Bundle and Comfort
Inside the box
When I received the Fearless S8F, I was mildly disappointed.
Not because of the bundle, that would be unfair, but because I received them in a S10 Genie box. So yeah, I thought I’d be reviewing the 10 drivers, and even began to hyperventilate, checking what kind of sources would be adequate.
Alas, I should have checked the small stickers, at the bottom of the box. “S8F – 8 driver IEM”, that’s what was written as Fearless, I assume, packaged the S8F in the wrong box but found out at a later time.
Still, I think the package must be quite the same and unlike the S6 Rui, the S8F comes in a rather fancy box. Even though, the bundle remains pretty dire :
- the Fearless Audio S8 Freedom
- a blue box, made of pleather
- 6 pairs of silicon spin fits
- a 0.78mm 2-pin 8N OCC Silver Plated Cable
- the aluminium warranty card
There were no memory foam tips, which is a shame as a vast majority of the listeners only use that type of tip. But, I assume that must be because the box was not the right one. Usually, I would have expected them to be inside the box, but that was not the case, even after tearing up the whole ordeal.
Last but not least, you also get a very clean metal card that displays all the information regarding warranty, contact and the name of the person who built your IEM.
Like every custom manufacturer, Fearless audio gives you a large range of options to customize your S8F. From the colour of the shell, to the design of your face plate, there are a lot of options available.
The 2-Pin socket is a standard and you should not have any issue to change to aftermarket cables, if you want to. I stuck with the default one, because I like it, very much. Quick advice, check if your new cable fits the recessed socket, just to be sure.
Once you’ve chosen the right tips, you can fit the Fearless S8F in your ear and find the obvious truth : they are damn comfy.
Semi-custom shape remains the best option up to this day, if you’re not confident enough to venture into the CIEM territory. It fills the whole ears so you get the perfect balance of comfort and isolation.
Good news, for a mere 60 bucks, you can get them as full custom In-Ear. I don’t think that’s mandatory but if you want to get to the upper level, that’s the way to go. And since all CIEM makers accept 3D-scans, it is even simpler than ever before.
The cable blocks the majority of microphonics, so even if you’re a bearded one, or like to wear big jackets, you should not be bothered. So yeah, all seems good so far.
Perfect with the silicon tips, even better with memory foam such as Comply tips. Yet, I’ll stick with the silicon tips.
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