Today we’re looking at the flagship CIEM from FAudio, a young and promising brand from Hong Kong.
Disclaimer: FAudio provided the Symphony at no cost. I only had to pay for importing them and to ship my ear impressions to Hong Kong. FAudio is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity to review the Symphony.
FAudio has started out 2014 with a reshell service of third party custom IEMs. Their roots go back longer though, as the parent company of it has been active in the OEM field for many years already. Over the course of time they have gained a lot of knowledge for sound tuning and production.
In 2016 FAudio has released their first own model, the KF Series, which has become very popular amongst the industry experts for its unique sound signature.
Earlier in 2018 they have introduced their latest lineup of their own, consisting of five different models. Their most affordable product is the Chorus IEM, which retails for roughly 499$ at the current exchange rate.
Their Major IEM is the only product of theirs that comes in a universal shell only. It’s currently taking the Eastern market by storm as one of the best single dynamic driver monitors out there. It has been given many awards by the industry already, leaving a lot of big names in second place.
Symphony is FAudio’s seven driver flagship. It is only available as a custom IEM, but can be demoed at one of their dealers as an universal. At the time of writing, the Symphony costs roughly 1650$ and can be acquired either directly from them or from one of their many dealers.
The driver configuration of Symphony is very interesting. A set of dual BA’s takes care of low ends, a full range BA looks after mids, while two pairs of balanced armatures are reproducing treble and super treble respectively.
FAudio has implemented their True Crossover Technology, which they say gives a deeper punch, transparent mids and very wide extension. We will see in the sound-description if they have achieved these goals.
When looking at the specs-sheet of Symphony we will learn that it has a rated impedance of 22 Ohms (at 1kHz) with a sensitivity of 119dB @ 1mW. This makes it an easy to drive IEM that shouldn’t be too picky when it comes to sources.
Each pair is handmade in Hong Kong, but I haven’t found a value for the current build time of one set, but if I remember correctly it took about three weeks for my unit to be made once the impressions arrived at their facilities.
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