The in-ear headphones that specialists such as FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd. bring to market are becoming increasingly complex in order to improve their performance quality time and again. One can almost speak of works of art in precision engineering, as is the case with the latest in-ear headphones from the Chinese specialist for personal audio devices, the FiiO FH7s In-ear Monitor. Four so-called balanced armature drivers plus a dynamic driver are used here to guarantee the most detailed sound possible and a dynamic performance.
FiiO FH7s In-ear Monitor – Five drivers, designed as a three-way system
The new FiiO FH7s In-ear Monitor uses a total of five drivers, combining the best of two different design principles: a dynamic driver and four so-called balanced armature drivers.
All in all, this results in a three-way system, which is astonishing and remarkable, especially in view of the fact that we are “only” dealing with in-ear headphones.
Balanced Armature Driver developed together with Knowles Electronics LLC.
Once again, the Balanced Armature Drivers of the new FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor come from specialist Knowles Electronics LLC. but they were designed in conjunction with FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd. so that they are ultimately optimised for these in-ear headphones.
The four Balanced Armature Drivers are in the form of two Knowles SWFK-31736 BAs for the upper frequency range, and a pair of Knowles DFK BAs for the mid-range.
2nd Generation DLC Dynamic Driver
The dynamic driver used in the FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor is a second-generation 13.6 mm DLC driver developed by FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd itself. The abbreviation DLC stands for Diamond-like Carbon and refers to the material from which the diaphragm is made.
This special driver is supposed to be able to guarantee a particularly concise, accurate and at the same time natural reproduction in the low frequency range, as the manufacturer states.
FiiO S.TURBO Acoustic Design
The so-called FiiO S.TURBO Acoustic Design, which the manufacturer has applied for a patent for and which is a kind of bass reflex system in the form of a turbine, is supposed to provide particularly superior bass. The airflow is optimally controlled and thus exactly the right balance is achieved for a coherent sound image in combination with the drivers.
Housing with semi-open design
The new FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor uses a so-called semi-open design, which, according to the manufacturer, ensures that the drivers work optimally, as there are no compression effects inside the housing. For the user, this also results in a more open sound image in the truest sense of the word, as well as a more comfortable wearing experience.
Integrated Notch Filter
It is also interesting that the new FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor has a notch filter, whereby this is supposed to prevent unwanted resonances in the upper frequency range. Such resonances could lead to so-called sibilants, such as S-sounds, which are thus prevented at the outset and thus guarantee an optimal reproduction of voices.
Three tuning filters included
Many manufacturers of in-ear headphones, including FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd, have already introduced the possibility of customising in-ear headphones with so-called tuning filters. These are small attachments that are screwed on and offer different attenuation.
The new FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor comes with three of these tuning filters, one for more bass, one for a little more resolution in the upper frequency range, and one, of course, for a tuning that is as neutral and transparent as possible.
FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd. has always been one of those manufacturers in the in-ear headphone sector who provide their solutions with numerous so-called ear tips, so that the user always finds the optimum ones for him.
This is also the case with the new FiiO FH7s In-ear Monitor, because here you will find no less than 18 pairs of earplugs in various shapes and sizes as well as different materials in the package. Among them are the new FiiO HS18 Silicone Ear Tips, which, according to the manufacturer, are designed to ensure particularly comfortable use with the best sound at the same time.
High-quality cable with different plugs
The new FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor also comes with a particularly elaborately designed, high-quality cable. The manufacturer refers to this as a silver-plated cable made of high-purity monocrystalline copper, with eight cable strands twisted into a structure with a total of 152 conductors.
On one end, the cable terminates in a construction that allows for easy replacement of the plugs, whereby one can choose between 3.5 mm stereo jack for unbalanced and 4.4 mm Pentaconn for a balanced signal connection.
At the other end, the cable, which has a length of 1.2 m, has MMCX connectors, making it easy to remove.
The FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor has an impedance of 18 ohms and, according to the manufacturer, can cover a frequency range between 10 Hz and 40 kHz. The sensitivity is 104 dB in the data sheet.
Prices and availability
The new FiiO FH7s in-ear monitor is available immediately from specialist retailers, with a recommended retail price of € 439,-. The in-ear headphones are available in black.
Getting to the point
The new FiiO FH7s In-ear Monitor is the little brother of the FiiO FH9, and thus presents itself as a first-class in-ear headphone that has been refined and optimised down to the last detail, once again proving how meticulously the developers of the specialist for personal audio devices, FiiO Electronics Technology Co.
|PRODUCT||FIIO FH7S IN-EAR MONITOR|
|Manufacturer||FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd.|
|Distribution||NT Global Distribution GmbH|
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