Based on the latest real-time price, the FiiO EX1 II 2nd Generation In-Ear Monitor Earphones is an affordable pair than the norm for audiophile headphones, with the average being $59.00 in the US and £62.00 in the UK. As in-ear headphones, you can expect the FiiO EX1 II 2nd Gen to provide better isolation from ambient noise than earbuds but still fall short of larger headphones in terms of mids output.
There are a lot of factors that determine the final sound quality of headphones. Although nothing beats trying them in person, these specs can offer some guidance. Impedance and sensitivity go hand in hand and represent the amount of power required to achieve a certain volume level. Lower impedance and higher sensitivities are better with lower power devices such as MP3 players or smartphones. The FiiO EX1 II is one such headphone with a slightly lower than average impedance.
The frequency response indicates the range of pitches the headphones can produce. Human hearing range is usually quoted at 20 Hz – 20kHz, with most music falling well within those bounds. With a closed operating principle and a solid low-end frequency response, FiiO EX1 II headphones can handle a strong bass and would be great for listening to pop or rock music.
The FiiO EX1 II 2nd Generation In-Ear Monitors use an Aerospace Titanium Diaphragm which is uncommon for headphones, but gets the job done. The diaphragm size is not necessarily a good indicator of sound quality, with a larger than average diameter of 0.51in, the EX1 II is better suited for playing bass than most other in-ear headphones. Know that the headphone’s weight is only 22 grams.
FiiO EX1 II 2nd Gen Specifications
- Membranes: 13 mm
- Frequency Range: 20 – 40,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 98 dB / mW
- Impedance: 16 Ohms
- Max. input power: 100 mW
- Gold plated 3.5mm audio jack
- Cable length: 1.2m
- Weight: 22grams