Review: Final Audio FI-BA-A1 and FI-BA-SB balanced armature earphones
Review Link: Final Audio FI-BA-SB Heaven S and FI-BA-A1 Heaven A
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Okay, this review will come in baby steps before it is published in full at TouchMyApps. Suffice it to say that Final Audio Design have finally (get it?) smacked a nearly perfect product on the market. The FI-BA-A1 (currently, the only one I've spent time with), sounds amazing from a lowly iPod shuffle 1G.
What the A1 has going for it: big, controlled bass and a smooth midrange. Treble sparkle is there, but not maybe as in great quantities as the Ortofon eQ7. Rather, it has space and speed, but it comes with more finesse.
FAD 1601 SS is a great earphone, but it has serious problems in its upper and lower range. FAD may think it is perfect, but it isn't. Without EQ, the 1601 cannot sound amazing. With it, it is one of the most deliriously good sounding earphones I've ever heard.
The FI-BA-A1, however, is most of the way there without EQ and clumsy fit.
It is lighter, easier to use, very comfortable, has tremendous bass, and can be used outside.
Final Audio, thank you, this one is a keeper.
Final review to follow in a couple of weeks. This is only the preliminary.