I recently received the Hi-Fi+ review sample of the new Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI headphone (£699.99) and have been exploring it with enthusiasm ever since. When the Pandora first arrived, the first surprise was its packaging.
The Pandora Hope VI, you see, came in a distinctive, matte black, hexagonal box with both the manufacturer and the product’s names embossed in silver on the top. Now I know what Pandora’s Box looks like. In my eyes, that box exuded mystery and intrigue, looking more like something I would expect to find in a shop on Diagon Alley rather than a carton containing audio gear. Faced with this mystery, I did what any audiophile would do: I threw caution (and the time-honoured warnings of ancient mythology) to the winds and opened the box.