The one that got away?
In December 2015, I'd reviewed Final's flagship full-size Sonorous X
headphone. By February 2017—I'm an Aquarius—I'd ordered my own. In the interim, the COS Engineering H1
had become my reference headfi deck. For its high-current balanced outputs, I'd gotten a balanced cable harness from ALO Audio
's Ken Ball to experiment with the Sonorous III
. Driven balanced by the Taiwanese DAC/amp, those far more affordable models broke through into a different league of performance. It won them a well-deserved mention in my first 3 x 1 = 5¾ feature
on the odd math of unexpected hifi synergies. Their leap was inspiring enough to lasso in their heavyweight elder with the very same leash that plugs then twists into the ear cups for a secure lock. The one that'd gotten away returned for good/gold.