final A3000 Review: A Case of Deja-Vu

The final A3000 was launched alongside the A4000 as part of final audio’s new lineup. Having recently reviewed the VR3000, the A3000 seem incredibly similar to look at. We expect big things from all final audio products – let’s put it to the test.

final A3000
+ FOR
  • Well balanced soundstage
  • Good package of accessories
  • Very comfy
- AGAINST
  • More expensive than the almost identical VR3000
  • No microphone

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Overview

As I mentioned in the intro, the final A3000 are, identical in design to that of the final VR3000. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Their angular design is quirky and modern, whilst not affecting the functional aspects of the product.

Being a wired set of IEMs there are no bulky control pods, or touch panels on the buds themselves. Instead, all that interrupts the headphone cable is the small inline controls that contain the multi-function volume buttons and play/pause button respectively. Each bud has the product name and left/right annotation, and is overwise a clean piece of moulded plastic.

The A3000’s audio is provided courtesy of a 6mm f-Core DU dynamic driver. This appears to be the same driver as in the VR3000, however final specifically call our the f-Core DU moniker in their marketing for the A3000 only.

Spec Sheet

  • Housing – ABS
  • Driver – Dynamic driver
  • Sensitivity – 98dB
  • Impedance – 18Ω
  • Weight – 18g
  • Cord Length – 1.2m
  • Ear hooks with lock mechanism
  • OFC audio cable with 2-pin connectors

In The Box

  • A3000 Earphones
  • 2-pin detachable cable
  • Carry case
  • 5 pairs of ear tips
  • Ear hooks
  • Warranty paperwork

Audio & Use

The A3000 are even more lightweight but thankfully they stay clear of straying into “cheap feeling” territory. These feel even more comfortable in my ear over longer listening sessions. If the truth be known though, that could just be marginal variance as the differences between it and the vR3000 are minimal as previously mentioned. Adding the hooks to the A3000 made them more stable and actually helped with a little noise isolation too. I’d recommend giving the hooks a go immediately to either count them in or out for your use case.

In terms of audio quality, there are no surprises here. This sounds, to me, almost identical to the VR3000, and with good reason. Whilst the sensitivity on the VR3000 is slightly higher, the impedance, cable and driver are identical on the A3000.

The highs and mids are clear, crisp and tonally separated, whilst the lows are adequate enough to make this acceptable for almost any listening taste. Whilst on a few walks, with some ambient sounds in tow, the A3000 managed to provide enough isolation from the outside world, whilst also not being a danger. I’m always wary of units that bore into your ear canal, and have ANC on top (which these don’t) and are to be used in conjunction with being out in the wild – stay safe and make sure you can at least hear something other than your tracklist.

That little PSA aside, I’m less concerned about the lack of any smartphone adapter in the box with the A3000, as this, unlike the VR3000, is not aimed at gamers. Likewise, the lack of a microphone is only a minor annoyance.

Final Thoughts

The A3000 are a great set of IEMs for those looking for a balanced and more technical soundstage than one might expect from any “off the shelf” brand. final audio is anything but “off the shelf”. They have a storied past in the audio space and the forums and subreddits are littered with posts about their quality products – this is another one of them.

That said the A3000 costs £30 more than the VR3000 and I’m not sure what, if anything, it brings to the table to warrant that extra cash. Don’t get me wrong, in isolation it provides a good clean soundstage with decent isolation and a crisp, comfortable listening experience. The accessories are also top-notch and aid the overall package. There’s just nothing new here.

If you’re in the market for a great pair of IEMs that will elevate your listening experience over and above a £30-special from an Amazon reseller, then these are worthy of a look. For me, I’d plump for the VR3000 though; the same basic design and internals, cheaper and with a microphone.

About Craig Bradshaw

Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

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