Originally Posted by MoonYeol
vwinter, your impressions pretty much gave me a heart attack here at 7 am.. until the last few sentences. That's kind of the opposite of the last episode of Lost. Anyway. Appreciate your honesty. It's always good to know strengths and weaknesses.
You know better than anybody what you're trying to convey through your writing. What I read doesn't seem like nitpicking as it is pretty important things, the part where you feel the sounds don't reach you and the feeling that there's a glass between you and the music.
But your impressions certainly do give us a more balanced image of the FA-4E and that's really something that is needed. Perhaps one of the greatest flaws has been brought to light. Something for others to consider and compare to other iems.
Don't worry. They're very good. I really like them. These points are brought up when making mental comparison comparisons to expectations, the best I've heard, what I personally look for in sound, and best case scenarios.
Many people around here say you want to find someone you hear similarly too. I personally think it's important to find someone who looks for the same things when reviewing or analyzing sound. If you don't look for the same things as I do, then everything I've written doesn't even matter. And you can tell which parts if what I wrote were born of hopes rather than descriptions or transcriptions. I hope these are a pleasant surprise for you after I shattered your expectations through at least one bloodshot eye.
Originally Posted by Cecala
Great review, I judge certain films(one of my other vices) with your methodology when called upon. The film is so good that certain scenes or aspects slighty let it down and prevent it form achieving high status.
Just remember and take a look at vwinter's profile, he is coming from and comparing the Fischers to some of the best available. This nitpicking says to me at least that the phones in test are merely very very good and only just miss out on being amongst the very best. Also don't forget the price differential here. You have to spend sometimes double and more to get that last 5%. A figure so small that you spend more time NOT enjoying the music because you are analysing the sound signals. This bodes very well for the Fischers.
Your film analysis analogy is spot on.
Everything I've heard has some parts I wish we're better. A lot of "if only..." moments haha. Then again it's the little flaws that make things interesting sometimes.
Originally Posted by Kurdt-bada
I don't agree with that glass between the sound due to how clear, detailed and not laid back they sound, if you compare them with the sm3 v2 or ex 1000 iems you can listen how veiled and muddy they are in comp, another thing i disagree is that frequencies are detached if you compare them with iems like the um3x or sm3 you can see more coherency and natural sound with great separation in a spacious stage.
But ive only listened to 5 top tier iems and im using custom tips with them,also my music taste differs from most of the people and as you can see not very good describing iems, so my perspective is limited or i could mix some concepts, as our friend music said take a pinch of salt
Thanks for your review, glad after those issues still find the fa 4e among the best iems you have heard!
I used the term glass specifically because there isn't a veil there. It's more of an invisible barrier, but that's less evocative of the imagery I was trying to express to reflect the sound.
What I was trying to say was that I heard the entire sound a bit detached from the listener, ie the glass pane. But in regard to them being detached from each other, as in not of the same character, ie the coherency paragraph, then I stand by my comments. It's not the best I've heard and that's all I was trying to express. I likened it to the 1plus2 which many people hear as having no coherency "problems."
They're only "issues" when hoping for the best and the FA-4E has grown on me rather quickly. But it's not perfect.