Budget Earbud Showdown (hammered out quickly)
Emx500 vs FAAEAL 32 ohm
For starters, Ive listened to these both for about 2 weeks, maybe more, as my main buds. Day to day I have not noticed much difference in quality, they are both very close in overall sound quality and signature that said I think there are some differences.
My impression is that the FAAEAL 32 is smoother and more more spacious than the EMX500, while the EMX500 is stronger and more crisp. This , again, is a subtle distinction between the two, to the point where I think my opinion might fail on a blind listening test. If I were to go for detail and clarity i think I would pick the emx500...its a bit more..stark? perhaps faaeal is less fatigue-ing.
I find the faaeal to be more relaxing and smooth.
EMX500 has a lower bass centre and feels bassier, but faaeal has a beautiful bass bounce to its sound, you know, that nice round sound when a bass note or low drum is hit, but it is not as powerful.
On the EMX500, the lowness in sound on the African JuJu music track I’m testing as I type this on slightly muffles nearbye frequencies on EMX500 because of its dominance. The EMX500 has crisper highs and high mids, it crackles like glass compared to faaeal like new paper (exaggerated metaphor for a subtle difference) Still, as I scrutinize the two, the faaeal feels slightly lighter, maybe a bit too strong in highs.
Both your basic mx500 shell. There are the slightest microphonics from the emx500 , however, and keep in mind i am extremely picky when it comes to microphincs and rejected wearing the faaeal 64 ohm for the reason the twisty cord plastic rubbed inside the earbud shelland I only find the emx500 microphonics to be the absolute minor of annoyances, and not an issue at all for. The emx500 cable is a tad stiff, not even sure if thats bad tbh. I prefer my faaeal 32 cable though, its my favourite cord ever in an earbud. It is a twisty cable covered in clear plastic. It just feels great, like it wont tangle as much, the right thicknes, length. Just feels like quality to me. Though I suppose that gold emx500 cable will appeal to some, especially first time earbud buyers who haven't owned anything that looks like that before.
Overall so far:
I can’t decide which I like better, probablly as soon as i post this my mind will change. However I see them as neck and neck, and the Faaeal is cheaper, though the emx500 reviews and bass will clearly be attractive to many here. And again, I think they are both in the same ballpark, difference is about the same as monk and monk plus, yuin pk2/pk3, or grado sr60 and sr80, perhaps even less difference to my ears. The Emx500 is definitly one of my top buds now (see my profile for my preferences).
Edited by tinkertailor - 4/19/17 at 7:27am