Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones review

Reinforcing headphones based on several "reinforcing" emitters have become increasingly popular lately. The easiest option is to use two identical electro-acoustic transducers. Such a scheme is used in Jays Q-Jays, Ultimate Ears 700. As a result, thanks to miniature receivers, the body does not become large, and the sound acquires a character similar to that of multi-driver “armatures”, it becomes more “alive”.

Fischer Audio was extremely wise to release a similar model at the same time as the unpretentious single-driver SBA-01. The price is almost twice as high, is it justified? I think so.

Packaging and scope of delivery

The box is as austere as the junior model SBA-01, the equipment is similar. There are silicone "insulators" of three sizes, ear hooks and a cover. This time, the package contained both instructions and a warranty card.

The back of the box contains technical specifications, which, as in the case of the SBA-01, differ from those listed on the manufacturer's website.

Standard case, exactly the same accessories are included with Fischer Fundamentals. Its usefulness is debatable, and for a higher-level model, which is the DBA-02, they could do something better. But we have what we have - an interesting case design - only for the younger model.

Design and wearing comfort

This time, the company did not start impressing the consumer with electronic innards. Although the outer shell is transparent, there is a more miniature compartment with emitters inside. As a result, the design resembles the Etymotic ER6 - but rather in terms of ideology, there is no exact copy.

If you remove the tips from the headphones, you can see another difference. The diameter of the sound guide is smaller than that of the SBA-01, the tips look a little different. The seam from the casting does not rub the ear canal, due to this, there is no discomfort during prolonged wear. You can use nozzles from Shure, Westone, Etymotic, Sleek - this is very good. In combination with a more successful case, we get better sound insulation than the SBA-01.

The wire is twisted, due to the use of conductors of two colors it looks very interesting. It is very soft, no earhooks are required, as is the case with the SBA-01. There is also a latch, which is so lacking in the younger model - so it's very easy to place the headphones in the auditory canals, pass the wires behind the ears and tighten the “slider” for reliability. As a result, the DBA-02 sit like a glove, no complaints. Hope the wire lasts long enough. Straight plug, gold-plated.

Finally, I’ll tell you about a serious drawback - it’s not easy to distinguish between the left and right earpiece, the letters L and R are located under the transparent case on the inside of the cambric, and they are squeezed out on it, and the black color on a black background complicates readability.

A traditional player for thoughtful testing - Hifiman HM-801 with a GAME card amplifier, a test selection of Prime Test CD1 music, as well as various tracks of various genres.

Headphones were used without any modifications, with standard nozzles, however, this usually happens with an ordinary user. To correct the tonal balance, it is proposed to replace the filter in the sound guide with foam rubber dust-proof pads from the complete inserts to the players. In any case, there is room for experimentation here. No tools other than a toothpick and scissors are required. But let's move on to the listening experience.

It took me some time to get to the bottom of the DBA-02's sound. It immediately became clear that the dynamic range is quite narrow - i.e. as a result, quiet sounds are pulled out on display, which sounds somewhat unnatural. On the other hand, it provides, albeit false, but pleasant after listening to Fischer Fundamentals detail.

A slight rise in the mids does not focus on whistles (sibilants), while the vocals sound quite natural. Low frequencies are enough when it is needed - the bass appears when it does not require an accent - it disappears from the "field of view". Occasionally there is an excess of bass, but it is worth considering the fact that the HM-801 reproduces low frequencies without serious blockage. Very good result. Informativeness, however, is not great: the low-frequency register is rather illustrative in nature, adding “thoroughness” to the music. High frequencies are worked out well, but, of course, the declared 24 kilohertz is out of the question.

The stereo panorama is very good. Depending on the composition, the size of the imaginary scene changes, there is no typical sound “in the head”. Everything is very clear and neat, the positioning of the tools is at a good level.

In general, the sound is informative, detailed, fast. As a result, we get headphones with good resolution, they can decompose music into components without any problems.

But DBA-02 has problems with the reverse process. It seems that everything is in the music (although when compared with UE11, it is clear that a fairly large number of details remain “overboard”), but the headphones are not able to combine the details into a single picture. On the other hand, for "heavy" music, this is rather a plus - at least there is no porridge in the sound. When playing songs rich in instruments, problems rarely arise.

Compatibility

After the "fast" Hifiman, I decided to listen to the DBA-02 on a rather "slow" Rio Karma player. Headphones lost a little in resolution, but acquired the rudiments of musicality.

It is worth remembering the Hifiman RE0 headphones. Since I had them on hand at the time of testing the DBA-02, it was a sin not to compare these two models. In the end, I would say that the RE0 competes with dignity against the DBA-02, with the exception of the bass response.

The collision with the Monster Turbine turned out to be interesting as well. In terms of resolution and accuracy, the DBA-02 is undeniably the winner. However, the “monsters” are not far behind the “reinforcement” of Fischer Audio in terms of bass information content on the iPhone, and, having gained proper control on the HM-801, they even, in my opinion, go on a par and sometimes overtake. The Turbine Pro Gold model was not on hand, but it is clear that better results can be expected from it. However, the price is already completely different.

To compare the DBA-02 with the Fundamentals series, in my opinion, it makes no sense. This is already a qualitatively different level, and, as it became clear as a result of a heated discussion on the forum, not everyone is interested in beating babies. I can only say that having bought a DBA-02 after some Silver Bullet, a person will move to a new level of music perception.

Output

Let's start with the price, it is 4500 rubles. Considered competitors are obviously noticeably more expensive. So I’ll have to write a thesis that I don’t like very much. Headphones DBA-02 are extremely good for their price. They fit well in the ears, look decent, have no problem with most music genres, and pair well with the iPhone.

Yes, if you are willing to pay even more money, it will not be difficult to find a candidate for the purchase. This is the UE700, and those same “triples”, and even Sleek SA6 or Phonak Audeo. If you want to buy good "dynamic" plugs - there is Monster Turbine. But this is other money.

By the way, I intentionally omitted the sound comparison between the DBA-02 and SBA-01. The fact is that the two-fold difference between the single-driver and dual-driver Topaze model is justified , taking a younger model does not make sense in principle.

As a result, we have good two-driver "reinforcing" in-ear headphones for sane money. As far as I know, the model is selling so well that it is extremely problematic to buy it. What can I say - bravo, Fischer Audio. Keep it up.

Declared characteristics

  • Frequency range: 20-24000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB
  • Resistance: 43 Ohm
  • Input power: 60 mW
  • Wire length: 1.3 m
  • Color: transparent/blue

The editors would like to thank the mycroft.su store for providing the Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones for testing.

Ilya Tarakanov
Published - June 22, 2010

Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones review

Reinforcing headphones based on several "reinforcing" emitters have become increasingly popular lately. The easiest option is to use two identical electro-acoustic transducers. Such a scheme is used in Jays Q-Jays, Ultimate Ears 700. As a result, thanks to miniature receivers, the body does not become large, and the sound acquires a character similar to that of multi-driver “armatures”, it becomes more “alive”.

Fischer Audio was extremely wise to release a similar model at the same time as the unpretentious single-driver SBA-01. The price is almost twice as high, is it justified? I think so.

Packaging and scope of delivery

The box is as austere as the junior model SBA-01, the equipment is similar. There are silicone "insulators" of three sizes, ear hooks and a cover. This time, the package contained both instructions and a warranty card.

The back of the box contains technical specifications, which, as in the case of the SBA-01, differ from those listed on the manufacturer's website.

Standard case, exactly the same accessories are included with Fischer Fundamentals. Its usefulness is debatable, and for a higher-level model, which is the DBA-02, they could do something better. But we have what we have - an interesting case design - only for the younger model.

Design and wearing comfort

This time, the company did not impress the consumer with electronic innards. Although the outer shell is transparent, there is a more miniature compartment with emitters inside. As a result, the design resembles the Etymotic ER6 - but rather in terms of ideology, there is no exact copy.

If you remove the tips from the headphones, you can see another difference. The diameter of the sound guide is smaller than that of the SBA-01, the tips look a little different. The seam from the casting does not rub the ear canal, due to this, there is no discomfort during prolonged wear. You can use nozzles from Shure, Westone, Etymotic, Sleek - this is very good. In combination with a more successful case, we get better sound insulation than the SBA-01.

The wire is twisted, due to the use of conductors of two colors it looks very interesting. It is very soft, no earhooks are required, as is the case with the SBA-01. There is also a latch, which is so lacking in the younger model - so it's very easy to place the headphones in the auditory canals, pass the wires behind the ears and tighten the “slider” for reliability. As a result, the DBA-02 sit like a glove, no complaints. Hope the wire lasts long enough. Straight plug, gold-plated.

Finally, I’ll tell you about a serious drawback - it’s not easy to distinguish between the left and right earpiece, the letters L and R are located under the transparent case on the inside of the cambric, and they are squeezed out on it, and the black color on a black background complicates readability.

A traditional player for thoughtful testing - Hifiman HM-801 with a GAME card amplifier, a test selection of Prime Test CD1 music, as well as various tracks of various genres.

Headphones were used without any modifications, with standard nozzles, however, this usually happens with an ordinary user. To correct the tonal balance, it is proposed to replace the filter in the sound guide with foam rubber dust-proof pads from the complete inserts to the players. In any case, there is room for experimentation here. No tools other than a toothpick and scissors are required. But let's move on to the listening experience.

It took me some time to get to the bottom of the DBA-02's sound. It immediately became clear that the dynamic range is quite narrow - i.e. as a result, quiet sounds are pulled out on display, which sounds somewhat unnatural. On the other hand, it provides, albeit false, but pleasant after listening to Fischer Fundamentals detail.

A slight rise in the mids does not focus on whistles (sibilants), while the vocals sound quite natural. Low frequencies are enough when it is needed - the bass appears when it does not require an accent - it disappears from the "field of view". Occasionally there is an excess of bass, but it is worth considering the fact that the HM-801 reproduces low frequencies without serious blockage. Very good result. Informativeness, however, is not great: the low-frequency register is rather illustrative in nature, adding “thoroughness” to the music. High frequencies are worked out well, but, of course, the declared 24 kilohertz is out of the question.

The stereo panorama is very good. Depending on the composition, the size of the imaginary scene changes, there is no typical sound “in the head”. Everything is very clear and neat, the positioning of the tools is at a good level.

In general, the sound is informative, detailed, fast. As a result, we get headphones with good resolution, they can decompose music into components without any problems.

But DBA-02 has problems with the reverse process. It seems that everything is in the music (although when compared with UE11, it is clear that a fairly large number of details remain “overboard”), but the headphones are not able to combine the details into a single picture. On the other hand, for "heavy" music, this is rather a plus - at least there is no porridge in the sound. When playing songs rich in instruments, problems rarely arise.

Compatibility

After the "fast" Hifiman, I decided to listen to the DBA-02 on a rather "slow" Rio Karma player. Headphones lost a little in resolution, but acquired the rudiments of musicality.

On the iPhone, DBA-02 showed flaws, both their own and the source's. The informativeness of the low-frequency register finally disappeared, but the expected rumble and porridge did not appear. The mid-range rose, most likely, it can be muffled, but, nevertheless, there were no big problems with sibilants. As a result, paradoxically, the DBA-02 played quite well with the iPhone - the sound is a little blurry, but musical at the same time. The vocals, however, lost their naturalness in relation to Rio Karma and Hifiman. The headphones are absolutely not "tight", half of the maximum volume on the iPhone is enough for comfortable listening.

Competitors

Compare the DBA-02 with both a decent two-driver "armature" and a high-end single-driver. There was no direct comparison, so I will write general points.

Due to the rich low-frequency register, the sound of the DBA-02 is perceived as more "solid" than the Sleek SA6, Phonak Audeo. However, the quality of the study of the low-frequency range is lost - which is not observed in the Ultimate Ears 700. It's nice that the vocals do not cut the ear.

It is worth remembering the Hifiman RE0 headphones. Since I had them on hand at the time of testing the DBA-02, it was a sin not to compare these two models. In the end, I would say that RE0 competes with dignity against DBA-02, with the exception of the bass response.

The collision with the Monster Turbine was also interesting. In terms of resolution and accuracy, the DBA-02 is undeniably the winner. However, the “monsters” are not far behind the “reinforcement” of Fischer Audio in terms of bass information content on the iPhone, and, having gained proper control on the HM-801, they even, in my opinion, go on a par and sometimes overtake. The Turbine Pro Gold model was not on hand, but it is clear that better results can be expected from it. However, the price is already completely different.

To compare the DBA-02 with the Fundamentals series headphones, in my opinion, does not make sense. This is already a qualitatively different level, and, as it became clear as a result of a heated discussion on the forum, not everyone is interested in beating babies. I can only say that having bought a DBA-02 after some Silver Bullet, a person will move to a new level of music perception.

Output

I'll start with the price, it is 4500 rubles. Considered competitors are obviously noticeably more expensive. So I’ll have to write a thesis that I don’t like very much. Headphones DBA-02 are extremely good for their price. They fit well in the ears, look decent, have no problem with most music genres, and pair well with the iPhone.

Yes, if you are willing to pay even more money, it will not be difficult to find a candidate for the purchase. This is the UE700, and those same “triples”, and even Sleek SA6 or Phonak Audeo. If you want to buy good "dynamic" plugs - there is Monster Turbine. But this is other money.

By the way, I deliberately omitted the sound comparison between the DBA-02 and SBA-01. The fact is that the two-fold difference between the single-driver and dual-driver Topaze model is justified , taking the younger model does not make sense in principle.

As a result, we have good two-driver "reinforcing" in-ear headphones for sane money. As far as I know, the model is selling so well that it is extremely problematic to buy it. What can I say - bravo, Fischer Audio. Keep it up.

Declared characteristics

  • Frequency range: 20-24000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB
  • Resistance: 43 Ohm
  • Input power: 60 mW
  • Wire length: 1.3 m
  • Color: transparent/blue

The editors would like to thank the mycroft.su store for providing the Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones for testing.

Ilya Tarakanov
Published - June 22, 2010

Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones review

Reinforcing headphones based on several "reinforcing" emitters have become increasingly popular lately. The easiest option is to use two identical electro-acoustic transducers. Such a scheme is used in Jays Q-Jays, Ultimate Ears 700. As a result, thanks to miniature receivers, the body does not become large, and the sound acquires a character similar to that of multi-driver “armatures”, it becomes more “alive”.

Fischer Audio was extremely wise to release a similar model at the same time as the unpretentious single-driver SBA-01. The price is almost twice as high, is it justified? I think so.

Packaging and scope of delivery

The box is as austere as the junior model SBA-01, the equipment is similar. There are silicone "insulators" of three sizes, ear hooks and a cover. This time, the package contained both instructions and a warranty card.

The back of the box contains technical specifications, which, as in the case of the SBA-01, differ from those listed on the manufacturer's website.

Standard case, exactly the same accessories are included with Fischer Fundamentals. Its usefulness is debatable, and for a higher-level model, which is the DBA-02, they could do something better. But we have what we have - an interesting case design - only for the younger model.

Design and wearing comfort

This time, the company did not start impressing the consumer with electronic innards. Although the outer shell is transparent, there is a more miniature compartment with emitters inside. As a result, the design resembles the Etymotic ER6 - but rather in terms of ideology, there is no exact copy.

If you remove the tips from the headphones, you can see another difference. The diameter of the sound guide is smaller than that of the SBA-01, the tips look a little different. The seam from the casting does not rub the ear canal, due to this, there is no discomfort during prolonged wear. You can use nozzles from Shure, Westone, Etymotic, Sleek - this is very good. In combination with a more successful case, we get better sound insulation than the SBA-01.

The wire is twisted, due to the use of conductors of two colors it looks very interesting. It is very soft, no earhooks are required, as is the case with the SBA-01. There is also a latch, which is so lacking in the younger model - so it's very easy to place the headphones in the auditory canals, pass the wires behind the ears and tighten the “slider” for reliability. As a result, the DBA-02 sit like a glove, no complaints. Hope the wire lasts long enough. Straight plug, gold-plated.

Finally, I’ll tell you about a serious drawback - it’s not easy to distinguish between the left and right earpiece, the letters L and R are located under the transparent case on the inside of the cambric, and they are squeezed out on it, and the black color on a black background complicates readability.

A traditional player for thoughtful testing - Hifiman HM-801 with a GAME card amplifier, a test selection of Prime Test CD1 music, as well as various tracks of various genres.

Headphones were used without any modifications, with standard nozzles, however, this usually happens with an ordinary user. To correct the tonal balance, it is proposed to replace the filter in the sound guide with foam rubber dust-proof pads from the complete inserts to the players. In any case, there is room for experimentation here. No tools other than a toothpick and scissors are required. But let's move on to the listening experience.

It took me some time to get to the bottom of the DBA-02's sound. It immediately became clear that the dynamic range is quite narrow - i.e. as a result, quiet sounds are pulled out on display, which sounds somewhat unnatural. On the other hand, it provides, albeit false, but pleasant after listening to Fischer Fundamentals detail.

A slight rise in the mids does not focus on whistles (sibilants), while the vocals sound quite natural. Low frequencies are sufficient when necessary - bass appears when it does not require an accent - disappears from the "field of view". Occasionally there is an excess of bass, but it is worth considering the fact that the HM-801 reproduces low frequencies without serious blockage. Very good result. Informativeness, however, is not great: the low-frequency register is rather illustrative in nature, adding “thoroughness” to the music. High frequencies are worked out well, but, of course, the declared 24 kilohertz is out of the question.

The stereo panorama is very good. Depending on the composition, the size of the imaginary scene changes, there is no typical sound “in the head”. Everything is very clear and neat, the positioning of the tools is at a good level.

In general, the sound is informative, detailed, fast. As a result, we get headphones with good resolution, they can decompose music into components without any problems.

But DBA-02 has problems with the reverse process. It seems that everything is in the music (although when compared with UE11, it is clear that a fairly large number of details remain “overboard”), but the headphones are not able to combine the details into a single picture. On the other hand, for "heavy" music, this is rather a plus - at least there is no porridge in the sound. When playing songs rich in instruments, problems rarely arise.

Compatibility

After the "fast" Hifiman, I decided to listen to the DBA-02 on a rather "slow" Rio Karma player. Headphones lost a little in resolution, but acquired the rudiments of musicality.

On the iPhone, DBA-02 showed flaws, both their own and the source's. The informativeness of the low-frequency register finally disappeared, but the expected rumble and porridge did not appear. The mid-range rose, most likely, it can be muffled, but, nevertheless, there were no big problems with sibilants. As a result, paradoxically, the DBA-02 played quite well with the iPhone - the sound is a little blurry, but musical at the same time. The vocals, however, lost their naturalness in relation to Rio Karma and Hifiman. The headphones are absolutely not "tight", half of the maximum volume on the iPhone is enough for comfortable listening.

Competitors

Compare the DBA-02 with both a decent two-driver "armature" and a high-end single-driver. There was no direct comparison, so I will write general points.

Due to the rich low-frequency register, the sound of the DBA-02 is perceived as more "solid" than the Sleek SA6, Phonak Audeo. However, the quality of the study of the low-frequency range is lost - which is not observed in the Ultimate Ears 700. It's nice that the vocals do not cut the ear.

It is worth remembering the Hifiman RE0 headphones. Since I had them on hand at the time of testing the DBA-02, it was a sin not to compare these two models. In the end, I would say that RE0 competes with dignity against DBA-02, with the exception of the bass response.

The collision with the Monster Turbine was also interesting. In terms of resolution and accuracy, the DBA-02 is undeniably the winner. However, the “monsters” are not far behind the “reinforcement” of Fischer Audio in terms of bass information content on the iPhone, and, having gained proper control on the HM-801, they even, in my opinion, go on a par and sometimes overtake. The Turbine Pro Gold model was not on hand, but it is clear that better results can be expected from it. However, the price is already completely different.

To compare the DBA-02 with the Fundamentals series headphones, in my opinion, does not make sense. This is already a qualitatively different level, and, as it became clear as a result of a heated discussion on the forum, not everyone is interested in beating babies. I can only say that having bought a DBA-02 after some Silver Bullet, a person will move to a new level of music perception.

Output

I'll start with the price, it is 4500 rubles. Considered competitors are obviously noticeably more expensive. So I’ll have to write a thesis that I don’t like very much. Headphones DBA-02 are extremely good for their price. They fit well in the ears, look decent, have no problem with most music genres, and pair well with the iPhone.

Yes, if you are willing to pay even more money, it will not be difficult to find a candidate for the purchase. This is the UE700, and those same “triples”, and even Sleek SA6 or Phonak Audeo. If you want to buy good "dynamic" plugs - there is Monster Turbine. But this is other money.

By the way, I deliberately omitted the sound comparison between the DBA-02 and SBA-01. The fact is that the two-fold difference between the single-driver and dual-driver Topaze model is justified , taking the younger model does not make sense in principle.

As a result, we have good two-driver "reinforcing" in-ear headphones for sane money. As far as I know, the model is selling so well that it is extremely problematic to buy it. What can I say - bravo, Fischer Audio. Keep it up.

Declared characteristics

  • Frequency range: 20-24000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB
  • Resistance: 43 Ohm
  • Input power: 60 mW
  • Wire length: 1.3 m
  • Color: transparent/blue

The editors would like to thank the mycroft.su store for providing the Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones for testing.

Ilya Tarakanov
Published - June 22, 2010

Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones review

Reinforcing headphones based on several "reinforcing" emitters have become increasingly popular lately. The easiest option is to use two identical electro-acoustic transducers. Such a scheme is used in Jays Q-Jays, Ultimate Ears 700. As a result, thanks to miniature receivers, the body does not become large, and the sound acquires a character similar to that of multi-driver “armatures”, it becomes more “alive”.

Fischer Audio was extremely wise to release a similar model at the same time as the unpretentious single-driver SBA-01. The price is almost twice as high, is it justified? I think so.

Packaging and scope of delivery

The box is as austere as the junior model SBA-01, the equipment is similar. There are silicone "insulators" of three sizes, ear hooks and a cover. This time, the package contained both instructions and a warranty card.

The back of the box contains technical specifications, which, as in the case of the SBA-01, differ from those listed on the manufacturer's website.

Standard case, exactly the same accessories are included with Fischer Fundamentals. Its usefulness is debatable, and for a higher-level model, which is the DBA-02, they could do something better. But we have what we have - an interesting case design - only for the younger model.

Design and wearing comfort

This time, the company did not impress the consumer with electronic innards. Although the outer shell is transparent, there is a more miniature compartment with emitters inside. As a result, the design resembles the Etymotic ER6 - but rather in terms of ideology, there is no exact copy.

If you remove the tips from the headphones, you can see another difference. The diameter of the sound guide is smaller than that of the SBA-01, the tips look a little different. The seam from the casting does not rub the ear canal, due to this, there is no discomfort during prolonged wear. You can use nozzles from Shure, Westone, Etymotic, Sleek - this is very good. In combination with a more successful case, we get better sound insulation than the SBA-01.

The wire is twisted, due to the use of conductors of two colors it looks very interesting. It is very soft, no earhooks are required, as is the case with the SBA-01. There is also a latch, which is so lacking in the younger model - so it's very easy to place the headphones in the auditory canals, pass the wires behind the ears and tighten the “slider” for reliability. As a result, the DBA-02 sit like a glove, no complaints. Hope the wire lasts long enough. Straight plug, gold-plated.

Finally, I’ll tell you about a serious drawback - it’s not easy to distinguish between the left and right earpiece, the letters L and R are located under the transparent case on the inside of the cambric, and they are squeezed out on it, and the black color on a black background complicates readability.

A traditional player for thoughtful testing - Hifiman HM-801 with a GAME card amplifier, a test selection of Prime Test CD1 music, as well as various tracks of various genres.

Headphones were used without any modifications, with standard nozzles, however, this usually happens with an ordinary user. To correct the tonal balance, it is proposed to replace the filter in the sound guide with foam rubber dust-proof pads from the complete inserts to the players. In any case, there is room for experimentation here. No tools other than a toothpick and scissors are required. But let's move on to the listening experience.

It took me some time to get to the bottom of the DBA-02's sound. It immediately became clear that the dynamic range is quite narrow - i.e. as a result, quiet sounds are pulled out on display, which sounds somewhat unnatural. On the other hand, it provides, albeit false, but pleasant after listening to Fischer Fundamentals detail.

A slight rise in the mids does not focus on whistles (sibilants), while the vocals sound quite natural. Low frequencies are enough when it is needed - the bass appears when it does not require an accent - it disappears from the "field of view". Occasionally there is an excess of bass, but it is worth considering the fact that the HM-801 reproduces low frequencies without serious blockage. Very good result. Informativeness, however, is not great: the low-frequency register is rather illustrative in nature, adding “thoroughness” to the music. High frequencies are worked out well, but, of course, the declared 24 kilohertz is out of the question.

The stereo panorama is very good. Depending on the composition, the size of the imaginary scene changes, there is no typical sound “in the head”. Everything is very clear and neat, the positioning of the tools is at a good level.

In general, the sound is informative, detailed, fast. As a result, we get headphones with good resolution, they can decompose music into components without any problems.

But DBA-02 has problems with the reverse process. It seems that everything is in the music (although when compared with UE11, it is clear that a fairly large number of details remain “overboard”), but the headphones are not able to combine the details into a single picture. On the other hand, for "heavy" music, this is rather a plus - at least there is no porridge in the sound. When playing songs rich in instruments, problems rarely arise.

Compatibility

After the "fast" Hifiman, I decided to listen to the DBA-02 on a rather "slow" Rio Karma player. Headphones lost a little in resolution, but acquired the rudiments of musicality.

On the iPhone, DBA-02 showed flaws, both their own and the source's. The informativeness of the low-frequency register finally disappeared, but the expected rumble and porridge did not appear. The mid-range rose, most likely, it can be muffled, but, nevertheless, there were no big problems with sibilants. As a result, paradoxically, the DBA-02 played quite well with the iPhone - the sound is a little blurry, but musical at the same time. The vocals, however, lost their naturalness in relation to Rio Karma and Hifiman. The headphones are absolutely not "tight", half of the maximum volume on the iPhone is enough for comfortable listening.

Competitors

Compare the DBA-02 with both a decent two-driver "armature" and a high-end single-driver. There was no direct comparison, so I will write general points.

Due to the rich low-frequency register, the sound of the DBA-02 is perceived as more "solid" than the Sleek SA6, Phonak Audeo. However, the quality of the study of the low-frequency range is lost - which is not observed in the Ultimate Ears 700. It's nice that the vocals do not cut the ear.

It is worth remembering the Hifiman RE0 headphones. Since I had them on hand at the time of testing the DBA-02, it was a sin not to compare these two models. In the end, I would say that RE0 competes with dignity against DBA-02, with the exception of the bass response.

The collision with the Monster Turbine was also interesting. In terms of resolution and accuracy, the DBA-02 is undeniably the winner. However, the “monsters” are not far behind the “reinforcement” of Fischer Audio in terms of bass information content on the iPhone, and, having gained proper control on the HM-801, they even, in my opinion, go on a par and sometimes overtake. The Turbine Pro Gold model was not on hand, but it is clear that better results can be expected from it. However, the price is already completely different.

To compare the DBA-02 with the Fundamentals series headphones, in my opinion, does not make sense. This is already a qualitatively different level, and, as it became clear as a result of a heated discussion on the forum, not everyone is interested in beating babies. I can only say that having bought a DBA-02 after some Silver Bullet, a person will move to a new level of music perception.

Output

I'll start with the price, it is 4500 rubles. Considered competitors are obviously noticeably more expensive. So I’ll have to write a thesis that I don’t like very much. Headphones DBA-02 are extremely good for their price. They fit well in the ears, look decent, have no problem with most music genres, and pair well with the iPhone.

Yes, if you are willing to pay even more money, it will not be difficult to find a candidate for the purchase. This is the UE700, and those same “triples”, and even Sleek SA6 or Phonak Audeo. If you want to buy good "dynamic" plugs - there is Monster Turbine. But this is other money.

By the way, I deliberately omitted the sound comparison between the DBA-02 and SBA-01. The fact is that the two-fold difference between a single-driver and a two-driver Topaze model is justified, it makes no sense to take a younger model in principle.

By the way, I deliberately omitted the comparison of the sound of the DBA-02 and SBA-01. The fact is that the difference is two times between single-driver and dual-driver Topaze Topaze justified by the model, it makes no sense to take a younger model in principle.

As a result, we have good two-driver "reinforcing" in-ear headphones for sane money. As far as I know, the model is selling so well that it is extremely problematic to buy it. What can I say - bravo, Fischer Audio. Keep it up.

Declared characteristics

  • Frequency range: 20-24000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB
  • Resistance: 43 Ohm
  • Input power: 60 mW
  • Wire length: 1.3 m
  • Color: transparent/blue

The editors would like to thank the mycroft.su store for providing the Fischer Audio DBA-02 headphones for testing.

Ilya Tarakanov Published - June 22, 2010