Enjoy the F9 PRO to the MOST with Different Ear Tips!

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    It's been a month since the F9 PRO's debut on FiiO 2017 Autumn Launch Event. Ever after that, we've received many positive feedbacks from the public. Comparing to the F9, the F9 PRO has been improved not only from its configurations and sound quality, but also from its accessories with an extra water-resistant neoprene carrying pouch and more types of ear tips.

    In terms of the ear tips, different type brings different wearing experience as well as sound signature. Changes on the length, diameter and material of the ear tips might not make any differences to the frequency response curve, but will surely give you a different sound.
    On demand of the customers, we hereby introduce the sound trend of each type of ear tips supplied with the F9 PRO. But please also note that the sound quality is an objective term, so it's for your reference only.

    A. Balanced Ear Tips
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    Color: Black for both exterior silicon and interior tube
    Size: 3 pairs in small, medium and large sizes
    Diameter of the tube: φ3.5mm
    Applicable installation diameter: φ3.5-φ6.0mm
    Material: Silicon
    Balanced ear tips means the sound signature is balanced preferably when applied to FiiO F9 Series as well as the newly-released FH1, instead of all types of earphones. This type of ear tips possesses strong cohesion force on the sound, as well as good bass elasticity and sound reproduction.
    The diameters are φ3.5mm for the tubes of both the ear tips and the earbuds. When the sound travels through the air, the consistency of the tubes is good for reducing resonant harmonic when the air flows. Meanwhile, the high frequency sound has strong directivity. When passing through narrow and twisted sound tube, it fades away very fast. So it requires the driver cavity to be as smooth as possible, in order to ensure the extended highs as well as smooth mids and vocals.

    B. Bass Ear Tips

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    Color: Black for exterior silicon and Red for interior tube
    Size: 3 pairs in small, medium and large sizes
    Diameter of the tube: φ4.5mm
    Applicable installation diameter: φ4.5-φ7.0mm
    Material: Mixed silicon
    Apart from making an attractive looking, the bi-color design can also help improve the wearing experience and fasten the ear tip tightly to the earbud tube. Generally for For bi-color design, it will use two types of silicon with different hardness ranging from 30° to 60°. The exterior part uses silicon in low hardness from 30° to 40° for better sound isolation and wearing comfort, while the interior tube part uses silicon in 30° to 40° hardness to ensure stable wearing. Meanwhile, the real bi-color ear tips has a clear boundary line while the fake one doesn't have obvious boundary line with one color penetrating to the other.
    The bigger tubes of the bass ear tips can result in slower transient response and less elasticity than the balanced ones. The Airflow shares the same principle as the water flow. For example, if the water volume and time is fixed, the flow is more rapid when running through the small tube than the big one. In the same way, when using the bigger-tube bass ear tips, you can feel the sound to be more moderate and a little loose.

    C. Vocal Ear Tips
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    Color: Transparent for exterior silicon and Red for interior tube
    Size: 3 pairs in small, medium and large sizes
    Diameter of the tube: φ3.5mm
    Applicable installation diameter: φ3.5-φ6.0mm
    Material: Mixed silicon
    Just as the bass ear tips, it also uses bi-color design. During the release of the F9, we have received many feedbacks from our customers, and based on the feedback and some reference from other brands, we have developed the Vocal ear tips, which can effecrtively improve the vocal and dental sounds.
    The vocal ear tips have moderate hardness, and the spiral line design further secures the fit and comfort. Meanwhile, it spares enough space for airflow, which highlights the vocal sounds.

    D. Foam Ear Tips
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    Color: Black
    Size: 3 pairs in same one-fits-all size
    Diameter of the tube: φ4.8mm
    Applicable installation diameter: φ5.0-φ6.0mm
    Material: Foam
    Taking advantage of foam's merits of slow rebound and lasting tension, the foam ear tips can fill your ear canals and bring you much comfort like the customized earphones. Owing to its softness, it is capable of isolating most of the sound from outside, so as to enhance the bass. Meanwhile the small holes inside the foam can absorb the treble, which can further highlight the bass.
    All in all, listening experience is a quite subjective term. It'd be better for you to try different ear tips and feel the different sound signatures to find out the ones that suit you most!

    For more info of F9 PRO, please kindly visit: http://www.fiio.net/en/products/74#F9PRO

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