Not at all related to Fischer Audio, Fischer Amps are a pro audio company with 20 years of experience to boot. They pride themselves on being a bit more niche in their attempt to supply sound engineers and artists alike. With everything made in their native Germany, they want to simplify things for the artists so that they can concentrate on performance, not equipment limitations. You may have guessed from their name that they do a lot of pro amplifiers but in-ear monitoring is also a big focus for them. They are Germany’s distributor for Ultimate Ears (UERR review coming here soon) and also have their own range of universals which originally caught my eye a few years back. It was only this year however I finally got hands on when they announced a new Rhapsody series consisting of four universal IEMs.
I was fortunate enough to receive the entire Rhapsody demo set, complete with the Lithium, Rapture, Frenzy & Symphonie. I always like naming schemes in opposed to simply a few letters and the number of drivers used but that wasn’t really an option with these earphones, well unless they wanted a lot of confusion. That’s because while the Lithium is a triple driver IEM, the rest are all quads, just with a different tuning to suit certain individuals or musicians who perform with different instruments. ambersound are the British distributor for Fischer but they didn’t include Rhapsody products anywhere in their price list. I did find a store selling them in Bax Sound, however, depending on the colour there was a ridiculous variance in the price. I mean how can changing the faceplate from red to dark grey add £40 to the price? I guess dark grey is just the in thing?!
Taking that into account Lithium is from £333 to £378, Rapture is from £370 to £420, Frenzy is £406 to £462 and Symphonie is £406 to £460…. It seems dark grey and clear will be setting you back the most money. What I also found perplexing is that when taking the base prices, Lithium is, of course, the cheapest with the lowest driver count, but Rapture comes in £36 cheaper than Symphonie and Frenzy while all three are based on 4 balanced armature drivers with a 3 way crossover. They even share the format of 2 BAs dedicated to bass, 1 for mids and 1 for highs.
To streamline things Fischer Amps did not send me all four IEM separately. Instead, they got one of the storage cases and stuffed all four in ears where you would normally have a smaller travel pouch. I still got the standard inclusion of cleaning tool and broad tip selection, with two different types of silicone and a foam offering. While I obviously did not get to see the travel pouch, I do like the foam padded storage case for moving around more than one pair of IEMs!
As I have mentioned the design is a little flexible but still nothing extreme. My demos include a solid black and translucent blue, light grey and dark grey faceplates. Regardless compared to what else is going on in the market it really is not something to get excited about. The rest of the shell is all rather clear but have a weird effect on them as if they have fingerprints on. Now I don’t know if this on purpose or what I am actually seeing is fingerprints because they are hand made. Whatever is going on I am not a fan and would prefer clean and crystal clear shells!
The overall quality seems a bit cheap considering these are all priced above £300. Comparing to Campfire, Trinity, RHA and quite a fair few others these days they lack the refinement and durability. I am reminded of the quality I got with the £30 TFZ Series 1, with these only boasting removable cables as an extra positive! The shape and ergonomics remind me of the old JH demos, back before the Siren series made universal fit monitors humongous. That is actually a positive by the way because they fit snug in my ears. They have a concha lock which is always a possible problem because there will be that one guy who finds it out of place but they claim to have to put a lot of research into people’s ear dimensions and the fit seems to reflect that. Obviously being sealed armatures they isolate immensely, what people want on stage I can imagine as well.
I have already mentioned the cables are indeed detachable as one would expect with this styling of the monitor. They use a 2 pin connector which is all dandy for me and the cable is a pretty standard affair, slightly different to the super generic ones but not a huge departure with any key differences to write home about.
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