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Where?

 

 

Search this thread. I think someone posted a link to a website in this thread discussing the Lab 1 and the Lab 2.  Actually they're called he Heaven 7 and Heaven 8.


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I don't suppose anyone's seen the price of this Lab II? A former FAD_ musicalnoob has told me that the Lab bears some resemblance to the Shure SE846 (but not exactly the same), which I'm not too huge on. I'd still like to give it a shot though, so long as the Lab II isn't $2000 as well :l

 

I'd like to try a Lab as well, preferably a model priced lower than the Lab I. So far haven't found a link for the Lab II.

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I think the other LAB models are on the previous page (the silver and gold pair) Doesn't seem to be any info on them otherwise
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I heard that if you remove the foam thingy inside the Heaven VI it dramatically improves its quality. Never tried it though 'cause I think the foam protects the IEM from dust

A friend of mine did this mod also. According to him, bass has better control now and became tighter. Mids are gloriously more forward than before and highs are shinning without being harsh or sibilant.

 

http://tinypic.com/r/2j4oeoh/8


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A friend of mine did this mod also. According to him, bass has better control now and became tighter. Mids are gloriously more forward that before and highs are shinning without being harsh or sibilant.

 

http://tinypic.com/r/2j4oeoh/8

 

I was thinking of asking about this but didn't. Now that theres more info on it, I'll give it a try.

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Listening to Culture Club's  Do You Really Want To Hurt Me with the PHVI. The bass is wicked (not really basshead level, but it goes low low low with quality)! And you can really hear the passion, yearning and pain in Boy George's song. Just always thought this was a great sounding song, but the PHVI gives it new life.

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Why did they have to call it Heaven VIII? If it was VII, I could have skipped it :angry_face:

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Any word on the pricing of the Heaven VIII? Or any impressions from people that were at Jaben? I wonder how much cheaper FAD is gonna make the Heaven VIII compared to the LAB 1, if at all.

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My two cents on the FA Piano Forte VIII:

 

I remember a few years ago, I scoffed at the price of the $1K FI-BA-SS thinking why on earth would anyone buy such an expensive earpiece.  Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when my curiosity took the best of my judgment, which resulted in the proud ownership of a second hand Piano Forte VIII.  Despite the original retail price, I get it.....

 

I've owned a fair share of mid to TOTL earphones/earbuds and nothing comes to the sound presentation coming out of these VIII.  If I could only give three attributes, they would be 1) Natural, 2) Airy, and 3) Holographic.  The first attribute, I feel comes inherently with dynamic drivers in general.  They lack the edginess and sometimes metallic sheen that, IMO balanced armatures (BA) produce and can consequently make many of my digitized tracks sound a little too digital.  Sure, dynamics may not be as fast as the BA nor as micro-detailed, but I reside more on the side that favors a smoother and natural presentation, so I'm fine and expect some roll-offs in the treble and bass areas. 

 

Where the VIII reigns supreme is the holographic imaging.  Pretty much everything else I've heard in the pool of earphones/earbuds presents the soundstage in 2D where different instruments severely lack convincing depth in all directions.  Sure it sounds great, and I can hear the various layers, but it feels like all the different components of the sounds are either right next to each other or are taking turns to be in the center stage.

 

I'm glad I purchased the "Dr. Chesky Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc" as it really brought out the technical capabilities or lack of.  A few tracks really demonstrated how well the VIII handles stage depth and placement.  I found it incredible how convincingly real the VIII presented the tracks.  I then filtered throw my digital collection and picked two live performance that I feel are recorded well.  When, I heard track after track on The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over and Joe Satriani:Time Machine, I was honestly floored how real the live tracks sounded.  What really did it was the sound of the audience.  All that positive energy that people say and display  at those concerts was easily felt and gave me the most realistic sensation of being there. All the conviction from the band and audience was never lost or sounded unconvincing. This is what I think is the pinnacle of emotional satisfaction.

 

Unfortunately, I agree with the overall consensus that the VIII is a picky in order to achieve that emotional satisfaction that's synonymous with audio nirvana.  Scratch off tracks that falls in the treble or bass camps because listening with the VIII lacked any magic that it produced with the two albums above.  I've come to turns that there's really no "jack-of-all-trades" product that can provide an equal emotional satisfaction and be indiscriminate of the music genre, and/or mastering/recording quality.  For this reason, I have other substitutes that are "good enough generalists."

 

Where these VIII excels at, I found no equal with its above attributes. The fit and finish are superb. Its style and function are of museum quality.  As of recent, it remains my ticket to feel like I'm one of the audience whether it's at a classic rock concert, music hall, or recording studio.  How Final Audio was able to accomplish this with the VIII is commendable.  Whatever engineering that was put into the VIII to create its attributes can be viewed as eccentric genius.

 

Keep the change.

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+1 David! My sentiments exactly!
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+1 David! My sentiments exactly!
The greatest ear buds ever. Pity I can only afford the VIII but I'm happy.
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Listening to Culture Club's  Do You Really Want To Hurt Me with the PHVI. The bass is wicked (not really basshead level, but it goes low low low with quality)! And you can really hear the passion, yearning and pain in Boy George's song. Just always thought this was a great sounding song, but the PHVI gives it new life.

awe,   more temptation on those Hope VI  Hos do they compare to the Heaven 5 for overall musical wow?

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awe,   more temptation on those Hope VI  Hos do they compare to the Heaven 5 for overall musical wow?

 

 

There is no comparison my friend. The Hope VI is better in everything next to the V. It's just know way to compare it. The V is a wonderful earphone, but it doesn't come near the Hope VI. If you loved pineapple (and the V was a pineapple), it would be like trying to compare a pineapple to one of those ridiculously expensive french truffles.  lol

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