You might not have heard of Chinese brand Fidue, but the company has been making some serious moves over here in the last couple of years.
The A65s sit towards the bottom end of its headphones range at £50 (its top-end A83s sell for around £290), but they have a style-conscious audience in mind. Their all-metal construction makes them look much more expensive than they are, with the bronze and silver brushed aluminium finish complemented by the hint of bronze running through the cable. Their design means they’re a bit heavier than others you’ll find, but we didn’t find them uncomfortable in use, with four different eartips included to help you get the best fit.
Behind those dashing good looks hides an 8mm titanium driver, which proves itself to be rather talented indeed. The A65s have found a good balance to their sound. No part of the frequency range takes the limelight from anywhere else, working together nicely to produce a fairly neutral response to most types of music. That doesn’t mean they’re boring though – quite the opposite.
There’s a great sense of energy and attack to their presentation, with real drive and enthusiasm through the midrange, and vocals clear and detailed. The low end is capable of delivering some deep rumbling bass when required too, while staying agile and well controlled. It could be a little better defined, but for this money, it’s more than acceptable.
It’s not the widest or most spacious soundstage though, and instrument separation could be better at this level. There’s also a lack of refinement in the upper mids and treble that you won’t hear in the SoundMagic E10s – it’s not harsh, but there’s a definite graininess with certain recordings that means they’re not always as smooth as we’d like.
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For a fun yet detailed pair of headphones with a full-bodied sound and snappy dress sense, the Fidue A65s are well worth considering.