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Final D8000 Review | Headfonics

Final Audio D8000


Construct Quality9.Four

Consolation & Fit8.6


Disclaimer: The Final D8000 despatched to us is a pattern in change for our trustworthy opinion. We thank the workforce at Final for giving us this chance.

It’s good to see a brand new identify on the planar market, on this case, Final from Japan (beforehand often known as Final Audio). They now be a part of the likes of Audeze, Hifiman, MrSpeakers, and Superior Alpha to call however a number of in what continues to be a reasonably area of interest line-up of producers. Sorry Oppo, you don’t rely anymore.

Final has been recognized to convey out some strange creations each low cost and massively costly. Earlier endeavors such because the Pandora Hope VI have been infused with a balanced armature and dynamic drivers promoting from round $699 We’ve got one right here lingering within the workplace for the previous few years. During the last yr or two, it has been their IEM’s which have acquired the main consideration.

So, the D8000 constitutes their first of the D Collection and it’s their TOTL planar headphone stuff with a model new strategy to planar magnetic design and costing a not insignificant $3999.

With a worth like that it’s going face to face with the likes of the LCD-Four, HE1000 V2, and some different lofty assertion headphones. Can it compete? Oh sure, it may after which some!


Final is touting the D8000 as a planar headphone with a totally new diaphragm design to keep away from coming into contact with the encompassing magnet system. AFDS stands for Air Movie Damping System, which Final claims as reproducing bass purity at a a lot greater degree than typical planar magnetic designs.

Final state that in typical designs low amplitude responses are likely to increase the diaphragm in such a method as to repeatedly come into contact with the magnets thereby growing the extent of distortion and ‘warping’ the frequency response on the lowest degree.

Final Audio D8000

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Using air movie between the magnets acts like an air buffer and cushions the diaphragm in such a means as to scale back the extent of contact with the magnets to supply a extra even and coherent bass response.

Type Issue

The D8000 is an ‘open-back’ full-size or circumaural planar magnetic headphone. At a distance, it does truly appear to be a closed headphone with its arduous black plastics masking a big portion of the entrance cup plate. Nevertheless, in the direction of the middle and behind the scarf helps you will notice the open design in silver.

This isn’t an enormous driver by the best way at 50mm. I’m presuming 50mm is the shifting half and never the cup opening. As some extent of comparability, the shifting a part of the Verum 1 Kickstarter planar driver at $350 is 82mm in measurement. I would additionally hazard a guess and say the smaller driver diameter is a part of the rationale why a big portion of the exterior cup shouldn’t be utterly open or grill-back in design. It’s potential, subsequently, to categorise the D8000 subsequently as semi-open.

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Legacy Inspiration

If the design seems considerably acquainted to veteran audiophiles that’s as a result of the D8000 was impressed partially by the classic orthodynamic Yamaha HP-1 launched in 1975. It’s ironic I’m studying that and chatting with them about it as a result of the HP-1 and HP-2 headphones was wanted for a few years in our native headphone meets. I might in all probability supply certainly one of them regionally if I attempted arduous sufficient.

Similarities embrace the elongated headband with its barely arched curve to permit for the cups to swivel and the matte black end on the outer edges of the cup plates. The cups are in fact a lot greater than the unique on-ear design of the HP-1 and the coating is a bit more superior.

In fact, Final followers will argue it isn’t the primary time that design accents such because the arched headband have been used by the firm since our Final (Audio Design) Hope Pandora VI has a really comparable form additionally. I think it extra right down to the flatter cup design and supplies ending and the very fact it’s a planar that the HP-1 reference comes extra into focus.

Final D8000

In case you are into images you’ll discover within the image above that Final use an identical “blotchy” resin to Nikon DSLR’s to complete the cups. Final declare that this coating improves resistance to vibrations on the D8000.


The remainder of the supplies within the D8000 design embrace a tasteful mixture of magnesium alloy for the internal cup rings and headband adjuster, padded protein leather-based for the scarf strap and onerous resin coated plastics for the scarf blocks and cup plates. The angular elongated three.5mm twin entry connectors may be discovered on the base and are shaped from the identical exterior plastic cup moldings. The pads are foam-based with a cloth masking.

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The D8000 makes use of an angled dual-entry mono three.5mm jack connector system with clear markings for left and proper on all sides. The channels are additional marked by white and pink rings on the cable’s terminated jack barrels. To attach you merely insert and twist barely to lock.

three.5m Cable

You get two cables packaged with the D8000. The primary is a 3m twisted OFC wire with a black rubber jacket, terminated with three.5mm left and right-angle mono gold-plated three.5mm on the connector aspect. This one is terminated unbalanced with a gold-plated quarter jack and an understated however very properly completed black aluminum y-split barrel. This can be a pretty hefty however well-insulated cable with zero reminiscence retention and microphonics on the bodily wire.

1.5m Cable

The second cable mirrors the primary cable when it comes to wire and twisted design, together with the aluminum completed barrels. Nevertheless, it’s a lot shorter at 1.5m and is terminated with a three.5mm TRS jack versus 1 / 4 jack. It shows the very same bodily properties when it comes to dealing with. It’s quiet, doesn’t tangle a lot and has the benefit of being a lot lighter than its greater 3m sibling.

The one challenge I’ve is the extensive girth of the three.5mm barrel which prevents it from connecting to my smartphone jack output. Not that I might be contemplating that type of pairing however a slimmer one may need been a extra versatile selection.

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This can be a extra refined and better-finished leather-bound type of the Sonorous and Hope Pandora VI headband design and supplies. Nevertheless, the band arch is considerably wider than the Hope Pandora VI band so the strain distribution is definitely fairly a bit narrower or centered. The Hope Pandora VI has further strain factors on all sides of my head that distribute a bit of higher.

The massive cup sizes might have necessitated a wider arch however the barely thinner leather-based contact space usually makes it barely much less snug than I hoped for. Mix this with the pretty substantial 523g weight and all of the sudden the D8000 seems like an old-school planar in your head.


The pads are fairly an fascinating design utilizing a fabric-covered breathable foam materials. Final clarify this as being far more suited to how they need the D8000 remaining tuning to sound. That is particularly reference to high-frequency copy in comparison with the bigger well-sealed leather-based pads utilized by the likes of Audeze. They do appear to be removable additionally so I’m presuming you possibly can order replacements however I don’t see that choice on their web site at current. 

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Foam Execs & Cons

The froth materials additionally feels pretty stiff and retains its form fairly nicely. You’re unlikely to ever get that sweaty feeling from long-term use in scorching climates nor can I see them flaking or falling aside over time. Nevertheless, the outer material is a contact unfastened so the froth has a little bit of motion inside.

The diploma of froth padding motion is determined by your head form and measurement as the general measurement of the D8000 is sort of massive. On its smallest setting, I get a reasonably good degree of clamp and minimal motion however I’ve to place the scarf fairly far again on the highest of my head.

If I get the setting good the D8000 is sort of snug, maybe extra so than the LCD-Four. If I tip it additional ahead an excessive amount of it creates a downward drive that pushes down on the pads and prime of my ears. This tends to create somewhat little bit of uncomfortable strain and continuous minute changes that take away somewhat from the degrees of consolation.

The D8000 is available in a big two-piece black field with what appears to be virtually a croc-skin type laminate end. It’s the inside nevertheless that simply gave me nightmares. The packing is excessive, complicated and at occasions simply darn proper irritating. Depart apart round 30 minutes to slowly work your means by way of the twists and turns of the cardboard and foam layering. They may ultimately reveal a lot of the equipment and the headphones.

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Headphone Stand

The D8000 does include a reasonably bought and well-built black metallic stand in addition to the 2 aforementioned cables. There are not any further pads or gadget reminiscent of airline adapters. The stand is somewhat distinctive for me in the best way they maintain the D8000.

As an alternative of resting the scarf on the horizontal t-bar on the prime you get two indented areas, one on all sides of the top of the t-bar. Right here you merely relaxation the D8000 on prime and it ought to match into place across the prime of the alloy a part of the scarf under the plastic block.

The good thing about this can be a lack of creasing or deforming of the scarf since it’s no in touch with the bar itself. The draw back is the potential scrapes and chips you might incur in case you are not cautious when resting the headphone onto the indents. That is metallic on metallic at occasions so there isn’t a cushion from the drive of contact.

Apart from that, it has a very good peak, strong base so it won’t by accident transfer round. It additionally has loads of area for the headphones plus cables with out dragging on any floor under.

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