Final Audio - D8000 PRO EDITION
Planar Magnetic Headphones
Introducing the D8000 Pro Edition
Leaving the delicate sound quality intact, we have tuned D8000 using the Air Film Damping System (AFDS) exclusively for professional use upon the request of recording engineers who wish to listen at louder sound volumes than ordinary consumers. The human auditory characteristic by which low frequency range becomes easier to hear as sound volume increases has also been taken into consideration. As a result, in comparison to the D8000 which is suitable particularly for classical music and other selections featuring a wide dynamic range, the D8000 Pro Edition provides sound quality perceived to be of higher clarity when listening to rock, pops and other selections that feature a narrow dynamic range.
A combination of the sensitive high ranges of planar magnetic models and the volume and open feel bass tones of dynamic models.
With conventional planar magnetic models, amplitude is an increasing low range, and since the diaphragm comes into contact with magnets, it was necessary to raise the frequency of bass tones to a level that the driver unit can reproduce. To make up for the lack of bass tones, the inside of the earpads have been tightly sealed, and the front section of the diaphragm has been made a closed space.
This is the same principle as earphones with sealed earpieces being able to reproduce bass frequncies despite their small size. By sealing the inner earpads, it is possible to produce bass tones across low frequency bands; these become the bass tones produced within a sealed space the same as earphones.
With D8000, the problem with the diaphragm coming into contact with magnets has been solved through AFDS (Air Film Damping System), and it has become possible to reduce the frequency of the bass tones that the driver unit can reproduce. Combined with breatheable earpads, bass tone reproduction with a volume and open sound only achievable with superior dynamic models is possible.
Newly-developed AFDS: Air Film Damping System
With conventional planar magnetic models, amplitude was an increasing low range, and the diaphragm came into contact with magnets. To solve this problem, we took measurements by conducting diaphragm simulations using the finite element method and laser Doppler devices numerous times, and estabished new diaphragm braking technology known as AFDS - Air Film Damping System.
In doing so, the shortcoming of planar magnetic models - the low reproducibility of bass tones - was solved. This technology could be considered a reinvention of planar magnetic models.
With D8000 Pro Edition, the problem with the diaphragm coming into contact with magnets has been solved through AFDS (Air Film Damping System), and it has become possible to reduce the frequency of the bass tones that the driver unit can reproduce. Combined with breatheable earpads, bass tone reproduction with a volume and open sound only achievable with superior dynamic models is possible.
- Tuned for professional sound recordings upon the request of recording engineers who wish to listen at louder sound volumes than ordinary consumers.
- A combination of the sensitive high ranges of planar magnetic models and the volume and open feel bass tones.
- AFDS: Air Film Damping System
- Designed with prolonged use and ease of repair in mind A machined aluminum magnesium alloy housing
- Manufactured at our own factory, this model espouses precision.
- Newly-developed open type earpads
- Two kinds of cable for the D8000 are included –OFC black cable (3.5mm/1.5m) and OFC silver coated cable (6.3mm/3m)
- Product code: FI-D8PPAL（BLACK）/ FI-D8PPALS（SILVER）
- Housing: aluminum magnesium alloy
- Driver: AFDS planar magnetic
- Impedance: 60 Ω
- Sensitivity: 98 dB/mW
- Weight: 523g (excl. cable)
- Accessories: OFC black cable (3.5mm/1.5m), OFC silver coated cable (6.3mm/3m), Carrying case
Final Audio - D8000 PRO EDITION Planar Magnetic Headphones (Open box)
The D8000 Pros are pretty disappointing from a comfort standpoint. The weight distribution isn’t good. The pads are uncomfortably firm; the headband has virtually no padding. A comfort strap would have been nice considering the weight. I added a $20 wool headband cover and that added enough cushion as well as friction so it doesn’t slide on my head like before. Sound is neutral, detailed and airy with good bass extension. They have extra energy in the 8K region and can sound a little bright at times but not harsh. The soundstage is above average but I wouldn’t call them wide. The depth is average. The overall sound reminds me of the Sundaras except stepped back in the 3K region and brighter at 8K. Of course they’re better in every way; deeper bass extension, punchier, cleaner, more detailed, etc. Well everything but comfort and maybe soundstage. Yes I would say that in general, they sound most like Hifiman’s (vs Audeze, Focal, Dan Clark, etc.). They’re quite dynamic, unlike other planars I’ve heard. I often add a few dB of bass with EQ to balance out the highs. I’ve had the D8000’s for several months and I haven’t even tried the long silver cable – it’s ridiculously too thick and heavy. Even the shorter black one is too heavy. And sadly, both included cables are single ended (which would be ok if they were more efficient). I ended up getting a custom balanced cable with Meze 99 connectors which works fine. I enjoy having the D8000 Pro’s in my collection. They’re a boutique headphone from Japan so that makes them kind of cool. And they perform very well; they sound like a flagship. However, I think they’re overpriced considering their build and comfort (relative to other brands). They should get rid of the fancy cables and knock $1500 (or more), off the retail price. Then again, I’ve seen some stories on Japanese audiophiles and they’re pretty out there so I’m probably not in the target demographics.