FiiO have managed to provide a flush fit to their customers last time around and the FH7 is no different. In fact, I personally think that the fit is even better with the flagship. The protruded sockets work very well for a more comfortable fit since they don’t interfere with you ears. Secondly, the longer nozzles give you the possibility to achieve a better fit, and they also increase the probability to have a good result with different tips.
Since FiiO supplies almost every type of tips in the box, I’m sure you will find a good fit no matter what type of ears you have. Therefore I think the FH7 is more successful and comfortable in terms of fit over the previous FH5. It disappears from my ears and I can use them for a long session easily. Great job.
If you like to play around with nozzles and tips, the new flagship from FiiO is excellent to work with. To be honest, I personally don’t like this concept to begin with, but I will try to reflect the differences as much as I can for you to have a basic idea about the IEM. However, I will evaluate the FH7’s sound with the standard setup first. After my general impressions, I will talk about the other tips and nozzles. Let’s start with the FH7’s standard setup and see if it can perform well.
Before I dive into the spectrum, I would say that the FH7 sounds more balanced, transparent, neutral and “flat” per se, compared to the FH5. To me the FH5’s sound wasn’t balanced enough and sometimes subbass felt “too big” or too strong to say the least, and the FH7 immediately solves the problem. If you remember my latest articles, I mentioned that hybrid IEMs nowadays sound more balanced and cohesive, just like the Oriveti’s OH300 and OH500. FiiO have managed exactly that, and it’s something that I hope more companies can achieve.
Reference nozzles and balanced tips were used for sound evaluation.
The bass response is certainly improved with the FH7 in terms of control, refinement and texture. This is a much better and natural bass performance to me versus the FH5, and that provides other frequencies more fresh air to perform. This is all because of this refined bass response. The new 13,6mm driver has more authority and power to produce the bass kicks and notes effortlessly. Hence, you have more control and refinement in this area. Subbass is much more under control and the midbass is at the right level. This might have something to do with their “S.Turbo V2.0” acoustic bore system, which is improved over the FH5.
So the size of the new driver shouldn’t make you think that the FH7 has more bass. It doesn’t, in terms of quantity. But the quality of the new driver is easily distinguishable upon first listen. The lows reach deeper, they’re more resolving and detailed with a much greater layering. When asked for, this driver has some kick and rumble for you to satisfy your need in terms of overall bass performance. The bass quantity and character changes with different filters and tips, but more on that later on.
The mids of the new FH7 sounds quite transparent and resolving, and it actually is the best FiiO IEM ever in terms of that. If you recall, I mentioned that the FH5’s mids are slightly recessed. That’s not the case with the FH7 and it instead gives you more accentuated and distinctive mids. FiiO is pretty generous in mids this time around, and I personally loved this new approach they’ve taken with the FH7.
However the biggest improvement in this area is the resolution and transparency. I guess the new driver configuration has paid off here. For me, this development in resolution alone is enough for me to choose the FH7, over the FH5. The mids are more open and crispy, sounding very clean and transparent. With this IEM, I think FiiO have simply stepped up their game.
The tonality-side is pretty strong as well. Now the mids are not too dark and thick and they have good energy together with nice timbre. Mids have good detail, air and clarity altogether. This is the presentation that I’ve been looking for from FiiO. With the FH5, vocals were better than the instruments. But the FH7 performs great in vocals and instruments together this time, with a truer tonality and dynamism. That makes the FH7 much more successful overall in mid performance.