Very nice looking, and they “feel” solid in the hand for me these are an excellent build quality. 2 reviews for Ultimate Silver Focal Elear Clear Elegia Elex Radiance upgrade cable. The bass and the treble response are very similar besides that. However, I'd still pick up the Eclair over the Sundara in a heartbeat for music featuring female vocals. High Quality. This is from memory as I sold off my HD6XX after getting these. I originally purchased a set from Blinq but it was faulty and I had to return it. Massdrop has another drop on them. Everything is just more present and less veiled. Also have you tried Dekoni velour on the Elex? But, it is really with the release of the Elear ($999) and its big brother, the Utopia ($3999) that Focal seems to have proven that they can play with the big boys of the headphone world. This is a folk/bluegrass song with some fiddles, some acoustic guitars, and some heavy bass notes thrown in during the bridge. My Elex resulted in perceptual weirdness for about 20-30 hours of break-in, to include a slightly metallic/brassy voices, hyper separation of any volume differences in a mix, and high-end roughness (not harshness). There are plenty of headphones out there that certainly do certain aspects better. All metal with minimal plastic. This, along with the leakage, could cause problems for others around me. Focal Clear vs Elear. This is not a headphone for electronic music, even the kind that hasn't had its bass response butchered by dynamic range compression. They are efficient. Hopefully you guys enjoyed my impressions/opinion, and I would love to hear what you think. Focal Elear Conclusion. I haven’t actually read up on the Elex that much just because I really didn’t like the Elear and figured the tuning would be similar. The little faint sounds in the background are clear and distinguishable and you can easily point to in space where they are coming from. The Eclair isn't difficult to drive at all. they’re a somewhat confusing company to me with their lineup and the frequent Heck, I’ll throw my hat in the ring. They are packaged with a copper voice coil, and together, these two elements work together to control the dynamics and the bass. The biggest flaws I found with this headphone are that it does leak quite a bit, and can be uncomfortable to wear over a lengthy time due to it’s weight. I ended up leaving them in the box and using my own paracord-based braided cables with XLR termination. This is not a cheap headphone. When I heard it for the first time on the Elex, I thought I was listening to the full range towers in my living room. It does sound unlike any thing else. I would say for treble these are the easiest to listen to without getting into critical listening levels (not that I’m good at that yet), but it is precise and crisp without being piercing or overly fatiguing. The most impressive thing about it is that the decay is fast and this provides a surprisingly planar-like bass that has punch and dynamic detail. This can sometimes muddy up vocals and the lower mid-range. You can feel the two cables running side by side through the entire cable below the Y. They are also easy to pull out of the cups without feeling like I’m breaking something (I’m looking at you HD800). I finally found time to collect my thoughts and write something about these. But I will say this without A/B’ng these and I just sit back and listen to them they really are a joy to listen to, they are like sitting in front of a warm open fire, damn it now I want to keep them…this is my struggle with these, when I think where they fit for me I have a hard time placing them, but when I just let go and listen… Mmm, I want to keep them….son of a…. He also happened to buy it from them during the same sale, but decided to keep another headphone instead. Dorian75 likes this. You'll want to treat the microfiber pads well if you buy one of these. I can't really say specific differences as I haven't done a side-by-side yet. Review: Focal Elear – Hyperior First, I want to make a quick comparison between the Elear and the good ol’ HD650. My ideal FR lies close to Harman but leans slightly W-shaped: I like a few dB of upper bass warmth, an elevated mid-to-upper midrange for added presence, a small bump in the mid-treble for detail, and at least some air in the upper treble. It has a wider soundstage. The body consists of bent strips of metal attached to cylindrical slabs with chain-link fencing for mesh and scratchy ear pads. While the Sundara has its weaknesses, such flaws are to be expected at its price point. The Sundara also has nearly pinpoint imaging, albeit not perfect. The Elex comes packaged in a large magnetic snap box, that opens up with a simple presentation. My preferred sonic signature would be more to the relaxing, smooth, and warm side of neutral without being too “sleep-encouraging” My default setup is the HE4XX’s without grills with ZMF Ori pads, coming out of the Vali 2 with a EH6922 tube. I find it had quite north of neutral upper mids that work great with Jpop, My experience with them so far hasn’t shown hollow female vocals in the least. However, therein also lies the Sundara's Achilles heel: the dip at 1-2 kHz in particular makes female vocals sound hollowed-out and distant. This coloration enhances the Eclair's dynamic quality and makes already-aggressive music a treat to listen to. They are practically all-black, expect for the metallic silver finish on the cup hinges and logo. This design does not allow for flexibility and the only way for the cable to sit is “folded” back and forth, I would not coil/loop this cable (not that you could). But of course, the downsides are that this headphone requires volume, in my opinion to excel. On the flip side, this actually does make it sound more like a real speaker system than the other stuff I've listened to. It's an open secret that the Elex is a re-painted Elear with Clear pads attached, so these impressions can be considered to be equivalent to impressions of the Elex. The earcups will feel familiar with microfiber coverings over memory foam cushions. Usually I will just give them to family members so I can still use them every now and then when I’m feeling it. in may when they ship per qc and sound sig. The sound quality is fantastic on the THX AAA 789, and they need lots of power. Vocals shine and have a very nice presentation. Again, the fast decay these drivers produce really helps make this genre excel. This isn’t really an issue for me on most music I listen to, but for those who may enjoy EDM music, the more bass emphasized Elear may be better suited for the task. The low end often rumbles (they don’t have much technical potential) but that’s “just fine” with some genres. Both offer full bodied bass and mids, but the fact that the upper-midrange is more in line with the rest of the midrange, almost makes the HD650 sound a … These have a melodiousness about them that I really enjoy, I’m not overly “wowed” by them but that could be because I’m spoiled by the HD800. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc. I found this on several songs going through my EDM playlist. Hifiman put about as much effort as you'd expect into the Sundara's build. Agreed. They retail at $999 but can be found for about $799 now. Luckily, the Elex doesn’t seem to need a big amp to drive them. Good news: the Clear don’t just sound good, they sound distinctive. Their sound quality follows more our target curve with excellent mid and treble ranges. I did the majority of my listen with this headphone on the Topping DX7 balanced headphone amp/DAC, or the Millet Starving Student Hybrid Tube amp. Focal believes the M-dome allows an added degree of physical space in the earcup that allows the plane sound wave to fully develop much as it would in a loudspeaker, but in the limited space available inside the Elear’s ear cups. The soundstage isn't deep, but it's not a dull, unengaging kind of shallowness; rather, the music pops out right in your face. One thing to note with these is that they will leak like crazy. High quality materials are used throughout. Honestly, this is where these are lacking, from what I’m used to anyways (HD800/700) I would describe the soundstage as a more intimate, close, and around my head. Both have plenty of power, but I was able to power it to crazy levels using my Onkyo DP-S1 DAP, the Radsone ES100 bluetooth amp, and even my Essential phone with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. That’s interesting because a very common thread with the 6XX is that there is nothing that does the 6XX but better. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, iFi Nano/DX3Pro >Elex|Sundara|AD2000|Andromeda|Final E5000. That being said they are sturdy but can creak if moved a lot. And because of that, I always find myself listening to this headphone at volumes higher than I normally would on other headphones. Sound, and the rest of these are so very subjective (I’m new to this, so descriptions might seem off, and I’m not really a critical listener). The Elex makes good recorded music sound even more enjoyable but imperceptibly, so it can still be considered as neutral. These are classical and jazz cans, not pop or IDM cans. The Clear, on the other hand, is the mid-tier at $1500. The comfort is quite high when you are willing to overlook the weight and the long and thick cable. If you’ve ever driven a 4x4 or diesel truck…they feel the same but on your head… If you’ve played an electric guitar through a powerful amp and overwhelmed an entire room with the lightest touch…they feel the same on your head… If you’ve fired a 12 gauge shotgun slug…they feel the same on your head…. The Elex, themselves, feature a darker appearance than the Clear and Elear. This is where I lack the skills and critical listening to describe headphones so bear with me . The acoustic virtuosos at Focal are on a roll. There is an ample quantity of upper treble air that makes the Sundara sound alive with well-mastered live recordings. rodentdog Forum Resident. The dynamics have bass quality that can give planars a run for their money, and the upper end provides the needed detail and air that make this headphone a good all-arounder. Thanks! The logo is dark on dark so everything blends together giving it a clean finish. This is a tough one, they are definitely not bass cannons. Honestly, I'm debating with myself whether or not to return mine, but the problem is that I still like it more than the alternatives that I've looked into. Elear. The Clear, on the other hand, is the mid-tier at $1500. After swapping my HD-600 cable for balanced, they truly do provide a surprisingly deep and satisfying bass experience. What is crazy for me is, when I’m listening to them for a long time and they are amazing, I’m in love with them…then I’ll throw on my HD800s or HD700s and just be blown away at how good those headphones are comparatively. More recently, they developed a new driver concept that mimics loudspeaker design – a super-near-field monitor driver – and used it on their flagship Utopia, Elear and Clear headphones. They contain the same 40mm (1.6-inch) M-type aluminum/magnesium driver, but made with a brighter aluminum housing. As others have mentioned before, the Eclair's soundstage is not just on the intimate side but sounds like sitting in the front row of a concert. Location: The Focal Elear is an open over-ear dynamic headphone. The shoutiness, however, can make some older, poorer-quality recordings with an already-harsh midrange unpleasant to listen to. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … Now, none of this about audio quality or natural sound. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Priced at $1499, the Clear is intended to be the best option Focal offers for under $1500. The microfiber Clear pads also look great and feel wonderfully smooth, but I have a feeling that their light gray color will mean they won't look so good in a year. I found the cords a little stiff, despite looking very attractive. The Sundara's flat upper bass and lower midrange make it sound a bit cold in practice. Descriptors I would use: Crisp, accurate, warm. There really isn't much sonically like the Eclair/Elex out there. This thread has measurements of every Focal headphone with every ear pad combination for those that are interested https://forum.headphones.com/t/focal-pad-rolling-experiments-measurements/2822. ELEAR Product Data Sheet Elear is an open back pair of headphones featuring numerous innovations from Focal, which are key to their outstanding acoustics performance. I’m in pain myself! I found myself preferring the Eclair's low bass response to the Sundara's in spite of the former's lesser quantity, as the Sundara's colder, more laid-back sound reveals the lightness of the lower bass response, leaving it readily audible. If a live performance sounds 180 degrees wide and a professional speaker setup sounds 170 degrees wide, I'd place the Sundara at 140 degrees, the Andromeda at 100 degrees, and the Eclair at 70 degrees. It’s one of those albums that have tracks that have great dynamics, some with absurd amounts of bass, and some that have great imaging and width. I read that as you would take them to the gym. I’d like to thank redditor oxtoacart (pwjazz on Headphone Community) for selling me his set at a discounted price. Edmond – Prins Thomas: The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. For me, the Elex handles this fine. Like the Elear, the drivers are 40mm aluminum-magnesium, and are designed in an M shape. It will work well for anything that isn’t mixed too brightly. I don't like having to crank up the volume to dangerous levels in order to understand what vocalists are singing, so this was ultimately a deal-breaker for me. I knew it was coming back…they sent a “please review” request a week ago. They are cheaply made in every way and I’d be upset if I paid more than $300. This makes the Elex have a more intimate feel to it. The Focal Elear comes in a classy carrying case. The midrange is ever so slightly forward. Ananda vs Focal Elear . They have a … The shoutiness makes it difficult to tell how much upper treble sparkle is present. The pads soft foam also allows me to wear my glasses without any issue. The LCD2C’s stock sound is definitely quite colored. per audeze, a friend did warn me about the infamous weight issues for many of their models: suggested instead to try hfm…but their qc is so so. In spite of this, the unevenness of the treble and the midrange dip does make the Sundara relatively lacking in detail for a headphone with a treble emphasis, although it's still better in that respect than the Eclair. Be inspired by the sound of a high-fidelity system with a pair of Elear headphones, for hours of listening pleasure. The Sundara is on the heavy end, and the bacon strip that Hifiman has the audacity to call a leather headband doesn't help. There were measurements on Verum Sonus before the site went down showing that the FR was identical, although the graphs weren’t saved: http://web.archive.org/web/20180717095043/https://www.verumsonus.com/focal-clear-vs-focal-elear-vs-focal-elex-comparison-review/, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. However, I ultimately sold mine just recently due to the sound signature not being to my taste. Stage depth is absurdly great for this price. They have great response and clarity. I wasn't very impressed by the bass decay, either, which gave the bass an off-sounding texture. The clamp force is light out of the box, so I have no complaints on that front. The Utopia is quite a stretch in price past these others at $4000. I assume the clipping is due to faulty quality control rather than by design as Focal claims. I am a huge fan of the HE560, so the Elex is following suit. The Eclair's sound signature fits my ideal preference closely enough. 15.9oz(450g) I don’t notice any neck fatigue while wearing these. The LCD-2C are heavy, but they cause jaw compression too. And their frequency responses prove that. Weighing at 450 grams, the headphone is now the heaviest in my lineup of headphones, outweighing the Hifiman HE560 and Audeze Mobius. The cables are wrapped in a paracord-like sheath and 6 feet long, as opposed to the really lengthy 10 feet ones that come with the Elear. This open-air driver design is all part of Focal’s intent of giving the user a Speaker-like experience. However, the Beats-like Elear's midrange and treble faults are still present to some extent. I think Audeze’s design aims for synesthesia (sensory cross-over) and the traditional audiophile experience. Elear offers the world’s first, full range and fully open back loudspeaker, built-in to a pair of headphones. The bass slams, but the transient reponse is fast and you get the little textures that you may not hear in a typical dynamic that compensates with a mid-bass hump. Wear them high and tight. Ballista Focal Elear, Clear, Elex, Elegia, Stellia Headphone Cable. I was going to compare them to the HD800 also but just not really worth it for me because the HD700 is a mini HD800 so if they can’t compare to it….well =), Frequency Response (snagged from Head-Fi/Massdrop). Any $1,000 headphone needs to do something really, really well. EQ’d, the 58X is capable of plenty of bass presence, and it just sounds more natural than I can make the LCD2C sound, no matter how I EQ it. I’ve tried both and they are the same. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Yet, clearly spending $1,000 on a pair of headphones isn’t for everyone. At the same time the headphone likely will scale in sound quality with a better amplifier and DAC pairing. The Elear and the top-of-the-line Utopia headphones were designed from the ground up by Focal, with tooling developed by Focal engineers in a process consuming four years. will be interesting to see how the hfm/massdrop edition xx works out…guess we’ll see I was gonna say the day I saw someone wearing an Elear / Elex / Clear to the gym is probably the day I go home and re-think how I am spending my money and why that’s not me haha. But this headphone with volume cranked up sounds phenomenal. The look of the Elear does a great job of announcing its presence. That is the price to pay with a headphone that claims to be neutral, and the HD 600 definitely is. Edit 5/15/19: Treble sounds more balanced after turning down gain. they’re back on massdrop again, ending today Dec 26th. I found that I didn't mind in practice, however, as the upper bass warmth and energetic midrange seize the center stage with the Eclair. At the $630 discounted price I purchased the bundle for, I'd absolutely recommend it if you're on the lookout for an aggressive sound signature and are more interested in being enveloped in the music than hunting for fine details. I have been struggling as to find the right word as to describe the look. Listen to music with the Elex, and you will probably find that music lacking a little something when you come back to the HD 600. They have a nice solid thump that doesn’t intrude too much on the midrange. I did not notice any creaking while they were on my head though. These have excellent separation and presentation with accuracy and detail. The Focal Elear are great looking headphones that have a high-end and premium feel. I don't share your confidence Mshenay, but we both are speculating of course. These have a very light clamp almost non-existent, I would not take these to the gym . That’s not to say the Elex isn’t fun. The imaging isn't quite pinpoint, but it isn't blobby or hazy, either, even at the diagonals, and is overall just a tad worse than the Sundara's. The Eclair isn't terrible for gaming, but as the midrange peak reduces the depth of the soundstage and masks both bass impact and finer treble detail, it wouldn't be my first choice for that use case. The sturdy box has a magnetic locking mechanism and opens up to present a nice foam saddle in which to transport the Elear and its 4 meter (13 ft) cable. HD650 with a good amp is much better then Elear. The majority of the pop genre sounds great on the Eclairs, but some of Masumi Itou's work is rather disappointing. looking at these elex or the upcoming hifiman jade 2 in Feb. Focal Elear A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Changing pace, another track I’ve been listening to a lot lately is Krysta Nick’s Miles Away. Fortunately, the one I purchased didn't suffer from driver failure. The Elex have been regularly stocked for some time now. The Focal Elex is currently available on Massdrop again. Coherent and accurate. Retail was an absurd $900. Focal Elear overview and full product specs on CNET. I do find the treble to be a bit unbalanced to the point of detail being lost in the wake of many sibilant notes but mids have sounded pretty balanced. Each Elear and Utopia is handcrafted by a two-person team at the Focal factory in France; one tech makes the driver, the other one makes the rest of the headphone. The low sensitivity makes the Sundara moderately difficult to drive. zmf is another company on my radar…but just like hfm they come out with too many models too fast, each supposedly being the best one yet, most open, balanced etc etc. Focal, in a demonstration of how much respect the company has for its customers, charges $200 for replacement Clear pads. Will from Massdrop stated the exact differences on a forum somewhere. i was trying out the audeze lcd2c i just got in…too heavy…ugh. I’m thrilled that the Elex found a good home and that you’re enjoying it! It is the smaller sibling of the Utopia. It brings that Focal clarity to vocals and instruments that utilize that part of the frequency range, tearing it in front of everything else and drawing attention to the meat of the music. I don’t have a 6XX/650, but I do have a 58X and honestly I hardly ever listen to my LCD2C anymore. I’d love for someone to actually point where there’s damping on these as you can see right through them and aside from their coloring and pads there are no differences. It's not a concern with most music, but Elvis is unlistenable on the Eclair. Vocals typically sound fantastic, but with the upper-mids being on the brighter side of neutral, they can sometimes have a metal sheen to them, as does my comparable HE560. A peak in the low treble gives the Eclair a hint of metallic timbre, making both vocals and instruments slightly sharper and more brassy-sounding. The Elex is an intimate set, they are warmer than the HD700, vocals are more intimate with less peaks, and female vocals come into the ear so very warm and intimate. The first complaint I have about the Eclair is about the stark dip from the midrange peak to the upper midrange, which reduces the level of detail I hear and strips presence from very high-pitched vocals. In fact, that comparison of the Elear vs PM1 wasn’t justified enough for the review, which is why I didn’t include it. So while the Elex handles bass with ease, songs where treble is already distorted or on the cusp, may sound extremely bright on the Elex. It does get confusing. COVID-19. It may be my ears, but the LCD2C sound “just fine” to me. The Sundara's cable is also awful, feeling like cheap rubber and suffering from memory when coiled up, a D+ to the Elear's D-. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me. The Elear/Eclair is quite heavy, but the thick headband cushioning helps even out the weight distribution. The Focal Clear will remind you of the Elear in styling, but features a lighter grey and some stand-out features. Lavricables – January 27, 2020: Dear all, just wanna say thank you for your incredible product, I received this afternoon. I listened to a lot of J-pop on them, too. I have a very tough time getting rid of headphones. But I can easily say that Elex and Clear are more similar and Elear is the odd man out. Ok let’s dive in…I think of these as a more resolving and better sounding HD6XX and would put them in the relaxing and listening to music rather than critical listening swim lane. Bottom line, I’m working on selling the LCD2C and find myself quite satisfied with my mid-range Sennheiser (that being the HD58X) and some cheap EQ’d hybrid IEMs for more portable use. They have a nice solid fit into the cups, and I’m not too worried about them breaking or that they are fragile in any way. Is the best nickname for Elear + Clear pads I've seen. The Eclair's upper bass is slightly warmer than neutral but thankfully does not bleed into the midrange at all. Again, the drums slam with enthusiasm but are never out of control. They do fit that HD6XX upgrade path at least for me. But in many songs, they distort the heck out of both sides. Last year, Massdrop announced a collaboration with Focal and started collecting funds for the Focal Elex. It has a neutral sound-signature that leans bright, providing additional detail and air, and retains a good deep bass that chooses quality over quantity. Don't want to buy alcantara clear pads, especially since they only seem to come in white. The build quality is very nice. I never owned anything above that price point from audeze because the lcds are just too heavy to wear. I got a pair of HiFiMan HE-560s for $250 on Black Friday. Focal Clear vs Elear vs Utopia. I found them more comfortable to wear than say the LCD-2 and the Monolith M1060 but the additional weight over my daily driver HE560 shows. I can sit and relax and sip whiskey and just let the music envelop me while listening with these, which is one of my favorite decompress things to do at the end of the day after the kiddo is asleep. For EDM, these can be awesome, or they can suck a lot. Usually I will just give them to family members so I can still use them every now and then when I’m feeling it. They retail at $999 but can be found for about $799 now. The LCD2C just adds entertainment with electrified and electronic sounds and can put a smile on your face (unless they crush your jaw first). It’s a genre that likes to heavily emphasize bass and treble. The Elear tests at an impressive demonstrated frequency response of 5Hz to 23kHZ. 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