Final UX2000

Final UX2000

Verdict

A decent enough pair of budget ANC over-ears but decent isn’t good enough for the Final UX2000 to make their mark against tough competition.

Pros

  • Good comfort
  • Excellent wireless performance
  • Long battery life
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Lacks features of similarly priced pairs
  • ANC not as good as rivals
  • Rather lifeless sound


  • Hybrid ANCCancels background noise when engaged

  • Bluetooth 5.3SBC and AAC streaming quality

  • Low latency modeBetter synchronises audio and video, especially for gaming

Introduction

The Final UX2000 are the most affordable model in the UX series for the more budget conscious amongst us.

Headphones such as the Sonos Ace and Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones aren’t for everyone, and although there’s no doubt we’d like to have them, most people would settle for less expensive efforts that can do a job.

Step forward the UX2000, a pair of noise-cancellers that aim to do more than just a job by offering long battery life, a low latency mode for gaming, and Final’s approach to offering class-leading audio at whichever price it’s competing at. Should these cheap cans head straight for the top of your shortlist?

Design

  • Black or cream finish
  • Physical buttons
  • Collapsible design

The main differences between the UX2000 and the UX3000 include the lack of Shibo coating for a plainer, matte finish on the earcups. The shape of the earcups is styled a little differently, again the UX2000 have a less sophisticated look about them, and the ANC button has been shifted from the left earcup to the right.

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Aside from those minor changes, there’s little else that’s changed in terms of the fit and build quality. The UX2000 continue to be a simple pair of headphones to operate with the aforementioned ANC alongside power and volume controls – like with the previous headphones the controls have a slightly cheap feeling clicky sound to them but they get the job in terms of their responsiveness to presses, and are easy enough to locate through gliding your hand past the earcup’s underside. It’d feel churlish to complain about them given the asking price.

The power button also acts as a multi-function button as it covers playback too.

The UX2000 also feel as if they’ve inherited the UX3000’s frame, the clamping force is similar – hugs tight but comfortable – the padding of the earcups and headband act as a nice cushion against the side of the face.

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They’re collapsible too for portable carry, though in the same fashion as the Sony WH-CH720N they omit a carry case. All you get in terms of accessories is a USB-C charging cable and analogue cable for wired use. Colours come in the choice of black or cream for those who want a pair that stands out from the crowd more.

Features

  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • SBC and AAC streaming
  • Hybrid Active Noise-Cancellation

Like the Final x Dragon Ball Z true wireless the feature set for the UX2000 covers the basics – but no more.

Again, as the cheaper option to the UX3000, a few features have been dropped; most notably the aptX support with the UX2000 sticking with SBC and AAC streaming. Bluetooth support has been upped to the 5.3 standard but the headphones don’t appear to benefit from multi-point support to connect to two devices at once.

The wireless performance has been excellent. No hiccups, no blips, just smooth sailing through crowds of people and busy transportation areas. These cans put more expensive headphones to shame with their seamless wireless performance.

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Battery life has seen a boost, up from the UX3000’s 25 to 45 hours, which on paper would put it ahead of Soundcore’s Space One and the WH-CH720N. Putting that figure to the test and a four hour drain saw the Final drop to 90%, so 40-45 hours seems reasonable based on that.

The Final UX2000 also boasts hybrid active noise-cancellation though there’s no ability to customise it – you’re simply served noise-cancelling on or off. Having used the headphones on a plane they’re fine enough but the focus is more on cribbing ambient sounds, dialling down the intensity of what’s around you.

It’s with louder noises that they struggle a bit. On the tube there was some distortion coming through the microphones while in loud open spaces there was almost too much ambient noise for the UX2000 to get a grip on.

It was the same on a train, the UX2000 could clear away the air conditioning in the carriage and reduce the loudness of a few voices around me but the Sony WH-CH720N, Earfun Wave Pro, and Monoprice BT-800ANC all offer a stronger ANC performance.

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There’s no transparency mode, unless you count turning the ANC off as providing that function. While it’s admirable that Final has kept things simple and uncomplicated for users, the competition offers many more features, including in most cases the presence of an app to help customise and personalise the performance.

Call quality is serviceable. Voice pick-up is fine but the headphones let in plenty of ambient noise, which means the person on the other end can hear what people around you are saying. It becomes a fight to hear what’s said on both ends when it gets loud.

Sound Quality

  • Recessed midrange
  • Lacks clarity and detail

The UX3000 delivered a rich, warm sound and the UX2000’s performance is similar if not as effective. In fact the sound it offers is something of a disappointment considering Final’s reputation.

Listening to Esperanza Spalding’s I Know You Know and comparing it to its more expensive sibling it’s immediately clear that the UX2000 sounds less detailed, less clear and overall are a less expressive listen. Everything seems to be at a remove – where the UX3000 played music up front and with tempo, the UX2000 takes a step back and plays music with reserve.

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Vocals are positioned further back in the soundstage, effectively recessed, the soundstage taken as a whole is distant which creates less engagement with the music. Instruments are described with reduced levels of clarity or detail, the highs aren’t as bright, the lows have less depth and richness. It all sounds a little dusty and, dare I say it, a little boring.

There’s not much thrust, energy or rhythmic flow unless the volume gets turned up and even at higher volumes it rather exposes the Final’s lack of detail and clarity compared to other pairs at this price.

There isn’t the same level of clarity as the Sony WH-CH720N across the frequency range, the Sony headphones offer more punch to bass, a better sense of clarity at both the top end and the midrange, its sense of rhythm allows music to flow while the Final comes across as quiet and reserved.

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And even with another contender in the Monoprice BT-600ANC, which won’t offer as much fidelity as the Sony does, but a listen to GoGo Penguin’s Erased by Sunlight shows they have a sharper presence at the top end and a bigger presence with bass making them a more engaging listen than the Final.

Switching between noise-cancelling on and off and there’s little to no difference in how they sound. That means they’re at least consistent, but the UX2000 are a pair of budget headphones that are shorn of expression and vibrancy.

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Should you buy it?

If you’re after simple and accessible headphones

If you do not need the levels of customisation and personalisation some other headphones around this price offer, the Final are a simple, easy to get along with alternative

You want a better all-round performance

A pair like the Sony WH-CH720N or Soundcore Space One sound better, cancel noise better, and offer many more ways to tailor the performance how you like

Final Thoughts

The budget over-ear market has been swamped with new efforts that have upped the performance in noise-cancellation, improved expectations for sound, and bridged the gap between budget and premium headphones with their feature set. It makes the Final UX2000 feel a little left behind.

The likes of the Sony WH-CH720N, Soundcore Space One, and Monoprice BT-600ANC all offer better sound and better noise-cancellation, with the first two options also always for customisation and personalisation that the Final can’t offer. There’s more value and a better performance to be had elsewhere.

What you see and hear is what you get from the Final UX2000, and currently that’s not enough to earn it a recommendation.

How we test

We test every pair of headphones we review thoroughly over an extended period of time. We use industry-standard tests to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever, accept money to review a product.

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Tested across several months

Battery drain carried out

Tested with real world use

FAQs

How long is the Final UX2000’s battery life?

Final rates the UX2000’s battery as up to 45 hours. In our tests we estimate you could get 40 hours from these headphones.

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