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Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphones

Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphones

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Are we getting another drop?
I thought I was pretty clear regarding the amount of head time it's had.
Look, they're both really quite remarkable (thx00 & sonorous). It should just be understood they have different talents/strengths/emphasis.
I had a singer reinforce my observation the sonorous's is in the treble, presence, and low bass (if the amp can drive the ridiculously low 8 ohm impedance; more later). This really serves to bring out and forward vocals and guitars.
The thx00 has a much fatter midbass to accompany the equally strong low bass, great and more natural thru mids (stand-up bass finger plucks and slides and string flutter are more pronounced and almost visible) has great high highs, but is much more subdued in the presence region. It is much easier to listen to for longer for this reason. I can get slightly agitated from the sonorous at high levels for long.
I recommend everyone with access to both listen to Piltch & Davis, Take One, track Horizontal Blue (buy it from HDTracks; its a marvel of a record). What I say should be evident. The stand up bass and cymbals takes front stage on the THX00. Less so on the Sonorous where the bass is more an accompaniment to the piano which now comes forward, with drums; the vocalizations made in the second half by I think the bass player that are way in the background on the thx00, are much more pronounced and forward on the Sonorous.
At $400/$500 both are buys; and I did. Add an extra $150-ish to the Sonorous and I'd opt for just the THX00. Sorry Final.
Now, a word on ease of drive. I am using my McIntosh MHA100 driving both on high gain, autoformers on low 8-40 ohm impedance. So, there is no problem at all delivering the current to the sonorous. But do this comparison with my newly delivered Opus #1 player, and one finds the low low bass is noticibaly lessened on just the sonorous. The 8 ohm current draw is a tough one for these little devices. No such problem driving the 25 ohms of the THX00.
Got it for 499$ last year. Haven't regret it ever since. Surprisingly with the right pads this can become very comfortable (not sure why people can put up with the Audeze comfort but not this one). Check out my post here http://www.head-fi.org/t/696821/reviews-impressions-thread-final-audio-design-pandora-hope-vi-interesting-dynamic-ba-full-size-headphones/1545#post_12623577
still not 1 unit sold...... what a disaster
Are these better or worse than the Fostex TH-X00? Anyone know? I have the Fostex TH-600 and am wondering if these Finals are worth it when those are damn good.
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Waynedo, As an owner of both, I disagree with you. Since I purchased, these have had a few hours of head time. It's true, they do get pretty uncomfortable, but that's only part of it. In contrast, I've listened to the thx00 cumulatively for days. It's just so engaging. (I also own the Ether, AlphaPrime, HE1000, HD650, and many others)
No surprise there are no takers. Massdrop, you forget what your charter is?
m8oman
Hi, does ur final cans burned in?
What happened to the price?
NVM. I have an HD600 for a long time when I had a chance to try these on for the first time last year. At first I was meh. The highs were just a little bit too sharp for my taste But then the lows hit and I was grinning so wide people'd think I was mad. The bass became alive with these cans. What was once a painting, beautiful as it is, has became a sculpture. It adds another dimension to the sound and I loved it.
But would I buy it? probably not, my half a day with the cans left me with a sore neck for a week and quite a terrible headache. Fit and comfort is terrible here but that sound is something.
I want these, but not at this price. $499 w/ free shipping or fail.
lol these also weigh 480 grams. Enjoy the broken necks, dang!
I don't see many people will join this drop as the price is way too high
this drop is more expensive than I buy retail here in Australia
why such a huge price increase? weren't these $499 last year?
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While a juggernaut every time I see a Head-Fi recommended product that really needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I joined late 2001 and HF was actually a good place... before money took over. Most of the real enthusiasts have left for greener pastures. Too many "reviewers" over there now.
ducatirider
Yes, they were $499. At $639.99 it is inching every way closer to Hi-Fi headphones. Might as well spend $1000 on something better.
Why can't this be shipped to UK or other places (ಥ﹏ಥ)(ಥ﹏ಥ)(ಥ﹏ಥ)
I'm still listening with my Sonorous VI since I got it. The Sonorous VI has become a favorite. It accurately caters to my musical inclinations. Once in a while, I would try on my other headphones, but after a few minutes, I get the sense I'm missing something, that there's something I'm not hearing, and I keep returning to the Sonorous VI. It makes any music I listen to (in mostly the following genre: jazz, pop, classical, house, deep house, chill) so engaging and deeply satisfying. Sounds absolutely fantastic paired with Schiit's Bifrost and Lyr 2.
Exciting news, group! We’re happy to report that all of the orders have been shipped out and are now on the way to you! Please allow 24-48 hours for tracking to get into the shipper's system and start updating.
If there’s anything else we can do to make your Massdrop experience better, feel free to contact us via “Contact Support” button in your transaction page: https://www.massdrop.com/transactions
We have some news to share with everyone regarding this Sonorous VI drop. Unfortunately, the Type B pads will not be available until April. In the best interest of the group, we were able to come up with an alternative option. Our vendor has agreed to substitute the Type B pads with the Final Audio Design Heaven Adagio III's ($65 value).
If you do not find this substitution favorable, you have the option to either wait until April for the pads (VI's would still ship this week) or cancel your order altogether. To opt in for either of these options, please reach out via the "Contact Support" button in your transactions page. https://www.massdrop.com/transactions
If we do not hear back from you by end of day Wednesday, we will ship you the Sonorous VI's + Adagio III's.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 2/25 or sooner if something comes up.
**EDIT: Pushing Date Out
ArthurM
If I choose the Adagio III, Can you arrange for an option to purchase (at reasonable price) the type B pads in April if I find that I want/need them after receiving and trying the Sonorous VI with the standard pads? Thx
Our vendor just received confirmation from the manufacturer that our order will be shipped to them in the coming days. Right now, they are estimating an arrival date of late next week. They have assured us that they will allocate the resources to immediately turn around your individual orders upon receipt.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 2/25 or sooner if something comes up.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphones and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will ship the individual orders directly to you. The current estimated ship date is 2/25.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 2/18.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (massdrop.com/helpcenter).
ArthurM
Are b pads included in this drop?
MuchaHo
It seems Massdrop is really slacking at putting this info somewhere that it can be readily found...
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These or the th-x00??
Karlsaba
every review says TH-X00 is the one... if you can wait 3 months, get that.
Hi everyone, I joined this drop the last time and I should say, that out of all the headphones I've used (Fidelio L1, AKG K553, some old plantronics headphones... basically not much), these are the best so far, although admittedly, every other headphone I had only was half of this headphones' price.
However, I had to sell it due to being uncomfortable in the ears themselves. Depending on your head size (I seem to have an average head), my ears are getting pushed by the metal through the pads, and made it unbearable to wear in time periods more than 30 minutes. I had to "cotton-mod" my pads by putting about 4-5 cotton balls on each ear between the actual headphone and the pads.
So yes, awesome sound quality, but I won't buy it again due to not being comfortable in the long run.
I'm seen conflicted data; does anyone know if these headphones closed or semi-open?
MSQRD
Closed
Massdrop is not shipping this to Australia? Usually the page say how much the shipping cost is. Now it just says $15 shipping to US.
CliffCri
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Yakov
Thanks Yakov... Didnt see that disclaimer..
Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphones vs. Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Headphones vs. Something Else?
I mainly listen to Electronic Music.
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Thanks for the write up. 100% going to go with the TH-X00 now.
lmao. Typical fostex fanboy. "I read comments". If you don't own both the cans then stfu. You really think your 7100 is good? So dumb. Sonorous vi is THE BEST closed cans in 500 usd range and thx00 isn't even the best for its own price range. X00 is natural? Are you fucking shitting me? Have you ever tried a single pair of natural headphone before x00? I bet you didn't cuz if you did you won't claim x00 is anything near natural. Also the x00 never has better detail, clarity nor soundstage compares to sonorous vi, no matter what set up you got. The fostex is basshead and you think its better simply because you lack experience in headphones and are a basshead.
To those who already own these: What genres would you recommend them for? It sounds like their signature is similar to a Grado, but I heard the Sonorous VI are not good for rock?
Can anyone compare them to the Fostex TH-x00?
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How much sound leakage have you noticed? You seem pretty straight-forward with explaining your experience with them and most articles and such just give yes/no/maybe-so type answers. For instance, if there is sound leakage, is it muffled or fairly clear for others to hear your music? Have you noticed a volume threshold or type of music that does it more than others?
And thanks again for your insight as an actual user, it's helpful.
AnalogToTheFuture
I am afraid I can't help you too much on that one at the moment - you would have to ask my wife and she is out of town. The fact that she doesn't throw stuff at me any more when we are in the same room and she is trying to watch TV suggests they are much better at containing sound than my Grado's, but that's to be expected - they certainly couldn't be any worse!
From the other side, I feel I get a nice seal on them and they certainly reduce external noise around me, but I don't feel totally isolated as I have done with other closed back unit.
I was a part of the first drop for the Sonorous VI's and I really enjoy these cans. Some reasons include the soundstage, musicality, detail retrieval, ease to drive and build quality. However, these things only come together if you put the Shure 1540 Alcantara pads on them. The A/B pads are very poorly designed in my opinion. The A pads are uncomfortable and have very harsh treble with some tracks, while the B pads sound better but are even more uncomfortable. It's unfortunate that you need to drop another $40 on these to bring them to the level they should be at in the first place, but it's well worth it.
Does anyone know how these compare with the TH-X00 or the Sony Z7?
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Cause I read tons of reviews before I purchase, when you sort those information you will find most people trend to have an agreement on that.
On the other hand, actually what I find most about this headphone is the comfortable issue, most people can not bear to wear it within one or two hours.
DAMN! Would love to order these but the Canadian to US exchange rates are killing me!
So a follow up for any 'droppers on the fence for next time: I am loving these cans! I wanted an upgrade from my Grado 325i's - something with the same detail and clarity but with a little less harshness on very trebly tracks, a bit more punch and resonance in the bass regions and more comfort for extended sessions. All achieved and more!
Recommended IMHO
PoisonPoisonTastyfish
Comfort question: do they make your ears sweat? And are they about the same weight as the metal cupped Grado 325? Part of what makes the 325 uncomfortable over long listening sessions is the "on ear-ish" type/shape/texture of the earpads, but overall not too bad when compared to real heavyweights (LCDs).
Compassionator
My ears are probably "average" in size and protrusion and these cups fit completely over them and rest on my head only. Extended sessions or summer ambient temperatures can cause a bit of aural clamminess, but they are not too bad. They are definitely weighty, but to a satisfying degree IMHO and I find them pretty comfortable with the thicker pads - certainly more so than my Grado 325is. Initial placement takes a few shifts to get them perfectly seated, but all in all I am very happy with the fit, which was one of my major concerns in the original Drop.
I also notice no real difference in the sound between the two sets of pads unlike many others here (or at least not a difference to worry about!) Perhaps I am just cloth-eared or maybe I need to spend some time exhaustively A/B-ing to hear the flaws, but life is too short and I love the sound of these cans.
For the most part I run them hooked up to my Macbook Pro via a Centrance DACPort (they work great straight from the laptop jack though) with Audivarna Plus as my player/source and they consistently deliver hour after hour of sweet, detailed listening pleasure.
Interestingly I did buy a DacPort Slim in the recent drop, but I find the Sonorous are so sensitive (or the Slim deficient in quality!) that I can hear a faint but unmistakable hiss/noise floor which I don't get from my original DacPort, so you may find them too sensitive for some sources.
I was also impressed with how well they performed plugged straight into my iPhone 6s Plus playing 256k AAC files - most unexpectedly good!
Love em.
I have tried these in Japan last week, and they are fantastic. I'd love to grab them the next drop!!
Got my headphones last week and after reading pros and cons....very relieved that these things sound great and are comfortable. I have owned Sennheiser HD580 HD650 HD800
Currently own B&W P7 Hifiman HE400i AKG K701
I prefer the Final to all of these. Thanks for the great drop
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The headphone box itself has a LOT of thick cardboard within it supporting the positioning of the headphone. That box came within another outer cardboard box. I can't tell you if there was space and paper or peanuts between them, or one box contacted the other box, as I wasn't present when the headphone box was taken out of the outer shipping g box. Even if they touch, I'd say you're safe given how unusually solidly the inner box is packed.
m8oman
Cheers mate
Got this headphone yesterday. I haven't change the earpad yet, the stock A earpad is kind of uncomfortable when I wore it for 20 minutes.