by a long shot. The VI is still wonderfully detailed and textured, almost as much as the SS. 

What's spectacular about the VI is it's remarkably realistic timbre and tone compared to others. It makes my ES5 sound like a thick foggy mess with violin and piano. Compared to the very transparent Signature Pro, it's not quite as realistic, but it's much more musical. Final Audio, with the VI found the perfect balance of naturalness while still being engaging and musical. 

Playing with the tips changed the sound for me. I use the small type "B" tips. Whereas with Shure, Westone, Comply I usually am medium or large. So I encourage you to play with the different tips despite your preconceptions about your size. The wider openings on the type B helped calm down that lively high-mid energy, interestingly enough. 

I believe the VI is a tremendous value. Only problems are the microphonics. I solve that easily by passing the wire over the ear when I want to. I have no issues with comfort. 

Edit: I cannot fail to mention the spectacular cohesion to the sound as a result of the single armature. And Imaging is far above average for an IEM - especially multi-BA's. 

Can you further explain what you mean more colored sounding than the SS? The Heaven VI sounds like something I could be interested in, if its relatively similar to the SS but thicker sounding.
post #1086 of 3933
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Can you further explain what you mean more colored sounding than the SS? The Heaven VI sounds like something I could be interested in, if its relatively similar to the SS but thicker sounding.

 

That's exactly it: similar to the SS in some respects, but thicker.

post #1087 of 3933
Same level of bass boost, slightly forward vocals and treble energy? Just slightly less resolving and transparent due to thicker note? If so, sounds good.
post #1088 of 3933
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Same level of bass boost, slightly forward vocals and treble energy? Just slightly less resolving and transparent due to thicker note? If so, sounds good.

 

Thicker notes, yeah. Also the thickness comes from a slightly more impactful bottom-end. I can actually feel the air moving due to the Heaven VI's use of FAD's BAM.

 

Treble on the Heaven VI isn't brighter than the FI-BA-SS, about on par, but it's a wee bit less refined and has a bit of glare on some tracks that the FI-BA-SS doesn't have. So it's a little paradoxical: the Heaven VI is more forgiving, yet a little more rough around the edges.

 

Here are my extended impressions comparing the two:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/613641/final-audio-design-appreciation-discussion-thread/825#post_9003999

post #1089 of 3933

That pretty much sums it up in a nutshell. I really like the VI. Give it some time - don't be hasty to judge. Like everything fine, it takes patience to savor. 

post #1090 of 3933
Thanks for the link!
post #1091 of 3933
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I believe the VI is a tremendous value. Only problems are the microphonics. I solve that easily by passing the wire over the ear when I want to. I have no issues with comfort. 

 

I wonder how well one can wear these over the ear, considering their outward angled strain reliefs? I had a hard time doing it with the Ety MC5, and their angle seems to be similar.

 

post #1092 of 3933

James, the short answer is not easily. I found the ergonomics of the Heaven IV troublesome. The flat cable seemed awkward and microphonic. I didn't spend a lot of time with it though. I still want to hear the Heaven VI.

post #1093 of 3933

Ergonomics have never been FAD's strong point (1601, I'm looking at you...). Well, that and packaging. At least until recently.

 

I personally find the Heaven IV / VI to be very comfortable. Cable is slightly microphonic and coils up, but nowhere near to the level of the stock TO GO! 334 cable.

post #1094 of 3933

The Heaven <Insert Roman Numeral Here/> has been comfortable for me too, but it is annoying to wear over the ear, though not impossible. The included neck cinch with the Heaven VI will make it easier to wear over-the-ear. I believe the new design was meant to be worn downwards, though. The outward canting angle was made such that when you insert it deeply, the natural upward angle of the ear canal would allow the cables to trail straight downwards. The flat cables, I'm sure they just chose that for their Beats-like cool factor, unfortunately. Far, far better than the flat cables of the Heaven S, though. Not nearly as coily.

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I wonder how well one can wear these over the ear, considering their outward angled strain reliefs? I had a hard time doing it with the Ety MC5, and their angle seems to be similar.

 

 

 

Works quite well for me. 

 

 

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