And this makes HD650 feel more laid back in its overall presentation while Elear is far more aggressive and punchy. HD800 is far more balanced and clean sounding. This has the effect of making the mids more even. That being said, the upper midrange feels a bit subdued, with female vocals having a slight dip in weight and body compared to male vocals. Thankfully, Elear uses standard 3.5mm connectors so it is easy and cheap to use aftermarket cables. And Elear+Elex pads is still a much more dynamic and aggressive presentation compared to HD650. It isn’t terrible and I can adjust to it and sort of shift the headphone position around to find a better fit, but it takes a bit fiddling around every once in a while across longer listening sessions. Treble brightness is about even with Elear, but HE-500 feels more cohesive in its sound. 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. Focal Elex: Basically Elex just fixes all my complaints with Elear. It shares characteristics from the cherry iteration of the ZMF Omni, in that it can pleasingly reproduce acoustic guitars. I don't think it will be unlistenable for anyone, but it could be just a bit fatiguing. Noticeably female vocals and a lot of strings feel recessed and overall kind of dead6. 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. man, I am going to get you all the tacos you can handle for such a review! Of course, this is nowhere near the capability of the HD800 – but the trade-off of that is that the Sennheiser headphones can get quite painful and strident at times. I always notice how certain instruments sound best on certain headphones that I’ve reviewed in the past: the HD800 being especially great at strings and orchestral recordings, the Hifiman HE-500 being especially good at vocals and the Omni standing out for how it showcases acoustic guitars. They are very well-built and very comfortable for long listening sessions thanks to well-padded ear cups and headband. REVIEW – When I was given the chance to review Focal’s new Elegia headphone, my first thought was to compare it to the slightly more expensive Elear headphone I … 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. So once people got a hold of Elear everyone was disappointed and confused. Every week I debate on whether selling my Audeze LCD 2.2 fazor and getting this. If you were following the early days of the release of Elear/Utopia they were hyped like no other headphone, arguably the greatest hype around headphones ever to this day. But bass on Elear is more dynamic and hits harder than LCD2C. I've got a quite a few TOTL cans and my HD6XX is still cherished and will never leave my collection. Frankly, we wouldn’t have been surprised to see a price tag twice the size on these over-ears. As the heartbeat referencing bass drum slowly gets louder, all the samples of clockwork, machinery and voices are spread on top as the song builds in suspense. This is because, once again, the Elear loves to take every instrument in a song and throw it at the listener – reemphasized. It sounds closer to neutral and more refined. It's sturdy and without microphonics, just over-the-top. The Focal Elear are good open-back critical listening headphones. Bass quality and speed is on par with planars. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … So who is Elear for? Noticeably female vocals and a lot of strings feel recessed and overall kind of dead6. Excellent review! Better yet, I prefer to write reviews after I have moved on to bigger and better things to really be more critical. Does eq make the elex more or less indistinguishable to the clear? 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. i just popped the ear pad off mine. As primarily a headphones guy, I had never even heard of Focal before this summer. This is because, ultimately, the Elear has a “chunky” sound. Sound signature is really similar, but more dynamic than my HE560. While the cherry ZMF Omni produced my favourite (and most realistic) sound of strummed acoustic guitars, it didn’t make single notes pop nearly as much as the Elear does. 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. I actually preferred the Elear to the Clear, haven't had a chance to check out the Elex. lol. I sold the Utopia pads so I no longer have them. The Elear, to put it simply, does not. (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. If you are treble sensitive at all Elear might be one you need to audition first to be safe. The Focal Elegia and Focal Elear are two similarly-designed headphones that have the same great comfort and build quality. Elear feels more premium, looks more sleek, and just presents better. What I mean by this is that the Elear pushes music out to the listener in an almost startlingly, at first, quick manner. Loudspeaker: 137⁄64“ (40mm) Aluminum-Magnesium "M" shape dome, Connectors: 1 x 01/4“ (6.35mm) stereo Jack connector 2 x 09⁄64“ (3.5mm) Jack, Carrying case: 1253⁄64“x1015⁄64“x629⁄64“ (326x260x164mm), I remember thinking at the London Can Jam that the Elear looked better aesthetically than the Utopia, preferring the former’s demure nature over the latter’s bombastic grill opening in the cups and spotted earpads. It is fast, very fast – and more than likely to surprise you at first until you are used to it. While some models go for a workmanlike design, you’ll find nothing of the sort here – even at this price. Does eq make the elex more or less indistinguishable to the clear? This is not a laid back headphone, like the Omni, and it takes no prisoners in its sound reproduction. The Elegias certainly look like a premium pair of headphones. He really needs to figure out the focus on his camera though. 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. The cherry Omni was of a very similar weight, but the nature of the T50RP frame made it awkward to fit on my head comparatively – even with the ZMF pilot pad. 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. Like I said, the Elear is just more uneven in tonal balance, but that doesn't make it a terrible headphone. I reckoned it would make a good review. I think for purely bass focused music TH-X00 does better if you are ok with its treble energy. I don't feel the need to disassemble mine. But LCD2C’s bass is faster, crisper, and more tightly controlled giving it better texture in microdynamics3. This creates a heavier, meatier, and thicker bass body. So while Elear has fairly smooth lower mids until 3 kHz it isn’t really a V-shaped headphone, but it tends to benefit form the same types of genres pairings that V-shaped headphones do. Not only is the upper mid problem taken care of but it does it while feeling more clear, smoother, and more refined. However, that also makes Elear much heavier than HD800 and far less comfortable to me. The EQ settings on the sub here for the Elear also make the Elear sound even better, it's an incredible difference and I liked the Elear even without EQ. The main problem is that the headband is very rounded without cushioning that is contoured like HD600/650’s sectional headband approach. The presentation box is impeccable and so is the build quality of the headphone. The Z1R might solve that. Elear has some of the most macrodynamic3 bass response I have ever heard. There is a hole in the 3-6 kHz range that does some weird stuff. You'll also need to drop like 1k on source gear for the hd800 to be at its best. The infamous upper mid “suckout” on Elear is real. Can see why it was brought down to half its original price. It also makes it easier to EQ and compensate. I would love to hear your comments after your length of ownership of the elear/elex how the clear compares and why someone would want to have the clears instead in your opinion, or even why they would not. Th-X00 has more bloom. However, I noticed that on certain genres and tracks this suckout isn’t necessarily pronounced. (no wife in labor). Interesting, I'd like to try out with the HD 800 S and MDR-Z1R. I agree with there being a difference between Elex and Clear pads. Elex pads are hard to come by. 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. The Focal Elear is a world-class design, right up with the best of Audeze, Beyerdynamic, Grado, Hifiman, and Sennheiser’s ’phones. So I have heard Clear a number of times at meets and at stores. I recently acquired an Elear with Utopia pads and case because of the awesome deal going online right now. So I know Focal Elear isn't exactly new or exciting these days and this is a "late" review. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but as I said earlier – I found the Elear to look more distinguished than the Utopia even. i don’t mind more impact ofc. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. 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. Kind of wonder if buying Dekoni velour pads would have similar changes for the Elear as the Elex pads did. 3 years ago His reviews are pretty good (though I always prefer a written review). HD650’s mids are more natural sounding, more forward, and more cohesive. Make no mistake, I much prefer a good quality cable to an afterthought-cable with no effort put into it – but I’m fairly sure Focal was thinking primarily of people sitting on their couches whenever they wanted to take a break from a Focal speaker system with something more intimate. I could continue with examples, but I’m sure you get the point. I heard the Elear at CanJam earlier this year. But when going to higher volumes the mid suckout becomes much more apparent and at those levels the bass starts to overwhelm the mids and starts to feel overly warm and bloated. The Clear pads sounded a tad better to me. It really is a pretty headphone, and looks even better in person. That is ultimately why I favor ZMF and Sennheiser over brands like Focal and Beyerdynamics. It starts to feel muffled and hazy in this area. Thanks! This headphone weighs 450g and that is without the simultaneously incredible yet ridiculous cable that is provided in the box. The snare drum on some headphones with a warmer tone, or slightly dark nature, leads to an unsatisfying “thud” sound on the snare. Essentially, these are the closed-back version of the Utopias. The upper-treble clarity on the Elear leads to all the aforementioned detail coming out in songs, such as the realistic twang of Slash’s lead guitar work in Patience. If anyone's looking for a seller, Gramophone on newegg has a 30 day refund w/ no restocking fee. there are two screws under the ear pad that seem to line up with the joints. I'll be writing a review on that one very soon. Too often high-end products neglect appearances; if you’re spending this sort of money, we think you should get a product th… They are NOT Clear pads. Fostex TH-X00/EMU Teak: This is a semi-open headphone not trying to be neutral. Clear pads are much more dense and plush. Guitars and male vocals fall into this area and are presented supremely, with body and texture that are quite natural in their presentation. But I have a slightly small head that is just a bit pointy at the top so I get a hotspot on the top of my head during extended listening. But the mids of HD650 are far superior to Elear. However, the way the Elear presents sound makes it so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on an analytical experience either. 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. Like I would be willing to bet that if you blindfolded someone and made them listen to Elex vs Clear at intervals of hours apart, they would fail. The attack is quite sharp with quick decay. I'm a bot working hard to help Redditors find related videos to watch. Focal Elear Headphone Review June 14, 2016 February 27, 2018 AudioHead 23 Comments Elear , Focal , Headphone Focal has been in the speaker business for more than 35 years, but it wasn’t until recently that they decided to take the leap into headphone development. However, its dynamic nature provides for an interesting listening experience where an intimate soundstage can still feel rather full and detailed. All joking aside, the weight distribution on this headphone is such that allows for this. This is where I think both Elex/Clear are much improved. This week is no different, even with my wife in labor. 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. 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. That’s all fine and good, but it isn’t what I’m about at all. When I had them side-by-side, you can definitely feel a difference in firmness/“compressability”(?) In fact, I think HE-500 is a pretty good example of a planar version of Elear+Elex pads (or just Elex). However, stick on Elex pads and I think that combo beats out LCD2C. To get the bass and mids where I like, the 1990s pierce in the treble region and I can do about 2 songs before I'm done. That being said, the connectors on each side of the headphones are 3.5mm and, thus, so easily swappable - no proprietary connectors here folks. However, I didn't get a chance to compare directly to Elex or to Elear with Elex or Utopia pads. But I hate writing reviews of headphones immediately after getting them since I feel like it takes time to live with them for a while to really understand the nuances. Focal Elear Review So I know Focal Elear isn't exactly new or exciting these days and this is a "late" review. In summary – the Focal Elear is a great-sounding headphone! between the two with the Clear being the more firm of the two. But I hate writing reviews of headphones immediately after getting them since I feel like it takes time to live with them for a while to really understand the nuances. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Comparisons to similarly priced or cheaper headphones. The Focal Elegia are above-average critical listening headphones. In my eyes, the Elear is like if the Elex got into an angry drunken bar fight. I use a mix of FLAC and Spotify premium streaming for testing. Take the introduction to the Dark Side of the Moon album by Pink Floyd; a track known as Speak to Me. Absolutely great review. Its tonal balance isn’t even enough to be neutral and reference level. It doesn't appear in any feeds, and anyone with a direct link to it will see a message like this one. Elear is better if you favor a more open sound. Focal Elear Conclusion. I love mine. But I think HE-500 is the better all around headphone compared to Elear. Keep in mind that the Omni held this position before Focal released this beast of a headphone. I was actually surprised that the sub-bass extension is quite similar to that of the ZMF Omni, which is a semi-closed headphone that is heavily dependent on a good seal to perform in this regard. This is something that I noticed in the ZMF Omni as well, but the HD800 is the best headphone I have owned in terms of tackling this tricky area on the frequency chart – leading to such recordings ringing out clearly. This goes for Elear+Elex pads too. The Elear is no slouch though, but this is one instance of the HD800 winning out. Then people went out and dropped $1,000 on the headphone, which for that time period was very significant. I still don’t think Elear gets anywhere near Beyerdynamic levels of treble though. Yes. Is that the 2016 one? But on a positive note it is what lead me to audeze for my endgame headphones. i love the sparkly treble as well. And along with that, after his review I never really heard Tyll speak much about Elear afterwards and he never really gave it WoF worthy praise any time he referenced it in other places. John Mayer Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Misch, Gary Clark Jr, Devon Gilfillian). Dynamics and fast transients are awesome. Today’s review focuses on the home area, where we will dive into the middle of three models in the series, the Focal Elear. The midrange itself is nowhere near as “liquid” as the HE-500, a quality that makes the Hifiman headphones shine with vocals. I don’t have a preference for any specific sound signature or have any sensitivities to particular frequency ranges. The headphone needs to be returned. There is a good amount of air around stringed instruments so I don’t have to always switch to the HD800 whenever I listen to orchestral/classical music – especially if I’m feeling lazy. Due to this, I can safely say that I can get an enjoyable listen with most genres of music. I don't. 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. Bass is very detailed and snappy in the bass kicks. 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. Bon Iver, Lake Street Dive, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Howard, James Vincent McMorrow, Shakey Graves), and blues/jazz/R&B rock (e.g. But it does have pretty thick padding on the headband as well as plush earpads that feel like a velour/cloth type of material. HD650’s bass is not well extended and the slower decay makes it feel much more wooly in comparison. That should tell you where my biases lie, with more musical listening experiences rather than neutrality or super-high resolution. Their open design makes them a poor choice for any other use cases as they don’t block any ambient noise and don't have a microphone or wireless technology. The attack on the key hits is immense and startling, and you can feel a piano riff in the chest if it is emphasized in a song’s production enough. The Elear has a rather “full” sound to it, and this fact has a lot to do with the bass extension and performance. The earpads are memory foam and not a struggle to wear or tame. 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. 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.. It sounds like you have a few hundred lying around if you are willing to consider a trade + cash to get Clear? Treble: Treble is actually very clean and clear with really great transient response. Good to see you back. 454k members in the headphones community. I think Elear actually does better at lower volumes as the Fletcher-Munson (equal-loudness) curve7 plays to its strengths. The pictures in this review or either ours or those of Focal which we borrowed. Elear are audiophile open-backed headphones manufactured in France by Focal. Source gear: RME ADI-2 DAC -> RME's built-in amp/Magni 3/SPL Phonitor XE -> Elear. If I had listened to that track with the Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00, the heartbeat sound would have been emphasized over all else. I would classify those headphones as having a more linear presentation to them. Seems a pretty unnecessary thing to add to me. Any $1,000 headphone needs to do something really, really well. Someone offered me to trade that for my HE-500 but I haven't heard back from them. I can definitely see why people would prefer Elear over Clear. Completely agree with your viewpoint. The Focal Clear headphones are unmistakably Focal. One of my all-time favorites. If I had to pick one that is somewhat similar to it, it would be the ZMF Omni. It is nice as a stand though. The sound is overall a little less bassy, but much more neutral and cohesive. However, though TH-X00 mids are clean and clear, they are overshadowed by the bass and feel less forward in the mix. Luckily, Focal backs up their image with ample substance. The headphones are largely built from met… Elear is the oddball out that makes no sense and didn't live up to what he wrote about it. Both have good audio reproduction, but the open design of the Elear will give you a more speaker-like experience. The treble extension even gives instruments some air around them. Build: Elear is made from metal for the most part and has a very premium look and feel to it. However, the Elear has a dynamic quality to it that has been absent in all my previous headphones, with the Sennheiser HD800 coming closest. Intro. 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. Hi guys, I have an Elear by Focal and I want some advises to choose a good amp to power it. There is a hole in the 3-6 kHz range that does some weird stuff. A place for discussion, news, reviews and DIY projects related to portable audio … I’ve fought the HE-500 and two Omnis and survived to find the Elear a comfortable wearing experience. Despite not owning them anymore, I would say it’s similar to the Sennheiser HD600 and Hifiman HE-400i in this regard. High quality post as usual, Tacos. However, it is further up the graph that the treble returns with a vengeance – making the Elear the headphones with the most snap I have owned yet, that isn’t V-shaped. Since Elear is sold for pretty cheap these days, I highly recommend grabbing Elex pads and with that you have a really competent headphone that can compete with anything in that price range, and even with some TOTL cans. It is a strange headphone. I had no idea this is related to a "hole" in the 3-6 kHz range. 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. 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. It also has more room (soundstage) to work with so the entire orchestra is well-represented. Be it an EDM snare, a rock song, a metal song, a pop song or even a futuristic blip-snare in a genre I have never even heard of – the Elear will make it sound right. 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. Or if you really want to save up and go big, I personally consider ZMF Verite to be the "best" (for me). A song like Patience by Guns N’ Roses, with its layering of acoustic guitars, brings out the strength of the dynamics, midrange tone and detail of the Elear. i am from head-fi. 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. Also, I used be more active here and posted reviews in the past (DT880, DT1990, LCD-2F, Auteur, Cascade), but life got in the way more recently and I'm slowly getting back to writing and sharing here. A quick browse through Focal’s website shows that they want to position themselves as a luxury brand, and stylish above all. Or if you get one just stick Elex pads on it Elear will become Elex and that really solves all the problems. Tyll's review and the beginning of the Elear controversy happened about 3 years ago now, I'm not sure if you were around the headphone community back then. But going off memory I think Clear is way more similar to Elex than it is to stock Elear or Utopia. I think that few hundred is much better spent getting a secondary can if you don't have one already. 96 votes, 32 comments. Sometimes, I will literally keep my hand on the volume knob throughout a song and make adjustments during certain sections. And yeah, EQ definitely can help, I just could never get it dialed in exactly the way I personally wanted. I think it can work for people that particularly listen at low volume levels or for people that already have a good reference headphone and just want a second headphone for a very dynamic and fun sound for genres that aren’t heavily mid focused. Note that HE-500 is a rather hard to drive planar headphone that really needs a lot of power (particularly current). Though some might prefer Elear’s metal premium build compared to HD800’s plastic. With the three pairs of Focal open-back pads you effectively own 3 slightly different signatures..which is pretty cool imho. Cymbals sound accurate without demanding listener attention by drowning anything else out. Also, if you aren't used to really mid forward headphones like Sennheisers you might not notice it as much. Found the micro fiber Elex pads to be way more comfortable. This deserves the "High Quality" tag, no doubt about it! And some people find HD800 too "clinical" or overwhelming with detail. 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. Thanks for sharing as always, and welcome back! i love the bass on HE-6. Overall, I really like the look and build of all the Focal headphones and think they look quite distinct. This could possibly partially explain the better imaging/soundstage of that headphone compared to Elex. 1990s are what made me realize i'm treble sensitive. These things can be remedied with source gear to an extent. Open-backed Over-Ear headphones . The only nit to pick would be the cable, it’s very long and thick. 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. I think Elear+Elex pads puts it in a similar level as HE-500. This is not true except for bass performance. Elear is thicker, warmer sounding in bass with a bit more impact. Overall thoughts: I think Elear is almost a great headphone, but it is just a bit wonky. Those were my benchmark headphones. “Made in France” is printed boldly, in French of course, on both sides along with the name “Elear” and “Aluminium-Magnesium.”. There were only a small handful of headphones pushing that price point--HD800, LCD-3 (LCD-4 wasn't quite out yet), HE-1000, and maybe a couple others were at that price point. Disclaimer: Focal’s PR agency sent us the Focal Elear on loan for this review. If you truly are happy with your Elear+Utopia pad combo I wouldn't drive yourself crazy wondering about Elex or Clear. On the other hand, the Aeon Flow (it is more fun than the Ether tho) is one of the most unexciting headphones I've heard, though it is extremely accurate. However, I do prefer dynamic headphones over planars, estats, or IEMs (though I own all of those too). People really valued Tyll's WoF (I would argue his WoF had a lot of marketing influence at the high end and could make or break companies) and I think most reviewers then and still to this day understand and support his choices for all the headphones he chose, even if a particular headphone wasn't their personal preference. Variety is the spice of life. Also, it is worth noting that the stock cable is particularly terrible and is like a heavy vacuum cord. My favorite living film director probably is Alfonso Cuaron. However, it is further on in the frequency chart that the Elear redeems this fact. This cable is 13ft/4m and shielded so thick you would think the answers to the meaning of life are hidden within. Focal Elear with Utopia pads, AKG K371, Sony WF1000xm3, Lypertek Tevi, Schiit Magni Heresy, JDS Labs ODAC, Radsone ES100 Share This Post Great review. I'm going to be looking for an aftermarket cable that terminates in a 4pin XLR for my Liquid Carbon myself. Hifiman HE-500: This is an old school Hifiman that isn't available anymore, but it usually isn't too difficult finding it used for good prices. I consider myself a passionate value added hobbyist, but not a purist (example: i love leica cameras and premium lenses and use them like i stole em, but wont buy their $7,000 lenses). 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