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Final Audio Design Sonorous III

Final Audio Design Sonorous III Over-Ear Headphones

The SONOROUS III employs a driver unit integrated with the front plate, which results in resonance being suppressed and clear sound quality. Here, clear, transparent sound combined with a vast sound stage is generated owing to the same titanium diaphragm employed with SONOROUS X. Final Audio achieved sound quality that faithfully reproduces the source music and is pleasant to listen to.

Ear Pads: Internal Sound Absorption

Final Audio Design Sonorous III Over-Ear Headphones

The ear pads play an important part in sound quality. When there is a space between the ear pad and the ear, low frequency acoustic pressure changes greatly, and this greatly influences sound quality. So as to achieve a superior fit where it is hard to create a space, Final Audio employed synthetic leather, which has an equal amount of flexibility both horizontally and vertically, and have chosen a sponge with just the right amount of flexibility. Establishing apertures on the inside and the outside of the ear pads makes for clear sound quality with sealed headphones.

BAM Mechanism: Deep Three-dimensional Sound Reproduction

Final Audio Design Sonorous III Over-Ear Headphones

BAM is the approach of optimizing the balance of pressure at the front and rear of the diaphragm. SONOROUS III has been tuned to an extremely accurate level based on new knowledge expertise gained from the development of SONOROUS VIII and SONOROUS X.

Rigid ABS Housing with a Rough Coating

Final Audio Design Sonorous III Over-Ear Headphones

To achieve a high level of precision with the hard ABS housing, simulations were carried out until the appropriate level of fluidity with respect to the molding material was achieved. A textured finish that is also used with high-grade camera lenses is applied, and unnecessary vibrations are suppressed.



General Features:

  • Over-Ear design for hours of comfortable listening
  • BAM mechanism that realizes bass tones and deep three-dimensional sound reproduction
  • Ear pads with an internal sound absorption section that contribute to clear sound quality
  • Rigid ABS housing with a rough coating
  • Titanium diaphragm driver unit is integrated into the front plate
  • Detachable cable with locking function
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifcations:

  • Housing: ABS
  • Driver Unit: Dynamic Driver
  • SPL: 105dB
  • Impedance: 16 ohm
  • Cable Length: 4 ft (1.5 meters)

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
3 out of 5 - Good for a Few Hours
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
5 out of 5 - Best of the Best
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
3 out of 5 - They'll Work
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
5 out of 5 - Mozart Would Be Proud
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
3 out of 5 - They'll Work
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
5 out of 5 - Primo Craftsmanship! No Expense Spared!
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
5 out of 5 - Best of the Best
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
4 out of 5 - You'll hear a train horn, but that's about it
Value
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.
5 out of 5 - You Can't Find a Better Pair of Headphones for Your Dollar

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Large
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
High
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Neutral
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Medium
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.
Tight

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
Home/Office
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Closed

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
No
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
3.5mm
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
1/4" Adapter
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Black
Silver/Gray
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Metal
Plastic
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Leather
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Yes
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
No
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
No
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
No
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
No

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
16 ohms
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
105 dB
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
No
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
No
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.
No

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Final Audio Sonorous III
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Durability
5.0
Value
4.8
Features
4.8
Design
4.5
Usability
5.0
Owen

Los Angeles, CA

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Sound better than they look

June 3, 2016

The style is pretty basic... nothing fancy. They are really comfortable with the large ear cups. The leather is really comfortable, but I don't think it is real leather (it should be for this price). I've been able to listen for a long time without my ears getting all sweaty and gross so I can only assume that the pads breathe well. The headphones are big though. I can't imagine traveling with them

The sound quality is top notch. Very enjoyable with or without an amp. Vocals are crisp and clear. Bass is deep. Soundstage is pretty accurate. It is really easy to get caught up in the music and detach from the world.

The headphones are kinda like a a Porsche Panamera, from the outside it is big, has a hump, and looks like a cheap gimmick. Once you get in and start driving, you forget what the car looks like because it is one of the finest cars you have ever driven... or in the case of the headphones.. one of the finest headphones you have ever heard.

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Clay

Nashville

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Good Recommendation

May 24, 2016

Bought these under Sonic's recommendation. They work really well with my mac without an amp. Such precise bass. These headphones are fun and it will be fun to go through and listen to my collection again. For sure i'm going to add an amp later to make them even sound better.

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Chico Dan

Cal State University Chico

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Are these closed backs?

May 16, 2016

I'm a fan of these. The soundstage is wide for a closed back headphone especially in this price range. Vocals, drums and detail are really where these shine to me. I've been studying for finals the past week and I can't take these things off. I've been on a Tidal binge when I should be studying. My only complaint is these headphones are addicting.

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Schactel

Westlake Village, CA

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Final Audio Design Say What!

May 12, 2016

In the $600 and under price range these are the best closed backs i've heard. Great detail, great dept for a closed back, intimate vocals as mids are forward, treble sparkes but never gets harsh, and bass is tight and detailed. They sound great on every genre unless you like a lot of bass. Better than the sennheiser hd530vb and i like better than the Sonorous VI. More well rounded. The only thing I don't like is how the pads touch my ears.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

Sonorous III

UPC

811178026828

Weight

1.00lb

Internal SKU

sonorousiii

Internal Product ID

115855

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Wiring Diagram Legend

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