The introduction of high-resolution audio into Apple Music in 2021 spurred the movement of audiophiles who are already active, and increased interest in budget-friendly audiophiles, such as wired headphones and digital-to-analog converters. Although there are plenty of options in India for less than Rs. 5,000, many of these products come from China. This is how the products I review today stand out; Final Audio is a Japanese brand known for its high-quality audio-quality headphones and wide-priced headphones, from affordable and budget models to expensive and ultra-premium ones.
For now, I’m going to focus on the affordable side of its range, with the Final Audio E1000C and E3000C. Price of Rs. 1999 and Rs. 3,999 respectively, the E1000C and E3000C both have 3.5mm connectivity with remote line and microphones. Although they are still manufactured in China, are these affordable Japanese engineering headphones a good way to start your audiophile journey? Find out in this review.
Compact and comfortable design for Final Audio E1000C and E3000C
Final Audio isn’t really a major brand because it focuses on audiophile products. It is available in India only through the Headphone Zone, which serves as a distributor in the country. Although the company has a wide range of products and covers different price segments, these inexpensive in-ear monitors have a standard and simple look and feel. The Final Audio E1000C and E3000C have thin, cylindrical headphone jacks, both with in-channel adapter. There are silicone earrings in different sizes in each box.
Although the cheaper Final Audio E1000C has a plastic headphone case and a closed back design, the E3000C has much nicer metal housings with nets to make the back slightly open. The “C” variants have in-line remote controls and microphones, but you can also buy standard E1000 or E3000 headphones that don’t have these. Both headphones weigh about 15 g, despite the differences in the materials used.
The Final Audio E3000C and E1000C headphones are powered by 6.4mm dynamic controllers, but the tuning is different for both. The headphones are lightweight and comfortable, but the noise from the cables can be heard on both headphones from the top half of the rubber cover. The headphones also include what Final Audio calls a “swing-adjusting mechanism,” which means that the included eartips can move slightly while attached to the earbuds. This allows for a bit of flexibility when wearing headphones to make the adjustment more precise and accurate.
Unlike some audiophile-grade ear monitors (IEMs) in this price range like the KZ ZSN Pro X, the E3000C and E1000C cables are fixed and not replaceable or replaceable, which is a drawback. The Final Audio E1000C and E3000C are both low-impedance cable headphones at 16 ohms, and are easily powered by any basic source device with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Final Audio E3000C is better tuned and sounds fun, while the E1000C offers a decent view with a budget.
Despite the fact that many mobile phones, including inexpensive models, have a 3.5mm headphone jack aside, today’s buyers who receive high-end headphones and earphones often do so for a great listening experience. That’s the kind of buyer Final Audio hopes to attract with the E3000C. The E1000C, on the other hand, can also attract ordinary listeners.
For my review, I used two headphones with a Shanling UA2 DAC laptop, one connected to my MacBook Air and one to the OnePlus 9. In both cases, I was playing high-resolution audio tracks on Apple Music, and I treated these headphones as two. audiophile options.
The audio signature of the Final Audio E3000C is a little more entertaining, in addition to the high-pitched sound that makes these two headphones sound better. With a good source device and high-resolution audio content, the Final Audio E3000C made clean, accurate, and sharp sound, even when it was very accurate and tight on bass.
Sofi Tukker’s Purple Hat felt honest but never too much, while playing as interesting and different voices as it did. The level of detail offered here was pedestrian; excellent wired connectivity and headphone tuning made for sound quality that can’t be approached by wireless headphones. The E3000C was also able to keep up with crowded and diverse songs like Aerodynamic (Daft Punk remix), allowing you to hear from the core of the track to the weakest elements with great precision and detail.
The Final Audio E1000C is much cheaper and has quite a different sound, with a more balanced sound signature and less attention to detail. Although the price is decent, I felt that the E1000C was not as fine and accurate as the KZ ZSN Pro X, which is positioned to compete. The sound was a little more sour with the upper half and highs being stronger, and the ones not as effective as the bass. The E3000C makes the KZ ZSN Pro X more effective in terms of audio quality, although it costs quite a bit more.
Both the Final Audio E3000C and E1000C have microphones and can be used as a hands-free headset. While it’s nice to have this feature, and I found the performance of the microphone to be acceptable for video calls on my computer, these headphones are designed to listen to music and are best used for this purpose.
Final Audio’s wide range of headphones and earphones comes with a wide range of prices. E1000C and E3000C allow premium buyers to enjoy premium design and engineering without spending a lot of money. The E3000C is particularly interesting for a number of reasons, including its design, pleasing sound, and excellent level of detail. Although fixed cable is a bit frustrating, this headset would be good for anyone looking for a quick and easy start in the audiophile space, especially if you have a good entry-level DAC.
The E1000C was not so exciting, with the sound quality being quite low. Other audiophile headphones priced below Rs. The 2,000 overall offers better performance, though the balanced sound of the E1000C may appeal to some listeners.
However, those who are just looking for a music listening experience also want to consider the Final Audio E3000 and E1000, which do not have a slightly less expensive microphone and remote control.