Final Audio Design E3000

Rating:
4.5/5,
  1. Dobrescu George
    Final Audio E2000 and E3000 - Impressively Inexpen
    Written by Dobrescu George
    Published May 15, 2018
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Good Build Quality, Inexpensive, Balanced Sound, Good revealing abilities, Ergonomic, Aesthetics, Comfort, Open Sound, Soundstage
    Cons - At this price point, not much, but the bass is a little slow in response
    Final Audio E2000 and E3000 - Impressively Inexpensive

    Final Audio are a large company known for their Sonorus and Heaven series, along with their really exquisite FI-BA-SS series. Today we're going to be looking at their absolute entry-level IEMs, E2000 and E3000.

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    Purchase link (E2000/hifiheadphones.co.uk) : http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/final-e2000-in-ear-isolating-earphones-black-aluminium.html

    Purchase link (E3000/hifiheadphones.co.uk) : http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/final-e3000-in-ear-isolating-earphones-stainless-steel.html

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    Introduction

    Final Audio is a beloved and respected company when it comes to IEMs (In-Ear Monitors), and they also designed some mighty over-the-ear headphones in the past, but today we're looking at absolutely their most inexpensive offerings. If you're on a budget, and on a very limited budget, this is going to be fairly interesting for you. For mentioning a few words about the company, Final Audio is a very friendly company with a very strong after-sales service and support, and they are very helpful with advice and in guiding their customers to the right product. Their products are also sold in some shops around the world, and although they're very improbable to break, it is nice knowing that you can get them fixed easily, if the need may be.

    It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Final Audio, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by Final Audio or anyone else. I'd like to thank Final Audio for providing the sample for this review. The sample was provided along with Final Audio's request for an honest and unbiased review. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with Final Audio E2000 and E3000 models. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in either E2000 or E3000 find their next music companion.



    About me

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    Packaging

    First things first, let's get the packaging out of the way:


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    Both those IEMs come packaged in a very similar package of similar shape and similar size. They are so similar, that without looking in the box, you might have a hard time telling which is which.

    Both come packaged in small cardboard boxes with the IEMs being shelled in a plastic cut out, while the rest of the accessories and the ables are tucked underneath.

    What is actually lovely to see is that Final Audio doesn't take even their most inexpensive IEMs lightly and they actually provide a large set of accessories with them. Besides a lovely carrying pouch made of leather, you'll get a wide selection of tips, all of which are quite comfortable and well made. We are impressed with the quality of them, and we feel like Final Audio does a great job in making a small yet effective package.


    There are ear hooks included in the package with both E2000 and E3000 IEMs, for those who want to wear them over the ear, but we are using them without the hooks, we always considered them to reduce comfort and won't consider them a plus for actual usage of the IEMs, the cables being better at taking the natural shape of the ear.

    For two IEMs without detachable cables, there's not much to talk about, and for a good reason, they don't go overboard with including stuff that very few would use, and they don't dedicate much of the price of those IEMs to accessories that many might never use.




    What to look in when purchasing a high-end In-Ear Monitor

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    Technical Specifications



    E2000

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    E3000

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    Build Quality/Aesthetics/Fit/Comfort

    The build quality is really similar between the two, and besides the color being different, we feel like most users won't really notice a difference.

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    Both IEMs are round in shape, just like a bullet, and both have non-detachable cables. Both look like they are going to be very comfortable, both have metal bodies that look really durable, and both have a vent / opening in the back that allows for a better sonic reproduction and venting for the IEMs.

    The aesthetics are really pleasing, and while E2000 is a matte kind of black, the highly reflective, shiny surface of E3000 is going to look really classy and high-quality. Both have similar cables, and to our knowledge, there are versions with remotes and microphones on their cables as well.

    The comfort of both is excellent, the IEM body is very small and it works well with the tips, the IEM fits both while being worn straight-down and over-the-ear, and both have just an excellent overall comfort. There is no driver flex (this is a pretty serious issue until one reaches the midrange sector), and there simply isn't any issue with the comfort that we can mention. In fact, thing which is really amazing, both E2000 and E3000 reach our golden standards of comfort, both feel good while being worn, work well over the ear, with no microphonics, with good tips from the box, and with everything else working simply really well.

    You can wear either for hours in a row without an issue, and both make excellent companions for your music-listening adventure.



    Sound Quality

    The sound Quality is a little different between the two models, but both have some things in common. The short version is that both are amazing, having a really natural tone, along a clear and open midrange, with a good extension both ways, and both have an excellent soundstage and don't sound congested, neither coming off as too dispersed. Neither isn't boomy and doesn't have any glaring issue, making them an instant favorite at their price range (which is really really low, 50 USD for E2000 and 80USD for E3000).

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    For this price, simply, we can't complain in any way. The detail levels are clearly in line with what other IEMs at those price point usually offer, really you're getting better sound quality than the price is able to warrant for them.

    The bass of both units is deep and reaches very low, and has good punchiness, although the sub-bass is good for this price range only. The E3000 is warm and the upper midrange and the lower mids are very satisfying, while E2000 is thinner and has a more neutral approach to things, although it keeps a fairly interestingly slower decay bass that might feel natural or rather "at home" especially for users looking for a IEM at this price range.

    The midrange is quite a little different, with E3000 being more satisfying and thicker in the long run, while E2000 is more neutral, also bringing more emotion to the female vocals and to the upper midrange instruments like violins. E3000 feels more like a chill-and-relax IEM, while E2000 feels more like the emotional performer that would bring the emotional part of the music closer to the listener. While we're talking about the midrange, we would love to note that there are no peaks, no dips, the midrange is strangely balanced and really well done, we're talking about a midrange that not only has a natural tone for this price range, but which has a suspectly good midrange tonal balance for up to 300 USD price point.

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    The treble is also quite different, with E3000 having the more treble of the two, and E2000 being the smoother one. There is some slight roll-off, for those who love to hear less treble and to focus more on the midrange and the bass, and there is a fairly good amount of detail in the treble as well. We're impressed that both IEMs made it this far, and to be honest, E3000 is the more impressing of the two, for having the more balanced overall sonic signature, although with its overall presentation, E2000 is not far behind.



    Soundstage

    Here's the actual surprise. We love soundstage. We actually can't get along quite that well with congested soundstage because we feel it kills part of the presentation, and although metal music usually is very forward, it needs to be wide to sound clean and well presented. Bands like Incubus also require depth for their music to achieve the full impact intended in the original mix, while bands like Dope require more of a wider presentation to come off as fun and playful.

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    Both E3000 and E2000 achieve excellent results on the soundstage, both have excellent sound stages for the price, and while E3000 has the larger one, E2000 doesn't fall behind either. The instrument separation is also impressive, and although we're using something like big words here, please keep in mind that at this price point we didn't have much expectations. We literally expected them to be much less impressive, and the shock of hearing them sound so good makes us use big words to describe them. The soundstage size is what Final Audio really delivers on, and we're happy to note that there is a good amount of air between instruments, and one can describe layers of instruments with ease.



    ADSR / PRaT

    The ADSR/PRaT/Texturization is fair. There's nothing to complain heavily about them, but there's not much to say about them either. The textures are generally natural to slow with a fair amount of detail retrieved from textures. Textures of instruments are not overblown, but they are not the most fine either, still fairly good for the price.



    Portable Usage

    Small IEMs with non-detachable cables, but with a thin and supple cable, ready to come with you on a second's notice. This probably describes both E2000 and E3000 really well. They pair really well with almost anything, be it smartphone or professional-grade DAP, they sound nice with almost anything, and they don't really win that much from better sources, not being revealing enough to make the source matter more.

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    The isolation is fair to pretty low, because the back part of the IEM seems to be open (it seems to be a grille), so they won't isolate well from the outside noise. For the gain they have in soundstage and instrument separation, along with how the music is generally presented, we feel that the fact they are open isn't a large drawback, but if you require something to isolate you from the outside noise, it is worth noting that neither E2000 nor E3000 can't do that.

    The fit and comfort is excellent, even great for running, they fit both straight down and over the ear, the tips are uber-comfortable, the IEM shape and bore size will work with almost any ear, and they are projected to be lightweight and to simply work. They don't feel uncomfortable after a while, and they stay in ears, even after being there for hours, so they really are an excellent IEM in this aspect.

    The overall portability factor for both is good, excellent comfort, great cable and good overall portability.




    Comparisons

    Final Audio E2000/E3000 vs FiiO F5 - We have very few inexpensive IEMs currently, and FiiO F5 is one of them. In a few words, F5 is larger in size, has a smoother, thicker, bassier, and similarly open sound. It has a metal construction, just like E2000 and E3000, but it has detachable cables. Most folks won't buy extra cables for a 50USD IEM, so they tie up in that aspect. If you prefer a really thick and warm sound with a satisfying overall tone, F5 is a good choice, if you prefer a more balanced presentation, either E2000 or E3000 is a good choice.

    Final Audio E2000/E3000 vs Shozy Hibiki - Roughly at the same price point, Shozy Hibiki is a nice-looking IEM, with a really interesting design. It has more going on for it with the detachable cables, but again, we don't feel like anyone purchasing a IEM below 100USD will invest in aftermarket cables. The sound is more mid-centric on Shozy Hibiki, with a much more forward midrange, good instrument separation, and good soundstage. To be fair, if you prefer a more mid-forward signature, Hibiki delivers that, while if you prefer a more balanced signature, E2000/E3000 both are more balanced with a more balanced overall tone.


    Final Audio E2000/E3000 vs Kinera Seed - How do they fare against the mighty little Kinera? Well, they fare well. Kinera Seed is a reminder of Kinera H3, which was aggressively V-shaped, but this time being less aggressively V-shaped, but still pretty V-shaped. Kinera Seed also has good instrument separation, and good soundstage, but the tonal balance is much more in favor of bass and treble, with the midrange being placed in the background. This means that music sounds more punchy and impressive, but it sounds more balanced on E2000/E3000. Like in the other two comparisons, E2000 and E3000 both feel like they are really balanced. If you prefer a more colored sound to warm, to mid-centric, or to V-shaped, any of the IEMs in the comparison list can provide that, but if you're looking after the most balanced one, E2000 and E3000 are that. Kinera seed is just as impressive, but tuned for another kind of taste.



    Recommended Pairings

    Due to their less revealing nature, and balanced tonality, E2000 and E3000 both can pair well with almost any source. They usually are influenced by the source, but given their rather good starting point, they are still enjoyable with analytical, with warm and even with bright sources.

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    Final Audio E2000/E3000 + Shanling M2s - A little DAP to match the size and portability of those two, M2s is more than capable of powering either of the Final Audio IEMs to great overall results, it adds a bit of weight to each musical note, adds a bit of sparkle to the lower treble, and it provides a pretty good amount of detail for their level.

    Final Audio E2000/E3000 + Samsung T580 Tablet - This is an interesting synergy case as we found out, Samsung T580 pairs extremely well with those two IEMs and it leads to a very dynamic and energetic sound, something that many will enjoy. It isn't the best textured sound, and it doesn't have the best depth at all times, but the raw energy and lively presentation surely are worth to consider this pairing. The soundstage is considerably wider than most lower priced sources, and the instrument separation is quite excellent as well. While we haven't tested many Samsung devices, T580 surely impressed us thus far.


    Final Audio E2000/E3000 + HIDIZS AP200 - AP200 is another less expensive device that leads to good results with E2000 and E3000. Similar to Shanling M2s, it is also thicker sounding, with a less expanded soundstage size, but with a bit of a sparkle in the lower treble, along with a thicker sound.



    Value and Conclusion

    We should keep in mind that we're reviewing two IEMs that are priced around 50 USD and 80 USD, so they are well in the entry-level area. For this price, you're getting a really solid package, with a good selection of high quality tips, you're getting a fairly interesting carrying package, although the leather pouch probably won't protect them that much from an impact, and you're getting some great sounding IEMs.


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    The build quality of both E2000 and E3000 is top notch, with metal bodies, and a fairly sturdy, and supple cable. The cables are not detachable, but at this price point most users probably won't get aftermarket cables either. The bodies are vented and they don't present any kind of driver flex, nor have any kind of microphonics, already being pretty good for a IEM in the entry-level area.

    Both IEMs are aesthetically pleasing, with a modern and sleek deisgn, and both IEMs are very comfortable when worn, regardless whether you favor the straight-down or the over-the-ear wearing styles. The tips included in the package don't get slippery after usage, and the IEMs themselves are lightweight and sit well in the ears, without having any hard edges or large body sizes that would otherwise be uncomfortable.

    When it comes to their sonic performance, they are simply astounding. The tonal balance of those two little IEMs was never seen before on such well-priced IEMs, they sound open, they sound clean, and they sound clear. The amount of details that they do reveal, they reveal well and place in good light, and both of them are great at presenting the listener with a good level of dynamics in the music.

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    If you're into a smoother IEM with a more laid-back presentation, then E2000 might be the better choice, and if you're looking for a little more treble sparkle, along with the more emotional presentation, then E3000 might be the better choice for you. At any rate, both those IEMs have good strengths that can make you want them, and if you're really constrained by your budget, then you can get a great performance for just a few USD with either of those two lovely IEMs!

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    Purchase link (E2000/hifiheadphones.co.uk) : http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/final-e2000-in-ear-isolating-earphones-black-aluminium.html

    Purchase link (E3000/hifiheadphones.co.uk) : http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/final-e3000-in-ear-isolating-earphones-stainless-steel.html

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  2. suman134
    Not your average budget tuning.
    Written by suman134
    Published Dec 9, 2017
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Good bass quality, nice details, sounds smoother, well tuned, bigger sound stage, I like the imaging.
    Cons - Could have been faster, highs are slightly lacking.
    Intro:-

    Final audio, most of us might not have heard about this brand, we are blinded by many chi-fi brands and some dazzling brands who make multi driver earphones and like to keep in the lime light. Hailing from Japan, the land of rising sun and the land of technology, Final Audio Design is one of the best known brands for its premium looking single driver earphones. They don’t like to put too many drivers cramped into a small space still make fantastic utilization of that single driver.

    I am reviewing 4 of their earphones, F4100, F3100, E2000 and E3000. But this review is about the E3000, their take on budget earphones with a single dynamic driver, just placed above the E2000 and priced at $60 and sometimes retails for under $50. Comes in only one color, chrome and two versions, one with MIC and other without. I have the non-MIC version with me.

    In final audios words E3000 has:-

    " Sound quality design based on the latest acoustic engineering and psychological research results.With high definition and flat, natural sound quality, this product could be considered a "standard"

    Now at this price it faces competition from its own brother E2000, MEZE 11 and 12 classics, and many more. I will compare this with the E2000, meze 11, UE600 and signature acoustics C-12 V2 earphones.

    Here are the specs of the E3000:-

    Product code :- FI-E3DSSC

    Housing :- Stainless steel mirror-finished

    Driver :- 6.4mmΦ dynamic driver

    Sensitivity :- 100 dB/mW

    Impedance :- 16Ω

    Weight :- 15g

    Cord length :- 1.2m

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    ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING:-

    All of these 4 earphones have simple packaging, nothing to struggle or fight with while unboxing it. The only thing is the earpieces are placed inside a plastic pouch, which can be a slight struggle to get rid of.

    You cant expect plenty from a $60 earphone, but this has plenty to keep one going. There are 4 extra pairs of tips in 5 sizes (one already on the earphone). now these are top quality silicone tips, not those average rubber ones. There is a pair of ear hooks if you want to go over the ear and there is a draw string pouch to keep the earphone safe from external elements.

    With the E3000C you will get an additional MIC to work with your mobile device.

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    BUILD, FIT AND CABLES:-

    If final audios is to be believed E3000 is made with highly rigid machined stainless steel housing, suppressing any unnecessary vibrations. There is a stainless steel housing mesh, helping with the low frequencies and prevents some sound leakage too.

    E3000 comes with unique swing fitting ear tips mechanism, basically the ear tip can adjust to some degrees to give a better seal and fitment.

    The cable is one of the best you can get with a $50 earphones, its supple, its tangle resistant and low on microphonics too. To reduce the microphonics even further you should use the cable guides out of the box. there are no stress relievers at the ear piece side but it's okay, there is L/R marking in front of the cable.

    COMFORT AND SEAL :-

    E3000 to be precise is a fantastic looking earphone, the chrome on it shines like nothing else. Its comfortable, the straight barrel design is nothing one should complain about, with the right tip it seals pretty well too. Doesn’t fall our either and if it does, use the cable guides. There is no driver flex to worry about either.

    SOUND QUALITY:-

    The 6.4 mm dynamic driver is tuned pretty well. It's quite natural with a slight warmth and smoothness to it. Now FYI E3000 is easier to drive, no need to map, I have used stock tips for this review and mostly used my Plenue R and Plenue D for this review. Sounds good out of my Lenovo P2 too.

    BASS:-

    E3000 has a pretty well rounded bass impact, it has the body and slam which we all like from a dynamic driver earphone. There is some sub-bass rumble, mid bass is more prominent but no upper mid bass hump to worry about. upper bass to take a back seat here. It moves good amount of air with a sizeable impact. Lower end extension is nothing to write home about, but its still better than earphones like EU600 and 11 neo

    Decay is not the best for this price, it lacks behind the 11 neo but has better and bigger sub-bass and body to go with. Yes the control is not class leading either but overall its something which wont let you down. Yes it cant beat the details and precision of the 11 neo or 12 classic or the UE600, it can entertain you in a way none of these can do.

    Now when compared to the Shozy Zero, E3000 has better balance, better control and feels less bloated, so E3000 is in the middle of the mix with a slightly bassy tilt. And the best thing is E3000 sounds more natural and real than any of these earphones mentioned above.

    MID RANGE:-

    It’s where the smoothness takes over, its silky smooth, no harshness at all, no super deep notes, no shallow depth either. In other words its nicely balanced without any unreasonable elevation to the vocal region. Upper mids too are smooth and doesn’t drop deep to make it sound lacking.

    Male vocals has the thickness I like, notes are deep enough to be cohesive, if it were any deeper or wider it would have sounded more sharp or blunt. Female vocals sadly lacks some depth and can sound slightly shallower than natural. Instruments too sound pretty true to nature and organic, they have the natural body which I like.

    E3000 does lack the resolution ant micro details, instrument separation and layering of the UE600 or 11 neo but it has good details and airiness to go with it.

    Now the best about this mid range is that it doesn’t lack energy at any point and keeps it lush and smoother throughout the spectrum, its doesn’t lack thickness either. It's the E3000's smoother, natural, livelier imaging and presentation which sets itself apart from the competition.

    HIGHS:-

    E3000 does a fantastic job of keeping the highs relevant without being sparky or energetic, in fact the energy can be slightly lower than some BA based earphones like EU600 and A151p. Now one should keep in mind that most of the budget friendly earphones try to emulate more detailed presentation by introducing some more energy or say more peakyness to the upper mids which the E3000 doesn’t try to do.

    Now I have to admit E3000 one for the best treble presentation in this price range, it donest try to overdo anything with more than enough details to it. It does loses some energy as the spectrum gets deeper, hence extension and top end energy is not the best. Layering and separation are good but not as airy as others.

    Yes the cymbals and pianos and strings don’t excite the way it does with A151p or 11neo butE3000 has the more natural and smoother presentation which all of these earphones fail to deliver.

    STAGE AND IMAGING :-

    Over all the E3000 stage is satisfyingly big with good width and height and better depth than most of the earphones in this budget. It has a bigger and wider stage compared to the MEZE twins and far better overall stage compared to the A151p.

    Even though layering and separation is not the strong points of the E3000, all the instruments have good amount of air between them. Imaging is slightly lacking as it lacks the speed and sharpness.

    I have to say, for this budget you will be hard pressed to find an earphone with better stage presentation than the E3000.

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    COMPARISONS:-

    VS E2000:-

    E2000 is essentially the same earphone, exact design and packaging with slightly different tuning just the way we see with the MEZE twins.

    E2000 is slightly faster and sharper with notes hence sounding a bit less muddy. It has smaller bass impact, slightly less sub-bass, doesn’t have that amount of air and decay is faster. Mids are similar but slightly less lush, has the same kind of approach with tuning without boosted upper mids. Highs are essentially the same with slightly better layering.

    VS EU600:- (discontinued, retailed for $100)

    UE600 was one of the best single driver earphone a few years ago. Its BA is a bit better than the E3000 when it comes to the amount of resolving details and clarity.

    It has smaller bass impact, air movement and body, its not meaty either but has better details and decay. Mid range is better with vocals and instruments shine a bit more thanks to the slightly boosted upper mids. Highs are where the EU600 fails to deliver with down tuned lower treble and spiked mid treble it creates a mess on its own.

    Stage is more flat with smaller depth.

    VS MEZE 11 NEO:-

    MEZE 11 is one of the biggest competition for the E3000 with similar attributes.

    Its bass is smaller, with smaller body less air and impact. details is slightly better with faster decay. Mid range is sharper and sounds slightly unnatural in comparison. male vocals lack the required amount of thickness to their tone, female vocals are better. Upper mid instruments are more energetic thanks to the boosted frequencies. Highs are better here with more details and better layering.

    E3000 bets the 11 Neo with its bigger stage, better timber, more natural tonality and its smoother and lush presentation.

    Cables are less supple and more microphonic.

    SIGNATURE ACOUSTICS C-12 V2:-

    This one is 2nd version of the C-12, out of my own country, from pro audio.

    C-12 V2 has bigger bass impact, has similar sub-bass presence but the lower mid-bass takes off and brings plenty of air and impact with it. Decay slightly worse and details are more or less same. Mid rage is more hollow as the stage is bigger with instruments and vocals struggle to fill up the space properly (throwing cues further than required). Has plenty of details and sounds similarly smoother and a bit more brighter. Highs have better extension thanks to the mid treble boost.

    It has similar layering and separation, imaging too is more or less similar. you can say that C-12 V2 has a more general tuning where the E3000 has a bit more mature tuning.

    Of all the earphones C-12 V2 has the highest amount of microphonics.

    CONLCUSION:-

    E3000 is a fine creation from Final Audio Design. It has the finish of an maturity of a more expensive earphone. It does lack some refinement, sounds a bit more thicker than usual and a bit less detailed but it has the smoother and lush tuning with fantastically balanced upper mid and highs. Sibilance is nowhere to found.

    For the price.. you won't get an earphone with this type of tuning. Me likey!!

    Grab one for yourself from here:-

    https://www.amazon.com/Final-Audio-Design-Resolution-Headphone/dp/B072MKR1BC
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  3. Dingding123
    E3000, the new cheap poison
    Written by Dingding123
    Published Jun 1, 2017
    5.0/5,
    Pros - natural and balanced tuning, clear mids, small and comfortable form factor, separation, frequency extension, affordable price!
    Cons - Bass is loose, lacking rumble, slow speed, flimsy cable
    Back story:
    Following the demise of my Heaven V Ageing, I walked into my local audio shop, planning to grab a pair of VE Monk or Espresso. The staff was doing a promotional photoshoot of the E3000 by pairing it together with AK240ss. That moment I thought, "Aren't those little IEM pretty? They must cost around S$300 (200 USD). With that undetachable cable, they should be some midrange IEM." I didn't know what IEM it was. And I didn't care, cuz all I wanted was a cheap pair of earbuds! So I didn't bother inquiring about it. I already had my EE Zeus R, so what's the point of spending a few hundred bucks on some non-TOTL IEM that I'm gonna resell after a few weeks of disuse?

    And what a mistake I had made by not asking what the new earbuds were! As I was about to pay for the VE Monk, I asked for recommendations for any other affordable earpieces, in the hope that I would find something more comfortable than the Monks. Without a second thought, the sales assistant pointed to the E2000 and E3000. I didn't knew the prices yet, but I didn't want to ask just yet, as I was afraid it would affect my judgement. Here's what happened--

    Sales Assistant (A): Try these, they just arrived yesterday. New IEMs <passes me the E3000>
    Me: Sure. <pop E3000 on, play music via phone>
    Me: <Immediately impressed by the tuning, listened for 2 minutes, switching about 8 songs I was familiar with, each to their best sounding part> Hmmm... They are nice! Can I try the other one?
    A: I knew you would like them <passes me E2000>
    Me: <listened for 30 seconds, some snippets of about 2-3 songs> Mehh the first one is much better! What's the price difference?
    <I expected about 70-100 dollars difference. Notice that I didn't ask for their prices directly, as I thought they would cost around 200-300, and I wasn't planning to spend today>
    A: ermm about $20. let me check... <took out his notebook to check for the pricings>
    Me: <in disbelief> what? only $20 difference? Why are they so closely priced while sounding so different?
    A: <finishes checking prices> actually just $10 difference. The E3000 is a tier better than the E2000.
    //I was very puzzled, as usually for IEMs, a tier better would translate to $100-400 more, depending on high-end the IEM is. Curious, I decided to ask for their price//
    Me: so how much are they?
    A: the one you like is $71 (~50USD)
    Me: <looked at VE monk, then at the E3000> Heck, I'm taking this. <pointing to E3000>


    1. Introduction:
    According to the Final Audio Design Website - "The E series was developed with the concept of achieving all of the following: high sound quality, simple design, ease of use and affordable price. With this, we aimed for a product series where the products chosen would undoubtedly be referred to as standards for years to come."
    That's a pretty ambitious goal. I remember Beats by Dr Dre had a equally profound goal too, but that's where the similarity ends.


    2. Packaging:
    -Simple paper box outer packaging
    -5 pairs of Type E eartips (according to Final Audio Design website, this type of eartip provides the highest amount of isolation and bass tone in comparison to Final Audio's other eartips)
    - A pair of rubber ear hooks for those who prefer an over-the-ear wearing style
    -A small drawstring pouch made of what looks like faux leather
    -The E3000 IEM, powered by a 6.3mm dynamic driver
    -A brochure and warranty card

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    3. Build quality:
    The machined stainless steel housing is small and light, very comfortable in the ear. There is a unique stainless steel mesh at the back of the housing. It serves as a vent for the dynamic driver. E3000 uses very thin cables - so thin that I worry it might be too fragile for daily use and abuse. The L-shaped 3.5mm gold-plated jack is sleek and should fit most pockets and smartphone cases.


    4. Sound analysis:
    Overall:
    I tested the frequency response of the E3000 using Macbook Pro and my own ears. E3000 roughly follows the Olive-Welti target without any significant deviation. I don't have any equipments other than my ears. All I could was to listen to a full hearing range frequency sweep and make qualitative comments as objectively as possible. There might be some inevitable personal bias, and I am unable to provide any data on distortion etc that require more than a human ear to quantify.

    Bass:
    The bass (20-200Hz) is pretty consistent, with a gentle roll-off below 27Hz. Relative to other frequency ranges, the bass is elevated. The result is a warm sound signature with an impactful bass with a rather slow decay that is characteristic of dynamic drivers. Phil Colin's Another Day in Paradise bass riffs sounds lush and rhythmic. However, the slow speed makes the bass in Ed Sheeran's Eraser sounds exaggerated and overdone.

    Mids:
    The mids (200-2000Hz) is extremely consistent with absolutely no peaks or dips. (the beauty of a single DD design!) The speed is fast, and this makes the mids in the E3000 forwardly-placed and crystal clear. It is not the most detailed I've heard (I've heard much more details from my Zeus R), but it is definitely very detailed and euphonic. Nils Lofgren's Keith Don't Go sounds simply magical on E3000. The reverb, the sound of the occasional string plucking, the raspy vocals, the tone of the guitar... Simply amazing!

    Treble:
    The treble rises steadily from 2.5kHz to 6.4kHz with a very slight dip at 4kHz. Beyond 6.4kHz, the treble softens and dips significantly from 7.1k to 9.4kHz. There's another smaller peak at around 11kHz, and rolls off quickly at 16.3kHz. The result is a far treble extension and airy presentation. While the IEM tuning is not overly bright, the instrument separation is very good and there is a sense of space too. In fact, the treble is rather backwardly placed and polite. In other words, the treble is mellow and unaggressive. For example, the distant ride cymbals in Coldplay's Yellow sound appropriately gentle and extremely emotional and satisfying. The treble on E3000 can be good for those who are sensitive to sharp trebles, but at the same time, it lacks the energy and excitement of a sparkling treble. But heck, you can't find a nice sparkling treble at this price range, can you?

    Speed:
    Not very fast, as expected in a dynamic driver at this price range. In Muse's Reapers, a very dense and fast track, the E3000 struggles to catch up to the fast cymbals, while doing poorly on the slower cymbal crashes. However it does not sound congested at all. Also, the bass can sometimes be muddy and the subbass rumble is not obvious. (But of course, the bass doesn't bleed into the mid-range.)

    Sound stage and imaging:
    Average width, rather good depth. It's imaging is rather accurate, but not the best I've heard. For example, in Hotel California (live acoustic) by the Eagles, I can hear where the claps and cheers are coming from using Zeus R, but it sounds rather diffused on E3000.

    Matching:
    I've not done sufficient pairing with different sources to find out it's ideal pairings, but with the impedance of 16 ohms, it should play loud enough on most sources, including smartphones. The soundstage is exceptionally wide on my AK Kann, but a mobile phone should suffice as a good enough source.

    Comparison:
    Well, what shall I compare it with? E3000 is priced similarly to a pair of SkullCandy (correct me if I'm wrong), The closest I can think of (and I am familiar with), is the Westone 3. E3000 has less midbass bump than the Westone 3, and the mids are slightly more lean and clean. It would be unfair to compare the E3000 with IEMs from a higher price range, although the E3000 sound quality and comfortable form factor is able hold its own against competitions from higher price ranges.


    5. Conclusion:
    The E3000 is indeed an elegant IEM that stands out prominently among its competitions of the similar price range. While it is not a TOTL product, the E3000 definitely punches above its weight. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, audiophiles and non-audiophiles alike.