Hailing from Russia, Fischer Audio is an outfit dedicated to making affordable Hi-Fidelity headphones for their customers. The Fe-381 Omega Infinity is their first foray into wireless audio, but will it stand out from popular western brands? Read on to find out!
Build Quality and Design
At first glance, the Omega Infinity may not look like much, but it actually feels pretty lightweight and sturdy for its price! It’s got a rubberised cable and earbuds with matte and shiny detailing. Both earbuds snap together with magnets when you want to leave them off without having to fuss over them. Or you could zip it up inside the included hard case.
Unlike most sports earbuds, these are designed to hook around your ears for more stability. That kept them in place for me, but I’m not sure how well it might cling onto more petite ears than mine.
It’s got anti-sweat and moisture chops but we’re warned in the manual that they’re not waterproof. It stood up well to light rain and profuse sweating during my night-jogs. The nifty in-line mic houses a 3-button control scheme for your music, call and volume controls. No trouble there operating those either but I did find the buttons a little too stiff for my liking. There’s a tiny rubber door on one side that protects a micro-USB charging port from moisture and debris.
To ensure the best possible fit you get a total of four different tip sizes. It took me a few simple tries to find one that fit snug and tight to lock in all that juicy sonic goodness. Fail to get the right fit, and the rubber tips slip out often resulting in thin, soft audio and sore ears.
Performance and Features
Speaking of juice, the box states that the Omega Infinity has a healthy bank of 9 hours worth of use. I normally test earbuds at 50 percent volume, but I had to push the volume closer to 60 percent while using it outdoors. At 60 percent, the earbuds served me for around 6 hours and 20 minutes before giving up the ghost. Good enough for a few workouts or YouTube binges! (I usually go for the latter)
With proper fitting tips, the earbuds actually pulled off a decent sound signature. They do perform quite well with lower-paced numbers. Its bass did thump its way through most of my Bossa Nova tracks and did not sound anaemic. Its mids are quite nuanced when enjoying my Norah Jones collection, topped off with bright high-registers. There was a sure degree of sound staging despite its limited headroom, but nothing I wouldn’t expect at this price-point.
With more complex arrangements, there was a noticeable loss in dynamic range and it seemed like the drivers couldn’t handle fast tracks, well, fast enough! Tracks like DNCE’s ’Cake By The Ocean’ ended up sounding slightly muffled with gritty highs that I had to get accustomed to. Details get fairly mashed up; and though it wasn’t enough to make me to want to yank them off and dump them, I got more picky with the songs I wanted to enjoy on it – like Jazz, Vocals, Bluegrass and groovier pop songs.
The Omega Infinity plays nice with most of your mobile devices using Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX codec. It also supports multi-point pairing, which is a pretty common feature by now but still worth a holler. In actual use they worked okay in general, but I did get occasional signal drops even with my phone in my pocket! They were quite infrequent though, and did not bother me too much. There were no audio/video syncing issues, and call quality was pretty clear.
Omega Infinity is attractively priced at S$128, a bit lower than competing products from Jaybird and Plantronics. It has decent battery life, comfort and sound quality which should make it pretty good value. But unlike its competitors, you won’t get an app or any customisation options. Hence I’ll rate it reasonable value for money.
The S$128 Omega Infinity is too generic in so many ways to make any lasting impressions. Aside from the fact that it’s made in Russia (and you can snap them together around your neck), the average shopper will be hard-pressed to pick this from among other wireless earbuds like the Jaybirds and Plantronics. But, if you’re looking for a decent-sounding pair of sports earbuds without breaking the bank, this deserves to be on your list!
So here’s my final tally:
Build Quality and Design (Wireless Earbuds)
- Pros: Lightweight and sturdy. Water-resistant. Both earbuds snap together with magnets when you want to leave them off. Includes a hard carrying case. Hooks around your ears for added stability. 3-button remote for volume, music and call controls. Micro-USB charging. A total of four different tip sizes to easily fit most ears.
- Cons: Plain design language. Hook-over ear design might not work well for smaller ears. Remote buttons are a little too stiff for my liking.
Score: 8/11 (24.2%)
Performance and Features
- Pros: Decent battery life of 6 hours of actual use. Sound quality is pretty decent at its price point. Has full bass, detailed mids and bright highs when playing slower tracks. Decent sound staging performance and detail. Supports Multi-Point pairing.
- Cons: Sound can get gritty and muffled with complex and intensive numbers. Experienced occasional Bluetooth signal drops when using it outside.
Score: 5/7 (23.78%)
The Omega Infinity delivers decent audio performance and sweat resistance, and comes with a hard carrying case. It does not have an App nor fetching good looks as compared to offerings from Jaybird or Plantronics. As such It is reasonable value for money..
Score: 3/5 (19.98%)