Fidue, designers of the superb A63 model I reviewed last month, have announced two new in-ear earphones slated for release this summer – the A83, a hybrid that will supersede the current A81 model as the company’s flagship, and the A71, a reasonably-priced dual dynamic with an over-the-ear form factor.
The A83 is a hybrid in-ear earphone, combining two balanced armatures and a 10mm dynamic driver in each earpiece. It utilizes a 3-way crossover and is said to be tuned for a reference sound. The earpieces boast an ergonomic design with an over-the-ear cable configuration. The cable is detachable and utilizes the mini coaxial (MMCX) connectors that have become quite popular in the last year or two following adoption by manufacturers including Shure, Westone, and Onkyo. A high-end silver cable will be included with the earphones.
The A83 will join the growing ranks of 3-way hybrid IEMs, which already includes high performers such as the Dunu DN-1000 and the blisteringly expensive AKG K3003. On paper, the Fidue unit certainly is promising, and I hope to get my hands on it upon release.
The A83 will hit the market in early May with an MSRP of approximately $350.
The A71 model is a dual-driver earphone with one 10mm dynamic driver and one dynamic microdriver (these are typically 6mm or less). It uses a two-way configuration with a crossover in the midrange.
The A71 is designed for over-the-ear wear and boasts a very interesting cable attachment (see image at right). Looks like it should be quite comfortable in the ear.
The Fidue A71 will be launched at the end of May with an MSRP of $99
Fidue official site: www.fidue.com