Custom Build Choices (Personalization):
When designing a new CIEM a crucially important and helpful tool is a good Designer. Unfortunately FAudio does not provide one on their website, they are still using a simple picture example list of all available options.
You get a total of twelve translucent, six solid and twelve special shell colors, including galaxy designs and glitter options. For the face plate you’re looking at 30 different options, which include wood, watch parts, carbon fibre and other special designs. All in all, that’s a very good selection of choices.
Some of the special options come with upcharges, depending on which you want. The range goes from ~30$ (gold shell inlays) to ~130$ (special designs) up to ~890$ for a custom wood shell.
During my design phase, I have sent them a picture of another set which I like a lot, trying to see if they can come close to it. While they have not exactly hit the nail on the head with it, I still like the outcome.
My pair has a red and blue wave design, which often reminds me of the color combination of the Spiderman suit or the jerseys of the FC Barcelona.
For the ease of use, I hope FAudio will offer a graphic design tool for their customers in future, as it helps a lot during the decision making.
The CIEM comes in a nicely small packaging, which holds quite a number of contents. You will get a very sturdy and robust round metal case, a nice box labeled „Accessory“. In this magnetically closing paper box you will find a cleaning cloth, a warranty card, two alcohol wipes, a 6.35mm adapter and a cleaning tool.
The metal case beholds your new monitors, attached to which is a silver plated copper Litz cable, which might look familiar to those who have bought products from Campfire Audio in the past. That’s because FAudio is actually using the same wires as them.
You will also get a small transport bag and a velcro cable binder with the monitors. Personally I find the supplied package to be absolutely spot on as there is nothing really missing. The metal case is particularly nice, as it offers superb protection for the monitors.
Since FAudio has a history as a reshell company, it comes as no surprise that their craftsmanship is near perfect. I could only detect one small blemish in it, which is a burst bubble in the shell. Other than that there’s nothing to complain about.
My pair fits nicely and comfortably in my ears, with no excessive pressure points in my canals. There is no glue or lacquer residue to be found anywhere and the finish of my Symphony is just perfect.
The face plates are closed with precision and without any sharp corners anywhere. The 2-pin sockets are perfectly aligned and flushed for the cable-rollers out there.
The nozzles of my sample end slightly before the second bend, and you can see the three sound bores ending a tiny bit recessed. Cleaning the Symphony is rather easy with the provided accessories, and I recommend to do it on a daily basis to keep your monitors at their top performance. I also put mine in a hearing aid dry-box every once in a while, to kill all bacteria on the in and outside.
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