Dual Driver Hi Fi Earohones,Granvela® FIDUE A73 Hybrid In-ear Headphones with Microphone and In-Line Control
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- Hi Fi Sound Reproduced by Balanced Armature & Exclusive Dynamic Drivers. Hi-end Listening Experience.
- Balanced Sound and Enhanced Bass Suitable For All Your Music.
- Comfortable Wearing Experience with Ergonomics Design.
- Gold-plated Plug and OFC Oxygen-free Cu Wire providing No-Loss Transmission.
- Packed with Leather Carring Case and 3 different Size Eartips.
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GranVela A73 Fashionable Headphones
Driver: ¦µ10mm Exclusive Dynamic & Balanced Armature Drivers
Frequency Range: 13-27,000 Hz
Max Input Power: 20mW
Plug: 3.5mm stereo, gold-plated (MP3, iPod, iPhone & iPad Supported)
Cable: 1.2 m
Microphone: Sensitivity: -42+-3dB S/N Ratio: >55dB
FIDUE A73 In-Ear Sound Isolating Headset
Silicone eartips (S/M/L)
Double flange silicone eartips (M)
High quality Leather Carrry case
Top Customer Reviews
The A73's are a pair of IEM (In Ear Monitor) earphones with a two way hybrid design (there is a separate dynamic driver for bass and a balanced armature providing the treble and the mid range).
Fidue are a Chinese company specialising in the upper echelons of mid range and entry level high end audio products. Their release of the A83's in 2014 met with widespread praise amongst audiophiles and professional review sites alike, and have since gained a reputation for their value for money.
Quite simply you are paying merely for the product and not the huge advertising budget associated with their competitors, Fidue would rather their products speak for themselves.
PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The FIDUE A73 earphones come supplied within a premium quality retail style thick cardboard box bearing an image of the A73's on the front and specification information in English, Chinese and German on the rear.
Inside the box the contents are well protected with a layer of foam on the base, a foam surround retaining the contents and a final rubberised foam layer on the top holding and displaying the ear pieces.
Alongside the earphones you will find a quality control certificate that is with the exception of the manufacturer date entirely in Chinese and a rigid clam shell style zip carry case. Stored within the carry case you will also find...
- A resealable clear plastic bag containing two silicone ear hooks.
- A resealable clear plastic bag containing a set of large single flange silicone buds, a set of small single flange silicone ear buds, a single set of double flange silicone buds and a plastic sprung loaded shirt clip.
- A set of Comply premium isolation foam tips in OEM packaging.
There is also a set of medium sized single flange silicone buds supplied that are found already attached to the earphones. Unfortunately, there are no instructions supplied regarding use of the inline controls or regarding the use of the ear hooks.
Driver: 10mm exclusive woofer dynamic & balanced armature drivers.
Frequency range: 13 - 27,000Hz
Impendence: 20 Ohm.
Max input power: 20mW
Plug: 3.5mm gold plated (the connector has 3 contacts for left/right audio and microphone) compatible with Smartphone, MP3, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Microphone sensitivity: -42 +/-3dB
S/N ratio of microphone: >55dB
The bud measurements are as follows...
Small single flange buds = 11mm diameter, 9.35mm deep.
Medium single flange buds = 12mm diameter, 9.35mm deep.
Large single flange buds = 12.8mm diameter, 10.75mm deep.
Double flange buds = 10.5mm diameter, 11.15mm deep.
Comply foam buds = 12.5mm diameter, 10.3mm deep.
With measurements taken at greatest point.
The single and double flange buds supplied with the A73's are made from soft opaque grey silicone. When testing in ear headphones (earphones) more often than not the buds that I find are the most suitable for my ears are the medium sized pair and with the A73 this is also true.
Further within my review I have made notes regarding comfort, isolation and audio quality using a selection of the buds.
The A73 earphones are supplied coiled up and secured using a reusable rubber cable tie. The cable length is 118cm excluding the 3.5mm connector and jacket, tip to tip the earphones measure just over 123cm notably shorter than the 1.3m long cable claimed by the specifications on the box. The cable running from the 3.5mm connector measures 2.1mm in diameter and after the cable splits it measures 1.59mm in diameter.
The cable has a semi transparent smoked grey / black silicone / rubber sleeving insulating a twisted pair inner core. As the sleeving is semi transparent the internal wires are visible and at a distance beyond 1m these wires just appear to just be white. Up close, however there is some evidence of blue, yellow, red and green alongside the white on the individual sleeves. While I very much likely the smokey semi transparent outer sleeve I would have preferred a solid white internal sleeveing.
While this sleeveing feels smooth when you run your fingers down the cable if you do the opposite (drag the cable across your skin) the sleeving produces a significant level of friction or if you prefer grip. Given the A73's are designed to be used over the ear this should help prevent the cable moving around too much when it is in contact with your ear (but sadly doesn't and I'll explain why shortly) but it can be quite a nuisance when using them while wearing a jumper or wool blend coat.
The wire at the heart of the cable is silver plated oxygen free copper and this does have a slight degree of memory. Out of the package the cable is coiled up quite tightly and when dangled from the 3.5mm connector there are two slight but noticeable kinks in the cable. Sadly the cable does also have a tendency tangle quite easily as well, so ensure to make use of the supplied case when they are not in use.
The 3.5mm connector jacket appears to be constructed from aluminium and is gun metal grey or dark silver in colour measuring 6.06mm in diameter and 16.89mm long sporting a series of very fine milled / machined groves running around the cylinder. At the back of the jacket is a 6.9mm long section of wine red semi transparent PVC sleeveing to reinforce the cable as it exits the rear of the housing.
The 3.5mm connector is gold plated and as mentioned earlier has contacts for left and right audio as well as a third of the inline microphone. Between the connector jacket and the 3.5mm jack (the section that comes into contact with any device the headphones are plugged into) measures 0.75mm long and 4.42mm diameter (which should prove to be phones case friendly unless your phone installed in an excessively thick armoured case).
Located 78.4cm down from the back of the 3.5mm connector the cable splits with separate cables running to each ear piece (that are of equal length). The length of the cable from the Y split reinforcement to the reinforcement as the cable enters the ear piece measures 39.7cm long. The design of the Y splitter reinforcement is identical to that of the 3.5mm jacket including the cable reinforcement sections.
Located 20.8cm down from the right ear piece is the control box, this measures 23.12mm long and 6.05mm in diameter. This is largely similar in design to the Y splitter and 3.5mm jacket with the exception that it bears a pinhole microphone and a red plastic button matching the cable reinforcement. Sadly, I can't help but note that the button and the microphone are slightly out of alignment.
There are also some very minor panel gaps around the button and I genuinely do mean minor. Usually I would not waste my time mentioning something so minor but given the high quality of construction throughout it does stand out to the observant.
For those curious about the strength and durability of the construction I state this. Further into my review I went to weigh the ear pieces, when I did this the earphones were connected to a phone that was in a leather flips case (total weight 231g) and I did not realise. I picked the earphones up in one hand by the ear pieces and started to walk towards the kitchen to weigh them. The 3.5mm jack remained attached to the phone and there was no detrimental effect to the A73's despite my stupidity.
On the inline control box there is but a single button and as stated earlier, there is a notable lack of any instructions. Now I had read in other reviews that claimed this button is capable of " Play/Pause/Double to change/Answer/Call" functions within Android.
Personal testing on a Moto G 2nd Gen found the button functions as follows.
During a call tapping does nothing and holding mutes the earphones effectively transferring the call to the handset. Unfortunately, at this time I have not had the opportunity to test the button with an incoming call to see if it is possible to answer / reject a call.
In Google Play Music tapping, double tapping or holding the button just restarts the current song playing from the beginning at least while in an album track listing. If you however have the current track playing details up on screen the button does nothing, no matter how it is used.
Curiously, when you are on the Android desktop tapping the button will open the first app on the current page (the one in the top left corner).
THE EAR PEICE FIT, ISOLATION & COMFORT.
The A73 earphones are designed to be hooked over the back of the ear, either loose or with the use of the supplied silicone ear hooks (which I recommend using). Each piece measures 20.27mm wide and 15.1mm high (excluding where the cable protrudes). The speaker nozzle is fixed at about a 45 degree angle measuring 6.6mm long on the front edge and 10.6mm long on the back edge.
The ear piece housing is constructed in two sections. On the inside (the section that comes into contact with your ear) is made from wine red semi transparent plastic matching the cable reinforcement sections on the cable. The outside edge is made from aluminium sporting a three tier design with a satin silver finish that is notably light in shade to the Y spliter, control box and 3.5mm jacket.
Each ear piece is incredibly light, weighing just 5g (this measurement unavoidably also includes a little cable along with it) and each is marked on the inside which is for the left and which is for the right ear.
Comfort, fit and isolation entirely depends on which buds are being used and I will describe my experiences with each different style. There is one thing in common regardless which buds are being used however and that was a slight problem with the cable.
This turned out not to be flexible enough to rest on the top edge of my ear to then droop down behind it. Rather, it stood slightly up in the air above the top of my ear before resting down the back edge of my ear.
This resulted in the cable being rather free moving and when using the silicone ear buds this did result in the ear pieces falling out frequently while moving and even on occasion when just sat down. When using the Comply buds simply because of the fit and grip they offer within the ear there is never any noticeable movement of the earpiece although the cable itself does still quite freely move about.
Regardless of which buds were being used as the cable stands above the ear and is free moving its does have a tendency to rub on the ear generating an audible feedback in the earpieces. Thankfully using the supplied ear hooks both issues of the moving cable and the sound it generates can be entirely cured.
The Comply foam buds I found are perhaps a little on the large side for my ears. If you have ever had the pleasure of using a pair of bullet shaped foam ear defenders then the sensation is similar. I've just been using them for 2 hours straight and while I was acutely aware of having something filling my ear canal they were at no point uncomfortable and I could have happily continued wearing them if I had wished to.
Their staying power even without the ear hooks is impressive and with the ear pieces correctly twisted into position despite the cable being loose over my ear standing slightly proud neither the buds or ear pieces budged while walking around the house or sitting.
After removing the ear pieces from my ear while there was no pain or discomfort my ears did feel a little strange for a few minutes as my inner ear contracted back to its normal shape.
The isolation from the Comply buds when there is no audio playing is slightly above 50%. Sat just over 1m away from someone talking to me, I could hear a low level murmur, but I frankly was neither aware they were talking to me. The leakage is equally as impressive with no sound notable at a distance of 1m when listening at a comfortable sound level in a quiet room.
The double flange silicone buds I found far more comfortable to wear, so much I was almost unaware that I was wearing a pair of earphones. Sadly however, they proved to be slightly too small for me and with the slightest movement the earpieces would fall out. Even when coupled with the supplied ear hooks the fit was too limp within my ear.
When reviewing earphones that come supplied with a selection of buds the set I more often than not find to be the most suitable are the medium pair and with the A73's this is no different. Having spent considerable time thus far using the Comply foam buds I have to confess that while the silicone buds are notably more comfortable (to the point of almost being unaware of wearing the earphones) the fit and isolation offered by the Comply buds is unmatched by any of the others.
While wearing the Comply buds (as long as you are not moving around too much) you can get away without wearing the ear hooks but when using any of the silicone buds quite simply you will need the hooks or you will become frustrated rather quickly.
The carry case measures 92.3mm wide, 64.5mm deep (the zip head adds about 3.3mm to this measurement) and 30.5mm high / thick. This is a very high quality case constructed entirely without flaw and with a zip designed to prevent moisture ingress in all but being submerged.
Inside space is offered for the earphones in the base and on the inside of the lid is a small mesh pocket suitable in size to retain the majority of the supplied accessories.
I have read a couple of reviews for the A73 earphones that claim this case is leather. I am rather dubious of this claim as it neither looks nor smells like leather and to me appears to be synthetic. Regardless if I had paid £10 for this as a stand alone item I would not be disappointed.
Right first up I am not an audiophile with access to thousands of pounds worth of audio & testing equipment. You will not hear from me discussions or comments regarding Staging, Imaging, Layering, Tonality or Sonic space, as this sadly means little to me.
I have however in the past 2 years reviewed more earphones, headphones and speakers that I would perhaps like to confess and I know the music I love and how it is supposed to sound.
Testing was conducted using 320kbps MP3 tracks with the A73's connected to an Asus U7 USB sound card. (Simply because the current selection of phones I have access to wouldn't do the A73's justice)
Passenger, Let Her Go - Comply buds.
The intro was excellent, the clarity is highly impressive with each pluck of a string feeling as though it were from your very own hands. Throughout the song is highly enjoyable and well balanced there is, however a slight point of detraction with the deepest lows. I have listened to the track over several times I am unsure if this is from the double bass or the drums but it sounds slightly flat and muffled.
Passenger, Let Her Go - Double flange silicone buds.
Almost, but not quite as good as with the Comply buds likely due to the seal they provide in the ear.
Queen, Somebody To Love - Comply buds.
The drum sequence at 1:02 was so good I had to go back several times just to enjoy it again. Cymbals sounded a little flat, in fact the treble overall, at least up until Mays solo at 2:03 sounded a little underwhelming. That said If I was forced to listed to this track on repeat for 24 hours using the A73's I would be a very happy bunny.
Queen, Somebody to love - Double flange silicone buds.
Actually sounded a little better with the higher end appearing to have a broader range.
The Beatles, All you need is love - Comply foam buds
This track more than anything highlights one particular aspect of the A73's. When listening to a track it doesn't sound like you are listing to a recorded song, it sounds as if each instrument were a separate recoding all being played simultaneously, the clarity is that good.
The Beatles, All you need is love - Double flange silicone buds.
The intro sounded a little unpleasant and the bass guitar a little flat and dull, definitely better with the Comply buds.
Alicia Keys, Empire state of mind - Comply foam buds
Other than the S's coming out of Alicia's mouth sounding a little over pronounced that simply sounded like a front row seat at a live performance.
Alicia Keys, Empire state of mind - Double flange silicone buds.
No over pronounces S's this time, but the bass did seem to drown out the vocals, defiantly not as good a performance.
Don Mclean, American Pie - Comply foam buds
The A73's were faultless, if anything they highlighted the flaws in the recording. It was that good I have to confess that I shed a tear or two.
Don Mclean, American Pie - Double flange silicone buds.
Good, but not as good, certainly didn't bring a tear to my eye this time.
Coldplay, The Scientist - Comply foam buds
I suspect the Comply buds are doing this performance no favours, there is notable reverberation in the bass making it a little overwhelming.
Coldplay, The Scientist - Double flange silicone buds.
Sounded much better this time around, however there was some crackling evident in the background. I am unsure if there is a problem with the track but did not notice it using the Comply buds (nor have I noticed it with any other tracks I have listened to).
Radiohead, Creep - Comply foam buds
Snare drum slightly over pronounced, otherwise an excellent if slightly warmer performance than I confess to being used to when listening to this track.
Radiohead, Creep - Double flange silicone buds.
Sounded a little better and defiantly more natural.
Bob Marley, Redemption song - Comply foam buds
Quite simply, speechless.
Bob Marley, Redemption song - Double flange silicone buds.
The lack of an isolating seal offered by the Comply foam buds if anything made this a marginally better performance.
David Bowie, Life on Mars - Comply foam buds
A performance you would only expect from a high end set of over ear cans. The best performance I have listened to thus far and the best performance of this song I have ever heard from any audio output device short of a Hi-Fi. If you buy the A73's make sure you listen to this song first !
David Bowie, Life on Mars - Double flange silicone buds.
Good, but not quite as good, just didn't sound as vibrant.
After that frankly, I couldn't care if the microphone was made of cheese and made me sound like an elephant on a diet of Vodka, Vermouth and olives. (Although I am glad to say it isn't and it doesn't).
The microphone is... quite frankly the best inline microphone that I have ever and I mean ever used (at least according to my mother). I have in the past called my mother testing all manner of earphones, headphones, hands free kits and a selection of phones, including an S2, S3 mini, Note 4, iPhone 6 and Moto G 2nd Gen and she stated this was the best quality she had heard thus far. She stated that I sounded as though I were actually in the room speaking with her face to face.
She noted that at no time did she hear anything other than my voice even with the inline control box (where the microphone is located) resting just below my collar bone. Most impressively I asked if she could hear anything other than my voice as I walked along with the cable rubbing against my jumper and she claimed all she could hear was my voice.
With such a decent mic its a shame the control box doesn't offer more smart phone features otherwise it would make the A73's a must have for business types as well as the discerning music lover.
Full disclosure, I was provided with a sample product in exchange for a fair and honest review. No attempt was made to influence my opinion and my review is my own thoughts based on the use of this item.
Cons: Overall sound quality, sibilant highs, non-existent sub-bass and disappointing lows
Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
My final Rating: 7.5/10
Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £100
First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me the FIDUE A73 (pronounced: Fid-oo) for review. They can be found for £100 on AmazonUK and at $150 on AmazonUSA.
After having reviewed the FIDUE A63 and being seriously impressed I wondered how the A73 would sound with their dual-driver design. The earphones have one balanced armature and one dynamic driver within their housing. In the past, I've found hybrid earphones to be somewhat of a disappointment, due to the poor crossover that companies design/choose to use - so I was very much intrigued to see what the A73 could bring to the market.
Packaging & Accessories
Within the elegant packaging, you'll find a few accessories:
S, 2xM, L silicone tips
M dual flangue tips
Hard carrying case
The overall packaging and accessories are fantastic, I would have liked to see the great soft carrying pouch from the A63 though - as it is extremely useful for portability, unlike the hard carrying case which isn't as pocketable. It would have also been nice to see the inclusion of a few foam tips, but on the whole I can't complain all that much.
The build quality is truly well thought out by FIDUE, especially due to the earphones' lightweight design, making them comfortable (more on that in my comfort section).
The A73 is terminated by a straight gold-plated 3.5mm jack, which isn't ideal for longevity. Just like the A63, I would have preferred a right-angled jack.
Moving up the cable, which is made out of a sheeted-type material, you'll find the Y-split for the right and left drivers. On the right-sided driver cable, there is a one-button remote, which works fantastically to control music and calls. There is also a microphone which enables you to directly take calls from the earphones.
The earphones' housing has a right and left indicator which is quite easy to see. Therefore, working out the direction of the earphones should be easy enough. The design and build of the earphones' housing is something to admire, with a red partial see-through shell and a silver plate to round-off the look. The housing is made out of solid plastic, making it lightweight and great for long listening sessions.
Due to the design of the earphones, they have to be worn over-the-ear, which is something I'm very much accustom to and found the cable extremely comfortable to wear around my ear. Furthermore, this means there's absolutely no cable noise present, making them ideal for running or non-disturbing listening.
Overall, the build quality is fantastic and there's very little to fault here. I just wish that FIDUE had used a right-angled jack instead of a straight one.
Design, looks, comfort and isolation
I really like the overall design and looks of the earphones, I feel they will suit all type of different tastes and furthermore, due to their silver faceplate have a somewhat futuristic look to them!
The overall isolation of the A73 is actually surprisingly good. It performed better than most earphones I've come across and this is mainly due to the slightly larger size of the earphones' housing. Whereby they passively cancel some sound through their slightly larger housing design.
The A73's comfort is fantastic - it's safe to say that I was extremely happy with them, so much so that I gave them a full 10/10 for comfort. The earphones sit very lightly within your ears and their cable is soft, meaning there's no discomfort, despite having to wear them over-the-ear.
I was very sceptical about the A73s sound quality and thankfully the crossover is done somewhat well with the balanced armature (BA) and dynamic drivers (DD). Housing two driver you would have thought the mids and highs would excel through the BA driver, whilst the DD would take care of the lows. Unfortunately, this wasn't quite the case, with the A73 severely under-performing in the lows and have an extremely sibilant (yet capable) highs. Its biggest flaw is by far the sibilant highs which make listening to the A73s without foam tips or an EQ unbearable, especially for long listening sessions.
The lows were a big disappointment, with the A73s being unable to extend into the sub-bass regions and the mid-bass being very tainted, where it lacked presence and precision. I found the lack of any real sub-bass rumble the biggest drawback fo the A73s. I can understand dedicated BA driver earphones not having bass, but for a hybrid earphone, one would have thought you would get that low-end impact. This wasn't the case, and the A73 fell short in the bass department.
The mids are very well presented, with the BA driver shining through and delivering very forward and an accurate mid-range reproduction. It's safe to say that the A73 compete with some of the best mid-centric earphones that money can buy, let alone ones that are under £100.
However, despite having fantastic mids for its price, it was really let down by its highs, which despite being sibilant, didn't actually extend that well in the high frequencies. Therefore, there was a lack of sparkle in the A73s presentation and an uncomfortable sibilance. I'm sure this could be fixed by EQ'ing and/or using foam tips, but as I always review an earphone out-the-box (after a minimum of 50hrs of burn-in), I can't comment on the modified sound quality you might attain.
The soundstage was another part of the A73s which let its overall sound quality down. The soundstage is a little closed, doesn't have that much depth or width and most importantly lacks that BA-type instrument separation.
Sound Quality Ratings
Conclusion & Closing Thoughts
Overall, the sound quality lets down the A73s. I comparison to something like the DUNU Titan 1 or even its younger sibling the FIDUE A63s, the A73 have a fantastic overall package, but just lack it in the final third, the most important part of any audio device - the sound quality. If he A73 had a decent sub-bass, non-sibilant and yet sparkly highs, FIDUE would have been on to a winner! Therefore, I can't really recommend them - as there's many better options out there in the sub-£100 price tag category that outclass the A73 in almost every single aspect.
Hope you enjoyed my review!