FiiO designed some very decent wired in-ear headphones over the past few years, but this new one, the FH5, feels like a fresh start. Great, but since most phones no longer have headphone jacks and Bluetooth headphones now rule the portable market, who’s still buying wired in-ear headphones? Audiophiles, for one, or anyone who wants to hear music at its best! Hold the FH5 in your hands and you’ll get a feel for its build quality — it’s downright luxurious. The very solid-feeling earpieces and user-replaceable and very flexible 47-inch (1.2-meter) silver-plated copper cables are top-notch. Each CNC-machined aluminum earpiece is fitted with three balanced armature drivers, plus a 10mm bass driver. Impedance is rated at an easy-to-drive 19 ohms. The earpiece shape and form-fitting, around-the-ear cable are designed to provide a secure fit. I found the FH5 far more stable than any true wireless ‘bud, that’s for sure. Since proper ear-tip seal is essential to maximize the performance of any in-ear ‘phone FiiO includes a generous assortment of sizes and types of tips. Rather than just jumble them together in a plastic bag the FH5 has them neatly laid out in a sturdy compartment. The FH5 sells for $260 on Amazon in the US, £230 in the UK and AU$380 in Australia. Listening to the FH5 I listened the FH5 on my desktop first with a JDS Labs Atom headphone amp ($99), next with an old Astell & Kern JR portable music player, which has a 3.5mm headphone jack…. [Read full story]
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