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FiiO FT5 magnetostatic over-ear headphones test – a lot of high-end at a fair price | News

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FiiO FT5 magnetostatic over-ear headphones test – a lot of high-end at a fair price |  News

Sat, 08:05·Rewind·sonFiiO has recently attracted attention with various exciting products such as the streaming all-rounder R9 tested here. The two headphones FT3 and FT5 are also still very fresh in the FiiO range (see presentation in the TechTicker). I was able to test the latter extensively together with the R9 and the headphones definitely deserve their own detailed review.

The features of the FiiO FT5
First of all, let me clarify what exactly these headphones are and who they are suitable or not suitable for.

1. The FT5 is a purely analogue, wired headphone. No Bluetooth!
2. These are over-ear headphones, i.e. one with a headband and circumaural padding.
3. The FT5 works according to the “open” principle. This means that it allows external sound to reach the ears almost unhindered and the sound generated by its drivers is only slightly attenuated to the outside. It is therefore generally less suitable for use outdoors, in transport and in noisy environments.

The FiiO FT5 on the recently tested family member FiiO R9
Art Over-Ear, offen MagnetostatWe can look at these basic parameters in a little more detail. The headphones work with magnetostatic drivers. This principle has some clear advantages over the most widely used dynamic drivers (at least in theory). With a diameter of 90 mm, the membranes of the FT5 have a much larger area than almost all dynamic headphone transducers. The flat membrane foil with printed conductor tracks (which represent the voice coil) has a very low mass and should therefore be able to follow the music signals more quickly than, for example, B. solid cone membranes. For the drive, the foil sits between very strong bar magnets, of which FiiO uses no fewer than 20 per driver in the FT5.The FT5 can also be used on mobile devices and dongle DACs. (Photo: FiiO)
For a long time, a disadvantage of magnetostatic headphones was their low sensitivity, which meant that very powerful headphone amplifiers were required. Thanks to modern materials and powerful neodymium magnets, this is no longer an issue today. The FT5 boasts a sensitivity of 110 dB/Vrms at 1 kHz, which is a very good value. It also has a relatively low impedance of 36 ohms. The bottom line is that the FT5 can also be operated properly with weak mobile devices (with a jack connection). Nevertheless, a high-quality and powerful headphone amplifier is definitely recommended for these headphones in order to be able to exploit their full sonic potential. Because that’s exactly why you buy headphones like these, right?

You can find out what the FiiO FT5 has to offer for less than 500 euros on the following pages…

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