Thanks! Turns out that so did everybody else. I find that more pop/electronic genres can sound good if bass and mid treble are particularly emphasized. There is a hole in the 3-6 kHz range that does some weird stuff. The instrument that stands out the most on the Elear is the piano, particularly a grand piano. If you truly are happy with your Elear+Utopia pad combo I wouldn't drive yourself crazy wondering about Elex or Clear. When I had them side-by-side, you can definitely feel a difference in firmness/“compressability”(?) Staging: The staging of Elear is quite small and similar to HD650. There is a decent 10 kHz peak that really adds some air and sparkle, but is pretty good about not getting any sibilance. I can never just forget the headphone is on my head. The only full-sized headphone in my possession that I can say that about is the lighter HD800 - making it an achievement of the Elear’s design that it can manage this with its heavier weight. One of my all-time favorites. Since these are at similar price points I think LCD2C wins out all around, except that Elear’s sound is much more lively and exciting, which I often find more engaging compared to LCD2C’s more relaxed and laid back style. I’m a lucky guy; I’ve heard almost all of the best headphones currently on the market, but I wasn’t expecting something in that league from Focal. Though I do sometimes have to write reviews with limited time particularly if reviewing for a company or a loaner, but that is not ideal. Shortly before attending the London Can Jam in August, the hype regarding the new Focal Utopia ($4000) and Elear ($1000) had reached a fever pitch – so much so that I put it high on my list of items to try out. It has much more sub-bass and mid-bass than Elear. You'll also need to drop like 1k on source gear for the hd800 to be at its best. I actually preferred the Elear to the Clear, haven't had a chance to check out the Elex. Who knows if the Elear could be a good all-rounder in my case. Treble brightness is about even with Elear, but HE-500 feels more cohesive in its sound. I consider it more U-shaped. Since I hear the cable is garbage, what replacement cable do you recommend? If you are treble sensitive at all Elear might be one you need to audition first to be safe. i just popped the ear pad off mine. The Focal Elegia and Focal Elear are two similarly-designed headphones that have the same great comfort and build quality. With the three pairs of Focal open-back pads you effectively own 3 slightly different signatures..which is pretty cool imho. It really is a pretty headphone, and looks even better in person. My music preferences are broad and I try to incorporate a bit of everything, but currently I listen to mostly indie pop/rock (e.g. Completely agree with your viewpoint. It is fast, very fast – and more than likely to surprise you at first until you are used to it. But on a positive note it is what lead me to audeze for my endgame headphones. However, you mentioned fatigue, and if fatigue is an issue than there are plenty of other cans out there that aren't as forward in treble. I spoke with Nicolas Debard at the London Can Jam in August and he told me that the Utopia and Elear were created with their in-house construction of an “M-shaped dome.” This was done in order to maintain the usage of electrodynamic drivers while offering an experience that is similar to speakers. So once people got a hold of Elear everyone was disappointed and confused. This makes LCD2C’s upper mids feel more refined and cohesive with its sound signature. there are two screws under the ear pad that seem to line up with the joints. This could possibly partially explain the better imaging/soundstage of that headphone compared to Elex. Elear is mostly just better in bass slam and quantity compared to HD800. I listen to a broad range of music and I tend to own many headphones that specialize in certain things to fit my preferences rather than go for single all rounder headphones that don’t stand out in anything. I could continue with examples, but I’m sure you get the point. But the mids of HD650 are far superior to Elear. I keep reading a lot of conflicting notes, but love hearing personal experiences regardless. The Focal Elear is a world-class design, right up with the best of Audeze, Beyerdynamic, Grado, Hifiman, and Sennheiser’s ’phones. Classic rock recordings with older recording methods, such as most tracks on Led Zeppelin’s first few albums, feel a tiny bit stifled because of this – with the songs feeling like they are hiding behind a soft wall of sorts. I think Elear is even more aggressive and fun vs Clear and Elex. My favorite living film director probably is Alfonso Cuaron. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … I have heard some people still find Elear to be harsh in treble, and this might be more noticeable because of the sharp rise in energy from low to mid treble. The snare drum on some headphones with a warmer tone, or slightly dark nature, leads to an unsatisfying “thud” sound on the snare. It, along with the clamp, does not add pressure to the point of discomfort or pain – far from it in fact. The sound is overall a little less bassy, but much more neutral and cohesive. (1) Review: Focal Elear Headphones (2) Can Jam London 2016: Talking about the Focal Utopia and Elear with Nicolas Debard|3 - I'll post the text here, but if you want the full experience (photos and other video links), then I invite you to check out my site. Anyways, hope this doesnt come off as as a nitpicky question goblin, i am happy to hear any comments and seek knowledge i can bring into my headphone understanding (combining subjective and objective data over time) more than buyer debate if that makes sense. So I have heard Clear a number of times at meets and at stores. i do not mind spending the extra money, as ive seen them sell for much lower than msrp new, but. Also, it is worth noting that the stock cable is particularly terrible and is like a heavy vacuum cord. I even had the audacity to swap the pads with a sample unit at the show. Open-backed Over-Ear headphones . As Axl Rose’s voice croons over the instrumentation, I can’t help but be surprised by how each track is not overshadows by anything else. That is ultimately why I favor ZMF and Sennheiser over brands like Focal and Beyerdynamics. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Comparisons to similarly priced or cheaper headphones. HD650’s bass is not well extended and the slower decay makes it feel much more wooly in comparison. It sounds closer to neutral and more refined. Keep in mind that the Omni held this position before Focal released this beast of a headphone. It is this one. Sorry, this post was deleted by the person who originally posted it. It is a strange headphone. When you take the headphones out of the box, you’ll immediately be dazzled with the metallic look and great feel. Cymbals sound accurate without demanding listener attention by drowning anything else out. The Focal Clear headphones are unmistakably Focal. I reckoned it would make a good review. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been checking out some of Focal’s best and most impressive headphones, including the much-loved Focal Utopia headphones, the closed-back Focal Stellia headphones, and the slightly more affordable Focal Clear headphones.Now, we’re taking a look at a pair of headphones that are even more affordable — the Focal Elegia headphones. They were fun cans for me. Like the Omni, and to a lesser extent the Meze 99 Classic, the Elear has an “earthy” quality to the lower-mids that champions the idea of perfect imperfection – contrasting with the HD800’s emphasis on accuracy and the sharply analytical reproduction of audio. This would make for an interesting experience with the HD800 sometimes, where a drum beat’s cymbal pattern would land squarely on the frequency chart of the headphones that emphasized treble – leading it to sound a great deal more pronounced than, I would imagine, even the personnel in the mixing room at the time of recording intended. The treble of the Elear is never sibilant, to my ears, and I am quite grateful for that. Sennheiser HD650: When Elear first came out it was touted as being a true upgrade to HD650. If you have a medium sized head that is perfectly round this shouldn’t be an issue as the padding should evenly distribute the weight across your head. The Elear emits a premium aura from it in its black, grey and silver colour scheme. Haha yeah it is kind of a weird headphone stand. However, the Elear has a dynamic quality to it that has been absent in all my previous headphones, with the Sennheiser HD800 coming closest. The chunky, batch-producing nature of the Elear is really quite impressive. My only complaint with the build is that the headband can creak just a bit when twisting each side, though this isn’t noticeable when actually wearing them. Elear is the oddball out that makes no sense and didn't live up to what he wrote about it. So now that I have owned Elear for 1.5 years I wanted to share my thoughts. However, that also makes Elear much heavier than HD800 and far less comfortable to me. Elear feels more premium, looks more sleek, and just presents better. It also feels more comfortable to me due to the suspension band system and pleather pads. I think because of the upper mids suckout it can feel like mid treble is more energetic and forward. Audeze LCD2C: This is a very interesting comparison because like Elear, LCD2C also has excellent bass as well as recessed upper mids. Again, I'm not saying Elear isn't enjoyable and I'm not crapping on people that own the headphone, I have owned it myself for nearly 2 years now, probably longer than most. If anyone's looking for a seller, Gramophone on newegg has a 30 day refund w/ no restocking fee. Four seats at the venue were constantly occupied, the two at Focal’s booth and the two at Moon Audio’s booth – who also had a Utopia and Elear. Focal cans, while flat(ish) compared to the LCD line, are pretty fun to listen to from my experience. (1) Review: Focal Elear Headphones (2) Can Jam London 2016: Talking about the Focal Utopia and Elear with Nicolas Debard|3 - I'll post the text here, but if you want the full experience (photos and other video links), then I invite you to check out my site. But on a technical level, much has been re-engineered to account for the different configuration. Elear is thicker, warmer sounding in bass with a bit more impact. I don't feel the need to disassemble mine. I agree with there being a difference between Elex and Clear pads. But the bass is tight, very impactful, punchy, and can slam2. Th-X00 has more bloom. Are the clears actually less fatiguing? I wouldn't say it's garbage. Focal Elear with Utopia pads, AKG K371, Sony WF1000xm3, Lypertek Tevi, Schiit Magni Heresy, JDS Labs ODAC, Radsone ES100 Share This Post Mids are warmer in Elear than TH-X00, but TH-X00 is more smooth and clean in the upper mids even though it is just slightly recessed. I think that few hundred is much better spent getting a secondary can if you don't have one already. The Z1R might solve that. Read full InnerFidelity review here: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/enter-next-generation-focal-elear-headphone I don’t have a preference for any specific sound signature or have any sensitivities to particular frequency ranges. The Focal Elear open-back dynamic headphone was officially released in late 2016 and remains in high demand and limited availability as they slowly trickle out of Focal’s St Etienne France manufacturing facility.. Bass quality and speed is on par with planars. but your site in my top 3 (other than head-fi) i loved how you compared it to HE-6. That’s to say, while they have a number of different design elements than other Focal headphones, including color offerings, they carry that classic Focal headphones look, the beautiful mesh grills on each ear cup, and so on. The attack is quite sharp with quick decay. Yes, this has something to do with the narrower soundstage on the Elear than the HD800 – but that doesn’t excuse just how much more noticeable each instrument is as the album carries on. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, RME/887/ZDT Jr>Auteur/Atticus/HD800(SDR)/Elex/LCD2C/Verum1/HD6XX, Benchmark DAC3 HGC | Audeze LCD-4 | DT-1990, AirPods Max|LCD-500|Ananda|HD800|HD6XX|"Elex"|SR-404. 454k members in the headphones community. I'm going to be looking for an aftermarket cable that terminates in a 4pin XLR for my Liquid Carbon myself. I use a mix of FLAC and Spotify premium streaming for testing. Comparison: Focal Elear vs. Sennheiser HD800/Hifiman HE-500/ZMF Omni|1 - I know that the Elear’s sonic characteristics may be a deal-breaker for some, especially the small soundstage and the fact that the imaging is nothing special. In between the two, I had some time with both and walked away muttering that it seemed the hype was real – but I needed a quiet environment to be sure. Fostex TH-X00/EMU Teak: This is a semi-open headphone not trying to be neutral. BEST Elear review on the internet so far, 10/10. It is more detailed, has a much bigger soundstage, better imaging, and offers a much more natural and cohesive sound. I’m lounging around, writing this, with it having been on my head for hours now and I don’t feel fatigued at all. I actually posted about that experience here a while ago. Talking about dedication and a will to help others and to input. between the two with the Clear being the more firm of the two. I do this with my UM Mentor V3 on the IEM side as well. This is not a laid back headphone, like the Omni, and it takes no prisoners in its sound reproduction. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Its bass response is great and its speed makes for a punchy, dynamic, and aggressive sound, which I find quite addictive. Thankfully, Elear uses standard 3.5mm connectors so it is easy and cheap to use aftermarket cables. This is one of the several characteristics of the headphone that would disqualify it from being called “neutral” or from being used in a recording studio for mixing music – with the trade-off being that it makes the chorus of The Hills by The Weeknd sound so full and present. Great review. What the Elear does in this song is take every sample and bring it up close and personal to the listener in a manner that would be undoubtedly more strikingly noticeable than on many other headphones in this price range. Focal Clear review: One of the finest headphones money can buy (and you'll need lots of it) Once you hear Focal's Clear, you won't be able to go back to your old headphones. Yet, clearly spending $1,000 on a pair of headphones isn’t for everyone. that's probably how it would come apart. At lower volume levels even though the mid suckout becomes less prominent as the bass and treble are reduced comparatively. I heard the Elear at CanJam earlier this year. This is not true except for bass performance. I think Elear actually does better at lower volumes as the Fletcher-Munson (equal-loudness) curve7 plays to its strengths. I don't find Elear to sound all that different on the various solid states so my impressions are consistent with any of those sources. You've gained a follower. I would classify those headphones as having a more linear presentation to them. However, upper mids/low treble is where things start to fall apart. Intro. After nearly two months, I am ready to publish my findings. Noticeably female vocals and a lot of strings feel recessed and overall kind of dead6. However, its dynamic nature provides for an interesting listening experience where an intimate soundstage can still feel rather full and detailed. The Focal Elegia are above-average critical listening headphones. I'm in the same boat as you and the only thing keeping me from doing so is the dip in the upper midrange. The only nit to pick would be the cable, it’s very long and thick. 1990s are what made me realize i'm treble sensitive. It also has more room (soundstage) to work with so the entire orchestra is well-represented. Elear treble is similarly forward, but a notch below TH-X00. HD800 is far more balanced and clean sounding. Yes. Treble: Treble is actually very clean and clear with really great transient response. They are NOT Clear pads. The midrange itself is nowhere near as “liquid” as the HE-500, a quality that makes the Hifiman headphones shine with vocals. Putting Elex pads on Elear accomplishes the same thing. (Elear has a 6.35mm Jack and an impedance of 80 Ω) For now I have a Zen Dac by Ifi and I'm thinking to upgrade this to truly give to my headphone what it deserve. It isn't quite at "basshead" levels of bass like say Fostex TH-X00, but it is still pretty thunderous. Regardless, I'll explain it a bit here for you or anyone else reading that isn't familiar so you understand the context of that comment. Imaging is better than average as Elear feels like a fast driver as its great transient response makes it easy to place instruments, though because of the smaller stage instruments feel closely layered next to each other. Focal Elegia ($899usd) vs Focal Elear (now $700-750ish): As stated elsewhere, I rather enjoy pulling the Elear out for a run to clear my thoughts between reviews. While the Stellia’s 40mm Beryllium dome drive unit is heavily based on that used by the older model, the closed design means that Focal’s engineers have had to rework it considerably. Source gear: RME ADI-2 DAC -> RME's built-in amp/Magni 3/SPL Phonitor XE -> Elear. FIRST HIGH-END CLOSED-BACK HEADPHONES BY FOCAL To enjoy an incredible listening experience in total privacy, without worrying about a noisy environment disturbing this moment of pleasure: this is the promise made and kept by Elegia.In these high-end circum-aural closed-back headphones, we have combined the best of our skilfully created technologies, developed and … It starts to feel muffled and hazy in this area. Elear is better for a more lively and fun sound. I sold the Utopia pads so I no longer have them. I notice I have a hard time setting my volume levels if I am trying to listen to a mix of different genre music. I had no idea this is related to a "hole" in the 3-6 kHz range. But this also makes Elear a more fatiguing listen too, both from its bass weight and treble brightness. There is very good texture and male vocals do pretty well. What the Elear does instead is reproduce sound in what seems like batches, with each second of listening presenting a number of sounds in equal measure. Many thanks! I recently acquired an Elear with Utopia pads and case because of the awesome deal going online right now. Every week I debate on whether selling my Audeze LCD 2.2 fazor and getting this. Are the clears actually less fatiguing? I think for purely bass focused music TH-X00 does better if you are ok with its treble energy. I can definitely see why people would prefer Elear over Clear. Can be a little harsh for some songs because it is a neutral-bright sound signature. The USB ports are there because it can be a USB hub that you connect to your computer and it also has a 3.5mm jack, though I haven't bothered trying it out. The weight of the headphones themselves do not bother me so much either, but keep in mind that I was recently promoted to captain in the great war against heavy headphones. 96 votes, 32 comments. I think Elear+Elex pads puts it in a similar level as HE-500. Transient response4 is excellent and bass never feels overly bloomy5 or bloated. Of the current headphones I own, my favorites are (in no particular order) HD800 (SDR modded), Auteur, Atticus, Stax SR404, HE-500, and HD6XX. I spent longer than I’d like to admit trying to make the HE-500 more comfortable, so an out-of-box comfortable listening experience is something I applaud. Video Review Introduction: God, this hype. It is just about right to me. I plan on eventually writing up full reviews on all the rest of my gear soon. Interesting, I'd like to try out with the HD 800 S and MDR-Z1R. What I mean by this is that the Elear pushes music out to the listener in an almost startlingly, at first, quick manner. The Elear is an open-back , over-ear headphone. This also really makes timbre feel off if you listen to a lot of natural instruments like violins, pianos, acoustic guitar, etc. HE-500 is big and clunky, tank-like, and looks more dated these days. at least that is how i perceive it. The dip also makes the Elear a little dark in presentation compared to the HE-500 and especially the HD800 – and not quite unlike the Sennheiser HD600 and HD650. That’s all fine and good, but it isn’t what I’m about at all. Today’s review focuses on the home area, where we will dive into the middle of three models in the series, the Focal Elear. Treble is more rolled in HD650 and it lacks the air and separation that Elear has, but that also makes it a smoother listen. And based on memory (and partially borrowing from what I recall others also saying), I do think I remember Clear being just a little more bass emphasized than Elex. This is where I think both Elex/Clear are much improved. A used HE-500 holds more risk in getting repairs and such due to it being long discontinued, but at the prices they are available it could be a good alternative to Elear. The reason for the Elear’s incredibly fast ascent into the audiophile headphone firmament is clear: we think its easily the best value to be found right now in high-end headphones. This cable is 13ft/4m and shielded so thick you would think the answers to the meaning of life are hidden within. One of the unusual design elements of Focal loudspeakers is the frequent use of “inverted dome” tweeters, in which the dome tweeter is concave outwards rather than the more usual convex outwards. If I had to pick one that is somewhat similar to it, it would be the ZMF Omni. The HD800 has crisper presentation of orchestral strings for sure. I don't think it will be unlistenable for anyone, but it could be just a bit fatiguing. 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