"Exciting, Colorful, Lively, and Compelling Performer"
Focal's Spirit One is a portable headphone with a neat, upscale design. It has a resolutely modern look and is made of carefully selected materials. It includes a remote control for your iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Spirit One is very lightweight. Thanks to its aluminum frame, it only weighs 8 oz. Its adjustable headband, swiveling ear cups, and sleek pads make it an easy-to-wear, high-fidelity headphone.
"Halleluja. Flip the wig. The works," proclaims the normally unexcitable Srajan Ebaen at 6moons.com. "From my high(er)-priced arsenal the closest match on performance/price came from AKG's K702 (gussied up with after-market cable no less)… Even so the half-priced Spirit One was the more exciting, colorful, lively, and compelling performer."
Optimal Sound Reproduction
Although it’s comfy, lightweight, and easily portable, Spirit One remains first and foremost a Focal headphone featuring audiophile performance. Its closed-back, circumaural design covers the whole ear to offer cutting-edge sound insulation. Sound reproduction is optimal: punchy, tight bass, no smearing and refined, sharp mids that are full and highly detailed, plus a wide bandwidth. Tonal respect, definition, yield and dynamics are all waiting for you!
More Than 20 dB Sound Isolation
Designed to be used on the go, Focal's Spirit One with its innovative closed-back design completely covers the ear to help keep out ambient noise. The passive sound isolation characteristics of the design provide sound reduction up to 20 dB without the use of electronic noise reduction circuitry. Cutting out ambient noise and doing it without electronic circuitry keeps the Spirit One's sound pure and lifelike. The cleverly engineered headband includes two pivots that allow the pads to hug the ears naturally, regardless of their shape and size.
100% Focal Comfort and Pleasure
Along with the great sound, the Spirit One offers unprecedented comfort, too. The headband was designed to evenly exert pressure for long term comfort. The choice and softness of the materials, the ear pad foam, and the 'feather' weight make it one of the lightest closed-back headphones on the market. Listening to music for hours is a real pleasure – a 100-percent Focal pleasure.
Controls for Apple Devices
The Spirit One comes with an aluminum remote embedded in the 3.5-mm jack cord. Made for iPod and iPhone, and iPad-compatible, the remote lets you make calls and control the essential iPod, iPhone, and iPad functions, including volume, play, pause, and previous or next track.
*Note: the remote may be totally or partially compatible with other smart phones
"From my high(er)-priced arsenal the closest match on performance/price came from AKG's K702 (gussied up with after-market cable no less). Known to be a more demanding load, my Eximus amp was ideally suited for it. Even so the half-priced Spirit One was the more exciting colorful lively and compelling performer. And dressed more luxuriously if that matters. Until Focal's target audience matures to better D/A conversion and power stages, they'll never know how good this Frenchie can sound. It can remain a constant well into a progressive upgrade path. It's attractive to look at, comfortable to wear, nicely accessorized and very fairly priced. So back to the future.
"Yes! On the evidence of the Spirit One, Focal seems very much destined to shake up this market segment. How they'll play their cards remains to be seen. Regardless, they're off to a very auspicious start. Propitious is the word. Welcome to the jungle. Halleluja. Flip the wig. The works."
- Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com, March 2012
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|Good headphones for the price|
I have auditioned many headphones and the Spirit One is one of the very best, for the price. In comparison with the Grado 325, the sounds of both are fairly close with the Grado being slightly more clear at the upper end. While the Grado sound stage is more closed, the Spirit One feels more open. Both units do not handle the more complex music with the aplomb of the Sennheiser HD650 or the HD600, or the Ultrasone Pro 750. Eminently listenable and portable, this pair of headphones shines in comparison with the B&W P3. I have the P3 and notice that the bass response of the P3 to be slightly exaggerated while the Spirit One is more natural. I recommend this headphone to anyone who enjoys listening to music, all types of music. It interfaces with all types of portable players, including the HiFiMan HM801.
|- JAMES NIE, WI|