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Over-priced, over-engineered, underwhelming. A waste of ceramic.
on 2 February 2015
The Fischer Ceramique headphones have the unique distinction of being made from ceramics rather than plastic, metal or wood. While ceramics are certainly an interesting choice and increasingly useful for all sorts of uses, the design of the headphones does nothing to show off the benefit of ceramics for audio.
It is fair to say that the Fischers produce a perfectly good, balanced sound. It is leaner and more rhythmical than many in-ear designs (i.e. although not "cold", the 'phones do not have what I would regard a warm sound). However, this quality of sound is almost impossible to enjoy because there is virtually no noise isolation afforded by the 'phones. Outdoors, or anywhere where there is ambient noise, every 'external' sound wafts around the ill-fitting buds and drowns out whatever you are listening to.
I have no idea how thse 'phones were designed, but they cannot have been tested on many subjects. Perhaps Fischer were so pleased with themselves for producing some 'phones in ceramic, with a lab-verified quality of sound, that they just skipped right past the user acceptance tests.
Due to the fact that it is impossible to hear one's music properly using these 'phones, I would argue that a £5 set of no-brand 'phones will provide a better result than these £80 travesties.
The ceramic buds feel nice in the hand (as another reviewer mentioned) but not at all in one's ears. I consider this to be a bit of a problem. The buds do not "plug" into one's ears - they are too hard to mould to your ear canal, so you must try to push them as far in as you can. Unlike most other 'phones, you do not receive a range of plug ends to fit your earholes - you just get the ones which fit the Fischer designer. I don't have particularly wide ear canals, but I could not get the 'phones to sit comfortably - they remained loose at all times. I have to keep pushing the 'phones back in as they slowly slip out (thanks to that weight) and I have to push the volume on my device all the way up to max to hear anything at all.
If they fit your ears, the Fischers may provide you with a nice quality of sound, but they don't fit mine and because of this, are the worst set of 'phones I have had the displeasure of owning.
Over-priced, over-engineered and totally rubbish at the one thing they're meant to do - deliver sound to your brain. Ceramics are the future, but not like this - a terrible example of untested design.