1974 final is established
Final was established in 1974 by the late Kanemori Takai. The first real product it released was a cartridge designed by Yoshihisa Mori, who was renowned for his cartridge designs. It had a groundbreaking figure eight air-core coil with a cantilever cut from a one-carat diamond. There was no influence from adhesive or an iron core; it produced extremely clear sound, and was regarded highly.
Following this, Takai encountered Takashi, an audio engineer with unequaled skills and ideas, and embarked on the development of amps, speakers and turntables under the final brand name in earnest. Takai came up with the concepts, while Takashi provided the skills, and the company, while being a small-scale entity, became a manufacturer of everything, from cartridges, the entrance for sound, to amps and the exit of said sound, speakers. With the idea that it would be better to optimize the design of a whole audio system rather than selling each component separately, they sold directly to the customer, fine tuning things until the customer was completely satisfied.
2007 S’NEXT is established
In 2007, final’s Takai, together with Mr. Yamaguchi, the president of Daiichi Tsushin Kogyo Ltd. – highly respected as a high-end audio brand OEM and developer of SACD – established S’NEXT as a subsidiary of Molex, a large company that developed connectors. The aim was to create an OEM / ODM business that produced speakers, headphones and earphones. Molex, a large, precision connector manufacturer, supplied the capital and the manufacturing technology, while a team of engineers from final and Daiichi Tsushin Kogyo Ltd. handled the technological development.Fortunately, straight after its establishment, S’NEXT was entrusted as an OEM / ODM for a major home-appliance manufacturer. Since then, it has grown into a business that acts as an ODM, designing, developing, manufacturing and at times selling speakers, headphones and earphones for client brands, as well as managing its own company brand, final audio design. Our ODM clients value our product planning – our research methods, development process, and our development capabilities regarding optimal driver units for each product we are entrusted with.
2009 The beginning of S’NEXT’s final audio design
In 2009, along with being an OEM / ODM, S’NEXT decided to sell its own branded earphones and headphones; “final” was employed as the brand name, but then to distinguish it from the existing final, the brand was given the name “final audio design”. The overall concept and the product planning were the responsibility of Takai and the then president of S’NEXT, Hosoo. Product development proceeded with technology and sound quality tuning carried out by the engineering team along with Takashi and Hosoo.
2014 final is integrated as an S’NEXT business
Following Takai’s death in June, 2014, Takashi, the other final founder and person in charge of technology and sound quality tuning, also participated in S’NEXT. final was integrated with S’NEXT’S final audio design venture.
2015 Independence from Molex. A new S’NEXT
In January 2015, through an MBO by the current management team, S’NEXT gained independence from Molex. At this time, our head office was moved from Shinagawa to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, where it was enlarged upon; in order to heighten product quality and development capability, we integrated the development bases of the production of high-class items and driver units. From now on, we aspire to producing not only headphones and earphones, but a wide range of products, merging S’NEXT’s engineering team with final technology and Daiichi Tsushin Kogyo Ltd.’s digital technology; with this in mind, we decided to return the final audio design brand to final as of June 2015.