FiiO F9 – Emotional Affordable Audiophile
FiiO F9 is an amazingly good IEM produced by FiiO, while they tried to bring as much quality they could, at the lowest price point it was possible. After tinkering with many designs, they managed to create one nifty little IEM.
FiiO is a very well-known company from China, which has been known for years, for keeping their customers close to their hearts, for organizing tours for their amazing products, and for bringing some of the best innovations in the DAP world when they first created their FiiO X5 and X5ii models. FiiO started producing IEMs with their first few models, like FiiO EX1, which were made together with another great Chinese company named Dunu, but their latest models are produced by FiiO themselves, offering a good sight into what FiiO has been up to lately.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with FiiO, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by FiiO or anyone else. I’d like to thank Sunny from FiiO for providing the sample for the review. The sample was provided along with FiiO’s request for an honest and unbiased review. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with FiiO FiiO F9. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in FiiO F9 find their next music companion.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
FiiO has always been lovely with their package, and F9 is a standing proof of this. They packaged F9 in the same fancy package as they wrap their Flagship Devices, like FiiO X7mkii, which we recently reviewed.
F9 comes in a dandy-elegant-looking box, with a black and red color, and a smooth surface. You can find a beautiful rendering of F9 on the front of the package, along with some useful information on the back of the box. FiiO includes their authenticity sticker on the top of the box as well, ensuring you that you’re always protected from counterfeit items, and that you’re using the FiiO quality. The list of items included in the box is longer than most IEMs at this price point.
Inside the outer box, you can find a matte black cardboard box, which serves to protect F9 and their package. Within that box, you can find FiiO’s carrying box, a beautiful, glossy box, made in the same style as the well-known and Pelican boxes. Next to it, there is a small cardboard compartiment that includes the 3.5mm SE cable, and the extra 2.5mm Balanced cable for F9.
Inside the Glossy Carry-Box you can find The F9 IEM bodies seated in a foam cutout, next to a wide selection of tips for F9. The inner part of the FiiO Carrying case is rubberized, so it does an amazing job at protecting F9 during transport.
The packaging is complete and has an amazingly high number of extras for a IEM priced as low as F9, making it an amazing unboxing experience and an amazing overall deal.
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