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post #3556 of 4523

Can anyone give me some info on the Piano Forte Ⅷ? I cant find a decent review or anything :(

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Heaven IV

 

https://www.buysmartjapan.com/index.php/en-us/product-index-K0000360428-f27b3c0a8003b3d890c1f7ee2e50986c.html

 

Absolutely amazing for the price.

 

 

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I have the Heaven IV, I also like dance and electronic, they're very good for this and don't disappoint on the other things you asked about. Also I may be selling mine very soon and upgrading. They're less than a month old.

 

I can't decide between these and the Dunu DN-1000. I mainly listen to Korean pop music (Female vocals) and dance music. Not really sure what to go for.

 

Out of curiosity, why are you upgrading and what to?

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Originally Posted by Mackem View Post
 

 

 

 

I can't decide between these and the Dunu DN-1000. I mainly listen to Korean pop music (Female vocals) and dance music. Not really sure what to go for.

 

Out of curiosity, why are you upgrading and what to?

I haven't heard the Dunu's sorry, maybe do some research into both, although you will likely find all the FAD info in this thread :)

I am either upgrading the the Sennheiser IE800 or Piano Forte VIII, Im not sure yet, still doing research myself.

post #3559 of 4523
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post  Did you guys hear about these CIEMs? The Final Audio X?



http://www.feversound1.com/131205-ect-2014/

 

Just to set the record straight, those are UERMs --- someone made a big boo boo captioning that photo.

 

FWIW, Fever Sound seems to be oriented toward traditional hi-fi, rather than head-fi, so their writers likely know little to nothing about IEMs.

 

How do I know?

  1. The connectors are UE style. The only other company that does it that way is UM, which basically ripped off UE's connectors.
  2. The initials on the concha portion are done UE style. Above the initials, if you zoom in closely, you'll sort of make out the letters "UE RM"
  3. The two high and mid drivers are stacked on top of each other, and are the exact same size/configuration as how it is in the UERM. There's a woofer hidden behind all the reflections, and it looks big CI sized. So, UERM.
  4. I spoke to Kanemori Takai in person a few weeks ago. I had the UERM with me, and he flat out made fun of my CIEMs, saying that he thinks they look ugly.

 

So no, FAD is not making CIEMs, nor are they prototyping drivers inside those CIEM shells.

 

Instead, Astell&Kern is likely partnering with UE, and evidence points in favor of this partnership, as UE has done giveaways with the AK120 already.

post #3560 of 4523
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I haven't heard the Dunu's sorry, maybe do some research into both, although you will likely find all the FAD info in this thread :)

I am either upgrading the the Sennheiser IE800 or Piano Forte VIII, Im not sure yet, still doing research myself.

IE 800 are boring, like every other Sennheiser, more or less.

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Originally Posted by quantx View Post
 

IE 800 are boring, like every other Sennheiser, more or less.

I have owned them before, but now regret selling them, I like the enhanced bass.

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Originally Posted by AudioJunki3 View Post
 

I haven't heard the Dunu's sorry, maybe do some research into both, although you will likely find all the FAD info in this thread :)

I am either upgrading the the Sennheiser IE800 or Piano Forte VIII, Im not sure yet, still doing research myself.

 

Those are two seriously different sound signatures. The PF series are quite mid-centric, limited bass extension/slam, and certainly not an all-rounder. But when they are on, they are quite unique and involving.

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Just had another listening session with my FAD 1601s today, acoustic pieces like this one sound nothing short of amazing on them (and supposedly on the PFs too):

 

 

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Those are two seriously different sound signatures. The PF series are quite mid-centric, limited bass extension/slam, and certainly not an all-rounder. But when they are on, they are quite unique and involving.

Yes, I am leaning toward the IE800 as I know I like those, but I'm unsure about the PF's

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Another review of the Pandora Hope VI, and this one is absolutely glowing: https://stozz-audio.jux.com/2129426

 

Can anyone who has heard the PHVI voice whether they agree or disagree with this review?

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Originally Posted by akarise View Post
 

Another review of the Pandora Hope VI, and this one is absolutely glowing: https://stozz-audio.jux.com/2129426

 

Can anyone who has heard the PHVI voice whether they agree or disagree with this review?

 

LOL... That's too sparkling. Indeed it has its own shortcomings to my ears.

 

Basically (as a fan) I'm all impressed on how PHVI redefines music using its new technology. However, it's still FAD, and FAD isn't really suitable for rock n hard stuffs to me. It's more like jazz, classical, vocals, etc. Lush and smooth? Definitely tick. It's silky smooth. Staging isn't really that massive, but more depth definitely due to the positioning of the dynamic driver I guess. FWIW, it isn't that forward sounding like the Heaven series. I guess if you use a thicker padding, you'll feel even far away from the music source.

post #3567 of 4523
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Originally Posted by akarise View Post
 

Another review of the Pandora Hope VI, and this one is absolutely glowing: https://stozz-audio.jux.com/2129426

 

Can anyone who has heard the PHVI voice whether they agree or disagree with this review?

 

I have the Hope VI and my impressions are more similar to ostewart's. The lows are not fast to me, but the impressive rumbling sub bass is true. Highs are smooth but extension isn't really like great. 

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Thanks for the input! Yeah I thought that review was too good, didn't want my expectations to get too crazy lol.

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I have to say, while the Pandora Hope VI is by no means perfect, it is one of the most impressive consumer products FAD has released thus far in my opinion. 

 

FAD seems to have really strived to make the Pandora Hope VI balanced sounding. No one area of the FR stands out well beyond the others to me. While the treble isn't as sparkly and bright as certain other audiophile headphones, I for one don't think it's lacking in extension. Overall, the Piano Forte VI sounds fairly natural to me in the way its voiced. It has an effortless quality, and just about any genre I've tried is handled by the Pandora Hopes respectably to my ears. I wouldn't really describe these as "thick" sounding, but they have a warm timbre. Most FADs do. What appeals to me most about their signature is the way they convey energy with passion but without sounding too aggressive; they are easy for me to listen to for extended periods without developing fatigue, and they have a more polite quality versus the somewhat ruder FI-BA-SS. Their midrange is definitely less immediate than the other FAD BAs, but it's thankfully not "sucked-out" to me. Their sense of scale is not particularly massive in terms of staging, but imaging seems quite precise and placement is well defined within that space.

 

As for that linked review, I do like the passion the person has, but if you're going to assign numerical scores to things ("10/10"), then you're committing to using metrics and should have some kind of comparison. For instance "better than Audez'e" should be replaced by a more specific reference---which Audez'e?---along with how, specifically, one feels it's better. Comparative scores would make the "10/10" a bit more meaningful. As it stands all the "10/10" really is is just another synonym for the person's enthusiasm.


Edited by MuppetFace - 1/6/14 at 8:21am
post #3570 of 4523
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Originally Posted by AudioJunki3 View Post
 

Yes, I am leaning toward the IE800 as I know I like those, but I'm unsure about the PF's

Totally different sound sigs and monsters like woodcans said. I doubt anyone would describe PFs as all-rounders. 

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