Fokoos F1

?9mm Dynamic Driver

$10~$15
3.5/5.0

The first Fokoos product I decided to try is F1. I wasn't expecting much from a brand that is almost unknown, but these earphones were a pleasant surprise. Fokoos F1 come in a suspiciously simple package, but offer a decent sound quality - it's loud and it's very fun. The mids and highs, however, are not transparent enough. The rather dark timbre makes them sound a bit on the dirty and harsh side.

Pros

  • The bass is punchy and fun. Which makes these great for electronic dance music.
  • Great volume levels without any amplification.
  • Super comfortable to wear.
  • The shirt clip and the velour-like pouch are a great addition to the whole experience.

Cons

  • The mids and highs sound quite cheap and dark.
  • The mid-bass gets quite excessive, but I think it's a matter of taste.
  • They should improve their quality assurance. There is a slight channel disbalance, but it's not very noticeable.
  • The silicone-coated TPE cable is pretty, but not very usable. It's sticky like KZ's cables and tangles very easily.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Chipboard (bare)

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, black, ?4mm bores

Shirt Clip:

Black, 360° cable holder, generic

Pouch:

Velour, black, generic

Build & Materials

Housings*:

Metal + plastic (matte), ?4.5mm nozzles (?4mm bores), soft strain reliefs

Y-Split:

Metal, soft strain relief

Cable:

Silicone-coated (grippy), 129cm, soft, mildly bent

Plug:

Metal, straight, short, soft strain relief

  • The housings have no channel markings except a tangible dot on the strain relief of the left channel.

Comfort & Fit

Very comfortable earphones. Their shape offers a firm hold and seal even with the included generic tips.

Lows / Bass

The bass is quite warm and punchy, but not too deep. The mid-bass sounds quite overemphasized most of the time, but it's a matter of taste.

Mids / Vocals

The mids and vocals are very good. They are warm, sometimes maybe even too warm because of excessive mid-bass, and slightly darkened. But still, they are very enjoyable if you're not a picky audiophile.

Highs / Treble

The highs aren't particularly detailed, but they are very comfortable to listen to. Tonally they are somewhat dark.

Frequency Response

Published on 2016-01-27 21:28:20 (GMT)
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