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  1. Army-Firedawg
    A surprisingly musical experience.
    Written by Army-Firedawg
    Published Oct 23, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Lightweight, charging case, (when used with memory foam tips) comfortable, easy to pair, musical sounding
    Cons - Won't stay in ear without memory foam tips, disappointing bass
    I find it extremely flattering when a company I’ve done a review for in the past reaches out to me again later on to do another review on one of their new products. As such is the case with Blitzwolf and their new BW-FYE-1 true wireless earbuds. So without further adieu, allow me to share my thoughts on the FYE-1 true wireless earbuds.


    A little about me

    I would like to say that first and foremost I am NOT an “audiophile” but rather an audio enthusiast. I listen to music to enjoy it. Do I prefer a lossless source? Yes, of course. But I can still be very happy streaming from Pandora or even my YouTube “My Mix” playlist. I also prefer equipment that sounds the best to me personally regardless of what frequency response it has or rather or not it's “sonically accurate” and I always have and shall continue to encourage others to do the same.

    I'm a firefighter for both the civilian and military sector and the cliché of wanting to do this since I was born couldn't be more present with me. I've worked hard over the last several years to earn this position and now it's time for me to work even harder to keep it.

    My interests/hobbies are powerlifting, fishing and relaxing to audio products and reviewing them to help other decide on what products would work for them. Few things make me as an audio enthusiast/review feel more accomplished than when someone tells me that I helped them find the type of sound they've always been looking for.

    Now, the sound signature I personally favor is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotional experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice some of that if I'm presented with a clean, warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.

    My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have nice extension and detail reveal with a smooth roll off up top as to not become harsh in the least. Examples of products that have given me chills and keep giving me the yearning for more feels are the (in no particular order) Bowers & Wilkins P7, Oppo PM-1/2, Empire Ears Hermes VI & Zeus XIV, Audeze LCD-XC, Meze Headphones 99 Classics.

    Equipment used at least some point during the review

    -Sources

    -LG V20/HP Pavilion

    -Playing Pandora, YouTube, and various format personal music

    Disclaimer

    I am by no means sponsored by this company or any of its affiliates. They were kind enough to send me a product for an arranged amount of time in exchange for my honest opinion. I am making no monetary compensation for this review.

    The following is my take on the product being reviewed. It is to be taken “with a grain of salt” per say and as I always tell people, it is YOUR opinion that matters. So regardless of my take or view on said product, I highly recommend you listen to it yourself and gauge your own opinion.



    The Opening Experience

    Why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience

    Please allow me to explain why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience with a product. Maybe it’s due to my southern roots in the hills of eastern Kentucky, but I’ve always been raised under the pretense of when you introduce yourself to someone for the first time you present yourself with confidence, class, character, pride, and competence. You greet the other person with a true warm smile, eye contact and a firm handshake. Anything less or short implies to other person that you either don’t care about them, are too full of yourself, too busy to be bothered by the likes of them, or worse, just generally disrespectful.

    As a consumer, I take this same belief to when I open a new product. Why? Because think about it this way. How else can a company introduce themselves to their customers? How do they present their products? Are they packaged with pride and presented in such a way that makes the listener eager to listen to them? Or maybe they’re just wrapped up and placed in an available space. How about the box itself? Is it bogged down with jargon that says look at this, look what I can do. I’m better than anything on the market and here’s why read this and check out that. Or, is the package clean, simplistic and classy? As if saying to the customer ‘Good day, pleasure to meet your acquaintance. Please give me a listen and allow me to show you what I can do and allow my actions to speak louder than my words.’

    This is why I feel so strongly about the initial presentation of a product, and I feel it’s truly a shame more people don’t. But with all that aside, let’s discuss how this products introduced itself shall we?



    The external box is exactly what I personally LOVE seeing products have, almost nothing. This beautiful, simplified look, to me, tells the listener that the product speaks for itself and that it doesn’t need to jargon down the box with “look at me’s.” The white box is outlined in a green line and the only lettering being the product name on the front and a small spec chart on the back and that’s it.

    Then, as you open the box you’re greeted with a really professionally laid out style of having the charging case and contents fitted securely inside a cut out foam casing that protects the product from rough shipping and ensures it arrives in perfect condition for its listener.

    As for the contents themselves, the charging case as you would expect holds the two, very interesting looking, true wireless earbuds, and the cardboard box holds the micro USB charging cable. Lastly, underneath the foam is the warranty and instruction manual. So overall I must say I found myself very impressed with the initial handshake that Blitzwolf gave me with their FYE-1. I feel like I’m going to enter into a very serious listening session, which is saying a lot for these earbuds are only between $40-50.


    Construction

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    The build quality of the FYE-1 is to be expected of a product in this price range. It consists of very basic plastic throughout but with that, there are some redeeming features. The first is that these utilize an angled horn which drastically improves, at least in my personal experience, the earbuds comfort level and an integrated wing which is designed to try and help them stay in your ears during everyday use. On the side of each one earbud is a single button that controls the play/pause/answer/hangup feature with a single click, next track with a LONG hold (like 3+seconds long), and, at least with my phone (LG V20), a double tap of the button engages the Google Assistant, which at first I kinda giggled about it but after a little time with it I learned to really enjoy it, especially when driving or doing other tasks.


    Comfort

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    The comfort is a difficult one for me to really evaluate. While it’s steady in my ear I don’t have much an issue with it. My issue comes from it being so darned difficult to get it to stay in my ear, in fact it was so difficult that I ended up saying ‘screw it’ and equipped them with my forever loved Comply memory foam tips and that issue resolved itself immediately. But as for reviewing the product ‘as is’ it was very irritating having to constantly adjust it so that it would stay in my ear every time I moved my head even just a little bit. Once I used the Comply’s, I literally could (and did) sleep in these. Now, on the unfortunate side, these absolutely in NO WAY fit inside their charging case with the Comply tips on (to of no surprise to me) so one does need to take them off to charge them.


    Sound

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    The sound of the Blitzwolf FYE-1 is definitely on the softer more musical side. Something that REALLY surprised me is the positional awareness that are present in these things. When I was listening to a classical compilation video on YouTube and closed my eyes and really focused on what I was listening to, I was amazed by how clearly I could differentiate individual instruments and their depth in the soundstage. Though I will classify the FYE-1 as having a rather small soundstage overall there’s an impressive amount of depth that can be had in them if the lister will close their eyes and allow them to. Course with that being said, the listener definitely has to be the one to initiate that because these will certainly not be forcing anyones eyes closed in admiration. But with the above being said, please allow me to now talk about the individual aspects of the FYE-1 so that hopefully I can better explain what it is I’m trying to.

    And on a note about the microphone quality before I finish off this section; I’ve been told that the quality is pretty good and clear but a bit distant. On my end however, they sounded just fine.


    Treble


    The treble I find on the FYE-1 to be a soft forwardness with a quick roll off. My trusty piece “A Moon Filled Sky” by Tenmon. This is a very emotional violin solo piece that does a wonderful job at showcasing treble response and energy and with the FYE-1, though I still feel all the sadness from the piece, the violin doesn’t peak near as high as I know this piece does. Now, other than the quick roll off, I personally found that I really enjoyed the treble. It provided good detail retrieval while never getting harsh or fatiguing to listen to, so my opinion, solid job.


    Mids


    While writing this review I had to skip from my unboxing experience section straight to this section because of how impressed I was with the vocal performance of these little guys. I’m honestly blown away by how cleanly and accurate vocals sound. The song in particular that left me awestruck is “He’s Been So Good To Me” by Dailey & Vincent and “When We Were Young” by Adele. Both of these artists, coming through the FYE-1, made me feel like I was listening to them through a MUCH more expensive pair of iem’s. Emotion and body was present throughout and the level of cleanliness that these have far outperform their $40-50 asking price.




    Bass


    The heartbeat of the music, it’s important for an audio product to be able to product strong bass response, or at least in line with the rest of the balance, so that it doesn’t sound thin. As for the FYE-1, the bass on these is definitely to be desired. A song I’ve found recently that I’m really digging is “Blah, Blah, Blah” by Armin Van Buuren. It’s a super upbeat and incredibly fun bass heavy song that I can’t help but bob my head every time it comes up in rotation. However, when played through the FYE-1 I never got even close to the full feeling and always ended up turning to classical or something of the like because these just really don’t have a strong bass presence.


    Conclusion

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    My overall thoughts on the Blitzwold FYE-1 is of satisfaction. The mids are wonderful to listen to and the treble is nice and soft. The inability to stay in my ear without the use of Comply is the biggest downside, maybe even over the lack of AptX, but seeing as how these are so, relatively, inexpensive, I think they did a great job overall.






    Also, make sure to check out my unboxing and review videos. They’re pretty awesome AND you getta put a face to the Army-Firedawg name. If this review helped you out at all please hit that thumbs up button for it really helps me out a lot. Till next time my friends, stay safe.
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