Final Audio A4000 - Reviews
The special one...
Pros: Fast transients , Timbre , Tonality , Great holographic soundstage , Super fast bass , Transparency
Cons: Poor cable , Mild sibilance
First things first. I buy all my sets full price. i have not nearly reached the exalted position of getting gear for free.. So, in many ways my review comes from a consumerist angle.. I have no affiliation at all with Final Audio. Now that is cleared up let me begin. Final Audio are a Japanese company. I have been to Japan many times , I have always been impressed by their passion for music , attention to detail also their dedication for making quality products. Final Audio are known for making quality audio produce. I am fan of their E series , i have all the sets from the E2000 upwards. Their flagship is the pure beryllium A8000 which is 2K plus. I have not heard them but they garnered rave reviews . Most reviewers mention their natural qualities. The same can be said of their E series which of course is their budget range. The E2000 are my favourites. Proving less is sometimes more. A lower number does not necessarily mean a significant drop in standards .Let us start with the tangibles.They are very light.Materials used are ABS thermoplastic resin.The A4000 have a blue grey hue. Not metal clad like the gorgeous B series. Looks are modest. At the same time they are inconspicous also kinda cute. You wont see the Jenner sisters wearing them on the catwalk. The cable is pretty poor. Thin, non braided and breakable. To make matters worse the 2 pin connectors are recessed making it almost impossible to cable roll. On the bright side they include the excellent Final tips in the box.I have not tip rolled as they sound great. It is a very spartan affair .To be honest i expected more. Final have adopted a 6mm single driver with their new f core DU driver coating in brass. They are currently sold out in Japan and have won numerous awards , it is easy to see why after hearing them SOUND. The A4000 adopt a bright neutral sound with a whiff of warmth in the mids. the bass is lean , fast and agile. Note weight is moderate . Midrange sound transparent and clean. Lots of air with recessed lower mids and bright uppermids that can lend to mild sibilance. Female vocals sound natural. Male vocals could do with a bit more heft if truth be known. The highs shimmer and sparkle . Imaging and separation are superb with the most grandiose of soundstages . LOWS. The lows are fast and lean. At first i thought they sounded too light but very nimble. They never sounded anaemic ,but , i could have done with a bit more weight. Notes are pretty round with moderate slam. What is impressive is there is no bleed or bloating. Decay is almost BA like. Notes stick around long enough to never seem to thin or lacking. Lows reminded me of the Blessing 2 but has more texture also they are more resolving The bass always sits behind the vocals and at times you do not even realise it is there ! They have a satisfying punch that grows and you over time. You wont get "Beryllium bounce". After a while I was very impressed.


MIDS. The midrange is airy ,clean and transparent they are neutral bright with a whiff of warmth. Detail retrieval is very good. Female vocals can sound a tad bright at times yet still has a sense of realism that is enchanting. Male vocals fare less better lacking punch but never sounding shouty or peaky. There is a distinct lack of colour and lushness that can bring out sibilance on rare occasions. If the music is sibilant it won't hide it. No smearing bad recordings can sound well ! Bad ! What is great , is layering and a sense of air that belies its 6mm origins. The background is black with no grey areas. There is a great sense of openess very rare in this price bracket. You never get congestion or a sense of in your head feeling. Every thing sounds very spacious with a feeling of clarity.Impressive. HIGHS. Treble have great shimmer and sparkle. With good weight , timbre and tonality. They have decent extension with no real sense of roll off. We are not taking Andromeda levels , but for the price , they are more than acceptable .Transients are very good never a sense of lag . Maybe if you are treble sensitive you might find them bright . The unforgiving feel may be too much for some. I am no treble freak , i find the treble works with the signature ..Even better you don't get a splashy vibe. They are not smooth like a well tuned piezo on the plus side you dont get plasticky BA treble.No complaints. SOUNDSTAGE. Welcome to the star of the show. Stage , imaging and separation are exemplary. The stage has bombastic width and height. Vocals are cranium height , the width at times shoulder length. You never have the sense of fake staging. It sounds natural and real. At times like being on the balcony watching the band. Depth is on point. Never feeling to close or too far away. This is where Final sprinkled their special sauce. Imaging and separation are first class. Always easy to sense exactly where the band are playing. Strings and horns sound cavernous rising up with a real sense of cohesion . Listening Donald Byrd , The Loner .The sense of space alongside the excellent placement are exhilarating. Separation feels heady giving a euphoric sense at times. I have heard staging like this only on rare occasions in a much higher price bracket. It is impressive and worth the price of admission. A round of applause VERDICT. In the last 18 months or so we have seen the rise of the single driver. From Moondrops fantastic Starfield , Kanas pro and KXXS also the well received Tanchjim Oxygen and Hana. JVC superb FDX1 . Not to mention Blon 01 and 3 and the recent hype driven sets such as the K Bear Believe , NF Audio NM2 Plus and Fiios FD5 not to mention the highly anticipated DUNU ZEN , the single DD is on a roll .When tuned right it is hard to beat the tonality and cohesion. The K Bear Believe is like cruising down Ocean Drive in a Bentley , The NM2 Plus is like taking a bungee jump of Mount Fuji , The Final Audio is like taking a swin in a large ocean. There are caveats . The cable is not up to todays standard. The words "could do better" spring to mind. The recessed 2 pin connector is annoying to say the least. The bright signature will not be for everyone especially since early 2020 chi fi has gone all lush and gooey. I am nitpicking here . The final audio a4000 is worth every penny . They are fantastic ! If you want a transparent , addictive ,cohesive , well tuned set with an amazing soundstage , great detail retrieval , very fast transients alongside pin point imaging chops , look no further.

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Codename john
If you like the NM2+ and the Blessing 2 you will enjoy the a4000. All the have bright upper mids . Some people can find that spice too much. If you are adverse to such tuning take the dive.
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Codename john
If you like the NM2+ and the Blessing 2 you will enjoy the a4000. All of the above have bright upper mids . Some people can find that spice too much. If you are adverse to such tuning take the dive
rattlingblanketwoman
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EDITED: I asked about bass comparison to B2/NM2+, and about its punchiness - when you had already addressed these directly! I have pre-ordered, which is a first for me. Thanks for giving some detailed opinions to base the decision on, instead of stepping into the void!
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