Summary: Good neutral set. I play them out of a vintage Sony Receiver from the early 80's and it provides plenty of power to push these to their limits.
Most versatile set of cans I've owned, everything really sounds good with them. I would however not recommend them for Bassheads, they have the extension needed, but not quite the force of presence. I would say vocal reproduction is their strength, and that for their price they're likely the best option for neutral fans.
Not only am I a relatively newbie audiophile, the FA-003 were my first pair of "audiophile" headphones, therefore, I might be slightly based towards it. I originally got the FA-003 for use as a monitoring headphone for my audio engineering work, and used it through my 2 years of study in UK. I have had this pair for around 2+ years now and it's become a my go-to headphones for mixing.
Pros: Balanced SS, lush mids, tight bass, good extension both ways, deep soundstage, detailed, comfortable, great isolation, good build quality and more!
Cons: OEM headphone design, ears get a bit hot when listening, fatigue caused by isolation
Summary: i can actually listen to everything with it. whether its music, movie, games, even just for voice chat, it does amazingly.
looking forward for more FA products like the fa-004 or fa-011! i hope their prices dont go up! ^_^ it can go up when i get a job.
best item that i have bought for its price! besides food!
Summary: A surprisingly light pair of phones. It sounds great with every genre of music I've thrown at it so far, which is pretty much everything but dubstep, death metal, rap and techno. It hasn't even burnt in much yet, coming in at close to 2 hours by now, yet sounds AMAZING. Detail, soundstage and SQ can be comparable to open headphones twice it's price.
The build quality is quite good; it feels quite sturdy, and everything has that feel of quality to them.
Pros: SQ in whole frequency range, neutral and natural sounding, good with large variety of music, case, extra pads now velour, value
Cons: extra velour pads don't have the plastic part that connects and locks the pad to the rest of the headphone
Summary: When I unpackaged these headphones today I was expecting find a nice closed-headphone alternative for my Grado SR125i, but I got more than I bargained for.
From percussions, to strings to vocals, it seems that almost every single music track I listen to has a new breath of life. This is similar to the experience I felt when I bought my first Sennheiser earbuds, back when I had a Minidisk, and is something I haven't felt for years.
Summary: Great Headphones, but these are my first high quality headphones so there really is no basis for comparison except for a couple of my friend's headphones that I have tried(Bose, Drebeats, astro). Anyway, these are great, the bass is not that heavy but it is there. If you want a more in depth review about the audio quality look at LFF's review because his review is spot on.
I use these to listen to hip-hop, r&b, alternative and they are great.
Pros: Great Sound, Extra Pads, Pretty Solid Build
Cons: No Velour Pads, A Little Tight When Brand New
Summary: These are probably the best value for under $200 if you are looking for neutral, balanced sound.
I have just a little bit of experience with headphones; I have owned the M50 and the HD555 and 558, and then I got the Sunrise SW-Xcape and the FA-003.
I can confidently say the FA-003 is the epitome of what I've been searching for all this time: a neutral headphone that sounds RIGHT no matter what I throw at it. But the FA-003 is more than just neutral; it has the most...
Pros: Neutral sound signature, incredible value, high detail, good soundstage, no sound leak, good isolation!
Cons: If you are a +20dB basshead, look elsewhere.
Summary: Everything is good!! Just that i demand for more bass because i was listening to desktop onboard , now i have Asus Essence ST soundcard with headamp to drive them and everything sounds nice to me =D
Pros: All rounder , produce good sound
Cons: Only if you are a basshead , then you might need an amp to make it more "bassy"
Summary: LFF said it best, I just wanted to post a rating. They will take any genre you throw at them with ease, injecting fun while retaining absolute accuracy. After burn in the FA-003s surpassed every other headphone I have tried unamped, becoming the pair I reach for for almost all situations. A must buy!
Pros: Sound quality, comfort, best headphones south of five hundred dollars. Seriously.
Cons: Design kind of bland, lacking the tank-like build quality of the HD25s, requires full burn-in to appreciate