MusicTeck provided the 8n free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.
Not much has changed in the last few years for FLC’s flagship. From what I can tell, it is mostly just a refinement of the old design.
Which is probably a good thing. The FLC8s landed fat and hard on the Audiophile scene, garnering considerable praise for its versatility, form, and sound. It isn’t talked about much today—the community moves on—but that’s all the more reason why an update is not only timely, but needed.
The new FLC8n!
1x 8.6mm DD for Lows
2X BA for Mids and Highs
Frequency Response: 20hz-20Khz
Sensitivity: 107dB/mW @1Khz
The housing is a good sturdy metal, and should withstand moderate abuse. A small 2-pin connector is used, sporting robust strain relief. Unfortunately, I was unable to plug in a standard 2-pin cable like my Effect Audio Ares II. The holes are just not wide enough on the FLC.
While this is sad, it’s not a complete disaster. The stock cable is alright, with a high purity 7n copper. It’s a bit too springy for my liking, but it’s light and doesn’t get in the way too terribly.
Between the 3 filter positions you can adjust mid-bass, low-bass, mids, and highs, with a total of 36 unique configurations. If you’re anything like me, that might sound daunting. It’s not. In practice, you don’t need to play around with every single setup. FLC provides a booklet which describes what every filter does. All you must do is have a semblance of a notion for what sound signature you enjoy, and install the filters FLC claims will achieve this ambition. If this is your first experience with audio, you’re screwed, and will need to cycle through all 36 options to find your absolute favorite. For the rest of us who’ve been around the block a few times, it’s much easier. Just put in the filters you think will get you the sound you want, and if it’s not quite right, consult the booklet, and make educated adjustments. In other words, if the bass is too much, switch to a filter the book says is less bassy. If you want more highs, use that filter, etc…
I’m using the same filters I did on the 8s: Black, Red, Gold. Ultimate lows, ultimate mids, medium highs. This pleases my ears as well as can be hoped.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about that next.