My musical tastes vary a fair bit... I prefer the sig of the Fishers over the 4A.i. To me, they sound more neutral than the Heir's do. Not a particularly popular opininon in the 4A.i appreciation thread....
I agree. But I even prefer the UE900. It has better extension in both ends and coming from dynamic transducers this is something that matters to me. Plus, the UE900 is more relaxed - sadly in effect also a worse timbre.
FA-3E for me fits the category "take it and shut up - you don't need anything better."
Totally agree! Although... Im using a DIY Toxic Cables silver / gold cable with mine, which has given me a bit more out of them.
Auditioning the 4A.i and 3A.i was a bit of a revelation for me. I had been looking around for something more than I currently had, as I guess most of us on headfi are. To me, the Fa-3e always sounded great, but I always assumed there would be much better out there for a bit more money. If they were so good, then loads of people would be using them, and there would be more reviews right?
After trying something I had read so many good things about, and finding I prefered what I already had, where to go next? I heard very good things about the Fit Ear TO GO! So, for my budget, there is no going forward for the forseable future.
To cut short, it made me appreciate the Fa-3e a whole lot more, and reminded me to stop being a gear head, and sit down to enjoy the music! Surely there is more out there for my particular sound sig tastes, but at what price? I have been doing the whole upgrade / tweak / audition thing for 2 years now, and at this point in time, im sticking with what I have, which is pretty damn good to my ears.
Sorry to take this off topic, and for my ramblings. And sorry for referancing the 4A.i so much, but its the most recent thing I have auditioned.