My earsonics sm3 v2 have an issue on the left side so I'm going to compare a bit the sony ex1000 and the fa 4e xb
I'm using both with custom tips and an ibasso d4 + lg optimus 2x phone with a good lod cable:
sony ex1000: you can hear in this song sony's ex 1000 bass excellence drums have nice impact, bass lines have superb texture and are very present, timbre is quite real all in a very wide enviroment. detail is good and clarity is not bad. you have to turn the volume above to try to match fa 4e detail and transparency, in this song ex 1000 doesn't suffer of bad instrument separation.
fischer fa 4e: Everything sounds inmediately more clear specially the center of the sound, the ex1000 sounds a bit dark in comparation and less detailed. Drums have more or less the same impact a bit less I'd say. bass lines are very present but not as present as in the ex1000, texture is superb too. soundstage is definitely not as wide as the ex1000 but still wide and not congested at all. instrument separation and imaging are in another tier you can easily pick each instrument an everything feels more 3d.
Overall bass performance is better in the ex1000 but quite close though.
, while the ex 1000 provide very good punch in the drums, the claps sound great and the stage is wide. I still feel there is a hollow in the sound, detail and instrument separation. This song doesn't sound good through the ex1000.
With the fa 4e it's like watch a hd movie compared to the ex1000 performance due the brightness and clarity. The center of the sound comes quite more alive and clear, the noise of the guitars is more present and detailed, again you can easily pick each sound or instrument and feel the air between those in a wide stage. the punch of the drums is addictive combined with the clarity of the claps, same quantity as the ex1000 and superb perfomance, i don't miss ex1000 bass at all here.
Again the fa 4e sounds more hi fi showing more detail, transparency and separation, it's clearly on another technical level to my ears, while the ex1000 provide a good amount of detail here. I'd say soundstage is a bit wider on the ex1000 and bass have a bit more punch and overall quality but only a bit.
To resume in my opinion what you get with fa 4e is a close bass-spaciousness performance with a dynamic iem and the best qualities of a really well tuned balanced iem showing odds of detail, transparency with a nice treble extension and not too warm mids. remember that the fa4e bass drivers are vented.
Edited by Kurdt-bada - 10/23/13 at 7:33am