Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?
Feb 15, 2022 at 12:13 PM Post #43,036 of 48,127

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Hope it helped, switched over to Android for a few years with HTC or One + devices as long as I could 'root' them, then switched back to iOS as those options became slim.

The FH1/ES100 combo is a trooper. Still use it often for sleeping, yard work, walking, etc. Foam tips (cheap Comply knock offs) help isolation. I can wear them for hours without readjusting the seal.

FWIW, the Jabra Elite 75t Active was pretty nice...used the Jabra app also for EQing, sound was nice. They were tiny, but still put too much pressure on the ear canals when sleeping, and the other niggle....I had to readjust them every few minutes to keep the seal when outdoors (even with all sorts of tip rolling tryouts). The mics, though....worked very well for calls, even outdoors in the wind.

Torn on the upgradeitus path....or if I even need to go there...considering FD3, FH3, FD5, FH5s, 7hz Timeless. Later this year I'd augment with a FiiO UTW3/UTW5 (or something along those lines) to get back to TWS setup.
For me, there are certainly upgrades from the fh1. Fd1, Fd3, fh3, fh5, fd5 are all direct upgrades within the Fiio lineup. Other than fiio I can say that iems have come a very long way since the fh1 came out with many companies creating iems under $100 that would have been $500 iems 7-8 yrs ago. While it was a good iem for the time and even a decent iem nowadays, there are some pretty amazing iems at a budget price. Even at lesser price than the fh1. I just got a little nostalgic there.
As far as the utws3/5 goes, I think you'd be surprised how well they can replay music with a good iem attached. Fiio really did a fantastic job.
 
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@Phaethon Bro - I didn't think goose bumps were possible with IEMs but the Dorado 2020 immediately delivered on the first few tracks I put on. Having never invested in $1K IEMs I really didn't want a good reason to keep them (for the sake of my wallet) but they are definitely in a league of their own.

I am now a believer but I do think beyond this price point may just be diminishing returns. It has an even fuller, more dynamic, detailed and clean/robust bass and sonic profile than the FH9s. It really is incredible and for the most part, it has the right amount of sparkle before it gets too peaky or harsh in the treble region while pushing mids and vocals more to the forefront. That bass is thick, clean and robust, the most precise I've heard, insane. I know I'm gushing because I feel like I'm sitting in a Ferrari instead of a BMW now. Immersive, dynamic, impactful and detailed at a different level. You want to appreciate details of instruments in jazz and classical? These deliver. You want to get jacked listening to more energetic genres? Rock, PoP, EDM? These deliver.

Is it worth the extra 400 CAD over the FH9s to end my search and sell off the rest of my small collection? Yes, probably. Also, did I mention it's gorgeous and comfort wise, the most ergonomic out of all the other IEMs I've tried? Dunno why crin rated these so poorly but I've just recognized that everyone has their own taste and bias towards certain sound signatures. This is my jam, I am a fan and this may likely be my end game for years to come... except for TWS :)
You are exactly right. To Crin... What he likes is what he likes. Everyone is always right in this hobby. That's great that you got the Dorado man! I have not had the pleasure of listening to them as I had pretty much written off anything from Campfire as they have come out with some real duds. I have heard good things about this set though. Very cool.
 
Feb 15, 2022 at 12:18 PM Post #43,038 of 48,127

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I don't have a problem ... YOU have a problem :D

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Wow, I feel like I have no issue with accumulating tws's, after seeing your picture. :)

Do you keep them all charged up? I have around 15 and rotate between 10 or so, but it takes me a month to rotate through them -- sometimes just listening to a song or two before putting it away for another month. sounds strange as I type this, but we're a strange bunch, no? Earlier today I just realized 3 or 4 of my tws' had to be topped off because it's been almost a couple months since I've listened to them.
 
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Wow this Sony video really making the Link Buds out to be the next best thing since sliced bread. The marketing is very strong on this one lol!
I believe ALL companies do this lol. What do you expect, they're not exactly going to say, "We know you've been waiting for this. Today we introduce our average sounding wireless earbuds with less than satisfactory battery life. Available for pre-order today."
 
Feb 15, 2022 at 12:39 PM Post #43,040 of 48,127

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I believe ALL companies do this lol. What do you expect, they're not exactly going to say, "We know you've been waiting for this. Today we introduce our average sounding wireless earbuds with less than satisfactory battery life. Available for pre-order today."
Not about the product though. They are not saying it is a great product. They are saying it is an evolutionary link to your world. It is gonna help blind people get around better, it is gonna change gaming, it is gonna transport you to another dimension of interacting with your world.

Would be nice if they said stuff about the product being great but not much about the product. They are the newest headphone revolution. They are gonna change your world.
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So, is making them out to be a new evolution really what they all do?? Talking going portable(Walkman of course mentioned) is an evolution and going from wired to wireless an evolution and now Link Buds is another evolution!!!!!!!(Did I put nought exclamations?):)
 
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Further to this, Qi charging, Volume Controls, ANC slightly less than AirPods Pro/Beats Fit Pro, all other controls. Zero issues. Fit is better than APP. Really enjoying them. Calls are perfect. Sound has EQ presets. Balances, More Treble, More Bass, Voice. I'm going with the More Bass. Punchy and cool for metal. For $99 I'm really surprised. Great value. Keep wondering when a bug will be revealed but nothing so far for hours.
How is the volume level on them... read a few amazon reviews which say they do not go loud enough
 
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The link buds is out



Anyoen interested with a real Open Back True Wireless? I mean it literally got a hole in it.

Techmoan is more casual and he really isn't comfortable with any in ear headphones, but his impression and close up view is appreciated.

While Linus is actually quite interested with personal audio, daily drive an HD600 at home and used to rock the IE8, 80 and 800 as his EDC until Airpods came out. He did mentioned he's tempted to buy an IE900 in recent WAN show tho, so he does care for sound when he wants to.
 
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Wow, I feel like I have no issue with accumulating tws's, after seeing your picture. :)

Do you keep them all charged up? I have around 15 and rotate between 10 or so, but it takes me a month to rotate through them -- sometimes just listening to a song or two before putting it away for another month. sounds strange as I type this, but we're a strange bunch, no? Earlier today I just realized 3 or 4 of my tws' had to be topped off because it's been almost a couple months since I've listened to them.
Dude I can't live through that, especially when I know TWS have actual limit on its lifetime due to its battery. Compared to headphones and other gear that has 5+ years at least, the tiny batter on tws is just destined to make every single one of them to be in landfills.. 1 TWS is enough for my life.
 
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The link buds is out



Anyoen interested with a real Open Back True Wireless? I mean it literally got a hole in it.

Techmoan is more casual and he really isn't comfortable with any in ear headphones, but his impression and close up view is appreciated.

While Linus is actually quite interested with personal audio, daily drive an HD600 at home and used to rock the IE8, 80 and 800 as his EDC until Airpods came out. He did mentioned he's tempted to buy an IE900 in recent WAN show tho, so he does care for sound when he wants to.


More niche right now but certainly some will have a use for it. Doubt with the F.R. and losing that low bass that the gamers will dig them. The phone gamers that play "Best Fiends" most likely but not serious gamers.

As I speculated the tap your ear thing would have to give issues. So, in the email we learn they are a double and triple tap control scheme so that would help stop accidentals. Guess you can't hold your front ear parts so you are limited and it says nothing about volume control again. They have an auto volume based on sensing outside sounds thing but it seems if you just want to crank it you need to do it on device or via voice assistant.

Specs do correct that they are BT5.2. No aptX just SBC/AAC, says 2.5 hours continuous communication time so your Zoom and work stuff better not be that long or you need a break to quick charge.

I thought these could be big for work from home or certain office settings but max 2.5 hours constant communication is not gonna cut it for a bunch of people.
 
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How is the volume level on them... read a few amazon reviews which say they do not go loud enough
I do have to turn them up higher than most of my buds, but they get plenty loud for me. On odd issue I'm having is that ANC resets when you put them in the case, so you have to re-cycle to ANC again when you put them in. Outside of that, for $99 they are a very very good value.
 
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Dude I can't live through that, especially when I know TWS have actual limit on its lifetime due to its battery. Compared to headphones and other gear that has 5+ years at least, the tiny batter on tws is just destined to make every single one of them to be in landfills.. 1 TWS is enough for my life.
The limited lifespan is a big argument for IEM + TWS earhook adapters. When the battery dies, get a new earhook or try to repair the old earhook. New Bluetooth tech or audio codecs? Get a new earhook while saving the bulk of your investment by reusing the IEMs.
 
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You are exactly right. To Crin... What he likes is what he likes. Everyone is always right in this hobby. That's great that you got the Dorado man! I have not had the pleasure of listening to them as I had pretty much written off anything from Campfire as they have come out with some real duds. I have heard good things about this set though. Very cool.
I hear ya man. Out of curiosity, which CFA products did you try and why didn't you like them? I've heard many good things about the Solaris and Andromeda's but wanted to get a fresh take from the community what they think? Listening to the Durado 2020 gives me that sense of emotion that I feel many IEMs miss the mark on. It's also VERY good on poorly recorded tracks.
 
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@Phaethon Bro - I didn't think goose bumps were possible with IEMs but the Dorado 2020 immediately delivered on the first few tracks I put on. Having never invested in $1K IEMs I really didn't want a good reason to keep them (for the sake of my wallet) but they are definitely in a league of their own.

I am now a believer but I do think beyond this price point may just be diminishing returns. It has an even fuller, more dynamic, detailed and clean/robust bass and sonic profile than the FH9s. It really is incredible and for the most part, it has the right amount of sparkle before it gets too peaky or harsh in the treble region while pushing mids and vocals more to the forefront. That bass is thick, clean and robust, the most precise I've heard, insane. I know I'm gushing because I feel like I'm sitting in a Ferrari instead of a BMW now. Immersive, dynamic, impactful and detailed at a different level. You want to appreciate details of instruments in jazz and classical? These deliver. You want to get jacked listening to more energetic genres? Rock, PoP, EDM? These deliver.

Is it worth the extra 400 CAD over the FH9s to end my search and sell off the rest of my small collection? Yes, probably. Also, did I mention it's gorgeous and comfort wise, the most ergonomic out of all the other IEMs I've tried? Dunno why crin rated these so poorly but I've just recognized that everyone has their own taste and bias towards certain sound signatures. This is my jam, I am a fan and this may likely be my end game for years to come... except for TWS :)
I’m so happy! I am still ecstatic with them a week later! Like you, I couldn’t figure out why Crin dismissed them, but I realized he and I different tastes and different goals. He wants it pristine and I want it colored, but colored just the way I want it. I think that makes me an audiophile troglodyte but I’m in it for the sound I like.
Your descriptions were so good you should write reviews! Cheers!
 

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