Final’s UX3000 wireless ANC headphones are a bargain
Following up on the excellent final ZE3000 wireless headphones I reviewed earlier this month, Japan’s premium audio brand has announced the release of its first pair of full-size wireless headphones featuring ANC noise technology. (active noise cancellation).
I had a chance to try out the UX3000 and think these headphones offer a lot for the money. Not only are they extremely solidly built with a lightweight, foldable yoke, which means the headphones can be stored in a small space.
The advanced Bluetooth chipset driving the UX3000 supports SBC, aptX and AAC audio codecs, as well as the aptX LL low latency codec for watching movies without suffering from lip-sync issues. The aptX LL codec has very low latency and is also a great choice for playing games as it keeps game sound effects perfectly in sync with the graphics.
The UX3000 is final’s first overhead wireless headset and uses hybrid noise cancellation technology to filter out unwanted sounds like the roar of a jet engine or the general sound of a busy office. By harnessing the technical qualities of its dynamic speakers, Final’s engineers were able to optimize the speaker’s acoustic characteristics to deliver sound that’s about as clear and clean as I’ve ever heard over Bluetooth; there’s no background chirping or hissing to spoil the quiet passage of the music.
After testing the ANC on the UX3000, I can confirm that it is incredibly effective at blocking out unwanted sounds without degrading audio signal quality. The tonal response of these headphones is perfectly neutral with clean mids and enough highs to focus the soundstage precisely. The bass levels aren’t overdone but they’re detailed enough to give the music a good foundation. The headphones come with a standard auxiliary audio cable so they can be used when the batteries are not charged.
A full charge of the UX3000 provides up to 25 hours of playback with ANC on. With ANC off, you can expect around 35 hours of playback. Charging is via a USB-C cable and a full charge takes around 2.5 hours. The earcups of the headphones house the controls needed to do the essential things like pausing music, taking calls, changing volume levels and activating ANC.
The headband of the UX3000 can be folded for compact storage, making the headphones easy to transport. A soft carry pouch comes with the headset although I think I would have preferred a hard case for using it when traveling by plane or train. However, at this price point, that might be a bit too much to ask.
High performance microphones are built into the UX3000 for making phone and video calls. Users can also make calls with noise cancellation enabled, a useful feature if you’re trying to join a Teams or Zoom meeting in a busy office environment. The UX3000 also supports Bluetooth multipoint connection, which means the headset can be connected to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. This is a handy feature when you want to stream music from, say, a digital music player or your home phone, but still want to be able to take calls from your work phone dedicated. The whole process is handled automatically and switching from music to phone call and back is handled perfectly.
The UX3000 uses the latest hybrid active noise cancellation. After testing it for myself, I can say that it is incredibly effective at blocking sound without degrading the music. The tonal response of these headphones is wonderfully neutral with clean mids and enough highs to focus the soundstage precisely. The bass levels aren’t overdone but they’re detailed enough to give the music a solid foundation.
Thanks to the dynamic driver Final has developed for the UX3000, there are very few signs of distortion in the audio, even with increased volume levels. The headphones don’t vibrate or buzz and despite their lightweight construction, they’re incredibly strong. These headphones would also be perfect for studio use.
Finished in a soft-textured Shibo coating, the UX3000 feels great to the touch and the textured surface resists dirt and oily fingerprints very well while giving the headset an overall premium feel. By the way, Shibo is an old Japanese word meaning a crease in the surface of a piece of paper or leather. You’ve probably seen Shibo finishes on many DSLR cameras.
The high-performance microphone facilitates phone and video calls. Users can also make calls while using the noise canceling feature, allowing you to hear voices clearly while eliminating outside noise.
Verdict: The final The UX3000 wireless ANC headphones offer incredible value for money. There’s support for all major audio codecs, effective hybrid ANC, easy-to-use controls, multipoint connectivity, and sound as well-balanced as headphones costing twice the price. If you want a pair of wireless ANC headphones that tick all the boxes, but don’t want to spend a fortune, the latest UX3000 is hard to beat. Highly recommended.
Price and availability: The latest UX3000 wireless ANC headphones cost £119 / $179.95 / €139 and are available now.
- Bluetooth: Version 5.0
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Audio Codecs: aptX, aptX LL, AAC, SBC
- Noise cancellation: hybrid active noise cancellation system
- Design: Foldable for compact storage
- Finish: SHIBO Premium Coating in Black
- Controls: buttons for volume, play/pause, phone, ANC, power
- Reading time: 25h with ANC / 35h without ANC
- Charging time: 2h30
- Accessories: USB Type-C charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable, carrying pouch