Month: October 2014

Fischer Audio Consonance V2

The Consonance V2 is a pair of earphones manufactured by Russia-based Fischer Audio which forms part of their Fundamentals lineup. With its in-line microphone and remote control unit and low impedance, it appears to be aimed squarely at smartphone users. As you can tell from the name, the V2 is their latest revision of the well received Conosnance. However, as I have no experience with its predecessor, I will not be able to provide any comparisons to it here today. Technical specifications, taken from Fischer Audio’s website are as below:

  • Driver Diameter: 8 mm
  • Frequency range: 20-20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Rated power: 1 мВт
  • Maximum power input: 5 мВт
  • Cable Length: 1.25 m
  • Jack Diameter: 3.5 mm

RRP: USD 99

Many thanks to Dimitri from Musica Acoustics for sending me this model for review. Pricing and purchase information can be found at their website here

Without further ado, let’s get into the review.

Package and Contents

 

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The Consonance V2 comes in a well presented box which contains the earphones themselves, a set of spare ear pieces of various sizes and a mesh carrying pouch.
Instructions for how to operate the in-line remote are printed on the box and a simple multilingual manual is also included.

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Also included is an adapter that allows the microphone to be used with older devices.

Design

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Moving onto the earphones themselves, I found their looks to be rather pleasing, with a sci-fi-esque aesthetic that is quite striking in the bright orange that my sample came in. Colours are matched nicely, with accents of black and silver throughout the design.
The Consonance V2 is also available in white and black.

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I was quite impressed by the quality of the cable, which has a smooth plastic finish that is pleasant to touch and feels quite durable. Most importantly, however, they exhibit very little microphonic noise. Wind noise in particular was almost non-existent, making them very pleasant to use on the go. The cable is also fairly resistant to tangling, which is a plus, but due to its springiness can be difficult to coil up for storage.

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The in-line remote control features only one button, which is fine if you are only using it to pick up and end calls on your phone. However, using it to control your music player requires you to tap or hold the button in different sequences for functions like play, stop and next track, which I found to be difficult to remember and easy to mistake. I suppose this is something you might get used to with practice, however.

Isolation and Comfort

The default earpieces provided by Fischer Audio were quite comfortable and stayed in my ear quite securely. Isolation, however, was only mediocre, which I suspect may have something to do with the port at the rear of each unit.

Although Fischer Audio does say that the Consonance V2 can be worn over-ear, I found this to be quite fiddly and uncomfortable due to the lack of ear guides.

Sound Quality

The Consonance V2 has a warm sound signature which is bass heavy and has what I perceived to be recessed mids and somewhat rolled-off highs. As I typically prefer a brighter and more energetic sound, they sounded unexciting to my ears, although your mileage may vary. Amping (with the Tralucent Audio T1) did not appear to change the sound noticably, so I do not believe impedance matching is an issue for these earphones, which you would expect, given their market.
Although plentiful in quantity and well extended, the bass is not very well controlled, with a very soft and round quality to it. Thankfully, while the bass is somewhat boomy, by and large, it is polite enough to not trample all over the mids and highs as many similar sounding earphones typically do.
Vocals sound close in terms of positioning, but poor detail retrieval and lackluster midrange causes them to sound muffled. It can also be difficult to pick out percussion in the highs such as cymbals and high hats. The V2 also struggled to keep up in some faster or more complex songs.
I was, however, surprised at the width of soundstage and quality of instrument separation that the V2 delivered, which helps to provide some perspective to the low-end-heavy sound.

 Conclusions

Although their sound is not my cup of tea, I found the Consonance V2 to be a stylish and functional pair of earphones that are quite comfortable to use.
If you’re looking for functional earphones under USD 100 for your smartphone and are a fan of the bass-heavy sound signature, the Fischer Audio Consonance V2s may be worth your consideration.