BUDGET
IN-EAR

A7 PLUS

HIFI WALKER

Rating

Price

7.8

35 €

Review published:

08/2018

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

9 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

96 dB

7.7

Handling

8.5

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 23000 Hz

Intro

Unlike its little brother, the A1, the A7 comes with a three-driver configuration (1*DD & 2*BA). The past has shown us time and time again that several drivers don't mean better sound. I was very satisfied with the A1 after a short period of getting used to it and was now eager to see what a hybrid from the same company can achieve.

Basically, I was not disappointed, the A7 has a lot in common with its brother in terms of sound, but still partly goes a different way. The result is a more than solid in-ear that satisfies in many ways, especially as an all-rounder.

Handling

HIFI WALKER abandons the trend of minimalist packaging and offers its A7 together with a high-quality carton box, two cables (plus version), metal case, cable aid and various attachments. That makes an impression!

The cables are also more than usable. The standard cable has pre-bent silicone hooks, gold-plated MMCX plugs and a remote with 3 buttons, which I always see as added value (volume change). The second cable is silver-plated without remote and is supposed to tickle more out of the in-ear/source, because of the lossless signal transmission.
In addition, the cable noise is largely passé, which was a shortcoming of the A1.

The heads themselves are made of plastic with a soft touch and have a nickel coating in the front, which should make them even more robust. That looks good and serves its purpose! They wear themselves quite ergonomically, without pressing or touching.

The isolation is average and it takes a little more steam to operate the A7 in terms of volume. This is a bit surprising, as the impedance is given as 9 Ohm, but the sensitivity is rather low at 98 dB.

In general you have the feeling of holding a valuable product in your hands!

Sound

Let's get to the sound. Here the A7 prove themselves as an egg laying wool milk sow. They are suitable for all kinds of genres and are therefore perfect all-rounders.
Compared to the A1, the highs are almost never borderline, but they remain relaxed without compromising on detail.
Even a wider stage can be certified.

The bass is accentuated in the midrange, which makes the A7 appear quite warm. This was already the case with the A1. Basically, the two models hardly differ. It goes low when necessary, but prefers to stay a bit higher, where it can press well and cleanly. Especially bass drums can be reproduced very naturally.
It goes easily into the mids, because these are also taken back, like in a typical V-signature, but this is bearable and not the talk value.

The mids are very appealing, but sometimes a grab bag. If the song is available in a good quality and not too overloaded, we have wonderful mids that dissolve great, are powerful, detailed and separate very well.
If it gets musically more demanding, voices are more distant and it seems instrumentally slightly overwhelming. But it depends very much on the source and the quality of the music. Here, too, they resemble the A1, although I would describe the A7's midrange as more dynamic and not as flat.

The highs manage to catch the mids again, should it become a bit opaque (which is really rare). These remain a positive constant, with a lightness, good location, clarity and a wide stage that is above average even in depth. All this without being strenuous, only the sibilants are taken along with pleasure.

Outro

If I had to choose between the A1 and the A7, I would choose the A7. It's just a little more full-bodied and relaxed, although the V-signature stands out even more here. They don't give themselves the nakedness in any genre and have a good, natural bass response. Only when it gets musically too much business and the material rather bad, the mids break down a bit.

But to get an even higher score I miss the little something. Be it brilliance in the highs, more sub-bass, or even more dynamic mids. Nevertheless, you get more for your money than you would expect.
A worthwhile purchase!

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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A6

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