Final UX2000 Review

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In this article, I review the Final UX2000 Bluetooth wireless headphones. The UX2000 features great battery life and active noise cancelling. It’s priced at $119.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by final for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own, based on my experience with the product.

Final UX2000 Review
Verdict
The Final UX2000 has exemplary build quality, battery life and effective ANC but the audio quality isn't going to win any accolades.
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Pros
Great build quality and comfort
Excellent battery life
Above average ANC
Headphones are foldable
Cons
No aptX or LDAC support
Overpowering bass
Lacking clarity and detail
4
Our Score
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Final UX2000

Specifications
  • Colour: Cream/Black
  • Communication Format: Bluetooth 5.3
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Codecs Supported: SBC, AAC
  • Profiles Supported: HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
  • Continuous Music Playback: ANC ON:45 hours. ANC OFF:60 hours
  • Maximum Standby Time: Max 200 hours (ANC OFF)
  • Charging Time: 2.5 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 700mAh
In the Box
  • UX2000 Headphone
  • USB-C Charging Cable
  • Soft Carrying Pouch
  • 3.5mm Cable for Wired Connection

Design

The UX2000 has a fairly typical Bluetooth headphone design—a lightweight, mostly plastic frame with plush earpads and light clamping force. There are a few differences compared to its UX3000 predecessor: gone is the SHIBO finish, which has been replaced by a smooth matte fingerprint-resistant surface. The outer earcups are slightly rounder and there’s an additional microphone on the earcups. In addition, the ANC button has been moved from the left to the right earcup.

The headphones are available in black and cream colours and just like the UX3000, they are foldable to make transportation and storage easier. I found the UX2000 to be very comfortable, even during long listening sessions thanks to the soft earpads and low clamping force.

There’s a 3.5mm jack for wired connectivity via the included AUX cable. All of the buttons and controls are located on the right earcup and are easy to identify by touch.

There is a companion app for the UX2000 but at the time of writing, it’s only available for the Japanese market.

Bluetooth and Battery Life

The Final UX2000 comes with Bluetooth 5.3 for a fast and stable connection. For some reason, the headphones only support AAC and SBC audio codecs, so those who insist on aptX or LDAC will need to look for alternatives.

With ANC turned on, the headphones deliver an impressive battery life of up to 45 hours, extending to 60 hours when ANC is turned off. A full charge takes around 2.5 hours.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)

The ANC is very effective and cuts out external noises efficiently. It’s markedly improved compared to the UX3000. With the ANC turned on, the noise of my PC fans and air conditioner completely disappeared.

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Sound

UX2000 has a warm sound signature with punchy bass, rich mids and a smooth treble. It’s the kind of sound you can listen to for hours at a time without feeling fatigued.

Bass

The Final UX2000 offers ample sub-bass, as evidenced by the rich lows in tracks like Robert Koch’s “Lyra One.” If you desire even more bass, let’s say you’re probably a serious basshead.

The mid-bass delivers a punchy and rich texture, diverging from the expected crispness of a brand like Final; some might call the lows somewhat bloated. It tends to overshadow the mids and treble on some tracks.

Midrange

UX2000’s mids have a warm, velvety tone. The lower midrange is rich, imbuing male vocals with power and presence, while female vocals and instruments in the upper midrange struggle to maintain clarity and definition.

Furthermore, the seamless transition between the lower and upper midrange frequencies contributes to a cohesive and immersive sound albeit one I couldn’t call high-fidelity. The cloying warmth obscures details within vocal performances and instrumentals.

Treble

I would call the treble somewhat muted. It lacks clarity and crispness, imbuing a dark tone to the overall sound signature. Moreover, it doesn’t pack enough energy to counterbalance the weight of the bass and transitions and percussion attacks sound blunted as a result.

Verdict

I appreciate the adjustments made by this astute brand to the Final UX2000 headphones. They are now more affordable and boast a battery life that is on par with other leading contemporaries.

These headphones are crafted with reliability and easy listening in mind, offering a warm, thick sound profile. While they tend to lean towards excessive bass, they excel in delivering effective active noise cancellation. I wouldn’t recommend these for audiophiles looking for high-fidelity headphones but for people craving a bass-heavy, rich sound in a wireless format, these will do the trick.

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