Who knew my first Focal would be a pair of headphones
I really have enjoyed Focal auditions in the past and although I didn't go in that direction for my home speakers I am trying out their Elear Cans. I am into a few days and I am really loving these headphones thus far. I have not owned many headphones over the years. In my living room I own Sennheiser HD 700 cans and Sennheiser HDVA 600 amp. I have gotten more use out of it then I thought I would especially late night on a Saturday with a drink and don't want to wake the house with my speakers.
I wanted to upgrade from my AKG K550 in the bedroom. Right now I do not have a dedicated headphone amp in the bedroom and I am trying the Focals running thru my bedroom AVR a Yamaha Aventage 2060. The phones in the bedroom are more multi-purpose from CD to streaming to Youtube to a movie.
The Focal Elear are proving very easy to drive and I am having no issues using the Yamaha. They also sound great in the living room via the headphone amp and I think the bass might be in better control.
Was really surprised to come across these although released last year. I don't do a lot of headphone shopping but I wanted something completely different from my Sennheiser 700s. I wanted an easier to drive and perhaps a bit more punchy or dynamic sound. I do not think they are as neutral as my Senns but I am okay with that. Why have two sets of phones that sound almost the same? The lower mids sound a bit relaxed but I think Focal did an outstanding job here. Like speakers every headphone is not for all but if your looking for a set of cans these might be the ticket. Outstanding job Focal. Umm they also introduced those $4k Utopia headphones at the same time so I guess if you are wanting more? Dang phones are pushing the $$$$ envelope.
Anyway, I know this is not the headphone sub-forum but wanted to state how much I am enjoying Focal's latest dive into the headphone arena. These are one great looking (a bit heavy) and sounding can. I think they did a heck of a job with the Elear and we will see what comes with some more break-in.
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