Final Audio Design Adagio III Headphones
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- Compact Driver: The 8mm dynamic driver unit of the Adagio V produces speedy and accurate delivery of sound from a compact size.
- Balancing Air Movement: BAM mechanism optimises the air movement inside the housing and controls unwanted vibrations for powerful bass and a deep 3D spatial expression.
- Optimized Air Flow: The shape of the housing Optimized highly-efficient air flow inside the cabinet ensuring the best in sound reproduction.
- Original Design: The original elastic cable eliminates microphonic noise travelling up the cable while the original eartips ensure enhanced sound insulation.
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Colour Name: red / white
Final Audio Design Adagio III Dynamic In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones in Red & White. Adagio III achieves powerful bass with deep 3D spatial expression from a compact size. The Adagio series was developed over two years of intensive research resulting in a custom, dynamic 8mm driver unit that unleashes a powerfully vibrant sound, delivering deep spatial expression.
Final Audio Design's special BAM (Balancing Air Movement) Mechanism, which optimises air movement inside the housing, has pushed the evolution of earphone body design to the next level with a simpler structure and slimmer body.
The original Final Audio Design elastic cable eliminates microphonic noise travelling up the cable while the original eartips ensure enhanced sound insulation. The Adagio III is a handmade product, made by Japanese sound engineers with a full-focus on ideal sound with no compromises.
Final Audio Design Adagio III Dynamic Earphones in Red & White
Original silicone eartips (S/M/L)
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Final Audio Design -- Black & Red
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- Final Audio Design Adagio III Earphones
- Exclusive Final Audio Design Silicone Eartips - S/M/L
About Final Audio Design
Final Audio Design began developing magnetic cartridges and step-up transformers in 1974. It wasn't long before they were manufacturing turntables and speakers which were well ahead of the curve for their time. When Final Audio Design started manufacturing headphones, they wanted to relay the musicians passion for their art, as well as their own passion for engineering.
About The Adagio III
The award winning Adagio III earphone features a BAM mechanism, optimising air movement inside the housing and controlling unwanted vibrations, for powerful bass and a deep 3D spatial expression. A specially developed elastic coated cable eliminates microphonic noise while the exclusive eartips ensure enhanced sound isolation.
Dynamic and Powerful Sound
With powerful dynamic bass, lively and tight but not overpowering, the Adagio III is warm, smooth and airy. The mids are lush and feel weighty with vocals laid back and natural. Treble is energetic with a fair amount of sparkle. Adagio III are great for rock, pop and electronic music having excellent separation to create a spacious stereo effect.
The Adagio series was developed over two years of intensive research. The result is a custom, dynamic 8mm driver unit. This compact driver unleashes a powerfully vibrant sound, delivering deep spatial expression and a vibrant “live sound” atmosphere. The sleek casing is reminiscent of a rocket ship or a jet turbine.
The Adagio III is constructed from solid ABS plastic creating a durable and beautiful earphone. The specially moulded shape of the housing optimises the airflow inside giving the Adagio III unique sound whilst preventing leakage.
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Came across the Adagio lll and was struck by the cool design with the right ear housing coloured red and the left one in white and after reading various reviews decided they were for me, even though twice the price of the E10s.
Comparing the Adagio's with my 'best' earphones (Monster Turbine Pro-Copper) which are/were nearly three times the price of the adagio's, I was mightily impressed with the powerful bass and 3D vast airy soundstage. This deep but taut bass is only achieved after burning them in for between 30-50 hours, so possible buyers be warned, don't make a snap decision after listening to them 'out of the box', do run them in before passing judgement.
I rated them five stars simply for their sound, the only slight quibble I have is that I wish the cabling looked a little more robust, which the Monsters certainly are and accessories are a bit sparse, only three pairs of silicone tips and no pouch but for me, how they sound is of more importance. One last point, supplied eartip quality is quite good but would advise obtaining Sony Hybrids, I think nozzle diameter size is 4mm, same as the Sony MDR-EX1000 phones.
To conclude, I believe the Adagio lll's come pretty close to the performance level of more costlier earphones.
I've been searching for some decent earphones for a while as the stock earphones with mobile phones are generally quite rubbish and my wife won't let me use her apple ones!
These are actually really good in-ear buds - most of the ones i've tried in the past have been uncomfortable or just make the whole world really muffled and just don't stay in my ears properly. These were pleasantly comfortable. It comes with three different size of 'buds' so that you can adjust to what is most comfortable for you. If you're usually averse to in-ear phones then I would still recommend giving these a try as they are much more comfortable than any others I've tried.
As the title of the review suggests, these handle bass beautifully. It isn't a 'muffled' or 'scratchy' bass but really clear and tight. Neither do these overwhelm the higher tones. However, if your main music is rock, folk or anything other than hip-hop, rap, dance or anything that really loves bass, I would stay away. Why? Well, even with the equaliser adjusted, I still found that the bass came through stronger than I would like.
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Maybe I've been a little spoiled by the phones I've tested recently but opening these was something of a disappointment. No case, only 3 tip options and a cable that can only be described as fragile looking, all a little underwhelming at first glance. The earpieces themselves are chunky, worryingly so for someone with small ear cavities but my fears were misplaced. Although they feel big I managed to achieve a good, comfortable seal on my first attempt. The ear pads are coloured coded so no mistakes telling which ear is which.
Trying a selection of music the first thing I noticed was the punchy yet full sounding bass, not woolly but rich and very satisfying. This wasn't to the detriment to the mids and highs which remain clear although the highs lack the sparkle of my old Sennheiser cx880's or the separation of my Klipsch x10's. Both those phones cost a good deal more but the Final Audios don't sound out of place in that company. For those keen on bass heavy genres, rap, dubstep, r&b these sound really decent but don't do so well for me on cleaner electronic tones.
I'm not sure how well the thin cable will stand up to robust daily usage and I'd be a bit worried about using them while exercising but they should survive the daily commute or domestic use and will reward the user with a very pleasant sound experience.
I just some bought Comply T200 tips to go with them too and now they sound even better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic quality for those who love bass, so far the best earphones i have used even better than Beats by Dre. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely clear sound and great quality. Would have kept them 'for life' but unfortunately they were stolen from me.Published 11 months ago by Cornwall Dog
Pros: Looks, microphonics
Cons: Overall sound quality, cable gets easily tangled, isolation, lack of accessories
Packaging & Accessories: 4/10
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Had to change buds to reduce the bass levels that dominated sound. Sound very good now.Published 14 months ago by Twin 2
These sound great but do need quite a while to settle in, have read 60-80 hours online. I find they sound best if you angle them slightly diagonal... Read morePublished 16 months ago by O. Cripps
The plastic plugs that can be swapped for bigger or smaller ones fall off to easily! Surprised i haven't lost one yet! Quite disappointing for an expensive product. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L Roberts
I'm no audiophile but it doesn't sound bad, clear sound, good bass and nice design. The bass can be overpowering at times and it doesn't come supplied with spare buds of the same... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jameel