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Design – FiiO FH5 vs Sennheiser IE 80 S Comparison Review
Look and Build
While similarly durable to the touch, the looks of the FiiO FH5 and the Sennheiser IE 80 S are quite different. On one hand, the FH5’s driver housing is larger than that of the IE 80 S. It has a prettier, classier look to it because of the pretty shape, color and design of the housing as well as the intricacy of the cable. However the IE 80 S has a simpler, more masculine look to it. The FH5’s housing is made of machined aluminum while the IE 80 S is made of strong plastic.
Both the FiiO FH5 and the Sennheiser IE 80 S fit securely and effortlessly. The IE 80 S has a more versatile fit because one can wear it with the cable either hooked over the ear or hanging straight down. On the other hand, the FH5 has earhooks built right into the cable so while it only fits by wrapping behind the ear, it is more convenient.
Additionally, because the IE 80 S has a smaller housing, it fits more into the space in my ear. As a result, I get a better seal with it. It is also more sound isolating.
While the cables of both the FiiO FH5 and the Sennheiser IE 80 S are detachable, they are quite different from each other. The FH5 features MMCX connectors. These are universal and therefore, one could switch them out for a wide variety of types of cables. As a result, it is more versatile because one can use cables with a microphone or one with Bluetooth for example. Conversely the IE 80 S uses a proprietary 2-pin cable, so if it were to break for some reason, you could only replace it with the matching Sennheiser cable.
Additionally, the Sennheiser IE 80 S has a traditional cable style, with all the wires bundled into on jacket. As a result, it is a little bit more of a manageable cable. However, the FH5 has more of an audiophile cable, separating each channel of audio into its own individually insulated jacket. As a result it is a little bigger and stiffer, but has more attention to sound quality.
Both the Sennheiser IE 80 S and the FiiO FH5 have different approaches to their transducers. The IE 80 S has just one dynamic driver. It also includes a bass adjustment pot. As a result, the sound is more simplified, yet is flexible to the listener’s tastes. On the flip side, the FH5 has four drivers, one dynamic for the lows, one balanced armature for the midrange, and a dual balanced armature for the highs and ultra highs. As a result, there is greater attention to each frequency range, but it is a more complicated system with more room for error. So how does this affect the sound?