3. What are the characteristics of the speaker unit and sound performance?
(1) The FT3 features a large 60mm dynamic driver, uncommon in its class. Compared to a smaller driver, the FT3 can push more air and convert energy into the sound more efficiently - resulting in a more natural yet robust sound with an expansive soundstage. In addition, the diaphragm is capable of bearing higher output power, leading to less distortion under large dynamic signals. Also, the larger driver is more easily able to produce lower frequencies for deeper reaching bass. The diaphragm has to move less to generate the same amount of sound compared to a smaller driver, leading to less distortion.
(2) The FT3 driver gasket is plated with beryllium. This not only results in a lighter gasket (and thus a lighter driver), but also a more rigid gasket better able to handle the movement of the large dynamic driver for less distortion.
The diaphragm of the FT3 is made of DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), - which is both highly sturdy and lightweight compared to other diaphragm materials. This means that the FT3 driver is less prone to breakup and thus nonlinear distortion, while also having an extremely extended frequency response and improved soundstage.
(3) It features 350Ω impedance to achieve that. Compared to lower impedance headphones, higher impedance headphones more effectively filter out noise to the listener, resulting in a purer sound with higher signal-to-noise ratio performance.
(4) The magnets inside the FT3 have been arranged in an optimized asymmetrical internal and external magnetic circuit system. When the voice coil starts to move during the reproduction of sound, the optimized magnetic circuit balances this movement of the voice coil and diaphragm, especially during large dynamic changes - which allows more effective use of magnetic energy and better control over the voice coil.
(5 ) The FT3 features an open-backed design that reduces unwanted vibrations and resonances and results in a larger soundstage. The result is that details in the music come through more clearly and naturally in a wide open soundstage, just as if you were listening to a live performance.