Pleasantly balanced presentation – nice all-rounder, Well-detailed, Excellent construction quality
Somewhat slow bass, 4KHz dip can make some vocals sound truncated
The FH5 is a versatile IEM that provides is a rare W-shaped signature realised through impressive technicals at a reasonable price.
Renowned value-champ audio manufacturer Fiio’s first foray into IEMs was met with very positive response; appropriating Dunu’s in-ears into a more affordable package. However, it was only when they began releasing their own in-house designed models that their IEMs took root in most buyer’s minds, with the triple hybrid driver F9 leading the charge. The FH5 continues this trend, adopting a higher 4-driver count with single dynamic and ED30262 + TWFK-31082 armatures.
The dynamic driver implements their S.Turbo, an acoustic low-pass filter to maintain a clean, separated image. The FH5 also features a new housing design that is a noticeable step up from Fiio’s previous in-ears in weight and feel. Alongside the FH1 that came before it, the FH5 presents a warmer style of sound than the F9 earphones and represents Fiio’s most balanced in-ear to date. You can read more about the FH5 here.
I would like to thank Fiio very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the FH5 for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
The FH5 comes packaged similarly to other Fiio products, however, its all black colour scheme exudes a markedly more premium aura. Inside are the earphones seated within a foam cutout with the accessories underneath. Fiio includes 4 types of ear tips, all in 3 sizes; balanced, bass, vocals and memory foam. They provide basic tuning for individual preference. Also included is one of Fiio’s pelican-style hard cases which offers excellent protection. Inside it is a more pocketable fabric zipper pouch that is more practical for daily use. It’s a comprehensive selection of accessories that skips the fluff for function.
The FH5 is a larger earphone along the lines of TFZ’s designs. Yet, similar to those models, its smooth, ergonomic shaping enables a comfortable fit regardless. Moreover, it feels very well constructed with a 3-piece magnesium alloy enclosure that feels dense and solid in the hand without becoming too cumbersome in the ear. Meanwhile, subtle ridging of the faceplates harken back to the rippled design of the F9 earphones before it.
Despite their size, the FH5 finds a very comfortable fit. All edges are delightfully curved and transitions are smooth to avoid the formation of hotspots. They have a larger bore size and a medium fit depth. As they are vented, isolation is just average, sufficient for commute but not louder environment such as the subway or air travel. Still, fit stability is very good despite their weight on behalf of a solid seal, well-shaped housings and a secure over-ear fit.
Similar to the F9, the FH5 adopts a removable MMCX cable. The included cable is silver-plated and significantly beefier than previously included units with generous strain-relief. It’s a thick and slightly heavier cable with an internal braid, the two channels are also split beneath the y-split. It’s a fairly stiff cable but it has a smooth texture and its springiness helps to prevent tangles. Otherwise, the case-friendly right-angle plug is very sturdy and the pre-moulded ear guides offer solid fit and comfort. This cable is much improved from previous Fiio earphones.
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