FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher
| 3.8 mm MicroDriver |
? The FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher are the smallest earphones in the world, holding inside a marvelously tiny 3.8 mm microdriver made in Japan. FISCHER AUDIO is a brand specialized in headphones and earphones and have manufactured a tremendous amount of models which have gained solid reputation. Declaring the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher as the smallest earphone in the world could sound subjective but that is what FISCHER AUDIO says about this model; to tell the truth they are extremely small like nothing we have reviewed before, not even the very small Remax RM-565i, KZ HDS3, UiiSii Hi-705 or the Sennheiser CX200. Moreover the dynamic driver’s diameter is the smallest we have seen and reviewed so far, the Sony MH1 Livesound had the tiniest so far with 5.8 mm in diameter but the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher went very extreme here with a DD of just 3.8 mm. By having such a minuscule dynamic driver, FISCHER AUDIO was able to create a masterpiece of a housing that is so small that almost disappears inside the ears; we are not talking about flush fit here, these ones go beyond flush. The housings are not only small but also made of rubber with no hard structures, meaning that you can squeeze the housings (probably not recommended as you could damage the inner components and the microdriver).
The FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher are the smallest earphones in the world, holding inside a marvelously tiny 3.8 mm microdriver…
As you may see from our photos, the eartips have a double flange/deep fitting design, what you cannot see from the photos is that these eartips are fixed and non removable, this is most probably a decision that Fischer Audio had to take to be able to reduce the housings size to the very maximum. The cables of the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher are rounded, rubberized, thin and very light, which makes sense with the overall earphone style and weight of the earpieces. There is an inline microphone and 1-button control that allows you to play/pause music, skip songs and answer reject calls. The stereo plug has an L-shape with a 90 degree angle. If you look through Amazon you will find an earphone that looks exactly like the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher, which is named MAXROCK (TM) and has very good ratings over there. Although we do not own nor have tested the MAXROCK (TM) we guess that they are not the same earphone being sold under another brand name (something that happens frequently with earphones) as the technical specifications between both models do not match. Probably the most important spec that does not match is the dynamic driver size, the MAXROCK (TM) declares a 5 mm dynamic driver while the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher has a smaller 3.8 mm DD. You can buy the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher in 5 different colors, which the brand names as follows:
- FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher Father Sky (turquoise blueish color)
- FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher Eagle Eye (grey color)
- FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher Red Nation (red color)
- FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher Mother Earth (green color)
- FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher Spiritual Violet (violet color)
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Accessories & Packaging
The packaging of the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher is a quite simple box, very standard of many earphones. Regarding accessories they are certainly not standard, as the eartips are non-removable it makes no sense to ship it with spare eartips, in fact they don’t; as an accessory you will get a “dream catcher” amulet that will have the same color as the earphone’s color that you chose. The amulet may not be the most logic accessory included with an earphone but it follows the model’s name theme, for the originality we are giving them some point in this section’s score.
Bass & Sub Bass
The FISCHER AUDIO exhibit a lower than average volume output, this is not a particular “issue” of a microdriver as we have seen this several times and even on highly packed earphones such as the KZ ZS5. The bass coming from the ultra tiny 3.8 mm microdriver of the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher has enough punch for some less demanding genres and almost no sub-bass. To be fair with them it is still impressive given the size of the DD. With an EQ, bass gets a noticeably fuller sound with stronger mid-bass but sub-bass continues to struggle. We know they are the smallest earphones in the world but we had to put them through our extreme bass tests anyways. Amplifying with a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc with it’s bass boost turned on and setting it to high gain (a custom basshead EQ was applied), the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher could handle up to 30% of Fiio’s maximum power with a radical enhancement of punch and depth. Regarding basshead impact and rumble, they are not and will never be basshead earphones. If you want the best in the basshead world take a look at the amazing Pioneer SE-CX8 or the Sony MDR-7550 / Sony MDR-EX800ST.
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Mids & Vocals
Mids of the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher are mediumly distant with warm enough lower vocals and non-forward nor too rolled off higher mids which usually do not sound harsh. Applying an EQ, lower vocals sound less laid back but somewhat boxy. Higher mids get harsh with an EQ so it is a good idea not bumping up too much or at all the higher mid frequencies.
Highs & Treble
Highs have a lot of brightness and are able to resolve some detail, piercing highs can be perceived with very high notes and some sibilance shows up at times. After an EQ a lot more of brightness is added and a little extra amount of detail. Piercing highs remain as equally frequent as before but sibilance becomes strong.
The sound that leaks out of the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher is almost imperceptible, most probably nobody will ever hear what you are listening to, even on quiet situations. Their sound leaking performance classifies them as one of the best (if not the best) earphones for library use along with the KZ ATE.
Noise isolation is pretty effective, the double flange eartips and the very deep fit gives them an useful level of isolation even if a moderate volume if set; for a more absolute level of isolation a higher volume might be necessary.
With their microscopic housings and double flange eartips they can be fit beyond a flush level with the ears and having flexible rubber earpieces they remain very comfortable and do not feel invasive or painful. Their more than flush fit clearly classifies them as a perfect match for bed or under the helmet usage. The overall comfort of the FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher is outstanding.
Response to Equalization
The response to different custom EQs was fair but not excellent, some audio frequencies showed improvements but also some problems appeared. Bass got fuller while sub-bass still lacked depth, mids benefited with less distant lower vocals but started to sound boxy and higher mids got harsh, highs gained a big amount of brightness but sibilance started to sound too strong.
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- Accessories - 5.75/105.8/10
- Design - 10/1010/10
- Bass - 7/107/10
- Mids - 6.25/106.3/10
- Highs - 7.5/107.5/10
- Sound Leak - 10/1010/10
- Sound Isolation - 7.25/107.3/10
- Comfort - 10/1010/10
- Response to EQ - 7/107/10
- Value for Money - 10/1010/10
- Unique design and size
- Incredibly comfortable
- Extraordinarily contained sound leaking levels
- The smallest earphone in the world (it has to be a PRO)
- Very cheap
- Mids will not win any contest
- Bass lacks depth
- The FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher are a very special earphone with their title as the smallest earphone in the world and an ultra tiny 3.8 mm dynamic driver. Due to the very reduced size of their DD some audio frequencies struggle to perform ideally but we consider them quite admirable.
The FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher can be recommended to some type of users:
- People looking for an extremely comfortable and particularly small earphone with outstanding comfort and extremely controller sound leaking levels.
- People searching for an earphone to be used at bed, under a helmet or at libraries.
- Earphones collectors; for the mere enjoyment of being the owner of the "smallest earphone in the world".
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FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher Frequency Response
FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher
|Driver Unit||3.8 mm Microdriver|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||L Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||Dream Catcher amulet|
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