FiiO EX1 review - expatinjapan.




Build
The Fiio EX1 is sturdy, solid titanium. Mine are in black and I was sure they were plastic until I tapped my teeth with them. These IEMs aren`t going to get damaged anytime soon.
The plug is L shaped which will appeal to many users.
The housing is small enough to sit comfortable within ones ear, the nozzle is on an angle and fits nicely into the ear canal.
The cable casing is clear and gives it that custom cable look.
There are some slight micro phonics as they are designed to be worn hanging down.
The IEMs have eleven vent holes on the inside shell, and one on the outside which leads to leakage when the volume gets turned up, so perhaps not the best choice for those busy commutes.
Beautiful and solid.



Sound
I tested the FiiO EX1 with the Centrance Hifi-Skyn as they scaled up well with added amplification, ipod touch 6G 128GB using Flacplayer app by Dan Leehr.

I set the volume at around just over halfway as they don`t need much juice to sound great.
The FiiO EX1 is a very clear sounding IEM, has a great sound stage, extended highs without ending up being sibilant.
It is very balanced between the lows, mid and highs, a very coherent sound.
It has great clarity, detail and imaging is beautiful presenting a spacious almost ethereal sound on some tracks.
The vents certainly add to the sense of space, the large and wide soundstage.
I could not find any signs of distortion. They are very fast in terms of response.





Fit
As mentioned in the build section they are designed very well and a comfortable satisfying fit can be had very easily. 
I sometimes have trouble getting the right fight with IEMs but the FiiO EX1 slipped right in very easily and provided a satisfactory isolation.
FiiO have been nice enough to include a wide range of tips to suit most peoples ear canal size.



Value
At around $70-$90 on amazon.com they fit within the budget zone for most but the very casual shopper, many readers of Head Pie seem to own IEMs in the $500 - $1000+ area.
So in that sense, yes they are great value.
The sound is clear and clean, they look fabulous and are built strong and sturdy.
Lots of tips and that oh so sexy cable.



Overall
The FiiO EX1 as a cousin to the Dunu Titan is a breath of fresh air. 
I really enjoyed listening to these whilst going through the review process.
They are well built, a decent and fair price, sound great and fit very well.
The only drawback for me is that most of my listening time is spent whilst I am commuting by train so the vents which add to the magic mean I can`t generally use these day by day.
For the price the sound is wonderful and reminds of some of the satisfaction and joy I had recently listening to Echobox X1, both perform very well within and above their asking price.
Great pies.





Thank you to FiiO for providing Head Pie with the EX1 for review.

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The Fighter giveaway

Head pie The Fighter review: 



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ubsound `The Fighter` review.
A pleasant surprise at a bargain price.





Build
The aluminum build of ubsound The Fighter seems well constructed and durable. 
The Fighter is designed to fit a stylish form of mind. 
Where the cable runs into the IEMs looks to be sturdy but I wonder whether more stress support could be added there.
The housings could be smaller, and the nozzles longer, plus the housing closest to the earhole could be rounded off more.
The cable itself is of the flat variety and seems to avoid tangle issues because of it. 
The 3.5mm jack is gold plated.
But in general no real complaints apart the above minor details, they are built to stand up to everyday use.




Sound
This is always a problem for reviewers, keep in mind that ubsound The Fighter retails on amazon.com for US$49 at the moment, and as such I will be assessing it within its price point and possible target audience.

I considered using my Centrance Hifi-Skyn or Shozy Alien to test these out but decided the target audience would be more the basic portable casual user of ipods, iphones etc and decided on using my ipod touch 6G as the source dap.

The Fighters had well over (recommended) 50 hours of time on them before I started into my review.

The first point one notices is the bass and there are clouds of them, sharp and clear. Its not fast bass.
The next thing one hears is the treble and then of course I searched for the mids, the mid range is there for sure but The Fighter definitely fits into the V shaped territory, or at the very least a U shaped territory.
Vocals are sweet and smooth and have enough breadth to please.
Instrument separation although not on the level of the big boys is pleasing, it can start to smear at high volumes.
Detail is present and engaging.
Distortion is low at most volumes.
For extended listening session it was non-fatiguing and rather smooth.




Fit
Ubsound The Fighter comes with three sets of tips, as usual I opted for the largest size as it gives me the best seal usually.
The Fighter can be worn either hanging down style or over the ears, choose what is best for fit and comfort preferences, I found over the ear was my choice of preference.
The cable being of rubber can cause some microphonic noise.
Isolation is not absolute, but within the acceptable range.
I would also recommend tapering of the earphones housing shell for an easier fit, perhaps even a slight lengthening of the nozzle itself.




Value
Well US$50, what could go wrong? Right, right, amirite?
These are one of the first attempts it seems by this rather new Italian company that has been active for four years, and they have done quite well within the price range.
The sound is acceptable out of my ipod touch 6G.
The  fit is also well within my desired zone of comfort.
Build is solid enough to last, but as usual I haven`t put them through any overly damaging stress tests.





Overall
They say you get what you pay for, and this true of The Fighter, but you also get a little more. I was admittedly not impressed with this IEM in my earlier listening sessions and was dreading writing the review. As it got more hours on it and I got a good fit with the large tips and opted for the ipod touch as source I started to actually enjoy them.
Owners of TOTL Daps and IEMs won`t be the target audience for these I am guessing, but they are good choice for the afore mentioned as a casual set up for the gym, around the house etc and at a price that won`t back the bank.
I think most non critical casual users of phones and the like would enjoy these IEMs very much with their emphasis on the lows and highs which gives a dynamic and exciting feel. Also the V signature is perfect for commutes to balance the outside noise of buses and trains and their various movements.
All in all If your budget is within $50 dollars The Fighter is certainly worth a look.

I look forward to seeing what ubsound come up with in the future as they head into the mid range price point of earphones.





A big thank you to ubsound for sending us The fighter for review - expatinjapan.
'Loving the Alien'.




After 120 hours into the Shozy Alien I am enjoying it more everyday.

Early impression keywords would be open, organic, accurate, detailed, clarity, power.

It is certainly well tooled and fits well in my hand, not as I had pictured it in my mind. Very comfortable in my palm.


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