Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 6/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10
Purchase Date: June 2014
Purchase Price: £37
First of all I would like to thank Sergey for sending me these out to review.
You can find out more information about the 6mm Bullet and purchase it on Fischer’s website.
I had previously reviewed the Fischer Audio Silver Bullet’s, which look very similar to these 6mm bullets (let alone having the same word in their title) – with that said, they were never a progression of the older bullets nor are they similar in any way, in almost every single aspect.
Packaging, accessories, box content, overall first impressions (look wise)
The packaging that is provided with the FA 6mm Bullet looks like something you could see on the shelves of high-street stores. Good job on the packaging from Fischer!
The contents of the package are decent, although not perfect. In the package you get the following:
-S, M, L silicone tips
-M dual flange tips
The accessories to me feel a little mixed. It seems weird to not get more dual flange tips, when one size has already been included. With that said at its given price range the rest is great – especially the pouch which I really love for carrying around the earphones in.
Overall first impressions:
Overall I was impressed by the initial package it comes in and liked what I found within the package for its given price range.
The build quality of these earphones is absolutely spectacular. I really love it from top to bottom.
The earphones are terminated with a right angled gold plated 3.5mm jack and their wire is an extremely light and flexible wire.
The wire is especially nice as it doesn’t get tangled and has a nice “smooth” feel to it. It’s hard to describe and weird to bring up in an audio review, but the cable really feels nice in hand. With that said, it unfortunately has quite a bit of cable noise – and thus to eliminate this, you have to wear the earphones over-the-ear to eliminate it. As you do this, the splitter that is used to split the left and right channel comes further up your chest and unfortunately is a little high for my preference. Thus, it can be a little annoyance to some, but it is something I observed when wearing them.
Other than that, the earphones are very well built and it is especially seen by the construction of their housing. What I love about the housing is their “bullet” design – just like the FA Silver Bullets had – the looks are really well done. Furthermore, the left and right indicator is very well done, by a small ring around the earphones showing blue for left and red for right. A very small touch, but it makes a huge difference to a consumer – and being one of them I really love it. More products in the FA range and other earphones out there really need to have this small left and right colour touch to them, in order to make it easier for consumers to find which channel goes where.
I should also mention that the weight of the silver bullets is really light, meaning it is quite comfortable to wear!
overall, the build quality is superb, especially at its price range – really pleased!
Now the overall look, comfort and isolation
The looks are simply stunning to me – from the cable to the earphone’s housing themselves. Everything looks great and Fischer Audio have done an excellent job in this domain. I can’t quite emphasise how much I love them. I really did like the Silver Bullets, but the 6mm Bullets do a better job, in reproducing this “bullet” look.
Due to the size and nature of these earphones, the isolation is not that great. They have a small port on them (which I presume is for the bass and soundstage), and thus coupled with the physical size of the earphones, the 6mm Bullets aren’t that effecting at blocking out external noise.
Finally the comfort:
As these earphones are very small, they fit nice and snug in my ears. Alongside that, their overall weight as an earphone is very light. Thus the comfort levels are absolutely top! The only problem I had with it is the fact that I had to wear them over-the-ear to avoid microphonics and thus this mean that the splitter was further up my chest (just by my chin) – and thus why the 6mm bullets didn’t get a flying 10/10.
The sound quality had a lot to live up to to the silver bullets and in fact to the other products in the FA line-up. The 6mm bullets were decent but nothing spectacular. Due to their size, they were, in my honest opinion limited to shine. Their soundstage was very narrow and the lows were very tame.
The mid-bass was existent but not at all controlling. The sub-bass was also poor. Despite it trying, you could hear it stopping and cutting off the low-end frequencies after a certain extension in certain low-end pounding songs.
The bass is thus decent, but definitely not something I would shout about. The silver bullets to me really did pronounce a nice low-end, that not only had a good slam but also had an amazing extension. That’s the price you (6mm bullets) pay for looking fabulous!
The mids are its strongest point – the mids are not veiled nor really over emphasised. I really do feel the mids are excellent, especially at its price point.
The highs on the other hand were a little give or take – despite being good, you can hear them roll off. Furthermore, at times I felt that the earphones were a little too sibilant and that comes from over accentuated highs.
The soundstage I feel is what let them down more than anything. However, this is due to the size of the housing and thus the driver itself. There’s been very few earphones that have a small housing that have actually been able to produce a nice soundstage. This model unfortauntely wasn’t one of those exclusive rare-to-find earphones. The soudnstage sounded muffled and more so, the separation of the instruments wasn’t great. It still is decent and above average for its size, but when compared to other earphones, notably the FA Silver Bullets, there’s a huge difference.
Sound Quality Ratings
Conclusions and final thoughts
Overall, I loved the small-factor design that the 6mm Bullets bring to the table. They’re an above average earphone to own and coupled with its design and looks, I would definitely recommend them to people looking for earphones that are small but yet very precise in their mids.
Hope you enjoyed my review!