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IN-EAR

F30

HIFIHEAR

Rating

Price

6.9

35 €

Review published:

12/2018

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7

Bass

6

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

116 dB

6.7

Handling

8

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

So far, I had not heard about the company HIFIHEAR and so I was curious about what awaits me here. From the configuration, you get a dynamic driver and two balanced armature drivers. The F30 has this in common with the HIFIWALKER A7, KZ ZSR, BGVP DS1, or HILL AUDIO S8. In addition, his price is around 40 €, where he is in the midfield compared to the above.

Handling

Externally, the F30 has strongly oriented itself to the BGVP DS1, bad tongues would claim it is the same case in addition, it is noticeable that they also share the driver configuration. I can't judge if they have anything in common in terms of sound, but I can read more and more that the DS1 is more a bass-heavy in-ear. So are the F30s, but in a different way, but more about that right now.
Included is a good silver-plated cable with MMCX connector, as well as some tips and a transport case.

Form and material can be compared e.g. with the KZ ZST. Quite solid, but also nothing earth-shattering. However, the wearing comfort is very good and positive.
The isolation is also convincing because the F30 radiates only minimally into the outside world and hardly lets anything in.

Sound

The F30 is a relaxed representative of its kind with a warm, bright signature.

The bass is very smooth, controlled and with a good texture.
However, the emphasis here is very much on the mid-bass and the sub-bass is not really perceptible below 40 Hz. This is almost a KO criterion for hip-hop songs like "Feels Like Summer" by Vince Staples and fans of this genre won't be very happy with the F30. The same goes for Electro. It's different for example with Rock, or Pop, like Jason Mraz - "Might As Well Dance". Here the drums sound crisp and the kick drum also kicks. In addition, you get clean bass lines and generally have a good resolution with everything buzzing around 80 Hz upwards.

The mids are very warm and slightly reduced. Since the bass is more in the middle region and pushes into the mids, the opposite is felt. One could almost say that the F30s are mid-heavy. With strong bass support, they sound a bit bloated and hollow. The voices seem slightly unnatural, especially for women, as there is too much warmth. Nevertheless, the mids are by no means mushy, or too overloaded, because the separation works quite well, even as far as the details are concerned.

The heights are bright, but there is a lack of liveliness and expansion. Yes, they do a very good job in their limited possibilities, appear airy and lie well in the room, but there is a lack of brilliance. From time to time unpleasant peaks appear, but this is a rare exception. Basically, they are very soft and unobtrusive.

You can't expect a particularly wide stage from the F30. Very average, there is better in the price segment, as well as in the depth!

UPDATE: With songs like "Junior High" by Baka Not Nice I got suspicious and took an equalizer to hand. Behold, there is sub-bass! You can also easily adjust the whole signature by increasing the sub-bass and simultaneously reducing the mid-bass. The mids look lighter, more detailed and much more natural. You can also tickle a lot out of the highs. However, I don't rate this, because it's important to me how the original in-ears sound.

Outro

For me, the F30 is too warm and mid-bass heavy. They are suitable for pop, jazz, and some rock, as well as classical music, but even there they can't score with naturalness. The F30 is by no means bad in-ears and for people who prefer a soft and relaxed sound with a good substance, these in-ears are certainly worth an ear. However, there is a lot of competition in this segment in terms of configuration and price.
With an equalizer at hand, the F30 offers a completely different side, as it reacts extremely well. You could make a new review once you've set it right. However, this requires some experience and is not always an option in everyday life. Therefore, this is not included in the rating.

Songs:
Feels Like Summer - Vince Staples
KWAYE - Straight Lines
From Cousteau's Point Of View - Florian Weber
Confitebor tibi Domine: I. - Jakub Józef Orlinski
Might As Well Dance - Jason Mraz
Junior High - Baka Not Nice
Better Boat - Kenny Chesney
Blinding My Vision - K. Roosevelt

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. 

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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​

F30

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