FitEar ToGo! 111 – This is Trance

Yesterday, I was asked by Musica Acoustics to shoot a new earphone, the FitEar ToGo! 111. The 111 is the ToGo! 334′s younger sibling. It was released sometime in the summer in Japan and has had very few legit sales channels abroad. This version is spread with a Musica Acoustics label. Evidently, Jaben have their own label. You can pick it up from Musica for 645$. From what I understand, it is the same as the regular ToGo! 111. Correct me if I’m wrong.

While setting up my studio I decided on some preparatory listening. And after the shoot (evidently I have to return these on Monday), I kept listening. I’ve now got about 7 hours and 9 albums on the 111, and I’m prepared to say:

This is Trance.

Bass is oh so tight, so beautifully fast. Mids are flat, staid, and never get in the way. Highs are extended, but not peaky. Space is wide, though not continentally so and separation is top notch for a single driver earphone. The 111 is an Etymotic ER4 done perfectly. There is no plastic resonance or thick overhang anywhere, no screech, no pain. Trancing out to the 111 is as refreshing as using shampoo for the first time after a week of canoeing in July. Refreshing.

It gets on splendidly with vocal, jazz, the piano works of Nick Cave, and surprisingly, with perfect fit, with Classified’s raps. Its bass, being lean and tight, isn’t fun enough for hard IDM artists such as Anodyne Industries, Kasunagi, or thick American hip hop. And, being sensitive, it picks up a good amount of hiss from any source.

But after quite a few hours, I am almost ready to dub the 111 my favourite single driver earphone. Almost. I’ll be reviewing my current favourite, the Grado GR8 next week. Bass is harder hitting with the Grado, and more organic, but apart from that, the better overall coherence and space of the 111 is plum ear estate. Not sure yet if I will or will not do a review. Prices need to come down first.

NOTE:  about the large and ugly watermark: TMA have been ripped off by verbatim copycats in China and Russia several times. Recently, however, Audiophilia.com, a Canadian website, ripped off the FitEar 334 main image from TMA by cropping out the discreetly placed watermark. I raged about it on Twitter, sent an angry email, and waited. They fixed it later by using FitEar’s image – exactly what they should have done in the first place. They had myriad legit pictures to use, but they deliberately chose to steal TouchMyApps’ image. Their action was not a mistake. They never replied to my email, never apologised, never acknowledged their wrong. I’ve heard nothing on Twitter, either. I don’t expect to. I will continue to shoot and review, but TMA will be more careful. We have to be: the internet is full of cheap-arse freeloading website scum like Audiophilia.com.

  • weekian

    Hi shigezo,

    I bought the togo334 based on your review. .. But for listening to trance I feel something is missing ,my previous um3x are better I think. .. They have more speed and are “brighter” which I think suits the genre really really well. .. so for these 111 do you think they convey trance music better than the 334? Do you think I need to have these if I already have the 334? Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/shigzeo shigzeo

    Hello weekian,

    I’m sorry my reply is late. The 334 do everything almost perfectly. Trance is one small area that they could do better: not enough upper end sparkle. Space, speed, and other benchmarks are spot on. I was careful to mention that trance wasn’t my favourite genre with the 334.

    The 111 is better for trance – as it applies to upper end sparkle. Space is better and the out of the head experience with the 334.

    If you want utter perfection with trance and FitEar, it seems the only 100% guaranteed way is going custom. The Private 333 is the earphone for you if so.

  • weekian

    Hello shigzeo,

    Thanks for your reply … so what iem do you recommend for the best experience in listening to trance? It doesn’t have to be fitear …. But it must be universal to. .For me I absolutely love my um3x but to bad build quality is not that good :/

  • http://twitter.com/shigzeo shigzeo

    Best universal for trance? Well, if you want build quality, width and detail of sound stage, and flat response (what I feel is most important for extended listening), the Audio Technica CK10 is my favourite, followed closely by the Grado GR8 and ortofon eQ5. The latter two have no where near the same quality of construction, but have a meatier bass.

  • weekian

    I see… absolutely agree with you on the flat response also sparkling high is a plus …. meatier bass is not that necessary for my ears at least… Just need them to hit low and impact full How does the ck10 fare with fitear 111? Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/shigzeo shigzeo

    Best IEM for trance? It depends a little on your listening preferences, but usually, I find that mixing DJ’s and real trance lovers prefer earphones with wide soundstage and flat response and fast attack/decay for Trance.

    The prototypical perfect trance earphone would be an ER4 with slightly elevated bass response and better delineation/width between treble/mid/bass. For me, the Audio Technica CK10 is unbeatable for overall trance presentation as its positioning, width, and speed are perfect.

    But, I really really find the ortofon eQ5 and Grado GR8 to be perfect as well. The CK10 blows either out of the water if you are rough on earphones. The GR8 is rather delicate and the eQ5 isn’t much better.

    Sound and comfort-wise, the CK10 is bettered by the GR8, which betters the eQ5. If the GR8 were made as well as the CK10, it would be my hands-down best recommendation.

    I may review it publicly here, but it is a rather old earphone.

  • LCH

    hi, how does the sound compare to heir audio 4ai in your opinion? i can’t audition 4ai although i can audition fitear 111

  • Techno Kid

    I think from the way you’ve described the TG111 that they’d be good for trance and EDM but I think the TG334 would be the best. I find IEM’s with really good mids work the best because that’s where most of the music is especially with trance and progressive melodies.

    The IEM’s I use for EDM are the SM3, X10 and Turbine Copper which all have more forward mids along with a good soundstage which is also needed for EDM. I can see why one of the posts the OP liked the UM3X for EDM as they have very good mids but I find the SM3 to sound a bit better because of the 3D imaging.

    I don’t think I’ll ever spend $1300 on an IEM so thats why I think the TG111 is my next big IEM purchase, Oh and nice reviews of both Fit Ear IEM’s.

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