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Adagioiii

I’m not usually a fan of in-ear headphones. Most earphones under $100 use the same drivers and in some cases the same housings with a different logo, so when I heard the Adagio III utilizes Final Audio’s proprietary balanced air movement concept, I decided to give them a chance.

Out of the box, the Adagio III stand out with red and white housings for the right and left ear respectively. As a sound geek, I immediately recognized the rule of red = right in audio electronics. While I haven’t asked if this was an intentional nod, even an accidental reference was enough to make me smirk. When I found the right sized silicone ear-tips, the noise isolation was enough to block coworkers speaking as close as 1 meter away.

The sound was a pleasant surprise. With a good seal, I heard a deep punchy bass that is often lacking in entry level earbuds. The midrange was powerful, with a sweet spot that really accentuated vocals and lead instruments. While the top end of the Adagio III frequency range wasn’t as tingly and airy as many higher end in-ear monitors, there was enough sparkle to balance the other frequencies.

The well rounded sound signature of the Adagio III make them great for a wide range of musical tastes. I especially enjoyed listening to dance and heavy metal.

 

Artists Listened To:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Diplo
  • Major Lazer
  • Chicago
  • Otis Redding
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Kaleo
  • Glass Animals
  • DJ Encore
  • Basshunter
  • Siria
  • Chopin
  • Cascada
  • Metallica
  • Rob Zombie
  • Alice in Chains
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Anderson.Paak
  • Tupac
  • NWA
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR

 

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