Disclaimer: The Custom Art FIBAE 7 was sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion in this review. The monitor is a custom one and doesn’t need to be returned. It’s price is €1.100.
Our Polish friends in the beginning probably were mostly known for their flag ship model called “Harmony 8.2” but they have been really busy and with the FIBAE series and the successful Massdrop IEM, they have gotten very popular, very quickly. We’ve covered the original Harmony Pro, the Harmony 8.2 and several of the FIBAE IEMS of Custom Art’s product line-up.
For those of you who are new to custom inear monitors we’ll do the short intro: Custom Art is a Polish based company that was founded in May 2012 by Piotr Granicki. Piotr was a reviewer at the time he started his own company and with the experience he had, he was convinced he could make great sounding monitors. The special thing about Custom Art is that they offer the choice between acrylic and soft silicone monitors for several models. Click here to check out the full comparison between silicone and Acrylic.
If you’re not familiar yet with the FIBAE system, keep reading. If you already know what it’s all about, go to the FIBAE 7 chapter below. (This part is taken from a previous review)
So what exactly is FIBAE and does it stand for anything? FIBAE is the abbreviation of Flat Impedance Balanced Armature Earphone and it’s the world’s first In-Ear Monitor design providing flat impedance and phase. By changing Balanced Armature driver character from inductive to resistive Custom Art solved one of the oldest problem in the industry – dependence on output impedance of sound source for correct earphone output. With FIBAE™ technology your earphones will always perform best from any DAP.
So basically it means that the FIBAE monitors in theory will sound almost the same no matter what DAP, phone or amplifier you use. You can find the full information on the FIBAE technology right here on CA’s page and there’s also a dedicated FIBAE thread on Head-Fi. Piotr tells us the following:
In early 2016 we stumbled across an interesting occurrence during work on IEM designs, which prompted us to investigate possible applications for In-Ear Monitoring. We discovered that our design resulted in nearly flat impedance and electrical phase plot of a Balanced Armature driver, reducing dramatically the load for audio amplifiers and providing near-identical response (either frequency or CSD) when switching between sound sources with substantial difference in output impedance. In that moment FIBAE technology was born. In mid-2016 we filed for international patent on our Flat Impedance driver.
The FIBAE product line-up has seriously been extended, and you nowadays have a FIBAE 1, FIBAE 2, FIBAE 3, FIBAE 4, FIBAE BLACK, FIBAE 6 and FIBAE 7. How impressive is that! The one we’re looking at today it the FIBAE 7, the reference model of the FIBAE-series for now.
We have actually featured it already in our First look Sunday series here, you might have read this article on the FIBAE 7 already.
The FIBAE seven is available in both a universal as a custom version, the latter being like our review sample. The FIBAE 7’s dedicated web page can be found here: https://thecustomart.com/fibae-7/
FIBAE 7 was created to celebrate 7 years of the Custom Art’s brand. The IEM come as their co-flagship, next to the well-renowned Harmony 8.2. FIBAE 7 incorporates driver modules from across their IEM range to create the most balanced, the most natural and the most exciting IEM they have done so far.
FIBAE 7 logically features seven drivers on each side: Dual Sub-Low, Single Low-Mid, Dual Mid-High, and Two Top-Firing Tweeters. According to The Custom Art, the FIBAE 7 is the epitome of natural sound, delivering even frequency response with immense details without fatigue. But we’ll get back to how it sounds later in this article.
– Dual Sub-Low, single Low-Mid, dual Mid-High, single proprietary High, single proprietary Super High
– Two Top-Firing Balanced Armature Drivers
– Flat Impedance technology
– 113dB @1kHz @0.1V
– 5.9 Ohm @1kHz (+-0.75 Ohm 10Hz-20kHz)
– 10Hz-21000Hz (+-20dB into IEC 60318-4 coupler)
– Null Audio Arete OCC Copper cable
– Custom or universal fit
In contrary to a normal review I will use the same breakdown as I always do for my custom inear reviews:
- Build quality & Comfort
- Price & Accessories
- Customer Service
- Source & Cables
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