I’m on my first day of trying a set of Globes*, and for now would feel bad if someone were not forewarned that “lacks details” is an extreme understatement. To my ears more than mere details are missing as part of the tuning. Too much compromise for the lush warmth, unless that’s what you must have at all costs.
It has its charms, but an EQ could boost warmth at such great cost elsewhere, seems odd to use a $300 IEM for the same effect.
What’s notable about the FD5 is that it has so much bass without sacrificing ordinary tone and detail.
I personally had zero issue with FD5 treble, using wide bore nozzles and even short wide tips. I don’t think I’m insensitive to treble, so it’s bizarre that I’m seeing two different experiences emerging from users. (Treble unbearable vs treble no issue - rarely in between)
*Please remember this is a first day impression. However I have heard FD5s as well and they had no such issue from first listen.
UPDATE: Only just got Xelastecs which I was using. They’re fairly short and have a wide bore, I thought they would let through treble and not boost bass. How they could make things so dark I have no idea. I am listening with some Tenmak Whirlwinds on (short, wide bore) and the profile is far far less muddy and dark than it was.
Pretty ticked off after finally spending the money on Xelastecs, because if I keep the Globes (and this time listening, boy, there’s a chance of that!) I’ll never be using the Xelastecs again. Sheesh. What a hobby.
This is a strike two for me where I ought to tip roll before opening my mouth.
Xelastecs are awesome eartips yes, I clearly prefer them to spinfits. Thank you very much for your review and I’m sorry if I’m a bit late in replying but now I see the FD5 (and H40 so far) a bit far away from the purchase.
Before, I wanted to take FD5 or Globes. Now my eyes are on the new IEM from ISN, ISN EST50 for $450.They are very similar to the Penon Volts (in driver and signature) for half the price.
If you’re looking for an upgrade, these might be the ones to look at. I’d still like to see comparisons on other Tribrids (like the Xenns UP from Mangird) but they’re a bit too new and not a lot review. They deserve to take a look.
I’ll probably go ahead and buy ISN EST50 and write a review and compare with IEMs that I have (mostly bass dominance).