Fir Audio Tour - M5

Tour: Fir Audio CIEM Lineup

Out of Nowhere and to the Top

August 2020

The CIEMs in this tour are available for purchase here: https://www.firaudio.com/

While Fir Audio seems to have come out of nowhere and reached the tops of the performance charts overnight, there is a lot of history behind this achievement. The founder, Bogdan Belonozhko, is one of the Belonozhko brothers of 64 Audio fame. He brings with him the knowledge of 64 Audio performance, but with a twist. With his M5, he has created a tribrid CIEM before 64 Audio has come out with theirs. If you have heard any of the stellar 64 Audio products, then you probably have high expectations for the Fir Audio lineup, and based on the reviews I have read, Bogdan has delivered. This is why I reached out to set up a tour so we can all hear them for ourselves.

Two Fir Audio Tour Kits

We have arranged for two tour kits to keep our tour moving. However, this time we have two differently complemented tour kits to serve different audiences:

Tour Kit 1 – High-End

This simplified kit only has the two high-end offerings, adapters, and some two-pin cable adapters in addition for those that know they want the best and are looking to roll their favorite cable.

  • M5: RCX cable terminated in 4.4m with round leather case
  • M4: RCX cable terminated in 4.4m with round leather case
  • Balanced Cable Adapters:
    • 4.4m to 3.5m
    • 4.4m to 2.5m
  • Cable Pin Adapters: 1 pair RCX to 2-pin
  • Assorted Tips: Available, but best to work with your own favorites

Tour Kit 2 – Full Lineup

This is the full lineup for those that want to hear it all. However, this kit is missing the 2-pin adapters and has a missing 4.4m to 3.5m adapter that may require some cable swapping.

  • M5: RCX cable terminated in 2.5m with round leather case
  • M4: RCX cable terminated in 4.4m with round leather case
  • M3: RCX cable terminated in 2.5m with round leather case
  • M2: RCX cable terminated in 2.5m with round leather case
  • Balanced Cable Adaptors:
    • 2.5m to 3.5m
    • 2.5m to 4.4m
    • 4.4m to 2.5m
  • Assorted Tips: Available, but best to work with your own favorites

Fir Audio Tour Kickoff Video

Tour Kit Pictures

Barra’s Quick Initial Impressions

The best part of managing tours is getting to hear all the great gear for myself. Here are some brief impressions from what I have heard so far between the tasks required to set up this tour:

  • M5: Nailed it! This is that big bassy sound that i have so been craving. Yes, it rivals my EE LX as the bass king with a different take on bass. My first impressions is WOW as it is that different that my other CIEMs in a good way. The sound stage is huge, with players/instruments huge as if I was there. While this is not as warm of a signature as my LX, it is more intimate and close up for in your face fun. Yet it checks all the boxes for audiophile performance. This reminds me a bit of the A18 with the M20 module, but with better bass and lighter treble. Will be doing a full written and video review on this one so hang tight for comparisons and deeper insights. 
  • M4: The M4 is extremely close to the M5 with more of a treble presence. All the bass is there, but the treble stands out more with more splash, sizzle, and air without ever being harsh. But going back to the M5, it is not missing any of this detail, just not as pronounced and more integrated. This is a great option to save some cash for treble lovers that want that M5 bass.
  • M3: Again, that same bass driver is delivering the goods with a well defined house sound. The M3 is close to the SQ of the M4, but set back a little maybe one section back. While I prefer the M4’s more intimate signature, the M3 is pretty darn close in sound and retains the M4’s larger treble presence.
  • M2: This was my biggest surprise and the greatest value play in the lineup. It has all that bass goodness the rest of the more expensive models boast which makes this lineup so much fun. However, the signature becomes more intimate closer to the M4 than the M3. While I do think that the M4 and M3 have more detailed performance, you would not notice without an A/B sampling as it feels like I am splitting hairs. 
End-to-end all models have that same wonderful bass driver that is very distinctive. The M5 stands out as more refined using the EST top end drivers, but there are many that prefer the BA treble splashiness and could prefer the M4. The M2 is remarkably close in signature to the M4 with a little less detailed presentation and screams value. Don’t just take my word for it, join the tour and see for yourself.
 

Overall, I have to say that we are dealing with another CIEM manufacturer that is continuing to drive the top tier bar even higher. Yet they have carved out a new signature that is unique to the other manufacturer’s offerings that will definitely drive some solid sales. This lineup is a must hear if you are considering a CIEM purchase.

Rules and Responsibilities

Most of our tours are offering 7-day auditions which you are required to ship out to the next participant on day 8. Yes, you pay the shipping to the next participant, but we organize into logistically friendly orders to minimize the shipping expense.

The tour membership rules and responsibilities are described here. The key idea is that we must be communicative to participate and to keep the tour moving and interesting. It is our responsibility to follow these rules and to ensure the ability to ship out on day 8 when our turn is over.

Signing up for the Tour

To sign up for the tour, you must be a verified tour member and have joined our new AUDIOTIERs platform. The membership qualifications and requirements are described here if you are not already a member. Whether a HEADFI tour member that needs to transfer their membership to the new platform or you are a new member looking to apply for tour membership, please follow the instructions in the GETTING STARTED box below. We are now accepting applications from both US and Canadian citizens.

Getting
Started

NEW TOUR MEMBERS: 1) Register, 2) Subscribe, 3) Apply, 4) Join Tours

EXISTING HEADFI TOUR MEMBERS: 1) Register, 2) Subscribe, 3) Join Tours

Tour Signups for Verified Members: If you would like to be part of this tour, please feel free to post your request in the comments below.

Reviewers First Tour: This is a REVIEWERS GO FIRST TOUR, so if you would like to skip to the front of the line, please note that you would like to be a full reviewer in the request as in the sample below:

Sample Signup Request: I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

Tour Participant Logistics

We have two tour kits to minimize wait and are offering 7-days auditions to each participant. This logistics list is updated as I can to show you were we are in the order with each participant bolded to signify that they received the kit. This is where you will find the next two participants to contact when you receive the kit.

Signup Period: During our signup period, we collect the initial participants and provide them with a logistically friendly portion of the tour. This is the lowest cost portion in terms of shipping. Once this closes, we move to the latecomer portion.

Latecomer Period: Latecomers are welcome to the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will continue taking latecomer requests until we run out of participants or the manufacturer asks us to end the tour.

Fir Audio US Tour Logistics

Tour Kit 1 – High-End

  1. @Barra – Anthem, AZ
  2. REVIEWER: @seamon67 – WEST LAFAYETTE, IN
  3. @solstice15 – Rochester NY
  4. @toaster – NY, NY
  5. @darkestred – Denville, NJ
  6. @tawmizzzz – Somerville, MA 
  7. @bvng3540 – Bothell WA
  8. @rwelles – Florence, OR
  9. @koven – Santa Clara CA
  10. @eTHE2 – Diamond Bar, CA
  11. @chasescolnick@gmail.com – San Juan Capistrano, CA

Tour Kit 2 – Full Lineup

  1. @Barra – Anthem, AZ
  2. REVIEWER: @darmanastartes – Arlington, VA
  3. REVIEWER: @dbstechtalk – LOGANSPORT IN
  4. REVIEWER:@ngoshawk – Warrensburg, MO
  5. REVIEWER: @ahnguyen – Lynnwood, WA
  6. REVIEWER: @Precogvision – Redwood City, CA
  7. REVIEWER: @audio in – Merced, CA
  8. REVIEWER: @csglinux – Los Angeles, CA
  9. @wardo783 – Porter Ranch, CA
  10. @hypermuteki – Las Vegas, NV
  11. @drunkenmunkey – Highlands Ranch, CO
  12. @tybot – Albuquerque, NM
  13. @blueshound24 – Sioux Falls, SD
  14. @rmsanger – South Jordan, UT 
  15. @gnahra – Fort Myers, FL
  16. @SLC1966 – Utah
  17. REVIEWER: @audiokeyreviews – Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Potential Canadian Tour

We are checking participation levels for Canadian tour members. If we get 8 requests, we will move to extend our tour to Canada. If we get 16 requests, we will ask for an additional tour kit to start an additional tour right away. Again, Fir Audio will have to agree, but this should not be an issue if we get the numbers.

  • @gasdoc – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Theodore Lee
Theodore Lee
08/18/2020 3:41 am

I live in Redwood City, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID info and been verified previously. As a reviewer, please move me to the front of the line.

My preference is for the full lineup tour kit.

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antdroid
US Tours Reviewer
08/18/2020 3:56 am

I live in Lynnwood, WA (Seattle-area) and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. As a reviewer, please move me to the front of the line.

My preference is for the full lineup tour kit.

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Tybot
US Tours
08/18/2020 4:02 am

I live in Albuquerque, NM and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the full lineup tour kit.

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solstice15
US Tours
08/18/2020 4:07 am

I live in Rochester NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will email my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the high end tour kit.

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eTHE2
Admin
08/18/2020 4:48 am

I live in Diamond Bar, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will email my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the high end tour kit.

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bvng3540
US Tours
08/18/2020 4:53 am

I live in Bothell WA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will email my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the high end tour kit

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koven
US Tours
08/18/2020 6:59 am

I live in Santa Clara CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the high end tour kit.

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dbstechtalk
US Tours Reviewer
08/18/2020 9:10 am

I live in Logansport, IN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com. As a reviewer, please move me to the top of the list.

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Darkestred
US Tours
08/18/2020 6:12 pm

I live in Denville, NJ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. My info should still be on-file and verified.

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Darkestred
US Tours
08/18/2020 6:13 pm

forgot to mention – only want the 4 and 5.

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chasescolnick@gmail.com
US Tours
08/18/2020 8:41 pm

I live in San Juan Capistrano, California. I would love to join this tour for the 4 and 5. I will agree to follow all of the terms and conditions of the tour. I’ve been waiting to try these. Thanks for making this possible. My info should still be available from the head-fi forum, as I participated in other tours.

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Toaster
US Tours
08/19/2020 1:08 pm

TOUR Kit 1 (just 4 and 5)

I live in NY, NY and agree to the terms.

Thanks, B.

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ngoshawk
US Tours Reviewer
08/20/2020 12:55 am

I live in Warrensburg, MO and would like to participate in the tour. I plan on doing a formal, full review as per past tours.

Cheers.

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ngoshawk
US Tours Reviewer
08/20/2020 12:57 am

As a full reviewer, please move me to the front of the line, and I would prefer the whole kit.

Cheers.

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seamon67
US Tours Reviewer
08/20/2020 2:32 pm

I live in West Lafayette, IN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE. I will do a full review of the Fir M5.

My preference is for the high end kit.

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wardo783
US Tours
08/20/2020 7:38 pm

I live in Porter Ranch, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. Verification documents submitted for prior tours are still current and accurate. Please notify me if resubmission is required for this new site and future tours.

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rwelles
US Tours
08/23/2020 6:20 pm

I’m in Florence, OR and would like to participate in the high-end tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have previously submitted my info for the Wraith tour.

I am NOT a reviewer.

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hypermuteki
US Tours
08/24/2020 10:00 pm

I live in Las Vegas, NV and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

My preference is the full lineup tour kit as long as there is an adapter for 2.5mm to 3.5mm and a cable for 2.5mm so I can use the adapter.

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Drunkenmunkey
US Tours Reviewer
08/26/2020 7:21 pm
  • I live in Highlands Ranch, CO and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com (and have already been approved)!
  • My preference is for the full lineup tour kit.
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tawmizzzz
US Tours
08/29/2020 9:46 pm

I live in Somerville, MA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to  BillB@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the high-end kit, Tour Kit 1. Thanks!

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dbstechtalk
US Tours Reviewer
08/29/2020 10:33 pm

U live in Logansport, IN and would like to participate in the full review experience.

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Blueshound24
US Tours
08/30/2020 5:59 pm

Thanks Bill! I live in Sioux Falls, SD and would like to participate in the full lineup kit, TOUR KIT 2.

I agree to follow the terms of the tour and I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com and all information is still current and correct.

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Audio In
US Tours Reviewer
09/03/2020 9:46 pm

I live in Merced, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. As a reviewer, please move me to the front of the line.
My preference is for the full lineup tour kit.

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csglinux
US Tours Reviewer
09/06/2020 12:05 am

I live in Los Angeles, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.
My preference is for the full lineup tour kit.

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Gasdoc
CA Tours
09/11/2020 6:37 am

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and would like to participate in the Fir Canadian Tour if it goes forward. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have joined AUDIOTIERS, subscribed to the tour announcements, and applied for tour membership.  I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

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seamon67
US Tours Reviewer
09/24/2020 4:46 am

Shipped HE kit to next participant @solstice15

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rmsanger
US Tours
09/24/2020 11:37 pm

Please add me to the tour list for Fir. I live in SLC, UT and would like to participate.

I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

Full lineup kit would be my preference.

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solstice15
US Tours
09/27/2020 4:43 am

Received the HE kit today

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gnahra
US Tours Reviewer
09/29/2020 6:39 pm

Hi Barra, apologies for being late to the party, but I would love to join this tour.
I live in Fort Myers, FL, and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.
My preference is for tour kit #1.
Thanks!

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SLC1966
US Tours Reviewer
10/01/2020 12:07 pm

I live in Utah and agree to the terms. I would like to participate in the Fir high End tour. I have done all the ID documentation.

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AUDIOKEYREVIEWS
US Tours Reviewer
10/06/2020 10:18 pm

Hi, I’m a reviewer and I live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Please add me to the list.

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Darkestred
US Tours
10/14/2020 8:35 pm

I have received the M4 and M5 tour kit from @Toaster. Just making note that both units have some knicks on them. Hopefully, they were like this before the tour started. Otherwise, everything else seems to be in order.

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hamhamhamsta
US Tours
10/14/2020 9:34 pm

I live in Santa Ana, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

My preference is for the high end tour kit.

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