Note: This article is based upon the video "☆ HiFiMan Edition XS || _(Z Reviews)_ Feat ANANDA" made by Z Reviews on his YouTube channel and is printed here in partnership with Z Reviews. The review was originally posted on March 17th, 2022. Edits have been made for clarity and length. You can purchase the final UX3000 ANC Bluetooth Headphone on Apos Audio.
Intro and build
These finals are perfect. Perfect. They’re perfect headphones. For what you need, for what you want. They’re so comfortable.
They have a speckled rough plastic shell thing going on, which reminds me a little bit of the original HD600s. The texture prevents fingerprints from getting onto the headphones. It’s got a nice feel. The pads are super cushy and soft. Not super big. Barely two-knuckles deep. My ears fit right inside and it’s super comfy. The inside has a nice thick piece of foam, which they’ve tuned for.
They do fold, so you can fold them down into a fist size. They weigh exactly what you’d expect them to weigh. They’re not “oh my god” so exceptionally light, but they’re not heavy either. They feel well-built enough. They feel like I could slam them around a little bit and they’re not going to get damaged. That’s important when you’re talking about a bluetooth headphone, which is going to be slammed around a little bit.
Before I listened to the finals, I was listening to the AKG N700 headphones. When I switched to the finals it was like I’d taken off a cast and put on a cashmere sweater. Ah, the relief. They’re so comfortable.
Is it the greatest noise canceling in the world? No. I can still hear my heater going in the background. The noise canceling isn’t as strong as the Apple AirPods Max, the Sony WH1000XM4, or the Bose QC45s. You’re not going to compete with that level of ANC at this price point, but it is good noise canceling.
In a nutshell, the finals make me wanna listen to them. They don’t intrude on my personal space. Some headphones are trying too hard to sound good. You can feel the desperation. The finals, on the other hand, know they’re never going to go head to head in the market against the Apple AirPods Max or the Bose QC45s.
The bass is warm and soft and big but not overpowering. When you activate the noise canceling, you do get a little bit more low-end. It becomes a bit fuller. It’s not the most high-end headphone ever made. They’re not the most technically accurate headphones ever made, but I enjoy listening to them. I could just listen to them all day. The sound is so soft and coddling. It’s not dull. These do a great job. They got the sound right.