REVIEW: Fischer Audio Dubliz
May 11, 2015 at 12:39 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 11

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REVIEW: Fischer Audio Dubliz
 

 
 
Specifications:
 
Driver: Dual-Diaphragm Transducer (DDT) 8 & 10 mm
Frequency range: 18-22000 Hz
Sensitivity: 101 dB
Impedance: 34 Ohm
Maximum power input: 65 mW
Cable: 1.2 m                  
 
MSRP$99 and $109 for the mic. version.
 
Product page & Availability:
 
fischeraudio.com
fischer-products.eu
 
 
Accessories:
 
4 pairs of single eartips (1xS/2xM/1xL).
Carry pouch
 
Build & Design:
 
Overall quality would be above average, with some reservations. The housings are all aluminum, which feel rather sturdy. They're not small at all, but they're light in weight despite carrying a Dual diaphragm configuration inside. Cable is the known twisted inside and plastic covered outside, which is already found on several in-ear models. It's a kinda springy, and rather microphonic, although not as noisy as it's Consonance Mini sibling. Plug is straight, sturdy but lacks proper relief, same goes for the Y-split which is missing a cinch slider. Strain relief at the housings entry is short and doesn't inspire much confidence. There's also no R and L marking (not even a dot); only way to tell each side apart was by the mic' which is placed on the right side cable.
 

 
 
Fit, Comfort, Isolation:
 
Despite the larger housings design the FA Dubliz is quite easy and straight to fit, and it's actually fairly comfortable for regular listening periods. They do stick out and may be difficult to wear in over-ear configuration. Isolation is pretty fine, above average and enough for daily commute.
 
 

 
 
 
Sound:
 
The first words that come to mind when listening to the new Fischer Audio Dubliz are 'balance', 'detail' and 'resolution'. The Dubliz is the first Fischer Audio in-ear model that utilizes the Dual Diaphragm technology, or DDT (as shown on the box), and if I'm not wrong it's currently the higher dynamic driver model of the company (the DBA-02 for the BAs). The Dubliz features a really well balanced sound with a slight U-shaped signature. At its current ~$100 retail price it finds itself competing against some of the favorites of many, such as the RHA MA750, the rather new Dunu Titan1, and the current Vsonic GR07 variations. Not an easy task, but fortunately the Dubliz manages to keeps its ground very well against these giant contenders, at least in sound matters alone, and even sharing some sonic similarities.
 
Bass is full, nicely rounded and intelligently layered. Quantity wise it is surely north of neutral but rather even and not overwhelming so couldn't be classified as a bassy earphone. It's still more than just punchy and there's no doubt it won't be missing anytime on any track. Sub bass is plenty and reaches to deep regions without effort. Mid bass is slightly towards the boomy side and not as well layered, but doesn't lack in control. The Titan1 is smaller in mid-bass and sub-bass too (but in a less amount), while the Dubliz shows further extension and a fuller response. The MA750 is also fuller in the sub-bass regions and more refined in the mid, and especially, upper-bass frequencies. The Dubliz would be the warmer among the three. The Brainwavz S5 is much bassier and less controlled anyway.
 
Climbing to the midrange, it boosts high level of clarity and definition. It's fairly smooth and a bit laid back, with a well noticed sense of warmth coming from the mid-bass lift, which also gives some extra body to lower mids. Usually, and might depend on certain tracks, the whole midrange may appear a tad distant, following the U/V shaped signature rule, though, some extra amplification might come handy to add a needed fullness overall (and actually nicely improves the sound presentation all along). Depth and resolution is among the best in dynamic drivers I've listened to in the sub $150 price bracket, rivaling the Titan1 and getting close to the MA750, although the later is still unbeatable with its exquisitely timbre and imaging. Neither vocals nor instruments are given extra priority over each other, although drums are firstly noticed than electric guitars. Similarly, male vocals carry more weight than females, but good thing is that they are very smooth than the more edgy Titan1 or shaper MA750.
 
Lastly, the treble part is very well rounded as well. It has enough presence, but still remains in the safe sector of smoothness even with more aggressive genres. Pretty much neutral quantity wise, enough for many people, I guess, although treble-heads may want some extra energy than the Dubliz offers. Extension is similar to the bass', far and nicely layered. The Dunu Titan1 and GR07 are much brighter and hotter, which tends to 'illuminate' the upper mids. The MA750's treble too, is more present and has the upper hand in regards the extension, but will be sharper at the upper treble, something that the Dubliz won't show. The Hifiman RE400 is more open at the lower treble/upper mids, but much smoother on the rest higher freq.
 
Soundstage as expected is rather wide for sure, very well suited for more classical and orchestral music. Not as airy and open as the Titan1 but on pair in imaging. Some extra amplification, such as the Cayin C5, will help to make the Dubliz a much fuller all-arounder set, adding more body and forwardness to the midrange and some extra upper energy, yet keeping it on the smooth side of things.
 
 

 
 
Conclusion & Value:
 
The Fischer Audio Dubliz really managed to surprise with its sound presentation, rivaling some of the well liked contenders nowadays. Sound wise is quite easy to recommend as a well balanced IEM, fairly comfortable and well isolating for daily use. The main downside would be the plain quality of the cable and its annoying microphonics noise, and the lack of accessories when compared to its direct rivals, but for the ~$100 price it worth a try nonetheless.
 
May 11, 2015 at 2:31 PM Post #2 of 11

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What's this another new Narmoo?? Oh wait, FA. They still around???
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Interesting read. They look pretty good. Need better accessories at that price though. A mesh pouch and an extra M pair of tips is sparse.
 
May 11, 2015 at 4:17 PM Post #3 of 11

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Good to see that FA is still making earphones.  Been a big fan but haven't paid attention in awhile.  This one seems like something I'd like to hear.  Nice write up Zelda and thanks for bringing a FA to our attention. 
 
Jul 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM Post #6 of 11

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I have had the Dubliz in my possession for a few weeks so I'd thought I'd chime in with my two cents. Thanks to Zelda for letting me borrow these (and for being patient with me :p ).

I only have the earphones here, so can't really comment on the packaging or accessories. Build quality appears to be pretty robust with the metal housings and the well-designed strain reliefs on the earphone end. The straight plug looks good but I'm slightly concerned about the entry point of the cable to the plug itself. The cable is really nice and behaves well enough, but I do find them microphonic. The lack of a split cable slider would solve this issue and prevent the mic from getting in the way. Speaking of which, the single button mic control, which worked well for me on Apple, Android, and Windows Phone devices I have, is on the RIGHT side, which isn't the most common. Keep that in mind as that's the only way one could tell right from left as there is no way otherwise to physically discern which channel is which.

Knowing that these were dual dynamic driver earphones, I really wasn't sure what to expect when it came to the sound. Thankfully, I didn't find the Dubliz to be unusual or peculiar in its sound presentation. If anything, it reminds me a bit of the Brainwavz S1 jant71 let me borrow way back when. Unlike the thick and heavily colored sound of the S1, the Dubliz maintains a similar warmer, darker signature without attempting to offset the bass with too much midrange or treble. Layering as Zelda mentioned is quite good, likely a consequence of the two driver setup. Bass has excellent texture and very good detail, and is well-controlled overall. Mids are slightly forward, particularly in the core and upper midrange, and as a result has good vocal reproduction. Treble is delicate, remains detailed and articulate if not a touch lacking in quantity for my tastes, but does result in a nice, non-fatiguing listen.

For the price, I think the Dubliz is a reasonable option if one's looking for something with good bass that isn't bassy. While there are some issues such as the proper tactile labeling of the channels and other usability concerns that need to be addressed, Fischer Audio's dual driver phones are unoffensive, easy-to-listen-to earphones in a unique, well-built package.
 
Jul 28, 2015 at 3:52 PM Post #7 of 11

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I have had the Dubliz in my possession for a few weeks so I'd thought I'd chime in with my two cents. Thanks to Zelda for letting me borrow these (and for being patient with me
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Thanks for your impressions! 
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Jul 28, 2015 at 5:19 PM Post #8 of 11

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I have the Dubliz now
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. Aesthetically they remind me of a Skullcandy Titan, Hifiman RE0 mix with a Tingo cable on them :)
 
The Dubliz are a solid offering and I like them. They may be a little overpriced vs. the best value things like the E80 but they are nicely tuned and have a bit of a unique presentation. I don't think they are the most cohesive but don't hold that against them. I can tell the two drivers apart and hear one coming from behind the other. It does give a more rectangular stage presentation. Easy for me to hear since I recently acquired an FXT200 and those have stacked microdrivers which are not one in front of the other and they appear as a larger circular/spherical presentation. The Dubliz driver set-up separates but just can't layer in the same cohesive and 3-D way. Still easy to pick thing out/up and hear them. the sound is also very well balanced unless you try to get the best possible seal and the bass does start to dominate the focus and they thicken up a bit and lose some quickness/liveliness. Best, IME, to not go for the most insertion depth possibly and let them "breathe" better :) 
 
I hear the overall sound balance as quite even. The bass and mids are heard from the one driver and the upper mids and treble from the other sound a smidge further away giving the impression of good depth and a front to back layering that just isn't going to be heard with a normal single driver.
 
All three parts of the range have good texture and detail levels and the humps and peaks are very minor to absent. Even owning the wonderfully tuned E80 recently, the Dubliz tuning is worth mentioning as quite well done. Bass notes are articulate and sub through mid-bass tones are well separated. Mids are clean and clear, vocals are also separated well and legible. mids are slightly dark which is the Dubliz as a whole from bass to treble. No hint sibilance on sss' or fffs''. Smooth and polite vocals with a bit of a huskiness to them but clean and not thick or weighty. Unoffensive was already mentioned in this thread and the mids, while not my favorite kind, are likable. Treble is also free from sibilance and has detail and clarity whilst still having a bit of the dark tone to them. having their own driver makes them stay more separate and blend into the mix more. Good decay keeping them a bit lively, even though not bright and smooth, the treble notes still sound clean and fairly precise/sharp and not too smoothed over. "Delicate" was used :) and that is a good descriptor. They can be delicate for something so well behaved and w/o the brightness or accentuated nature of some other phones.
 
The Dubliz do remind me of the old Hippo VB with a lower bass plate on them.
 
I do believe I know the R/L markers on the Dubliz. The logos are on the outside edge or the side facing more frontward when wearing as in Zeldas pic here...
 
the right logo is in front on the red tipped or right one and the left you can't see it cause it only on it's front side and there you have it. R/L when they both face front!
 
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I do believe I know the R/L markers on the Dubliz. The logos are on the outside edge or the side facing more frontward when wearing as in Zeldas pic here...
 
the right logo is in front on the red tipped or right one and the left you can't see it cause it only on it's front side and there you have it. R/L when they both face front!

 
Wow! Great observation! This should have been in the manual or even on the inside flap of the box!
 
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Just to add to this old thread, there is a new model of these..The Dubliz Enhanced. Available from lendmeurears at about $100.
Enhanced how? Well apparently they are tuned with more bass, and have detachable cables (2pin design) and a better accessory package - a hard case, more tips and a pair of Comply type foams. Very nice.
I'll probably do a bit of a write up when they are fully broken in, but initial impressions are very good - if you like bass! They have, hmm, lots of very punchy hard well textured bass, scooped mods and rolled treble. No splashiness or sibilance, decent non-fatiguing extension, vocals sound good if not exceptional, did I say the bass was good? :wink: :)
Enjoying them a lot, well made, big but comfortable and light.
 

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