Music to Our Ears
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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.