- Dec 31, 2015
I'm not very impressed so far with the FD5.Agreed.
And while listening to the FD5 and forming the review I find it almost perfectly tuned and not short of detail , transparency , imaging and space allocation.
I think the semi open nature is a problem for me. I can hear the positive effects but also the negative effects. I don't particularly enjoy the omnipresent base - it's no as tight and focused as I would like it to be. The imaging is also hurt by the semi openness, or at least that is what I am attributing it to. I've found that Imaging is helped by closing the sound and having walls that the sound can bounce from, at the expense of unforced expressiveness aka openness. I value imaging much more than I previously thought.
When I compare the FD5 to my previous Single DD set, the Urbanfun YBF-ISS014, the Urbanfun wins handily in the mid range (and bass, but not by a mile). It's got that PRaT and vibrancy and "look at me" quality that is simply missing from the FD5.
FD5 is sleepy and dull in the mids comparatively. It lacks shape and falls flat. The FD5 also has a high wince factor that distracts from the music. It's not a very refined treble - it's more realistic and gritty which I don't think works for most conventional music.