Comparisons

Custom Art FIBAE 2 vs InEar StageDiver 2

The FIBAE 2 has more sub-bass quantity than the SD2 and SD2 has a slight edge in the extension. The sub-bass on both is rather clean without any muddiness. I find the FIBAE 2 to approach it in a smoother manner while SD2 tackles it in a clinical approach. SD2 has a quicker decay. Both present the bass rather tightly. There is a good rumble on the FIBAE 2 and this helps to improve the dynamics. The bass note on the FIBAE 2 has slightly more weight than the SD2 but it is still agile. The mid-bass on the FIBAE 2 has more body and the slam is quite addictive to listen to. SD2 is rather dry here. The lower mids on the FIBAE 2 has more body than the SD2 and male vocals are presented in a more organic manner. The upper mids on the SD2 is slightly more forward but it commands less control. FIBAE 2 is able to master the upper mids smoothly yet retaining a slight crisp. The midrange of FIBAE 2 is not congested and is similar to the SD2 but it definitely has more body. Treble on the SD2 is slightly extended with more definition. Articulation on both is precise. I find the clarity rendered to be similar too. There is more air on the FIBAE 2 and there is more space. In terms of soundstage, SD2 and FIBAE 2 has approximately the same width but the depth of FIBAE 2 is more close in for vocals intimacy. Resolution on the FIBAE 2 is slightly better.

Custom Art FIBAE 2 vs Campfire Audio Nova

The sub-bass on the Nova has slightly more quantity than the FIBAE 2 but FIBAE 2 wins in the clinical aspect as it is being presented more cleanly. The extra level of refinement helps in aiding the bass control and tightness. Decay on the FIBAE 2 is significantly faster and that the impact is greater as such. Nova has more body and its rumble is slightly slower. The mid-bass on the Nova has more quantity but it is more laid-back than the FIBAE 2. FIBAE 2 has a quicker mid-bass presentation and is able to keep up with busier tracks. The lower mids on the Nova is slightly thicker due to is quantity and male vocals are rendered better. However, FIBAE 2 takes a different approach to the reproduction of vocals as it is more balanced. The upper mids on the FIBAE 2 is forward and has more definition. In this aspect, the FIBAE 2 is superior to the Nova and there is more crisp with an organic feel to it. Moving on to the treble, FIBAE 2 has the edge in the extension and details. There is no sibilance and harshness on both. The definition on the FIBAE 2 is more clear. The Nova is more congested than the FIBAE 2 as FIBAE 2 excels in its stage width. The depth is very similar. I find the FIBAE 2 to have a better resolution than the Nova.

Custom Art FIBAE 2 vs Noble Sage

The FIBAE 2 has less sub-bass quantity than the Sage. It has similar extension as the Sage. The FIBAE 2 presents itself in a smooth approach while the Sage operates in a more clinical approach. Decay on FIBAE 2 is slightly tighter with more rumble. The pace of FIBAE 2 is quicker due to less weight. The mid-bass on the Sage has more body and it is able to deliver the slam in a more punchy manner. Bass texture is smoother on the FIBAE 2. Each bass note on the Sage is articulated with a cleaner hit and it has more attack. The lower mids is slightly thicker on the Sage and it is able to benefit male vocals. The upper mids on both is equally forward and there is definition. Intimacy is maintained for the female vocals reproduction on both. In the treble section, the FIBAE 2 and Sage have similar extension. There is slightly more air on the Sage and there is no sibilance and harshness on both. The FIBAE 2 is much smoother in its treble. There is additional sparkle on the Sage to provide liveliness. Both iems have similar width and depth. The expansion of stage is natural. Resolution of the FIBAE 2 is same as the Sage.

Custom Art FIBAE 2 vs CTM VS-2

The sub-bass on the FIBAE 2 has more quantity and extension than the VS-2. FIBAE 2 presents itself in a warm and smooth manner. It is more musical. Decay on the FIBAE 2 is similar to the VS-2. Bass impact on both is good. Rumble on the FIBAE 2 is more addictive to listen to as it has slightly more speed. The body on both is very similar with the VS-2 being more weighted in its approach. The mid-bass on the FIBAE 2 is presented with more finesse and control. It is present at the right moment. The slam on the VS-2 is slightly greater. The lower mids on the FIBAE 2 is more balanced than the VS-2. Both are not thick in their presentation and each presents itself in a rather polite way. The upper mids on the FIBAE 2 is more intimate and female vocals shine as such. There is more definition and crisp on the FIBAE 2. For stage wise, the FIBAE 2 has a great expansion in its stage and the depth is not too close in for more space in all directions. The FIBAE 2 has the slight edge in its resolution.

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