Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphones
Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphones
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Never one to follow traditional views on aesthetics and tuning, Final Audio Design designs eye-catching headphones with bold sound signatures across the line that look and sound unique. Creating a cult following on Head-Fi with the audio chops to back up its pretty face, the newly branded Sonorous VI (formerly Pandora Hope VI) makes its American debut on Massdrop with an exclusive members-only offer Read More

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Magglemax
3
Jul 4, 2017
Are we getting another drop?
m8oman
191
Jun 12, 2016
I thought I was pretty clear regarding the amount of head time it's had.
Look, they're both really quite remarkable (thx00 & sonorous). It should just be understood they have different talents/strengths/emphasis.
I had a singer reinforce my observation the sonorous's is in the treble, presence, and low bass (if the amp can drive the ridiculously low 8 ohm impedance; more later). This really serves to bring out and forward vocals and guitars.
The thx00 has a much fatter midbass to accompany the equally strong low bass, great and more natural thru mids (stand-up bass finger plucks and slides and string flutter are more pronounced and almost visible) has great high highs, but is much more subdued in the presence region. It is much easier to listen to for longer for this reason. I can get slightly agitated from the sonorous at high levels for long.
I recommend everyone with access to both listen to Piltch & Davis, Take One, track Horizontal Blue (buy it from HDTracks; its a marvel of a record). What I say should be evident. The stand up bass and cymbals takes front stage on the THX00. Less so on the Sonorous where the bass is more an accompaniment to the piano which now comes forward, with drums; the vocalizations made in the second half by I think the bass player that are way in the background on the thx00, are much more pronounced and forward on the Sonorous.
At $400/$500 both are buys; and I did. Add an extra $150-ish to the Sonorous and I'd opt for just the THX00. Sorry Final.
Now, a word on ease of drive. I am using my McIntosh MHA100 driving both on high gain, autoformers on low 8-40 ohm impedance. So, there is no problem at all delivering the current to the sonorous. But do this comparison with my newly delivered Opus #1 player, and one finds the low low bass is noticibaly lessened on just the sonorous. The 8 ohm current draw is a tough one for these little devices. No such problem driving the 25 ohms of the THX00.
Ph0n6
2
Jun 4, 2016
Got it for 499$ last year. Haven't regret it ever since. Surprisingly with the right pads this can become very comfortable (not sure why people can put up with the Audeze comfort but not this one). Check out my post here http://www.head-fi.org/t/696821/reviews-impressions-thread-final-audio-design-pandora-hope-vi-interesting-dynamic-ba-full-size-headphones/1545#post_12623577
FatDoi
133
Jun 4, 2016
still not 1 unit sold...... what a disaster
novacav
3
Jun 3, 2016
Are these better or worse than the Fostex TH-X00? Anyone know? I have the Fostex TH-600 and am wondering if these Finals are worth it when those are damn good.
m8oman
191
Jun 4, 2016
Waynedo, As an owner of both, I disagree with you. Since I purchased, these have had a few hours of head time. It's true, they do get pretty uncomfortable, but that's only part of it. In contrast, I've listened to the thx00 cumulatively for days. It's just so engaging. (I also own the Ether, AlphaPrime, HE1000, HD650, and many others)
No surprise there are no takers. Massdrop, you forget what your charter is?
wxzp
0
Jun 7, 2016
Hi, does ur final cans burned in?
piriya33
89
Jun 1, 2016
What happened to the price?
NVM. I have an HD600 for a long time when I had a chance to try these on for the first time last year. At first I was meh. The highs were just a little bit too sharp for my taste But then the lows hit and I was grinning so wide people'd think I was mad. The bass became alive with these cans. What was once a painting, beautiful as it is, has became a sculpture. It adds another dimension to the sound and I loved it.
But would I buy it? probably not, my half a day with the cans left me with a sore neck for a week and quite a terrible headache. Fit and comfort is terrible here but that sound is something.
Tykal49
4
May 31, 2016
I want these, but not at this price. $499 w/ free shipping or fail.
Uzuzu
1435
May 31, 2016
lol these also weigh 480 grams. Enjoy the broken necks, dang!
FatDoi
133
May 31, 2016
I don't see many people will join this drop as the price is way too high
FatDoi
133
May 29, 2016
this drop is more expensive than I buy retail here in Australia
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I thought I was pretty clear regarding the amount of head time it's had. Look, they're both really quite remarkable (thx00 & sonorous). It should just be understood they have different talents/strengths/emphasis. I had a singer reinforce my observation the sonorous's is in the treble, presence, and low bass (if the amp can drive the ridiculously low 8 ohm impedance; more later). This really serves to bring out and forward vocals and guitars. The thx00 has a much fatter midbass to accompany the equally strong low bass, great and more natural thru mids (stand-up bass finger plucks and slides and string flutter are more pronounced and almost visible) has great high highs, but is much more subdued in the presence region. It is much easier to listen to for longer for this reason. I can get slightly agitated from the sonorous at high levels for long. I recommend everyone with access to both listen to Piltch & Davis, Take One, track Horizontal Blue (buy it from HDTracks; its a marvel of a record). What I say should be evident. The stand up bass and cymbals takes front stage on the THX00. Less so on the Sonorous where the bass is more an accompaniment to the piano which now comes forward, with drums; the vocalizations made in the second half by I think the bass player that are way in the background on the thx00, are much more pronounced and forward on the Sonorous. At $400/$500 both are buys; and I did. Add an extra $150-ish to the Sonorous and I'd opt for just the THX00. Sorry Final. Now, a word on ease of drive. I am using my McIntosh MHA100 driving both on high gain, autoformers on low 8-40 ohm impedance. So, there is no problem at all delivering the current to the sonorous. But do this comparison with my newly delivered Opus #1 player, and one finds the low low bass is noticibaly lessened on just the sonorous. The 8 ohm current draw is a tough one for these little devices. No such problem driving the 25 ohms of the THX00.