This past weekend, I leapt at the chance to attend CanJam in New York. And while I did get to test plenty of new headphones, the real show-stealer for me was the new Final D8000. Normally, I would just review this headphone, courtesy of the shop where I work – but we can’t seem to keep them in stock. And that popularity is well-deserved because, frankly, the Final D8000 is the dog’s bollocks.
Packaged with a snazzy headphone stand and two braided cables, the D8000 doesn’t offer a ton of useless accessories. One cable measures 1.5m and sports a 3.5mm plug. The other cable is a longer 3m and sports a 6.3mm plug.
Overall, these cans sport a solid build while still remaining relatively lightweight. Really, this is the only trade-off to the build; you suffer a little weight in exchange for a headphone you would be hard-pressed to actually break.
The housing themselves rock a magnesium-alloy composition, and the driver is a planar magnetic – certainly not as light as a dynamic driver, but the sound sells the Final D8000 with ease.
Frequency Range: N/A
Impedance: 60 ohms
Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 98 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): N/A
Despite Final not giving up any data on the frequency range, the sound at play here is definitely wide. If I had to guess, I’d place it close to 5-50000 Hz. The relatively low impedance means you could pair it with a portable device, like a cell phone or a portable player. However, the impedance and the sound pressure will greatly benefit from even the cheapest amplifier. Lastly, distortion, like frequency range, isn’t rated, but I’d guess it’s quite low – the sound of D8000 remains incredibly clean no matter what you’re listening to.
The Final D8000 supplies a luscious low end with ample detail and a bumping bass you would expect from a planar magnetic headphone. ively but never too powerful, that bass brings the low end to life with tons of energy, while the detail remains clean and unsullied.
Strong fidelity reveals sharp and contrasting vocals and instrumentation in the mids. And maybe it’s the three cups of coffee I had before writing this review, but I think I can almost hear the sweat oozing out of John Lennon’s pores on ‘Helter Skelter’.
Highs are a tad bit bright at time, but only where they should be. Violins and female vocals sound downright heavenly on the Final D8000. But this doesn’t really surprise me, as this particular Final rocks the planar magnetic drivers, known to result in a richer, more dynamic sound.
Thanks to some profound placement and depth, the soundstage on the D8000 is nothing short of amazing. It’s a sonic landscape that truly does justice to the headphone’s overall fidelity, resulting a truly intoxicating, transcendental listening experience.
The weight is the only con to this headphone. And even then, it’s more of a personal distaste than a full-blown issue. I imagine most people will forget all about that weight once the music starts playing.
Next to sound, durability is the hallmark of the D8000 – not only does the magnesium-alloy build hold up under outlandish physical abuse, but the braided cables are sturdy enough to skip rope… or garrote anyone who interrupts your listening sessions.
The Final D8000 retails for a whopping $3799. One does not simply stroll into an audio store and purchase it. Well, okay, I guess someone could theoretically do just that, but this headphone just begs for direct comparison to the slightly-more-expensive Audeze LCD-4. Almost too close to call, the difference between the two will most likely hinge on personal preference. And personally, I’d opt for the Final D8000 and use the price difference to help pay for a good amplifier. But that’s just me. The guy who is addicted to that Final Sound.
If you’re in the market for a top-tier headphone and can afford the price of admission, look no further than the Final D8000. With ample bass, blinding soundstage, and staggering fidelity in the lows, mids, and highs, this gem is another slam dunk for the audio wizards at Final.
Carroll Moore is a Tech lover and audiophile headphone enthusiast, photographer and writer for the likes of Audio46.