Earbuds Round-Up
May 4, 2020 at 4:37 PM Post #47,762 of 59,881

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Well, I pulled the trigger on the Final Audio E5000. I almost pulled the trigger on the Flares Pro 2 HD, but having the detachable cable terminated so far down was not desirable--plus they are out of stock. The Final seems to tick all the boxes I want in a portable form factor (extreme build quality with solid detachable cable terminals, very easy to fit my weird ears--no idea why people buy Universal iems like Campfire, etc. with those annoying ergonomics). I know the sound signature is pretty darn far away from the Shozy BKs that I love, but I have been playing around with my Final E2000 using my Fiio E17K, and I am extremely impressed at how well these respond when I turn down bass by 4db and turn up treble by 2 db on the E17K. Midrange moves closer to where it should, note thickness is still there, though pleasant now--not obese as it is at stock. Timbre is much more natural too. If the cheapo E2000 can scale like this, I have pretty high hopes for the E5000.

Unfortunately, there was no earbud style portable headphone that met my criteria, so I had to go back to IEMs. Still, I'll add a review here of the E5000 vs. the Shozy BK for fun if anyone cares to read it.
 
May 4, 2020 at 4:44 PM Post #47,763 of 59,881

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Well, I pulled the trigger on the Final Audio E5000. I almost pulled the trigger on the Flares Pro 2 HD, but having the detachable cable terminated so far down was not desirable--plus they are out of stock. The Final seems to tick all the boxes I want in a portable form factor (extreme build quality with solid detachable cable terminals, very easy to fit my weird ears--no idea why people buy Universal iems like Campfire, etc. with those annoying ergonomics). I know the sound signature is pretty darn far away from the Shozy BKs that I love, but I have been playing around with my Final E2000 using my Fiio E17K, and I am extremely impressed at how well these respond when I turn down bass by 4db and turn up treble by 2 db on the E17K. Midrange moves closer to where it should, note thickness is still there, though pleasant now--not obese as it is at stock. Timbre is much more natural too. If the cheapo E2000 can scale like this, I have pretty high hopes for the E5000.

Unfortunately, there was no earbud style portable headphone that met my criteria, so I had to go back to IEMs. Still, I'll add a review here of the E5000 vs. the Shozy BK for fun if anyone cares to read it.
Have you tried fad piano forte ii?
 
May 4, 2020 at 4:55 PM Post #47,764 of 59,881

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Have you tried fad piano forte ii?
I haven't, but I gotta say they look somewhat problematic in terms of fit, and they don't have a detachable cable. I have owned other headphones with that type of form factor and it just took fiddling to get it to work. Now that I am working at home with my wife and kids, I need to be able to yoink out the earphone quickly, answer a question, etc. then put it right back in. I find these small bullet style iems or PK shells to be the most convenient for me as I can always find the fit really fast without thinking about it. Still, they look intriguing for sure! What's your take on them?

Somehow, I have found myself owning 3 different FAD headphones, though I only have 1 in my possession currently: E2000 which I ordered as sleeping iems since they disappear in my ears and offer some isolation that my earbuds don't offer. I ordered the Drop E500 for $17 since they seem to be a bit more neutralish according to reviews, and now I ordered their flagship in this series. I guess I became a FAD fan sorta overnight it seems haha.
 
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I haven't, but I gotta say they look somewhat problematic in terms of fit, and they don't have a detachable cable. I have owned other headphones with that type of form factor and it just took fiddling to get it to work. Now that I am working at home with my wife and kids, I need to be able to yoink out the earphone quickly, answer a question, etc. then put it right back in. I find these small bullet style iems or PK shells to be the most convenient for me as I can always find the fit really fast without thinking about it. Still, they look intriguing for sure! What's your take on them?

Somehow, I have found myself owning 3 different FAD headphones, though I only have 1 in my possession currently: E2000 which I ordered as sleeping iems since they disappear in my ears and offer some isolation that my earbuds don't offer. I ordered the Drop E500 for $17 since they seem to be a bit more neutralish according to reviews, and now I ordered their flagship in this series. I guess I became a FAD fan sorta overnight it seems haha.
Damn, that is a good price for the E500 since you are basically getting them for free (the Type E tips costs around 15 usd if im not wrong).
 
May 4, 2020 at 7:06 PM Post #47,766 of 59,881

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I haven't, but I gotta say they look somewhat problematic in terms of fit, and they don't have a detachable cable. I have owned other headphones with that type of form factor and it just took fiddling to get it to work. Now that I am working at home with my wife and kids, I need to be able to yoink out the earphone quickly, answer a question, etc. then put it right back in. I find these small bullet style iems or PK shells to be the most convenient for me as I can always find the fit really fast without thinking about it. Still, they look intriguing for sure! What's your take on them?

Somehow, I have found myself owning 3 different FAD headphones, though I only have 1 in my possession currently: E2000 which I ordered as sleeping iems since they disappear in my ears and offer some isolation that my earbuds don't offer. I ordered the Drop E500 for $17 since they seem to be a bit more neutralish according to reviews, and now I ordered their flagship in this series. I guess I became a FAD fan sorta overnight it seems haha.
My first FAD iem was the e500 , the rest is history :-D
 
May 4, 2020 at 8:49 PM Post #47,768 of 59,881

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Have you tried fad piano forte ii?

That's is the ergonomically worst earbuds I have ever own, bar none.

The fact that it doesn't sound good also doesn't help.
 
May 6, 2020 at 5:03 AM Post #47,769 of 59,881

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Any thoughts on OurArt Qj21 I was considering buying it but I'm not sure if I'll like the sound signature.

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May 6, 2020 at 8:08 AM Post #47,775 of 59,881

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Extreamly poor quality the Qian69 I received, the pads were dry like dust and dissolved when I put on over the buds. Don't recommend Qian anyway.

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You should buy a pair of foams honestly. Hiegi foams are cheap, comes with a donut form and really good quality.

I bought earbuds once with bundled foams, the other pair was red, and guess what? They stained my white earbuds because the pigment was starting to fade away.
 

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