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Final Audio D8000 AFDS Planar Magnetic Driver Metal Headphones





  • Has sensitive high ranges of planar magnetic models
  • Has volume and open feel bass tones of dynamic models
  • Reproduces subtle high frequencies
  • New AFDS (Air Film Damping System) improves bass tones
  • Breathable earpads
  • Designed with prolonged use and ease of repair in mind
  • Aluminum magnesium alloy housing machined with precision
  • Includes 3.5mm mini plug type and 6.3mm standard plug type
  • Newly developed headphone stand and open type earpads

Final Audio Design reinvented the planar magnetic model driver with AFDS (Air Film Damping System). With the development of the new AFDS, Final has achieved sound quality that has both the sensitive high ranges of planar magnetic models and the volume and open feel bass tones of dynamic models. This is a product that will have you making new discoveries from music you're used to listening to and will have you wanting to listen to your favorite music over and over, reaffirming the pleasure that audio products bring.

Volume and Open Feel Bass Tones

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.

Subtle High Frequencies

In reproducing subtle high frequencies, the lightweight nature of the diaphragm comes before anything else. Compared to other dynamic models with the same diameter, D8000's diaphragm is 1/3 lighter. A super thin aluminum coil has been etched on the extremely lightweight film diaphragm and, as such, the adhesive essential for use between the coil and the diaphragm of dynamic models - which has a very negative effect on sound quality - is not necessary.

Newly-developed AFDS: Air Film Damping System

Final took measurements by conducting diaphragm simulations using the finite element method and laser Doppler devices numerous times and established 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, the problem with the diaphragm coming into contact with magnets has been solved through AFDS, and it has become possible to reduce the frequency of the bass tones that the driver unit can reproduce. Combined with breathable earpads, bass tone reproduction with a volume and open sound only achievable with superior dynamic models is possible.

Designed with Prolonged Use and Ease of Repair in Mind

So as to make repairs and future upgrades possible, almost every part has been designed in such a way that it can be disassembled, ensuring that the product can be used for many years.

To establish AFDS, an extremely high level of precision compared to typical driver units is necessary. Because of this, the machined aluminum magnesium alloy housing has been machined with great precision. By applying the kind of leather coating finish used with high-quality cameras, Final has also taken measures against minute vibrations.

Manufactured at their own factory in Kawasaki, this model espouses precision. They developed manufacturing apparatus such as a diaphragm formation machine and a diaphragm tension meter in-house, specifically for the D8000.

Newly Developed Parts

Final developed a new cable for the D8000. Two kinds of cable are included: a 3.5mm mini plug type (1.5m) and a 6.3mm standard plug type (3m). Final also developed a headphone stand, the first such stand created by Final. While compact, it is made entirely of machined aluminum. It is a stand for exclusive long-term use with the D8000. They also developed open type earpads. With not only sealed headphones but open-type headphones as well, sealing the earpads makes for a characteristic lengthening of reproduction frequency to bass frequencies that the driver unit originally couldn't reproduce.


  • Product code: FI-D8PAL
  • Housing: Aluminum magnesium alloy
  • Driver: AFDS Planar Magnetic
  • Sensitivity : 98dB/mW
  • Impedance: 60Ω
  • Weight: 523g/18.5oz
  • Cord length
    • 1.5m/4.9'
    • 3m/9.8'
  • Accessories: Headphone stand, Detachable cable (1.5m/3.5mmφ plug), Detachable cable (3m/6.3mmφ plug)
  • Origin: Made in Japan
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