Recently I have received Audiofly AF45 (56USD) from Audiofly, thanks Carol from Audiofly for making this review possible.
I first know the Australian company Audiofly is because of their famous hybrid model AF78, which is using dual driver configuration (One Balanced armature and one dynamic driver). AF45 sits at their lower tier product range. No fancy technology and no fancy outlook, I hope the performance will be up par to the competitor.
Design/Outlook and Ergonomics/Comfort
Design wise AF45 is actually very straight forward and simple. Build quality is okay for a 56USD IEM, although I am expecting more from an Australian company. AF45 is very light in ears, not particularly super comfortable, however it is worth to mention that my audio buddy found this iem to be extremely comfortable.
I knew that AF45 is using cable and silicon tip that has been made by big company, the silicone tips are comfortable, what made me surprised is the original included carrying pouch, which is very high class and nice quality. Tha packaging box looks good overall, for 56USD the value itself is worthy, the pouch itself looks expensive, well done I can say for Audiofly.
Personally I don’t like the cloth cable of AF45, it do caused some microphonics noise when the cable touched any part of your body, the so called ‘Audiflex’cable (Claimed by Audiofly) is quite weak, I don’t get the idea why fabric/cloth cable, because for me the normal rubber cable is way better can caused less problem.
Honestly I am not really into the design of the AF45, it looks way trimmed especially compared with their AF78/56, which at least from pictures, they looks a lot better, also more expensive though.
To test the Audiofly AF45, I simply using the Audinsht HUD MX-2 and M2Tech Hiface DAC. AF45 has been burned in more than 50 hours.
I can definitely tell you that AF45 is more towards bass tuning sound signature, which also not to be my liking, and this is the crowd that AF45 will be selling to, this review will be written in this aspect as well. As one can expected, AF45 is very easy to drive such as other iems, which means headphone amplifier is not necessarily, this is true for most of the iems and portable headphone, although adding a headphone amplifier will be more in controlled and added more body, but honestly speaking, the differences are not that big, sometimes it is kinda waste of money, moving up to big headphone is a very different story, most of them need a good and powerful headphone amplifier.
AF45 is not an audiophile iem, however this doesn’t mean that it has bad audio quality. AF45 is an iems that tuned towards bass lover or young crowd, sound signature is qute laid back and V-shaped in mind, not heavily recessed in the mid/vocal but bass is always the most forward, luckily the treble is not as hot as some V-shaped iems that often made a very cheap and harsh sound such as other iem for similar price.
Bass itself is not something that I have expected, it is good in quantity, with a fat and loose behaviour, will basshead appreciated this? I think they will, for bass heavy song like electronica and hiphop, or any bass oriented songs, they might not enjoying something with a fast decay and tight bass, songs like ‘Titanium’ by Sia and David Guetta actually show how loose the bass of AF45 is, bass is not too heavy it is just emphasized, overal in a good soundstage but sounded closed, with a thin vocal performance.
Is this a basshead IEM? Maybe not, Dunu Landmite DN23 and Hisound Wooduo2 might get the title for basshead, but they are both more expensive. AF45 is not what I will called as audiophile IEM or anything that old crowd might like, but for the crowd that Audiofly intended to market this IEM, it is quite good. AF45 is not iem that I will use to listen at 100 Best Classical, Beethoven, Mozart nor Vivaldi, it is an iem that I will use to listen Deseree, Eminem, Diana King and the top 20s. In this respect, I think AF45 has strike the right corner with a good price tag.
Audiofly AF45 is a good IEM with reasonable price tag, I am not going to expected it to sound like a 100usd iem or more expensive, this is not realistic and practical. For a 56USD iem, I personally it sounded quite good and the enhanced bass can be fun sometime, it is a good companion when you are going to listen some music while you are working, worked nice without a good source or whatsoever.