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Final gets affordable with new Sonorous II and III headphones

Final started life making cartridges for record players but has now found something of a niche making seriously expensive headphones, like the Sonorous X, yours for £3500. But the Final headphone range is now expanding to include some more realistic options.

The new Sonorous II, £239, (above) and Sonorous III, £299, claim to use the same driver technology as the flagship model - but without the aluminium and stainless steel build, and, crucially, the 24k gold.

The two new models have the same design and styling but have been tuned for a slightly different musical delivery. Final claims the Sonorous II keeps things analytical and flat across the frequency range, while the III aims to be a little more entertaining, adding some sparkle to the top end and a bit more punch to the bass.

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Both the Sonorous II and III feature a 50mm driver that integrates with the front plate in an effort to reduce vibration, with the plate itself made from polycarbonate strengthened with 30% glass instead of the aluminium found on the high-end models. This naturally makes them a lot lighter (410g) and cheaper.

The new headphones have a closed-back design and full-size, noise-isolationg earcups, and come with a 1.5-metre detachable cable.

The Final Sonorous II (£239) and Sonorous III (£299) join the more expensive Sonorous VI (£549), VIII (£2199) and X (£3499), all of which are on sale now.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.