After two years of research and development, FiiTii has finally released its latest earbuds, the HiFiDots, which are now available for purchase at a premium price of US$199. The HiFiDots boasts a 10mm dynamic driver and two balanced armatures, promising top-quality sound on paper.
The unboxing experience, inside the box, you’ll find the FiiTii HiFiDots ANC Earbuds, a charging case, a USB-A to USB-C cable, a user manual, and ear tips in XS, S, M, and L sizes. The tech specs reveal a frequency response of 20 to 40,000 Hz, a 2 Balanced Armature + 10mm Dynamic driver, up to 6.0 hours of battery life per full charge (with 30 hours in the charging case), and a weight of 4.2g for each earbud and 98g for the charging case. The earbuds also feature Bluetooth 5.3, IPX7 water resistance, touch controls, and USB-C charging.
Moving on to build quality and features, the FiiTii HiFiDots are available in two colors – black and green. The black model, in particular, showcases FiiTii’s intention for the HiFiDots to be its flagship and most premium true wireless earbuds to date. The metal case design exudes elegance, although its 98g weight leans towards a bold choice prioritizing form over function.
The case opens with the push of a button, revealing the HiFiDots earbuds nestled vertically. Removing the earbuds might be cumbersome, requiring some getting used to, despite FiiTii providing a guide for efficient removal. The earbuds themselves are small, with a matte finish and LED lights on the perimeter. Touch controls, as detailed in the image below, offer a full suite of options, and the FiiTii app provides limited customization for controls.
Speaking of the FiiTii app, it not only allows control customization but also features a custom EQ function for tuning the sound profile and a lighting effect for visual appeal while listening to music. Additionally, the app includes a Fit test to ensure optimal sealing.
In the transparency mode, the HiFiDots implementation is unique, avoiding an overly blocked feel but maintaining audibility without elevating wind noises excessively.
Discussing fit and comfort, the provided ear tips may present challenges in achieving a perfect seal for some users. Personal preferences might lead users to experiment with alternative tips like Comply foam tips or oval-shaped ear tips from other brands.
Moving on to sound quality, the HiFiDots offer a well-balanced signature that remains exciting and enjoyable. The bass is cohesive, the mids are detailed with warmth, and the treble is sufficiently bright without being sibilant.
Exploring the ANC performance, while not on par with the AirPods Pro, the HiFiDots excel at eliminating low-end noises but struggle with higher-frequency sounds.
In terms of the microphone quality, the HiFiDots deliver an average performance, with clear reproduction in controlled environments but struggles in noisy surroundings.
Battery life stands at 6 hours per charge with a total of 30 hours using the case. The absence of wireless charging is notable, but a quick charge feature provides 100 minutes of listening after 10 minutes of charging.
Discussing pairing, connectivity, and latency, the HiFiDots, equipped with Bluetooth 5.3, demonstrate fast pairing with iPhones, multipoint pairing capabilities, and no noticeable audio-video sync lag during video playback.
In conclusion, if sound quality is your top priority and you appreciate balanced tuning, the HiFiDots could be a suitable choice despite the US$199 price tag. However, it lacks certain quality-of-life features such as portability and wireless charging, though it compensates with the inclusion of multipoint pairing. For potential buyers, there’s a 20% discount available on Amazon using the code AL22ZI4N.