would you really miss that $10 if things went south with the EM3? Probably not in the long run which means FiiO has half the battle won already.
For me the real strength of the EM3 (aside from value and sonic ability) is the inclusion of the on cable control and microphone. I've been on the hunt for a replacement for my Ear-pods and the EM3 fills that gap nicely (and cheaper to boot). Ultimately personal preference is going to dictate what each individual will like, and choice of covers and anatomy will play a big part. For my preferences I'd rate the EM3 as being equal to both Monk and Monk Plus in ability – and I actually prefer it to both.
Not surprisingly, FiiO’s presentation game is on point; Whether you are buying a $20 item or a $200 product from them, you can always expect a classy presentation and well thought out packaging. Taking out the innards you are greeted by a nice frosted paneling, removing which reveals the earbuds and a small compartment housing 3 sets of full cover foams. I do wish that FiiO included doughnut foams as well.
Well. They not only beat everything in their price range, they beat products much more expensive in soundstage. I know that it is a part of the open design, and it is a reason why sub bass was sacrificed for, but it is really worth it.
Consistent with all of their releases, regardless if it's a flagship or an entry level, these sub $15 budget earbuds arrived in a nice sturdy packaging box with a clear picture of EM3 on the cover and a detailed spec on the back. I'm sure without the box or maybe using clamshell sealed plastic packaging, price could have been easily under $10, but FiiO likes to keep a consistent image across their product line without cutting the corners.
The FIIO EM3 is an open earbud that originally was made for the M3 portable DAP, which Paul reviewed for us. FIIO says:
Share the audio bug among your friends, the EM3 is a nice budget choice.
If a neutral and smooth sound signature is on the menu, the EM3 can provide the best result.
My purpose in this review is to focus on reviewing the Fiio EM3’s, primarily in the sound. For $9.99, I really don’t want to spend a lot of time on accessories and want to keep that section brief.
Having a good sound quality is just a bonus, and when you factor in a budget price, now you are also talking about price/performance ratio where FiiO EM3 definitely scores high!
The EM3 surprised me with their bass-heavy signature, spacious sound, and versatility.
Buy yourself a pair, listen to it, enjoy it for what it is…a $10 earbud which makes you want to enjoy your music more and an entry past the stock earbud/cheap quality dime store junk which too many people purchase. Good stuff, Fiio. My compliments to the Chef.
The Em3 is an astonishingly comfortable earbud , sporting a microphone that has fantastic clarity, and great sensitivity making it a delight to use for phone and skype calls.
New affordable earbuds by Fiio
เมื่อไม่นานมานี้ทาง FiiO ได้ออกหูฟัง Earbud มา โดยเป็นหูฟังแบบเปิด ที่มาพร้อมกับไดรเวอร์ขนาดใหญ่มาก 14.8mm เพื่อที่จะมั่นใจได้ว่ามีพลังขับมากพอ และยังมีซาวน์เสตจที่ดีเยี่ยมสำหรับทุกแนวเพลง ซึ่งการออกแบบก็ดูปราดเปรียวดี น้ำหนักเบาดีด้วย และหัวแจ๊คแบบ L ชุบทองคำบริสุทธิ์ เพื่อการส่งสัญญาณที่มีประสิทธิภาพที่สุด สายหูฟังที่ยืดหยุ่นและแข็งแรงทนทาน ความยาว 1.2เมตร
Fiio is probably the best recognized Asian Hi-Fi company, and constantly impress with affordable and innovative products.