YO, Thanks for this review Pocket! I, like yourself, enjoy my bass. I am not one for the neutral/analytical/"balanced" phones out there. Though I have some, and only use them when I occasionally feel like listening to genre's other than Hip Hop (which is 85% of my listening)
I got my HA-FX101s in the mail just yesterday.. I wasn't sure what level of Greatness to expect since my primary buds before that were the Apple Earbuds (lol)
Ever seen dynamite blow up a small building/structure in real life? That's my mind, yesterday at approximately 3:30pm when the mailman delivered me my future. Just want to let YOU know that I appreciate this damn thread/review that you put together. And I look forward to future reviews from you. BASSSSSS <3
CRYING RN I swear I know the exact feeling.
Thank you, THANK YOU for sharing the EXTREME bass love! This means a lot, considering that in this website we are the minority );
The FX101 is possibly the best intro to IEM bass heaven. If I got the FX101 before the CX300, I would have immediately rejected the CX300 and I might never have had experienced the CX400/CX500. The FX101 bass is superior to that of the CX300 and just as good as the CX500 at normal loud volumes, except the FX101 bass can't go dangerously loud without bloating--you'll notice that beyond a certain point it immediately loses control and doesn't sound as deep anymore (also it can get sibilant on certain songs with lots of high screeching but EQ can fix that). But then the normal loud volume is already too loud for most people and I'm a special case since I'm looking forward to a life with hearing aids.
If one day you find yourself craving for more bass just to see how loud you can take it, and the FX101 suddenly bloats that airy, unshapely bass sound, you're in luck because only last week I found a seller from Amazon Japan that sells authentic CX400's and CX500's. I bought a CX400 and a CX500 (for a total of $80 shipped from Japan to the US) and compared them with my authentic CXL400 I got from Newegg some years ago, and they're the real deal. I can confirm that the CX500 is just the CX400 with a volume control, but the CX500 is almost double the price of the CX400. If you just want to order the CX400, it will cost $42.51 total ($18-$22 Tenso shipping up to three headphones). To me, the CX400 is worth much more than that (in this hi-fi website review the reviewer thought the CX500 was $500 and he concluded that it was worth the price, only to find it's less than $90) so I bought three more pairs LOL because I have a feeling I'll never see anything like them again. I will update this thread with the CX400 and CX500 reviews (since they're the exact same as the CXL400 I'll just post pictures and a few words ) and will include link to the trusted Japanese seller plus instructions on using Tenso.
After spending now more than $500 in the last 2 months on "budget"-fi I haven't found anything that gets even close to the CX400/CX500 other than the FX101. Given the difficulty of finding authentic CX400's the FX101 is the best "no audiophile BS" bet for extreme bassheads. I'm really, really happy for you.