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The Review Tour of FiiO FH5 Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors Starts Now!

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  1. FiiO

    Knowles balanced armature driver is a key material of FiiO’s most popular IEMs F9 PRO and FH1. For the FH5, FiiO continues the hybrid driver design that combines the best of balanced armature and dynamic drivers for an absolutely addicting sound. But this time, we put four drivers per ear with three Knowles balanced armature drivers (ED30262 + TWFK-31082) and a 10mm polymer nanocomposite dynamic driver.

    A. About FiiO FH5:
    • Three Knowles Balanced Armature + one 10mm dynamic driver
    • Patented TRISHELL (TRI+SHELL) structural design
    • Exotic-inspired acoustics design, for an unbelievably real soundscape
    • Exotic-inspired S.TURBO technology, for a burst of pure, raw lows
    • Exotic-inspired independent sound tubes, for smooth transition
    • Learning from the past, inspired by the streamliner era
    • MMCX connectors, to give you more ways to play
    • Comes with the 3.5mm single-ended cable LC-3.5B, 6N silver-plated OCC wire
    • Precisely machined aluminum alloy shell, for easier insertion into your ear
    • Hi-Res Audio Certification

    You can learn more about the FH5 at: http://fiio.net/en/products/95

    B. How to apply:

    Please apply by replying to this thread and including the following information in your reply:
    •-Headphone(s) / earphone(s) you possess:
    •-Any DAP(s) / DAC(s) / amp(s) you may possess:
    •-Descriptions and links to review(s) you may have posted:
    •-Your geographical region (e.g. the city and country you live in):
    •-Your native language (and any other languages you may be able to write in):

    C. About shipping info:

    •Depending on the geographical distribution of selected reviewers, FiiO will ship out several FH5s, one or more to reviewers in each region, e.g. USA, Europe, SE Asia, Pacific region, etc. so that shipping costs from one reviewer to the next is kept low.
    •FiiO will pay for shipping to the first reviewer and any customs taxes / import duties that may result from the FH5 crossing countries.
    •Preview application period: Starting now! And accepting applications until further notice!
    •First list of previewers to be announced: July 10th, 2018.
    •Beginning of shipment of review the FH5:July 11th, 2018 (subjects to the real situation).

    D. Review regulations (subject to change before the tour commences)

    •Reviewers should keep the FH5 for at most 10 days before shipping to the next reviewer.
    •Reviewers should ship the FH5 to the next reviewer by registered post requiring signature in the padded box provided.
    •Reviewers will not be held responsible for any damage to the FH5 sustained during shipping or normal usage.
    •Reviewers should do the preview fairly and objectively, and related product photos are required. (Alternatively, video reviews are welcome)
    •Reviewers need not overstate the advantages of the products.
    •Reviewers should indicate that the review FH5s are free loan units, in order to avoid any misunderstandings.
    •Reviewers are reminded to listen responsibly and safely to the FH5, to not use it when operating machinery or driving.
    •Reviewers should post the completed review content to this thread and the FiiO FH5's review page: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-fh5-quad-driver-hybrid-in-ear-monitors.23184/
    •Please also provide FiiO with the links to your review, for us to come and admire your work.
    •Please contact FiiO in advance if you have any difficulties with the FH5 in the course of your preview, so we may help you resolve it if possible.

    Best regards,
    FiiO Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2018
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  3. soundstige
    Fantastic news! I would love to give them a spin and offer my impressions.

    •-Headphone(s) / earphone(s) you possess:
    Too many to list! I have experience listening to, comparing, and reviewing over 100 IEMs in the past 8 years. I've used numerous products from Etymotic, Sennheiser, Sony, FiiO, Brainwavz, TFZ, iBasso, Koss, Panasonic, Westone, FLC, Earsonics, Samsung, and countless others including many "no-name" imported Chinese earphones. Currently listening daily to the FiiO F3, Brainwavz B400, and iBasso IT01.
    •-Any DAP(s) / DAC(s) / amp(s) you may possess:
    Objective 2 / ODAC combo unit, Yamaha amplifier / receiver, Creative sound card amplifier(s), Sony cell phone, many others.
    •-Descriptions and links to review(s) you may have posted:
    I have written about a dozen reviews on Head-Fi's reviews section (links in profile) and have given countless more informal impressions and comparisons
    •-Your geographical region (e.g. the city and country you live in):
    Connecticut, United States (finer detail available in PM)
    •-Your native language (and any other languages you may be able to write in):
    English. Can also write acceptably in Spanish.​

    Really looking forward to the tour! Thanks!!
  4. int_architect
    Definitely interested.
    • Headphones: HD650, Fidelio X2, Fidelio SHP9500, M1060, ATH-M50X, WH1000Xm2
    • Earphones: FiiO FH1, Koss KSC75, 1More Triple Drivers, Denon C751, Jaybird F5
    • DAPs: LG V10, Huawei Mediapad M3
    • DAC/amp: FiiO Q5
    • Review: 1st one on the way thanks to the FiiO M7 tour!
    • Geographical region: Maryland, USA
    • Native language: English
    Thanks @FiiO!
  5. Tex Irie
    • Headphones: AKG K812, Audeze EL-8c, Pioneer SEMonitor5
    • Earphones: Campfire Audio Andromeda, LG Force, Shure SE215, Westone Wx
    • DAPs: LG V30, iPhone 6s Plus
    • DACs/ Amps: Chord Mojo, Gustard A20H
    • Descriptions and links to review(s) you may have posted: Pending review of the Fiio M7 upon receipt and 10 day trial period.
    • Geographical region: Texas, USA
    • Native language: English

    Can't wait to try them out. Thank you for the consideration @FiiO !
  6. hansonsc56
    I am interested in testing the FH5's. I previously tested the X7 Mark II.

    Current headphones:
    Westone W-40
    Kef M200
    Kef M500
    Grado sr325e

    Music source - Fiio X7 II

    Here is my review of fiio x7 mark II
    If You Love Music, This Is The One
    Written by hansonsc56
    Published Oct 9, 2017
    Pros - The sound. Separation, clarity, depth. New Control button layout. 2 MicroSD slots. and the Sound. Did I mention the sound?
    Cons - Sorting of album titles beginning with the word "the".
    Here’s my review of the FIIO X7 Mark II.

    My background:

    I’m a 62 year old who listens and plays music all of the time. I’ve played guitar for over 40 years, as well as years on bass and some drums. I play in a church group as the bass player and lead guitar (when called for). A few years ago I filled in for the drummer for a year. My wife plays piano and we have a Steinway grand in the house. I am an avid collector of guitars (acoustics, electrics and bass). I also bought a lot of ride cymbals looking for that perfect tone (for me, it’s the ride in Brubeck’s “Take Five”). For snares I wanted the Steely Dan “Black Cow” sound.

    The point of this is that I am very familiar with how instruments sound when you play them. In terms of audio equipment, my goal has always been: “If they recorded it, I want to hear it”. So, I am always listening to hear TONE. Whether it is a Goodall Guitar (Doug Smith on “Alone at Last”, a Fender tweed (a lot of people), the sound of really good set of Hi-hats clicking, etc., I wanted to hear it like I was in the room.

    As having a family limited my listening to my stereo (SONY ES series through KEF 104/2 Reference), I moved to headphones. When the Ipod came out I downloaded my CD collection to the computer and Ipod. I loved the portability and accepted the sound. I invested in some better IEM’s (some old Sony’s, Monster Cables Miles Davis Trumpets, and others). Then I read an article on CNET about Neil Young’s PONO player. Lossless tracks seemed the way to go. The article noted that while the PONO wasn’t available yet, this small Chinese company, FIIO had some great products at very reasonable prices.

    I first bought the X5 version 1. Started converting my CD collection to FLAC files using Exact Audio Copy. It was like taking cotton out of my ears. I subsequently added a FIIO Montblanc amplifier and the sound was even better. My biggest frustration with the X5 was that the interface was not as easy to navigate as the Ipod’s. When the X7 with Android came out, I jumped on it (I am an Android guy not IOS).

    When the new X7 Mark II came out, is signed up for the review tour. Which brings us to why you are hopefully still reading this. My review will be mostly about the sound. Other reviewers have done the unboxing thing, frequency graph’s, specs, etc., so if you want that info go read those reviews.

    My process.

    I decided to do a blind comparison with my X7. I had a duplicate Micro SD card that I put in the MKII. For the test, I only used FLAC files that I had made from CD’s. The lineup included:

    Steely Dan, Aja, “Peg”

    Boz Scaggs, Silk Degrees, “Lido Shuffle”

    Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, “Time”

    Dave Brubeck, Time Out, “Take Five”

    Bob Marley, Legend, “Jammin”

    Paul Simon, Graceland, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”

    Jeff Hamilton Trio, Red Sparkle, “Red Sparkle”

    We would cue up the song in both devices and my son would insert the headphones (Grado 325’s) into one of the DAP’s play a minute of the song and then switch to the other devices. I could not see which one he was playing. We matched the volume on both devices (the MKII AM3 probably had an advantage over the X7 AM1, but I was comparing the “stock” models). I would tell him which one I liked better.

    The pieces I chose were selected because of their production, complexity, and that I really liked them. Right from the start it was clear that one device was better than the other. It was the Mark II. I don’t use (or in some cases understand) the language of some reviewers. I don’t understand what “effortless” means. So I will use my own standard/language. I do understand what soundstage separation refers to and I do see that as a required factor.

    The differences were at times astounding, on “Peg” I was finally able to hear Michael McDonald’s multiple harmony parts, which in the past sounded like one voice. On many records, I could hear the ride cymbal’s wash like I had hit it myself. When playing an instrument, you hear the instrument “in it’s space”. There are overtones, harmonics, finger sound’s on strings, resonances, etc. the difference between a snare with a piece of gaffer’s tape stuck to it or not. A tube amp like a great fender tweed has an aura of tone. With the Mark II these were all there much clearer than on my beloved X7. The instruments were all amazingly clear. On some tracks, I was able to hear separate instrument parts that had always sounded like one part (listen to Springsteen’s “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”) On Peter Gabirel’s “In your Eyes”, the very subtle talking drum part in the left channel was extremely clear and realistic. Snarky Puppy’s “Lingus” sounded like I was in the room.

    Drum sounds were like I was sitting on my throne. Bass sounds were “right there”.

    So, I had a clear favorite in the race. I decided to enlist my son and wife (also musicians) to have them do a little blind testing. Both of them found the Mark II to be better than the Mark I. For my wife, I cued up Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart/Hogwood version). It clearly was better on the Mark II.

    During my review period, Tom Petty passed away, so I listened to his music this week…a lot. His great music was blessed with great production which really came through on the Mark II.

    I used a variety of headphones and IEM’s for my various listening. Most of the times I used my Grado 325’s. For the IEMS, I mostly used my KEF M200s, which I use when I really want to hear the bass player. Also used FIIO EX-1’s and Etymotic ER-4’s. Towards the end of the review, I started using my KEF M500’s. KEF is a gear British Speaker company, and I have loved my aforementioned 102/4’s. The M500’s emerged as my favorite way to listen to the Mark II’s.

    Pet Peeve: I wish that the file sorting would be truly alphabetic. I finally figured out that albums are sorted by title and artist. In the section of albums beginning with “The”, this can be tricky. CD 1’s and 2’s are sometimes separate and hard to find. Not knowing the artist subsort, I spent a lot of time searching through the “The’s”.

    I also really liked the new volume wheel. It was easier to use than the screen swipe option. The power button on top was also much better. The two Micro SD card drives are a big plus, particularly as my one 256GB card is almost full. The soft clear case is better than the hard one that came with the X7.

    Without being too technical, the Mark II amplifier section is a big advancement over the X7. All I have to do now is convince Santa that I have been a very good boy and should get one of these under the tree on Christmas
  7. Palash
    Headphones -
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x , Sennheiser Hd598 SE , Audio-Technica ATH S-100 , Sennheiser P80

    Iems / Earbuds -
    Fiio F9 Pro, Fiio FH1, VE Monk Plus , 1More Piston Fit , 1 More Triple Driver, Shure se215 , VE Biggie and Smalls , Wooeasy EMX500, IBASSO IT01, Tin audio T2, KZ ZS5, Kz zsa, Wiilsound MK1 Rv 2 , Penon Bs1.

    DAPS -
    Sony NW-A46 , Cayin N3 , Fiio X1 second Gen, Hiby R3

    Dac & AMPS -
    Audioquest Dragonfly Black, Fiio E10 K, Fiio Q1 Mk2 , Fiio A1.

    All My Reviews on " The Indian Audiophile Forum " and " Fiio India ".

    Geographical region - India (Kolkata)
    Native language - English and Hindi.

    Thanks for the Review tour @FiiO, Hope this time We would get a chance to hands on Fh5.
  8. dheepak10
    My existing reviews (select) on head-fi:
    WillSound MK2

    WillSound MK1


    VE Monk Biggie

    Geographical Location:
    India (Hyderabad)

    My stuff:
    FiiO EX1, Tin audio T2, Senfer XBA 6in1, Xiaomi Hybrid, Urbanfun Hi-fi

    WillSound series (MK2, MK1, MK3, PK32, MX32 prototype), VE Monk+, V-Master, EMX500, Edifier H180, etc.

    Samson SR950 Monitors, Sennheisser HD205, Phillips SHB7250, Phillips SHB 4405.

    LG G6, Shanling m0

    Review language - English
  9. hansonsc56
    From Rochester New York
  10. RedFenderJag
  11. iburdeinick
    Hello !

    Wound like to join the Tour of the FH5

    Headphones: Sennheiser 650, Grado RSi, ATHM50, Sony MDRs, and many more iem.
    DAP: Fiio X5, Apple ipod 80GB, Samsung Galaxy S9.
    Amps, Fiio Amp, Sony DN1050, and more.

    Im in North Miami, FL USA.

  12. IkSak
    •-Headphone(s) / earphone(s) you possess: Shure SE 535, HiFiman RE400, Mr. Speakers Aeon Flow Open, Massdrop AKG K7xx, Sennheiser HD700, HiFiman HE400s, NAD Viso HP50
    •-Any DAP(s) / DAC(s) / amp(s) you may possess: Schiit Bifrost (DAC), Schiit Lyr2, Schiit Magni 3, Schiit Vali2, Cayin C5 (portable)
    •-Descriptions and links to review(s) you may have posted: none so far
    •-Your geographical region (e.g. the city and country you live in): Soth America. Bogotá, Colombia
    •-Your native language (and any other languages you may be able to write in): native: spanish, other: english (I'm an academic and I'm used to write journal papers in english).
  13. Wiljen
    Count me in! These look great.

    IEMS in current collection -
    Fiio F9 Pro & FH1
    Brainwavz B400 & B150
    Magaosi K5 & X3,
    TFZ King pro & Series 2
    Simgot EN700-pro
    Mee Pinnacle P1
    Campfire Comet
    Eartech Quint Custom
    Multiple KZ models

    DAPS -
    Fiio X1 1st Gen, Q1, E17, X5 g2
    Cayin N3
    Opus #1s
    Apogee Groove
    Samsung M8 Active
    Iphone 7

    Review Links
    Fiio F9 Pro
    Shanling M1, M2s, M3s
    Meizu Flow
    Campfire Comet

    •-Kingsport, TN, USA
  14. slumber86
    I'm interested, can be my first serious review on head-fi:

    Current gear:
    Fio Q1 MKII
    Fiio E07K
    Focusrite Saffire pro 24 DSP

    Etymotic ER3XR
    Eymotic HF5
    Meze 99 classic
    Akg 171 Studio
    Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
    Adam A7


    Example brief review on amazon
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2018
  15. darmanastartes
    Really excited to get a chance to listen to these!

    Headphones currently in my possession include E-MU Teak, Mee Audio P1 Pinnacle, Sony MDR-ZX100, Archeer AH07, Mixcder X5, KZ ATE, VE Monk +, Yersen FEN-2000, and UiiSii CM5.

    I have previously owned the Campfire Audio Polaris, Mee Audio P2 Pinnacle, Fostex TH-X00, V-Moda M-80, V-Moda LP2 Crossfade, Beyerdynamic DT-770 (250 ohm), Mee Audio M6, Hifiman HE-400S, and Phillips Fidelio X2.

    For DAPs, I currently own the Hidizs AP60II. I previously owned the Fiio X1 Mk1.

    I have reviewed the Yersen FEN-2000, Hidizs AP60II, iFi xDSD, Rose North Forest, UiiSii CM5, Shanling M3s, M2s, and M1, Cayin N3, Cayin N5Mk2, Fiio Q1 MkII, Meze 99 Neo, Mixcder X5, Archeer A225, Archeer AH07, and KZ ATE.

    I live in Virginia, USA.

    I write in English.
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