Final x Dita Shichiku Kangen
The collaboration everyone was waiting for: Final Audio's SHICHIKU.KANGEN, released in collaboration with Dita Audio. Respectively last releasing A8000 and Dream XLS broke new ground for Asia's most engineering-forward companies but also served as a new bridge for collaboration, born of mutual respect.
SHICHIKU.KANGEN's resulting sonic feats are partly derived from its front-runners. But this 500-piece-worldwide, limited-edition collaboration largely walks its own path. You'd be right to expect the same correct yet coloured tone their inventors are famed for, yet there's more than meets the eye.
In SHICHIKU.KANGEN, a deeper inner resolution only possible due to its effortless presentation, in an infinite soundstage, makes its presence felt: this is an unbridled success story, set to go down in the annals of both companies.
Lovers of both A8000 and Dream XLS thus have an entirely unique creation – carved in its own identity, for lovers of music, sound and artisanal objects – to ponder.
To release something totally exclusive and capable of surpassing what had been previously thought possible for a single driver IEM was a task laid down for the finest engineering minds from both sides. Final and Dita poured over the A8000's pure beryllium driver at the genesis of SHICHIKU.KANGEN.
Eventually Final decided to adopt a new voice coil partly made up of Dita's OSLO-composed copper, attached to the driver with adhesive techniques specially devised for such challenging materials.
A worthwhile endeavour that bore fruit, SHICHIKU.KANGEN was subsequently cabled with the limited Oslo Gen.SK. It's the ultimate symbol of sonic coherence, hidden below hand-lacquered shells carved by Wajima's Chinkin craftsmen with the symbolic Asanoha pattern in gold powder and sealed in an Urushi process, that you can discover more of here.