Final Audio Design E3000

General Information

Launched in April 2017
6.3mm dynamic driver
stainless steel housing
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asifur

Head-Fier
Final Audio E3000C - The under played IEM
Pros: - Small size and comfortable fit
- Excellent soundstage... improves significantly with a good amp/dac powering source
- Great imaging & natural timbre
- Good and detailed bass
- versatile and performs good across All genres
Cons: - Very thin & Non replaceable cable
- A bit heavy on the bass
- Average clarity
- Hard to drive & requires to be paired with a powerful amp/dac
Final Audio E3000C - The under played IEM
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Disclaimer:

I have bought this IEM with my own hard earned money and no one has paid me anything or supplied me with any review unit. So, everything mentioned in this review are purely my own based on my experiences with the IEM.

Specifications:
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Housing: Stainless steel mirror-finished
Driver: 6.4mmΦ dynamic driver
Cable: OFC Cable
Impedance: 100 dB/mW
Sensitivity: 16Ω
Weight: 15g

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Build:

Final Audio E3000C has the same size housing as E2000C.
However, the E3000C comes with stainless steel housing looks “classier” than the E2000C.
Both sets have the same oxygen-free copper cable. Inside the housing, E3000C has the 6.4mm dynamic driver.
This is also an open back IEM.

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I don't particularly prefer the ear tips that come with Final E3000C as they tend to boost bass and E3000C already has good amount of Bass. Hence, the tips you see above are my own IKKO tips.
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Comfort:

This is a small bullet-style iem and it is very comfortable and almost weight-less compared to other ChiFi IEMs

Sound:
First and foremost i would like to mention that this IME has great potential and shines to a great extent when paired with a good & powerful amp/dac.

AMP/DAC used: Fiio Q3, IKKO Zerda ... both paired with my iPhone 12 Pro

Bass: This is a bass focused IEM and it shines in this department with its very natural bass reproduction.

Mids: This is a very natural sounding IEM & first thing that comes to mind is how natural the vocals sound. The vocal balancing between male/female vocals are great. The tonality is slightly on the warmer side.

Highs: The Treble is quite relaxed, while being natural and clean. Excellent for long sessions

Clarity: This is the department where it suffers most. Its not below average but I have seen other IEMs perform better in this department. There is room for improvement here.

Soundstage & Imaging: Bigger than average. Although not big enough to be recommended for live music. Perfectly fine on other stuff. Imaging is also great.

Overall, this is a great IEM for the price range and can easily outperform lot of other ChiFi IEMs in similar price range.

Hoping to see even better IEMs coming up from FINAL AUDO product line within similar price ranges...

baskingshark

Headphoneus Supremus
Final Audio E3000 Review – Old Is Gold
Pros: Light and comfortable.
Superb imaging and instrument separation at sub $50 price point.
Excellent soundstage.
Natural timbre.
Non fatiguing.
Balanced and sublime mids.
Comes with Final type E (black) tips! (ironically these black Final E tips are not a good pairing with this set, as they may muddy the Final Audio E3000’s treble actually).
Cons: Noodle thin, non detachable, microphonic cable.
Requires a powerful source to shine.
Poor isolation.
Midbass on the slow/nebulous side, with lack in subbass extension.
Rolled off treble, not the most detailed treble (may be a pro or con depending on your treble sensitivity levels).
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DISCLAIMER

I bought the Final Audio E3000 at a secondhand shop at my own expense, for $29 USD.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Final Audio E3000 is a good example of old is gold: sometimes older gear may be better sounding than some newer (almost weekly) CHIFI budget releases, with the Final Audio E3000 sporting a warm mild V shaped non fatiguing tuning, with excellent soundstage, imaging and instrument separation at the sub $50 region. Mids are quite sublime and well balanced. It requires amping to shine though, and the noodle thin non detachable cable may be a deal breaker for some. But if one can look past the cable issue, subdued treble and a slow bass, I can see this being an end game budget DD set for those that like a warm and thick sound signature.


SPECIFICATIONS
  • Driver Unit: 6.4mm dynamic driver
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 16ohms
  • Cable: non detachable

ACCESSORIES

In addition to the IEM, it comes with:

1) Final Audio E black tips – these are one of my favourite tips that I use on many other IEMs, especially brighter IEMs as they tighten the bass and tame the treble, and are very comfortable too. In fact, I know some audiophile friends that bought the cheaper Final Audio E500 and E1000 just for the Final E tips, as a pack of Final Audio E tips retail around $15 USD or so by themselves. Myself, I bought a cheap Kinera Tyr at second hand recently primarily for the Final Audio E tips that came along with the Tyr, so I look at it as buying the Final E tips and getting a free IEM along with it. (I think the Kinera Tyr is in a drawer somewhere, sound is pretty meh, but their tips are being utilized daily on a myriad of my other IEMs).

The Final Audio E3000 is already quite treble shy especially at the higher treble, so these black Final Audio E tips ironically aren’t the best pairing with the Final Audio E3000. These stock tips lower the treble further, so trebleheads or those wanting an extended/airy treble may not like it. Personally, I found that something with a wider bore boosted the treble and lowered the midbass hump a bit, giving a somewhat more extended treble, but as usual YMMV as we have different ear anatomies and sonic preferences (I’m not a treblehead to begin with, and I already thought the Final Audio E3000 was a bit subdued in the treble).

For the purposes of this review, I persisted with the stock tips on the Final Audio E3000, as probably most lay consumers will not be doing tip rolling and just listen to it OOTB with these tips. However, I find that tips are a very underrated aspect of an IEM, they can literally make or break an IEM (see example of the BLON BL-03 with crap stock tips giving poor fit). Hence, if you have some spare tips lying about, no harm tip rolling to see what suits your sonic preferences for the Final Audio E3000.

2) Silicone Ear hooks

3) Pouch

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BUILD/COMFORT

The Final Audio E3000 has a metal bullet shape shell, and is very comfortable and light, I can wear it for hours with no issues. I didn’t detect any driver flex.

The biggest bugbear of mine is that the cable is noodle thin and is non detachable with no strain relief at the housing insertion. This may be a potential issue for longevity for this set, it is one awkward yank away from being a white elephant. Some of us may also want a detachable IEM so as to use balanced aftermarket cables or wireless/BT adapters. In fact I’m in the anti nondetachable cable camp, I’ve had a few non detachable sets fail on me at the cable in the past, and it is a dealbreaker for me to buy any IEM or earbud more than $40 USD with nondetachable cables. Despite good reviews, I hesitated on buying the Final Audio E3000 for a year cause of this, and only FINALly (cough cough) bought the Final Audio E3000 at $29 USD from a local secondhand shop as it was cheap. At full price of $50 USD, I honestly wouldn’t have bought it due to the cable, but YMMV.

The cable is unfortunately also a bit microphonic, but I found that wearing it over the ears (or with a shirt clip) may lower the microphonics, though I’ve had a few curious stares from passerbys when I was using the Final E3000 over the ear. And in view of the lack of strain relief in the non detachable cable, I’m not sure if wearing it over ear for a long period may stress the cable at the point it bends into the ear.


ISOLATION

I brought the Final Audio E3000 for a spin on the subway, it failed my subway test unfortunately (sorry I’m a bit anal about transit isolation for protection of hearing health). The Final Audio E3000 has poor isolation due to the semi open back design, but I guess that very design gives it an excellent soundstage (which we will speak about later), so it is a double edged sword.

As usual, YMMV, I know some friends of mine purposely want less isolation for safety reasons when going outdoors, but there’s a danger in jacking up the volume due to the suboptimal isolation to overcome traffic noise (which can hit 85 – 90 dB sometimes), so that’s not safe for hearing health in the long term.


DRIVABILITY/SOURCE

The Final Audio E3000 is one power hungry little beast, despite its specs on paper. It sounds quite meh with just a low powered smartphone, but scales superbly (especially in soundstage, imaging, dynamics) once amped.

Also, as the Final Audio E3000 is a warm IEM, I find that pairing it with overly warm sources made things too hazy and nebulous, so I preferred it with a neutral or brighter/analytical sources.


SOUND & TECHNICALITIES

I know I’ve been hard on the non detachable cable, the isolation and the drivability of the Final Audio E3000. But now comes the good part, in the area of tuning, soundstage and imaging, the Final Audio E3000 not only redeems itself, but surpasses my expectations by a country mile.

The Final Audio E3000 sports a warm mild V shaped tuning with a non fatiguing treble. The tuning is overall very smooth and midbass centric, with excellent coherency especially in the mids. The tuning is not neutral, and is pretty coloured, but it is quite enjoyable for laid back chill and smooth music listening, and actually is my cup of tea tuning wise. The very first word I thought of when I first tried the Final Audio E3000 was “effortless”. Some budget CHIFI artificially boost the upper mids and treble to get a fake sense of perceived details, but the Final Audio E3000 manages to get the details in without these artificial steroids. Those that want a more energetic tuning than the smooth laid back feel of the Final Audio E3000 might need to look elsewhere, but this is a very non fatiguing set that allows one to chill and listen to music for hours for sure.

Technicalities wise, the Final Audio E3000 has one of the best soundstages and imaging at this price point of sub $50 USD. Soundstage is very wide and tall, but not the deepest, and music never felt congested with the Final Audio E3000. With amping, it can sound rather speaker-like even. Instrument separation in the mids are especially well done too. As it has a laid back treble with not the best treble extension, it doesn’t have the best clarity and details compared to some other contenders at the same price bracket, so this isn’t a set for those wanting something analytical to do critical listening, and trebleheads also best look elsewhere.

Timbre is very organic and natural. Note weight is on the thicker side. Vocals are well balanced in the mids for both male and female vocals, and acoustic instruments sound quite legit.


Bass:

The Final Audio E3000 is midbass centric, with subass extension not being the best. The midbass is on the slower side for decay, and occasionally I felt the midbass was a bit too hazy and nebulous. Bass quantity is north of neutral, but not at true basshead levels. Nevertheless, despite the slow bass, there isn’t significant midbass bleed, and the Final Audio E3000’s bass didn’t encroach into the mids/treble frequencies, which is quite a common problem for bass heavy budget sets.


Mids:

The mids are very well balanced on the Final Audio E3000, with male and female vocals not being dominant over the other. Instrument separation is excellent in the mids, coupled with the great imaging and superb soundstage, music and vocals float around effortlessly in the mids. The excellent timbre caps off one of the best mids I’ve heard in a sub $50 set. There isn’t the usual boosted sawtooth upper mids CHIFI tuning that we frequently see at this price range. This set is definitely one for mid lovers, though some folks may find female vocals a bit too laid back/lacking bite due to the tuning.


Treble:

The treble of the Final Audio E3000 is extremely safe and smooth, and perhaps may border on being dark, especially without amping. Treble doesn’t extend as high as the typical CHIFI sets at the same price segment, and has some roll off. Details are not overly emphasized like treblehead sets. As such, the Final E3000’s treble has no sibilance or harshness, and is very suitable for long listening sessions, though I think trebleheads will not like the treble tuning here. It’s a love or hate thing for the treble, I’m treble sensitive and actually appreciate this for chill sessions. As discussed above, perhaps tip rolling may improve the treble extension and quantity a bit, YMMV.


COMPARISONS

As per comparing apples to apples, I left out multi BA/hybrids/exotic drivers from the comparisons, as the different transducers have their inherent strengths and weaknesses. Comparing some single DD type sets at $100 and below:


1) BLON BL-03 ($25 USD; more with aftermarket tips/cables due to the poor stock fit)

Sorry to those from the BLON cult, but I find that the Final Audio E3000 is an upgrade over the BLON in a lot of areas. The Final Audio E3000 eats the BLON BL-03 for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper (and all the snack times) in fit, accessories, soundstage, details, instrument separation and imaging (when amped).

Both sets have excellent timbre, maybe the BLON BL-03 is better in this department, but even in the area of tonality, which is supposedly BLON BL-03’s forte, it loses to the Final Audio E3000. The BLON BL-03 has a too bloated midbass with midbass bleed, and the upper mids get hot with louder volumes on the BLON BL-03 (Fletcher Munson Curve). Both sets have a slower mid bass and won’t win awards in bass speed or accuracy.

The BLON BL-03 has a detachable cable, but the stock cable and stock tips are crap, which necessitates most folks to source for aftermarket tips/cables, which may very well bring the cost of the BLON BL-03 to equal or even exceed that of the Final Audio E3000 ($40 – 50 USD).

BLON BL-03 scales better with amping, but the Final Audio E3000 much more so. Isolation on both sets is poor, but the BLON BL-03 is slightly better, though I personally won’t bring both sets on the subway (to protect hearing health).


2) TFZ No. 3 ($109 USD)

The TFZ No. 3 is much more V shaped than the Final Audio E3000, and the TFZ No. 3 is a bone fide basshead set with better bass quantity and extension. Quantity is not quality however, and the TFZ No. 3’s bass is bloated, boomy and not precise, with a midbass bleed. The TFZ No. 3 has better clarity due to the boosted upper mids, but by the same token, can get very harsh in the upper mids with louder volumes (Fletcher Munson Curve). Final Audio E3000 is better than the TFZ No. 3 in soundstage, imaging, instrument separation, timbre and tonality. TFZ No. 3 though, has better isolation and has detachable cables, but costs more than double that of the Final Audio E3000.

I wouldn’t recommend the TFZ No. 3 over the Final Audio E3000 unless you are a diehard basshead and listen to mostly bass forward music.


3) Urbanfun YBF-ISS014 ($69 USD)

CAVEAT: The following comparison is only assuming one gets a true beryllium driver Urbanfun with a working MMCX connector (and this is a BIG if). The Urbanfun has slightly better timbre and isolation. Imaging and soundstage are better in the Final Audio E3000. Details and clarity are slightly better on the Urbanfun. Subbass extends deeper and is of greater quantity on the Urbanfun with the beryllium driver providing fast transients and a more textured bass than the Final Audio E3000.

Mid and vocal lovers best take the Final Audio E3000 over the Urbanfun though, as the lower mids are a bit too recessed in the Urbafun. Those that want a more bassy and “fun” sounding set can opt for the Urbanfun.

There are many reports of bad QC in the MMCX connectors and driver doubt in the Urbanfun, even in newer stock, so between a wonky detachable MMCX connector (in the Urbanfun) and a noodle thin non detachable cable (in the Final Audio E3000), I’ll take the latter any day.


4) iBasso IT00 ($69 USD)

The iBasso IT00 has a mild U shaped tuning, and it isn’t as laid back sounding, with a better extension at both ends (treble/bass) than the Final Audio E3000. iBasso IT00’s bass is faster, of larger quantity at the subbass, and there is more accurate and textured bass on the iBasso IT00. Both sets are non fatiguing, but the IT00 has better clarity and details. Soundstage and imaging is better on the Final Audio E3000. The iBasso IT00 has detachable cables, but suffers from quite bad driver flex, which is not present in the Final Audio E3000. Accessories are more generous on the IT00, and the IT00 has better isolation too.


5) HZSound Heart Mirror ($44 USD)

The Heart Mirror is tuned neutralish bright, with thinner note weight, but the Heart Mirror has better timbre for acoustic instruments and vocals. The bass is much more anemic on the Heart Mirror, though the bass is faster. The Heart Mirror has its upper mids boosted, so female vocals are more forward compared to the Final Audio E3000, and it can occasionally get hot in this area with louder volumes. The Heart Mirror has better isolation and treble extension and has detachable cables. Soundstage is more compressed on the Heart Mirror.

Both sets scale better with amping, the Final E3000 more so. The Heart Mirror has much faster transients than the Final Audio E3000 and has better details and clarity also.

They are tuned very differently, but can be seen as complimentary sets for the different sound signatures they bring to the table.


CONCLUSIONS

The Final Audio E3000 is a good example of old is gold. Newer is not always better, and I’m honestly getting fatigued by some budget CHIFI releasing almost weekly sidegrades/marginal upgrades. Or worse still, they treat us consumers as guinea pigs (e.g. when a “Pro” version comes out a few weeks after the first model was released, or even a Pro version of the Pro version LOL? Cough Cough NiceHCK NX7). It kinda feels sometimes like some of these CHIFI companies are throwing stuff on a wall and hoping something finally sticks, and/or using us as beta testers.

Sorry, rant over, back to the review. Anyways, a very good gauge of whether an IEM is stellar, is when after the initial hype has died, there are still folks recommending it on audio forums and using it 2 – 3 years after it was released. The Final Audio E3000, though not a CHIFI, seems to have stood the test of time as such.

The Final Audio E3000 sports a warm mild V shaped non fatiguing tuning, and while the tonality is coloured, it brings to the sub $50 table an excellent soundstage, imaging and instrument separation. Mids are sublime. It requires amping to shine though, and the bass may be too slow and nebulous for some. Of note, the noodle thin non detachable cable may be a deal breaker for some, but if one can look past the cable issue and the slow bass, I can see this being an end game budget DD set for many, other than trebleheads or those wanting a little more energy in their music. Maybe said trebleheads can try exploring with different tips, as the stock Final Audio E black tips may tame the treble too much.

If the audio world’s Santa is watching, my Christmas wish is if Final Audio can release a E3000 version with detachable cables with a slightly tighter bass for about $20 more, it would be a day one purchase for me, and I promise it will be the FINAL (cough cough) single DD set I ever get. (I typed the last part under duress from my wife).
rashedalamgir
rashedalamgir
May peace be upon u sir.
Sir, can shanling Q1 DAP (rated 80mw@32ohms) can power E3000 properly?
Or do i need an amp?
baskingshark
baskingshark
Hi @rashedalamgir the Q1 can run the Final Audio E3000 on high gain, but is not the most ideal. Would be still better if you could get a dedicated amp for it. It is not about volume, as u can just put the E3000 on a lower powered smartphone and jack up the volume. But more that you lose some dynamics, microdetails, bass tightness and perhaps soundstage when the E3000 is underpowered.
rashedalamgir

RikudouGoku

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Warm relaxed set, good for long listening sessions
Big Mid-bass for fun but not too much that it colors the sound too much
Even Female/male vocal balancing
Timbre
Non-peaky treble
Above average details, very good for a warm sound
Instrument separation
Versatile as it can play many different genres
Soundstage
Build quality - stainless steel
Type E tips
Cons: Not that much rumble in the low - end
Not a energetic set as it is warm
NON-REPLACEABLE CABLE!!!
THIN CABLE!!!
Would like more texture in the bass
Isolation
Hard to drive
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Disclaimer: Bought at my own expense at Amazon japan. Burned in for 50 hours.

Price: 38 usd at amazon japan (Have no idea why the price at amazon.com is 45 usd and the price at hifiheadphones.uk is 59 usd)

Specifications:

Housing: Stainless steel mirror-finished

Driver: 6.4mmΦ dynamic driver

Cable: OFC Cable

Impedance: 100 dB/mW

Sensitivity: 16Ω

Weight: 15g

Cord Length: 1.2m

(non-sound stuff copied from my E2000 review, as they are mostly identical)

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Accessories:

Type E tips SS/S/M/L/LL

Silicon ear hook “adapters”

Pouch

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Cable: Let’s get the worst thing about the E3000 out first, the cable is thinner than a noodle. Doesn’t feel like it will last long due to thickness and everything on it is made out of plastic. It has a working chin slider and very little microphonics so that is the saving grace for it. Non-replaceable though so you have to be careful with the cable.

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Build: Made out of Stainless steel and has a mirrored silver finish so it looks nice and shiny. It is light weight and small. The nozzle is plastic but has a lip for the tips. Vent at the back of it.

Fit: Fits like a normal bullet-style iem so nothing special here. It stays in place once you put it in but not secure enough to use while training or anything like that (a bit better than the E2000 since the extra weight is helpful here).

Comfort: Being a bullet-style iem and small it is comfortable because it doesn’t generate much heat (since it doesn’t come into contact with your ears that much). Although in the winter it might be very cold at first since it is made out of metal. While comfort is as good as the E2000, the extra weight on the E3000 does make you more conscious of it while in the ear.

Isolation: Below average, being a bullet-style iem and with its vent hole on the back.

Setup: Fiio M11, Stock Type E tips LL, Stock cable (what else, can’t change it anyway)

Lows: Mid-bass focused, punchy while being clean due to its tighter than average tightness with average speed.

Mid-bass: Tight, clean and punchy. The quantity is at a level where it is good for a lot of genres because it has enough punch to play rock, metal and not too much where it would color the sound on classical, orchestral music too much.

Sub-bass: Tight, clean and although powerful it doesn’t have that much quantity so definitely not basshead certified. Extension is average with not much rumble going on, but it is a cleaner than average bass because of that.

Mids: The first thing that comes to mind is how natural the vocals sound, it has a very organic sound to it, the vocal balancing between male/female vocals are top tier and excellent. It is neither forward nor recessed and perfectly placed in the middle. Bass unexpectedly does not bleed into the mids so it stays clean. Detailed too despite its warmer sound overall.

Female-vocals: Beautiful female vocals, they are not sharp and more soothing instead. Clarity and details are very nice.

Male-vocals: clean and bodied male vocals, despite the high bass quantity.

Highs: relaxed treble, while being detailed and clean. Excellent for longer sessions but might be lacking some energy for some. Average extension and air.

Soundstage: Bigger than average. Although not big enough to be recommended for live music. Perfectly fine on other stuff.

Tonality: Warm L-shaped, with top tier timbre and very organic overall (like a mini E5000). Fun, thick and not analytical nor thin.

Details: Above average details and impressive even with its warm tuning. Mids and Treble have the most details, since the bass quantity can obscure some of it in the lows.

Instrument Separation: Very good separation and it doesn’t get chaotic/muddy even on faster songs.

Songs that highlight the IEM: , , , , ,
Good genres: quite versatile even with its bass quantity (thanks to the bass being clean overall).

Bad genres: Classical might have too much coloration due to the bass.



Comparisons:

Final Audio E1000:
Treble quantity is a bit higher on the E1000 but is perceived as a brighter set due to the E1000 having quite a bit less bass quantity. Quality on the E3000 is much better than the E2000 with the treble as it is more natural and refined.

Female vocals are more forward (due to the bass) and male vocals are thinner on the E1000. Quality wise the E3000 is more natural with a fuller male vocal (where the E1000 is thinner) and female vocals aren’t as peaky and more relaxed on the E3000.

Bass quantity is much higher on the E3000 in comparison to the neutral E1000. Quality wise it is perceived as the E1000 having a tighter, faster and cleaner bass but that is mostly due to the quantity difference.

Soundstage, details, instrument separation and timbre are better on the E3000.

The E1000 is better suited for those that want a neutral iem and easier to drive set while the E3000 is better if you want a more bassy set while also having a better sound quality overall.

Final Audio E2000: Treble quantity is similar but because of the bass quantity of the E3000 being higher than the E2000, you might perceive the treble quantity to be lower than the E2000 (at least on bass heavy songs). It extends a bit more, is more natural and it doesn’t have the tiny peak that is present on some songs on the E2000 (it also has a similar organic sound as the E5000 has).

Mids are similar but as mentioned with the treble, you perceive the female vocals to be just a bit more forward on the E2000 due to the bass quantity. Quality on the E3000 sounds more refined and better, being both more natural and more detailed (especially male vocals, being clean and the bass doesn’t bleed into it, not that the E2000 bleeds either but cleaner nonetheless).

Bass quantity on the E2000 is lower than the E3000, the E3000 extends lower and has more rumble at the low end. Quality wise the E3000 is tighter and faster especially at the mid-bass, so the bass overall is cleaner which is surprising since the quantity is higher.

Soundstage is a bit bigger than the E2000, more details (not that much, most likely due to the cleaner bass) and much better instrument separation on the E3000 (doesn’t have the big weakness that the E2000 has).

Overall, the E3000 sounds more refined and of higher quality, but they are still different in tuning so personal preference is the one that decides which one is better for you. E2000 for a more Balanced and brighter tuning (bass boosted neutral) and E3000 for a Warmer L-shaped sound. (I prefer the E3000 over the E2000.)

Final Audio E4000: Treble quantity on the E4000 is just a bit higher than the E3000, while also having more details and more natural.

Mids are also similar but with a slight edge to the female vocals on the E4000 both on quantity and quality. Male vocals are also a bit better with quality but since the bass is muddier on the E4000 there is some very slight bleed.

Bass extends slightly lower and also rumbles a bit more on the E4000, bass overall is muddier since it isn’t as tight as the E3000. But otherwise the quantity is similar.

Soundstage and details are better on the E4000 while instrument separation and timbre are better on the E3000 (due to the muddier bass on the E4000).

E4000 is better if you want a more rumble in the bass at the cost of cleanliness, but otherwise the E3000 is a much better value and easier recommendation. Both E3000 is just a tiny bit harder to drive.

Final Audio E5000: Treble quantity is very similar but quality is better on the E5000, being more natural and organic.

Mids are also similar, with female and male vocal quality being higher on the E5000 but the male vocals are muddier on it since there is bleed from the bass.

Bass is much lower extended and rumbles quite a bit more. Quantity is higher overall on the E5000 but that is also its biggest weakness, it has too much bass for it to play well with many genres. So, the E5000 is more of a specialist iem for some songs. The E3000 has a tighter, faster and much cleaner bass overall.

Soundstage, details and timbre is better on the E5000 but with the massive bass and bleed into the lower mids, the instrument separation is on the same level (the E5000 has better separation on tracks without much bass, but once bass comes in it makes the overall sound muddy).

The E3000 can be described as a mini E5000, it is more versatile and cleaner overall so it is a much easier recommendation. The E5000 suits bassheads more that wants rumble even with the cost of clarity. The E3000 is also easier to drive than the E5000.

Blon BL-03 (mesh mod): Treble quantity is lower on the E3000, but the 03 has a more natural treble although the E3000 extends a bit more.

Female vocals are more forward and detailed, while being more natural on the 03. Male vocals are similar on both but the 03 is more natural and detailed.

Bass quantity on the sub-bass is higher and also more extended while being tighter, faster, cleaner and more textured on the 03. Mid-bass is more similar but the 03 still has a tighter, faster, cleaner and mor textured bass than the E3000.

Soundstage and details are better on the 03 while instrument separation and timbre is equal.

E3000 is better for a more relaxed/warmer sound while the 03 is better if you want a cleaner/more refined sound and overall a better Sound quality. 03 is easier to drive but is harder to fit so if you want something easier to fit in your ears the E3000 is better.

Urbanfun ISS014: Treble quantity is lower, less peaky, and less detailed but it is more natural on the E3000.

Mids are a bit more forward (due to the lower treble quantity) on the E3000, with female vocals being most noticeable. Male vocals are similar in quantity but quality wise the ISS014 is better since it is cleaner (due to the bass).

Bass on the ISS014 has slightly less mid and upper bass quantity while extension and sub bass quantity are better. The ISS014 has a much better bass quality though, since the tightness, speed, texture is on another level and therefore is cleaner while also having being more powerful.

Soundstage, details and instrument separation is better on the ISS014 while timbre is on the same level.

E3000 is better for a more relaxed/warmer sound and/or more vocal presence but the ISS014 is on another level for most of the sound. (E3000 is also harder to drive.)

TFZ No.3: The treble quantity is higher on the no.3 but it is less extended and nowhere near as natural as the E3000. Female vocals are more forward due to the treble on the no.3 but again nowhere near as natural as the E3000, male vocals are a bit recessed on the no.3 and has some slight bleed from the bass (especially on bass heavy songs).

Bass quantity is much larger on the no.3, especially the sub-bass with impressive rumble and extension. But quality wise it is muddier since it isn’t as tight (not by much) but most likely due to the quantity, as the tightness isn’t that much tighter on the E3000. Speed is also slightly faster on the E3000.

Soundstage is bigger on the no.3 while timbre and instrument separation are better on the E3000 with details being equal (“artificially” since the treble quantity is higher on the no.3).

No.3 will suit bassheads more, due to its impressive rumble and bass quantity. While the E3000 is better for a more natural and cleaner sound. (The No.3 is easier to drive though.)


Conclusion: in conclusion I believe that the E3000 is a very price worthy set and the included Type E tips are a big bonus. If you want a relaxed warm iem then this is for you. Do be careful about the cable though, since it is thin and non-replaceable. Thanks for reading.
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harry501501
harry501501
I know it was written a while ago, but this review is very well written especially the comparisons section. The e3000 is also easy to recommend.
RikudouGoku
RikudouGoku
@harry501501 Thanks! Yeah it was written a few months ago but I still agree with what I said back then on this one and it is easy to rec if you like this type of signature.

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wolfjeanne

100+ Head-Fier
Sounds like a somewhat cheaper version and more consumer-tuned version of the Heaven II
Interesting that they include ear-hooks. Have you tried them wearing them over-ear?
 

Dingding123

Member of the Trade: Jeff's Audio Solutions
Sounds like a somewhat cheaper version and more consumer-tuned version of the Heaven II
Interesting that they include ear-hooks. Have you tried them wearing them over-ear?
Yeah, but they don't seem to fit me too well. I prefer to wear them with the wire down.
 
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