XBA-A3 Owner Here: Looking to upgrade... Fearless S8F or FiiO FH7?
Apr 16, 2020 at 7:23 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

InnovatedMind

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Hey Ya'll!

It's been a while! After 4 years, my A3's are starting to get beat up a little (they still sound very nice!).

I am stuck between these two new options... the Fearless S8F (which, I could potentially get for $400).... or the FiiO FH7 ($450).

I really like bass that you can feel, but it has to be textured with low-end and mid-bass. I really love Seperation, Soundstage, and Sparkling Highs too.

What would you get for a noticeable upgrade? Fearless S8F (cheaper, excellent condition) or FiiO FH7 (New, on Amazon)

The DAC I will be using is: Topping NX4 DSD

Thank you all!
- Joe
 
Apr 16, 2020 at 8:15 AM Post #3 of 9

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I auditioned with FH7 before, I am not satisfied with the bass. I think the FH5 has a better bass.
 
Apr 16, 2020 at 4:19 PM Post #5 of 9

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I was able to get the S8F, in Excellent Condition, with a Custom Faceplate... for $400. I couldn't pass it up.

Fearless S8F + Topping NX4 DSD should be a solid Mid-Range HiFi set-up. Correct?
 
Apr 16, 2020 at 5:07 PM Post #6 of 9

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I'd recommend maybe the Tanchjim Oxygen. Nice upgrade from the Sony you have IMO.

I'll take a look at this for another pair :) ... Thank you!
 
Apr 16, 2020 at 5:09 PM Post #7 of 9

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I auditioned with FH7 before, I am not satisfied with the bass. I think the FH5 has a better bass.

How was the detail and Soundstage on the FH5?
 
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