FiiO FH5 Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors : Excellent sound quality, accessories not to the same standard

Very good isolation with the included foam tips. I switched to some dekoni tips however, as they have always given me the best seal and comfort for my ears. Rich and punchy, it’s probably the best bass response in this price bracket. Mids are a bit recessed in comparison to the bass, however it is detailed and warm. Better soundstage can be found in other iems in this price range, but they dont have the same overall sound these provide. Build quality is impeccable. They feel very solid, and the cable is one of the nicest oem cables i’ve tried. Only negative for me was the actual comfort.

I have been using fiio products since they were just producing small headphone amps. When i made the decision to go for a dedicated music play, which would play more than mp3 i went with fiio. My x5 iii is a great music machine and when paired with fiio f9 pro the depth of sound really brought my music to life. However, i am always looking for more depth to sound as i have tinnitus. The better and richer the sound the more my tinnitus is reduced. As soon as fiio announced the fh5’s i wanted to try them out. I have wanted a pair of four driver iems but the cost is out of my budget. With the fh5, fiio have delivered not just a great product with rich sound but also a budget friendly product. Although i have an eclectic music taste, i do find myself drawn to nurse with wound and colin potter. The sonics of nurse and potter are a challenge for standard earphone and when listen through my x5iii even the f9 pros are pushed to delivery a balanced sound.

These are quite amazing value for money. The sound sparkles with clarity and yet retains a decent punch to the bass. The spatial separation between instruments is outstanding – you just lose yourself listening to detail. These sound like ies that cost vastly more. The build quality of the fh5s is excellent – all metal. The included cable is the sort of thing that you might spend £100 on as an after-market upgrade – again really impressive. The earphones are socketted for easy replacement of the cable if that’s what you want to do. There are also hard and soft cases included and lots of eartips, which brings us to. All of this wonderful sound only becomes available if you use ear-tips that produce a good seal between the earphone and the ear. I had quite a bit of trouble achieving this with the tips include in the package (there are loads and loads of them – but none were quite right for me). For me (and this will be a personal thing) i found that comply 600 series large tips both fitted the fh5s and my ears really well (comply 500 tips have a bore that is just a bit too narrow to fit onto the fh5s so avoid 500s and other smaller number complys). I also have some mandarin es symbio eartips w (wide bore) on order as people have said these work well with fh5s. So, the bottom line is: persevere with finding tips that give a good seal and then you should have some iess that are so comfortable, so well made, using such high quality materials, looking so good, and sounding so amazing that you will think you bought £1000 iems, not ones that were only £209 (or whatever they are now).

Pros: tonally warm and enjoyable, insane comfort, technically capable (separation, etc), price (much better than fiio f9 pro, brainwaivz b400, slightly cheaper ones)cons: darker soundstage (could be a pro. )really likes these earphones. They are very very comfortable, the tips kind of sit at the top of your ear canal with the metal body perfectly nested on the outside of your ear. I’ve never had a problem with putting them in or them popping out. These are by far the most comfortable iems i’ve ever used possibly the most comfortable headphones full stop. Listened to them for 8 hours in a day quite happily. The cable provided is also probably the best i’ve received with earphones. It’s detachable with a pretty rigid plastic sleeve to create the ear hook. They have a warm organic sound that’s very tonally pleasant to listen to.

This review is coming from someone who was using £80 sennheiser ie6’s for a long time. They were great earphones and although they had some sibilant issues, i did honestly wonder whether buying iem’s three times the price would give me much improvement or whether diminishing odds would play a factor, or whether audiophile / enthusiasts overhype iem’s like this. In short, the fh5’s are overwhelmingly better in every aspect (apart from comfort, more on that later). Sub bass is deeper and more detailed, but it is the higher ranges that have so much more detail and clarity. On tracks with a lot of detail (instruments or samples), i can discern them separately like never before. I can hear each pluck of a guitar string and every breath of a singer like never before. I suppose the sound signature of these is warm, or v shaped rather than being neutral, but personally i don’t find them unbalanced or lacking in any particular area. Sound stage is far wider than i was expecting too. I should note that i’m using a fiio btr3 connected to my phone and using aptx hd. If you are using a phone that doesn’t have a brilliant onboard dac (and most don’t) this is a perfect option and a definite upgrade even for cheaper earphones.

I started my iem journey with shure se530’s, which broke after two years heavy use. I replaced those with shure se425’s which i thought sounded just as good, but i left them behind on a plane 3 years ago. As penance, i replaced those with se215’s, which really do have excellent sound, but which i never really found very comfortable for stretches of more than an hour or so. But when finally i felt it was time to buy an upgrade, i saw these fiio alternatives, and was lured in by the comments about sound quality and comfort. And yes, the sound is a clear step up from the 215’s, being bright, lively, rich and very precise, with a lovely balance across all the frequencies: hopeless for orchestral pieces, as are all iem’s i think, but it is wonderful to listen with precision to separate instruments in a string quartet, or to hear the harmonics on a great guitar. I think i’m enjoying listening on them even more than i did the 425/530’s – though these days i play 320 aac files rather than 256 mp3, and on an lg g7 (which has a superb dac and an amplifier that is capable of driving my akg701’s with ease) so maybe they’d be about equivalent. The fh5’s are enormous, but sit surprisingly well in my ears and i’ve found them comfortable over more than 2 hours. The size though does mean that it is unlikely that anyone will get as deep a fit into the ears as they might do with the se’s, which means that the sound isolation is not quite as full as with smaller iem’s; but i think that also relates to the improved comfort. My quibbles are about the accessories, (though not the cable, which is excellent – and for those worrying it is not balanced, well just go and buy one, as most of us want to have normal 3.

Only just got these earlier today. What can i say that all those raving about these haven’t already said?they look and feel absolutely exquisite, more like high end jewellery than earphones. Workmanship seems top notch too. Only time will tell if they prove to be reliable enough in the long term. Obviously the reason one buys something like these is the sound quality. Straight out the box they sound sublime. Low end, mids, highs are all in just the right amount. Most importantly they have such a fun and enjoyable sound. I’ll go as far as to say i’ll be just as happy using the fh5 as i am using my t1 2nd generation, the flagship over ears from beyerdynamic, such is the level of detail and clarity on these.

I have expensive ‘reference’ iems, but i wanted something a little more ‘fun’ for out and about use. It’s really ‘w’ shaped rather than ‘v’ shaped tonally, so you get quite a forward midrange as well as decent sub-bass, accurate mid bass and a lovely sparkly treble. Unlike some hybrid designs, the dynamic driver that handles the bass is perfectly integrated with the balanced armature drivers, it’s seamless. Unbelievable sound for the money, will hang with much more expensive iems. Superb with fiio q5 dac/amp, especially in balanced mode (fiio sell a suitable balanced cable). Slight midrange spike at 1-2khz – simply eq it down by about 3db. Honestly, it’s amazing to get this sort of quality for the money. Fiio’s rivals will be worried by this budget bullseye.

  • The best IEM FiiO have produce.
  • A moment of clarity
  • Extremely comfortable tonally excellent

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Read lots of reviews so i bought these. Reviews made these sound amazing but they’re not. They are okay, the sound quality is just okay. A but tinny and suffer from sibilance a lot. The packaging is great, lots of tips (tips are very hard to change). None of the tips made a real distance to the sound signature and the tips didn’t give me a good fit. I suspect part of the sound issues i had we’re to do with not getting a good seal. I did try some comply tips but these didn’t work to good either. The actual iem’s do have a great feel to them, there are a bit on the big side but they do feel more expensive than they are. The cable is so-so, i read about it being amazing and tangle free.

Love the sound and for the price they sound better than others costing a lot more. Some may find the fit a bit awkward due to short output ports. However the large earbuds supplied just fit. The built quality is superb and takes the piss out of more expensive in earsreview 5 months on: the left earpiece keeps cutting out so i have reported this to fiio. I will update with a response. I will be happy if they are replaced.

  • The best IEM FiiO have produce.
  • A moment of clarity
  • Extremely comfortable tonally excellent

FiiO FH5 Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors

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