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First Rate

First rate sound = very detail, natural and clear. Bass has just the right balance for me. Extremely well made - they don't feel delicate or fragile - I expect years of thrilling sound from these.

- Leonard Z, NH
 
Now I Prefer These ...

Build-quality and performance easily exceeds this price tag. From Hendrix to Ray Charles, big band to intimate trios these sound accurate, articulate and just right. Using with Chord Mojo portable and Woo Audio WA6 SET amps. Also own HiFiman HE500s and HE560s, but now prefer the Elear.

Jeff Peterson
 
Better Than My Sennheisers

Using with Chord Mojo and AQ DragonFly Red and find the Elear easy to drive with either amps. Bass is punchy yet has a perfectly smooth transition to the midrange which adds weight to vocals. Soundstage is better than my Sennheiser HD600s. Highs are brilliant but not quite as good as my Audeze LCD3 zebrawood so I'm giving these only four stars.

- Headgear 8, NY
 
Impeccable - Thank, Tim!

Impeccable fit, finish and acoustics. Never spent this much on headphones before but I am darn glad I did. Could not be happier with the purchase. 'Advisor salesman Tim was a treat to work with and I'm recommending him to all my friends.

- Jason R, ID
 
Get the Elears!

Superb value! I own Sennheise HD800s and Mr Speaker Ester Cs but for the money I would highly recommend the Elears. Better bass than either the HD800s or Cs, and the mids are very close. The detail of the HD800s but they are more amp sensitive and I have not found the Elears to be sensitive to amplification at all. For all 'round performance - Get the Elears!

- Clement R, NC
 
Great Sound

Great Headphones.....five stars price considered. You will need to spend another 600-1000 dollars to out class these. Match well with Tube Amp and they will reward you with some great sound. They are a little light in the bass for me. They are fast, articulate, with great high end. I like my sound with a little more air and space think Sennhieser or Audeze LCD series Super easy to drive which is big plus if using with a IOS Phone. Pleased with the purchase they can sure rock when you want it.

Dean F
 
My New 'Go-To' Headphones

I looked high and low and read tons of reviews. I tried Grado GS1000e, Sennheiser HD650, Master & Dynamic MH40, and B&O H6. These are IT for build quality, design/style, comfort, versatility in the context of music genres, and overall acoustics. Closed ear headphones have their place, but if you are really after high fidelity presentation of the music...these open cans are the best that I have come across. It worked well with the various headphone amps I have...tube, hybrid and solid state....and coming straight out of my CD player. The Elear is a tremendously dynamic and musical headphone...an 'all rounder'. The bass is superb...punchy, tight, controlled. The mid's are clear and expansive. The highs are crisp and non-fatiguing. I listen to a lot of Grateful Dead and these are a great match. It's extremely detailed and it really shines on the jazz recordings with very capable sound-staging. For hip hop, It tames the thumping bass rhythms without taking anything away from the music. The Elear will be my 'go-to' headphone for many years to come. I haven't even burned them in thoroughly yet...and should only improve over time. Kudos to Focal for a great product.

- KK8, CA
 
Thrilled

I have been listening to these headphones for about two weeks now and I am thrilled. I have been using a pair of Denon AH-D7000 cans as well as JH Audio Jh16v2 Pros. The Focal Elears are obviously engineered quite differently and sound simply amazing. The sound stage and ambience is enormous and provides a clearly defined spatial representation of the music that is both immersive and expressive. The little details present themselves in a way that I am simply not used to hearing. You can close your eyes and imagine being on the stage or in the studio. So many little nuances...

- Caveman, IL
 
Excellent

The Focal Elears are very comfortable hp's, first off I'd like to say these headphones are very dynamic sounding, the vocals are very much forward Wow super good treble is excellent, Bass is extremely good and tight almost as good as my LCD 3's and I mean it's very close, The mids are just about the best I've heard on hp's, Everything is well controlled instruments are separated very nicely with these hp's. The Elear really makes the music more enjoyable they are truly superb headphones. Build quality is well only the best, I'm listening to these hp's with a Woo Audio WA22 + a Nuprime Dac-10 just amazing sounding headphones very well worth the price..Enjoy

- CH, KY
 
Best Headphone Ever

Really the best headphones I have listened to over the past 5 years. Everything the reviews say they are. Seems to be well balanced and the bass has a texture to it that I have not experienced in the past. Mids and highs are spectacular. Superb micro dynamics. Might be the last pair I purchase. Using with the tube headphone amp and the pairing is really nice. You will not be disappointed if you have a decent amp.

- Nonesuch, MO
 
Best headphones under $1,000

You can find full reviews on Head Fi and other audio sites and forums so I'll be brief. I've had my fair share of quality headphones and listened to many others and the Focal Elear is among the best I've heard and it is the best $1000 and under headphone imo. The dynamics are some of the best I've heard and the depth of field and imaging is also fantastic. They are comfortable to wear and build quality is what you'd expect from a $1000 headphone. If you can only buy one headphone and have the money to spend these are it unless you can spend thousands on something like the Utopia. I like them so much I'm going to sell most if not all of my other headphones and that's something I never thought I'd ever do.

- Dragon 9, DC