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want to have a share the experience with you guys about my recently new bought
earphone, it’s from Final Audio Design Adagio
stumble across this brand from the audio store, it shocked me. “What the hell is
this brand? I had never heard before”
*I was looking at Shure or Sennheiser
that time after god knows how long on reviews reading.
I quickly do some research on the
brand through internet, sadly not much information provided, and most of them
are written in japs.
After some intensive couple of hours
of listening and comparing between Shure,Sennheiser, klipsch and jays, I
finally play my bet and place money on the table for this new
no pure audiophile music listener, so my music collection mostly on everything,
modern pop, R&B, metal, acoustic, vocal, smooth jazz etc.. hopefully
my review will be readable for everyone.
In this review I will be using Ipod
Classic direct out to earphone, no EQ will be set as I want to keep the sound as
original as possible.
The package comes with one
earphone and 3 sizes of sleeves, I was pretty skeptical when first purchase due
to without any casing or pouch, however the audio store kindly gave me a hard
case, so I was kinda forgot about this issue, since it won’t really make much
different whether the earphone comes with case or without, as I experienced some
earphone in the market offer much expensive price doesn’t come with case
consist anything remarkable, just bunch of “you know me, I don’t know you”
sleeves come with Large, Medium and Small, they fit pretty well in my ear and
provide great isolation too. Finally it comes with a warranty card full of
Design & Build
Quality & Fit
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Pretty unique design I would say,
simple and elegant, especially the “Final” word on the housing, clean and
end of the housing, it is the design of vented sort of like airplane engine, I
believe it might be the design required for their sounding.
Anyway, it looks fun on the earphone,
at least won’t be dull and too fancy for my liking.
Build Quality is acceptable, the cord
is thin, but I wouldn’t complain much as it’s made for portable usage, I don’t
expect a thick and stiff cord for my over-ear usage.
Plastic housing for lighter weight
design which quite same with other earphones I tried in the store, as heavy
metallic housing might cause weight problem.
Cord Slider provided for more firm
earphone usage, which kind of standard for the manufacturer
nowadays. The cord which connect to
the earphone have slight angle different compare with straight, so it wouldn’t
cause any disturbance when you want to fit in your ear deeply
Fitting is pretty personal, as I have
a “standard” ear canal size (I wouldn’t imagine what is the means of “not
standardize”), medium eartip suit my ear pretty well, and provide total
isolation when the music is on, very minimal sound leakage spotted with the help
from my friend (which he stick very close to my ear and listen), mainly due to
the “vented” “open” air design for the earphone which able to enhance the
sounding experience. However, it wouldn’t cause much disturbance to the person
right next to you, as it’s not a huge diaphragm open air
I like the material of the tips, it
is soft yet sit firm in my ear, with long hours of listening (2-4), I’m still
able to sustain it inside my ear without any pain caused.
As the tips are presented in oval
shape, so I still can fit in perfectly in position without squeezing hard with
the feel of raping my ear canal.
All right, Decent build quality,
standard accessories provided, awesome comfortable fitting, here comes the
First Song – Without you from
David Guetta (feat. Usher)
In the first part of music, I like
the way how Adagio II handle the music, I was shocked by the open sound staging
of the earphone, feels like listening the music from open save, personally I
don’t like constrain sound, it just doesn’t sound comfortable to me.
sounded pretty decent, I don’t get any sharp bright sounding towards my ear, and
controllability is amazing, I get the instrument note hit clean and
vocal comes in, it is natural and clear, I can feel the singer whispers directly
to me. It is dynamic and smooth to my ear, I get the live element inject to my
ears, high treble has nice control, however there are slight sibilance on some
notes which I spotted. However from other users, with longer burn in, it will
reduce the sibilance.
When the bass part kicks in, you will
get amaze by the bass quality and quantity. It is tight, punchy, adequate amount
and blend very well with the speed and pace. I like the way of impact from
adagio II, it has a direct hit and deep presentation.
I like the synergy feeling with this
combo; it has nice mid high presentation for the instrument and vocal, good mid
low, low bass transition during the music.
Surprisingly it’s able to keep up the
pace of the music despite the sound staging, I’m able to enjoy the music through
the end without feeling any bit of boring in the song.
Separation is decent, I wouldn’t say
it has the best, but sufficient for the music, there are some overlaps but is
tolerable for me.
Second Song - We are Young
In first part, drum hits are
outstanding, easy for your ear and still can feel the drum roll and feel, the
texture of the drum is persistent, decay and speed matched very well, every hits
just stand firm inside the music, there is no airy effect cover up.
Vocal is superb,
natural, clean, dynamic and forward, I feel engaged by the music, very analog
and able to present the feeling of singer to me, personally I hate flat and
cold vocal, which I couldn’t experience the musicality of the
pretty decent here as I mentioned on point above. I’m still able get a clear
distinguish between drum, vocal, piano, and they mixed in so well, which I get
the flow of the music, everything just work fine in their way without much
the middle part, the transparency is slight lose out which makes the music don’t
positioned very well.
Treble : 4.5/5
Good handle and
control, personally I don’t feel sharp bright or squeaky in the earphone,
however there is slight sibilance, but totally tolerable for me, as long it
doesn’t affect my listening.
Transition is good, vocal won’t feel
squeezy to the top and smooth presentation, I’m able to feel the dynamic and
synergy straight to the top end, dull and boring is not an option in this
earphone, as it doesn’t link to flat sounding.
Mids : 4/5
Nice smooth, warm and thick. Airiness
can enhance even more live experience inside the music. Vocal, guitar,
instruments sounded precisely, very organic sound generated. Slight recessed on
mid, however every frequency chain able to present toward as balance as possible
in this earphone.
Bass : 5/5
Impactful, accurate, punchy. If you
like bass a lot, this earphone able to provide the bass quality and quantity
that you never imagine. It provides the decent amount of quantity for certain
music, but still maintain a tight and strength bass. With the dynamic driver in
status, it offer much more deeper bass, straight to your heart
price of Rm200+, this earphone could really outshine lots of earphone in the
same range, despite the brand which people don’t aware of, they are doing damn
good job for their product, I believe it is time for them to create more
opportunity and awareness to the market to make it famous.