Mu­sic to Our Ears

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• Fi­nal Heaven II Ear­phones • Sonic Gear Air­phone V • Ed­ifi er R2800 Mul­ti­me­dia Speaker • LG BB-5530A Sound Bar • Sam­sung S9 85” UHD TV

The com­mon mis­con­cep­tion be­hind in-ear ear­phones is that the smaller au­dio driv­ers would not be able to pro­vide the varied au­dio range of larger head­phones. Fi­nal Au­dio De­sign, a com­pany that is pas­sion­ate in pro­duc­ing high-qual­ity au­dio prod­ucts, has some­thing to say against that. In­tro­duc­ing the Fi­nal Heaven II, a pair of in-ear ear­phones that de­liver is an im­pres­sive stereo spatial in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

Ar­riv­ing with a min­i­mal­is­tic de­sign, the Heaven II ex­udes a suit­ably classy feel. The matte stain­less steel body houses the main Bal­anced Ar­ma­ture driver unit and has a neat di­ag­o­nal cut at the end. Another fea­ture worth point­ing out is the Heaven II's flat de­signed ca­bles, which helps pre­vent wires from get­ting en­tan­gled. The in-ear ear­phones also comes in two col­ors: blue and black.

Another es­sen­tial part of the Heaven II is the ear­buds, which come in a va­ri­ety of sizes that al­low users to choose the best fit for them­selves. Still on the topic with the ear­buds, the Heaven II does a great job in terms of noise iso­la­tion, al­low­ing users to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the au­dio.

Be­ing part of Fi­nal Au­dio De­sign's Bal­anced Ar­ma­ture se­ries, the Heaven II is tar­geted to­wards mu­sic lovers who want rock solid au­dio per­for­mance, within the por­ta­ble form fac­tor of in-ear ear­phones. This is ev­i­dently no­tice­able, thanks to its star­tlingly hefty price tag.

Mov­ing on to the most im­por­tant part, need­less to say, we were very im­pressed by the Heaven II's au­dio per­for­mance. Hav­ing prop­erly burned in the Heaven II, we were ea­ger to run it through our list of songs. We im­me­di­ately found the highs to be highly de­tailed, while the lows are punchy and ac­cu­rate. Hav­ing said that, the Heaven II can be a lit­tle too en­thu­si­as­tic as the highs from loud cym­bals or crash­ing glass can over­power the deeper bass. How­ever, a lit­tle ad­just­ment to the equal­iz­ers can help the ear­phones sound just right.

When lis­ten­ing to vo­cal tracks, such as songs from Joanna Wang and John Mayer, we found the vo­cals to be well bal­anced and clear, al­though higher notes from fe­male artists can oc­ca­sion­ally over­power other sounds. Mov­ing on to sound stag­ing, when we lis­tened to songs like An­gel of Har­lem, we could dis­tinctly make out where each voice was com­ing from, mak­ing it great for in­stru­men­tal songs.

The Fi­nal Heaven II comes with a clean min­i­mal­is­tic de­sign with great and ac­cu­rate au­dio qual­ity. We found the noise iso­la­tion of the Heaven II to be great, but per­haps too ef­fi­cient for the av­er­age per­son to cross the street safely. As men­tioned, the sound stag­ing of the Heaven II is very ac­cu­rate, al­low­ing users to iden­tify the source of the sound ac­cu­rately. De­spite that, the Heaven II can be a lit­tle over en­thu­si­as­tic with its high notes, but a quick trip to the equal­izer and you're set to have a great au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence. Over­all, what we like the most about the Heaven II is that it pro­vides users with a high-qual­ity au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence within a com­pact form fac­tor.

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