Exactly why am I exploring $1,299 headphones? I wound up considering this inquiry while moving Fender's new FXA9s around in my grasp like a couple of translucent, costly rocks. The quantity of individuals in the market for such things is clearly constrained, and I can't envision large portions of them would be settling on the choice construct exclusively in light of my survey. In any case, I consider it a similar way that I consider cheat codes in computer games: I utilize those to comprehend the diversion without its typical imperatives, which tends to enable me to win when I return to playing without tricking.
The Fender FXA9s are proficient in-ear screens (IEMs) intended to be utilized in front of an audience. Their cost is near three times that of Fender's past lead show, the FXA7, and it appears to have been set simply after the item was produced. At the end of the day, Fender set out to make the most ideal in-ear earphones it could and let the value deal with itself. So what is there to gain from these mechanically great and outwardly entrancing new headphones? A considerable amount, really.
I cherished a year ago's FXA7s for one straightforward reason: they had wonderfully misrepresented bass that made me chuckle and snicker at the way it transformed all my music into a blasting cargo prepare ride. There was no affectation of constancy that I could distinguish, only a blissful cartoon of each tune that was in any case sufficiently sensible to be enchanting instead of peculiar. From among the earphones I looked into in 2016, large portions of which were more exact and had a more extensive soundstage, it was those Fenders that I missed the most after the audit time frame. Disregard specialized execution numbers and diagrams, the FXA7s warmed my spirit.
The current year's FXA9s repeat the 3D-printed shells and one of a kind silicone eartips of Fender's FXA extend, so I was somewhat cheerful for a FXA7 with only business as usual. Nothing could be further from reality. The FXA9 leader is the clean-shaven, suit-and-tie Fender headphone that is become out of the gathering of grungy, since quite a while ago haired bassheads that describe whatever is left of Fender's lineup. It's a jolting change, particularly since the organization's whole ability — got from Aurisonics, the little Nashville boutique that Fender gained to plan and assemble its IEMs — is in making the headphones with the greatest and baddest bass.
While I was adjusting to the FXA9s' completely extraordinary sound, despite everything I valued the well-known solace and fit that they continued from the Fender FXA7s. The Aurisonics/Fender group built up the state of its in-ear buds by examining outputs of the ears of thousands of individuals, and the final product is said to fit 95 percent of ears. I'm among the 95 percent of fulfilled clients, finding the bulbous FXA9s a casual and simple fit that doesn't weakness or bother me by any means.
Bumper additionally has the best silicone eartips in the business: they are super flexible and guarantee a strong seal that inactively kills a great deal of outside clamor. Dissimilar to the Beyerdynamic Xelentos that I just audited, Fender's headphones are as great out on a bustling street as they are when tuned in to in a peaceful room. I truly like the way they re-make the benefits of custom top of the line IEMs — awesome commotion separation; formed, ear-fitting shape; and multi-driver adjusted armature engineering — in an outline that has an all inclusive fit. I have two or three custom IEM sets, which I cherish beyond a reasonable doubt, however they do dive very deep inside the ear and are not the best for easygoing tuning in bed, for instance. Bumper's FXA9s look at positively due to their dependable solace and somewhat bring down cost.
I discover the FXA9s simple to wear, nice looking to take a gander at with that enormous Fender "F" logo, and simple to keep up. Be that as it may, I could say these things in regards to the greater part of Fender's previous FXA models. What recognizes the FXA9? The appropriate response is in what's within, where Fender has moved to a variety of six adjusted armatures for every earbud, every one covering a specific scope of recurrence reaction. The benefit of this kind of interior design is the upside of specialization over general ability: every individual scaled down speaker can be consummated for its particular assignment and in this way its sound can be as immaculate and bending free as could be allowed. So goes the hypothesis, at any rate.
What I found while tuning in to the FXA9s was an aggregate nonappearance of bending, cruelty... what's more, energy. Bumper has tuned these with an exceptionally smooth top of the line and a bashful low end. Putting on my favored hip-jump collections by Run the Jewels and Sage Francis, I feel none of the bass. I can hear it, however I never feel it; and I'm of the assessment that bass ought to be more felt than heard. The FXA9s unquestionably exhibit great specialized capacity by stretching out to repeat profound bass notes and high treble (this wide powerful range is the thing that makes the multi-armature configuration engaging), yet they don't generally do much with that capacity. Where Run the Jewels 2 on the FXA7 used to make me grin with happiness at the mind-boggling bassline doing combating for power with Killer Mike's rapping, a similar collection on the FXA9 feels dry and apathetic.
Bumper will reveal to you that the FXA9s are unbiased, valid, and devoted to the music. I oppose this idea. This goes past my own inclination for a hotter sound: I know how collections like PJ Harvey's Uh Huh Her should sound, and the FXA9s approach however neglect to re-make that. Their sound feels some way or another thin, fake, and unconvincing. Playing music with these headphones resembles playing b-ball with a ball that has been pumped up excessively. The standard ricochet, snap, and musicality simply aren't there.