Fiio FA1 and FH1s comparison
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I’m looking to get my first pair of IEMs. After a good deal of viewing, searching and reviewing the comments on here, I’m drawn towards the Fiio models.

Initially, I liked the description and look of the FA1 model. Now I’ve seen the FH1s which also has good write ups.

For a newbie in this area, I’m trying to understand what the differences are and what would be the best one to start with:
- The FA1 has a single balanced armature (one driver) and MMCX connections @ 15ohms
- The FH1s has two drivers and 0.78mm Double Pin connections @ 26ohms and Hi-Res Certified

Is there a big difference having two drivers over one driver
What is considered to be the better connector
Why have they changed from MMCX to Double Pin
What is Hi-Res certified
They will be used on an iPhone and at home on a headphone amp

Many thanks in advance and looking forward to the responses
 
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I own both the FA1 and the FH1s. I might be able to help you. First, what type of music do you listen to mostly? Do you have problems with pressure on your eardrums when you use IEMs?
 
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I own both the FA1 and the FH1s. I might be able to help you. First, what type of music do you listen to mostly? Do you have problems with pressure on your eardrums when you use IEMs?
Hi H T T
Music taste is primarily Jazz with a smattering of Blues, Rock, Punk and 80s.

No problems on my eardrums as far as I’m aware. Never used IEMs before, but had no problems with noise reducing earphones previously.
 
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Here are links to my thoughts from another thread, including a comparison betwe the FA1 and FH1s:

My initial impressions of the FA1 are quite favorable. This is one excellent performing bargain that excels with the singer/songwriter genre.



After more time with the FA1, 80s pop is stellar.


Classic metal is another strong genre for the FA1.

I have both the FA1 and FH1s. Neither sounds u-shaped. The FA1 is kinda mid-centric, but balanced. Middling soundstage, depth and width. Excellent layering and separation, especially when price is considered. I recommend you upgrade the cable down the road. The FA1 deserves it. Responds well to EQ.
The FH1s is a fun, carefree little gem. It excels with pop/EDM. A small v-type presentation, but mids are just slightly back. Has competent separation and layering, but not close to the FA1. I love the feel of the FH1s’ cable.
I am quite impressed with what FiiO can do for under $100.
I hope that helps. Two other items, the FA1’s physical body is much higher quality than the FH1s’. On the other hand, the FH1s has a more comfortable stock cable than the FA1.
 
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Here are links to my thoughts from another thread, including a comparison betwe the FA1 and FH1s:




I hope that helps. Two other items, the FA1’s physical body is much higher quality than the FH1s’. On the other hand, the FH1s has a more comfortable stock cable than the FA1.
Hi H T T

After further reviews, I ended up choosing the FH1s, which was delivered today. I must admit that I’m impressed with them for my first pair of IEMs.
 
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I am glad it worked out well for you. :)
 
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You are welcome.
 
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