Chapter 2: FitEar Parterre
The next big product release that day is the new FitEar. Not as big of a spender like Shure, FitEar shared their booth in one medium-sized room along a few other manufacturers, including Custom IEM maker JHAudio, Unique Melody, 1964, and Canal Works. However just like on Shure’s booth, people are lining up to listen to the new FitEar. You don’t see a line like this other than on Shure’s and FitEars, so that has got to say something (although you can also say that the others have no new product release that day). Like Shure, FitEar was also just showcasing their latest thing though nothing is yet final as they are not selling it to the public. I asked some questions regarding driver configuration and pricing, but they didn’t say much. From some sources I gathered that the Partere is going to be priced around $800-$900 between the entry level 111 and the flagship universal 334ToGo
Sound wise, it was a more complete frequency balance than the mid-centric 111, but it didn’t have the super-spacious wow-effect that the 334 is famous for. The tuning is less of a mild v-shape that the 334ToGo is, definitely fuller than the 111, but it wasn’t as full sounding as the SE846 which I reckon will be its direct competitor. While the 334ToGo is an extremely impressive IEM by universal-fit standards, the Parterre was more of a “uh huh” impression for me. Even the Translucent Audio T1+2 which I thought is not quite 334ToGo level, I find to be better than the Parterre (Translucent also has a booth together with Aurisonics who showcased their new ASG-2).
Again, I think the tuning is mainstream-recording oriented, but overall not as well executed as the 846. For someone who wants a FitEar sound, I’d still recommend the 334 by quite a significant margin despite the price difference. I felt that the Partere’s midrange was a bit flat and dry to work with mainstream music and it was also less full and less refined than the 846. I hope they’ll revise the tuning further because I don’t think that this product is worthy of the FitEar name.
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