Originally Posted by Cecala
Thank you for that.
All we need now, for me at least, is for the ASG2, FitEar Parterre and SD3 to be thrown in for a camparison.
Here's what I wrote in a different thread:
"As for the FA-4Es, I've only spent about 2 hrs with them, and for the price (385€, and cheaper possibly if you live outside the EU) they are a pretty impressive IEM, and at half the price of the Parterres, made in Germany, with excellent ergonomics and very good build quality, the FA-4E is a no brainer in my book—so far, at least sonically, that's what my ears tell me, too. But, but, BUT, you know how crazy things get in our so-called hobby, where some of us are prepared to pay a high premium for minimal SQ improvements; bottom line: the Parterres are a more refined and sophisticated phone, with a better tonal balance. Really, words such as "delicate, "smooth", and "sophisticated" are quite fitting to describe this IEM. Again, this is what my ears keep telling me."
I should add that those "minimal SQ improvements" may genuinely be considered bigger or smaller depending on what those 'small' differences mean to each individual. Some people, however, as is always the case, will always exaggerate when describing said differences ("night and day" / "...wipes the floor...") simply because of the price difference, the hand-made aspect of FitEars universals, materials used... and availability of these products. In a blind test, however, I'm convinced ordinary people who enjoy music quite a bit would find these differences pretty small and would be pretty shocked at the price difference. Hey, 385€ is A LOT of money already!
Originally Posted by sect44
Music, I happen to have CK100PRO and you are spot on: bright sound with great detail, not bassy at all, amazing mids, excellent build quality, but ergonomics....
I spent some days with the FI-BA-SS and what an amazing phone. Now I know what raw sound means. I would dare to say that both share similar sound signatures and if Im not mistaken guess you'd appreciate CK100PRO signature.
Now, if you dont mind compare briefly FA-4S to FI-BA-SS I would greatly apreciate.
Yes, I think I'd enjoy the CK100 Pro, too.
As for the FI-BA-SS vs FA-4, they're two different beasts. The SS can be merciless with poorly mastered tracks / albums because, as you already know, it's a very revealing phone. The SS won't be harsh like the EX1000 can be with that same poorly mastered material, but it's a phone fewer people would enjoy, I think, specially if they listen to mainstream modern pop, rock and metal. I personally still prefer the SS's tonal balance, which is closer to a reference type of sound (less coloured). With the music the SSs shine with the FA-4s just don't cut it, or don't quite cut it to the same level.
The FA-4, by contrast, is forgiving of poorly mastered albums, ie you can still very much enjoy them, hence my calling them an excellent all-rounder but, unlike the likes of the UM3X, W4, CK100, SE535, SE530, UM2 & SM3, the FA-4 has very good treble presence and extension and also the not so infrequent missing sub-bass presence many IEMs seem to lack.
If people were given the SS & FA-4 in a blind test, I'm pretty sure more people would choose the FA-4 given that it's more speaker like, with a grander (3D) sound and is, therefore, on the whole, a more exciting IEM. If you then add the fact the SS's have a fixed cable that doesn't inspire much confidence…
BUT, BUT, I feel I have to remind people that as good as the FA-4 is, it will still not be for everyone.
Edited by music_4321 - 8/18/13 at 1:16am