The Japanese are down but not completely out. And it is time for audiophiles to rejoice as Japan-based Final Audio Design is coming out with a range of four new 16Ω/108dB earphones called the Piano Forte. The most economical in the range is the gold plated Piano Forte VIII. Priced at $940, it will feature brass housing. Next, up is the mirror finished stainless steel encased Piano Forte IX at $1,180. Third, in the offing is the ion-plated chrome copper plated Piano Forte X-CC costing $2,650. And the series rounds up with the Piano Forte X-G. While prices for this one are not out yet, it is touted to be the most expensive lot with its chrome copper casing and shimmering gold plating.
The earphones will begin retailing in Japan shortly.