Sound Funda – Final Audio Design OPUS 204
March 17, 2016

Costs $450,000 a pair, and yes, do build your house around it

 Final Audio Design is not your regular audio devices manufacturer. Active since the early 1970’s, its catered to a very niche, but highly dedicated group of audiophiles who swore by what they deemed the sheer personality Final Audio Design equipment had. Think offerings like the Parthenon analog player, the Music high-end amplifier and the supremely ingenious DARUMA audio insulater.


And then we come to their aptly titled Opus 204. Unveiled at the 2013 Munich High End Show, Founder and CEO Kanemori Takai made it a point that to truly enjoy the experience of these massive speakers, the only solution was to install the speakers before a house was finished, then complete construction around them.

Weighing in at a massive 800kg speaker, the Opus 204 used sand-filled ultra-thin aluminum 8g cones. The unique cartridge design with stylus and cantilever was made in one piece by shaving down a 2ct diamond. The net effect was a sound experience that few people in the world would have access to. Aptly enough, the unique design language and components came at a cost. The Opus 204 came sold to limited at for $450,000 a pair.

Kanemori Takai may have died in 2014. Yet his dream of making art for listening to art lives on in the OPUS 204.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at:  
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