Fidue A65 In Ear Headphone Review - A Load of Fun for Half a TonThese days, you could almost pick a number and it would coincide with the model of a Fidue earphone's name. But along with quantity there remains quality; something that Fidue is obviously keen to preserve in its lineup. The Fidue A65 is certainly in the midst of the budget price category, but stands tall in terms of sound quality.
- Decent cable with mic included
- Well rounded, weighty sound
- Good soundstage
- Lack of cinch on cable
Design and AppearanceThe A65 has sturdy feeling and attractive metal capsules with a brushed copper texture, which looks like someone's wound some copper wire tightly around them. Not inappropriate, since the A65 is driven by a copper winding-powered dynamic driver for a decent bass sound which starts low! The button/mic cable and jack is much the same as the higher-priced Fidue A73; a good quality rubber coated affair with decent strain reliefs. As with most of Fidue's models, there's a small mic/button remote on the cable but nothing too intrusive for those who do not require it.
Durability and Build qualityThe A65 gives the impression of a long-lasting earphone which will be a solid performer for a good long while. Despite its relatively entry-level pricing, the A65 looks as if it can withstand a fair amount of use and abuse; there's no exterior plastic to be found other than the rubber-like material making up the strain reliefs, making it pleasing in a tactile way too.
ComfortComfort shouldn't be an issue; the Fidue A65 can be worn with the cable down or over the ears depending on the wearer's preference, and these particular pearls are light and small enough to nestle well in anyone's shell-like. The cable does lack a cinch (slidey bit) as do many Fidue IEMs, not a deal breaker but some may miss this feature.
Sound isolationIsolation is fair, this depends of course on how well they fit the individual but isolation is good enough to take the wearer's mind off of anything which might spoil the fun.
Sound characteristicsUsing the Chord Hugo DAC/Amp standard, the Fidue A65 belies its sub £50 position in terms of sound as well as build. The overall impression is one of a fun sound, but not at the expense of refinement.