A NEW HOPE
We Take a Look at Final Audio Design’s Pandora Hope VI
Founded in 1974 by Kanemori Takai, Final Audio Design is no stranger to the audiophile community. The company started by producing high-end MC cartridges, turntables and amplifiers, before moving on to speakers and high-end earphones. This month, we take a look at the Pandora Hope VI, the company’s first massproduced headphones.
A Brief History
The first pair of headphones that were developed by Final Audio was the Muramasa VIII. When it was announced, the interest level among audio enthusiasts went through the roof, not onlyly because they looked incredibly unique, but because of its ludicrously high price tag of about RM26,000.26 000 PProducedd d onlyl iin hhihighlyh limited quantities, few were able to try them out, but those who did said that these headphones were a marvel of acoustic engineering. Needless to say, the Muramasa VIII was not mass produced. Thankfully, the company decided to produce a pair of headphones that were more affordable, with its audio characteristics taking only a minor dent in performance. This resulted in the development of the Pandora Hope VI, a pair of beautifully sculpted headphones.
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