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Focal Elear

Focal Elear

$999.00 $799.00
  • Open-back build to provide a spacious, natural sound
  • 40mm dynamic drivers made of high-grade materials
  • Memory foam padding on the headband and ear cups
  • Sturdy build with aluminum headband yokes to allow easy adjustment to your head
  • Built and designed in France

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  • Description

    The Focal Elear over-ear open-back headphones, inspired by the same technology and research that went into designing and manufacturing the flagship Utopia headphones. The Elear is designed and manufactured in France, and feature wide-range, near-field loudspeakers built within the headphones. The Elear comes with a 13.1-foot cable, and a padded carrying case with a magnetic closure.

    Drivers

    The Elear features large 40mm full-range aluminum/magnesium “M”-shaped dome drivers. The unique shape of the drivers is the same as the ones used in the Utopia, offering high quality sound and blocking distortion.

    Open Headphone Design

    Focal decided that the best way to deliver all of the Elear’s performance was to utilize a fully open headphone design to totally decompress the loudspeakers. The open design provides the lowest possible acoustic impedance to reproducing accurate and detailed bass frequencies, and gives you an extremely natural listening experience.

    Ear Cups

    The over-ear cups feature 20mm thick memory foam cushions, wrapped in a soft microfiber fabric.

    Cable

    The included 13.1' (4-meter) high fidelity cable features OFC (oxygen-free copper) shielding with 24 AWG conductors and an extremely low impedance (under 90 mΩ). The 2-sided balanced cable features dual 3.5mm connectors for plugging into the ear cups, and a standard 1/4" plug for connecting to your source unit.

    • Open-back build to provide a spacious, natural sound
    • 40mm dynamic drivers made of high-grade materials
    • Memory foam padding on the headband and ear cups
    • Sturdy build with aluminum headband yokes to allow easy adjustment to your head
    • Built and designed in France
  • Tech Specs

    type
    over-ear, open-back
    frequency response
    5hz - 23khz
    impedance
    80 Ω
    sensitivity
    104db spl / 1mw @ 1khz
    total harmonic distortion (THD)
    <0.3% / 1khz / 100db spl
    ear cup dimensions
    3.552" x 4.066" x 2.273" (WxHxD)
    weight
    15.5 oz (without cable), 22 oz (with cable)
  • In The Box

    • focal elear over-ear headphones
    • 13.1' (4-meter) audio cable with dual 3.5mm plugs on one end and straight 1/4' plug on the the other
    • storage case
    • user manual
    • safety precautions and warranty guide
    • focal brand brochure
  • Reviews

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 14 reviews
    79%
    (11)
    21%
    (3)
    0%
    (0)
    0%
    (0)
    0%
    (0)
    C
    C.F.
    Good Service, Great Product

    This was a definite upgrade over all the other headphones I have, and headphones.com made it an easy purchase. I felt the company communicated very well with me and it made the purchase much less stressful. Got a free headphone stand as well.

    As far as the product goes, it was a definite level up. Transients, texture and bass detail are amazing and the sound decays cleanly with no artificial overhang. For for the perfectionist, these benefit from a couple weeks of break-in and some damping material applied to the yokes, as they tend to vibrate a little (you can put the damping material on the backside so it is not obviously visible). Happy listening!

    S
    S.S.
    Extraordinary value at a promotional price, one of the best even at $1k

    I recently bought my pair of Elear during the Focal "trade-in" sale, and for $699 the quality of sound, comfort, and build of the Elear is an extraordinary value. At the full price of $1k I'm not sure I would choose them over other headphones at a similar price point, but I consider them to be a top contender for their speed, clarity, compatibility with various dacs and amps, and their definitive punch that is unique to Focal. These are special headphones that should be auditioned by anyone interested in audio reproduction--the Focal Elear can really deliver exquisitely coherent sound.

    S
    S.
    Absolutely Great

    Great pair of headphones, amazing sound. Excellent build, extremely comfortable to wear for long hours.

    M
    M.C.
    Great product, excellent customer service

    I think the build quality is excellent, the style is fine, the phones come with a long sturdy detachable cable, the the comfort level is high. The level of detail and soundstage are very good--as you might expect for the price. There seems to be a somewhat laid-back or slightly recessed upper midrange; bass is tight and coherent, but somewhat over-emphasized for my taste, at least when listening flat. I've ordered a good EQ to put before my tube headphone amp. The service from headphones.com was first-rate. They communicated well, product arrived quickly in good shape. The free stand was a nice touch and much appreciated. Will probably buy from them again.

    E
    E.
    Brilliant

    I delayed my review a bit, because I wasn't sure how I felt about them. To be honest, I was a tad disappointed, to start with. I mean, they replaced my trusted Sennheiser HD580, which I have been using for the last ten years and I was expecting a massive upgrade in quality. OK, maybe not day and night, but still...

    I have to say, I'm a firm non-believer in "burn in" theories, although I am aware that where transducers are involved, a bit of wear might do them good.

    Anyway, as far as presentation is concerned, things are up to standard. Nice big fancy box, the headphones are really handsome in an unassuming way. No creaking, of which I read reports. Decent fit on my big skull. However, I feel a bit uncertain when I need to lift one of the arms off my ear. Those aluminum parts aren't as solid as I'd have liked them to be. Which is a bit odd, considering the weight of the headphones.

    Build aside, which really is quite good, just lacking that extra bit you expect for the price, let's move on to the sound. As I mentioned, I expected them to sound good out of the box, never mind the "burn in" stuff. Which they did. But not as good as I expected. They did sound nice, but no huge step up from the Senns.

    Oh well, I paid for them, so I had to stick with them for a bit. Boy, do things change. After about a week, maybe 20 hours tops, they really do sound different. A lot more refined. Very, very detailed. Not the etched sort of detail. You just take everything in as part of the music, but there's lots of details there that make the whole experience so much better than before.

    They are a bit unforgiving. If there is not enough bass to the recording, you won't hear any. Get some quality recordings like Buena Vista releases, you'll get a lot of subtle nuances of bass. I recommend Cachaito Lopez. Or maybe you can go for Poncho Sanchez, some nice sound there too. Spin the latest Snowy White record, a bit laid back but very clean, lovely production.

    You want ...

The Focal Elear over-ear open-back headphones, inspired by the same technology and research that went into designing and manufacturing the flagship Utopia headphones. The Elear is designed and manufactured in France, and feature wide-range, near-field loudspeakers built within the headphones. The Elear comes with a 13.1-foot cable, and a padded carrying case with a magnetic closure.

Drivers

The Elear features large 40mm full-range aluminum/magnesium “M”-shaped dome drivers. The unique shape of the drivers is the same as the ones used in the Utopia, offering high quality sound and blocking distortion.

Open Headphone Design

Focal decided that the best way to deliver all of the Elear’s performance was to utilize a fully open headphone design to totally decompress the loudspeakers. The open design provides the lowest possible acoustic impedance to reproducing accurate and detailed bass frequencies, and gives you an extremely natural listening experience.

Ear Cups

The over-ear cups feature 20mm thick memory foam cushions, wrapped in a soft microfiber fabric.

Cable

The included 13.1' (4-meter) high fidelity cable features OFC (oxygen-free copper) shielding with 24 AWG conductors and an extremely low impedance (under 90 mΩ). The 2-sided balanced cable features dual 3.5mm connectors for plugging into the ear cups, and a standard 1/4" plug for connecting to your source unit.

  • Open-back build to provide a spacious, natural sound
  • 40mm dynamic drivers made of high-grade materials
  • Memory foam padding on the headband and ear cups
  • Sturdy build with aluminum headband yokes to allow easy adjustment to your head
  • Built and designed in France

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
79%
(11)
21%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.F.
Good Service, Great Product

This was a definite upgrade over all the other headphones I have, and headphones.com made it an easy purchase. I felt the company communicated very well with me and it made the purchase much less stressful. Got a free headphone stand as well.

As far as the product goes, it was a definite level up. Transients, texture and bass detail are amazing and the sound decays cleanly with no artificial overhang. For for the perfectionist, these benefit from a couple weeks of break-in and some damping material applied to the yokes, as they tend to vibrate a little (you can put the damping material on the backside so it is not obviously visible). Happy listening!

S
S.S.
Extraordinary value at a promotional price, one of the best even at $1k

I recently bought my pair of Elear during the Focal "trade-in" sale, and for $699 the quality of sound, comfort, and build of the Elear is an extraordinary value. At the full price of $1k I'm not sure I would choose them over other headphones at a similar price point, but I consider them to be a top contender for their speed, clarity, compatibility with various dacs and amps, and their definitive punch that is unique to Focal. These are special headphones that should be auditioned by anyone interested in audio reproduction--the Focal Elear can really deliver exquisitely coherent sound.

S
S.
Absolutely Great

Great pair of headphones, amazing sound. Excellent build, extremely comfortable to wear for long hours.

M
M.C.
Great product, excellent customer service

I think the build quality is excellent, the style is fine, the phones come with a long sturdy detachable cable, the the comfort level is high. The level of detail and soundstage are very good--as you might expect for the price. There seems to be a somewhat laid-back or slightly recessed upper midrange; bass is tight and coherent, but somewhat over-emphasized for my taste, at least when listening flat. I've ordered a good EQ to put before my tube headphone amp. The service from headphones.com was first-rate. They communicated well, product arrived quickly in good shape. The free stand was a nice touch and much appreciated. Will probably buy from them again.

E
E.
Brilliant

I delayed my review a bit, because I wasn't sure how I felt about them. To be honest, I was a tad disappointed, to start with. I mean, they replaced my trusted Sennheiser HD580, which I have been using for the last ten years and I was expecting a massive upgrade in quality. OK, maybe not day and night, but still...

I have to say, I'm a firm non-believer in "burn in" theories, although I am aware that where transducers are involved, a bit of wear might do them good.

Anyway, as far as presentation is concerned, things are up to standard. Nice big fancy box, the headphones are really handsome in an unassuming way. No creaking, of which I read reports. Decent fit on my big skull. However, I feel a bit uncertain when I need to lift one of the arms off my ear. Those aluminum parts aren't as solid as I'd have liked them to be. Which is a bit odd, considering the weight of the headphones.

Build aside, which really is quite good, just lacking that extra bit you expect for the price, let's move on to the sound. As I mentioned, I expected them to sound good out of the box, never mind the "burn in" stuff. Which they did. But not as good as I expected. They did sound nice, but no huge step up from the Senns.

Oh well, I paid for them, so I had to stick with them for a bit. Boy, do things change. After about a week, maybe 20 hours tops, they really do sound different. A lot more refined. Very, very detailed. Not the etched sort of detail. You just take everything in as part of the music, but there's lots of details there that make the whole experience so much better than before.

They are a bit unforgiving. If there is not enough bass to the recording, you won't hear any. Get some quality recordings like Buena Vista releases, you'll get a lot of subtle nuances of bass. I recommend Cachaito Lopez. Or maybe you can go for Poncho Sanchez, some nice sound there too. Spin the latest Snowy White record, a bit laid back but very clean, lovely production.

You want ...