Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread
Apr 19, 2020 at 7:39 AM Post #9,391 of 10,790

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Has the driver stopped working completely?

About a month ago the right driver on mine went really quiet, probably about 10/20% volume, I used a small brush and gave it a good clean (even though it looked fine) and it came back to life - it's been working fine ever since.

I have purchased a back up pair now though, just in case...

The right side is dead silent and the left side is noticeably softer sounding, when compared my E1000.

I actually placed another order for a backup pair since I really like them, but had cancelled that as well until this defect can be sorted out. I believe it might be a rare case of QC issue?
 
Apr 19, 2020 at 9:34 AM Post #9,393 of 10,790
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The right side is dead silent and the left side is noticeably softer sounding, when compared my E1000.

I actually placed another order for a backup pair since I really like them, but had cancelled that as well until this defect can be sorted out. I believe it might be a rare case of QC issue?

E3k you are having problem with doesn't have removable cable, right? I think E5k does. Sorry, only familiar with B and A series. Could be also a cable issue at the connector or the plug. I would have suggested to swap the cable, to see if the problem stays with earpieces or follows the cable, but if it's not removable then nothing could be done to test this.
 
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The right side is dead silent and the left side is noticeably softer sounding, when compared my E1000.

I actually placed another order for a backup pair since I really like them, but had cancelled that as well until this defect can be sorted out. I believe it might be a rare case of QC issue?
Don't give up , FAD iems are epic
 
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Hello guys, sorry for my late response!

Has the driver stopped working completely?

About a month ago the right driver on mine went really quiet, probably about 10/20% volume, I used a small brush and gave it a good clean (even though it looked fine) and it came back to life - it's been working fine ever since.

I have purchased a back up pair now though, just in case...
Actually, this issue is an issue that we have noticed that after the E series being sold to EU and US.

We have retrieved many samples from our distributors and had a check onto those earphone which suffers from channel imbalance.
And as you have mentioned, 90% of the time, channel imbalanced is due to the clog onto the filters which can be found at the sound tube.

Most of the time, the clogging is not caused by dirt, but the human earwax. It seems like Western users have wetter earwax compared to Asian users.
And due to the shape and length of the ear canal of everyone person for left ears and right ears are different, the amount/speed of clogging on the left and right channel are different which caused channel imbalance.

The best way to deal with this is try to clean the white filter "gently" (poking it might break the filter sealing and cause sound change) with a cotton bud every 1 or 2 weeks.

If the cleaning does not help with fixing the issue, please contact your dealer or our customer support so that we could redirect you to our local distributor to help you with this issue.


The right side is dead silent and the left side is noticeably softer sounding, when compared my E1000.

I actually placed another order for a backup pair since I really like them, but had cancelled that as well until this defect can be sorted out. I believe it might be a rare case of QC issue?
We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Does the right side being silent out of the box?
May I know to whom are you inquiring for a replacement now? We are very happy to help you with this issue.

Please check your PM.
 
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Apr 20, 2020 at 4:40 AM Post #9,397 of 10,790

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We have retrieved many samples from our distributors and had a check onto those earphone which suffers from channel imbalance.
And as you have mentioned, 90% of the time, channel imbalanced is due to the clog onto the filters which can be found at the sound tube.

My problem wasn't the filter in the sound tube being clogged up, but the area around the outside and behind the tube that meets the metal section. Im presuming there is some sort of vent there that was clogged and causing the problem?
 
Apr 20, 2020 at 8:01 AM Post #9,399 of 10,790

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Is anyone here has an experience with Sonorous III. Is it good? What is the sq like?
 
Apr 20, 2020 at 2:07 PM Post #9,400 of 10,790

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Final Sonorous III Impressions


I've been using the Final Sonorous III for almost two weeks now, and it's time to share some first impressions.

Accessories:
Barebones. You get a moderately long 3.5mm terminated cable and a 6.3mm adapter. The cable has a unique "locking" mechanism and is super stable once connected. The cable itself is very supple and doesn't form kinks and loops too easily. It does have some microphonics but I personally use it on a desk for the most part thus that's not an issue for me. However, a carrying case/pouch would have been very welcome.

Build:
Build quality is superb, as expected from Final. The housing is made from rugged ABS material and the headband/yoke is a single piece of stainless steel. There is a gimbal-like mechanism for the cups to swivel freely along the X and Y axis. This makes fine cup-adjustments a breeze and is definitely a unique design element of the Sonorous series as a whole.
The headband-pad is very plush and soft and helps immensely to distribute the rather sizable 410gms of weight across the head. Headband size adjustment is a bit unique since the cups can be smoothly pushed up and down instead of extending/collapsing the headband itself. This is yet another intelligent design cue, though I'd have preferred to have some sort of markings on the inner-side as right now it's basically guesswork (or you can use your measuring tape for fine-adjustments).
Overall, a very solid build quality, and the minor complaint that I have is if you pinch the earcups with enough force, it can creak a bit. Another complaint would be the earpads which, despite being soft and mostly comfortable, are a bit shallow. I would have liked a deeper and slightly more elongated earpad for better comfort.

Comfort/Isolation:
The weight can be an issue for long-term listening as right now I need to readjust after an hour or so. Otherwise, it's fairly comfortable. The isolation is below-average, and there is some sound leakage which is rather surprising due to the apparent closed-back nature of these headphones.

Sound:
The overall sonic presentation can be called mildly V-shaped, but there is a catch.
You won't get boomy mid-bass or skull-rattling sub-bass like the typical V-shaped headphone. The bass here has a slightly boosted mid-bass that gradually falls as it reaches the sub-bass regions. The sub-bass rumble can be felt until around 25Hz and then it's barely heard. The bass impact overall is on the mild side, a no-go for bassheads, but if you prefer some bass-presence without cluttering the lower-mids or the whole soundscape - these will deliver on that front.
The mids are a bit recessed, but not scooped by any means. Male vocals sit a bit farther away which gives the sensation of wider stage. Female vocals are, strangely, even further behind the mix as the upper-mids are further recessed. Thus, If you need up-front vocals, esp female ones, look elsewhere (the Sonorous II for example does that better).
The lower-treble/presence region has more emphasis in comparison, so string instruments aren't as subdued as you may expect. IN fact, the Sonorous III is somewhat of a specialist at reproducing string instruments and keyboards/pianos. The notes are crisp and almost "tactile", as in you can feel the string reverbs. Instrumentals and acoustic pieces thus become the strong point of the Sonorous III and they do it better than any other closed-back headphone I've tried under $500 or so. The timbre especially is very natural.
The upper-treble is a bit strange as the cymbal hits are often up front while sustain instruments are not so much. In general I would not recommend this for fast metal tracks as the treble response is too "polite" and the sub-bass lacks the visceral impact required to fully enjoy double bass-pedals. For more laid-back/slower genres this treble response is rather welcome.
As for the other technical aspects, imaging is precise, soundstage is definitely wider than most closed-back headphones and can rival some open-backs on this regard (e.g. Philips SHP9500). The transients are also fairly fast for a dynamic driver headphone. It's not as quick as the Focal drivers but also doesn't suffer from the slightly unnatural tonality/timbre that the Focal exhibits.

Closing:
To conclude this rather extended impression post, I'd say that for the price - these are a great option if you need a unique mid-range presentation for instrumentals or slower genres. The Sonorous III also adept at movies, though I wouldn't recommend them for games due to the weight factor and polite bass. The wide soundstage (for a closed-back) along with the great imaging is best for instrumentals, live orchestras/performances. Given the price point, I wouldn't expect it to be a jack of all-trades, and it isn't one. What it does well though, it does really well.

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Apr 21, 2020 at 1:48 PM Post #9,405 of 10,790

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Just curious, do you think it is possible to buy the A8000 carrying case separately? I transport my IEMs in my backpack along with a lot of other gear daily and it would be great to have a slightly more rigid case than the stock silicone case.
 

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