I always admired the packaging 64 Audio uses for their custom in ear monitors. It’s simple, not eccentrically designed and down to the point. Sure, one might argue it is not the most luxurious, but to me it matters too how much waste you’re producing when purchasing a new product. We get taught in school that resources have to be used carefully and respectfully. I feel 64 Audio does that. With their packaging for universal monitors things aren’t too different. The box is about three times as big as the one they use for all custom monitors, but they also have a little more content to ship with.
The monitors are packed into a sturdy, flip open cardboard box that closes with magnets. Slide off the outer layering and open the box to be greeted by your new toys and a message by Vitaliy.
“Music is not just beautiful sounds in the form of vibrations travelling through air. It is an energy and a language that can heal the soul, turn a rainy day into a feeling of sunshine, and bring to mind the fondest memories of the past.
The tiaTM technology was born out of the inspiration to achieve the deepest emotional connection with the music that we love. Our mission is to reproduce sound in the purest and most unadulterated form, by eliminating any unnatural tones, resonances, and distortions.
Thank you for taking this journey with us.” – Vitaliy Belonozhko, 64 Audio Founder, CTO
So what will you get when you order a tiatm Fourté?
Supplied with the monitors is of course a detachable 2-pin cable in matte black finish. The cable is a silver plated copper construction and comes with a metal 90° angled 3.5 mm stereo mini plug. It is a little stiffer than most aftermarket cable solutions, and has a round plastic Y-split that beholds the 64 Audio logo. A small black chin slider is found after the split. Each signal-side is easily determined by the markings on inner side of the 2-pin connectors. R marks right, L marks left. There is no room for mistakes here. Both side’s earhooks are shaped by a memory wire.
Also included are three pairs of 64 Audio proprietary TrueFidelity foam tips as well as three pairs of silicone tips. For the asking price that is a tight selection in my opinion, but at the same time it should suffice for each customer to find his/her best fitting pair. You will also get a hard-plastic carrying case which offers two chambers for each earpiece. In this case you will find a dehumidifier cap, a shirt clip and a cleaning tool to keep your monitors free of earwax and debris. Below the case there’s a circled 64 Audio sticker and a product manual. This manual gives you a short introduction on how to fit your monitors, clean them and most important also lets you know how long you should listen to them at what sound pressure level (volume). Hearing is important to each and everyone of us, and I am always shocked by the volumes at which people listen with their head- and earphones. I guess you can tell, I am a low volume listener.
Build Quality and Ergonomics
Fourté is bigger than your average IEM, but then again, Fourté isn’t your average IEM. The chambers for each driver take up a good amount of space in order to enable them to perform at their very best. How much they will stand out from your ears depends on how deep you will insert Fourté into your canal, and of course on the anatomy of your ears.
The entire housing is made of aluminium, a black body with a real Copper face plate that’s surrounded by a red aluminium frame. The Copper face plate is unique for each and every set of Fourtés as they have their own patina in it. So the Fourté you’re looking at on the packaging is not going to be the same you will find in it. So you’re not only getting one of many Fourtés, but rather a true one of a kind IEM. On the left earpiece you will find the wording “tia” while the right side has the company logo centered in white printing.
Bottom and top are separated from each other by a small gap, yet they’re closed perfectly and I don’t have the feeling they would detach with even the highest human forces. The aluminium body looks robust and I think it could take a decent beating, though of course, that’s not advised.
There are two holes in the housing of the Fourté. One small hole is located at the bottom of the housing for pressure relieve of the dynamic driver. The second is seated at the side of the black bottom near the face plate part for the apextm module.
The nozzles are angled and might seem a bit shorter than from other manufacturers, though you have to take the big chamber into account, as it goes straight to the nose of the nozzle. The Fourté sits quite comfortably in my ears with the right eartips. They are not overly huge or cause me any wearing discomfort. They fit my ears very well. A big role in that matter of course depends on the attached eartip. I am mostly using foam tips for their enhanced seal and comfort, but have also found hybrid tips to be a good solution. Of course all depends on your preference, comfort as well as sonics.
It is 11 AM now, and I’ve been using the Fourté for six hours almost non-stop. I only took them out to get coffee and more coffee. I don’t find them to cause high pressure on my canals with the right tips or to create big discomfort, sure a custom IEM is always more comfy (especially those from 64 Audio, they make the best fitting I’ve experienced so far). For an universal IEM I find them perfectly fine.
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