Comparative review of Fischer Audio Fundamentals Series: Axiom, Equilibrium, Eterna, Evolution, Paradigm

The previous comparison of the Fischer Audio Signature series headphones came out quite readable, and even some readers liked it, which, of course, they were not slow to write to me about. Apparently, this fact prompted me to think that a good idea needs to be developed and put into practice in every possible way until it crystallizes into a completely wonderful one. The idea here, of course, is understood as the desire to immediately take a line of headphones and describe each of the models, simultaneously comparing it with products in the lineup and products of particularly distinguished competitors.

The line was found without delay, since the five flagships of the Fischer Audio lineup, separated into a separate series called Fundamentals, lay at hand, waiting in the wings. Behind the description, too, as you understand, the matter did not become. Thus, all the conditions for the comparison were met. I was a little embarrassed by the fact that this time there were not three, but as many as five headphones, but I did not give in to obstacles, called for help from “magicians” and began working on the review.

As a rule, writing about flagship models of portable electronics is quite easy. They always have a great (or at least good) design, full of features, a high price and a considerable amount of user interest, often accumulated even before the product was on the market. But when the task arises to push five different models head-on at once, its solution instantly ceases to seem so easy, if only because of the abundance of parameters that need to be taken into account.

In the case of Fischer Audio Fundamentals, I decided to follow an already proven and tested scheme: headphones are evaluated according to a number of familiar parameters, receiving intermediate summaries. Three people helped me in the comparison and evaluation, but their participation was rather optional, in order to achieve a breadth of coverage of different opinions. In the process of testing and comparing, I tried to be extremely objective and take into account all possible opinions, but I want to warn you that the conclusions are for informational purposes and do not claim to be the ultimate truth. After all, everyone's sense of beauty and hearing are different.

The Fischer Audio Fundamentals line includes, as already mentioned, five models. Each of them is "named", that is, it has its own name, and not an alphanumeric index. In naming its products, the company, as in the case of the Signature series, refers to Greek-Latin motifs, giving the headphones the names Paradigm, Evolution, Equilibrium, Eterna and Axiom.

The headphones are interconnected by a design - they are all plug-in and have an insulator of the ear canal. The differences lie in design and dynamics. I have serious expectations for the headphones, still a flagship series. In theory, the sound of each of the models should be pleasing to the ear, the design should amaze the imagination, and the comfort of wearing should make an indelible impression. We will talk about how everything really is.

Body and design

The cases of all headphones are made of plastic, there are no exceptions like the Sampi model from the Signature Series, which is a pity. On the other hand, there are metal elements in the headphones, for example, in the Equilibrium model. In general, the design of the models is quite similar, there are no special differences and design frills, which, of course, is a bit boring. On the other hand, there is a noticeable variation in the forms, which, I think, will be the main focus, nevertheless, such differences directly affect the feeling of wearing.

Fischer Audio did not experiment with colors and textures, yet the line is serious, each of the models should “beat for sure”. Only the Evolution model can act as a slight deviation from the chosen course, and even then because it is made in white.

Headphones do not present any special surprises, the solutions they use are proven and tested many times, their designers do not demonstrate a tendency to unusual or especially pretentious moves. However, there is still something to talk about.

Axiom

Let's start with the "axiom", especially since the name of the model begins with the first letter of the alphabet. This is one of two models in the line that has a "barrel-shaped" body. It is increased in length relative to the usual dimensions of in-ear headphones and really looks like a small barrel. At the same time, one of the “bottoms” looks outward and has a rounded surface, and the other serves as the basis for the sound guide topped with an unusually shaped silicone insulator.

As with four of the five models, the Axiom uses a combination of silver and black. Such a color scheme is universal, it does not "pull" the user's attention from the body and insulator. The latter, in my opinion, is an equal design element, although it owes its unusual shape to considerations not related to the appearance of the headphones. The overall image created by the headphone case and insulator turned out to be quite attractive. The most curious thing here is that the designers managed to achieve a good result using the simplest colors and materials.

Equilibrium

Perhaps, they are more similar to ordinary, classic in-ear headphones, except that, like the Evolution model, this “equilibrist” has a slightly longer body than usual, and the insulator has an increasingly fashionable double shape. Otherwise, the headphones look the most universal, no wonder this model is more popular than others in the line. There are many reasons for the popularity, but from the design side, both the shape and the color scheme are in favor of the headphones. In this area, everything is extremely simple, even somewhere boring, black and silver colors are used, which have long become familiar. Apparently, for many, this familiarity plays a significant role, people subconsciously avoid innovation, retain a fair amount of conservatism in their preferences regarding the appearance of portable equipment.

Of the bright elements in the rather modest design of Equilibrium, only one is found: the part of the body closest to the insulator and the sound guide are made of metal with chrome plating. The sound guide itself, however, is hidden under the insulator, so a fair amount of metal that can attract additional attention to the headphones is not visible.

Eterna

The largest and most controversial headphones in the line. For starters, their body is shaped like an ellipse with truncated sides, or, if you prefer, an M&M's candy flattened a bit in the bag. Yes, and, besides, the sound guide of the headphones is brought to the side, at an obtuse angle to the body of sixty degrees. The unusual shape is explained by a rather unusual way of wearing headphones. More about it below, now I’ll just say that the company is quite actively “moving” such headphones, just look at the Signature line, whose review has recently appeared on the site.

On the "flattened" sides of the case, there are oval silver linings, on one side they bear the manufacturer's logo, on the other hand, embossed letters R or L. with a “chrome-like” coating harmonizes well, the design masks the rather large dimensions of the headphones. The insulator of Eterna, as usual in the line, is double, it looks quite decent and does not stand out from the general canvas. Read below to learn how such insulators behave in the ear and what they do for sound.

Evolution

These headphones are similar to the Axiom in many ways: they also have a slightly more elongated case and a “double” insulator. However, there are much more differences between this model and the rest than it seems at first glance.

First of all, color. A year and a half ago, I would have said with a certain degree of confidence that the model is clearly designed for fans of Apple design and users of iPod players, based only on the fact that both the headphones and the cable are made in white. Since then, however, Apple's players have abandoned their "white" image and are now offered in anything but white colors. Therefore, it’s worth just saying about Evolution that the headphones differ from other models of the line first of all in the color of execution, at least, this is what catches the eye first of all. Next comes such an important factor as dimensions. In terms of size, Evolution is noticeably smaller than its competitors, and this, coupled with a brighter and more festive white color, orients the headphones very well to a female audience. It's no secret that many large in-ear headphones are not suitable for women simply because of their size, and in the Fundamentals line, in my opinion, at least three models are quite voluminous.

In general, we decided on the sizes, according to this parameter, Evolution suits the female audience well, and even the white color adds sympathy. As for the rest of the design elements, there are not so many of them left: these are small silver inserts marked “right-left” and a “chrome look” ring that surrounds the headphone housing at the beginning of the sound guide. The combination of white and silver has not yet become so familiar as the tandem with black, which has long become a commonplace, so in general, Evolution looks attractive and even catchy, attention is drawn to the color scheme, unusual shape and "double" insulator.

Paradigm

This model is almost a twin of the Axiom. The differences lie in a slightly different form of the case, still "barrel-shaped", that's all, perhaps. The insulator remains the same, as does the silver and dark color scheme.

At first glance, it seems that the Paradigm is significantly larger than the Axiom, but in reality the difference is only a couple of millimeters at most. At the same time, in my opinion, the headphones are exclusively for men, since in the vast majority of cases they will be too large for women. However, I will describe all such impressions and conclusions in detail in the next, more relevant section.

Summary

Here it is difficult to nominate one winner who would stand out from the crowd in a way that is obvious to everyone. However, a couple of favorites were still found, and, as it happens not too often, the opinions of the observer (your obedient servant) and the respondents unequivocally agreed. So, in the overall standings in the field of design, the Evolution and Equilibrium models break out ahead. The first one definitely impresses the female part of the audience, mainly due to the color and shape. In a word, the headphones are "white and pretty", well suited to the clothes that are customary to wear in the long-awaited spring-summer period.

Equilibrium, on the other hand, has the best shape in the entire line, it is most acceptable for our fellow citizens who are not inclined to experiments. Finally, these headphones simply look more elegant than their counterparts. The design of Equilibrium is simple, without any frills, but it is by no means devoid of visual appeal, which, in the end, brings the headphones the favor of users.

Comfort to wear, cable

Innovations in the way of wearing in-ear headphones have appeared quite recently, which is generally not surprising - to come up with something radically new, when everything is already clear, is, to put it mildly, a non-trivial task. As I have already pointed out, for the first time I had a chance to meet a new way of wearing when I got Audio-Tehnica CK9 headphones for a test. After that, I didn’t see other similar models until I got acquainted with the Signature line from Fischer Audio, where, by the way, one of the models repeated the same CK9 in a one-to-one shape. Actually, all the novelty lies in the fact that the headphones of a special shape are inserted into the auricle “upside down”, and the cable is passed behind the ear. Of the five Fundamentals models, only one can (and should) be worn in this way, yet the line appeared before Signature, in which the emphasis is on a new way. In general, of the five experimental headphones that fell under our careful eye this time, only Eterna has such noticeable features. On the other hand, all headphones are equipped with a double insulator, which leaves its mark on the sensations. The only thing left is to find out which one.

Axiom

The seemingly large body of the Axiom actually fits into the auricle like a glove and does not cause discomfort. Here you need to make an important remark: we are talking about a male ear, for women, headphones may seem large and uncomfortable. The insulator, according to subjective sensations, “holds” better than insulators of the usual form, however, there is no feeling that it really enters the ear canal deeper and denser. Most likely, this is due to the classic shape of the headphones, it is simply physically impossible to place them at the right angle. However, there is no need for this at all, the headphones are easy to install in the ear, they do not fall out when walking or exercising, which means that there is no need for them to go especially deep. Of course, in terms of loudness and bass response, tight ear canal isolation plays an important role, but "far going" in this area is fraught with hearing problems.

The headphone cable is quite thin, very soft and flexible. In general, he could do with being thicker. In addition, there is no insurance at the place where the cable is attached to the earpiece, it simply enters a thin plastic tube, which, in turn, is part of the case. As you can see, no bending elements are provided, which puts the junction under additional load. In the future, the active use of headphones, this can be fraught with problems.

In addition to everything, the designers placed an analog volume control on the headphone cable. I recommend to all owners of these headphones to set the regulator to the maximum level and never use it again - such parts tend to wear out quickly and subsequently very often introduce an unpleasant crack into the signal with every awkward movement. Of course, I can’t predict this with Axiom, it would be at least dishonest, because the headphones were tested for several days, and it would take months to identify potential problems, but one way or another, who is forewarned is forearmed.

Evolution

Here the situation is already different: a long but thin headphone case will suit the better half of humanity, as well as all owners of small ears (they say that in the past this was considered an aristocratic trait).

Installing the earphones is easy, no need to adjust the right angle or wait for the insulator to "grab" in the ear canal. Of course, the presence of a double insulator helps a lot - it does not perform miracles, but it definitely improves the accuracy and ease of landing.

Evolution's cable is the same as Axiom's, it is thin and potentially brittle at the junction with the headphones, since there is no flexible safety element there. The volume control hasn't gone anywhere either. In order not to repeat the warnings again, I recommend that you read the last paragraph of the previous section, if you have not already done so.

Equilibrium

It feels closest to the "female" Evolution and the classic "droplets", the arguments for this are the average dimensions of the case and an elongated teardrop shape. They sit tightly at their workplace, but without undue pressure on the auricle and canal. Problems in the process of installing headphones in the ear also do not arise. To be honest, I paid a little more attention to Equilibrium than to other models, the reason for this was precisely the popularity of these headphones. Perhaps the company and users of the model will be pleased to know that no factors that could call into question the correctness of the choice could be found. The headphones have some sound features, but more on that below.

For a pleasant note, Fischer Audio did not supply this model with a largely unnecessary volume control, replacing it with a much more useful clip for attaching the cable to clothing. If you do not want to pass the cable under outerwear, the clip is quite capable of coming in handy.

For the sake of fairness, I want to note that through the survey I still managed to find those who use the volume control on the headphones and even find it convenient, but these people are in a clear minority. To take into account the right of minorities to an impartial presentation of information, I inform you: adjusting the volume on the headphone cable is not an unambiguous and inevitable evil, but during active use it most often leads to a deterioration in sound.

Eterna

Still, it's probably worth recognizing that I have some, albeit small, additional sympathy for headphones that need to be worn upside down. For some reason, this way of wearing impresses me, perhaps only because of its novelty, but still there is something like that. It is clear that I try to ignore this sympathy in favor of obtaining objective information, but I consider it possible to report its presence. At the same time, obviously, sympathy does not extend to the products of any one brand, it just so happened that so far we have had similar products only from Audio-Technica and Fischer Audio. I think that their number will grow over time, since the idea in consumer headphones is fresh (professionals have been using this method of wearing for a long time), it can be fashionably furnished and presented to the audience accordingly.

Returning to Eterna: as you might guess, these headphones, the only ones in the entire series, can be worn upside down, which I did not fail to do. I must say right away that it is possible to wear them in the usual way, but in pure theory, since in reality it is inconvenient, and it looks somehow awkward.

But with the right fit, Eterna is very reminiscent of the Sigma model from the Signature Series, if we talk about headphones from the same manufacturer: they also penetrate deep into the ear canal and fit tightly there. Out of habit, you can even cough. It will take some time to get used to new, unusual sensations, and they will be unusual, unless you have used such headphones before. But for those who want the best sound isolation, these headphones are more suitable than others.

The cable on the Eterna is thick and dense, for headphones, of course. At the junction with the headphones there is a “leg” made of rubberized plastic, which, in principle, should favorably respond to performance. It's nice that there are no "blotches" on the cable, and for the junction, where the common cable is divided into two, additional "reinforcement" is applied.

Paradigm

Finally, the fifth and largest headphones of the series. It is not clear why they needed to be made so large, this clearly negatively affects the feeling of wearing in the ear. They sit rather loosely, although they do not fall out, perhaps due to the double insulator. True, according to sensations, it almost does not penetrate into the ear canal, the body interferes, whose diameter completely coincides with the diameter of the insulator in the non-working position.

The "paradigm" cable has no additional bells and whistles, but this is unlikely to improve the overall impression of it. The fact is that the cable and the method of its attachment are the same as those of Axiom and Evolution: the diameter is small, although the insulation looks quite reliable, it is simply more prone to wear due to its small thickness, and the junction is not secured by anything, rather, on the contrary, it is located there hard plastic leg.

Summary

The picture is clear, I think if you have read the previous passages, there is no need to sum up intermediate results, but I will do it anyway so as not to violate the structure of the material.

This time there are also two winners in the overall standings. Moreover, one receives its award for the totality of the demonstrated properties, and the second also receives additional points for the innovative approach. As you might guess, the names of the “finalists” are Equilibrium and Eterna. The first headphones are the most versatile and will suit the vast majority of users, including most women, with the exception of owners of very tiny ears. You will have to get used to the latter, but once you get used to it, you can be pleasantly surprised to find that the headphones look unusual in your ear, sit tight and isolate external noise better than others.

So we got to the most interesting and enticing section. If you, dear reader, have scrolled right through here, I still recommend that you familiarize yourself with the passages that precede this, there are a lot of interesting things.

The sound testing technique is already more or less beginning to crystallize, I will give its description without changes. The headphones are tapped by me and an impromptu focus group of three people who helped me earlier. Detailed descriptions are not required from them, I take into account their impressions and correlate them with my own until the final verdict is made. To obtain the smallest error, the headphones were listened to several times. Signal sources: laptop with installed Echo Indigo I/O PCMCIA audio card, Samsung P2, Cowon D2 audio players, Apple iPod 5G. Core Files: Selected FLAC, MP3 VBR and MP3 320Kbps recordings from various bands and artists, from Prodigy and Elvis Presley to New Orleans Jazzmen, Aerosmith and Depeche Mode. Let's move according to the existing scheme.

Axiom

Headphones demonstrate very good mids, especially compared to their products, many of which have them overwhelmed. But high in their performance often leave the impression of some blurring. The level of bass response is average for the line, but quite decent in general. Headphones, perhaps, do not have their own special purpose, they are quite universal.

Eterna

This model has slightly overwhelmed mids, the emphasis is shifted from them to the bass. This is not surprising, because Eterna demonstrate the most powerful and deep bass from the entire line, the headphones are clearly “sharpened” for loud and powerful electronic sound. The high frequencies are quite soft, they do not cut the ear, but they become clearer and “float out” from the general stream if you add volume. From listening to headphones, as already mentioned, it seems that they are designed for loud, mostly dance music. This is supported by their high level of power input. In addition, Eterna have a solid overload capacity, the headphones sound without noticeable distortion even at a volume that is frankly excessive for anyone.

Equilibrium

It is not for nothing that the headphones enjoy tangible user interest, they are well balanced in sound and have their own “voice”. Recoil at low frequencies is at a decent level, but the bass is soft and deep, at times they lack the "kick" on the border with the middle frequencies. Of the sound features, it can be noted that the headphones, as it were, expand the stereo base, there is a feeling of the separation of instruments. It is worth noting the overall balance of sound, mids and highs do not protrude, they sound pleasant and soft. Perhaps the headphones are well suited for rock, an alternative where the emphasis is on vocals and stringed instruments, and the “kick” supports them. The headphone overload capacity is average, but the volume margin without distortion should be enough for the vast majority of listeners.

Paradigm

It is quite predictable that these headphones demonstrate average results, this could be judged at least by the fit in the ear. In general, the sound of the Paradigm is somewhat muffled, high frequencies fade into the background if they are not raised artificially. The low frequencies are also quite flat by default, although they are quite present in the overall picture.

Evolution

But these headphones, to be honest, surprise and surprise pleasantly. To be honest, I did not expect much success from them. Judge for yourself - the most compact model for women and fans of a more striking design. Therefore, of course, before connecting to at least one sound source, I did not expect anything special from them, the maximum was more or less decent bass, even mids and not too “sandy” highs. Therefore, the headphones surprised and made a good impression on all who listened. Their sound is clear, sonorous, rich in the entire range. There is a very decent amount of bass, and even very pleasant to the ear. In terms of overload capacity, the headphones also do not lag behind, even though they are compact. In general, among the "roommates" Evolution stand out in a very curious way.

Summary

Before handing out places, it is worth making one small but important reservation. Keep in mind that the Fundamentals line is the flagship in the entire Fischer Audio lineup, and the headphones included in it should have a decent sound level by default. So it is, there are no serious complaints about the sound of any of the models in the line. At the same time, in terms of quality and sound features, they differ and differ quite noticeably.

In the course of debates, repeated auditions, disputes and discussions, the places were distributed as follows. Equilibrium and Evolution share the first place, then Eterna, and Axiom and Paradigm take the third place. Race champions are good in their own way. Equilibrium has a versatile, quiet sound suitable for most applications. With these headphones, classical music, jazz, and rock sound very good. But Evolution sound cheerful, bright, they just want to turn up the volume and speed up the pace. Approach

Comparative review of Fischer Audio Fundamentals Series: Axiom, Equilibrium, Eterna, Evolution, Paradigm

The previous comparison of the Fischer Audio Signature series headphones came out quite readable, and even some readers liked it, which, of course, they were not slow to write to me about. Apparently, this fact prompted me to think that a good idea needs to be developed and put into practice in every possible way until it crystallizes into a completely wonderful one. The idea here, of course, is understood as the desire to immediately take a line of headphones and describe each of the models, simultaneously comparing it with products in the lineup and products of particularly distinguished competitors.

The line was found without delay, since the five flagships of the Fischer Audio lineup, separated into a separate series called Fundamentals, lay at hand, waiting in the wings. Behind the description, too, as you understand, the matter did not become. Thus, all the conditions for the comparison were met. I was a little embarrassed by the fact that this time there were not three, but as many as five headphones, but I did not give in to obstacles, called for help from “magicians” and began working on the review.

As a rule, writing about flagship models of portable electronics is quite easy. They always have a great (or at least good) design, full of features, a high price and a considerable amount of user interest, often accumulated even before the product was on the market. But when the task arises to push five different models head-on at once, its solution instantly ceases to seem so easy, if only because of the abundance of parameters that need to be taken into account.

In the case of Fischer Audio Fundamentals, I decided to follow an already proven and tested scheme: headphones are evaluated according to a number of familiar parameters, receiving intermediate summaries. Three people helped me in the comparison and evaluation, but their participation was rather optional, in order to achieve a breadth of coverage of different opinions. In the process of testing and comparing, I tried to be extremely objective and take into account all possible opinions, but I want to warn you that the conclusions are for informational purposes and do not claim to be the ultimate truth. After all, everyone's sense of beauty and hearing are different.

The Fischer Audio Fundamentals line includes, as already mentioned, five models. Each of them is "named", that is, it has its own name, and not an alphanumeric index. In naming its products, the company, as in the case of the Signature series, refers to Greek-Latin motifs, giving the headphones the names Paradigm, Evolution, Equilibrium, Eterna and Axiom.

The headphones are interconnected by a design - they are all plug-in and have an insulator of the ear canal. The differences lie in design and dynamics. I have serious expectations for the headphones, still a flagship series. In theory, the sound of each of the models should be pleasing to the ear, the design should amaze the imagination, and the comfort of wearing should make an indelible impression. We will talk about how everything really is.

Body and design

The cases of all headphones are made of plastic, there are no exceptions like the Sampi model from the Signature Series, which is a pity. On the other hand, there are metal elements in the headphones, for example, in the Equilibrium model. In general, the design of the models is quite similar, there are no special differences and design frills, which, of course, is a bit boring. On the other hand, there is a noticeable variation in the forms, which, I think, will be the main focus, nevertheless, such differences directly affect the feeling of wearing.

Fischer Audio did not experiment with colors and textures, yet the line is serious, each of the models should “beat for sure”. Only the Evolution model can act as a slight deviation from the chosen course, and even then because it is made in white.

Headphones do not present any special surprises, the solutions they use are proven and tested many times, their designers do not demonstrate a tendency to unusual or especially pretentious moves. However, there is still something to talk about.

Axiom

Let's start with the "axiom", especially since the name of the model begins with the first letter of the alphabet. This is one of two models in the line that has a "barrel-shaped" body. It is increased in length relative to the usual dimensions of in-ear headphones and really looks like a small barrel. At the same time, one of the “bottoms” looks outward and has a rounded surface, and the other serves as the basis for the sound guide topped with an unusually shaped silicone insulator.

As with four of the five models, the Axiom uses a combination of silver and black. Such a color scheme is universal, it does not "pull" the user's attention from the body and insulator. The latter, in my opinion, is an equal design element, although it owes its unusual shape to considerations not related to the appearance of the headphones. The overall image created by the headphone case and insulator turned out to be quite attractive. The most curious thing here is that the designers managed to achieve a good result using the simplest colors and materials.

Equilibrium

Perhaps, they are more similar to ordinary, classic in-ear headphones, except that, like the Evolution model, this “equilibrist” has a slightly longer body than usual, and the insulator has an increasingly fashionable double shape. Otherwise, the headphones look the most universal, no wonder this model is more popular than others in the line. There are many reasons for the popularity, but from the design side, both the shape and the color scheme are in favor of the headphones. In this area, everything is extremely simple, even somewhere boring, black and silver colors are used, which have long become familiar. Apparently, for many, this familiarity plays a significant role, people subconsciously avoid innovation, retain a fair amount of conservatism in their preferences regarding the appearance of portable equipment.

Of the bright elements in the rather modest design of Equilibrium, only one is found: the part of the body closest to the insulator and the sound guide are made of metal with chrome plating. The sound guide itself, however, is hidden under the insulator, so a fair amount of metal that can attract additional attention to the headphones is not visible.

Eterna

The largest and most controversial headphones in the line. For starters, their body is shaped like an ellipse with truncated sides, or, if you prefer, an M&M's candy flattened a bit in the bag. Yes, and, besides, the sound guide of the headphones is brought to the side, at an obtuse angle to the body of sixty degrees. The unusual shape is explained by a rather unusual way of wearing headphones. More about it below, now I’ll just say that the company is quite actively “moving” such headphones, just look at the Signature line, whose review has recently appeared on the site.

On the "flattened" sides of the case, there are oval silver linings, on one side they bear the manufacturer's logo, on the other hand, embossed letters R or L. with a “chrome-like” coating harmonizes well, the design masks the rather large dimensions of the headphones. The insulator of Eterna, as usual in the line, is double, it looks quite decent and does not stand out from the general canvas. Read below to learn how such insulators behave in the ear and what they do for sound.

Evolution

These headphones are similar to the Axiom in many ways: they also have a slightly more elongated case and a “double” insulator. However, there are much more differences between this model and the rest than it seems at first glance.

First of all, color. A year and a half ago, I would have said with a certain degree of confidence that the model is clearly designed for fans of Apple design and users of iPod players, based only on the fact that both the headphones and the cable are made in white. Since then, however, Apple's players have abandoned their "white" image and are now offered in anything but white colors. Therefore, it’s worth just saying about Evolution that the headphones differ from other models of the line first of all in the color of execution, at least, this is what catches the eye first of all. Next comes such an important factor as dimensions. In terms of size, Evolution is noticeably smaller than its competitors, and this, coupled with a brighter and more festive white color, orients the headphones very well to a female audience. It's no secret that many large in-ear headphones are not suitable for women simply because of their size, and in the Fundamentals line, in my opinion, at least three models are quite voluminous.

In general, we decided on the sizes, according to this parameter, Evolution suits the female audience well, and even the white color adds sympathy. As for the rest of the design elements, there are not so many of them left: these are small silver inserts marked “right-left” and a “chrome look” ring that surrounds the headphone housing at the beginning of the sound guide. The combination of white and silver has not yet become so familiar as the tandem with black, which has long become a commonplace, so in general, Evolution looks attractive and even catchy, attention is drawn to the color scheme, unusual shape and "double" insulator.

Paradigm

This model is almost a twin of the Axiom. The differences lie in a slightly different form of the case, still "barrel-shaped", that's all, perhaps. The insulator remains the same, as does the silver and dark color scheme.

At first glance, it seems that the Paradigm is significantly larger than the Axiom, but in reality the difference is only a couple of millimeters at most. At the same time, in my opinion, the headphones are exclusively for men, since in the vast majority of cases they will be too large for women. However, I will describe all such impressions and conclusions in detail in the next, more relevant section.

Summary

Here it is difficult to nominate one winner who would stand out from the crowd in a way that is obvious to everyone. However, a couple of favorites were still found, and, as it happens not too often, the opinions of the observer (your obedient servant) and the respondents unequivocally agreed. So, in the overall standings in the field of design, the Evolution and Equilibrium models break out ahead. The first one definitely impresses the female part of the audience, mainly due to the color and shape. In a word, the headphones are "white and pretty", well suited to the clothes that are customary to wear in the long-awaited spring-summer period.

Equilibrium, on the other hand, has the best shape in the entire line, it is most acceptable for our fellow citizens who are not inclined to experiments. Finally, these headphones simply look more elegant than their counterparts. The design of Equilibrium is simple, without any frills, but it is by no means devoid of visual appeal, which, in the end, brings the headphones the favor of users.

Comfort to wear, cable

Innovations in the way of wearing in-ear headphones have appeared quite recently, which is generally not surprising - to come up with something radically new, when everything is already clear, is, to put it mildly, a non-trivial task. As I have already pointed out, for the first time I had a chance to meet a new way of wearing when I got Audio-Tehnica CK9 headphones for a test. After that, I didn’t see other similar models until I got acquainted with the Signature line from Fischer Audio, where, by the way, one of the models repeated the same CK9 in a one-to-one shape. Actually, all the novelty lies in the fact that the headphones of a special shape are inserted into the auricle “upside down”, and the cable is passed behind the ear. Of the five Fundamentals models, only one can (and should) be worn in this way, yet the line appeared before Signature, in which the emphasis is on a new way. In general, of the five experimental headphones that fell under our careful eye this time, only Eterna has such noticeable features. On the other hand, all headphones are equipped with a double insulator, which leaves its mark on the sensations. The only thing left is to find out which one.

Axiom

The seemingly large body of the Axiom actually fits into the auricle like a glove and does not cause discomfort. Here you need to make an important remark: we are talking about a male ear, for women, headphones may seem large and uncomfortable. The insulator, according to subjective sensations, “holds” better than insulators of the usual form, however, there is no feeling that it really enters the ear canal deeper and denser. Most likely, this is due to the classic shape of the headphones, it is simply physically impossible to place them at the right angle. However, there is no need for this at all, the headphones are easy to install in the ear, they do not fall out when walking or exercising, which means that there is no need for them to go especially deep. Of course, in terms of loudness and bass response, tight ear canal isolation plays an important role, but "far going" in this area is fraught with hearing problems.

The headphone cable is quite thin, very soft and flexible. In general, he could do with being thicker. In addition, there is no insurance at the place where the cable is attached to the earpiece, it simply enters a thin plastic tube, which, in turn, is part of the case. As you can see, no bending elements are provided, which puts the junction under additional load. In the future, the active use of headphones, this can be fraught with problems.

In addition to everything, the designers placed an analog volume control on the headphone cable. I recommend to all owners of these headphones to set the regulator to the maximum level and never use it again - such parts tend to wear out quickly and subsequently very often introduce an unpleasant crack into the signal with every awkward movement. Of course, I can’t predict this with Axiom, it would be at least dishonest, because the headphones were tested for several days, and it would take months to identify potential problems, but one way or another, who is forewarned is forearmed.

Evolution

Here the situation is already different: a long but thin headphone case will suit the better half of humanity, as well as all owners of small ears (they say that in the past this was considered an aristocratic trait).

Installing the earphones is easy, no need to adjust the right angle or wait for the insulator to "grab" in the ear canal. Of course, the presence of a double insulator helps a lot - it does not perform miracles, but it definitely improves the accuracy and ease of landing.

Evolution's cable is the same as Axiom's, it is thin and potentially brittle at the junction with the headphones, since there is no flexible safety element there. The volume control hasn't gone anywhere either. In order not to repeat the warnings again, I recommend that you read the last paragraph of the previous section, if you have not already done so.

Equilibrium

It feels closest to the "female" Evolution and the classic "droplets", the arguments for this are the average dimensions of the case and an elongated teardrop shape. They sit tightly at their workplace, but without undue pressure on the auricle and canal. Problems in the process of installing headphones in the ear also do not arise. To be honest, I paid a little more attention to Equilibrium than to other models, the reason for this was precisely the popularity of these headphones. Perhaps the company and users of the model will be pleased to know that no factors that could call into question the correctness of the choice could be found. The headphones have some sound features, but more on that below.

For a pleasant note, Fischer Audio did not supply this model with a largely unnecessary volume control, replacing it with a much more useful clip for attaching the cable to clothing. If you do not want to pass the cable under outerwear, the clip is quite capable of coming in handy.

For the sake of fairness, I want to note that through the survey I still managed to find those who use the volume control on the headphones and even find it convenient, but these people are in a clear minority. To take into account the right of minorities to an impartial presentation of information, I inform you: adjusting the volume on the headphone cable is not an unambiguous and inevitable evil, but during active use it most often leads to a deterioration in sound.

Eterna

Still, it's probably worth recognizing that I have some, albeit small, additional sympathy for headphones that need to be worn upside down. For some reason, this way of wearing impresses me, perhaps only because of its novelty, but still there is something like that. It is clear that I try to ignore this sympathy in favor of obtaining objective information, but I consider it possible to report its presence. At the same time, obviously, sympathy does not extend to the products of any one brand, it just so happened that so far we have had similar products only from Audio-Technica and Fischer Audio. I think that their number will grow over time, since the idea in consumer headphones is fresh (professionals have been using this method of wearing for a long time), it can be fashionably furnished and presented to the audience accordingly.

Returning to Eterna: as you might guess, these headphones, the only ones in the entire series, can be worn upside down, which I did not fail to do. I must say right away that it is possible to wear them in the usual way, but in pure theory, since in reality it is inconvenient, and it looks somehow awkward.

But with the right fit, Eterna is very reminiscent of the Sigma model from the Signature Series, if we talk about headphones from the same manufacturer: they also penetrate deep into the ear canal and fit tightly there. Out of habit, you can even cough. It will take some time to get used to new, unusual sensations, and they will be unusual, unless you have used such headphones before. But for those who want the best sound isolation, these headphones are more suitable than others.

The cable on the Eterna is thick and dense, for headphones, of course. At the junction with the headphones there is a “leg” made of rubberized plastic, which, in principle, should favorably respond to performance. It's nice that there are no "blotches" on the cable, and for the junction, where the common cable is divided into two, additional "reinforcement" is applied.

Paradigm

Finally, the fifth and largest headphones of the series. It is not clear why they needed to be made so large, this obviously negatively affects the feeling of wearing in the ear. They sit rather loosely, although they do not fall out, perhaps due to the double insulator. True, according to sensations, it almost does not penetrate into the ear canal, the body interferes, whose diameter completely coincides with the diameter of the insulator in the non-working position.

The "paradigm" cable has no additional bells and whistles, but this is unlikely to improve the overall impression of it. The fact is that the cable and the method of its attachment are the same as those of Axiom and Evolution: the diameter is small, although the insulation looks quite reliable, it is simply more prone to wear due to its small thickness, and the junction is not secured by anything, rather, on the contrary, it is located there hard plastic leg.

Summary

The picture is clear, I think if you have read the previous passages, there is no need to sum up intermediate results, but I will do it anyway so as not to violate the structure of the material.

This time there are also two winners in the overall standings. Moreover, one receives its award for the totality of the demonstrated properties, and the second also receives additional points for the innovative approach. As you might guess, the names of the “finalists” are Equilibrium and Eterna. The first headphones are the most versatile and will suit the vast majority of users, including most women, with the exception of owners of very tiny ears. You will have to get used to the latter, but once you get used to it, you can be pleasantly surprised to find that the headphones look unusual in your ear, sit tight and isolate external noise better than others.

So we got to the most interesting and enticing section. If you, dear reader, scrolled right through here, I still recommend that you familiarize yourself with the passages that precede this, there are a lot of interesting things.

The sound testing technique is already more or less beginning to crystallize, I will give its description without changes. The headphones are tapped by me and an impromptu focus group of three people who helped me earlier. Detailed descriptions are not required from them, I take into account their impressions and correlate them with my own until the final verdict is made. To obtain the smallest error, the headphones were listened to several times. Signal sources: laptop with installed Echo Indigo I/O PCMCIA audio card, Samsung P2, Cowon D2 audio players, Apple iPod 5G. Core Files: Selected FLAC, MP3 VBR and MP3 320Kbps recordings from various bands and artists, from Prodigy and Elvis Presley to New Orleans Jazzmen, Aerosmith and Depeche Mode. Let's move according to the existing scheme.

Axiom

Headphones demonstrate very good mids, especially compared to their products, many of which are overwhelmed. But high in their performance often leave the impression of some blurring. The level of bass response is average for the line, but quite decent in general. Headphones, perhaps, do not have their own special purpose, they are quite universal.

Eterna

This model has slightly overwhelmed mids, the emphasis is shifted from them to the bass. This is not surprising, because Eterna demonstrate the most powerful and deep bass from the entire line, the headphones are clearly “sharpened” for loud and powerful electronic sound. The high frequencies are quite soft, they do not cut the ear, but they become clearer and “float out” from the general stream if you add volume. From listening to headphones, as already mentioned, it seems that they are designed for loud, mostly dance music. This is supported by their high level of power input. In addition, Eterna have a solid overload capacity, the headphones sound without noticeable distortion even at a volume that is frankly excessive for anyone.

Equilibrium

It is not for nothing that the headphones enjoy tangible user interest, they are well balanced in sound and have their own “voice”. Recoil at low frequencies is at a decent level, but the bass is soft and deep, at times they lack the "kick" on the border with the middle frequencies. Of the sound features, it can be noted that the headphones, as it were, expand the stereo base, there is a feeling of the separation of instruments. It is worth noting the overall balance of sound, mids and highs do not protrude, they sound pleasant and soft. Perhaps the headphones are well suited for rock, an alternative where the emphasis is on vocals and stringed instruments, and the “kick” supports them. The headphone overload capacity is average, but the volume margin without distortion should be enough for the vast majority of listeners.

Paradigm

It is quite predictable that these headphones demonstrate average results, this could be judged at least by the fit in the ear. In general, the sound of the Paradigm is somewhat muffled, high frequencies fade into the background if they are not raised artificially. The low frequencies are also quite flat by default, although they are quite present in the overall picture.

Evolution

But these headphones, to be honest, surprise and surprise pleasantly. To be honest, I did not expect much success from them. Judge for yourself - the most compact model for women and fans of a more striking design. Therefore, of course, before connecting to at least one sound source, I did not expect anything special from them, the maximum was more or less decent bass, even mids and not too “sandy” highs. Therefore, the headphones surprised and made a good impression on all who listened. Their sound is clear, sonorous, rich in the entire range. There is a very decent amount of bass, and even very pleasant to the ear. In terms of overload capacity, the headphones also do not lag behind, even though they are compact. In general, among the "roommates" Evolution stand out in a very curious way.

Summary

Before handing out places, it is worth making one small but important reservation. Keep in mind that the Fundamentals line is the flagship in the entire Fischer Audio lineup, and the headphones included in it should have a decent sound level by default. So it is, there are no serious complaints about the sound of any of the models in the line. At the same time, in terms of quality and sound features, they differ and differ quite noticeably.

In the course of debates, repeated auditions, disputes and discussions, the places were distributed as follows. Equilibrium and Evolution share the first place, then Eterna, and Axiom and Paradigm take the third place. Race champions are good in their own way. Equilibrium has a versatile, quiet sound suitable for most applications. With these headphones, classical music, jazz, and rock sound very well. But Evolution sound fun, bright, they just want to turn up the volume and speed up the step. Approach

Comparative review of Fischer Audio Fundamentals Series: Axiom, Equilibrium, Eterna, Evolution, Paradigm

The previous comparison of the Fischer Audio Signature series headphones came out quite readable, and even some readers liked it, which, of course, they were not slow to write to me about. Apparently, this fact prompted me to think that a good idea needs to be developed and put into practice in every possible way until it crystallizes into a completely wonderful one. The idea here, of course, is understood as the desire to immediately take a line of headphones and describe each of the models, simultaneously comparing it with products in the lineup and products of particularly distinguished competitors.

The line was found without delay, since the five flagships of the Fischer Audio lineup, separated into a separate series called Fundamentals, lay at hand, waiting in the wings. Behind the description, too, as you understand, the matter did not become. Thus, all the conditions for the comparison were met. I was a little embarrassed by the fact that this time there were not three, but as many as five headphones, but I did not give in to obstacles, called for help from “magicians” and began working on the review.

As a rule, writing about flagship models of portable electronics is quite easy. They always have a great (or at least good) design, full of features, a high price and a considerable amount of user interest, often accumulated even before the product was on the market. But when the task arises to push five different models head-on at once, its solution instantly ceases to seem so easy, if only because of the abundance of parameters that need to be taken into account.

In the case of Fischer Audio Fundamentals, I decided to follow an already proven and tested scheme: headphones are evaluated according to a number of familiar parameters, receiving intermediate summaries. Three people helped me in the comparison and evaluation, but their participation was rather optional, in order to achieve a breadth of coverage of different opinions. In the process of testing and comparing, I tried to be extremely objective and take into account all possible opinions, but I want to warn you that the conclusions are for informational purposes and do not claim to be the ultimate truth. After all, everyone's sense of beauty and hearing are different.

The Fischer Audio Fundamentals line includes, as already mentioned, five models. Each of them is "named", that is, it has its own name, and not an alphanumeric index. In naming its products, the company, as in the case of the Signature series, refers to Greek-Latin motifs, giving the headphones the names Paradigm, Evolution, Equilibrium, Eterna and Axiom.

The headphones are interconnected by a design - they are all plug-in and have an insulator of the ear canal. The differences lie in design and dynamics. I have serious expectations for the headphones, still a flagship series. In theory, the sound of each of the models should be pleasing to the ear, the design should amaze the imagination, and the comfort of wearing should make an indelible impression. We will talk about how everything really is.

Body and design

The cases of all headphones are made of plastic, there are no exceptions like the Sampi model from the Signature Series, which is a pity. On the other hand, there are metal elements in the headphones, for example, in the Equilibrium model. In general, the design of the models is quite similar, there are no special differences and design frills, which, of course, is a bit boring. On the other hand, there is a noticeable variation in the forms, which, I think, will be the main focus, nevertheless, such differences directly affect the feeling of wearing.

Fischer Audio did not experiment with colors and textures, yet the line is serious, each of the models should “beat for sure”. Only the Evolution model can act as a slight deviation from the chosen course, and even then because it is made in white.

Headphones do not present any special surprises, the solutions they use are proven and tested many times, their designers do not demonstrate a tendency to unusual or especially pretentious moves. However, there is still something to talk about.

Axiom

Let's start with the "axiom", especially since the name of the model begins with the first letter of the alphabet. This is one of two models in the line that has a "barrel-shaped" body. It is increased in length relative to the usual dimensions of in-ear headphones and really looks like a small barrel. At the same time, one of the “bottoms” looks outward and has a rounded surface, and the other serves as the basis for the sound guide topped with an unusually shaped silicone insulator.

As with four of the five models, the Axiom uses a combination of silver and black. Such a color scheme is universal, it does not "pull" the user's attention from the body and insulator. The latter, in my opinion, is an equal design element, although it owes its unusual shape to considerations not related to the appearance of the headphones. The overall image created by the headphone case and insulator turned out to be quite attractive. The most curious thing here is that the designers managed to achieve a good result using the simplest colors and materials.

Equilibrium

Perhaps, they are more similar to ordinary, classic in-ear headphones, except that, like the Evolution model, this “equilibrist” has a slightly longer body than usual, and the insulator has an increasingly fashionable double shape. Otherwise, the headphones look the most universal, no wonder this model is more popular than others in the line. There are many reasons for the popularity, but from the design side, both the shape and the color scheme are in favor of the headphones. In this area, everything is extremely simple, even somewhere boring, black and silver colors are used, which have long become familiar. Apparently, for many, this familiarity plays a significant role, people subconsciously avoid innovation, retain a fair amount of conservatism in their preferences regarding the appearance of portable equipment.

Of the bright elements in the rather modest design of Equilibrium, only one is found: the part of the body closest to the insulator and the sound guide are made of metal with chrome plating. The sound guide itself, however, is hidden under the insulator, so a fair amount of metal that can attract additional attention to the headphones is not visible.

Eterna

The largest and most controversial headphones in the line. For starters, their body is shaped like an ellipse with truncated sides, or, if you prefer, an M&M's candy flattened a bit in the bag. Yes, and, besides, the sound guide of the headphones is brought to the side, at an obtuse angle to the body of sixty degrees. The unusual shape is explained by a rather unusual way of wearing headphones. More about it below, now I’ll just say that the company is quite actively “moving” such headphones, just look at the Signature line, whose review has recently appeared on the site.

On the "flattened" sides of the case, there are oval silver linings, on one side they bear the manufacturer's logo, on the other hand, embossed letters R or L. with a “chrome-like” coating harmonizes well, the design masks the rather large dimensions of the headphones. The insulator of Eterna, as usual in the line, is double, it looks quite decent and does not stand out from the general canvas. Read below to learn how such insulators behave in the ear and what they do for sound.

Evolution

These headphones are similar to the Axiom in many ways: they also have a slightly more elongated case and a “double” insulator. However, there are much more differences between this model and the rest than it seems at first glance.

First of all, color. A year and a half ago, I would have said with a certain degree of confidence that the model is clearly designed for fans of Apple design and users of iPod players, based only on the fact that both the headphones and the cable are made in white. Since then, however, Apple's players have abandoned their "white" image and are now offered in anything but white colors. Therefore, it’s worth just saying about Evolution that the headphones differ from other models of the line first of all in the color of execution, at least, this is what catches the eye first of all. Next comes such an important factor as dimensions. In terms of size, Evolution is noticeably smaller than its competitors, and this, coupled with a brighter and more festive white color, orients the headphones very well to a female audience. It's no secret that many large in-ear headphones are not suitable for women simply because of their size, and in the Fundamentals line, in my opinion, at least three models are quite voluminous.

In general, we decided on the sizes, according to this parameter, Evolution suits the female audience well, and even the white color adds sympathy. As for the rest of the design elements, there are not so many of them left: these are small silver inserts marked “right-left” and a “chrome look” ring that surrounds the headphone housing at the beginning of the sound guide. The combination of white and silver has not yet become so familiar as the tandem with black, which has long become a commonplace, so in general, Evolution looks attractive and even catchy, attention is drawn to the color scheme, unusual shape and "double" insulator.

Paradigm

This model is almost a twin of the Axiom. The differences lie in a slightly different form of the case, still "barrel-shaped", that's all, perhaps. The insulator remains the same, as does the silver and dark color scheme.

At first glance, it seems that the Paradigm is significantly larger than the Axiom, but in reality the difference is only a couple of millimeters at most. At the same time, in my opinion, the headphones are exclusively for men, since in the vast majority of cases they will be too large for women. However, I will describe all such impressions and conclusions in detail in the next, more relevant section.

Summary

Here it is difficult to nominate one winner who would stand out from the crowd in a way that is obvious to everyone. However, a couple of favorites were still found, and, as it happens not too often, the opinions of the observer (your obedient servant) and the respondents unequivocally agreed. So, in the overall standings in the field of design, the Evolution and Equilibrium models break out ahead. The first one definitely impresses the female part of the audience, mainly due to the color and shape. In a word, the headphones are "white and pretty", well suited to the clothes that are customary to wear in the long-awaited spring-summer period.

Equilibrium, on the other hand, has the best shape in the entire line, it is most acceptable for our fellow citizens who are not inclined to experiments. Finally, these headphones simply look more elegant than their counterparts. The design of Equilibrium is simple, without any frills, but it is by no means devoid of visual appeal, which, in the end, brings the headphones the favor of users.

Comfort to wear, cable

Innovations in the way of wearing in-ear headphones have appeared quite recently, which is generally not surprising - to come up with something radically new, when everything is already clear, is, to put it mildly, a non-trivial task. As I have already pointed out, for the first time I had a chance to meet a new way of wearing when I got Audio-Tehnica CK9 headphones for a test. After that, I didn’t see other similar models until I got acquainted with the Signature line from Fischer Audio, where, by the way, one of the models repeated the same CK9 in a one-to-one shape. Actually, all the novelty lies in the fact that the headphones of a special shape are inserted into the auricle “upside down”, and the cable is passed behind the ear. Of the five Fundamentals models, only one can (and should) be worn in this way, yet the line appeared before Signature, in which the emphasis is on a new way. In general, of the five experimental headphones that fell under our careful eye this time, only Eterna has such noticeable features. On the other hand, all headphones are equipped with a double insulator, which leaves its mark on the sensations. The only thing left is to find out which one.

Axiom

The seemingly large body of the Axiom actually fits into the auricle like a glove and does not cause discomfort. Here you need to make an important remark: we are talking about a male ear, for women, headphones may seem large and uncomfortable. The insulator, according to subjective sensations, “holds” better than insulators of the usual form, however, there is no feeling that it really enters the ear canal deeper and denser. Most likely, this is due to the classic shape of the headphones, it is simply physically impossible to place them at the right angle. However, there is no need for this at all, the headphones are easy to install in the ear, they do not fall out when walking or exercising, which means that there is no need for them to go especially deep. Of course, in terms of loudness and bass response, tight ear canal isolation plays an important role, but "far going" in this area is fraught with hearing problems.

The headphone cable is quite thin, very soft and flexible. In general, he could do with being thicker. In addition, there is no insurance at the place where the cable is attached to the earpiece, it simply enters a thin plastic tube, which, in turn, is part of the case. As you can see, no bending elements are provided, which puts the junction under additional load. In the future, the active use of headphones, this can be fraught with problems.

In addition to everything, the designers placed an analog volume control on the headphone cable. I recommend to all owners of these headphones to set the regulator to the maximum level and never use it again - such parts tend to wear out quickly and subsequently very often introduce an unpleasant crack into the signal with every awkward movement. Of course, I can’t predict this with Axiom, it would be at least dishonest, because the headphones were tested for several days, and it would take months to identify potential problems, but one way or another, who is forewarned is forearmed.

Evolution

Here the situation is already different: a long but thin headphone case will suit the better half of humanity, as well as all owners of small ears (they say that in the past this was considered an aristocratic trait).

Installing the earphones is easy, no need to adjust the right angle or wait for the insulator to "grab" in the ear canal. Of course, the presence of a double insulator helps a lot - it does not perform miracles, but it definitely improves the accuracy and ease of landing.

Evolution's cable is the same as Axiom's, it is thin and potentially brittle at the junction with the headphones, since there is no flexible safety element there. The volume control hasn't gone anywhere either. In order not to repeat the warnings again, I recommend that you read the last paragraph of the previous section, if you have not already done so.

Equilibrium

It feels closest to the "female" Evolution and the classic "droplets", the arguments for this are the average dimensions of the case and an elongated teardrop shape. They sit tightly at their workplace, but without undue pressure on the auricle and canal. Problems in the process of installing headphones in the ear also do not arise. To be honest, I paid a little more attention to Equilibrium than to other models, the reason for this was precisely the popularity of these headphones. Perhaps the company and users of the model will be pleased to know that no factors that could call into question the correctness of the choice could be found. The headphones have some sound features, but more on that below.

For a pleasant note, Fischer Audio did not supply this model with a largely unnecessary volume control, replacing it with a much more useful clip for attaching the cable to clothing. If you do not want to pass the cable under outerwear, the clip is quite capable of coming in handy.

For the sake of fairness, I want to note that through the survey I still managed to find those who use the volume control on the headphones and even find it convenient, but these people are in a clear minority. To take into account the right of minorities to an impartial presentation of information, I inform you: adjusting the volume on the headphone cable is not an unambiguous and inevitable evil, but during active use it most often leads to a deterioration in sound.

Eterna

Still, it's probably worth recognizing that I have some, albeit small, additional sympathy for headphones that need to be worn upside down. For some reason, this way of wearing impresses me, perhaps only because of its novelty, but still there is something like that. It is clear that I try to ignore this sympathy in favor of obtaining objective information, but I consider it possible to report its presence. At the same time, obviously, sympathy does not extend to the products of any one brand, it just so happened that so far we have had similar products only from Audio-Technica and Fischer Audio. I think that their number will grow over time, since the idea in consumer headphones is fresh (professionals have been using this method of wearing for a long time), it can be fashionably furnished and presented to the audience accordingly.

Returning to Eterna: as you might guess, these headphones, the only ones in the entire series, can be worn upside down, which I did not fail to do. I must say right away that it is possible to wear them in the usual way, but in pure theory, since in reality it is inconvenient, and it looks somehow awkward.

But with the right fit, Eterna is very reminiscent of the Sigma model from the Signature Series, if we talk about headphones from the same manufacturer: they also penetrate deep into the ear canal and fit tightly there. Out of habit, you can even cough. It will take some time to get used to new, unusual sensations, and they will be unusual, unless you have used such headphones before. But for those who want the best sound isolation, these headphones are more suitable than others.

The cable on the Eterna is thick and dense, for headphones, of course. At the junction with the headphones there is a “leg” made of rubberized plastic, which, in principle, should favorably respond to performance. It's nice that there are no "blotches" on the cable, and for the junction, where the common cable is divided into two, additional "reinforcement" is applied.

Paradigm

Finally, the fifth and largest headphones of the series. It is not clear why they needed to be made so large, this clearly negatively affects the feeling of wearing in the ear. They sit rather loosely, although they do not fall out, perhaps due to the double insulator. True, according to sensations, it almost does not penetrate into the ear canal, the body interferes, whose diameter completely coincides with the diameter of the insulator in the non-working position.

The "paradigm" cable has no additional bells and whistles, but this is unlikely to improve the overall impression of it. The fact is that the cable and the method of its attachment are the same as those of Axiom and Evolution: the diameter is small, although the insulation looks quite reliable, it is simply more prone to wear due to its small thickness, and the junction is not secured by anything, rather, on the contrary, it is located there hard plastic leg.

Summary

The picture is clear, I think if you have read the previous passages, there is no need to sum up intermediate results, but I will do it anyway so as not to violate the structure of the material.

This time there are also two winners in the overall standings. Moreover, one receives its award for the totality of the demonstrated properties, and the second also receives additional points for the innovative approach. As you might guess, the names of the “finalists” are Equilibrium and Eterna. The first headphones are the most versatile and will suit the vast majority of users, including most women, with the exception of owners of very tiny ears. You will have to get used to the latter, but once you get used to it, you can be pleasantly surprised to find that the headphones look unusual in your ear, sit tight and isolate external noise better than others.

So we got to the most interesting and enticing section. If you, dear reader, have scrolled right through here, I still recommend that you familiarize yourself with the passages that precede this, there are a lot of interesting things.

The sound testing technique is already more or less beginning to crystallize, I will give its description without changes. The headphones are tapped by me and an impromptu focus group of three people who helped me earlier. Detailed descriptions are not required from them, I take into account their impressions and correlate them with my own until the final verdict is made. To obtain the smallest error, the headphones were listened to several times. Signal sources: laptop with installed Echo Indigo I/O PCMCIA audio card, Samsung P2, Cowon D2 audio players, Apple iPod 5G. Core Files: Selected FLAC, MP3 VBR and MP3 320Kbps recordings from various bands and artists, from Prodigy and Elvis Presley to New Orleans Jazzmen, Aerosmith and Depeche Mode. Let's move according to the existing scheme.

Axiom

Headphones demonstrate very good mids, especially compared to their products, many of which are overwhelmed. But high in their performance often leave the impression of some blurring. The level of bass response is average for the line, but quite decent in general. Headphones, perhaps, do not have their own special purpose, they are quite universal.

Eterna

This model has slightly overwhelmed mids, the emphasis is shifted from them to the bass. This is not surprising, because Eterna demonstrate the most powerful and deep bass from the entire line, the headphones are clearly “sharpened” for loud and powerful electronic sound. The high frequencies are quite soft, they do not cut the ear, but they become clearer and “float out” from the general stream if you add volume. From listening to headphones, as already mentioned, it seems that they are designed for loud, mostly dance music. This is supported by their high level of power input. In addition, Eterna have a solid overload capacity, the headphones sound without noticeable distortion even at a volume that is frankly excessive for anyone.

Equilibrium

It is not for nothing that the headphones enjoy tangible user interest, they are well balanced in sound and have their own “voice”. Recoil at low frequencies is at a decent level, but the bass is soft and deep, at times they lack the "kick" on the border with the middle frequencies. Of the sound features, it can be noted that the headphones, as it were, expand the stereo base, there is a feeling of the separation of instruments. It is worth noting the overall balance of sound, mids and highs do not protrude, they sound pleasant and soft. Perhaps the headphones are well suited for rock, an alternative where the emphasis is on vocals and stringed instruments, and the “kick” supports them. The headphone overload capacity is average, but the volume margin without distortion should be enough for the vast majority of listeners.

Paradigm

It is quite predictable that these headphones demonstrate average results, this could be judged at least by the fit in the ear. In general, the sound of the Paradigm is somewhat muffled, high frequencies fade into the background if they are not raised artificially. The low frequencies are also quite flat by default, although they are quite present in the overall picture.

Evolution

But these headphones, to be honest, surprise and surprise pleasantly. To be honest, I did not expect much success from them. Judge for yourself - the most compact model for women and fans of a more striking design. Therefore, of course, before connecting to at least one sound source, I did not expect anything special from them, the maximum was more or less decent bass, even mids and not too “sandy” highs. Therefore, the headphones surprised and made a good impression on all who listened. Their sound is clear, sonorous, rich in the entire range. There is a very decent amount of bass, and even very pleasant to the ear. In terms of overload capacity, the headphones also do not lag behind, even though they are compact. In general, among the "roommates" Evolution stand out in a very curious way.

Summary

Before handing out places, it is worth making one small but important reservation. Keep in mind that the Fundamentals line is the flagship in the entire Fischer Audio lineup, and the headphones included in it should have a decent sound level by default. So it is, there are no serious complaints about the sound of any of the models in the line. At the same time, in terms of quality and sound features, they differ and differ quite noticeably.

In the course of debates, repeated auditions, disputes and discussions, the places were distributed as follows. Equilibrium and Evolution share the first place, then Eterna, and Axiom and Paradigm take the third place. Race champions are good in their own way. Equilibrium has a versatile, quiet sound suitable for most applications. With these headphones, classical music, jazz, and rock sound very well. But Evolution sound fun, bright, they just want to turn up the volume and speed up the step. Approach

Comparative review of Fischer Audio Fundamentals Series: Axiom, Equilibrium, Eterna, Evolution, Paradigm

The previous comparison of the Fischer Audio Signature series headphones came out quite readable, and even some readers liked it, which, of course, they were not slow to write to me about. Apparently, this fact prompted me to think that a good idea needs to be developed and put into practice in every possible way until it crystallizes into a completely wonderful one. The idea here, of course, is understood as the desire to immediately take a line of headphones and describe each of the models, simultaneously comparing it with products in the lineup and products of particularly distinguished competitors.

The line was found without delay, since the five flagships of the Fischer Audio lineup, separated into a separate series called Fundamentals, lay at hand, waiting in the wings. Behind the description, too, as you understand, the matter did not become. Thus, all the conditions for the comparison were met. I was a little embarrassed by the fact that this time there were not three, but as many as five headphones, but I did not give in to obstacles, called for help from “magicians” and began working on the review.

As a rule, writing about flagship models of portable electronics is quite easy. They always have a great (or at least good) design, full of features, a high price and a considerable amount of user interest, often accumulated even before the product was on the market. But when the task arises to push five different models head-on at once, its solution instantly ceases to seem so easy, if only because of the abundance of parameters that need to be taken into account.

In the case of Fischer Audio Fundamentals, I decided to follow an already proven and tested scheme: headphones are evaluated according to a number of familiar parameters, receiving intermediate summaries. Three people helped me in the comparison and evaluation, but their participation was rather optional, in order to achieve a breadth of coverage of different opinions. In the process of testing and comparing, I tried to be extremely objective and take into account all possible opinions, but I want to warn you that the conclusions are for informational purposes and do not claim to be the ultimate truth. After all, everyone's sense of beauty and hearing are different.

The Fischer Audio Fundamentals line includes, as already mentioned, five models. Each of them is "named", that is, it has its own name, and not an alphanumeric index. In naming its products, the company, as in the case of the Signature series, refers to Greek-Latin motifs, giving the headphones the names Paradigm, Evolution, Equilibrium, Eterna and Axiom.

The headphones are interconnected by a design - they are all plug-in and have an insulator of the ear canal. The differences lie in design and dynamics. I have serious expectations for the headphones, still a flagship series. In theory, the sound of each of the models should be pleasing to the ear, the design should amaze the imagination, and the comfort of wearing should make an indelible impression. We will talk about how everything really is.

Body and design

The cases of all headphones are made of plastic, there are no exceptions like the Sampi model from the Signature Series, which is a pity. On the other hand, there are metal elements in the headphones, for example, in the Equilibrium model. In general, the design of the models is quite similar, there are no special differences and design frills, which, of course, is a bit boring. On the other hand, there is a noticeable variation in the forms, which, I think, will be the main focus, nevertheless, such differences directly affect the feeling of wearing.

Fischer Audio did not experiment with colors and textures, yet the line is serious, each of the models should “beat for sure”. Only the Evolution model can act as a slight deviation from the chosen course, and even then because it is made in white.

Headphones do not present any special surprises, the solutions they use are proven and tested many times, their designers do not demonstrate a tendency to unusual or especially pretentious moves. However, there is still something to talk about.

Axiom

Let's start with the "axiom", especially since the name of the model begins with the first letter of the alphabet. This is one of two models in the line that has a "barrel-shaped" body. It is increased in length relative to the usual dimensions of in-ear headphones and really looks like a small barrel. At the same time, one of the “bottoms” looks outward and has a rounded surface, and the other serves as the basis for the sound guide topped with an unusually shaped silicone insulator.

As with four of the five models, the Axiom uses a combination of silver and black. Such a color scheme is universal, it does not "pull" the user's attention from the body and insulator. The latter, in my opinion, is an equal design element, although it owes its unusual shape to considerations not related to the appearance of the headphones. The overall image created by the headphone case and insulator turned out to be quite attractive. The most curious thing here is that the designers managed to achieve a good result using the simplest colors and materials.

Equilibrium

Perhaps, they are more similar to ordinary, classic in-ear headphones, except that, like the Evolution model, this “equilibrist” has a slightly longer body than usual, and the insulator has an increasingly fashionable double shape. Otherwise, the headphones look the most universal, no wonder this model is more popular than others in the line. There are many reasons for the popularity, but from the design side, both the shape and the color scheme are in favor of the headphones. In this area, everything is extremely simple, even somewhere boring, black and silver colors are used, which have long become familiar. Apparently, for many, this familiarity plays a significant role, people subconsciously avoid innovation, retain a fair amount of conservatism in their preferences regarding the appearance of portable equipment.

Of the bright elements in the rather modest design of Equilibrium, only one is found: the part of the body closest to the insulator and the sound guide are made of metal with chrome plating. The sound guide itself, however, is hidden under the insulator, so a fair amount of metal that can attract additional attention to the headphones is not visible.

Eterna

The largest and most controversial headphones in the line. For starters, their body is shaped like an ellipse with truncated sides, or, if you prefer, an M&M's candy flattened a bit in the bag. Yes, and, besides, the sound guide of the headphones is brought to the side, at an obtuse angle to the body of sixty degrees. The unusual shape is explained by a rather unusual way of wearing headphones. More about it below, now I’ll just say that the company is quite actively “moving” such headphones, just look at the Signature line, whose review has recently appeared on the site.

On the "flattened" sides of the case, there are oval silver linings, on one side they bear the manufacturer's logo, on the other hand, embossed letters R or L. with a “chrome-like” coating harmonizes well, the design masks the rather large dimensions of the headphones. The insulator of Eterna, as usual in the line, is double, it looks quite decent and does not stand out from the general canvas. Read below to learn how such insulators behave in the ear and what they do for sound.

Evolution

These headphones are similar to the Axiom in many ways: they also have a slightly more elongated case and a “double” insulator. However, there are much more differences between this model and the rest than it seems at first glance.

First of all, color. A year and a half ago, I would have said with a certain degree of confidence that the model is clearly designed for fans of Apple design and users of iPod players, based only on the fact that both the headphones and the cable are made in white. Since then, however, Apple's players have abandoned their "white" image and are now offered in anything but white colors. Therefore, it’s worth just saying about Evolution that the headphones differ from other models of the line first of all in the color of execution, at least, this is what catches the eye first of all. Next comes such an important factor as dimensions. In terms of size, Evolution is noticeably smaller than its competitors, and this, coupled with a brighter and more festive white color, orients the headphones very well to a female audience. It's no secret that many large in-ear headphones are not suitable for women simply because of their size, and in the Fundamentals line, in my opinion, at least three models are quite voluminous.

In general, we decided on the sizes, according to this parameter, Evolution suits the female audience well, and even the white color adds sympathy. As for the rest of the design elements, there are not so many of them left: these are small silver inserts marked “right-left” and a “chrome look” ring that surrounds the headphone housing at the beginning of the sound guide. The combination of white and silver has not yet become so familiar as the tandem with black, which has long become a commonplace, so in general, Evolution looks attractive and even catchy, attention is drawn to the color scheme, unusual shape and "double" insulator.

Paradigms

This model is almost a twin of the Axiom. The differences lie in a slightly different form of the case, still "barrel-shaped", that's all, perhaps. The insulator remains the same, as does the silver and dark color scheme.

At first glance, it seems that the Paradigm is significantly larger than the Axiom, but in reality the difference is only a couple of millimeters at most. At the same time, in my opinion, the headphones are exclusively for men, since in the vast majority of cases they will be too large for women. However, I will describe all such impressions and conclusions in detail in the next, more relevant section.

Summary

Here it is difficult to nominate one winner who would stand out from the crowd in a way that is obvious to everyone. However, a couple of favorites were still found, and, as it happens not too often, the opinions of the observer (your obedient servant) and the respondents unequivocally agreed. So, in the overall standings in the field of design, the Evolution and Equilibrium models break out ahead. The first one definitely impresses the female part of the audience, mainly due to the color and shape. In a word, the headphones are "white and pretty", well suited to the clothes that are customary to wear in the long-awaited spring-summer period.

Equilibrium, on the other hand, has the best shape in the entire line, it is most acceptable for our fellow citizens who are not inclined to experiments. Finally, these headphones simply look more elegant than their counterparts. The design of Equilibrium is simple, without any frills, but it is by no means devoid of visual appeal, which, in the end, brings the headphones the favor of users.

Comfort to wear, cable

Innovations in the way of wearing in-ear headphones have appeared quite recently, which is generally not surprising - to come up with something radically new, when everything is already clear, is, to put it mildly, a non-trivial task. As I have already pointed out, for the first time I had a chance to meet a new way of wearing when I got Audio-Tehnica CK9 headphones for a test. After that, I didn’t see other similar models until I got acquainted with the Signature line from Fischer Audio, where, by the way, one of the models repeated the same CK9 in a one-to-one shape.Actually, all the novelty lies in the fact that the headphones of a special shape are inserted into the auricle “upside down”, and the cable is passed behind the ear. Of the five Fundamentals models, only one can (and should) be worn in this way, yet the line appeared before Signature, in which the emphasis is on a new way. In general, of the five experimental headphones that fell under our careful eye this time, only Eterna has such noticeable features. On the other hand, all headphones are equipped with a double insulator, which leaves its mark on the sensations. The only thing left is to find out which one.

Axiom

The seemingly large body of the Axiom actually fits into the auricle like a glove and does not cause discomfort. Here you need to make an important remark: we are talking about a male ear, for women, headphones may seem large and uncomfortable. The insulator, according to subjective sensations, “holds” better than insulators of the usual form, however, there is no feeling that it really enters the ear canal deeper and denser. Most likely, this is due to the classic shape of the headphones, it is simply physically impossible to place them at the right angle. However, there is no need for this at all, the headphones are easy to install in the ear, they do not fall out when walking or exercising, which means that there is no need for them to go especially deep. Of course, in terms of loudness and bass response, tight ear canal isolation plays an important role, but "far going" in this area is fraught with hearing problems.

The headphone cable is quite thin, very soft and flexible. In general, he could do with being thicker. In addition, there is no insurance at the place where the cable is attached to the earpiece, it simply enters a thin plastic tube, which, in turn, is part of the case. As you can see, no bending elements are provided, which puts the junction under additional load. In the future, the active use of headphones, this can be fraught with problems.

In addition to everything, the designers placed an analog volume control on the headphone cable. I recommend to all owners of these headphones to set the regulator to the maximum level and never use it again - such parts tend to wear out quickly and subsequently very often introduce an unpleasant crack into the signal with every awkward movement. Of course, I can’t predict this with Axiom, it would be at least dishonest, because the headphones were tested for several days, and it would take months to identify potential problems, but one way or another, who is forewarned is forearmed.

Evolution

Here the situation is already different: a long but thin headphone case will suit the better half of humanity, as well as all owners of small ears (they say that in the past this was considered an aristocratic trait).

Installing the earphones is easy, no need to adjust the right angle or wait for the insulator to "grab" in the ear canal. Of course, the presence of a double insulator helps a lot - it does not perform miracles, but it definitely improves the accuracy and ease of landing.

Evolution's cable is the same as Axiom's, it is thin and potentially brittle at the junction with the headphones, since there is no flexible safety element there. The volume control hasn't gone anywhere either. In order not to repeat the warnings again, I recommend that you read the last paragraph of the previous section, if you have not already done so.

Equilibrium

It feels closest to the "female" Evolution and the classic "droplets", the arguments for this are the average dimensions of the case and an elongated teardrop shape. They sit tightly at their workplace, but without undue pressure on the auricle and canal. Problems in the process of installing headphones in the ear also do not arise. To be honest, I paid a little more attention to Equilibrium than to other models, the reason for this was precisely the popularity of these headphones. Perhaps the company and users of the model will be pleased to know that no factors that could call into question the correctness of the choice could be found. The headphones have some sound features, but more on that below.

For a pleasant note, Fischer Audio did not supply this model with a largely unnecessary volume control, replacing it with a much more useful clip for attaching the cable to clothing. If you do not want to pass the cable under outerwear, the clip is quite capable of coming in handy.

For the sake of fairness, I want to note that through the survey I still managed to find those who use the volume control on the headphones and even find it convenient, but these people are in a clear minority. To take into account the right of minorities to an impartial presentation of information, I inform you: adjusting the volume on the headphone cable is not an unambiguous and inevitable evil, but during active use it most often leads to a deterioration in sound.

Eterna

Still, it's probably worth recognizing that I have some, albeit small, additional sympathy for headphones that need to be worn upside down. For some reason, this way of wearing impresses me, perhaps only because of its novelty, but still there is something like that. It is clear that I try to ignore this sympathy in favor of obtaining objective information, but I consider it possible to report its presence. At the same time, obviously, sympathy does not extend to the products of any one brand, it just so happened that so far we have had similar products only from Audio-Technica and Fischer Audio. I think that their number will grow over time, since the idea in consumer headphones is fresh (professionals have been using this method of wearing for a long time), it can be fashionably furnished and presented to the audience accordingly.

Returning to Eterna: as you might guess, these headphones, the only ones in the entire series, can be worn upside down, which I did not fail to do. I must say right away that it is possible to wear them in the usual way, but in pure theory, since in reality it is inconvenient, and it looks somehow awkward.

But with the right fit, Eterna is very reminiscent of the Sigma model from the Signature Series, if we talk about headphones from the same manufacturer: they also penetrate deep into the ear canal and fit tightly there. Out of habit, you can even cough. It will take some time to get used to new, unusual sensations, and they will be unusual, unless you have used such headphones before. But for those who want the best sound isolation, these headphones are more suitable than others.

Eterna's cable is thick and dense, in relation to headphones, of course. At the junction with the headphones there is a “leg” made of rubberized plastic, which, in principle, should favorably respond to performance. It's nice that there are no "blotches" on the cable, and for the junction, where the common cable is divided into two, additional "reinforcement" is applied.

Cable Eterna has a thick and dense one, in relation to headphones, of course. At the junction with the headphones there is a “leg” made of rubberized plastic, which, in principle, should favorably respond to performance. It's nice that there are no "blotches" on the cable, and for the junction, where the common cable is divided into two, additional "reinforcement" is applied.

Paradigms

Finally, the fifth and largest headphones of the series. It is not clear why they needed to be made so large, this obviously negatively affects the feeling of wearing in the ear. They sit rather loosely, although they do not fall out, perhaps due to the double insulator. True, according to sensations, it almost does not penetrate into the ear canal, the body interferes, whose diameter completely coincides with the diameter of the insulator in the non-working position.

The "paradigm" cable has no additional bells and whistles, but this is unlikely to improve the overall impression of it. The fact is that the cable and the method of its attachment are the same as those of Axiom and Evolution: the diameter is small, although the insulation looks quite reliable, it is simply more prone to wear due to its small thickness, and the junction is not secured by anything, rather, on the contrary, it is located there hard plastic leg.

Summary

The picture is clear, I think if you have read the previous passages, there is no need to sum up intermediate results, but I will do it anyway so as not to violate the structure of the material.

This time there are also two winners in the overall standings. Moreover, one receives its award for the totality of the demonstrated properties, and the second also receives additional points for the innovative approach. As you might guess, the names of the “finalists” are Equilibrium and Eterna. The first headphones are the most versatile and will suit the vast majority of users, including most women, with the exception of owners of very tiny ears. You will have to get used to the latter, but once you get used to it, you can be pleasantly surprised to find that the headphones look unusual in your ear, sit tight and isolate external noise better than others.

So we got to the most interesting and enticing section. If you, dear reader, have scrolled right through here, I still recommend that you familiarize yourself with the passages that precede this, there are a lot of interesting things.

The sound testing technique is already more or less beginning to crystallize, I will give its description without changes. The headphones are tapped by me and an impromptu focus group of three people who helped me earlier. Detailed descriptions are not required from them, I take into account their impressions and correlate them with my own until the final verdict is made. To obtain the smallest error, the headphones were listened to several times. Signal sources: laptop with installed Echo Indigo I/O PCMCIA audio card, Samsung P2, Cowon D2 audio players, Apple iPod 5G. Core Files: Selected FLAC, MP3 VBR and MP3 320Kbps recordings from various bands and artists, from Prodigy and Elvis Presley to New Orleans Jazzmen, Aerosmith and Depeche Mode. Let's move according to the existing scheme.

Axiom

Headphones demonstrate very good mids, especially compared to their products, many of which are overwhelmed. But high in their performance often leave the impression of some blurring. The level of bass response is average for the line, but quite decent in general. Headphones, perhaps, do not have their own special purpose, they are quite universal.

Eterna

This model has slightly overwhelmed mids, the emphasis is shifted from them to the bass. This is not surprising, because Eterna demonstrate the most powerful and deep bass from the entire line, the headphones are clearly “sharpened” for loud and powerful electronic sound. The high frequencies are quite soft, they do not cut the ear, but they become clearer and “float out” from the general stream if you add volume. From listening to headphones, as already mentioned, it seems that they are designed for loud, mostly dance music. This is supported by their high level of power input. In addition, Eterna have a solid overload capacity, the headphones sound without noticeable distortion even at a volume that is frankly excessive for anyone.

Equilibrium

It is not for nothing that the headphones enjoy tangible user interest, they are well balanced in sound and have their own “voice”. Recoil at low frequencies is at a decent level, but the bass is soft and deep, at times they lack the "kick" on the border with the middle frequencies. Of the sound features, it can be noted that the headphones, as it were, expand the stereo base, there is a feeling of the separation of instruments. It is worth noting the overall balance of sound, mids and highs do not protrude, they sound pleasant and soft. Perhaps the headphones are well suited for rock, an alternative where the emphasis is on vocals and stringed instruments, and the “kick” supports them. The headphone overload capacity is average, but the volume margin without distortion should be enough for the vast majority of listeners.

Paradigms

It is quite predictable that these headphones demonstrate average results, this could be judged at least by the fit in the ear. In general, the sound of the Paradigm is somewhat muffled, high frequencies fade into the background if they are not raised artificially. The low frequencies are also quite flat by default, although they are quite present in the overall picture.

Evolution

But these headphones, to be honest, surprise and surprise pleasantly. To be honest, I did not expect much success from them. Judge for yourself - the most compact model for women and fans of a more striking design. Therefore, of course, before connecting to at least one sound source, I did not expect anything special from them, the maximum was more or less decent bass, even mids and not too “sandy” highs. Therefore, the headphones surprised and made a good impression on all who listened. Their sound is clear, sonorous, rich in the entire range. There is a very decent amount of bass, and even very pleasant to the ear. In terms of overload capacity, the headphones also do not lag behind, even though they are compact. In general, among the "roommates" Evolution stand out in a very curious way.

Summary

Before handing out places, it is worth making one small but important reservation. Keep in mind that the Fundamentals line is the flagship in the entire Fischer Audio lineup, and the headphones included in it should have a decent sound level by default. So it is, there are no serious complaints about the sound of any of the models in the line. At the same time, in terms of quality and sound features, they differ and differ quite noticeably.

In the course of debates, repeated auditions, disputes and discussions, the places were distributed as follows. Equilibrium and Evolution share the first place, then Eterna, and Axiom and Paradigm take the third place. Race champions are good in their own way. Equilibrium has a versatile, quiet sound suitable for most applications. With these headphones, classical music, jazz, and rock sound very good. But Evolution sound cheerful, bright, they just want to turn up the volume and speed up the pace. Approach