DITA Twins

General Information

The Twins Fealty and Fidelity is an approach to earphone design that begins with two products cohesively developed by the design and engineering departments at DITA. Inspired and guided by the duality of life and human relationships. Fealty and Fidelity define the awkward process all manufacturers face of having to serve and please two masters. The Music and the Listener. The introduction of two products at the same time further invokes the dynamics of duality in all that is important to music listeners and equipment enthusiasts. Neither Fealty nor Fidelity is skewed in any one way, preferences are left to the individual listener to decide, just like their musical preferences.

Technically, the new composite driver used in Fealty and Fidelity is trickled down from the lessons learnt in manufacturing the Dream. By varying the composite amounts of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and PEN (Polyethylene Naphthalate) used to form the diaphragm, two different drivers can be formed from the same lineage. This holistic approach versus an ad hoc approach (such as filters and electronics) allows the total sound signature to remain cohesive to its intended target curve.
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Pros: Excellent build quality
Sound quality - Detail, dynamics, extension, accuracy, timbre, coherence, stage
Fairly comfortable shallow fit
Fat Cable & Awesome Plug. Cable quality and exchangeable plugs
Very strong 2-pin connection
Cons: Shallow fit and short nozzle may not suit everyone
Not the most efficient to drive
Limited accessories; 4.4mm plug not included
Review – Dita Audio Twins – Fealty & Fidelity

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Website – Dita Audio

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Specifications
  • Driver: Single dynamic driver: Ref-Fe / Ref-Fi
  • Frequency Response: 18Hz-25kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 95dB +/- 1 dB@1kHz
  • Color: Fealty: Iridium Silver / Fidelity: Barium Grey
  • Cable: DITA Fat Cable 2 with TPE Insulating Jacket
  • Connector: Awesome 2.5mm TRRS & 3.5mm TRS; Optional: 4.4mm, 5-pole

Price: U$1299.

Both Twins units were kindly arranged by Dita Audio company together with MusicTeck, so credits to both for providing them for the full review.


Links:

Official Dita Twins pages:
Fealty & Fidelity

MusicTeck store and their Amazon store.

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The package on the Twins earphones is kept simple, practical, compact yet elegantly presented. Fealty arrive in a white colored cardboard box while all black for the Fidelity. Not sure if it was made on purpose, but their colors match the earphones shells colors, bright for the shiny silver metal Fealty and dark for the very dark gray Fidelity. Fancy and shiny packages with ‘epic’ unboxing experience might look great but then mean nothing to the real final product they present inside.

The upper layer holds the earphones themselves tight and securely arranged within a thick foam material. Underneath are all the included accessories, which consist of five pairs of silicone ear tips from final Type E tips, the extra 2.5mm balanced ‘Awesome’ plug and airplane adapter, a soft leather pouch and extra nozzle mesh filters. The accessories’ array is indeed limited for the price, with no hard case or extra tips included, especially when compared to the previous models from Dita Audio. Still, the quality is right there.

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Design

The materials applied on the Twins earphones are all of high quality and durability. There are no cheap plastic parts that could be spotted from the external design. Top notch build quality from the shells to the own Dita Audio awesome plug hardly gets any better even at higher prices.

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The earpieces are made of CNC machined and anodized aluminum, thick and looks extremely solid. They consist of two parts very tightly attached. The external side has the ‘D’ printed on it over a shiny semi mirror like background. The inner part is a bit thicker and has an angled nozzle for a more natural fit. They have a rather compact size as they merely need to hold a single 10mm driver, in a completely round shape with an extended upper part for the cable sockets. At the top of the nozzle there is a mesh filter attached to it and extra filters can be found inside the box.

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While the aluminum used on the Twins is very tough, it is also relatively light over different metal materials used on other IEMs as stainless steel or titanium. With the short nozzle the fit is very shallow, with the round earpieces sitting on the outer part of the ear and only the ear tips reaching the ear canal. That is not to say these are uncomfortable; on the contrary, they have a very unobtrusive fit and are very comfortable to wear. If anything, the upper section of the shells, where the plugs are placed, might be a bit rough if contact the outer ear, though it may vary for different people. Even the isolation is surprisingly good, at least above average, considering the shallow fit and the very small vent placed on the frontal side of the shells. Actually, I was expecting a much lower noise isolation, but they result very comfortable at moderate volume levels, even on crowded noisy areas. They are not going to compete with fully sealed in-ear monitors with a more custom like shape, but still very good with just the final E tips included. And speaking of tips, even after some tip-rolling, the included ones provided the better seal and fit.

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For the cable, the Twins introduce the new Dita “Fat Cable”. Indeed, it is a very thick cable, probably the thickest included with an in-ear monitor before going to extra aftermarket options with multiple braided wires. No details about the wires implemented on the Fat Cable, though. Similar to the Dream model, the Twins have their own 2-pin detachable plugs. The plugs are very proprietary to the own Twins models and most probably they will not fit other earphones. On the other side, the 2-pin sizes is of the standard 0.78mm, so using other cables on the Twins should be possible. Even so, the cables are very tightly attached to the earpieces, much more than any other 2-pin cables I’ve seen on different higher models. Despite the thickness of the cable, it is very soft and pliable, and also carries low noise when moving around; not the most quiet one, but still comfortable. It doesn’t feel too heavy either and helps to keep the earphones in place. The outer cable jacket is TPE with soft and smooth rubber touch on it. The round y-split is all metal too with the ‘DITA’ writing on it and the cable slider runs smoothly up to the base of the plugs.

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Lastly, like any Dita Audio earphones, these also feature the “Awesome Plug”. A neat and convenient system that allows to exchange the cable plug in order to be used with different sources with balanced outputs. It only requires to unscrew the knurled rings and then correctly attach the 4 pins to the main cable. The plugs are all 90º angled, including the extra optional 4.4mm plug.

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Sound Quality

Shanling M5s, HiBy R6 Pro, iBasso DX220 (Amp1 Mk2).
xDuoo XD-10 (Poke), Aune X1s Pro


The Fealty and Fidelity are not named as “Twins” for just marketing purpose. Both terms may have a deeper meaning for Dita Audio company, rather than a description of their each sound presentation. While they are identical in design and build quality and just differ in color theme applied, when it gets to sound performance each model aims to a different goal in its final tuning. Yes, they might share a same single dynamic driver so it is expected they offer very similar pure acoustics technical abilities like resolution, soundstage, imaging, extension and dynamics. However, these are definitely not ‘identical twins’ for what sound matters. Differences are not day and night when changing from one set to the other, but even so, a phrase like “two sides of the same coin” might apply here. Overall tonality varies, being the Fealty richer, a tad warmer, and more musical, while the Fidelity more neutral, linear, with its more reference type of signature. There is very little coloration on the Twins and both will be showing a well balanced response.

Technical specifications are identical on both Twins. While the rated impedance of 16ohm is a standard level for an IEM, the sensitivity is a bit on the lower side with a 95dB rate. As such, they are not being the most efficient earphones from any portable source, but still will sound very well with some extra volume without showing lack of control or distortion on the sound. Even so, they definitely improve with a more dedicated audio source or some extra portable amplification, reaching a wider stage, best dynamics and extension. The Shanling M5s with the balanced 2.5mm is powerful enough to drive the Twins to a proper level, and anything above it should be more than enough, like the HiBy R6 Pro and iBasso DX220. The Twins showed no hiss whatsoever, and no background noise either.

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Fealty

Sound is more natural on the Fealty with a full, well weighted and rich tonality. It clearly takes the advantage of full-range dynamic drivers with excellent dynamics and texture. The bass is nothing overly enhanced but clearly shows enough power with excellent control and precision. It is tight yet has a very solid impact with its most natural attack and well-paced decay. It goes slightly warm, north of neutral for sure in terms of quantity, though always keeps a good balance with the high quality that could be expected for a high-end dynamic driver. The sub-bass shows nice and very effortless extension to lowest notes with no sign of any early roll-off; something usually found on balanced armatures units, and one of the reasons they need to used multiple drivers to match the dynamic rivals. There is no extra lift on the mid-bass range that may break the overall balance and the good control and layering allows clear separation between lower instruments.

The midrange is where the Fealty starts to shine, and also the main area where it differs from the Fidelity. The mids stand out with very natural timbre, slightly warm and thick. It has a more enveloping presentation, not too forward but certainly rich and well rounded. It goes smooth yet energetic. There is no bass impact on the lower mids, just a nice touch of warmth that contributes to the fuller tone and weight for both vocals and instruments. Upper midrange follows the same balance, with a sweet texture that suits nicely to female vocal oriented genres. It does trade the last bit of air for a more emotive and musical presentation that is very easy to like. The Fealty is also more forgiving and relaxed than what the Fidelity will be, though remains resolving and detailed.

The differences continue towards the treble area. They both have bright tilt, but the focus is set on different frequency. The Fealty fullness on treble starts from the upper-mids and remains on the whole lower treble, and then goes smoother towards the high-treble end. It does not sound rolled-off nor it lacks in extension, but subjectively is smoother and not edgy. It can be perceived as more ‘hot treble’ with its energetic and crisp attack, though well controlled and very little prone to show signs of sibilance. Suits better to guitars and other string based instruments with less sharp crash on cymbals; electric guitars are amazing here, full of bite and crunch on them.


Fidelity

The Fidelity focus is more towards precision, detail and air. It is a more neutral and linear response, that while leaner, still aims for balance in a more reference kind of tuning. The Fidelity also show the capabilities of dynamic drivers, having excellent coherence and right timbre.

The bass is very neutral in quantity, at best can be heard as very slightly above of neutral. It is cleaner, less emphasized, with less mass and impact, traded for a bit more pure quality. Effortless and very tight giving the impression of higher speed and accuracy; same attack as the Fealty, though not in decay and then it presents less depth and softer rumble. The lower instruments are less weighty but better separated.

As mentioned above, the differences in the low-end are less sharp than how they are on the rest of the frequencies. Yet, if using some bass gain it will be shown firstly on the Fealty thanks to the relativity warmer, richer tonality, whereas the Fidelity will remain more reserved.

The midrange keeps the very neutral presentation, being leaner with a cooler tonality. In exchange, the midrange shows practically zero coloration with high articulation and sounds very liquid. Linearity is kept from lower to upper mids as the gain is more specifically around the main treble area. The Fidelity is less matched for vocal oriented genres as they will sound thinner, less bodied next to the full, richer Fealty. On the other hand, the instruments separation is greater with a sharper differentiation. There is more precision, space and sense of air in comparison, and definitely a strong suit on the Fidelity side among universal IEMs.

Treble on the Fidelity should classify as ‘bright’. While the lows and mids are very even, there is more elevation on the highs. It is not a too bright in-ear monitor, but yes above of neutral. Unlike the Fealty where the lower treble is more highlighted, the Fidelity gain is more present on the upper treble. It is sharp and a bit edgy with lot of sparkle and energy. Treble extension appears to be greater here, nicely done as single dynamic unit. Control is high as well, and should be expected at this price range. The detail is more forward and overall the resolution is higher with more air and clearer separation.

Both Twins models do stand out in their presentation. A single dynamic driver of just 10mm might be considered not enough when other manufacturers implement larger units even for their hybrid models, but there is really nothing that the Dita Audio options are missing. In fact, the presentation is impressive, with a rather wide stage, good depth and excellent coherence and precise imaging. The sound is spacious and airy, with a resolution that matches well their $1000+ price category. In a close comparison, there is more depth on the Fealty giving a more dynamic and 3D effect with a little touch of more intimate midrange, while the resolution is a tad higher on the Fidelity showing the last bit of detail and cleaner timbre and more openness to the overall presentation.


Conclusion

All in all, the Dita Audio Twins stand out for their impeccable build quality, surprisingly good comfortable fit, and of course, their own Dita Awesome exchangeable plugs with the new thickest Fat Cable. In sound quality, both Dita Twins have a ‘unique’ tuning on them. These are a clear example than there is no need to mix multiple drivers types or have the last tech included in order to sound good. A single dynamic driver that competes very well with the current competition at these prices. Whether it is a ‘fun’ sounding profile on the Fealty offer, it will be a matter of taste – if seeking for sheer voluminous mid and upper bass body, then maybe not, but it is certainly a very engaging and especially musical presentation. It is not that kind of lively v-shaped type of signature, but easily a very enjoyable option that could be consider as all-rounder pick with a non-compromising yet detailed and resolving sound quality. On the other hand, the Fidelity sound is tuned for more critical listening, aiming to higher retrieval of micro detail, being more linear with a the neutral to bright signature.
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Pros: + Excellent Detail Retrieval
+ Awesome build quality and comfort
+ Works with both Single Ended and Balanced Sources
+ Beautiful design
+ Instruemnt separation, clarity and definition is amazing
+ Flagship price, but they are worthy of their price tag
Cons: - Bass is neutral, lacks impact and quantity
- Treble can be too hot or too much in quantity for some
- Although it is amazing, it still is a bit pricey
Snappy Edge Precision - Dita Twins Fidelity IEMs Review



Dita Fidelity is a Single-Dynamic-Driver IEM from Dita, coming at a pretty high price point of 1300 USD, but also sporting some interesting features like its AWESOME Cable. Given its price point, dita Fidelity has to stand up to other flagships, like Campfire Atlas, Da Vinci IX, and even their own brothers, Dita Fealty. This will be a fun trip, so I hope you're ready for it.




Introduction

When it comes to nice companies and strong customer support, Dita is a pretty good one, having quite an excellent track so far, and having provided some interesting flagship products to music lovers all over the world to this moment. Dita is also known for being quite creative with their products, usually designing unique driver technology rather than relying on the same formula employed multiple times, as multi-BA configurations do. There are inherent advantages and inherent limitations to each approach, but Dita is one company to design and cross the boundaries of what was possible before when creating a new product.

It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Dita, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by Dita or anyone else. I'd like to thank Dita for providing the sample for this review. This review reflects my personal experience with Dita Fidelity. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Dita Fidelity find their next music companion.



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Packaging

First things first, let's get the packaging out of the way:





































The fun part about Dita Fidelity, as well as Dita Fealty, its bigger brother, is that they actually have packages worthy of their price point. It is fun to see a company that really cares about this part, because sometimes, especially when you're paying a flagship price, you wish to see a more interesting and complete package.

With Dita Fidelity, you get everything in a black box, you get a neatly packaged and presented overall package that includes Final Tips (some of the best there are, equal to Spinfit tips in quality), you get a leather pouch, and airplane adapter, and you also get a 2.5 mm Balanced jack for the awesome cable. This means that with dita Fidelity, you can plug them both in a Single Ended source, but also in a Balanced source.

Overall, Dita Fidelity really does a package worthy of a flagship, marking all the important aspects for an IEM in this price range.



What to look in when purchasing a high-end In-Ear Monitor

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Technical Specifications

Driver - Single dynamic driver: Ref-Fi
FR - 18Hz-25kHz
Impedance - 16 ohms
Sensitivity - 95dB +/- 1 dB@1kHz
Colour - Fidelity: Barium Grey
Cable - DITA Fat Cable 2 with TPE Insulating Jacket
Connector - Awesome 2.5mm TRRS & 3.5mm TRS



Build Quality/Aesthetics/Fit/Comfort

Starting with the build quality, Dita Fidelity is quite a strong IEM, with the body made in the barrel typical shape, and they also have proper vents on the outside. The body is fully metallic, which means that Dita Fidelity is quite resilient, and the finish on the outer plate is absolutely beautiful, with a glass finish.



The Dita Logo is also embedded on the outer plate.

Dita Fidelity comes with a 2-Pin detachable cable, and they also come with the Awesome Cable, which has a detachable Jack, so you not only get a good selection of using them with either a Balanced or a Single Ended source, but Dita Fidelity is also quite easy to use with other cables, in case you want to change the cable.

Now, the default cable does not look very fancy, but is of a good quality, it is not microphonic and it is not tangle-prone either, making a pretty good cable for Fidelity.

Furthermore, Dita Fidelity comes with Final tips, which are some of the most comfortable and high-quality tips, comparable to Spinfit, both being personal favorites when it comes to comfort.



Now, Dita Fidelity is actually extremely comfortable, they have no driver flex, and they go around-the-ear, which means that there is no microphonic noise either. The shape and design surely doesn't look comfortable at first sight, but they are simply natural when you place them in your ears, somehow the shape is just perfect for the average ear. The insertion depth is average, neither too shallow, nor too deep, making Dita Fidelity quite ideal for someone who is looking for just a comfortable IEM.

Dita Fidelity has low SPL, but low impedance as well, meaning that it will favor more detailed sources, and it will favor better sources, and it will also pick up some hiss from hissy sources, so it is best to use Fidelity with a better source that has a low output impedance.



There is a good amount of passive noise isolation, although Dita Fidelity does leak a bit, so you will not hear quite that much from the outside, but if you'll be enjoying some classy Brutal Technical Death Metal or some Raw Black Metal in a library, people may catch on that, well, if you don't catch fire or open a portal to the underworld, which will give you out sooner than listening to Dita Fidelity (I enjoy bands like those, please take the joke as it is).

Overall, Dita Fidelity is a proper flagship when it comes to build quality, fit and comfort.



Sound Quality

The most interesting part of this review, the sonics of Dita Fidelity, is actually where I feel like writing the most. This is because, while they are a nice high-end flagship IEM, with amazing comfort and nice luxurious presentation, the question is whether they sound good for their 1300 USD price tag, and man, do they sound good.



Dita Fidelity is extremely tight, detailed, neutral to bright, with an extreme amount of detail and clarity. They are slightly sterile sounding, with the bass being extremely linear and neutral, but having excellent speed in their bass, with a midrange that is juicy and has a smooth-ish texture, but which has extreme amounts of detail, and with at treble that is sparkly, clear, crisp and very well-extended.

The bass of Dita Fidelity is deep and well-extended down low, but it is very neutral in amount, making them very snappy and fast, but not very impactful or satisfying, if you were looking for large amounts of slam. They really compliment more gentle music better, like progressive metal, Jazz, and pop, more than deathcore, EDM or music that is supposed to rumble a lot. The bass is also able to keep up the speed with technical death metal and really aggressive EDM, but being quite neutral in quantity, I can't fully recommend Fidelity for those musical styles.

The midrange is extremely detailed, so much, that I often just grab Fidelity because of their raw detail and clarity. The texture of the midrange is smooth-ish, not exactly smooth, but it is not grainy either, instead, having an extreme amount of detail, expressed in the most correct way possible. They really compliment female voices nicely, and Dita Fidelity feels like they were an IEM made in Heaven for those who like clarity and Detail. The midrange is also pretty sweet, complimenting Jazz and even guitar solos nicely.

The treble is very snappy, well-extended to the highest of registers, sparkly, and has a lot of energy and impact. There is a clear amount of detail, and the treble texture is smooth, so you don't get any grain distracting you from your music, and to add to the fun, the soundstage really extends nicely in every direction, making atmospheric music sound truly outstanding.



Overall, the dynamics of Dita Fidelity are quite excellent, and so is the overall impact of their sound, although most of the impact is in the midrange and treble, rather than in the bass. They really sound as detailed as an IEM at 1300 USD should sound. The instrument separation is just as amazing as the detail, making Fidelity quite fit for both extreme music styles like Black Metal, as well as something smoother and more relaxed like Jazz. There is something about their well separated, detailed, clear and snappy sound that makes me grab Fidelity often, even for EDM and Dubstep though, and although I know some bassheads may not be fully satisfied with this kind of sound, I also know that every single person who will hear them, will be amazed by the raw amount of detail Fidelity has.



Portable Usage

Dita Fidelity is pretty much excellent for portable usage. They are small, they are nimble, the cable is flexible, thin, yet very well made and designed.

Fidelity is easy to drive, in case you want to use them with something like a Bluetooth Necklace cable, but they also scale pretty nicely with a high-end source, in case you want to use Fidelity with something like iBasso DX220 or FiiO M11. Furthermore, Fidelity is one of those IEMs that you want to take everywhere with you, because you can get a lot of attention when pulling them out, since they have that beautiful, unique, leather carrying case, along with their inherent design and build quality, all of which screams luxury and quality.



There is no driver flex, and no microphonic noise when using Dita Fidelity, so you could happily use them while running, jogging, and they have quite an excellent amount of passive noise isolation, so taking a walk through a noisy place is a breeze while using Fidelity.

One thing to keep in mind is that Dita Fidelity has a tiny bit of noise leakage though, so they are not absolutely dead silent, but this should not be an issue for most users, and they are nowhere near as prone to noise leakage as something like Final Audio E5000, which was really prone to noise leakage.

Overall, Dita Fidelity is one of the best IEMs in terms of portability, they look good, they are portable, come with a pretty trendy yet effective carrying case for their shape and design, and they are comfortable, have no issues if used for running, and isolate enough to be taken literally everywhere.



Comparisons

For the comparisons part, I have chosen Campfire Atlas, CTM Da Vinci IX, and Dita Fealty. In the comparisons with Dita Fealty, I'll also be featuring small bits about how Fealty compares to Dita Answer Truth Edition, which was a very interesting product from Dita that I reviewed before.



Dita Fidelity vs Campfire Atlas - Campfire Atlas is really close in terms of pricing to Dita Fidelity, and thus they make an interesting comparison. In terms of package and presentation, both are luxurious IEMs, both come with a good selection of tips, and both are well made. Atlas seems to have driver flex, while fidelity doesn't especially at first, while Atlas also seems to have a more fancy default cable that is Silver, while Fidelity has a Copper cable, although some people may prefer copper above Silver when it comes to cables. The comfort is better on Fidelity than it is on Atlas, because Fidelity has a smaller overall body, is more ergonomic and sits better in ear, is lighter and they have no driver flex nor void. Atlas picks up hiss easier than Dita Fidelity. The sound is quite different actually, Atlas has a much much more enhanced bass and mid bass, they have waaaay more rumble and impact, but Fidelity is more refined, has more detail and better instrument separation, where Atlas sounds more grand, more open and more large, Fidelity sounding more precise. Atlas sounds more natural, although pretty spicy and peppy in the treble, where Fidelity sounds, well, like a high-fidelity kind of IEM, a bit sterile, in direct comparison. Considering the fact that both have more or less the same price, if you want a grand, open and warm sound, yet with crisp treble, Atlas is still an excellent choice, while if you want a neutral, bright, sparkly sound with a lot of detail and instrument separation, Dita Fidelity makes a very interesting option.

Dita Fidelity vs CTM Da Vinci IX - Da Vinci IX is the warm-sounding brother from CTM, with the bigger brother, the CTM X being closer in signature to Fidelity, but costing more than the IX. In terms of sound, IX is warmer, smoother and more open, with a wider soundstage than Fidelity, IX is similarly comfortable, although if I had to choose between the two, then Fidelity is slightly more comfortable than IX, as it is smaller physically. In terms of overall sound, both have pretty much the same detail, smae clarity and same instrument separation, while Da Vinci IX has a larger soundstage, is a warmer and more romantic sound, but this all comes at a higher price point, as CTM IX costs about 2000 USD, compared to 1300 USD price point of Dita Fidelity. Overall, if you have more money to invest, and if you're looking to get a warmer, more romantic kind of sound, you should consider CTM IX, but if you're looking for a really outstanding instrument separation, clarity and definition, then you should totally consider Dita Fidelity, as they are one of the best I've heard in this price range, in terms of detail and clarity.

Dita Fidelity vs Dita Fealty (And Dita Answer Truth Edition) - Now, things are more fun. I have chosen to add CTM Da vinci IX to this comparison, because I think that Dita Fealty is quite a bit different from Dita Fidelity. It isn't just the different tuning, but Dita Fealty isn't quite as detailed, it simply has a different sound, with a smoother, more rounded sound, warmer, with a more large presentation. This being said, somehow fidelity manages to cut the song and extract more detail than Fealty, I find myself grabbing Fidelity more often, but I know that those who love a warm and romantic, and smooth presentation, will totally love Dita Fealty. And now, comparing the Fidelity to the Answer Truth Edition, The Truth has a very similar sound to Fidelity, but Fidelity is actually even more detailed, has an even better overall instrument separation than the Truth, Fidelity has a better overall impact and dynamics, and better ergonomics, making the Fidelity quite a considerable upgrade over the original Dita Truth.



Recommended Pairings

For the recommended pairings part of this video, I have chosen FiiO M11, iBasso DX220, and Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, as Fidelity is a proper flagship and scales quite a lot with its source.



Dita Fidelity + FiiO M11 - FiiO M11 is quite often in the spotlight lately, and for a good reason, M11 is one of the most interesting DAPs launched recently, because it has both a very good price, a very capable spec list, and a very very smooth firmware that simply works well. This includes Streaming, and flawless overall operation, two microSD slots, and many other features that make FiiO M11 one of the best DAPs I've seen recently, in that price range having very few actual competitors. With Dita Fidelity, M11's overall signature expresses a very natural sound, with a lot of detail, instrument separation, a soundstage that is wide more than it is deep, a clarity that will amaze you instantly, and M11 feels like it was made to be paired with Fidelity, because there's no trace of hiss either, making the two a pair that's really well matched in every aspect.

Dita Fidelity + iBasso DX220 (AMP7) - iBasso DX220 still makes my daily DAP too often, it is simply that kind of flagship that you know you love, you know how to use and which feels natural, with very few shortcomings, making it a natural option way too often. With Dita Fidelity, the sound is even more dynamic, more impactful, and more organic that it is with most DAPs and sources, DX220 with AMP7 surely has an organic and musical approach to sound. The soundstage is both deep and wide, the detail is insanely good, and there is a clear layering that makes listening to this pairing fun and surprising every singe time.

Dita Fidelity + Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ - Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ is one of the best flagships I heard to date, it is the kind of flagship that makes listening to music fun even when you're sad and even when you wouldn't typically be in the mood for music, not only because it has an excellent dynamic, but also sports a natural soundstage, being so transparent, going in the insane territory. With Dita fidelity, you can hear some small amounts of hiss, so you know that Fidelity is a bit sensitive to hiss, but the sound is simply out-of-this world. I often listen to death metal, black metal and EDM, with this pairing, only to notice new details, that I haven't noticed before, this is just how crazy good Fidelity is when powered by a nice desktop flagship DAC/AMP.



Value and Conclusion

The price of Dita Fidelity is quite high actually, as it is a flagship, priced at 1300 USD, being quite pricey, although, in all fairness, it is a proper luxury flagship product that looks and feels like one. They come with the proper accessories, have the proper sound, and are pretty much a proper flagship for that price, although I would like to see this kind of quality at a more affordable price as well in the future (speaking about the detail revealing abilities and instrument separation to be more precise).



Now, Dita Fidelity has a pretty excellent overall shape and design, they are built like a tank, they have detachable cables, based on the 2-Pin connectors, and they come with The Awesome cable, which means that they give you the possibility of using them with both a Single Ended and a Balanced source.



They are very portable, being rather easy to drive, but scaling well with the source, and providing a good amount of isolation from the outside noise, making Dita Fidelity a very valuable friend if you want to go on a walk and take some proper flagship-grade IEM with you.

The sound is one of the most detailed and clear that I had the honor to hear, with an excellent instrument separation, and a very neutral bass, yet with good speed, a very juicy and sweet midrange, and a sparkly, clear, well-extended and impactful treble, slightly reminiscent of the Dita Answer Truth Edition that I reviewed before.



All in all, if you're looking for a proper flagship, that looks and feels luxurious, which has a cable that works with both Single Ended and Balanced sources, which has detachable cables, excellent fit and comfort, and which has a snappy, light, quick, detailed, well separated and clear sound, I think you should totally add Dita Fidelity to your list of possible purchases, they are quite outstanding.



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Full Playlist used for this review

While we listened to considerably more songs than those named in this playlist, those are excellent for identifying certain aspects of the sound, like PRaT, Texturization, Detail, Resolution, Dynamics, Impact, and overall tonality. We recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you're searching for new most, most of them being rather catchy.



Tidal Playlist

https://listen.tidal.com/playlist/64555551-ec3c-4279-ae44-248fdfcf6c4b



Song List

Bats - Gamma Ray Burst: Second Date
Eskimo Callboy - Frances
Incubus - Summer Romance
Electric Six - Dager! High Voltage
Kishida Cult - High School Of The Dead
Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
Thousand Foot Krutch - The Flame In All Of Us
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
Infected Mushroom - Song Pong
Attack Attack - Kissed A Girl
Doctor P - Bulletproof
Maximum The Hormone - Rock n Roll Chainsaw
Rob Zombie - Werewolf, Baby!
Escape The Fate - Gorgeous Nightmare
SOAD - Chop Suey
Ken Ashcorp - Absolute Territory
Machinae Supremacy - Need For Steve
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
Crow'sclaw - Loudness War
Eminem - Rap God
Stromae - Humain À L'eau
Sonata Arctica - My Selene
Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
Metallica - Fuel
Veil Of Maya - Unbreakable
Masa Works - Golden Japang
REOL - Luvoratorrrrry
Dope - Addiction
Korn - Word Up!
Papa Roach - ... To be Loved
Fever The Ghost - Source
Fall Out Boy - Immortals
Green Day - Know The Enemy
Mindless Self Indulgence - London Bridge
A static Lullaby - Toxic
Royal Republic - Addictive
Astronautalis - The River, The Woods
We Came As Romans - My Love
Skillet - What I Believe
Man With A Mission - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Yasuda Rei - Mirror
Mojo Juju - Must Be Desire
Falling Up - Falling In Love
Manafest - Retro Love
Rodrigo Y Grabriela - Paris
Zomboy - Lights Out
Muse - Resistance
T.A.T.U & Rammstein - Mosaku
Grey Daze - Anything, Anything
Katy Perry - Who Am I Living For
Maroon 5 - Lucky Strike
Machinae Supremacy - Killer Instinct
Pendulum - Propane Nightmares
Sirenia - Lithium And A Lover
Saving Abel - Addicted
Hollywood Undead - Levitate
The Offspring - Special Delivery
Escape The Fate - Smooth
Samsara Blues Experiment - One With The Universe
Dope - Rebel Yell
Crazy Town - Butterfly
Silverstein - My Heroine
Memphis May Fire - Not Over Yet


I hope my review is helpful to you!

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Pros: Neutral-natural tonality, very wide and deep stage, excellent layering, clear yet smooth, great build quality, Awesome cable
Cons: Might require some time to adjust to the sound, proprietary 2-pin connector
Dita Audio Fealty

Disclaimer
The Fealty have been on loan from my friend Nic, better known as The Headphone List reviewer Flinkenick. There was no intention to review these, I just felt inspired by their sound.

Dita Audio Fealty
  • Driver: Single dynamic driver - Ref-Fe
  • Frequency response: 18Hz-25kHz
  • Sensitivity: 95dB +/- 1 dB@1kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Cable: DITA Fat Cable 2 with TPE Insulating Jacket
  • Connector: Awesome 2.5mm TRRS & 3.5mm TRS
  • Price: US$ 1,299.00

Links:
http://www.ditaaudio.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DitaAudio/

Preamble
As mentioned in the disclaimer, I had no intention of reviewing the Fealty. They just happened to come my way from a friend in order for me to try out. They were not even considered my cup of tea. I usually gravitate towards warmer IEMs like my Empire Ears Phantom, and the Fealty offer a very different proposition. Why then the review? Because the Fealty surprised me and the Fealty inspired me. I can't find a better reason for writing a review. Not to mention that Dita Audio is one of those fascinatingly eccentric companies that always attract my attention. I love eccentric!

Dita Audio state on their website that their philosophy is all about striving for perfection and that they aim to produce earphones of unrivalled quality and beauty. A tall order, but I have to hand it to them... they do seem to be able to attract my attention. Every IEM I have seen them release so far, I have been tempted by on sheer looks alone. I just love Dita's beautiful designs. From the Answer to the Dream to this Fealty (and its twin Fidelity) and the coming Project 71, all beauties! Sound was a bit harder to pin down. I of course read several reviews, but as the Fealty have proven, there is nothing like being able to hear for yourself and it took a while before I got my hands on a set of Dita IEMs. Thanks Nic! Now let's dig in and see what made the Fealty so irresistible to review.

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Build quality and fit
Dita have ambitious claims for what they are trying to achieve with their IEMs, so how did they do? Pretty darn good I would say! The Fealty are gorgeous looking and very solidly built. If these were not on loan from a friend, I would have no reservation about using them with little regard for the Fealty's health and safety, as I am sure they can stand up to even my level of abuse. Just how I like it! And on top of that these are actually really comfortable. They look like they might be a little heavy, but the housing is surprisingly light and the shape is excellent. They don't have a very deep insertion and don't need it either for a secure and comfortable fit. I have enjoyed wearing them for long listening sessions without any discomfort. The cable connectors are angled in a way that the cables easily fall over the ears and the cable itself is a very nice quality.

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Because I received these on loan from a friend, I do not have the original packaging, but included were both the 3.5mm SE and 2.5mm balanced plugs for the Awesome plug, which I think is... well, awesome. It is a great idea considering the ever-growing number of different plugs. It is an elegant solution that hardly adds any bulk to the plug and greatly increases the versatility of the cable. My only concern was the use of aftermarket cables, which as a self-professed 'cablephile' I do enjoy. Although the sockets are the typical 0.78mm and therefore all standard 2-pin cables should fit, the proprietary housing makes this less than ideal. I tried it to see how it looked with my recently reviewed Eros II 8-wire, which I thought could pair very well with the Fealty, but the connection felt quite vulnerable to me. I did not dare risk it out of fear of bending the pins on my cable, or worse, ruining the sockets on my friend's Fealty. That said, happily (very happily!) I can say that the stock cable included is wonderful to use. Very supple, very ergonomic and there is no need to switch it unless you happen to be a borderline cableholic with an obsessive compulsive need to tinker with your gear... *bows head in shame*

Overall the Fealty is a Dream (pardon the pun) to use and should last a good number of years even with intensive use. In that way I think Dita are living up to their ambitions. So what about sound?

Source
All listening was done with my AK70 from the balanced out.

Presentation
If there is one word of caution I would give anyone interested in the Fealty, it would be: Give yourself the time to get to know them. When I first heard them I was not all that impressed, but the more I listened, the more things started to come together in a beautiful way. Listening to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker really drove home that point for me. It was just so stunningly beautiful in its own characterful way.

The Fealty are close to neutral IEMs, but done in a musical way. These are not sterile reference type IEMs, rather they are clear, airy and characterful. They present a very wide stage that does not have much height by comparison, but does have a surprising amount of depth. A letterbox type of stage with some of the very best layering I have heard to date. The Fealty offer a lot of detail and excellent separation, but key to the layering is the reduced warmth of the bass. With classical music I found that the bass section sits very far back compared to what I am used to, yet the dynamic driver has more than enough authority to ensure nothing is lost in the image. This creates an outstanding sense of depth with layer after layer flowing from the back to the front, each easily discernable. It is a gloriously beautiful presentation that works exceptionally well for classical music.

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Bass
The bass of the Fealty is quite different from anything I have heard so far. It seems almost schizophrenic in a really exciting way. It is a very tight and extremely well controlled bass that comes nowhere near the mids. However, it is at the same time capable of coming up with tremendous authority. It extends deep and has that characteristic feel that only a dynamic driver can deliver. It is tight, yet organic and bass instruments sound surprisingly full, resonant and impactful. It was one of the things I loved so much about the way the Fealty presented the Nutcracker. The story of the Nutcracker is dramatic and an emotional roller coaster, it is ballet after all, and the nature of the bass really emphasises the dramatic turn of events. It comes out of nowhere with incredible authority, quickly darkening the mood, only to disappear completely when the drama is over. I have heard really good presentations of this before, but the Fealty do it with clinical precision. Which is ironic because it is exactly why the Fealty sound anything but dry and clinical. With the other IEMs I have heard so far the bass would overwhelm the rest of the signature to varying degrees, certainly adding to the drama, but also losing something in the process. The Fealty avoid that. Everything is there, presented crystal clear in the layers in front of the bass, and while the bass dominates those section where events turn dramatic (as it should) nothing else gets lost to it. All the layers seem to maintain their clarity and detail really well.

I think much of the character of the Fealty comes from this bass. It is a very powerful, yet exceptionally well controlled bass, and through this level of control the Fealty add just the right amount of excitement. Caro Emerald's Acoustic Sessions (an album I can't seem to get enough of lately) also shows this level of control very well with the double bass sounding thick and very presents, but firmly placed in the background. The kick drum of the Rolling Stones? Present, impactful and yet placed neatly at the back. Throw in some EDM and the bass does not disappoint in terms of presence and impact. Exceptionally well controlled and balanced with the rest of the signature.

Mids
The mids of the Fealty are clean, airy and exactly the reason why I advise a longer listening session, especially if you are like me and more used to warm, lush mids. The mids of the Fealty have what I would call a delicately natural tonality. I usually listen to the Empire Ears Phantom, which to me set a standard for a "natural" tonality. By comparison though the Phantom slap you in the face with their naturalness, while the Fealty gently stroke your ears. The fealty do not have very full sounding instruments, but there is enough body to avoid the instruments sounding thin. I particularly love listening to pre-romantic classical music, such as Dido & Aeneas (17th century), which benefits from the more neutral tonality because of the type of instruments used. Not to forget the crisp and clear vocals that sit in the centre of attention.

Vocals with the Fealty are very good, though slightly favouring female vocals over male. I can't really complain about that because most of my vocal music is female singers. There is a lovely crisp clarity to vocals, they sound very natural and yet there is also an understated smoothness to them that I really like. It works great for choral music, such as one of my recent additions, Bach's Magnificat, which is a very layered choral piece. The combination of the wide stage, excellent layering, vocal clarity and smoothness gives a truly heavenly result. Brighter than I am used to, but even on high notes immensely enjoyable because of that smoothness. It has something silky that is very delicate and maintains wonderful clarity, making all the voices flow like a choir of angels.

Indeed, I think that soprano Elin Manahan-Thomas has never quite sounded so clear, yet so smooth. This, I think, is a great indication of just how good the mids of the Fealty are and why I ended up feeling so compelled to write a review of them. There is a gentleness to the Fealty that makes them thoroughly enjoyable, even if (like me) you usually gravitate towards warm and smooth IEMs. Dita have really done something quite special to the Fealty's mids and I would have loved to compare these to the Vision Ears VE5. I do not have them around anymore, but the VE5 were the first IEMs that taught me that warmth is not a prerequisite for smooth. The Fealty prove that point once again.

Treble
At the high end the Fealty have been very surprising for me. They are brighter than all of my own IEMs, yet the treble is so lovely and easy-going. I do not feel the Fealty have a very sparkly treble, instead it is more refined and well-placed. Instruments such as cymbals do not rise high above the rest to demand attention; they sit within the image and are clearly defined and well rounded. I consider this important with music such as metal, where an overly excited treble can push cymbals too far forward, making them distracting more than anything else. Not so with the Fealty. While listening to Disturbed's The Lost Children album I could clearly hear the cymbals, but they were still placed perfectly within the image, adding excitement, but not distracting attention. It is very easy to enjoy and I do not think it will cause many issues for more treble sensitive people.

There is still plenty of sparkle for pieces such as the aforementioned Nutcracker. It definitely feels sufficiently Christmassy to invoke images of sitting by a roaring fire and opening up presents to find that Santa brought me my very own Dita's... Sorry, Freudian slip there. It is not a sweet treble, which I do like with the Nutcracker, but the Fealty instead present a very clear treble that has a coolness without a hint of sharpness. Very nice!

There is also a little bit of bite that I personally feel is important for string instruments, and the Fealty do string instruments such as violins very nicely. It is quite articulate and I sometimes miss a little of the thickness I get with the Phantom, but it is still very good to listen to Paganini's bow bouncing across the strings or the violins in Beethoven's 3rd being emphasised to add speed and excitement to the symphony.

Comparisons
-Empire Ears Phantom-
As different as chalk and cheese? There are certainly differences, but also some similarities. To me at least both these IEMs present a type of naturalness. The Phantom are warmer, fuller sounding IEMs where the naturalness comes through very prominently and organically. The Fealty offer a more neutral sound that maintains enough thickness to sound natural, but it is not presented as prominently as with the Phantom. It is a more gentle approach that took me a little time to acclimatise to, but ended up enjoying tremendously.

With the stock cable the Phantom are also more intimate sounding. The Fealty's stage extends wider and deeper, while the Phantom feel more holographic (cube shaped). Separation and detail are certainly the Fealty's strength, but I would give resolution to the Phantom. The thicker notes feel more complete, allowing the texture of strings and resonance of instruments to come through more clearly, more completely. The Fealty in that regard sit a little more on the articulate side.

-Rhapsodio Galaxy V2-
I did not have the stock cable for these, so take this comparison with that side-note. I did try out various cables and it gave me a good indication of the characteristic of the V2, which has some similarities to the Fealty. The V2 are also more neutral, detail-oriented and with a very capable bass. However, the V2 are much more detailed and the bass of the V2 is something really special that the Fealty do not match. It is more prominent and of a very high quality, resulting in a more exciting sound. The Fealty is relatively speaking more even and sounds more natural due to the V2's more articulate notes that result from the increased emphasis on detail. On my first listening I found the V2 to be the more clearly characterful IEMs and I naturally spent more time with them because of that. The Fealty simply took a little longer to acclimatise to, underlining the understated nature of their qualities, and yet they ended up inspiring me to write this review.

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Conclusions
What does it say when IEMs come in that compel me to write a review and write it in pretty much one single afternoon? It means that those IEMs have something truly captivating and I think Dita did just that with the Fealty. The Fealty are close to neutral IEMs that are clear, airy and characterful. They offer a more neutral take on a natural tonality and while more neutral, they still take full advantage of the qualities that a dynamic driver can give to the bass, adding excitement and dynamism. One word of caution, they ideally need a longer demo to fully appreciate their understated qualities, but the demo will be worth it.

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