6. If you truly are happy with your Elear+Utopia pad combo I wouldn't drive yourself crazy wondering about Elex or Clear. 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. It also feels more comfortable to me due to the suspension band system and pleather pads. Essentially, these are the closed-back version of the Utopias. I'll be writing a review on that one very soon. 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. If I listen to it with the HD800, the machinery and voices are swirling around with a sharp and clear presentation – due to the HD800’s massive soundstage and imaging. But bass on Elear is more dynamic and hits harder than 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. When you take the headphones out of the box, you’ll immediately be dazzled with the metallic look and great feel. The Focal Elear are good open-back critical listening headphones. A place for discussion, news, reviews and DIY projects related to portable audio, headphones, headphone amplifiers and DACs. I'm in the same boat as you and the only thing keeping me from doing so is the dip in the upper midrange. :). 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. 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. Turns out that so did everybody else. that's probably how it would come apart. 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. lol. Fostex TH-X00/EMU Teak: This is a semi-open headphone not trying to be neutral. I can definitely see why people would prefer Elear over Clear. The Focal Elegia are above-average critical listening headphones. Video Review Introduction: God, this hype. When I had them side-by-side, you can definitely feel a difference in firmness/“compressability”(?) 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. Are the clears actually less fatiguing? Sennheiser HD650: When Elear first came out it was touted as being a true upgrade to HD650. there are two screws under the ear pad that seem to line up with the joints. 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. 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. I have very similar music taste to you, and mostly just use my Klipsch Heritage Amp and Tidal as a source (not really hearing much difference in MQA vs Hi Fi). The treble extension even gives instruments some air around them. 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 earpads are memory foam and not a struggle to wear or tame. I wouldn't say it's garbage. 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. So I have heard Clear a number of times at meets and at stores. I even did some back-to-back listening with Elear (stock pads), Clear, and Utopia. Focal Elear with Utopia pads, AKG K371, Sony WF1000xm3, Lypertek Tevi, Schiit Magni Heresy, JDS Labs ODAC, Radsone ES100 Share This Post 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. Thank you for this ! This is not a laid back headphone, like the Omni, and it takes no prisoners in its sound reproduction. Sometimes, I will literally keep my hand on the volume knob throughout a song and make adjustments during certain sections. Sorry, this post was deleted by the person who originally posted it. Elex pads are hard to come by. However, upper mids/low treble is where things start to fall apart. If I had to pick one that is somewhat similar to it, it would be the ZMF Omni. A quick browse through Focal’s website shows that they want to position themselves as a luxury brand, and stylish above all. 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. Though some might prefer Elear’s metal premium build compared to HD800’s plastic. Absolutely great review. They are NOT Clear pads. but your site in my top 3 (other than head-fi) i loved how you compared it to HE-6. It still feels a bit muffled and not as clean as I want. HD800 is far more balanced and clean sounding. I’ve fought the HE-500 and two Omnis and survived to find the Elear a comfortable wearing experience. But on a technical level, much has been re-engineered to account for the different configuration. HD650’s bass is not well extended and the slower decay makes it feel much more wooly in comparison. However, stick on Elex pads and I think that combo beats out LCD2C. The midrange itself is nowhere near as “liquid” as the HE-500, a quality that makes the Hifiman headphones shine with vocals. Elear is mostly just better in bass slam and quantity compared to HD800. Bon Iver, Lake Street Dive, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Howard, James Vincent McMorrow, Shakey Graves), and blues/jazz/R&B rock (e.g. I don't. After nearly two months, I am ready to publish my findings. I think Elear is even more aggressive and fun vs Clear and Elex. 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 … Its tonal balance isn’t even enough to be neutral and reference level. I reckoned it would make a good review. I sold the Utopia pads so I no longer have them. Take the introduction to the Dark Side of the Moon album by Pink Floyd; a track known as Speak to Me. This, coupled with the bass bump, makes the headphones slam in a very fun manner. The indecision is tearing me apart. Intro. 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. Elear is better for a more lively and fun sound. Treble is more rolled in HD650 and it lacks the air and separation that Elear has, but that also makes it a smoother listen. But LCD2C’s bass is faster, crisper, and more tightly controlled giving it better texture in microdynamics3. 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. 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 have read tons of comments you have given on so many forums as i have read probably a hundred pages on the elear, elex, and clear. 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. Great review. Also, it is worth noting that the stock cable is particularly terrible and is like a heavy vacuum cord. Focal Elear Conclusion. Focal cans, while flat(ish) compared to the LCD line, are pretty fun to listen to from my experience. I think because of the upper mids suckout it can feel like mid treble is more energetic and forward. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Comparisons to similarly priced or cheaper headphones. Elear is the oddball out that makes no sense and didn't live up to what he wrote about it. Also, if you aren't used to really mid forward headphones like Sennheisers you might not notice it as much. The Elear, to put it simply, does not. Build: Elear is made from metal for the most part and has a very premium look and feel to it. There are changes to the surround and motor system aiming to optimise dynamics and detail reso… I don't feel the need to disassemble mine. That is really just a throwback comment for the older members in the community. 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. They are very well-built and very comfortable for long listening sessions thanks to well-padded ear cups and headband. Clear pads are much more dense and plush. Last summer, a high-end speaker company out of France shocked the audiophile world with two of the best pairs of high-end headphones, the $1,000 Focal Elear and $4,000 Focal … I think Elear+Elex pads puts it in a similar level as HE-500. But it does a good job in not feeling congested and the mid treble energy really brings nice air and instrument separation. That is ultimately why I favor ZMF and Sennheiser over brands like Focal and Beyerdynamics. The Elear has a rather “full” sound to it, and this fact has a lot to do with the bass extension and performance. Due to this, I can safely say that I can get an enjoyable listen with most genres of music. 1990s are what made me realize i'm treble sensitive. I notice I have a hard time setting my volume levels if I am trying to listen to a mix of different genre music. Of the current headphones I own, my favorites are (in no particular order) HD800 (SDR modded), Auteur, Atticus, Stax SR404, HE-500, and HD6XX. However, it has more detail to it than the Hifiman – not quite as much as the HD800 but a surprisingly intense amount regardless. 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.. Despite not owning them anymore, I would say it’s similar to the Sennheiser HD600 and Hifiman HE-400i in this regard. They are the closed-back variant of the similarly designed Focal Elear.These premium headphones are very comfortable for long listening sessions and have a great build quality thanks to a metal frame and a detachable cable. Both have good audio reproduction, but the open design of the Elear will give you a more speaker-like experience. Yes. BEST Elear review on the internet so far, 10/10. However, LCD2C feels ever more premium than Elear and feels more durable. 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. I'm going to be looking for an aftermarket cable that terminates in a 4pin XLR for my Liquid Carbon myself. Check that out! Guitars and male vocals fall into this area and are presented supremely, with body and texture that are quite natural in their presentation. Thanks! It shares a lot of the technology found in the Focal Utopia , which many people consider to be the very best headphone in the world today. I'm a bot working hard to help Redditors find related videos to watch. There is a decent 10 kHz peak that really adds some air and sparkle, but is pretty good about not getting any sibilance. 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. Dynamics and fast transients are awesome. Life is busy these days, but happy to help and contribute when possible. 454k members in the headphones community. This is because, once again, the Elear loves to take every instrument in a song and throw it at the listener – reemphasized. With the three pairs of Focal open-back pads you effectively own 3 slightly different signatures..which is pretty cool imho. But because of that upper mid suckout some tracks will end up feeling like something is off. Did some A-B testing on them with my Elex. I still don’t think Elear gets anywhere near Beyerdynamic levels of treble though. John Mayer Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Misch, Gary Clark Jr, Devon Gilfillian). Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. High quality post as usual, Tacos. 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. Focal has knocked it out of the park here! 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. Focal introduces Elear, for true audiophiles and music lovers who want to rediscover their favorite tracks with the finest of detail.Open new fields of emotion and feeling, by experiencing the intimacy of a personal listening session with Elear. 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. Bass is very detailed and snappy in the bass kicks. A place for discussion, news, reviews and DIY projects related to portable audio … Everything else is lacking compared to HD800. Elear is a low impedance dynamic that can be driven by any amp and doesn't scale much with more capable gear. I had no idea this is related to a "hole" in the 3-6 kHz range. I could continue with examples, but I’m sure you get the point. i just popped the ear pad off mine. Bass quantity is also north of neutral and definitely has a wide hump that bleeds just into the mids to give a warm signature1 (similar to HD650). I think for purely bass focused music TH-X00 does better if you are ok with its treble energy. The instrument that stands out the most on the Elear is the piano, particularly a grand piano. i am from head-fi. However, the Elear has a dynamic quality to it that has been absent in all my previous headphones, with the Sennheiser HD800 coming closest. I keep reading a lot of conflicting notes, but love hearing personal experiences regardless. 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. Who knows if the Elear could be a good all-rounder in my case. So once people got a hold of Elear everyone was disappointed and confused. 3 years ago His reviews are pretty good (though I always prefer a written review). But it does have pretty thick padding on the headband as well as plush earpads that feel like a velour/cloth type of material. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. 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. 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. 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’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. 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. I think that few hundred is much better spent getting a secondary can if you don't have one already. I don’t have a preference for any specific sound signature or have any sensitivities to particular frequency ranges. The presentation box is impeccable and so is the build quality of the headphone. Elear looks and feels like a proper 1000$ headphone. Yes, the weight. I'm not sure why you would say something like - "I like Tyll, but these headphones don't belong on his personal wall of fame". It is this one. 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. In fact, I think HE-500 is a pretty good example of a planar version of Elear+Elex pads (or just Elex). The lower midrange of the Elear is quite a delight. There’s more to it than that, but I’ll let the man explain himself. I suspect if I were to get some Dekoni nuggest that would probably alleviate all my issues. If you are treble sensitive at all Elear might be one you need to audition first to be safe. But this also makes Elear a more fatiguing listen too, both from its bass weight and treble brightness. The treble of the Elear is never sibilant, to my ears, and I am quite grateful for that. Hi guys, I have an Elear by Focal and I want some advises to choose a good amp to power it. I don't think it will be unlistenable for anyone, but it could be just a bit fatiguing. Many thanks! This creates a heavier, meatier, and thicker bass body. While not overly bassy headphones by any means, certainly not on the level of the TH-X00, the Elear has a bit of a boost to its bass frequency in order to give it a kick in the low-end. 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. I plan on eventually writing up full reviews on all the rest of my gear soon. But I still think this is minor to the point you can only hear this difference if you are doing a side-by-side comparison. 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. Kind of wonder if buying Dekoni velour pads would have similar changes for the Elear as the Elex pads did. I saw a post on the front page of r/headphones today of someone who bought an inexpensive aftermarket cable. (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. It is nice as a stand though. Since I hear the cable is garbage, what replacement cable do you recommend? 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 … The Focal Elegia and Focal Elear are two similarly-designed headphones that have the same great comfort and build quality. 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. This could affect your total cost for HE-500. The Clear pads sounded a tad better to me. Elear has the advantage of feeling more open sounding, even though the soundstage size is similar between the two headphones. Focal Elear Review So I know Focal Elear isn't exactly new or exciting these days and this is a "late" review. Now I have tried using EQ on Elear and I can definitely use it to help bring the upper mids more forward. Glad you enjoyed the review. Th-X00 has more bloom. The headphones are largely built from met… Source gear: RME ADI-2 DAC -> RME's built-in amp/Magni 3/SPL Phonitor XE -> Elear. That’s all fine and good, but it isn’t what I’m about at all. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Acorn Audio UK - ZMF/Acoustune/HEDD Audio, Gumby->Pro iCan->Eikon | HD800 | Zeus-R | Andro | H8.2 | U12, HD800S | MDR: -CD3000/-Z1R/-EX1000/-1000X | SE846 | CA Andromeda, Eikon | Elear | HD800S | LCD2C | ADI-2 | Andros | QP2R | A12t, RME ADI-2 DAC -> Arya | HD800S | ATH-R70X | SHR1840, SRH1540,Topping NX4,GR07,CayinN3,UrbaniteXL,Hd598,PortaBro, Can Jam London 2016: Talking about the Focal Utopia and Elear with Nicolas Debard, Comparison: Focal Elear vs. Sennheiser HD800/Hifiman HE-500/ZMF Omni. My favorite living film director probably is Alfonso Cuaron. Transient response4 is excellent and bass never feels overly bloomy5 or bloated. However, I noticed that on certain genres and tracks this suckout isn’t necessarily pronounced. 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. The mixture of the aforementioned ingredients has made the Elear the most fun listening experience for me from any full-sized headphone that I have owned since I entered this hobby with the purchase of a Beyerdynamic DT990 600 ohm in 2012. As mentioned before, the batche reproduction of sound makes it so one single instrument or melody does not take centre-stage nearly as much. There is very good texture and male vocals do pretty well. 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. 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. 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. HE-500 is big and clunky, tank-like, and looks more dated these days. Now I just gotta sit back and wait for the "perfect headphone" to release which has been prophesied by the community for decades. This also really makes timbre feel off if you listen to a lot of natural instruments like violins, pianos, acoustic guitar, etc. That should tell you where my biases lie, with more musical listening experiences rather than neutrality or super-high resolution. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … The headphone needs to be returned. This also really makes timbre feel off if you listen to a lot of natural instruments like violins, pianos, acoustic guitar, etc. 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. And they don’t just look expensive, they feel it too. 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. Noticeably female vocals and a lot of strings feel recessed and overall kind of dead6. The infamous upper mid “suckout” on Elear is real. The HD800 has crisper presentation of orchestral strings for sure. I recently acquired an Elear with Utopia pads and case because of the awesome deal going online right now. What is that headphone stand and why does it have a USB port on the side? This deserves the "High Quality" tag, no doubt about it! The only nit to pick would be the cable, it’s very long and thick. 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I found that, with most headphones, I would find that a certain instrument or vocal in the mix was most pronounced – with the rest of the mix falling behind to give that particular melody space to carry the song overall. All joking aside, the weight distribution on this headphone is such that allows for this. However, that also makes Elear much heavier than HD800 and far less comfortable to me. This is where I think both Elex/Clear are much improved. I love mine. 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. Someone offered me to trade that for my HE-500 but I haven't heard back from them. I think Elear actually does better at lower volumes as the Fletcher-Munson (equal-loudness) curve7 plays to its strengths. However, the way the Elear presents sound makes it so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on an analytical experience either. Or if you really want to save up and go big, I personally consider ZMF Verite to be the "best" (for me). Thanks. The sound of the Elear is unlike any I’ve heard in headphones that I’ve owned in the past. Interesting, I'd like to try out with the HD 800 S and MDR-Z1R. Then again, I do like a huge soundstage with a nice holographic sound... Do you know how the cups detach from the headband? It really is a pretty headphone, and looks even better in person. Ultimately, these headphones just look so great as well as possess the advantages listed above. I even had the audacity to swap the pads with a sample unit at the show. This headphone weighs 450g and that is without the simultaneously incredible yet ridiculous cable that is provided in the box. 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. 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. 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. 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. Some people find Elear to be quite comfortable, but it is only okay for me. But I think HE-500 is the better all around headphone compared to Elear. 96 votes, 32 comments. And clamp force is on the tighter side, but not at stock HD600/650 levels. This could possibly partially explain the better imaging/soundstage of that headphone compared to Elex. Does eq make the elex more or less indistinguishable to the clear? i am getting Utopia in two weeks, but this review made me decide to also buy the Elear!! At lower volume levels even though the mid suckout becomes less prominent as the bass and treble are reduced comparatively. Elear can hit with a faster attack, but decay is also faster so it feels more poignant. Be inspired by the sound of a high-fidelity system with a pair of Elear headphones, for hours of listening pleasure. However, though TH-X00 mids are clean and clear, they are overshadowed by the bass and feel less forward in the mix. This makes LCD2C’s upper mids feel more refined and cohesive with its sound signature. Treble: Treble is actually very clean and clear with really great transient response. So who is Elear for? Bass quality and speed is on par with planars. 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. Elear is better if you favor a more open sound. Then people went out and dropped $1,000 on the headphone, which for that time period was very significant. Noticeably female vocals and a lot of strings feel recessed and overall kind of dead6. If you truly are happy with your Elear+Utopia pad combo I wouldn't drive yourself crazy wondering about Elex or Clear. 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. It also feels more comfortable to me due to the suspension band system and pleather pads. Essentially, these are the closed-back version of the Utopias. I'll be writing a review on that one very soon. 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. If I listen to it with the HD800, the machinery and voices are swirling around with a sharp and clear presentation – due to the HD800’s massive soundstage and imaging. But bass on Elear is more dynamic and hits harder than 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. When you take the headphones out of the box, you’ll immediately be dazzled with the metallic look and great feel. The Focal Elear are good open-back critical listening headphones. A place for discussion, news, reviews and DIY projects related to portable audio, headphones, headphone amplifiers and DACs. I'm in the same boat as you and the only thing keeping me from doing so is the dip in the upper midrange. :). 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. 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. Turns out that so did everybody else. that's probably how it would come apart. 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. lol. Fostex TH-X00/EMU Teak: This is a semi-open headphone not trying to be neutral. I can definitely see why people would prefer Elear over Clear. The Focal Elegia are above-average critical listening headphones. Video Review Introduction: God, this hype. When I had them side-by-side, you can definitely feel a difference in firmness/“compressability”(?) 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. Are the clears actually less fatiguing? Sennheiser HD650: When Elear first came out it was touted as being a true upgrade to HD650. there are two screws under the ear pad that seem to line up with the joints. 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. 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. I have very similar music taste to you, and mostly just use my Klipsch Heritage Amp and Tidal as a source (not really hearing much difference in MQA vs Hi Fi). The treble extension even gives instruments some air around them. 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 earpads are memory foam and not a struggle to wear or tame. I wouldn't say it's garbage. 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. So I have heard Clear a number of times at meets and at stores. I even did some back-to-back listening with Elear (stock pads), Clear, and Utopia. Focal Elear with Utopia pads, AKG K371, Sony WF1000xm3, Lypertek Tevi, Schiit Magni Heresy, JDS Labs ODAC, Radsone ES100 Share This Post 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. Thank you for this ! This is not a laid back headphone, like the Omni, and it takes no prisoners in its sound reproduction. Sometimes, I will literally keep my hand on the volume knob throughout a song and make adjustments during certain sections. Sorry, this post was deleted by the person who originally posted it. Elex pads are hard to come by. However, upper mids/low treble is where things start to fall apart. If I had to pick one that is somewhat similar to it, it would be the ZMF Omni. A quick browse through Focal’s website shows that they want to position themselves as a luxury brand, and stylish above all. 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. Though some might prefer Elear’s metal premium build compared to HD800’s plastic. Absolutely great review. They are NOT Clear pads. but your site in my top 3 (other than head-fi) i loved how you compared it to HE-6. It still feels a bit muffled and not as clean as I want. HD800 is far more balanced and clean sounding. I’ve fought the HE-500 and two Omnis and survived to find the Elear a comfortable wearing experience. But on a technical level, much has been re-engineered to account for the different configuration. HD650’s bass is not well extended and the slower decay makes it feel much more wooly in comparison. However, stick on Elex pads and I think that combo beats out LCD2C. The midrange itself is nowhere near as “liquid” as the HE-500, a quality that makes the Hifiman headphones shine with vocals. Elear is mostly just better in bass slam and quantity compared to HD800. Bon Iver, Lake Street Dive, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Howard, James Vincent McMorrow, Shakey Graves), and blues/jazz/R&B rock (e.g. I don't. After nearly two months, I am ready to publish my findings. I think Elear is even more aggressive and fun vs Clear and Elex. 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 … Its tonal balance isn’t even enough to be neutral and reference level. I reckoned it would make a good review. I sold the Utopia pads so I no longer have them. Take the introduction to the Dark Side of the Moon album by Pink Floyd; a track known as Speak to Me. This, coupled with the bass bump, makes the headphones slam in a very fun manner. The indecision is tearing me apart. Intro. 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. Elear is better for a more lively and fun sound. Treble is more rolled in HD650 and it lacks the air and separation that Elear has, but that also makes it a smoother listen. But LCD2C’s bass is faster, crisper, and more tightly controlled giving it better texture in microdynamics3. 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. 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 have read tons of comments you have given on so many forums as i have read probably a hundred pages on the elear, elex, and clear. 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. Great review. Also, it is worth noting that the stock cable is particularly terrible and is like a heavy vacuum cord. Focal Elear Conclusion. Focal cans, while flat(ish) compared to the LCD line, are pretty fun to listen to from my experience. I think because of the upper mids suckout it can feel like mid treble is more energetic and forward. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Comparisons to similarly priced or cheaper headphones. Elear is the oddball out that makes no sense and didn't live up to what he wrote about it. Also, if you aren't used to really mid forward headphones like Sennheisers you might not notice it as much. The Elear, to put it simply, does not. Build: Elear is made from metal for the most part and has a very premium look and feel to it. There are changes to the surround and motor system aiming to optimise dynamics and detail reso… I don't feel the need to disassemble mine. That is really just a throwback comment for the older members in the community. 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. They are very well-built and very comfortable for long listening sessions thanks to well-padded ear cups and headband. Clear pads are much more dense and plush. Last summer, a high-end speaker company out of France shocked the audiophile world with two of the best pairs of high-end headphones, the $1,000 Focal Elear and $4,000 Focal … I think Elear+Elex pads puts it in a similar level as HE-500. But it does a good job in not feeling congested and the mid treble energy really brings nice air and instrument separation. That is ultimately why I favor ZMF and Sennheiser over brands like Focal and Beyerdynamics. The Elear has a rather “full” sound to it, and this fact has a lot to do with the bass extension and performance. Due to this, I can safely say that I can get an enjoyable listen with most genres of music. 1990s are what made me realize i'm treble sensitive. I notice I have a hard time setting my volume levels if I am trying to listen to a mix of different genre music. Of the current headphones I own, my favorites are (in no particular order) HD800 (SDR modded), Auteur, Atticus, Stax SR404, HE-500, and HD6XX. However, it has more detail to it than the Hifiman – not quite as much as the HD800 but a surprisingly intense amount regardless. 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.. Despite not owning them anymore, I would say it’s similar to the Sennheiser HD600 and Hifiman HE-400i in this regard. They are the closed-back variant of the similarly designed Focal Elear.These premium headphones are very comfortable for long listening sessions and have a great build quality thanks to a metal frame and a detachable cable. Both have good audio reproduction, but the open design of the Elear will give you a more speaker-like experience. Yes. BEST Elear review on the internet so far, 10/10. However, LCD2C feels ever more premium than Elear and feels more durable. 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. I'm going to be looking for an aftermarket cable that terminates in a 4pin XLR for my Liquid Carbon myself. Check that out! Guitars and male vocals fall into this area and are presented supremely, with body and texture that are quite natural in their presentation. Thanks! It shares a lot of the technology found in the Focal Utopia , which many people consider to be the very best headphone in the world today. I'm a bot working hard to help Redditors find related videos to watch. There is a decent 10 kHz peak that really adds some air and sparkle, but is pretty good about not getting any sibilance. 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. Dynamics and fast transients are awesome. Life is busy these days, but happy to help and contribute when possible. 454k members in the headphones community. This is because, once again, the Elear loves to take every instrument in a song and throw it at the listener – reemphasized. With the three pairs of Focal open-back pads you effectively own 3 slightly different signatures..which is pretty cool imho. But because of that upper mid suckout some tracks will end up feeling like something is off. Did some A-B testing on them with my Elex. I still don’t think Elear gets anywhere near Beyerdynamic levels of treble though. John Mayer Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Misch, Gary Clark Jr, Devon Gilfillian). Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. High quality post as usual, Tacos. 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. Focal has knocked it out of the park here! 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. Focal introduces Elear, for true audiophiles and music lovers who want to rediscover their favorite tracks with the finest of detail.Open new fields of emotion and feeling, by experiencing the intimacy of a personal listening session with Elear. 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. Bass is very detailed and snappy in the bass kicks. A place for discussion, news, reviews and DIY projects related to portable audio … Everything else is lacking compared to HD800. Elear is a low impedance dynamic that can be driven by any amp and doesn't scale much with more capable gear. I had no idea this is related to a "hole" in the 3-6 kHz range. I could continue with examples, but I’m sure you get the point. i just popped the ear pad off mine. Bass quantity is also north of neutral and definitely has a wide hump that bleeds just into the mids to give a warm signature1 (similar to HD650). I think for purely bass focused music TH-X00 does better if you are ok with its treble energy. The instrument that stands out the most on the Elear is the piano, particularly a grand piano. i am from head-fi. However, the Elear has a dynamic quality to it that has been absent in all my previous headphones, with the Sennheiser HD800 coming closest. I keep reading a lot of conflicting notes, but love hearing personal experiences regardless. 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. Who knows if the Elear could be a good all-rounder in my case. So once people got a hold of Elear everyone was disappointed and confused. 3 years ago His reviews are pretty good (though I always prefer a written review). But it does have pretty thick padding on the headband as well as plush earpads that feel like a velour/cloth type of material. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. 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. 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. 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’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. 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. I think that few hundred is much better spent getting a secondary can if you don't have one already. I don’t have a preference for any specific sound signature or have any sensitivities to particular frequency ranges. The presentation box is impeccable and so is the build quality of the headphone. Elear looks and feels like a proper 1000$ headphone. Yes, the weight. I'm not sure why you would say something like - "I like Tyll, but these headphones don't belong on his personal wall of fame". It is this one. 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. In fact, I think HE-500 is a pretty good example of a planar version of Elear+Elex pads (or just Elex). The lower midrange of the Elear is quite a delight. There’s more to it than that, but I’ll let the man explain himself. I suspect if I were to get some Dekoni nuggest that would probably alleviate all my issues. If you are treble sensitive at all Elear might be one you need to audition first to be safe. But this also makes Elear a more fatiguing listen too, both from its bass weight and treble brightness. The treble of the Elear is never sibilant, to my ears, and I am quite grateful for that. Hi guys, I have an Elear by Focal and I want some advises to choose a good amp to power it. I don't think it will be unlistenable for anyone, but it could be just a bit fatiguing. Many thanks! This creates a heavier, meatier, and thicker bass body. While not overly bassy headphones by any means, certainly not on the level of the TH-X00, the Elear has a bit of a boost to its bass frequency in order to give it a kick in the low-end. 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. I plan on eventually writing up full reviews on all the rest of my gear soon. But I still think this is minor to the point you can only hear this difference if you are doing a side-by-side comparison. 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. Kind of wonder if buying Dekoni velour pads would have similar changes for the Elear as the Elex pads did. I saw a post on the front page of r/headphones today of someone who bought an inexpensive aftermarket cable. (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. It is nice as a stand though. Since I hear the cable is garbage, what replacement cable do you recommend? 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 … The Focal Elegia and Focal Elear are two similarly-designed headphones that have the same great comfort and build quality. 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. This could affect your total cost for HE-500. The Clear pads sounded a tad better to me. Elear has the advantage of feeling more open sounding, even though the soundstage size is similar between the two headphones. Focal Elear Review So I know Focal Elear isn't exactly new or exciting these days and this is a "late" review. Now I have tried using EQ on Elear and I can definitely use it to help bring the upper mids more forward. Glad you enjoyed the review. Th-X00 has more bloom. The headphones are largely built from met… Source gear: RME ADI-2 DAC -> RME's built-in amp/Magni 3/SPL Phonitor XE -> Elear. That’s all fine and good, but it isn’t what I’m about at all. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Acorn Audio UK - ZMF/Acoustune/HEDD Audio, Gumby->Pro iCan->Eikon | HD800 | Zeus-R | Andro | H8.2 | U12, HD800S | MDR: -CD3000/-Z1R/-EX1000/-1000X | SE846 | CA Andromeda, Eikon | Elear | HD800S | LCD2C | ADI-2 | Andros | QP2R | A12t, RME ADI-2 DAC -> Arya | HD800S | ATH-R70X | SHR1840, SRH1540,Topping NX4,GR07,CayinN3,UrbaniteXL,Hd598,PortaBro, Can Jam London 2016: Talking about the Focal Utopia and Elear with Nicolas Debard, Comparison: Focal Elear vs. Sennheiser HD800/Hifiman HE-500/ZMF Omni. My favorite living film director probably is Alfonso Cuaron. Transient response4 is excellent and bass never feels overly bloomy5 or bloated. However, I noticed that on certain genres and tracks this suckout isn’t necessarily pronounced. 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. The mixture of the aforementioned ingredients has made the Elear the most fun listening experience for me from any full-sized headphone that I have owned since I entered this hobby with the purchase of a Beyerdynamic DT990 600 ohm in 2012. As mentioned before, the batche reproduction of sound makes it so one single instrument or melody does not take centre-stage nearly as much. There is very good texture and male vocals do pretty well. 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. 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. 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. HE-500 is big and clunky, tank-like, and looks more dated these days. Now I just gotta sit back and wait for the "perfect headphone" to release which has been prophesied by the community for decades. This also really makes timbre feel off if you listen to a lot of natural instruments like violins, pianos, acoustic guitar, etc. That should tell you where my biases lie, with more musical listening experiences rather than neutrality or super-high resolution. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … The headphone needs to be returned. This also really makes timbre feel off if you listen to a lot of natural instruments like violins, pianos, acoustic guitar, etc. 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. And they don’t just look expensive, they feel it too. 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. Noticeably female vocals and a lot of strings feel recessed and overall kind of dead6. The infamous upper mid “suckout” on Elear is real. The HD800 has crisper presentation of orchestral strings for sure. I recently acquired an Elear with Utopia pads and case because of the awesome deal going online right now. What is that headphone stand and why does it have a USB port on the side? This deserves the "High Quality" tag, no doubt about it! The only nit to pick would be the cable, it’s very long and thick. 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