Final Audio provided the E-Series IEMs free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.
The E5000 sells for $279
The E4000 sells for $149
The E3000 sells for $54.90
The E2000 sells for $44.90
I shot Final Audio an email, expressing interest in one of their strange-yet-cool headphones and the E5000 IEM, as I’d heard from a reviewer friend how great the E3000 was. The next thing I know, the entire e-series was on my doorstep. But no Sonorous… oh well. Maybe next time.
This will be a review primarily of the E5000. I’m sure as hell not doing a full one for each of them. But I’ll mark the differences I hear in the comparison section.
The E5000 is the flagship in this line, and rightly so. Final went the extra mile in every area. It’s the only one housed in stainless steel, and, along with E4000, one of two designed for a detachable cable. Not just any cable, either. A really nice one. Check out the website for all the details. It’s a good step up from whatever their using for the other entries in this series.
I use the earhooks, because I really don’t like straight-hanging cables. I find them all so terribly microphonic, and the IEMs fall out easier. A serious danger with the E5000, since it’s kinda big and kinda heavy. Furthermore, this cable is rather stiff, and not particularly light. The earhooks are the only things that make the wrap-around possible. But you can discard the hooks and wear them in whichever fashion you choose.
Wearing them wrapped behind my ear, and fitted with the stock tips, the E5000 has excellent ergonomics. I mean, it’s just a f**king barrel, housing a tiny driver. The design is so simple there’s no room to fail. They are among the most comfortable earphones I’ve tried.
Something you should be warned about is how difficult these things are to drive. They will test your mobile gear like few IEMs can. Think Sennheiser HD650 and you’ll get an idea. My DAPs get them loud enough, but it’s a struggle. Most smartphones will weep under this load.