Japan loves its audio, and being first and foremost hobbyists we want to bring a piece of that love to Singapore as well.
Final Audio Design is no stranger to audiophiles around the world. Established in 1974, Final's operations run the gamut from component technology development, to the manufacture of products across multiple brands.
Through the years, the Final brand concept is rooted in simplicity and has been kept consistent since company’s inception “the comprehensive pursuit of things that are fundamentally right”.
In the pursuit of this philosophy, Final aims to introduce the idea that, far from being fast consumer goods, earphones and headphones are devices that can be used for the long haul, much in the same way you would use a mechanical wristwatch for a long time, perhaps servicing it from time to time, before it can be passed on and treasured by the next generation.
While a lot of Final's releases have been angled at serious audiophiles, 2017 saw them release two products seemingly angled at beginners. With a price tag of SGD$69 and SGD$85 respectively, these earphones were developed on the on the back of the latest acoustic engineering and psychological research results. With high definition and flat, natural sound quality, this product could be considered a "standard".
In today's product spotlight we delve into these newly crowned audio stalwarts geared towards beginner audiophiles
Final E-Series: E2000 and E3000
The E2000 and the E3000 has an anondised aluminium and a stainless steel shell respectively. Causing the E3000 to be ever so slightly heftier than the E2000.
Both earphones have a petite, low profile cylindrical design, that are a joy to slide into tiny ears. The non removable cables may be a deal breaker to some but it's a good deal for the price. The diminutive size of the phones also mean that they wear comfortably in bed, allowing you to roll around without feeling the pain of an bulky IEM being driven into your ear canal.
Pros and Pecularities
Final has pitched the E2000 and E3000 to be earphones that let both the audiophile and the layman enjoy great sound from their mobile devices, a selling point, therefore is the ease at which these earphones can be driven. Some audiophiles however report having to crank up the volume ever so slightly in order to get the earphones to play at the volume they're used to.
Both earphones were developed as "reference" earphones with a warm, constant overall sound. There are however some differences between the two. E2000 possesses higher sound at the top-range, less bass, and some say, a more refined, bright sound.
Very high frequencies are pristine and alive on both, making for a listening experience that's smooth as butter at any pitch.
Some consumers actually actively prefer the E2000, despite the E3000 being billed (and looking and feeling like) a higher end model. As with any earphone purchase, we'd suggest you go to your local retailer and listen to them for yourself before making a decision.
The E2000 retails at $69 while the E3000 retails at $85
If you're the kind who'd like to have a mic and controller on hand, there's also the E2000C and E3000C, these nifty upgrades come with a controller that can be used to, play, stop, rewind and answer calls at the touch of a button.
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