These things are dynamite. The sound stage is truly incredible. Honestly the rivals and probably tops the Sennheiser in ears and makes forget about over ear headphones and the need for dacs or amps. Highly recommend!
Out of the box these are very slick and well executed from a design standpoint. Easy pairing and connecting to the app.
That’s about as far as my praise goes. The sound is good, but not great. I like to have a little airiness to the vocals, but in the ZE8000’s they fall flat and sound distant. The in app EQ is also useless. I could barely hear any difference from the adjustments I made, and it only lets you adjust +/- 3dbs for any frequency. I suppose they are tuned for true "audiophile" listening, but the sound profile isn’t for me. Also, for $350 I should be able to blow my eardrums out if I want to, and these just do not get loud enough.
I'm sticking with the Noble FoKus Mystiques I bought a few weeks ago which are the same price. They may a bit behind the ZE8000s in terms of feature set (no ANC, no IPX rating, etc.) but the customization they offer through the in-app EQ and their overall sound profile makes them a better product (10 frequency bands all adjustable +/- 12dbs should make anyone happy). The hearing test you can have done via the Noble app is pretty neat as well. It tests what frequencies you can hear on the earbuds, and then suggests a preset EQ adjustment based on your results.
The Nobles also feel more premium and worthy of their price tag. The metal charging case is solid and heavy and the earbuds themselves feel a lot sturdier than the ZE8000s. I’d give the ZE8000’s 5 stars if they were about $150 cheaper.
When I first got the Final ZE8000 I paired them and used them on my iPhone and I was immediately taken aback by their technical performance. Despite the bizarre look - they actually fit my ear better than pretty much any wireless IEM I have ever tried. They fit so well and are so comfy in fact, I purposely tried shaking my head wildly and they just won’t fall out - a huge deal for me because I have been waiting for a good wireless IEM that I don’t have to be careful with when I work out. My girlfriend tried them too with a much smaller ear and had the same opinion so they’re pretty universally well fitted. Anyway, the sound… I was sitting here captivated by how clear they were and how well the instrument separation was and the intimate soundstage was insane. That was before I downloaded the app and there was a firmware update available, downloaded it and enabled the “8K sound” (which is Finals branding for high resolution audio over Bluetooth) and man, these things have better technical performance than most hybrid/ trybrids. I’m not kidding either, I’ve heard them all. They simply annihilate my former Sennheiser momentum 2022 IEMs and they are miles higher in sound quality than pretty much all major brands like Sony and Apple. Noise cancellation isn’t the best I’ve heard, but it’s not a slouch. It has really good noise cancellation that will be fine for any audiophile. It also has ambient mode so you can hear your surroundings, but your surroundings can’t hear you. They’re great. I hardly ever write reviews, so these definitely come with significant recommendation.
The sound quality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. It sounds good, but not brilliant. The app is great and call quality is top notch. But I wish it was a bit clearer sounding.