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K.T.N
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Mar 16, 2017
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I've been on a run with some reasonably pricey IEMs latey, ie, 64 Audio U10, Shure 846, Sony XBA Z5, Earsonics S-EM6 and Velvet, etc.
I was interested in these Finals after someone compared them to the HiFi Man RE-600, which I also have.
Well, after listening to the IEMs for just an hour, I can say I am really liking them.
They are at the same time warm and weighty, while still sounding very clear and resolving. That's a good feat.
Sometimes when you describe an IEM as warm sounding, there's an expected corresponding lack of resolution. But that doesn't seem to be the case here. It's pretty nice what they did. They were able to get both packed in there.
What I also like is that there's a sense of solid control in the bass and lower midrange.
Again, when you desribe an IEM as warm, there's an expectation the bass will be loose and wooley. Again, not so here. I was actually surprised and pleased at how firm and authorative the bass sounds.
No, it's not basshead level stuff. But the bass is firm, solid, taut, and more importantly, propulsive and it really keeps the beat going well. Very engaging, and very fun as the bass here really propels the song forward in an exciting but controlled way.
I've had some IEM that are great in a lot of ways, but just don't keep the beat well, and end up sounding confused and ultimately boring. One that comes to mind is the Westone W40. So good in so many ways, but I can't for the life of me get it to sound rhythmically competent. It just doesn't keep the beat well enough for me to enjoy rhythmic music on them. And that's a lot of music.
But these Finals are good in that way.
These aren't treblehead IEMs, either. While there's enough treble that I'm personally satisfied with it, those who love a sparkly treble focused sound won't find enough treble for them. The treble definitely does not draw attention to itself. While the treble is still crisp and resolved, it's slightly reduced in level and takes a back seat to the midrange.
I'd say that these are probably more resolving and exciting than the RE-600, and I'm actually quite happy to use these as my daily drivers over my more pricey IEMs (still great sound, but less worry about losing or damaging them).
In fact, I like them so much I'm going to pick up a second set.
FYI, I've been driving them with an Onkyo HA-200 portable dac/amp. That's know to be a slightly warm sounding amp, but even with that, the pairing doesn't sound too warm to my ears.
Next to try is the xDuoo XD-05 with Burson V5i, which someone recommended as a great pairing. I haven't tried it yet, but owning and knowing the sound signature of that very xDuoo setup, I think this IEM would likely mate really well with it.
Mar 16, 2017
BeatzDezigns
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Mar 17, 2017
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How would you say the build is for these? Do they seem pretty durable?
Mar 17, 2017
gemmoglock
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Mar 17, 2017
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How do they compare to other IEMs you use?
Mar 17, 2017
K.T.N
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Mar 17, 2017
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I can't speak to the durability of the connection points yet (ie, the areas where the cord connects to the earphone body and the jack). I just haven't used them long enough to know. Plus I tend to really baby my gear, so unless there's a real problem with the build, mine tend to last longer than the typical use case.
But the quality of the metal body, and the cord as well seem really top notch. The metal tubes seem super solid, and the cables are the flat ribbon kind, and seem pretty substantial, yet still pliable.
I've had flat cables in the past. One on a TDK set of IEMs, and on another set of IEMs. I cant remember the make, but I think it was called the M200, or something like that. Also on my Sony IEMs. If I remember correctly, those particular flat cords were durable, but seemed a little thick and cumbersome. In the case of the Sony, the folds, or kinks, from the way the cables were initially folded won't come out, and there's a waviness in the cord that won't straighten out.
The flat cords on the Finals seem durable, but they are still pliable. The feel more rubbery than the other flat cords I have, and tend to unfurl out fully, so there are no kinks in them (I think it helps that Final rolled the cord into roll instead of folding it into a zigzag bundle when they initially packed it. That prevented the kinks in the first place). And the cords aren't so stiff that you feel like you're constantly fighting them. It feels like flat cord done right.
I'd say the build feels as good as anything else I have, including the pricier IEMs.
For example, the cords on the Earsonics IEMs seem really thin and fragile. I haven't had any trouble with them, but they don't look like they could handle much abuse. The build of the Final feels more solid than this.
Same with the 64 Audio U10. The cable seems a little delicate. And the acrylic body seems fine, but doesn't quite have a premium feel to them fitting of their price.
I'd say the Final has the feel of something you'd find in the few hundred dollar range. Something like that.
The design of the Final is somewhat simple, so that might give the impression of being less expensive, but I'd say the quality of the materials is as good or better than the other IEMs I own. Including the more expensive ones.
Mar 17, 2017
K.T.N
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Mar 17, 2017
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It's interesting. The more expensive IEMs obviously do some things better than the Final in their own particular way.
For example, the 64 Audio U10 has a way of sounding really expansive and holographic that I haven't experienced in any other IEM I own. It's not quite like listening to speakers, or like listening to sounds outside your head. It's more of an effect where the space inside your head becomes really large and expansive, and the sound fills that space. It's actually really hypnotic when you have the systems set up right.
Other IEMs, like the Shure 846, have a rich, warm, fluid organic sound, with an outsized bass, which is very satisfying.
The Earsonics have a very warm, organic sound which is still very clear, which is very nice to listen to.
So each has its own personality, and on the pricier IEMs, I'd say certain aspects of the sound stand above what the Final offers.
But the Final is very satisfying to listen to in that it integrates a number of important characteristics to provide a very fulfilling listening experience.
As I mentioned earlier, there's a nice combination of warmth and clarity in the Final, which I find kind of rare.
But the real kicker for me is the taut and propulsive, yet controlled bass, that really drives the music along in a compelling way.
The more I think about, I'd say the bass drive is not a roller coaster type of excitement kind of thing. It's more that the bass notes seems on the leading edge of the notes, so that the pace is propulsive. But there's also a sense of control. Like when you listen to a live drummer who has an impeccable sense of timing, and each drum strike is right where is should be to drive the music. Solid, controlled, and unwavering.
Because the Final does all those things, I find it as satisfying to listen to as my other IEMs.
They all have a different personalities and strengths, and I find what the Final offers makes me want to reach for them more regularly over some other more expensive IEMs which may have a more specialized kind of flavor.
Mar 17, 2017
BeatzDezigns
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Mar 17, 2017
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Awesome, thanks for the reply back!
Mar 17, 2017
gemmoglock
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Mar 18, 2017
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Thank you! I listen to a mix of genres from classical to vocal to pop, some jazz and some rock so i may get this if i find the Brainwavz B100 lacking :)
Mar 18, 2017
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