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post #3421 of 6695
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Originally Posted by akarise View Post
 

That's interesting, I've read in several coverage reports on this year's CanJam that the prototype Pandora VIII's sound was actually lacking compared to the Pandora Hope VI, obviously due to it being an early prototype. What sources said that the VIII was better? Or if you've heard both for yourself, could you say in more detail what was better about the VIII?

 

Is that right? I can't say I've been keeping up with reports on the Pandoras. I actually heard both for myself at the recent Mook Festival in Singapore. In fact, Takai-san was the one who steered me towards to the AK stall where the Pandora VIII was being showcased together with the AK120.  What I thought was better was that the soundstage was wider and more precise, while the bass was tighter and the treble more controlled. Because of that, it sounded much clearer than the Pandora VI. But mind you, I was on it for about 15 minutes only. 

 

What I understand from Jaben is that the Pandora VIII is now scheduled to arrive early 2014. Fingers crossed. Takai-san is a bit of a perfectionist and won't release a product until he is happy with it. I understand he worked on the metalwork of the current Pianoforte range for about 2 years before he agreed for them to be released commercially.

post #3422 of 6695

Impatience.

 

 

 

post #3423 of 6695
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post
 

 

Is that right? I can't say I've been keeping up with reports on the Pandoras. I actually heard both for myself at the recent Mook Festival in Singapore. In fact, Takai-san was the one who steered me towards to the AK stall where the Pandora VIII was being showcased together with the AK120.  What I thought was better was that the soundstage was wider and more precise, while the bass was tighter and the treble more controlled. Because of that, it sounded much clearer than the Pandora VI. But mind you, I was on it for about 15 minutes only. 

 

What I understand from Jaben is that the Pandora VIII is now scheduled to arrive early 2014. Fingers crossed. Takai-san is a bit of a perfectionist and won't release a product until he is happy with it. I understand he worked on the metalwork of the current Pianoforte range for about 2 years before he agreed for them to be released commercially.

 

Has the Pandora VIII being showcased already? I thought they were showing Pandora 4 & 6.

post #3424 of 6695
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Originally Posted by autumnholy View Post

Has the Pandora VIII being showcased already? I thought they were showing Pandora 4 & 6.

Yup! They were being showcased in the last Mook Festival in Singapore, albeit at the AK120 booth. The Pandora IV and VI were showcased at the Final Audio booth. Takai-San had directed me to the AK120 booth to listen to the VIII as well.
post #3425 of 6695

Oh did he disclose what's his expected SRP for Pandora 8?

post #3426 of 6695
Sadly, no.
post #3427 of 6695
Anyone heard about this so called upgrade to fi bass?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/693997/ba-ss-ssmcx-astel-and-kern
post #3428 of 6695

Astell & Kern is the new worldwide distributor for FAD, and they're more or less rebranding pre-existing earphones for international sale. I'm extremely skeptical that it's sonically improved over the previous FI-BA-SS regardless of what the poster (who seems to have signed up solely to sell FAD products?) might say. It might be tuned specifically for the A&K players in the same way the re-branded Heaven IV was, so synergy-wise it could be improved in that sense, but really I think the main feature here is the detachable cable.

 

I think all FAD earphones would benefit from this, as the cable has typically been the weakest aspect of their build quality IMHO.

 

AFAIK the only "different" sounding FI-BA-SS is the slightly warmer [non detachable] white cabe version available only to employees.

post #3429 of 6695

^ I haven't, but call me intrigued. Trying to imagine a "much clearer sound" than the original FI-BA-SS proves to be a bit hard though.

 

Edit: you beat me MF. ;)


Edited by james444 - 12/7/13 at 9:30am
post #3430 of 6695
SS doesn't have the best of clarity in the lower mids and doesn't have that much airyness, so that can be improved
post #3431 of 6695

Some sunny day they're gonna come for you:

 

 

Whisper:

 

 

 

Shout:

 

 

 

Scream:

 

post #3432 of 6695

This morning I decided to bring out the 1601 SC and 1602 SC. I was in a mood to listen to Coil and Swans, and few other earphones "do it" for me with these bands quite like the FADs.

 

Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!

 

When it's really cold outside, you'll want to warm these up a bit in your hands first. Inserting them into my ear holes was quite a freezing experience. Just part of the charm I guess.

 

Anyway, here's some Swans. Listen with your Piano Fortes preferably.

 

 

 


Edited by MuppetFace - 12/10/13 at 4:59am
post #3433 of 6695

By the way, I still get more questions about the Piano Fortes than any other earphones, so I'm finally going to crack down on myself and write that guide to FAD I've been meaning to do for ages. Basically, I'm going to do my best to describe the character of every production and post-production FAD model and compare them to one another. I'm just missing two very specific models: the 1601 SS (the stainless precursor to the PF IX) and the 1350 M2 (the polished version).

 

Oh, and the new Heaven II. Haven't heard that one yet.

 

Hopefully I'll be getting the Pandora Hope VI and VIII sooner rather than later, and then it'll just be a matter of adding all the other models as they come out in the coming year. I debated whether to include the Muramasa VIII or not since it never really even made it into production, but I figured why not for completion's sake.

 

My dream is to eventually expand this to include FAD's pre-Molex days, specifically their MUSIC series of amplifiers and pre-amps, their OPUS horn speakers (both wood and metal versions), and the Parthenon turntable. Out of everything FAD has ever made, it's the original 70s Parthenon turntable I covet the most, even beyond those ridiculous new six figure OPUS speakers. Unfortunately it's hard to source information for pre-Molex FAD, much less actually get to audition these things. A friend of mine is doing something similar with Moth Audio, another one of this hobby's true art houses. 

 

Maybe some day this will end up being the most complete FAD guide on the net.

 

So yeah, hooray for FAD and not being lazy.


Edited by MuppetFace - 12/10/13 at 5:12am
post #3434 of 6695

Seriously looking forward for the grand Review-cum-History of FAD. That's one really unique audio company.

post #3435 of 6695
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post
 

By the way, I still get more questions about the Piano Fortes than any other earphones, so I'm finally going to crack down on myself and write that guide to FAD I've been meaning to do for ages. Basically, I'm going to do my best to describe the character of every production and post-production FAD model and compare them to one another. I'm just missing two very specific models: the 1601 SS (the stainless precursor to the PF IX) and the 1350 M2 (the polished version).

 

Oh, and the new Heaven II. Haven't heard that one yet.

 

Hopefully I'll be getting the Pandora Hope VI and VIII sooner rather than later, and then it'll just be a matter of adding all the other models as they come out in the coming year. I debated whether to include the Muramasa VIII or not since it never really even made it into production, but I figured why not for completion's sake.

 

My dream is to eventually expand this to include FAD's pre-Molex days, specifically their MUSIC series of amplifiers and pre-amps, their OPUS horn speakers (both wood and metal versions), and the Parthenon turntable. Out of everything FAD has ever made, it's the original 70s Parthenon turntable I covet the most, even beyond those ridiculous new six figure OPUS speakers. Unfortunately it's hard to source information for pre-Molex FAD, much less actually get to audition these things. A friend of mine is doing something similar with Moth Audio, another one of this hobby's true art houses. 

 

Maybe some day this will end up being the most complete FAD guide on the net.

 

So yeah, hooray for FAD and not being lazy.

 

 

Yes! This is a post I look forward to.

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