Integrity to the Last – A Review of the Final Audio E5000


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.

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Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.


  1. Gary Griffiths on

    Just bought some of these as I loved the e3000. Will these sound good with my dx200?

    • Pinky Powers on

      Of course. Especially if with one of the High Current Amps, like AMP7.

  2. davidmolliere on

    Great review, I concur on all counts, you sold me on them and I don’t regret getting those little gems 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Jonathan on

    I believe the E4000 has a detachable cable as well.

    • Pinky Powers on

      You know. I think you’re right. Thanks for pointing that out. I need to fix that.

      • Jonathan on

        No problem 🙂

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